Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My First Steampunk Challenge!

Ok I love, love love the steampunk style...kinda strange & creepy but really beautiful too. I have been an admirer of others for quite a while but never tried to make something myself.  I stumbled upon this blog: Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges where they host a new steampunk themed challenge every month.  This month there must be a matchbook or matchbooks used in the project.  I was oohing and ahhing over everyone else's projects when the idea hit that the matchboxes would make cute little books. I found an empty printer's tray under my bed and using what I had on hand, altered this tray using 3 different lines of Graphic 45 paper (Steampunk Debutante, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, and the brand new Steampunk Spells). I bought them because I loved the designs, but had no idea what to do with them!I altered each little window with the paper and made little "spell books" with the matchboxes. This was a really fun project to do, I did struggle with where to place things but ultimately like how it came out. I am still working on photographing my projects to show the true colors, it seems my phone takes better shots than my camera, but I am learning! Oh, and the prize for this month's challenge is the "messy head" collection by 7 Dots which I want REALLY bad!!
Thanks for looking!

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Challenge~ Use Your Words

Hello, here is a mixed media canvas I created for the Use Your Words Challenge Site. They post 2 challenges per month where you have to incorporate a certain word in your layout, card or canvas.  I am entering this in the August 15th challenge where you have to use the word "believe."
 I am so glad I stumbled upon this fun website, I am really trying take on some challenges the more I get into scrapping, canvases, etc.  It helps to get the creativity going when you have a starting off point and also many beautiful inspiring projects to look at! Here is my canvas:

It is titled "believe" and I also have the quote "believe impossible things" from Unity Stamps.  This canvas was so fun to make.  I was experimenting with adding texture and used brown packaging, tissue paper and some Shimmerz Texturez (the bricks). Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Bubble Room!

Last week my family was fortunate enough to rent a house on Captiva Island, where it was just so beautiful and relaxing!
This is the view from our front window. Just amazing!
The beautiful Gulf~

 Birdie footprints...

A manatee nose! There were a bunch of these near the marina where the dolphin cruise left out of.

Here we are on the dolphin cruise, so cool! The dolphins swam along side then jumped, flipped, floated on their backs and basically put on one heck of a show, it was great!

The first night we were in Captiva we ate a place called "The Bubble Room." The place is filled with vintage treasures and every day is Christmas! The tables were see through and contained toys from the 50's-80's, my daughters wanted to break the glass and steal the dolls...I loved this place so much I was inspired to make a mixed media canvas with the napkin.
I took this outside of their little store then I left the camera in the car so I don't have any pics of the inside, but it was really fun. 

Here is my canvas...I modpodged the napkin on first, then did some circle resist with the mod podge and gesso. Then I used "perfect medium" through a stencil then embossed to make more little circles. Then added some distress paint, sprayed some inks then added some shells & flowers.  Really fun little canvas to make and I have a memento that will always remind us of our trip.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Minion Cupcakes!

Back to school this week for my little sweeties so I'm getting some time to myself.  I love it but I miss them at the same time...we got to do so many fun things this summer, but man, they are exhausting! We spent last week in Captiva Island and it was so beautiful and relaxing. The girls did a lot of jet skiing, fishing, swimming, crab races and we even took a dolphin cruise on the last day (my fav). I will be back to share a canvas I created later in the week while I was there.
 So I was grocery shopping when I saw that Twinkies had indeed returned! One of my daughters had never tried them and the other always refused because she thought they were really corn dogs and that I was trying to trick her! I had pinned this "minion" cupcake pin a while back and thought it would make a fun back to school treat for the girls to make.
 This is how theirs came out ~

Arent they cute? I love how each one has it's own little personality and expression!  These were so easy for the girls to make, and fun...just cut the Twinkies in half, drew details in black frosting pens and slapped some smarties on for eyes. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

I love to feed the dolphins!

Hello....just wanted to post a LO of me feeding the dolphins at Sea World on Mother's of my favorite things to do, I just love them!  We are so fortunate that we live in FL so we can see them playing in the ocean any time!  I am entering this in a few contests if I can.  I know I'm not good enough yet to be entering contests, but I don't care.  It keeps me motivated and gives me a starting off point. I am entering on the S.W.A.T. website for a triangle sketch layout.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!