Bah Bah Black Sheep

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

Today I thought I would switch gears from paper crafts to sharing one of my latest fabric creations. Summer is a busy time, but the girls and I have managed to get together a few times for crafting. And as is usually the case, we’ve been working on some sweet and shabby little prims. Here’s one we’ve just recently finished.

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A woolly little black sheep, after the children’s nursery rhyme, all wrapped up in his tartan and rags. Cute for Christmas, but I liked him so much, he went straight out.

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I guess a sheep can be used any time of year, right? This guy is hanging out on my hearth, tucked into his little stall…….. which in truth is a vintage cabbage slicer….

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…. decked out in beachy stars for the summer.🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

A Good Day with Sizzix and Tim Holtz- A Tutorial

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
And Happy 4th of July!

My dear friend, Paige, had her big 50th birthday this weekend. The girls and I are getting together in a few days to celebrate, and in the mean time, I’ve been working on her card. It’s a tag and a card, all rolled into one, made with some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz dies. And today I wanted to share it with you.

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I think my most well-loved Sizzix die has got to be this Tag & Bookplates die by Tim Holtz. It’s just the perfect size for art tags or gift tags, or even card tags, like I’ve made here. This will work great for hanging on Paige’s gift bag. And what I like is that this tag opens up with plenty of room for a note on the inside.

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I keep gravitating back to this Barista collection by BasicGrey. Love the color combo so much, and since Paige is a neutral-lover like me, I think she will like it, too. I pieced several prints for the background of the tag, and die cut one of Tim’s new doily dies from patterned paper, as well. And then topped them all with a few of Tim’s new Wildflowers, water-colored to match.

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Here’s a quick tutorial, if you’d like to learn more.

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Begin by die cutting one whole tag and one partial tag from patterned paper. I die cut the hole re-inforcer, included on the die, as well. When die cutting with Bigz dies like this, simply sandwich the die and paper between two standard cutting pads before running through your die cutting machine.

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Next, die cut the new Doily #2 Thinlits die from contrasting patterned paper. Here it is after going through my machine, and you can see how intricate this cut is. Instead of trying to poke all those little pieces out one by one, here’s a good tip.

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Place the die and stuck paper down onto the Sizzix Foam Pad, and roll over the back with the Die Brush. The paper will pop right out of the die, and the brush will remove all the little inner pieces, too.

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Adhere the partial tag onto the bottom of the whole tag, trimming off any excess, as necessary. Add the doily to the center, cutting off the outside edges.  Lightly ink over the edges of the tag and doily with brown Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. Add a thin strip of paper over the seam where the two paper edges meet, and tie a ribbon around the middle of the tag.

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Die cut a variety of Wildflower Thinlits from watercolor paper. I used three pieces for my tag.

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Watercolor the flowers using Distress Inks mixed with water and a wet paintbrush. I pulled colors from my patterned papers for my flowers. Pumice Stone and Black Soot for stems, and Mustard Seed and Wild Honey for the flowers.

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Add die cut flowers and sentiment sticker to the left side of the tag, popping up a few areas with foam tape for dimension. Apply clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the flower heads.

To create the card opening, die cut another whole tag from matching paper. Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score across the top of the tag. Fold the top flap back and forth a couple of times to loosen the hinge. Apply adhesive to the top flap, and adhere the two tags together.

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Now your tag opens like a card, with lots of space for messages and notes.

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It’s overcast and rainy here today, so not a great day for picnics and fireworks. I hope that whatever you are doing today, it’s filled with bright, sunny skies. And from my holiday house to yours…

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Happy Independence Day!!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Doily 2Sizzix Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY 659798Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Sizzix - Accessory - Die Brush and Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin DiesRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE PermanentSizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

BasicGrey Barista Collection: Patterned Paper, Cardstock Sticker, Embellishment Kit

Friday Fun- The Easter Tour

Hello Sweetie Peeps!

Thought we would have a little more Friday Fun today! In celebration of Easter weekend, it’s the perfect time to finish up my Easter house tour.

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So you all know by now that I love a holiday, and rarely let one pass without a wee bit of decorating. And of course Easter is no exception. When my kids were little, I really went all out… with bright colors and pastels and shiny foil… you know. The works.

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But now I like things a bit more au natural.

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So my Easter house is filled with lots of neutrals and elements from nature. Bunnies and greens, nests and eggs, and maybe a bird or two.

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And of course I like a funky junk mix of new and old, everyday items with seasonal, and lots of handmade goodies thrown in for good measure.

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It’s just a peek of things from my Easter house. There’s more parts of the tour here and here, in case you missed it and would like to see.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy holiday weekend!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s Way

Hello, Sweetie Peeps!

The other day, I was prowling through my favorite local junk store, and came across the cutest little bunny rabbit desk frame. I know Easter is just a few days away, but I seriously couldn’t resist. So perfect for altering. So perfect for a bit of home decor. You all know  how I am about frames!

