Sunday, February 20, 2011

Adventures in Dallasland

It's one of those times when I don't have anything new to post so I thought I'd just mention that I'm back. I didn't know I was gone, but....hey, I'm back!  :)  A last minute opportunity came up for me to fly (very cheaply) to Dallas for a 3-day line dance workshop, so....after much arguing with myself I decided to go. I have to say, I had a blast. My dancing friends and I take class after class on new dances all day long, attend a dance in the evenings, and end the day with aching feet and exhaustion...and we call this FUN. LOL  It really is. I have to admit most of the fun is just being away with friends...laughing, talking, eating, and sharing a common interest. It was an adventure.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Where oh where has that little boy gone?

I blinked and all of a sudden he's 17!

It's a Tim Holtz kind of birthday card for my grandson's 17th birthday. I do often wonder where the time goes. It seems like only yesterday he was just a little squirt.

I borrowed Kathy Orta's idea for using a fragment and spinner for the pocket watch, the rest is my own. I inked the name plate with Vintage Photo Distress ink then used two colors of Distress powder to make it rusty looking. You can't tell in the picture, but I clear embossed the name. I needed some way to secure the money and thought the binder clip would work great—love those binder clips! I love those cute little Timmy paper clips too, so I just had to stick one of those on there somewhere. It was feeling a little lonely though so I gave it a ticket for company. The stamps on the envelope are from the Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman collection.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow?

Ok, I know those aren't the exact words, but I've only got so much space, ya know. :)

I'm calling this a fantasy flower since I'm not so sure it really resembles a rose. A couple of days ago while buried in the white stuff, I decided to experiment with making a rose/fantasy flower out of 1 1/2" wired ribbon. I've seen this done before, where you fold the ribbon in half then sew a running stitch down the non-folded edge, gather it up and roll it up like a cinnamon bun. So I was just standing there at my counter with my ribbon, watching TV, wishing I weren't out of Diet Dr. Pepper....I started pinching the wired edges into pleats and scrunches—just pushing them together, and it stayed! So I just kept going and when I had enough I rolled it up. Got out the hot glue and glued it together. I had to borrow Alice's idea of adding dew drops because I accidentally got some hot glue on a petal that I couldn't get off. So I pooled a spot of hot glue (dew drop) in that spot to cover it. Then I added a couple more to balance it out. I didn't notice until I saw the picture that my mesh is off center. It should be smaller.

Today I am making some paper bag pages...following along with Kathy Orta's (Paper Phenomenon) YouTube series. I also finished my grandson's birthday card. I've been working on it for two days. Why does it take me so long to make a simple card?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just another snowy day in Kansas.

Today I thought I'd post a few pictures of what it looked like in Wichita today. What does it look like where you live?

A little snow doesn't keep these kids from going to school.

Wichita State University student going from parking lot to classroom.

Students of Riverside Leadership Magnet Elementary School

Sedgwick County Park

No swimming today.

I'm glad I stayed home.

Snow plows to the rescue on 13th street (my neighborhood).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Queen for a Year - Monthly Scrap Journal

See the video of the whole thing on YouTube
by clicking here: Queen for a Year Journal

This is my final scrap journal to hold journaling and mementos of the things I do each month—a few pictures, souvenirs, notes, etc. It's my second attempt. You may have seen some pages of my first one that I posted earlier in January. I had two problems with that one: (1) I discovered too late that I should have done a month on each side of the page. Since I didn't, I didn't want to have to make eight more pages like those, and (2) I remembered that I had been wanting to use the Teresa Collins pink and black paper (with the crowns of course!) for this project. So.....this is what I now have.

This is a modified version of Laura Denison's Tall Envelope mini (Following the Paper Instead of making the back side of the envelope like she did I made the same pockets front and back (so each month would be the same). I made mini calenders for the side tags. The top pocket (which is the inside of the envelope) will hold a folded sheet of paper that I've journaled on.

I got the idea to make my journal this way when I happened upon Donna-Marie Designs ( She does some really nice work, and her mini that is similar to this one looks much better. I wanted to keep mine simple . I will make tags as I go if I need them. Thank you Laura and Donna.