Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Cupcakes!

Its Holiday time and around my house that means baking and more baking! This photo is just a quick one of my homemade chocolate and cream cheese filling with homemade frosting! I can say that these cupcakes are truly worth waiting all year for...yummy!
More baked goodies!

 Below is Orange Biscotti
 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Lemon Bars
 Prefrosted Cupcakes

So there you have it, Biscotti, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Bars (before cutting) and other misc baked items. I hope you all eat well and have a very happy Holiday Season this year!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

All About Bows!

This year I decided I was getting a little tired of the same old holiday decorations. We've used these same decorations for 15 years or more and this year I just couldn't look at them anymore! I decided to made some new bows for my tree instead!

I don't know about you all but every year after Christmas I go to the craft stores and stock up on items that are now marked way down. Ribbon is one of the items I just love to pick up at a sale price. I had about 10 spools of wire ribbon in my stash and thought hmm what to do with these, so of course I went on youtube and looked up bows and found a great video tutorial on how to make them here.

These are the results of my first few attempts of bow making! I think they came out great and the best part is they look fantastic on my tree.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Okay so I thought I would try and do some art using only pens and paper and markers and this is what I came up with! Now to be fair I absolutely stink at drawing. When I was in school I drew stick figures and always got terrible grade in art ( I know right, who does that??).

My daughter says just doodling or drawing something makes you get your creative juices flowing and right now I could use that as its Holiday time and I would like to come up with something different than Christmas tags to give on my gifts.

 I chose following my bliss since reading the art journal book, Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette. I loved reading this book and looking at all her eye candy. So do I think I am going to be a great artist like? No, but I will have more fun just doodling with pretty colors and hopefully will jump start my creativity before the holiday gifts are unwrapped!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Holidays Are A Coming!

So to start off this Holiday Season I made my first Christmas Tag. I like to make these to use as a decorative item on the box my homemade Christmas cookies come in. They are a big hit with my family and friends and there is much trading with them at the family party every year. It makes my heart proud to have my handmade items be so "collectible".

Items used to make this tag are Ranger Craft Tags, Tim Holtz Distress ink, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch,
a vintage postcard santa, K & Co small tag, Spellbinders die, and a new Stampendous Christmas Background Stamp (love!), tulle, Recollections plain white flower and red ribbon.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hand Dyed Seam Binding

So this week I thought I would try my hand at coloring my own seam binding. Now seam binding is Rayon so I was unsure what dye to use, so I improvised and used some random ink I had lying around. One that made the nice pink color was Chile Powder from Ranger, I think its been discontiued now but I have a reinker and I just love the color I got from mixing that with a little bit of water.

All in all I am quite please with the way these turned out. Let me know what you think about the colors, which on is your favorite?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Brand New Store and Brand New blog!

Hello! I opened a new store on Etsy called Laughngypsy and thought I should have a corresponding blog to go along with it. Here I will add my art, new items in my store and of course some giveaways! Right now I want to start off by introducing myself, My name is Debbie and I live in Northern California I work part time as an office manager but I love to use my spare time and cash on crafting things. I love scrapbook paper and can never get enough of that! Also I love to do vintage art, any kind, canvas, layouts or just tags. I try to make my own embellishments to use to since the price of some of these items seems awful high to me. Though sometime you just gotta have them lol!