Saturday, February 26, 2011

GOTHIC ARCHES-"Butterflies"

Here's my arch for the current theme over at the Gothic Arches blog! I took a replica of an old postcard that I found in one of my drawers and scanned it and then printed it--the artist's name was Ryan. I love how the lady has butterfly wings! You can see all the lovely arches for this springtime theme here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fairy Frame

I made this altered frame for my oldest daughter's birthday a few days ago--I'm afraid I didn't get a very good picture of it, but I did enjoy creating it for her. Sometime last year, I think it was, I got the idea to cover an inexpensive wooden frame with scrapbook paper from Nancy Maxwell James, who always creates the most beautiful, vintage-inspired art; I love, love, LOVE her blog, Sugarlump Studios! Nancy very kindly told me where to get the frames (Michael's) and also the name of the beautiful paper she used back then for her frames (K&Co's Madeline line). The paper I used here is from Graphic 45. They have the most wonderful vintage images and themes printed on their paper! I thought I'd figured out how to attach the paper by cutting out a template I made and using decoupage gel, but it was very difficult and time-consuming. Lo and behold, I found a much easier way to attach the paper to the fronts of the frames by stumbling on a tutorial by Tammy Tutterow, who provides great video tutorials on her webpage. So, many, many thanks to these wonderful ladies who are always so generous about sharing their art and ideas; I am always so grateful for all of you lovely bloggers who share ideas with the rest of us!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tag Tuesday Challenge-"Friends"

Well, here I come again, always at the tail end of challenges! I'm just glad I had time today to make something! This is for last Tuesday's Kard Krazy challenge of making a tag with the theme of "friends"--hopefully tomorrow, when there's a new challenge, I can be at the beginning of things . . . oh well, one can always try, right?

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Hello Everyone! Thank you so very much, all of you who visited my blog and entered my OWOH giveaway--I used a random generator to choose the winner, and Carol, of Stitch Across the Border, you have won my giveaway! Congratulations!!!!!!! I will be contacting you today-- And a huge thank you to Lisa Swifka for all of her hard work in creating and maintaining this wonderful blogging event for the past 5 years--thank you, thank you, Lisa; I’ve had so much fun participating and visiting so many fantastic blogs and artists!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The bi-weekly challenge at Gothic Arches is to use hearts in your arch, with thoughts of Valentine's Day arriving soon! The beautiful image I used was generously provided by Marie's Freebies.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


The bi-weekly theme this time around is "Queen" ~ my arch doesn't show up very well in the photo, but if you click twice on the picture, it will show up better. It is very sparkly in real life--I kind of went crazy with the "bling"~you can see all the beautiful arches over at Gothic Arches!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


ONE WORLD ONE HEART is a wonderful event that Lisa Swifka started 5 years ago to celebrate blogging and to bring bloggers from all over the world together. I feel so fortunate to be able to participate for the 3rd year in a row, and I have met so many, many wonderful artists from all over the globe and I've made many new friends because of this celebration event. I'm sad that this will be the last OWOH, but look forward to hearing from old blogging friends and to forging new friendships as well. So, welcome to my blog, please leave a comment (you must have an active blog, as this is an event for bloggers) for a chance to win my little offering (pictured below) and I will pick a winner when the event ends on February 17th. I will post the winner's name and also send an email out. GOOD LUCK, and I look forward to hearing from you!

My little "event prize" started out as an unfinished wooden frame; I embellished it with scrapbook paper from K & Company, and added paper roses, vintage buttons, and rub-on words, and a bit of a flourish. The image inside the frame is a freebie that Magic Moonlight Studio generously provided last year.