Thursday, August 31, 2017

Altered Art for A Vintage Journey

Hi friends,

I am home from my summer travels and thought it would be fun to join the challenge over at
A Vintage Journey where we are asking for Altered Art.  I just finished this Steampunk Bird and wanted to share.  Enjoy - and if you care to stay tuned, there is a tutorial below on how I did it.

All products used are linked below

Let's get started -

I found this bird in a shop while we were visiting Washington this summer, he was on sale so couldn't pass up a bargain.  As you can see - he was very shinny and wouldn't work for steampumk.

I proceeded by covering him with gesso, painted the beak yellow.  Since I wanted dimension I cut some gears from Grunge Board and glued them on avoiding the wing section which I had other plans for.

Once everything was glued in place I gave him another gesso coat and then black paint.

 Some Measuring Tape was wrapped around  the body.  Next came some gears cut using the same dies and metallic paper.  I carefully placed each one on top of the Grunge Board making it stand out.

Next came an array of metal gears and two keys that I planned to use for the wings.  I assembled the wings using paper feathers and the key with the clock.

For the hat I used a clock for the brim and stacked three magnets on top of each other, then covered with a stripe of black paper.  I added some small feathers and a tiny gear on the side and then placed a larger gear on top.  I wasn't planning the gear on the top of the hat but it fit perfectly so how could I resist?

Mr. Steampunk was finished off by adding more metal gears all around and for the goggles. I found a rusty old washer in my stash so used it with a Wind Up Key on his back.  Many more feathers were cut and placed on the tail.  I had some jewelry findings that worked for extra feathers and color. The legs were painted and he was good to go.

He now sits next to my computer watching all that goes on around the web.  I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have.

Stop by the Vintage Journey blog to join the fun of Altered Art and to see what all the rest of the Creative Guides made.  You will love it.

This is just perfect for the Steampunk Challenge over at San Dee and amelie's.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday School week 11

Hi friends,

It's time for another lesson but this week the teacher is tardy, sorry, the dog ate my homework.
This week we are taking a look at the letter C which is for, among other things, circle.

This lesson came together quickly thanks to the great dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They have so many dies that are either circles or contain circles.  All the dies I used are linked below so you can check them out by clicking on them.

See you next week and I'll try to be to class on time,

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Hi Everyone,

I'm sure by now you've heard about the great new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The Halloween Collection is one of my favorites and I have a card to share with you today that features some of the fun dies from Joset Designs.

I began by cutting a standard size card (4.25" X 5.5") from black cardstock with a side fold.  After rounding the top portion I applied some Antique Linen Distress Oxide.   The ink on the black cardstock makes it appear to have clouds, just perfect for this card. Using the Stitched Circles I cut the moon and applied Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink leaving a lighter spot for the Witch.  I attached the Witch and moon to the card. 

I cut out the Iron Fence and then placed it on the card.  I trimmed the fence off on the bottom only using the top portion.  After placing some yellow paper to the back of the windows on the Haunted House I applied it to the card using double sided foam tape.

This card was finished off with the "BOO" and some eyes.

If you would like to shop for any items used on this card, simply click on the link below.

Hope you have enjoyed,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday School week 10

Hi Students,

Here we are  at week 10.  This week we are going to see some of the items just released from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It has been so hot this summer so let's have some snow in August.

I started with my phonics card - as usual - this time it is "sn" for snow.
After adding the Distress Oxide Ink on the background I simply added the snowflakes for a wintery scene..

See you again soon,

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Release from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Happy Halloween -

It's sooo hard to tell you "witch" one of these great dies is my favorite.  The pumpkins, the witch, the fence, the tag, the stamps, all so great. I hope you will stop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website and see what has just arrived

I'll see you tomorrow for the ECD monthly challenge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday School week 9

Hi Students,

Today's lesson is the double e sound.  As in Bee.

I made this weeks card using the fun dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The bees, honeycomb and hive are from Joset Designs.

See you next week when we are going to see a die from the new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Have a creative weekend,

Friday, August 11, 2017

King of the Road

Hi friends,-

I invite you to join me for a tutorial over at Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog where I will show each piece of the banner shown here and tell you how I made it.  See you there.

Ok, get that old Roger Miller song "King of the Road"  going in your head - - -
here are my new lyrics.
If you have ever been an RVer you will understand completely.

RV for sale or rent
No need for sleepin' in a tent
No phone, no pool, no pets
I aint got no internet.
It's an 8 X 12 with rooms that slide
Chairs that fold - so we can sit outside.
I'm a queen - by no means
He's the  -  King of the Road.

Happy Travels,


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday School week 8

Hello fellow students,

Today we are looking at the long a sound = A is for apron.  I used this cute die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. From the Joset Designs collection, The Apron and Kitchen Tools, so much fun!!  

See you soon,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sending Hugs

This card is one that can be used for no reason at all.  What a great feeling.  If you are thinking of someone, send them a hug!

I made this card using some of the new dies released by Karen Burniston.  She had many requests for this die set and she came through with flying colors.  It's simply fun to make and a joy to receive.

I used the Twist Panel Pop-up to create this card and then used some items from Karen's other die sets to embellish it.  I used the flowers and leaves from the Flower Pot Pop-up along with the labels from the Katherine Label Pop-up.  Words are from Word Set 1 - Greetings.

I like using a belly band for these cards because they are a little thicker and with the band the surprise is not revealed until it is opened.  As you remove the band and start to open the card this is what you will see.  The twist panel begins to show its message.

I used HUGS here but, of course, you can put anything you like.  Before attaching the panel to the card base I cut a decorative edge using the Nature Edges.

To see a complete video tutorial on how to assemble this card, simply click here.