Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Hair Clips

These butterfly hair clips were created by rubber stamping on scrapbook paper with permanent ink. The "Arty" butterfly is from Limited Editions and the heart with wings is from Inkadinkado. After the designs were cut out, they were  sealed on both sides with Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage gel. This provides shine and water resistance to the paper. I altered the alligator hair clips by attaching the butterflies with double stick tape. Most of the design is unsupported by the clip and therefore flexible. When you wear them in your hair, the wings appear to be in motion.

I am entering these clips in the following challenges:
CRAFT Challenge - alter/recycle something
Crafts 4 Eternity - Recipe #21 alter something
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - #22 anything but a card
Allsorts Challenge - things with wings
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - #60 anything goes
Fairy Tale Challengeblog - #16 anything but a card
2 Sisters Challenge - #41 anything goes

I encourage you to visit the above-mentioned sites and experience the beautiful samples that the design team members have created for inspiration.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Mermaid bookmark

This bookmark was a lot of fun to create. The mermaid image is an illustration from a Dover clip art book that I colored with chalks. I decided to give her wings to make her even more magical.

I am entering this bookmark into the following challenges:
Stampalot Challenge - "magical worlds"
Craft Your Passion - "let it all hang out"
Cupcake Craft Challenges - "bookmark or book reference"
A Spoonful of Sugar - "things with wings"
Creative Inspirations Paint - " bling"
Fresh Brewed Challenges - "anything but a card"

The design teams on these sites have worked very hard to create samples. Please enjoy the "eye candy" and check them out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wild West

Wild West Card

Making this card was a real challenge for me. I had to scrounge for some western images (Altered Art Fun) and then I didn't quite know what to do with them. Once I started playing around with ideas and moving things around on paper, I came up with this "Queen of Hearts" idea.
I am entering this card in the "wild west" challenge at Gingersnap Creations.

There is a "something metal" challenge going on at Sparkles Forum Challenges.
The heart is a gold-colored metal charm.

There are "anything goes" challenges on the following sites:
I Did It Creations, Make it Monday, Woodware USA Clear Stamps, Crafting for All Seasons and The Paper Shelter.

The Design Teams on the above sites work very hard on their creations. Please visit their sites and be inspired!

Altered Art

Ceramic Tile Pendant

This pendant is made from a ceramic tile purchased from Home Depot in the flooring department. I attached a photo turn for the bail and put a piece of scrapbook paper on the back to cover up the glue and present a more finished appearance. The design is a stamp that I found on the internet. I had to stretch it to fit the tile but it still looks good. I attached the paper to the tile with Modge Podge. I also sealed the design with two layers of Modge Podge. It was a lot of fun to make and I plan on making more with the other 20 tiles that came in the package.

I am entering this altered tile into the "altered project" challenge on the Dutch Dare Challenge site.

There are also two "anything goes" challenges that I will be entering the tile pendant in:  Woodware USA Clear Stamps and Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge.

I always encourage you to look at the other clever creations that have been submitted by the design teams and other crafters.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Altered & Recycled Challenge

Bobby Pins

There is an "altered challenge" going on at  
http://dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspomt.co/. It's always fun to find ways to re-use or re-purpose something.

The bobby pins were created from discarded mini poker chips that have a design that was paper punched from a magazine. I used Beacons Liquid Laminate to adhere and seal the design. So much fun!

I am also entering these bobby pins into the "recycle challenge" at

Please see all the wonderful examples the design teams on these sites have created. You will be inspired.

Monday, May 23, 2011


White Rabbit Tag
The challenge at Altered Alice this month is "Time". It's been so long since I have read the book, that I had to read it over again. Always a classic!

The White Rabbit Tag is being entered into the following challenges:
http://alteredalice.blogspot.com/ - "time"
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-challenge.html - "magical worlds"
http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.com/ - #32 "fairy tales"
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.com/ - "don't be square"
http://www.trulyscrumptiouschallenges.blogspot.com/ - "anything goes"
http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/ - anything but a card
http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.com/ - tag
http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes

It's enjoyable to go to the above sites and see the artwork other people have created for these challenges.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Color My World

Stamped Tulip   
This lovely rubber stamped tulip (Rubber Stampede) was painted with children's Crayola water color paints. I'm so pleased with the colorful results. I am entering this card into the following challenges:

http://cheerfulstamppad.blogspot.com/ - where we were encouraged to share how we achieved our bold colors
http://peartreedesigns.blogspot.com/ - "anything stamped"
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/ - "colors"
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/ - "bloom and grow"
http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/ - "flower, patterned paper and ribbon"
http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/ - Recipe #19 - use flower, ribbon and bling
http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.com/ - use 3 papers, 2 embellishments and ribbon
http://craftuscrazy.blogspot.com/ - my favorite embellishments are sequins, rhinestones and netting
http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/ - embellish it

As always, the artwork on the above sites is beautiful. Take the time to visit the sites and get inspired.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Journal Page

