Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Little Vintage Elf'n Magic

Hey everyone, It's AP Tuesday again. All I can say today is WOW! So much yummy goodness going on over at the Altered Pages Blog I feel like I have been stuffed with a Thanksgiving Art Feast!! LOL! So many talented design team members and I am so thankful to be a part of such a great team! If you haven't done so head over to the blog and check out the November Elf challenge. I would love for you to join us not to mention lots of good prizes to the winners!!!

Speaking of elves, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I bet it's even beginning to look a little like Christmas around your homes as well. I have been working on some new Christmas ornaments for my own tree this year and decided to create one more little elf ornament for you. I love victorian and vintage especially vintage toys so with that in mind here is what I came up with

I created this little rendition of a vintage toy ornament using  some  spools, fibers, glitter, G45 paper and AP's Elves and Gnomes collage kit. You can find lots of cool collage images just right for those vintage handmade ornaments over at!

 A few bits and baubles from my personal stash of junk'n finds,  a little fussy cutting, embossing and glue and Wa La!  Can't wait to hang him on my studio tree!!

(This is the back side)
What fun it was to create this little guy.  He is going to look really cute hanging from that  little green tree in my atelier!!  I think it really is starting to look a little like Christmas!!   
 Have a Beautiful Blessed Thanksgiving my sweet art friends,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

One Jolly Soul With Something BiG To Crow About!

Hi everyone and greetings from Mo.!!  I hope all of you have been enjoying this most beautiful month of  November while gearing up for the holidays!! I have been busy in my little atelier here in the Ozarks gearing up for all the fun going on throughout Blog land and at home as well. Designing designing designing and trying to figure out how to add in some quality outdoor time with my Mr. Wonderful!! Fall is a BIG time here in the Ozarks as I am sure it is in a lot of other places. The leaves are falling and the weather is getting cooler (or at least it is supposed to be. LOL).  
Pumpkins, hay bales and scarecrows adorn porches
 and around here, the crows are crowing their little heads off!!!
Yep, those little black fellas are making their presence known and taking a leisurely walk through the woods, leaves one at times needing earplugs.  But, I love to hear them as it is always a sign fall is here.
Speaking of Crows.......  I have a big exciting announcement to make and have been choking on my tongue trying to keep quiet until all the details were worked out!! Some of you read about it on my FB page and some may not have. But, I am ready to make the big reveal!! Yours truly is proud to announce "I have been accepted as a new member of CrowAbout StudioB  design team!    Don't know who CrowAbout StudioB is? Shamey! Shamey! if you are an art journal crazy like myself and do not know!! LOL!  To find out more about Nancy Baumiller and Crowabout click here She herself designs for Deviant Scrap.  And now for my very first original and official design!!  Are ya ready LOL!! Here we go..................................
TAH DAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used snips and snippets from CrowAbout's newest kit Merry & Bright Digi Kit
 as well as the Cutie Patootie kit and Funky Holiday dress-Up kit. Nancy has some most amazing digi kits and they can be found over at Deviant Scrap!
 I am just so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be designing for TWO great companies. Thank you to Nancy at CrowAbout StudioB and Jean over at Altered Pages for the opportunity. I have no doubt it's going to be an amazing journey!!
   I hope you have enjoyed today's post and will keep coming back  for more creative fun and to find some upcoming challenges, swaps and giveaways and tutorials!! So for now I bid all of you farewell as it is time for me to head back to my little atelier and get my art on. I will be back Tuesday with more creative goodness and more BIG news!! 
Please remember I love your feedback so feel free to leave a comment!!
Toot-a-loo my artsy friends!!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Altered Pages Challenge #13 - Elves & Gnomes

