Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Ornie and Card

OK. I am sure you are getting tired of seeing these by now, but I just had to try a mermaid! I used the same pattern just modified the lower body. Again, all scraps.

I also made this card for my nephew who got engaged quite a while ago actually though we haven't seen them. I like to give gifts in person and we will be seeing them at Christmas. For the background, I used Tim Holts's technique on his Tag #2 of his 2009 Holiday Tags. He is so creative to say the least! To see his stuff (all amazing) visit his blog

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Ornie and a free pattern

Big thanks to all who posted such nice things about my ornaments.
I have finished another and also posted the pattern on my website. It is my gift to you since I can't make each of you an ornament! The instructions are very basic. The face on the pattern is actual size. Feel free to reproduce it but please give me credit. Please also do not use the pattern for other than personal use. Enjoy and share any you make. I would love to see them! My site is

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Angel Ornaments

These little angels are like peanut butter cups - you can't eat just one (or at least I can't)! I have made 5 more for a total of 6 and all are spoken for- none for me! I see to be working in pairs. I did another with overdyed lace. This one is trimmed in sheer flowers around the skirt bottom though they are VERY subtle.

The next two I started with ecru silk matlesse then started layering different neutral colored laces - many vintage. Love how these came out. Only sparkle is some gold in the wings and halo.

The last two are Crazy Patched. They are embellished with various trims, sequins and beads. I used fun fur yarn for the hair and it is a bit wild. Think I like the curly hair better.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Getting ready for the Holidays

First, thanks for all the wonderful comments about my paper purse and box and all the well wishes. I am feeling better every day and have been getting back into creating - working on Christmas items. I need an ornie for a swap and a hostess gift among other things so I thought these would be small items to start on. The first ornie started life as a clear glass ball. I saw this originally on Carol Duvall and always wanted to try it. The inside is coated with glue, then sprinkled with mica powders. Once this is dry (and this takes at least 24 hours! Ask me how I know!) I added white pearl paint to fill in the blank areas. Once that was dry (another 24 hours) then I did a bead netted cover.

The second ornie is a Victorian Angel using left over lace pieces from the purse and box. I also entered her in the Michael's contest so I would love it if you would vote for her by rating her. the link is I am making a few more of these. The face is from a pic I did of the Madeline Ragalia doll with a few modifications. I am finishing up another one and want to do the next in paper.

I also bought a new toy on Black friday. Joann's had the Cricut Personal cutter on sale for a great price. My friend has had one for quite awhile and I love what she was doing with hers so I figured I had to have one. I really wanted the one by Xyron that you can create your own designs with but it is about $300-400 - a bit out of my range. However, I have learned there is software made for this machine for about $75 that allows you to connect via USB to your computer and create your own designs. How cool is that!!!! Can't wait to get the software. Of course I started to experiment and decided to try my hand at making my Christmas cards. I really wanted a snowflake, but didn't like the ones on the Cartridges my friend loaned me but did like the wreath, christmas tree, and dove so made my cards - lots of them. The pic is a sampling: the snowflakes are cut from a Sizzix cartridge and the gold tree is hand cut from the scraps of the green paper then spray painted. I love the embossing folders too - mainly use the Cuttlebug ones. Lots of glitter and mica powders to add color.Can't wait to send them out.