Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tattooed Heart Shrine

Made with foam board
acccording the instruction in Carol Owen's Crafting Personal Shrines. I made it for my son for Xmas. There is a little lock and heart key at the top and a found roken knecklace with pendant that says AMORE. Inside and out are images from the DoverPictura Series Tattoo Art. I used a coral ead as the the door knob. There are seven shrines in the book and each one builds on the previous one. I can see by the end I should beable to plan and execute my own designs. I highly reccomend this book for anyone interested in the subject. Besides her own beautiful examples, there is a gallery of other folks work that is truely inspirational.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Beauty Honored

Altoids Tin Shrine

Piece of vintage tatting, paper butterfly, 
Ranger alcohol ink, hand-made stick pin, 
Lindys' Magical Micas, love charm, small
flowers, Paper Foil Photo Mat Colorbox -
Nectar, and vintage image

Exquisite Shrine 
Exquisite Shrine by Coffee Break Design,
Paper - Prima Madeline, 
vintage image, paper butterfly,
and small flowers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Waiting For Guada

My latest completed Mandala...started some time ago but just recently completed.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

50 Positives From Childhood

November 17,2011
#6 - I was talking with hubby the other day about a show we use both watch when we were younger than I would watch with Gramma and Grampa...Name that Tune, and for a kid with limited music exposure, I did not do too bad. That got me remembering the other shows. If I was over on a Sat. then it would be Kingo Bingo. For me it was so exciting. Another favourite was The Lawrence Welk Show. Everybody was smiling, perfect and happy.  Now that I think about it that must of been where that music trivia came from. I use to love the part of the Name that Tune where one would wager how many notes they could name the tune in...the fewer the better.
I wish my cousins had all got to know Grampa like I did. He mmight not have been the best father but he was a great Grampa.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Steampunk Styled Trunk

Made using Steampunk Débutante Paper from Graphic 45. Ranger Grunge Paper embossed with Paisley embossing folder. I cut the grunge paper in strips, top stitched around the edge and used vintage photo to colour. This simulated the look of leather strapping. Some metal pieces already had a patina...the rest were aged with Apple Cider Vinegar and sea salt. This info came by way of Articus Studiio...a shop I am just checking out.  There is a sage pouch on the front left corner. I received this at the friendship centre for the Shuswap Indians when we lived in B.C. I aged metal corner for the bottom. Some of the charms were made using shrink plastic...I am undecided. Caroline was nice to give me samples to try. I used some Oxford Impression stamps and Lost Coast Stamps. Also I stamped a piece of mica and overlaid one of the images on the left side of the box. There are numerous things about this that our of significance. I was encouraged by my doctor to make myself a box, and then I signed up for Willowing's Life Book Event, and it was suggested that we make a special box....I was nearing completion but it just seems like things happen the way they are suppose to.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Workshops and Life

It has been a couple really difficult months health wise, events (hubbies saw incident) and the list goes on. The things that have keep me going are creating. Anything and everything I can. It keeps me in that present moment. In that moment everything is as it should be. I have been taking a mandala class...It has been wonderful and I have gained a lot more confidence about creating my own mandalas. Some of the girls have shared the process and it is really amazing what comes out within the circle. For instance, I am having difficulty with the axis at times, and I am starting to see that there might be a reflection of the health issues. 
Anyway I thought I would share them with you.

Week One - New Day

We did not activate the water colours in Week One

Week Two - Gelato Dreams

Activations - some folk used stamps to add to their mandala.
With mine I used brushes in photoshop

Week Three - Spring Pond In Shambhala

With this mandala we used tracing paper and did not activate the colours.
I had issues with the centre and the axis is off.

Week Four - Expanding Borders 

Starting with the Seed Of Life in Scared Geometry and then creating one's unique version.

I have felt for a long time that everyone could benefit from creating, colouring etc. with the mandala form. Further that it is natural and innate. Over on Willowing's site Guadalupe is offering a free class to introduce people to creating mandalas. If you are interested I encourage you to check it out.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

50 Positives From Childhood

I has been a while.
I loved to sleep in the nurses office. I think I found it a safe and soothing place. The nurse in her office, the sound of white noise and I could hear anyone walking up the hall.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Plastic Storage Unit and Bungee Cords

I did not really understand why this lady I bought some scrap booking supplies from, gave me the drawer for her storage unit. That is until I got one. Then I realized a problem. As the weight is place in the drawers it causes frame to bend enough so the drawers keep falling of the tracks. If anyone else is having this problem I think I may have found a solution. By wrapping a couple bungee cord at the back it keeps the frame in alignment. Seem to be working like a charm.

