Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cee's B&W Photo Challenge: Pairs - A Walk In The Park

This week's challenge at Cee's B&W Photo Challenge is "Couples, Twins, Two of a Kind".

A recent walk in a state park let me discover a pair of photo ops!  First was some sort of seed pod and the second was a matched pair of grape vines growing up a large tree.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Have a Heart!

With it being February, it's little wonder that there are many challenges that are Valentine's Day related.  To get my Make-It Mojo going, I signed up for a Valentine Card swap at Aunt Peaches ( )

At "Unicorn Challenge Blog" the theme was Lots of Love.  The little felt hearts have been made with lots of love for generations.  Traditionally a Scandinavian Christmas craft, they are perfect for Valentine's Day.  They are so easy to make.  If you'd like to try them, this blog has great instructions: "Radmegan"

Natalie and Amy's blog had the challenge of Hearts & Flowers.  OK, got the heart...  Inside each little heart basket I tucked a spring of a dried flower.  Do I get double points since the flowers came from a Valentine's bouquet from my husband?  I also put a white ribbon rose embellishment on each heart.

Mixed Media Mojo blog's challenge was Hearts with an optional twist of paper piecing.  I stayed with the main challenge of the heart.

Country View Challenge didn't go with Valentine's.  Their challenge was "make your own background".  On cardstock I dry brushed 'true red' acrylic paint in one direction and when was dry, went in the opposite direction with silver acrylic paint...

And Mixed Media Monthly Challenge finished out my background with their challenge of "use glitter".  I used a dusting of a really fine silvery/crystal glitter over the still wet silver paint.  Perfect shimmer.

These are the first cards I've made (not counting my photo cards).  It was fun and I learned a good deal.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Calendar Page

Just under the wire I've gotten my studio fixed up to the point that I can start creating.  I woke up before the sunrise and decided it was a perfect time to head down to my studio.  My first challenge project for 2016 is this calendar page.  I'm going to be working on my calendar through the year.

For the challenge at Mixed Media Mojo they wanted "winter" and "glitter".  The glitter is there but the scan didn't catch it... but there is plenty of winter here!

At Art Journal Monthly the theme was "winter wonderland".  Wouldn't you love to be in this beautiful scene sipping your favorite hot drink?

At The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge the theme was "Time Flies".  Time did fly just like the flying snow in the picture!  It was the end of the month before I get this calendar page done.

At Anything But Cute the challenge was "Ring Out the Old, Bring In the New"... as in use something new.  I used rhinestones with sticky backs to embellish the borders and the snow flake.

And finally at The Order of Opus Gluei we are to use our favorite color... and that would be aqua for me!

Here's what I did:

The first thing was to make a calendar.  I used 12x12 white card stock, cut it in half to make 6x12 pieces.  Using a bone folder I folded them into 6x6 pages, punched holes and did an easy binding on it.

This very simple mixed media has an aqua card stock background.  My winter scene and the text are both from a label from a can of Trader Joe's coffee.  Too pretty to throw away!  The snowflake embellishment is from my stash.  The little circle borders and bling on the snowflake are some new rhinestone bling.  The not-showing-up glitter is Martha Stewart.  Finally, the calendar page is from a free site.  I tinted it in my photo editing program.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Wedding Ring Holder

I saw a darling little DIY ring holder a while back on Pinterest, just what I needed.

You start with a small decorative frame.  That is an easy one for me, I'm a bit of a frame addict.  In fact, my friends have permission to remove any frame I put in a shopping buggy.

I pulled this frame from my stash and removed the glass.  I then cut a piece of scrapbook paper to size, then put the back on again.

I didn't have a little hook or peg that worked for me, so I twisted some copper wire into a free-form heart shape hook.  I punched a hole through the backing, and gave it a heavy load of hot glue so it won't move.

Here's the finished piece.  

It would work well next to the kitchen sink but make sure your paper background is laminated so splashes don't ruin it.