Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

Hiya folks! 

I've gone down a slippery slope thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law. A few years ago she shared some of her mother's vintage costume jewelry. While I loved the sparkle I didn't have the nerve to wear any in public. I just wasn't the type to draw attention to myself...

Until now.

This is a beautiful Demi-Parure which reminds me of holiday times. I haven't worn the clip earrings (or any clips) yet - too matchy-matchy for me.

Christian Dior by Kramer of NY

The smokey gray bracelet has a fantastic asymmetrical rhinestone encrusted clasp. The brooch flashes blues and greens in the light.

Miriam Haskell bracelet and an unsigned brooch

I think this is my favorite set, even though I haven't actually worn it yet. I can hold it and stare into the huge yellow, green and peach center piece for hours.

Unsigned two-tone demi-parure

This necklace opened the door for me to explore my newfound eccentricity, as I call it. It was the first piece I wore and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Coro pendant and chain

I've since started researching and collecting more pieces. I'll share my finds here. I'm even opening up another shop (yes, another!) to *really* share fun finds. As much as I'd like to keep all the sparklies, I know there will be even more down the road. 

Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, September 30, 2013

On The Workbench

Hiya folks! I want to share what's going on 'round these parts lately. I have a Halloween shadow box house to finish up (see the arrow pointing to the woefully empty attic cubby) before it goes in the shop.

Plus, there's a table full of stick pins in various states. Love the new wee skulls! See the awesome large green skull? It was a gift from the teeny tiny skull supplier (er, the skulls are teeny tiny, not the supplier...) and I can't wait to pop it on a pin. It's greeeeeen!

Thanks muchly for your visit today. I hope you're having a beautiful day!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tilda's Ice Cream Cone

Hiya folks! We've had gorgeous weather here on the East Coast that's been leaning a bit toward crisp fall temperatures. I'm not quite ready for the cold so I'm going to imagine hot sunshine for an excuse to enjoy a yummy ice cream cone with Tilda!

These vibrant colors are found on Bo Bunny's "Vicky B" collection. I love the brightness of orange, pink and lime!

This sweet Magnolia Tilda was colored with Prismacolor pencils and layered up for that 3D effect. The crochet flower -a gift from a dear friend- adds a great touch of texture. You can imagine the butterfly and ladybug charms coming to life and flitting around this lovely little garden!

An extension of the "garden" is found inside along with an area for a sweet sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a gorgeous day!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Sweet Anniversary Music Card

Hi folks! Today is our 16th wedding anniversary and I'm still deeply in love with The Man. Awww....

Instead of loading up even more sappy stuffs, I'll share this sweet little Tilda with you.

The paper is My Mind's Eye "Indie Chic: Citron" with Bazzill solids. This MME collection has one of my favorite color combinations of teal and coral. The music notes are washi tape glued to card stock and then rounded here and there to show movement.

Tilda was colored with Prismacolor pencils and layered for a 3D effect - even the wings are layered! I used another Willow Folk crochet flower (as on yesterday's card) but the cards were actually made weeks apart. :-)

The inside coordinates with the front - I just love love love this swirly floral paper!

Tonight were off to a lovely dinner and a little sweet music of our own. *blush* I hope everyone has a fantastic loving weekend!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Peeking into a Fairy Meadow

Hi folks! I have a new card to share today, made with what's possibly the last of my Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime collection.

 This little girl was lucky enough to be welcomed into the fairy meadow to play, but a fairy elder is keeping a close eye on the fun and games!

I used a Jolee's resin frame that I've planned on painting for ages, but this as-purchased color worked perfectly. The crochet flower is from my friend Nicole at Willow Folk. She has a great selection of colors and sizes in her shop!

Inside there's plenty of room for fairy sweet wishes!

Thanks for stopping in today.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone With Finnabair

Hiya folks! Tuesday and Wednesday I took three workshops with Anna Dabrowska, aka Finnabair at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland. It was an amazing experience and I learned great new skills.

I want to share all my projects, but it'll be out of order. The first day workshop journal still needs a little work on front for my satisfaction, so I'll save it for later.

So onto the Wednesday morning "Imagine" collage workshop, for which we needed to bring a photo to work around. I brought a recent photo of myself and made a personal collage!

I hope you can see the green, blue and gold shimmers
on the shadowy side. Here are a few of my favorite details:

Under the watch swirly thing is a message to myself: Create, Live, Love


This little plaque says Live the life you've imagined.
 It's an extra special sentiment for me since I've recognized that 2013 has been spent
fantasizing more about finished products than actually finishing them.

Or in some cases, not even starting them. 

I learned SO MUCH in these workshops and really stepped out of my comfort zone. I've never liked getting messy and really hated the cleanup. Wow, after these two exhausting and exhiliarating days, my eyes have been opened and my mind freed to let it roll!

Thanks for visiting today. I'll share the other two workshops soon!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sunset Key Album

Hello hello! I want to share a custom album I made in May for a special customer who made great memories during her Key West vacation. The papers are all Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue.

Front Cover, personalized 

Front cover detail

It's a chunky (well-embellished!) album

 More front detail

 Pages 1 and 2, with 5 tags and photo mats.
Can you see the raised fishies?

Pages 3 and 4, with 6 tags and photo mats

 Pages 5 and 6, with 4 tags and photo mats

Page 5 detail - love the stamp designs G45 uses.
This one was mounted on chipboard and the edge
detail was done with a MS 1/16th inch hand punch.

Page 6 detail. I found a variety of neat little sprays in the
wedding section at Hobby Lobby.

