Thursday, March 31, 2011

Baby Count Down

Its been awhile since I posted anything on the grand baby front.  Here's a 3D picture of the little guy just waiting to make his entrance (we're in the count down now).
Nick and Jessica 

Here's a couple of pictures of the baby's room...
you can see my painting I made for the 
baby's room hanging on the wall :-)

All set and ready for 
baby Kevin to arrive :-)

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Fun & Easy Gouache Paint Tutorial

I'm re sharing an easy and fun 
tutorial I put together awhile back 
using gouache paints.
Click HERE to view it.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I'm working on now...

Here's my newest canvas I'm working on.  Now that I have the background papers and molding paste added I'm ruminating on what I want to do next, so stay tuned!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Birthday Block Swap Sneak Peeks

 I received this month's birthday swap block for the Birthday Round Robin I'm participating in.
Vicki's block started out with Vintage book pages (you can click HERE to view it from the start).  Tipi added the spool & ribbon for the stand and some cupcakes she'd drawn along with a celebration tag on the opposite side.   I received it next and added the wording on the front and back some rhinestones a bit of oil pastels for color & shading, also the flowers and birthday candle on top.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Every Inchie Monday's Challenge: Winged

challenge word is "Winged" used 
tiny buttons for my winged piece 
as wings themselves for my 
dragonfly I drew.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts 
Even if you don't have spring weather where you are, you can celebrate spring with these flower coloring pages. 

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Following up on last weeks post Carmi prepared a two part sachet making tutorial. 

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there is a free vintage octopus clip art, idea for using steel wool for doll hair, a unique redwork crazy quilt and a tutorial on how to make mini art collages. 

Crafty Princess Diaries 
For those who don't like slip stitching when working in the round, this baby hat pattern discovered by the Crafty Princess is perfect and easy to make.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Eileen shares directions for sewing a secret pockets hanger cover. This clever organizer can also be used to organize outfits

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
See how to get your rubber duckies to take flight with some recycled plastic

The Card Album 
See how to make a jackalope card with a bunny and deer punch. 

The Crochet Dude 
Drew announced his "Carnation Bouquet Afghan Project" - looks like a FUN way to crochet for charity! There is also a way to win something from his product line The Crochet Dude Collection! 

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Every bit counts!

My amazing 17 year old niece Tiffany, who has cystic fibrosis, is on the list for a double lung transplant. You can help her and her family with transplant-related expenses by going on the link below and donating to her cause. Just imagine if everyone even donated just $5.00 (or more) how quickly she would reach her goal! Please help and pass this on to your friends and family ...

Click HERE to make a Donation

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quickie Scrapbook Page

I thought I'd share the quickie scrapbook page I made for my son and DIL using a picture from her baby shower when I gave them my painting I created for the baby's room.  
(Click HERE to view painting post)

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Taxi Queen ATB

Here's my newest Chubby Artist Trading Block 
The theme is Queen and the image above is from Outside the Margin's 1950's collage sheet

The wheels actually roll...I found a toy car at the thrift store that was the right width and hubby kindly dismantled it for me and sawed grooves across the bottom of the block for the axles to fit in and then I used a heavy duty staple gun to keep the axles in place.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts 
Follow these tips shared by Sherri to successfully color on fabric.

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Carmi makes a sweet sachet with fabric she printed herself.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a custom car windshield sun shade, carve novelty erasers into cute rubber stamps, paint pale skin tones, some history about sheet music and a crazy quilt made with techniques from the book Designer Bead Embroidery.

Crafty Princess Diaries 
The Crafty Princess gives you the scoop on some yarn deals she found at her local Micheal's.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Eileen reviews Chapter 4 of Cyndi Lavin’s eBook, “Every Bead Has a Story”. 

Mixed Media Artist 
Cyndi found a new product to help out with her fabric books... 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery 
See how to make an Easter egg locket necklace.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Altered Composition Notebook

I thought I'd repost this altered composition notebook tutorial I did for 
Paper Creations Magazine.
 Click the link below to be taken to the PDF file online:
if the tinyurl doesn't work here's the orginal link:


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Friday, March 18, 2011

Rainbow Cake

I baked a rainbow cake yesterday for St Patrick's Day.
I used white cake mix with egg whites and added  ALOT of  gel food coloring to each layer.  I goofed up and didn't get the colors in the right order but no  matter.  In between each layer I used lemon curd and then frosted it with homemade whipped cream frosting.  
My family seemed to love it!
Here it is once I cut into it 
isn't it pretty!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Easter Egg Projects

Here's a few Easter egg projects 
to inspire you!
Glitzy Easter Egg Project
Click HERE
A couple of years ago I colored some Easter eggs using OTM's Color Mists
Click HERE to see how.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Birthday Chubby Artist Trading Block

 Here's a birthday challenge chubby Artist Trading Block I added to.  Each person in the birthday chubby challenge started a block of their own and then sent it on to the next person to add to their block.  When the block finally makes it back around to the original owner of the block it will be in time for their birthday and they'll have their own ATB to put out and celebrate their birthday with 
For Tipi's block I it arrived with burgundy paint and I scuff sanded it and dry brushed some red paint.  I then add the letters of her last name which happens to be LOVE and also added red glitter mini clothes pins for feet and a birthday candle on top.

Now it's on to the next person to add to it.

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