Thursday, January 31, 2013

Handmade Paper Flowers

Whew, Sorry I haven't blogged in a few weeks! After the holidays it seems things slow down but its so dark and cold outside I don't want to leave my house! Still I have to go to work so I go out and scrape ice off the car and shiver all the way to work. I'm lucky I don't live in the snow, I wouldn't want to go anywhere until spring, all of you who live in the snow have my utmost admiration for sure!

Today I wanted to show you some of my handmade flowers.The method I like best is to run card stock through my die cut machine with a flower Sizzix Die. I mix some ink on my Ranger Craft Sheet with a little bit of water to soak the layer for the flowers, then scrunch them up and heat dry with my heat gun.

Here are some of my favorites.

I have a link to a video that shows you how to make the burlap flowers, these are great for outdoors!

handmade paper flowers dyed scrapbook mini albums art journals ink

Scrunched, hand dyed paper flowers

paper flowers for arts and crafts

fabric flowers with my own handmade cover buttons

fabric flowers

felt and fabric flowers, these are available in my Etsy shop

scrapbook flowers felt or fabric

Burlap flowers using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die. I made these around Halloween, don't you love how they came out? I added a ton of glitter but the camera didn't pick that up to well, below is the video tutorial I watched before I tried making them.

handmade burlap flowers

 Sa crafters youtube Burlap Flower Tutorial

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Newest Tags in my Etsy Shop

Here are a couple of my newest tag sets for sale in my shop over at Etsy.

The Believe tags are 1 by 3 inches and are strung with coffee stained string,

The second one is of a drawing my friend and I made when we were in High School many years ago,  Spooky Flying Eyeball Tags.  These tags are 2 inches and strung with white cotton string.
Hope you like them!

laughngypsy flying eyeball tags

Friday, January 18, 2013

Front Cover of my First Mini Album

I have started making my first Mini Album, I have seen so many beautiful ones on youtube and on blogs that I thought I might try my hand at one (I know, I will have to use some of my horde of paper but...) so this is what I have come up with so far. I seem to gravitate to vintage colors and motifs so the background is distressed paper from DCWV, flowers are iamroses and some Petaloo. Bling is Michael's recollections, gears are Tim Holtz dies I glittered up with black glitter. The eyes are Graphic 45 inside a recollection frame with brads I had in my stash.

The stick pin I made myself using corsage pins that I added some beads to and glued with glossy accents. You should try making your own stick pins they are super easy and you can add whatever colors go with your project at the time.

So what do you all think of my Mini Album Cover? I like it but am not sure if I should put a phrase or name on it, what do you think?

front cover mini album 4 by 6

Monday, January 14, 2013

I was Featured in the Monday Meet and Greet!

Here is a lovely treasury blog post a fellow pacific postcard team at etsy Member over at Etsy did to feature my wotdoin collage sheets and postcards! Its so lovely and I hope you all check out her blog for other great Postcard items!

For those of you interested here is Colleen's Blog link  Butterfly In The Attic

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas Gift Envelopes

Every year at Christmas I try and make a special handmade paper craft item for my two children and both my grand kids. This year, Since my grandson in now a teenager I wanted to make something I could put a gift card and note in. I came up with these two pocket mini cards to do just that,

The cards were very simple to make, I used a plain white envelope 4 by 9 inches. I folded the envelope to 4 by 5, snipped of the ends and added my favorite Christmas papers on them which this year was Kaiser Craft, My Minds Eye and of course Graphic 45!

I used the front pocket for the gift cards and the back for a little handwritten note to each of them. They really loved received these and were touched by my note cards (I always say mushy things to them in my notes lol)

The card on the right I actually used an old Christmas Greeting card left over from last year!

two pocket gift card holder

Passionate About Art: Thrusday Freebie Vintage Postcard from France

I have another blog that usually just has my freebies listed on it. I want to share that site with you today. Its at
Passionate About Art. Todays freebie is a lovely French Maiden all dressed in Pink, its a vintage postcard from about 1914 or so. All my freebies are listed over there, its just eaiser to keep track of what I am doing on two different blogs. Does anyone else have two blogs?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well my friends its a new year and this year I thought I would list the top 5 items I got in 2012 that I just could not seem to live without.
  1. I finally got my ATG gun, It took me until 12-29-12 to get it but it was on sale 50% off, how could I resist??
  2. All of my iamroses flowers, if you haven't checked out this website hurry over and take a peek now, I will wait...
  3. Spellbinders Donna Salazar Roses die, wow this makes great roses, I will post some soon.
  4. Any of the Graphic 45 papers, if you haven't seen these wonderful papers you are really missing out on some of the best art for scrapbooking.
  5. Tim Holtz scissors, these are the strongest scissors I have every used, I even cut  my dogs rawhide bones with them and they always stay sharp, a serious must have for me.
So there you have my favorite top 5 items of 2012, What are your favorites? I can't wait to see what my favorites will be in 2013 lol.