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

 Page 9 detail

Page 10 detail - I think this is my favorite page embellishment

And the back cover!

Thanks for visiting today! 


Thursday, July 11, 2013


Well, hello there good lookin'. You come here often? *wink* Obviously I've been wandering past the front door for a while. I have stuffs to share and will start wandering around bogland once again.

Thanks for sticking with me!


Monday, April 22, 2013

New Pins!

Hi folks! If you've been following along with my bumbles over the last few years you'll know the progression of my beaded pins.

Pin set on one of my cards - click to see the post

If not, it sort of goes like this: First I started using them on my own cards and, upon suggestions and requests added stick pin sets to my Etsy shop. I eventually added single pins with larger beads and a sturdier base wire. I don't make a lot of sets anymore, mostly since they're more work and use more materials. I know I reached the maximum price possible. There are so many sellers out there selling sets for pennies, and I won't do that to myself!

Pins made in January 2012

While I've been making fun faceted crystal pins, I've been building a collection of authentic Czech glass beads and crystals, semi-precious stones, genuine Swarovski crystals and pearls, truly vintage faceted crystals and beads as well as made-in-the-USA pewter findings.

My beautiful collection is also "Inventory", according to the resident accountant/tax man/husband. As happens each year, taxes were filed and -according to him- inventory is too high. *sigh*

So, introducing a new line of heirloom-quality pins!

They might not look too different to you, but the materials are all top-notch and worthy of years and years of use. I'll be adding this first batch to the shop today, as I edit the photos. Material details will be in each listing so you can choose from Swarovski to vintage.

Thanks for visiting today! I hope your weather is more seasonal than mine. I broke down and turned the heat on this morning since the house was 58. Yikes!


Monday, April 8, 2013

On The Boardwalk

Hi folks! I'm excited to share today's card with you. If you have a Tuesday Morning shop nearby, you know great deals can be found regularly.  Late last year I found 25-packs of Graphic 45's On The Boardwalk papers for $2.99. The packs were 25 sheets of a single design and they had all the designs available. I think there were only 2 designs I didn't buy. I sent off half to my extremely creative sister and (apparently) hoarded the rest for months.

Until now. 

When I pulled the papers out I was first inspired by the "on the boardwalk" film strip and started there. I made the umbrella and used a Distress Stain(ed) bamboo skewer for the umbrella handle.

I love all the dimension on this card! It's a thick one, though. The lovely lady is attached with 1/4" (6.35mm) of pop dots, not to mention the 1 1/4 inch (3.18cm) high umbrella. All I can say is this card had a mind of it's own!

I used a heavy layer of Picket Fence Distress Stickles on "beach" and Frosted Lace Stickles on the Coney Island disc.

Thanks for your visit today. It's a beautiful day here in Maryland and I'm getting ready for a community yard sale on Saturday. My dining room is FULL of stuff we've been carrying around but not using for years. Ugh. I'm not sure how I'll be able to look at it all week. :) By the way, how the heck do you price stuff for a yard sale?

I hope you have a great day!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Happy Winnings and the Last Easter Card

Hello hello! We worked in the yard today and are all tired and happy this evening. I hope your weekend was great!

Last week I was lucky enough to win a prize over at the oh-so-inspiring Linda Cain's blog, FRIENDS in ART. I expected to receive the Retro Cafe Art Theater Shrine kit and was spoiled to receive so many goodies! Here's the photo she posted - I'm too excited to make my own photo at the moment!

Thanks so much, Linda!

I also want to show you my final Easter card of the year. When I made this card for someone, I also made a blank for myself, as a way to use up paper and add more to the shop. All the important info is on that post, so I'll let you wander over there if you are so inspired. :)

I bought this stamp specifically for that large Easter card order and I'm so glad I did. I adore her hat so much!

Thanks for visiting today! Tomorrow I'll take you to the beach with Graphic 45!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Destination: Paradise!

Hello, hello creative friends! Since I didn't make a lot of paper projects last year and yet didn't stop buying (is that considered hoarding?), there's a lot hanging around. Here's how the leftover scraps of Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue inspired me this week.

I cut out the lady and set her outside the window frame, as if she's showing off her fantastic South Pacific view.

I wanted to clip the "destination" tag and the "paradise" ticket together but the chipboard ticket was too thick. I used a Cricut spatula to cut the thickness in half. It seems so simple but I was pretty thrilled to think that one up. It's the little things!

Here's a view of the inside. I really like the fold on the left - you'll see a lot more like it.

I ordered a sheet of the floral background paper to use as gift box top - hopefully it will arrive today, 'cause you know there is more fun stuff in that order!

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you have a creative weekend. :)


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men...

...Often go astray.    (Thank you, Robert Burns)

Hello hello! How about another Easter-themed card? I wanted to share all of them before Easter, but, you know, life got in the way. *wink*

This is made with Bo Bunny's Vicky B paper pad. Lovely bright colors! Looks like Tilda is having fun painting all the eggs.

The stripey panel on the right is permanent - it doesn't pull out or anything. I'm not sure what I was thinking except I knew I wanted to see the stripes. As a result, I had to make the gift box rectangular instead of square. No big deal!

I'm not sure if you can see the glossy effect on the top left circle panels (front and inside). I covered the circles with Glossy Accents and set coordinating Dew Drops (remember those?) in the wet GA. It's a neat effect!

Thanks for visiting today. I'll try to share all Easter cards this week -- two left on the computer and more still on the camera. Yikes! Anyway, fun fun fun!