Sunday, September 10, 2017
I miss blogging, I miss crafting on a regular basis!!
Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital with my best friend as she was told she had cancer. I will never forget the feeling of total devistation that ran through my mind and body. She was diagnosed with stage 3b cervical cancer. I won't go into details but the next 11 months were so hard for her, for all of us that love her. She lost her battle in November of 2016 . My Husband and I are raising her little boy, he has always been a big part of our lives..now he IS our lives. We have raised 6 kids between us and are basically starting over. He has been with us since October 2016 and we have pretty much gotten a great routine down.
Crafting has always been a big passion for me but I put it on the back burner when Donna was diagnosed. Often when I'd walk into my craft room I'd have such a sadness come over me, she was my crafting partner, my crafting sister and I actually felt lost in my own craft room. Lately though, when I walk into that room I start to feel the familiar excitement and all of the lovely supplies are starting to make me smile again.
Lilman wanted to join football so we signed him up for pee wee and he is loving it. We bought him jerseys , special socks, and an under armor bag that he wanted and I actually cut some htv and put his name and number on them. It felt great!
I realize that my heart is healing and I'm ready to enjoy crafting once again.
It's funny how life works...when my 17 yr old Son was killed in '94 I dove into crafting to keep me sane...this time the thought of crafting made me sad. Go figure!
Thanks for listening.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Happy Easter Everyone!
A few months ago I decided I wanted to give my Diningroom a facelift. I got my Table done and then had to put it on hold because of my Husband's back surgery and complications. Well he's 99% his old self so I'm getting ready to finish the job :-) Let me start by saying I adore DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint!!! My poor table was a horrible mess, it's 16 yrs old and had taken quite the beating over the yrs. We're retired so buying a whole new set is out of the question. I've been a Decorative Painter and Teacher for over 25 yrs and my all time favorite paints to use for that craft have always been DecoArt, of course I'm going to try out their chalk paint :-) To sum it up, the DecoArt Chalky Finish comes in wonderful colors, it gives excellent coverage, easy to work with and very affordable (especially compared to the overpriced "other" chalk paint). Here is a photo of my Table so far.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Many of you asked for a Tutorial on how I make the Steampunk Boxes, so here you go....
Eileen Hull Square Box XL Scoreboard Die by Sizzix
Medium weight Chipboard or Matboard
Ranger Glue n Seal
Tim Holtz Clockworks Gear Embossing folder
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint or DecoArt Acrylic Paint
Double Sided Tape
Tim Holtz Metal Gears
2 Part Liquid Resin
Plaid Mod Melts Molds
DecoArt Lustre Metallic Waxes
Sharp Craft Knife
High Tac Glue
Embossing/Diecutting machine Vagabond or BigShot
Begin by cutting your chipboard or matboard with the Square Box Die (you will need to cut 2 pieces). Assemble your box, here is a quick video showing how to do it Sizzix Youtube .
Apply a good coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish Carbon Paint
If you don't have the Chalky Finish you can use DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint. I prefer the Chalky Finish myself.
If you choose to use the Label Hinge that comes with the box, use all of the same steps and once it's dry apply it with the thick tac glue to your box top. Be sure to glue it on leaving a wee bit of space between it and the front of the box. If it's too close, it will be too tight to work with.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
One of my newest purchases is the Square Box Die from Sizzix, designed by Eileen Hull. I am SO in love with this Die!! Last week I made a couple of Steampunk boxes and my best Friend fell in love with them so they went home with her. Well her Sister saw the photo of them and wanted one too so I made this one for her last night. I will have a more detailed post tomorrow showing how I made them.
Greetings from Southeast Arkansas where winter is stuck LOL! I'm so thankful for my warm and cozy craft room!
Don't you just love Tim's March Tag? Once again I don't have the exact supplies that Tim used so I improvised. Now normally I make a tag but this month I've made a gift for a very dear Friend.
I really enjoyed making this, at first I felt funny not doing a tag but Tim does encourage us to take inspiration from his and run with it...I ran LOL Thank you for looking. Now I must get this boxed up and mailed off to put a bit of happy in a dear Friend's day.
Don't forget to head to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
My goodness I wasn't sure I'd be finished in time! I just love Tim's tag this month (of course I love all of his tags lol), and wanted to get that same romantic white washed feel that he did. I improvised with most of it and have to admit, I'm happy with what I came up with :-)
I used Tim's Seasonal Papers, Grungeboard, Seasonal Stickers, Metal findings and his lovely inkable, scrunchable Ribbon Binding. Add in some Distress Paint, Distress Markers and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and voila! I adore the look of Picket Fence Distress Paint on metal
Be sure to head over to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!