February 16, 2019

The Dance of the Mermaids

After seeing this months "Letters from the Sea Kit" over at Alpha Stamps, I was swept away with a strong current to the depths of my minds ocean. There I found beautiful crystal waters and playful mermaids with gorgeous hair. 

It was easy to get lost in this project and I enjoyed every wave of creativity and how everything just flowed into place. I love it when that happens with my work!

I instantly thought of an aquarium of sorts after seeing this Fortune Teller's Booth. It was easy to imagine each window having it's own scene and seaweed and mermaids dancing from the top. I created my field of seaweed using cuts from the the below dies.

CottageCutz Elites Die Large Leafy Flourish
Sizzix Framelits with Stamps - Eucalyptus and Flourish

Wooden skewers were all I needed to hold the "seaweed", trimmed and painted with a little glue and layers of die cuts. After punching a few holes in the lid, the skewers slipped right in and I had an instant ocean garden.

Using the top two images on the Matchbox Nautical Clock Half Sheet, a crystal blue backdrop came to be. I blended the two images together using watercolor crayons and a white pen.

Swirly die cuts from the Feathery Flourishes Set created the flowing hair of my black haired mermaid.

I wanted the mermaid's tails to have scales, so I actually used several punched leaves from this Burch Punch using the Waves & Seaweed Solid-Color Paper Set. I added a squirt of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in different shades here and there.

I hope you've enjoyed your journey and that this gets you currents of creativity flowing. Thanks for stopping by!


December 29, 2018

Oh How I Love Vintage Ephemera

I am obsessed with vintage ephemera. I hoard it like it is the priceless piece of beauty that it is. And I could never, ever have enough. So when I saw this new "Scrap Studio" collection of papers by Kaisercraft, I was instantly inspired to create. 

These papers are just so beautifully detailed, looking gorgeous and layered. It hardly took any work at all to make these tent cards, new at Alpha Stamps and I didn't even have to sacrifice any of my own vintage ephemera.

Want some great news? How about a creative start to the new year with the newest kit over at Alpha Stamps? Not only do you get these gorgeous papers, you also get the Arched Tent Card Frame and some goodies to decorate it yourself. 

Scrap Studio Pink Expressions Scrapbook Paper

Scrap Studio Roses & Gritty Scrapbook Paper

This blushing gal reminds me of Mary from Downtown Abbey. There are many images to choose from here

Don't you just love this Eiffel Tower wax seal! I got it at a little shop down in New Orleans and just swooned when I saw it!

Scrap Studio Authentic Ephemera Scrapbook Paper

Blue Resin Butterfly Embellishment

My goal for 2019, more "me time" and lots of creating in the studio. What about you? Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!


December 8, 2018


The Joy of the Season, the rich, yummy goodies that go to my hips. Creating this delicious little beauty only made my cravings worse! But it's for your eyes only, not your tummy.

Do you see that wonderful candy cane paper? I fell in LOVE with it and it was the inspiration for all of the pink. It's called Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper. Even the name is fabulous!

Do you know I actually made this tiny 1:12 Ginger Bread House! Just like a real gingerbread house, but mini. Same with the Chipboard Sleigh below.

There are so many miniature treats over at Alpha Stamps, and I munched them all down! Some I added a little acrylic paint to, to make them just the right shade of pink and chocolate so they looked like them came out of the same kitchen.

I made some wonderful cookies out of some Polymer Clay Canes, Dimensional Snow, and adhesive dots.

I so enjoyed putting this cheerful shadowbox together and adding yummy treats galore and lots of cheerful decor!

Critters always add to a cozy Christmas.

Here's to an over the top Christmas, decorations galore, but more importantly a heart full of love and celebration!


Alpha Stamps Supplies Used:
Larger Square Shrine Shadowbox - Deep
Pink Christmas 12x12 nmjPad

Yuletide Carol Scrapbook Paper Set
Carousel Christmas Peppermint Wishes Scrapbook Paper
Chipboard Sleigh - 1:12 Scale
1:12 Gingerbread House
Scalloped Gingerbread Trim Strips
Leaf Gingerbread Trim Strips
3mm Gold & Silver Stars
3mm Rhinestone Chain - Pink Mix
5mm Thin Silver Snowflakes
6mm Fancy Silver Snowflakes

Christmas Red Stickles
Lime Green Stickles
Iridescent Crystal Iris AB Confetti Mix
Winter Snow Glitter Mix
Gothic Trestle Table - 1:12 Scale
Slice of Pink Frosted Cake
8 Piece Set Miniature Desserts
Miniature Chocolate Cake
Christmas Candy Box
Chocolate Rolled Cake with Cherries
Mini Sponge Cake with Chocolate Frosting
White & Pink Iced Brioche
Tiny Ceramic Gingerbread House Bead
Filled Candy Cane Jar
Mini Ceramic Garden Gnome Beads
Dimensional Snow Writer
Retro Bottle Brush Tree Set - Pink
Antiqued Medium Victorian Planter
Polymer Clay Red Swirl Peppermint Cane
Mini Candy Canes
Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set
Set of 3 Miniature Resin Deer
White Sleeping Cat
1-3/8 Inch Glass Bottle with Cork
White Dresden Border Sampler Set