Monday, January 26, 2015

Christmas In New Jersey Scrapbook Layout

Here's a very vintage photo of me next to my very first Christmas tree.  I wish that I still had it :-D  This was my first and only Christmas with snow.

It is a very simple layout.  For a while now I've been leaning toward simple layouts with more of a story.  I used paper by DCWV and Recollections.  I did some simple matting, fussy cut a couple of ornaments and added some flowers. So if you think that you don't have time to scrapbook, you're wrong.  This was done in a few hours.  It took me longest to pick out the paper. Easy peacy.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

10 Of My Favorite Crafting Tools

Here is another fun list!  I love making these lists :-D   Just like before, I am not being paid,  nor am I receiving any sort of compensation for telling you about these products.  I have purchased these products through the years and I still use them.  That's how you know that you like a product.  5 years later you're still using them lol.  So here we go, in no particular order:

1-Sizzix Big Shot Machine.  I bought this one several years ago and I still love it.  Let me tell you a little secret.  I like the fact that this machine is mechanical and not electronic.  I have the first digital Silhouette and guess what?  It has been sitting around for years!  The Big Shot is much easier and faster to use as far as I'm concerned.  That's just my opinion.  Anyway, the Big Shot is a die cut machine, but it is also an embossing machine.  That is my favorite part.  I have quite a few embossing folders by now.

2-Xyron 150 "X" Create-a-Sticker Machine.  I'm talking about the little one that looks like an X and it is completely adorable.  I especially like to use it with ribbon.  Some times it can be a pain to add adhesive to fabric ribbon.  But this little machine makes it a piece of cake.  

3-EK tools Self Healing Mat.  This mat truly is self healing.  So if you use your knife to cut things and you don't want to ruin your working table, this mat is great.  It even has measurements and a grid.  I love it.

4-Darice 1204-59 Mini Crafting Iron.  This little item looks like a toy.  It is adorable!  But its not a toy, its a real iron.  I use it to melt things like beeswax and crayons.  It is so small that storing it is easy.  This way I won't have to ruin any clothes by using the household iron lol

5-Uchida of America Rotary Paper Trimmer.  I cannot tell you how much I love this paper trimmer.  It works really well.  You can replace almost everything when it wears out AND you can purchase blades with a decorative edge.  Need I say more?  I don't think so!

6-Tray Mate by Tidy Tray.  This is an inexpensive little tray with a funnel.  I use it for embossing powders, glitter, small beads, etc.  I have even embossed inside it.  Mine has taken quite a beating.  But I love it.  I have a strange attachment to it.  I can't bring myself to replace it.  Buying a new one feels like cheating on this trusty old friend LOL.

7-Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool.  I love it.  Martha Stewart makes really good quality products.  I bought it 3 years ago and I've gotten my money's worth.  It even has a tool to help you make envelopes.  

8-Cricut Spatula.  I have the old one, but the new one looks even better.  Anyhow, why add a spatula to this list you might be wondering.  Ever tried to remove something like a button off of your scrapbook page without damaging the paper?  Yup...use a spatula!  

The next two items are for quillers.

9-Quilled Creations Quilling Fine Tip Scissors.  These are the best pair of little scissors for quilling.  I have expensive and inexpensive scissors.  But this is the only one that I use when I'm quilling.  The size is perfect and the tips are really pointy and sharp.

10-Quilled Creations Curling Coach Quilling Tool.  This thing really makes curling paper soooooooooo easy!  I very seldom quill without it.  I even have a couple of video tutorials showing you how easy and awesome this tool really is.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading through this list.  I had a lot of fun putting it together for you.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Documented Life Project Weeks 1, 2 and 3

I am doing the Documented Life Project this year again!  I bought a Moleskine weekly planner for 2015.  These are weeks 1, 2 and 3.  It is so much fun!  You can take as long or as short a time as you want.  It can be a quick way to get your artistic satisfaction if you're having a busy life.  Or you can really take your time and enjoy your art time.

For week one I didn't use the challenge, instead I used the prompt:  Be Your Own Goal Keeper

For Week 2 the challenge was Gesso.  I used white gesso to cover the page first and then I used it in place of white paint.

Week 3's challenge was The Color Wheel.  This was my interpretation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pearl Necklace and Earrings Set

Good morning, lollipops!  Today is my turn over at Miriam's Crafting Supplies to showcase a new project.  We have a "Shades of White" Challenge going on.  I invite you to click HERE and check it out. 

So I want to show you a set of necklace and earrings that I made using Miriam's glass pearls and clear, acrylic beads. 

 The necklace is quite chunky, so the earrings are simple, but complimentary.

 I really like the clear, acrylic beads.  They shine like a new penny, but they're also very light.  It doesn't feel like you're wearing a pound of jewelry around your neck.

I used a pretty, toggle clasp.  Easy to open and easy to close!  :-)

Miriam's Crafting Supplies products used:  Clear, square and round beads, glass pearls.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fun Day Photographing Birds

I have lived in South Florida almost my entire life.  But there's a place about a couple of hours away that I only discovered back in 2013.  Its called Loop Road.  It is off of the Tamiami Trail, right in the middle of The Everglades.  This is not within the boundaries of the national park.  Instead, it is a road that feels like you're driving through the jungle.  That's in part because you are.  Several miles are unpaved.  The paved section has some houses where a few brave souls live.  I mean it when I say brave because Loop Road is chuck full of alligators, snakes and other wildlife.  

A few weeks ago Larry and I went back for another photography trip.  This time we only saw a few alligators and they were in the water.  But there were lots of wading birds showing off.  This guy below is an Anhinga.  It likes to swim with its body completely submerged in the water, except for its neck and head.  Then it perches itself on a tree, extends its wings and sunbathes.

 This beautiful gray and blue bird down here is a Blue Heron.  They are quite large and gorgeous.   This little guy sat there for a quite a while, keeping an eye on me while I took a gazillion photos.  Then he turned around and walked into the jungle behind it.

Last, but certainly not least, is the adorable Snowy Egret.  I had to use one of my long lenses to photograph it because it was perched high up on a tree.  You can't tell very well in this photo, but the back of this little guy's legs are green.  That's because it is a young one.  Adults' legs are completely black, except for the toes, of course.

I hope that you have enjoyed these photos.  I love nature and wildlife.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shades of White Challenge

Hello butterflies!  Today I have a birthday card to show you.  This month we are having a Shades of White Challenge over at Miriam's Crafting Supplies  I really suggest that you check it out!  You can win a lot of fun stuff.  Here's a little secret though.  I didn't make this card for the challenge only.  I also made it for my mom.  Her birthday is Jan 16!  

I used white card stock as the base of my card.  The adhesive and all the bling is from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  I used the paper backed double sided tape.  To make the butterflies I used a decorative punch. I made sure to punch out two for each butterfly.  That way you don't see white wings underneath :-)  Its really a very simple card that can be made even a beginner.  But it comes out looking very pretty.

I encourage you to join our challenge this month!


Miriam's Crafting Supplies:
Paper backed double sided tape
Flat back pearls

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Pink ink
The Paper Company Studio Birthday Stamp
Prima Paper (for the butterflies)