Thursday, October 17, 2013

A day in the life of my brain...

Today I woke up with every intention of starting a baby album for my nephew and his wife who are expecting their first child. The baby's room is all Victorian and pink and brown.. and honestly I am just not a "frilly girl" type.. but I sure think I became one today. Having 3 sons, i find that i work a lot more with the rough and tumble theme, but i had fun today. Again, i started out with a baby album in mind, and had everything laid out to get going and then.. my brain decided to take a detour.
  I found some amazing "fabric Paper" and anyone who knows me will tell you that I am fabric illiterate, but this paper was just too cool and was perfect.. plus it was on clearance:) which is always good... In the corner of my work area, was this old mail sorter that caught my eye so I decided to grab it and see what I could do with it. I had to first cut paper patterns cause the thought of taking it all apart to cover only made me believe that I would forget how to put it back together later. I used scratch paper to build a pattern and pre-cut all the pieces.

Before I knew it, I was head on into this project.. Once I got the piece covered, I added some lace and ribbon, and a few paper leaves and shabby flowers and wala... Something Magical.
Now granted.. the slots are thin, but i think it will work out OK.. they are big enough for small wipe containers and a few diapers.. and who knows maybe they will hang on to it for when she is older and she can fill it with love notes or nick knacks someday.. either way... i enjoyed making it. Don't get me wrong I am going to be building a baby album in the near future, but for right now I think this is a pretty cute creation. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

RE-Visiting Old Favorites

Every Once in a while, I come across a box of supplies that I haven't used lately. Old "Must Haves" that somehow got placed on the shelf when something new came along. This week, I happened upon my box of ink refills and inside were all of my alcohol inks and a brand new stack of glossy card stocks pre-cut to 4x6.. so I decided to pull them out and give it a whirl.

There was tapping, that is shown in the center where you just add a few drops here and there and tap onto the page, and there is the blending, (Shown on the left side) where you'd add the blending solution and it would mix the colors- and then there was the twist, (Right side) where you would twist the applicator in a half circle to mix every color up together.. looked messy to me and was never really my favorite way to go, but if you are planning on stamping over it, it really doesn't matter.. it will just add interest.

I found that picking the right colors really had a lot to do with what I was going to be happy with in the end.

As I learned more about color combining, i played around a bit more with various ways to make the colors blend and work together. My new favorite became the swipe. (Shown center top) where I would just run the applicator flat from one direction to the other over and over....
 Before long.. found myself playing again with an old "new Favorite".

I added in some stamp on inked ideas i had rolling around in this brain of mine and came up with some great cards.

 if you look really close at the bottom picture above, you will see one of those unexpected surprises.. kind of looks like an angel wing to me, only on the right side of the image. I am not gonna lie, it freaked me out a bit at first, but then i took it as a sign to keep pressing forward with what i was doing and the end results turned out great.

 And there you have it.. Happy Spot found again.
No matter what supplies you have laying around, there is always a new way to mix them with your new supplies and work up something magical. Thanks for checking me out today and I hope to see ya back here again. Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mad Hatter Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mad Hatter Blog Hop
Today is Mad Hatter Day!
And we are here to wish you a VERY HAPPY UN-BIRTHDAY!! We are so glad you decided to put on your craziest hat and join us for the maddest tea party around while you check out this great group of crafters who will be showcasing cards, layouts, or projects all about the magical world of Alice in Wonderland! Hurry up and don't be late for this very important date!!

Connie Can Crop is the first stop on this funtastic Blog Hop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a FUN comment for all of my fabulous crafty friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations.  

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

Designs on Cloud 9 is giving away a $10 gift certificate to one lucky winner!! 
You can shop their store here.
And even like them on facebook for more fun.

  So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a  comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. 

Then come back to Connie Can Crop and post that you followed the rules.

 You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the  hop and leave your comments. Winner will be announced on Wednesday Winners at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment  along the way!

 Here we go down the rabbit hole!!

 Up next is (I think I am the last one:))

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way.

When I think about the "Mad Hatter" and Alice in Wonderland, I think of being totally confused.. everything is topsy turvy and nothing makes sense. So when I created these that is exactly what I did... my creations went all over the place. 

once I got going I just couldn't stop..... LOL