Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Eve

I made this for the Little Yellow Bicycle Challenge at using these beautiful papers (25 Days of Christmas) that I've been hoarding for the last couple of years. It felt good to finally put a dent in them, and I still have a lot left.This is a photo I took of my little sister Irene and my Grandma Norton. I'm also using this as an example for the November Sewing Challenge that I host @, with the twist of doing hand-stitching. I hand-stitched the red border and green blanket stitch.
I painted some of the edges of my papers gold and silver. All the papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle, except for the silver border outside of the green blanket stitching, and the black cardstock on the very bottom layer. I got the greenery at Michael's, and the red flowers from a RAK from Funtooolas. Thanks Cindy! I still have one more. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Where flowers bloom, so does hope

I made this as a gift for my Mother-in-law, who recently lost her sister. I took these photos of her garden during our last visit to her in 2010. I'm hoping she doesn't read my blog, since I still have to send it to her. I'm entering this into quite a few challenges.
Itty Bitty Challenge for Flying Unicorn
ABC Challenge at
P-Piecework-I made a quilt using up some scraps
Q-Quote "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." Author Lady Bird Johnson
R-Ribbon-I used ribbon that I tied in the corners.
S-Sewing-I machine stitched the quilt
November Multi Pic Challenge at
I used 13 photos.
Here's a close-up of the stitching.

I made all the roses using Gabrielle Pollaco's 3D Rose tutorial. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Reno, Nevada

Happy Saturday!  I just wanted to share my latest LO with you done for a challenge at Flying Unicorn. The challenge is all about where you live, which gave me the perfect chance to finally use up my Reno paper that I bought years before even living here.
I made the tent from a scallop trimmer and cardstock, which I scored and folded down.
Here's some close-ups of the journaling.

Thanks for taking a peek! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Snowy Woodland Flower and Leaf Tutorial for the Paper Mixing Bowl

I had so much fun working on the November recipe for the Paper Mixing Bowl! Here's my take on mashed potatoes and gravy.
Here's a look at the recipe.
From the utensils I used:
*Neutrals (white, brown, black, kraft)
*recycled elements- the cardboard which I covered with Gesso and Diamond dust.
*Elements from nature-The tree and flowers
*Use a stencil/mask/template-I used a Tattered Angels stencil to make the tree with Gesso and glitter.
*Use fibers-I LOVE using fibers on my pages and using them in different ways! After the Gesso and glitter dried on my tree, I glued down some white fibers to give it even more dimension. But I didn't stop there. I also added it to my flowers which I'll be showing you how to make.
From the directions I journaled about something I am thankful for, and about nature and the outdoors.
Now onto the tutorial. This is the snowy version of my Woodland Flower and Leaf Tutorial.

While first experimenting with this flower I made a glittery blingy one, but it didn't work for the LO I was working on. But I knew right away it would work for this snowy page. So gather your supplies. In addition to white cardstock and brown ink, you'll also need some Gesso, glitter or Diamond Dust, a popsicle stick, bling, and this white fiber I bought at Michael's. 
Follow all the steps of my Woodland Flower Tutorial, inking both sides of your flower, and curling the petals up after wetting.
Once dry, apply Gesso using your popsicle stick onto the white parts of your petals. Immediately cover with glitter or Diamond Dust while the Gesso is still wet. Then shake off the excess and add it back to your bottle.

To make the centers, I snipped off about 6 small strads of the white fiber and glued it into the middle of the smallest flower. Then I added my bling on top.

After gluing all the layers together your flower should look like this.
To make the leaves refer back to my Woodland Tutorial but ink your leaves with gathered twigs and brushed corduroy.

After creating the veins with a stylus, ink them and the edges of your leaf with walnut stain.
Wet them with water and dry with your heat gun. You don't have to use your heat gun but it gives a nice curl to your leaves if you do.
Now cover parts of your leaf with Gesso and immediately add glitter or Diamond Dust.
Assemble your leaves under your flower and your done. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!