Come Sit By Me!

Good morning!  I know I’ve been absent quite often here in blog land, and I really can’t tell you why because quite honestly, there’s really no one reason.  The first and foremost reason . . . chasing a toddler around is really exhausting!  Heck I don’t even know if any of you are still out there reading what I do post.  I truly do feel quite removed from this passion of mine . . . paper crafting and blogging.  I have been doing some deep thinking on where I fit in and my thoughts will be an upcoming post.

As for today, I have a card up on the Quietfire Creations Blog today!  I hope you’ll hop over and take a look for more pictures and all the details.


Until later this week . . . thanks for stopping by!





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Happy 4th of July!

Good morning and Happy 4th!  We’ll be spending the day with the entire fam damily at my girls’ today.  It’s the first holiday gathering they’ve held at their new home, so we are all pretty excited to be getting together.

I’m also celebrating over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today!  Hop you’ll join me for all the details and more photos!


Thanks for stopping in here and I hope you have a fabulous celebration today!



SHE ONLY FLEW when no one could see!

Good morning!  I hope everyone is doing well and you’ve been able to stay out of trouble . . . It’s hard I know, but for some of us it’s pretty damn easy to stay in trouble all the time!

More and more these days, when I find that I have a deadline looming, it’s harder and harder for me to get into the studio to work.  Yesterday was one of those days . . . no ideas, no incentive, no plan, no mojo!   Sometimes I find that when the creativity bug fails to bite, I like to go back and pick up and recreate an older project.  The one I have for today, is exactly that . . . and this might be the third or fourth time that it’s been recreated.

I remember the first time I posted this design, you can see it here, I remember someone commenting that it made them sad.  My response was that it shouldn’t, because in my mind, she was a daredevil, a rebel so to speak, and flew and had fun when no one was watching her!  I still think the same today.




I did this project for the eclectic Paperie June ePlay Challenge, which was to use fabric.  Of course, I missed the deadline . . . go figure!  You can get all the details and more photos over on the eP Blog today!  I do hope you’ll visit me over there too!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy seeing this favorite project of mine reworked in another way!





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eclectic Paperie and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop!

eclectic Paperie  and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop. Welcome to our joint blog hop with Add a Little Dazzle. We are so excited to partner with them and have had so much fun playing with their products.  They have a beautiful collection of metal sheets, in a variety of colors, that are perfect for mixed media projects. Both design teams have combined our products and are ready to share some inspirational projects with you. Join in on the fun and make sure to enter for a chance to win an amazing prize.


Welcome to Day 1 of  the Eclectic Paperie & Add a Little Dazzle joint blog hop! We’re so excited to be sharing some fabulous creations featuring the wonderful products from both companies in today’s hop. We have two amazing days of inspirational projects so make sure to stop by tomorrow.

First we’d like to share a little bit about the two companies…

eclectic paperie

eclectic Paperie is a different breed of craft store, conceived as more than just a place where you can purchase supplies, we believe in the strength of collaboration, in coming together and sharing with like-minded crafters. Our goal is to offer a mixed media marketplace where a generation of artists can congregate, explore, imagine, and inspire one another.

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Add a Little Dazzle Blog Hop

We specialize in an exclusive line of craft metal sheets that helps you take your crafting to the next level. Whether you are a seasoned or new crafter, our craft metal sheets will help you create unique projects that will make you stand out among the crowd. Are you ready to take your crafting to the next level? Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets will help you turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Prize Alert!

Make sure to stop by and visit each of the Design Team Blogs for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packages from eclectic Paperie and Add a Little Dazzle valued at $25.  You have until Friday, June 27th to enter.  The winners will be announced on both blogs on Saturday, June 28th. You must leave a comment on all blogs.

For my project, I decided to make a mixed media canvas using a 6×6 stretched canvas and a Precious Pearl metal sheet.


Using a sheet of Precious Pearl Metal from Add a Little Dazzle and the Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities Labels 34 Medallion, the metal was embossed and embossing paste was applied to the back to ensure the embossed areas did not flatten.


The canvas was painted with shades of buff, gray and linen before highlighting with copper and bronze patina paints applied with a sea sponge.  The canvas was allowed to sit and dry, then sponged again with the copper and bronze patina paints.  A reactive solution was misted on while the second round of paint was still wet.  After sitting over night, the canvas looked like this (the green areas are the patina).


At the same time the patina paints were applied to the canvas, a lighter version was applied to the metal.  This was also misted with reactive solution and left overnight to dry.


I wanted to have the medallion raised on the canvas, so chipboard was die cut with Spellbinders Labels Thirty-Four


and glued together to make a base for the metal medallion, which was trimmed out from the metal with scissors.


Because I wanted the edges of the chipboard to match the canvas, a coat of Bronze patina paint was painted around the edges and top before misting with the reactive solution.


The medallion was then glued to the front of the canvas was E6000 adhesive.


I don’t know where I’m going to hang this yet (maybe the remodeled bedroom), but I do know that there needs to be a couple of companion pieces made (once I settle on which embossing folders to use).


How about a close-up of the medallion on the canvas.  I love all the patina areas (so glad I decided not to sand the metal).



Tomorrow You Can See More!

Visit Eclectic Paperie and Add a Little Dazzle tomorrow for Day 2 of the Blog Hop!

Please make sure to visit all the other designers participating today:

Monica Weaver
Bonnie Irvine
Kim Schofield
Martha Lucia Gomez
Sherry Cheever YOU ARE HERE
Sue Lelli
Toni Burrows
Lydia Walker
Adriana Templeton


Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!


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Happy Birthday Plain & Simple!

Good morning!  How is everyone?  Summer is here with full force in the Ohio Valley . . . very little rain and 90 degree days.  Of course I don’t get to watch too much of the news and/or weather anymore (DisneyJr takes precedence) and I was amazed at the weather some of you are dealing with.  Hopefully everyone is safe and you’ve had no damage from the storms!

Today is my day to post over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I’ve used Quietfire Design’s new set Happy Birthday Plain & Simple to create an A2 card.


I hope you’ll hop over and have a look at more photos and to get all the details!






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