Pearl & Me
The photo used in this "journal page" is from the May Bella Muse Challenge
http://bellacreations.ning.com/forum/topics/may-bella-muse-challenge?id=6357632%3ATopic%3A119633&page=5.  It made me think of the long summer days of my youth.They were spent lounging on a blanket with friends, hiding from the heat of the sun in the shade of a tree. I remember looking in the grass for "lucky" four-leaf clovers.
   I am also entering the "journal page" in the following challenges:
http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/ - "for the girls" challenge
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - "anything goes" challenge
   Please check out the beautiful submissions already made to these great challenges. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Door Tag Hanger

Enchanted Garden  

The "enchanted garden" door tag hanger was created from a watercolor painting and a variety of collage elements. I recently took a watercolor introduction class at my local library. The instructor was great but my painting was not. I decided to cut the painting apart and do what I do best - COLLAGE IT UP! I love the "enchanting" results. I hope you like it too.

This door tag hanger is being entered in the following challenges:
http://jeanieatc.blogspot.com/2011/05/door-tag-challenge-my-first-blog.html -door tag challenge
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-challenge.html -
"magical worlds" challenge
http://flutterbywednesdays.blogspot.com/ - "open" challenge http://theangelcompany.typepad.com/digi_design_house/ - anything but a card
http://mymumscraftshopchallenges.blogspot.com/2011/05/challenge-6-anything-but-square.html - anything but a square challenge
http://stampfairychallenge.blogspot.com/ - "3 embellishments" challenge

Check out the wonderful examples made by the Design Team Members on the above listed sites.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tag Fun

I am entering this tag in a number of challenges:
http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.com/ - Challenge #67 "lets play tic tac toe" - it has a number of combinations to choose from (ribbon, punch, brad) and (tag, die cut, lace). What a fun challenge!
http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/ - "in the garden" challenge

http://blog.therubbercafe.com/ - "make a tag" challenge
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - "lace and ribbon" challenge
http://peartreedesigns.blogspot.com/ - "anything stamped" challenge http://www.totallygorjuss.blogspot.com/ - "not square" challenge
http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.com/ - "lace" challenge

I don't usually make tags but this was a lot of fun. Check out the above sites to see the amazing examples the Design Teams created.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Buttons & Bows

altered lady card
This altered lady card is being entered in a "buttons and bows" challenge on the following blog site: http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com/2011/05/challenge-72-buttons-and-bows.html#links.

Check it out. The design team has created many wonderful examples to get you inspired.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Flowers

May Flowers
Flowers are always a favorite of mine to make and play with. I am entering this card in two "handmade flowers" challenges on these sites:  http://designed2delight.com/blog/2011/05/may-flowers-saturdays-dt-challenge/ and
This card also qualifies for the "recycling" challenge on http://www.amberscraftsandstuff.com/. The flowers are made from magazine clippings.
I am also entering this card in the "how does your garden grow"challenge on
The flowers are "May Flowers" so I am entering the card in the "why we celebrate May" challenge at
http://stampingvacation.blogspot.com/2011/05/special-month-challenge-may.html and the May Flowers challenge on http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/. Hope your garden has lots of May flowers!

More Challenges

Magical Worlds
For this card I used one of my "odd" designs. I will be entering this card in the "Magical Worlds" challenge on http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-challenge.html. I am also using this card for the "U is for underneath" challenge on the http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com/ blog site.

There are some "anything goes" challenges going on at these sites:  http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.com/

Check out the samples the DT members have furnished and maybe try your hand at one of the challenges. It is a lot of fun.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekend Challenges

Girls with Curls Card
I had so much fun with the "Little Girls with Curls" challenge on the
http://cheerfulstamppad.blogspot.com/. I have curly hair that I struggle with everyday (especially humid days).

The sketch design I used for this card is from the
I added some paper punched flowers so that the card qualifies for the "Fancy a Punch" challenge on http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/.

Seed beads added some texture and shine to the little girl's bandana. They are having an "Embellish it" challenge using beads on http://stampingvacation.blogspot.com/.

I am also entering the "Anything Goes" challenges at                                http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/ and
http://bythecuteandgirly.blogspot.com/. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Challenging Fun

altered tumbling block
This altered tumbling block is created from rubber stamped butterfly elements that have been laminated for stability. It was further embellished with discarded game pieces. It is being entered into two challenges:

http://sarahhurleychallenges.blogspot.com/ things with wings challenge

http://blog.therubbercafe.com/ anything but a card challenge

Clear It Out Tuesday Challenge

pretty lady card

This pretty lady is being entered into the
ribbon and trim challenge on the following

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Creative Craft Challenges submission

There is a "Recycling Challenge" going on
at http://creativecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/.
The DT has posted some wonderful examples
of everyday items that have been transformed into
works of art.

I created this bracelet from a worn and discolored
vinyl place mat. Look around your house and find
something to re-purpose.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogger Newbie

I'm not sure what I'm doing. I'm really computer challenged so starting a blog or anything else computer related is an adventure to me. I love to read other art site blogs and want to enter my creations in challenges so here goes...

4x6 postcard
I would like to enter this postcard in the following challenges: