Monday, August 30, 2010

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

  Another week of fabulous 
Crafty Blogger Blurb Links, take some 
time grab a cuppa and get your crafty on!

Grandparent's Day is September 12th... Now is the perfect time to start making gifts to give to your grandparents.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates a faux metallic bead with quilted fabric she sews together herself.

Cathie Filian
Check out how Cathie turns an outdated holiday themed cookie stand and a cotton print thrift store skirt into a cupcake stand.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free knit leaf coaster pattern, a bunch of decorating with artwork suggestions from the book 500 Ideas for Small Spaces, iron safety and cleaning tips from the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips and an environmental labeling concept from Design School Confidential.

Crafty Princess Diaries
It definitely required a learning curve before Tammy was about to reach 50 sales in her Etsy shop.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here are directions for creating a hat-shaped card. Eileen made a Red Hat card but the directions can easily be adapted to make a cowboy hat, a Mexican sombrero or a frilly lady's hat for an afternoon tea or luncheon.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi is giving away a copy of "Dimensional Beading", so hurry over and leave your comment!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how I melted sequins inspired by the sequin singeing technique in the book Dusty Diablos.

The Crochet Dude
Drew tries out his new video equipment!!       

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Card

We went from 108 degrees last week to cool 70s this weekend! The hint of Autumn is in the air!  With the cooler weather it put me in the mood to make some homemade cinnamon rolls. Below is a printable recipe card for you to download.

 Click on recipe card to enlarge, save
to your computer and print it out.

Click HERE to view past 
Freebie Recipe Cards


Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New StoryAngel Mug Added

 I added a new angel mug using one 
of my whimsical Story Angels.
"Angels paint with sound 
and sing with color."
(click image to enlarge) 
15% off all mugs at

Ends Tomorrow!

Artistic Inspirations to help you create! 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Spray Webbing Background Technique

 I've been having fun today using my Color Mists  sprayable watercolors and Krylon's black spray webbing to make backgrounds! Definitely do as I say and NOT as I do with this video...somehow I just couldn't resist doing what I said NOT to do *sheepish grin* This technique can be used on various papers  besides the glossy paper I show I've used it on the following papers: deli paper, butcher paper, drawing paper, kraft paper.  Krylon spray webbing comes in black, gold silver and white and can usually be found at your local craft store or online.  This is a great technique to use for gift wrapping for Christmas and birthdays.
Take me to the video!

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Garden Groweth Over


You may recall the Erosion Bundle project I participated in.  After taking down my other bundles I decided to leave my last bundle up for a whole year to allow it to go through all the seasons.  Above is a picture from day 14 where you can see how it started out.  Next to it is a picture I took this morning day you can see the garden has grown all around it which I love.

You can click HERE to view 
past photos and find out more 
about the project.

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

From Cupcakes to Doodling!

  I love sharing fun sites I come across! The first one is a fun cupcake site....they also have a cupcake challenge going on so stop by and take a peek.  I had hoped to take the challenge this week, but our weather turned to scorching hot burning in hell weather so turning the oven on isn't an option right now! When it cools down again I am definitely going to get my cupcake creativity on!
Are these not adorable!? 

The next site I found is an easy how-to-draw site so for those of you who think you can't draw take a peek and try again. Most times you just need a basic idea and a little practice which I've found out with all my whimsical drawings  that I've done over the past year.  As I've mentioned in previous posts I always carry in my purse a mechanical pencil, black fine tip pen and a mini sketchbook .  I will practice drawing or doodling when I'm waiting somewhere.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Exciting News!

Well the cat is finally out of the bag and I can spill the beans with my exciting news! No it's not me whose pregnant my son and daughter in love are! I'm gonna be a Grandma whoohoo!
Grandma seems so old sounding so I'm trying on other grandma names like maybe Gramsie any suggestions?

 Here they are holding up outfits that I saved from when Nicholas was a baby for just this occasion!  Thank goodness baby clothes don't go out of style so we have to worry about about 80's shoulder pads!LOL

Don't forget to leave your 
Grandma name suggestions :-)

Artistic Inspirations to help you create! 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Zazzle Mug Sale

Artful Aileen original character mug!
15% off all mugs!

Ends Saturday
Great Birthday and Christmas gift idea!

Shop for a personalized gift at Zazzle.

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Crafty Blogger Blurbs!

 A new blog look and a new 
Crafty Blogger Blurb banner, 
hope you like them, and 
this week's links!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Do you bead? Are you chic? Then you will want a chance to win Margot Potter's latest book!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Do you know how to avoid clay shrinkage and distortion with clays baked in the home oven? Let Eileen tell you.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares the third free project from her new book Bead Chic with a giveaway!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has one more metalcraft book to give away this summer. Come sign up for your last chance to win!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make an apron for an Amineko or an 18 inch doll from the book All Dolled Up

About Family Crafts
Discover creative ways to personalize your notebooks and text books!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi test a new scoring tool to make a star book in one hour.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to paint faces on natural elements, two chances to win a copy of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse in a "recycle your Swag contest", the first sneak peek into the new book 1000 Artisan Textiles and an interview with the author of Sew Retro, Judi Ketteler.

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pimped My Blog

I've Pimped My Blog with a new design, what do you think?
I've been wanting to update and change my blog design and finally did it...still tweaking it some, but I'm liking about you?

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Creative Torso Challenge

 Take the Creative Challenge!
 Download the above torso and 
create your own grunge torso 
tag and then leave a comment with 
a link to your tag.

3 Names will be drawn and the lucky 
winners will each win one of
PDF Torso Tag Collage Sheets
(they will be emailed to each winner)

 *Names will be drawn end of October.

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Birthday Wishes!

 Birthday Wishes!


 Strike a Pose!


Artistic Inspirations to help you create! 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Calendar Grlz August 2010

  It's been awhile since I posted.  
School started early this year and 
the Hubster is working "crush" at 
the winery 7 days a week.  Life is 
always chaotic this time of year 
for us until we get into a routine. 

I have, however, had the chance to 
work in my Calendar Grlz Art Journal
(Click HERE to see my past pages)

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!