Saturday, March 30, 2013

Joanna's Inspirational Gift

A few weeks back I got a surprise visit from a great friend. She brought me this amazing satin keepsake box. I am not sure where she found it, but it was very pretty and instantly I began to think of ways to make it something special. 

It had a spot already for a 4x6 photo, so I knew that a keepsake box was exactly what it would stay~ so I began planning ways to make it my own. The white satin was so bright, that I decided that I would tone the brightness down by misting it with Walnut ink in a spray bottle.
As I began to spritz it with the Walnut ink, I noticed that the darker tone was a much better fit for me- almost antique and somewhat elegant. The piece started to come together very well as the dark dyes began to soak into the fabric. It started to look more like and old basket... I wanted a subtle tone, not something over powering.

It wasn't a drastic change but it was just enough to accomplish toning down the stark white. I sprayed all sides so that it was completely covered in its new tone. I set it aside to dry and went to collecting things to adorn it with.

As I started to sort through some items I had, I was most certain that an antique theme was perfect for this piece. A little lace, a few flowers... a little metal and WA-la... My idea came to flourish. Just add a picture and it is complete.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SVG's and some time for ME!!!

First and foremost, thank you to the following for their incredible patterns that I used to make these pages...    Kristi W. Designs and Paper Piecing by Nikki

 Today, after "losing an hour" I decided that after I got all my chores done I was gonna take some time to relax and play with paper for a while. I got 4 loads of laundry done, took out the trash, fed the dogs, did the dishes, dusted and vacuumed, cleaned all the bathrooms and did the floors, brought in wood, chopped kindling and cleaned up the yard... finally I was done and got to play. And here is what I was able to create:) I need more days like this.

I have to admit I really enjoy me time, but most times I feel like I have to earn it before I will make it for myself.

I work 50+ hours a week, I have two boys at home still and two dogs(one is mine, the other is my oldest son's puppy- he has been left with me until my oldest son finds a place that allows dogs... so if anyone wants a puppy...LOL)

Anyhow, the chores on my two days off never seem to end. Most of the time Sunday is my only day to get it all done because I usually have to go to Redding (50+/-miles away)  to away to pick up supplies for my store on Mondays.

I look forward to having a break for some me time like no one knows. I always try and push the limits on the things I create and try to challenge myself with building pages that go above and beyond.

Sometimes I build pages with no picture in mind at all. Other times.. I have an idea that just won't let me rest until I have tried it. Either way- I enjoy my Paper Time.. It keeps me sane.

A good majority of my tools are down at my shop so sometimes things aren't really completed until I can get back to work where all the fun stuff is. I have a few ideas of little additions to these pages planned, but who knows, I may just decided to leave well enough alone. LOL

who am I kidding... I never leave anything alone.

well, here are a few of my creations for my day, I hope you enjoy looking at them and gain some inspiration to create something special with your time.

Special notes: I didn't like the color brown I picked out for these bears so I ended up chalking them to look kind of fluffy. My fun flock is at my shop.. that was another thought I had. I also used chalk on the clouds and the wings to add some dimension.

I hope you have a wonderful evening and I hope to be back soon with something new to share. Until then, create something magical.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gorgeously Green Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gorgeously Green Blog Hop! All the projects have at least 2 shades of green.

If you leave a comment on everyone’s post, you could win this blog candy consisting of paper from DCWV and Basic Grey, Rub-ons, ribbon, borders, printable alphas, adhesive, and more!  

You don’t have to become a follower of Afternoon Scrapper, but it sure would be nice if you did.
My project is:   Brandie's Altered Canvas 
I created this for a very dear friend that I met here on-line. She is one of a kind! She is always there to talk to and always has a way of making me feel so much better no matter what life has thrown my way. When I realized her favorite color was GREEN, I knew that this piece was meant to be hers, so I RAK'ed it to her. Paper is CTMH and the canvas is stained with homemade glimmer mists. Mat is Coredinations run through the eBosser, and the embellishments are from my stash of little treasures.

Up next is-- wait ..... I think I am the last one. LOL
In case you need it, here is today’s line up:
 ClaireR -