Altered Pages Challenge #13 - Elves & Gnomes
Hi everyone, are you excited about the holidays? How about a monthly challenge!
We are gearing up for Christmas over at Altered Pages & to kick off the season, our November Challenge theme is all about Elves & Gnomes!
So because of my love and passion for assemblage art and mixed media art dolls I created these little Elf Christmas ornaments
These little sweeties measure 3 inches at their widest point and 5.5 inches long and are made from pine and wire. I used the Elf and Gnomes collage sheet from and resized them using only their faces. I also used scraps from Graphic 45 "Christmas Emporium" and Glitz "Hello December" paper packs.
Through in some metal corners for wings and lots of scraggly wire. I created paper beads for their legs using the same papers as above.
Oh and you CANNOT forget their EARS!!!
 Elves must have ears!!! I created them out of sculpy clay and touched them up with a little dab of Ecogreen acrylic paint and a little dab of Gelatos all found at AP!!.
There's gonna be loads of fun going on over on the AlteredPages site as they host this months challenge. You will not only be able to enter your very own elf project but you will be able to vote on your favorite Design Team elf as well!! I Hope you will join in on the fun & link up your Elf project too!
Visit the Challenge page for more info!
So...  Tah Tah for now my artsy friends,
and have a very blessed artful week!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Blessings

Happy Tuesday everyone!!
 What a blessing it is to be able to share with you today.  November has been noted as the month to be thankful. In reflecting back on this year and what I have to be thankful for I realize that even though this has been a crazy crazy year the blessings have been abundant even in the darkest of  hours.   I know sounds crazy right? Blessings being plentiful even in the midst of the storms? Yes, truly there have been. For example, My dad become unexpectedly ill and we almost lost him twice. Two long months at the hospital by his side day in and day out brought weariness, emotional highs and lows and everything else that comes with sleeping and caring for an ill loved one day in and day out. Where is the blessing in all of that you ask? Well, I am happy to say finding the strength I never knew I had for one thing not to mention daddy came home and is doing well. It brought me closer to my love for art as I was able to have my art journal at the hospital. I could go on and on about the blessings that came from this and believe me this was truly a dark time as I am a daddy's girl even age *!&#*!! LOL (There are some things a girl just doesn't speak of!!)  While we may not see the blessings all the time they are there in every shape and form and I can say I definitely have been blessed. I am also blessed and thankful for all of my sweet art friends, while I may have never met you in person, each of you in have blessed me with your beautiful words, your constant "you can do it's" and your own inspiring works of art. You never cease to amaze me.    I have so many reasons to be thankful and I am sure you do too. I am also blessed to have been selected to join a team of amazing designers over at So in honor of this bountiful month of blessings I created this little card for all of you! Yes it will have to be a virtual for most but you get the idea LOL!


 I used  the collage sheet 2250 Thanksgiving place cards and 2021 Let us be Thankful, paper from Graphic 45 French Country collection and a little wink of Stella ( yes it's there and I do apologize for the pictures, having a little camera difficulty this crazy day,LOL)  all found at, along with some brown & red cardstock, vintage lace and trim and a tiny brad. I love AP and they have such a great line of products and Ms Jean is adding new products everyday!!

 In creating this, I took brown cardstock and created a standard A7 greeting card or 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  ( 4/14 x 11) folded in half. Then cut 2 strips of G45 paper measuring 2 1/2x 5 1/2 and the other 3x5 1/2. Flipping the larger strip over to reveal the green and then sewed them together and roughing up the edges with a little sandpaper. Next I cut out the image from collage sheet 2250 and layered it up with some brown cardstock and more G45 and added a little vintage lace from my junque'n stash. I added more vintage lace and a little trim to the top of the card and then adhered the image down up top. I then cut the greeting from collage sheet  2021 layered it on a little red cardstock added a teeny tiny brad and adhered it down, topped off the pumpkins with a little Wink of Stella glitter  and waa laa. This was a quickie card but came out so cute.

I just love vintage especially this time of year. It just seems to bring about the warm fuzzies especially as I reflect back through the year, a year despite the difficulties has had so many beautiful and wonderful blessings. What are you thankful for this year, I would love to hear in your comments.

As I said before, I so am thankful for the opportunity to be apart of  a fabulous design team and for the blessing of being able to share my work with all of you, our wonderful followers, my friends!. So for today and always I send you  "Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed year"!!