• Decor,  Mini Books,  Paper Crafts,  Wall Art

    Fall workshops

    Even though temps are still pretty high around here my attention is focused on Fall – Fall workshops that is. I’ve been working on several projects this summer that will be offered this Fall as workshops and I wanted to share some sneak peeks with you all. My calendar is being updated as workshops get confirmed so check back often. The first is this Christmas-themed configurations tray using Graphic 45 papers, Art Glitter, Globecraft Memories and Xyron. Go figure! I managed to work them all into one project that I think you’ll love to display each year during the holiday season. We’ll work with acrylic paints, inks, embossing powders, fussy-cutting,…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    A sparkly state of mind … and then some!

    Some days are just better than others and the day I received the email confirming I was a member of Art Institute Glitter’s Design Team was one of those really good days. Then Saturday I was notified I made Globecraft Memories‘ Design Team. Today is an even better day because I get to share my good news with you – I am an official Design Team member for Art Institute Glitter and Globecraft Memories! I’m excited! I’ve used Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear adhesive for years and have really fallen in love with the company’s glitter products over the past several years. You all know I love good, quality products…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    It’s clearly a cover-up …

    I’ve spent the better part of the day playing with rubber stamps, inks, paints and Globecraft Memories to create this cute little piece of wall art. Globecraft Memories makes these great bubbles and frames that protect dimensional memorabilia but I created dimensional art to display in mine. Here’s how: Supplies: Globecraft Memories globeframe, Ranger Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Butterscotch, Espresso, Willow and Gold; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Inkessentials Glue N’ Seal (matte finish), 5X7-inch canvas panel, Studio 490 stamp (LCS048) A Form of Art, Crafty Secrets stamp (SS15) Material Girl, Ranger Archival Inks in Coffee and Sepia, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, Designer Dries Clear (Art…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    Displaying fragments of a creative soul wannabe …

    Remember the vintage letterpress trays I picked up at the Allegan Antique Market a while back? Yep, those trays. I think it was nearly two years ago that I came upon them thinking I’d create a shabby-chic style wall decor class. I started collecting bits and pieces of sewing items – old patterns, threads, buttons, thimbles, intending to work into a sewing theme, but I struggled with where and how to begin. So the trays continued to take up space in the garage. I turned many a magazine pages searching for inspiration; something to get me going. I shopped antique malls, searching for more little trinkets, treasures and ideas. I…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    Weather, birthdays and classes …

    This beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing for a week now is making it very difficult for me to stay indoors and do what needs to be done – like posting to this blog! Today my husband and I started by clearing out a lot of junk out of the garage but as the day wore on we both found ourselves sitting under the tree and watching the wildlife scurry around the pond. Dinner was cooked on the grill and we ate on the patio. What a wonderful day! I justified the easy day by telling myself I’ll take it for my birthday instead of Monday – works for me (I…

  • Decor,  Wall Art

    Beyond a good read …

    My interest in books goes well beyond a good read. I’m often measuring the cover for its dimensions, scanning the pages for interesting words or phrases and checking for aging and yellowing pages. I see a different kind of story. Not one told with words but a story told through art. I love to cut the book apart and repurpose the covers by altering with art materials or covering them with beautiful papers. The inside pages are useful for cutting words and phrases to layer in the art or to punch several sizes of circles to create delicate layered paper flowers. In my latest class project I used this book…