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So of course that little bunny frame went home with me. And then it came along on my beach retreat this past weekend, where it was promptly altered with a wee bit of stitchery.

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The frame itself already had so much great character that I wanted to keep the stitching simple in comparison. So I chose a few words from an old childhood favorite song for my needlework, stitched in my own raggedy hand-writing onto soft cotton flannel.

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Really sweet and simple, with lots of attention on that adorable frame. And promptly added to my front entryway table with a few other favorite Easter things.

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A nest. Some garden greens tucked into my trusty antique watering can. And a new precious Easter bunny that I am absolutely crazy about.  (Thank you so much, Kathie!)

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My silly little handmade paper mache chick I made last year.

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And a few more of my handmade dollies tucked into the basket below, in both fabric and more paper mache.

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Such silly things that make me smile.

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I know it is very last minute…

But I’ve added my bunny Hippity Hoppity frame to my Spring Shop. You can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy day!

Halloween Haunted House Tour, Cont.

2015-halloween-haunted-houseHappy Wednesday friends!  I am back today with more of my 2015 Halloween Haunted House Tour. We started the tour in my haunted front entryway, and last week I shared my living room. So now, let’s turn the corner and step into my spooky sunroom.

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The sunroom is my favorite room in the house because it’s filled with windows and sunlight and views out to the woods behind. This door to the back deck is the crossover between the living room and sunroom, and here I’ve hung my big Halloween wreath. The feather base is a knock-off Pottery Barn wreath I made years ago, and later I topped it with this adorable kitty cat/pumpkin wreath. And now this piece is truly a one-of-a-kind.

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Here is the top of my antique butler’s chest. A great spot for another spooky scene.

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There’s lots of vintage-y folk art pieces here. Black cats and pumpkins. And a pair of Halloween trees.

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A purple tinsel tree, strung with Halloween lights and filled with fall berries. Kitty cat and pumpkin tinsel ornaments, too.

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A black wire miniature tree and large wooden lantern. The black gazing ball is a ceramic piece my little Missy made in art class this past year.

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A couple of handmade zombies, from the Missy and me.

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More baskets and containers filled with lots and lots of Halloween treats.

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P1090732The big paper jack is also hers, made back in an art class when she was two. I do keep it all.  These things are my true treasures.

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More spiders for Patty! There ya go, Hun!

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Some of my beloved Lori Mitchell figures, and my own handmade paper mache pumpkin who does, in all honesty, give me a small case of the creeps. Now that guy is scary.

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We’ll end the tour here with this one last scene. A vintage basket hung on my basement door, filled with Halloween florals and handmade spooks and a greeting card skeleton my mom sent to me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour so far! We’ve got one last stop to make, which I’ll share next week. Just in time for Halloween! Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

The 2015 Halloween Haunted House Tour, Cont.

2015-halloween-haunted-houseHappy Friday, my friends!  I am back today with more of my 2015 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Last week I shared my haunted front entryway, and now, let’s step into my living room.

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The credenza along my back wall is a great spot for a little Halloween scene, built around a fabulous antique watering can I found this past summer. I do love baskets and containers of all sorts and sizes for grouping my collections of things. In this case, Halloween gifts from family and friends mixed with a few handcrafted spooks.

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The skeleton and candy corn are a pair of my own handmade prims. The tiny mummy is a craft project of my Missy Nik’s when she was wee little. It’s a wooden ice cream stick, painted and wrapped in torn strips of cloth. Such an easy and fun Halloween project if you have kids around.

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Mimsie the Mummy is still here with me. She is one of the very last Halloween prims still left in my Fall Shop. I’m so tickled at how popular my little friends have been, thanks to all of YOU!

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And now for my Halloween mantel….

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… filled with ghosts and skeletons, pumpkins, spiders and bats, and lots and lots of ooey gooey eyeballs.

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Decorating doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. I find that the older I get, what tugs on my heartstrings the most are things that my kiddos made when they were little.  And even the things that I have made over the years, too. Because these are the “things” that truly tell the story of your life. And if they make you happy, then that’s all that matters.

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Nik painted the little gourd ghost at a fall festival when she was still small. She drew the eyeball in chalk pastels quite a few years ago now, as well. Talk about a perfect partner for the jar o’ eyeballs and the eyeball greeting card my mom has given to me.

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The skeleton portrait Pete made in art class so many years ago now. Hanging with my boyfriend, Mr. Bones.

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For my dear friend, Patty, who loves spiders! HahaHA

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This poor guy on the hearth has had such a fright.

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As have these guys, too. I think they all just caught a peep of Mimsie in the back….

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…. and that’s enough to frighten anyone!

I hope you enjoyed! There’s more tour still to come, so stay tuned. And thank you all for stopping by. Happy weekend!