Disclaimer: I would not be so bold to claim that I have ever had an original thought or idea.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Maligne Lake in The Canadian Rockies

I think this was the best pic of the day. 
We were on the last boat tour of the day and when we got back 
this beautiful peace had revealed itself.

I am working on a little video of the lake tour to Spirit Island. 
I think this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Friday, August 19, 2011

50 Positives From Childhood

#4 I have loved to be in the water as far back as I can remember. This is despite a close call when I went a little too far, before I knew how to swim. Not that it stopped me when I did learn. I was always pushing the limitations. Next to water, I liked dirt and water. More than once I came home covered from head to toe. The last time, some time in my early 30's, but that is a whole nuther tale.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

50 Positives From Childhood

#3- Car Rides - every once in a while we would go for a family car ride. This appealed to my adventurous nature as a child. I loved seeing new places, or the old familiar, like the ice cream shop in Cochrane. If I remember correctly, they made their own and was one of those places where there was lots of flavours. There is not many car rides today as we try to watch the gas consumption, however, I have a friend visiting from down east and we have had the pleasure a couple car rides.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Second Positive From Childhood

2. In the evenings my Grandpa would take Heidi, their poodle, for a walk. I often stayed overnight at their place. On those occasions I would go on these walks with him. Together, we traveled down the dark back allies. They were quiet and peaceful, and we would talk of many things. Grandpa has been gone for many years now and I always think of those special walk and talks when I think of him

Friday, July 29, 2011

Crafting With Caroline and Resist

Caroline/Craft Mix showed me how to do a resist technique. I love it and I am falling in love with embossing, even though it seems to be hit and miss at this point. I loved the card she made that I did something very similar. It just seems to be all about butterflies these days.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Do You Believe There is Magic?

Below is an exert from a email written to a friend...I have been sharing with her the special occurrences that have been happening in my life. I had written her the day before about an experience of spiritual significance. She was In Washington at receiving an initiation with the Dalai Lama, and was saying special prayers for me.
I hope I can explain further regarding the Mani Pills...but for now.
"...the morning I was reading your email after telling you about the Mani pill experience, I scrolled down to find this other email. It was so touching that it brought tears to my eyes for days. Trudi from t w o d r e s s e s s t u d i o  has been collecting butterflies for the Holocaust Museum (there is a link on my sidebar to the project info.had asked me if she could write about the experience and I said yes. She posted the blog the other day, so now I can tell more of the story

The evening that this was all happening.....before I heard from Trudi I was creating this

Pretty amazing, but true...."

Butterflies are still in abundance as today I received a lovely canvas from Psychomoms (Tonya)...just prior to the post office strike in Canada,was blessed to win the canvas. I will post a couple photos but here is a video showing her amazing creation

The card was also beautiful (I love it)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Putting Polymer Charms To Use

I have been in the lab experimenting with all kinds of transfers...the image transfers in all these danglers are made with parchment paper transfer via a laser printer....very delicate and finicky.....I have since found another type of paper and had mixed results. That being said I think it has more to do learning what are the best suited images for the creation.

This one is for my friend that is coming for a visit and I have named it - A Few Of Our Favourite Things

The following were all using vintage photos

50 Positives From Childhood

I think what I will double post whenever I add an entry ("The Good Bits" page and main blog). I am sure there is a easier way, but until I know, this will do.

July 24th - How to begin? I have been thinking should I tell a funny storey etc. Because it is difficult to remember some of the good bits, I would begin with the 50 Positives From Childhood. I thought this would be a challenging. If there is more than fifty, wonderful.I thought that these positives might be things I liked, the way I dealt with something and how it made me, it could also be an experience or event. I think this would be useful for getting in touch with that little girl, but from a positive perspective. I will just add to it as I think of things.
  1. I loved the feel of fuzzy blankets and especially when the little balls formed. I believe the feeling of rubbing my fingers, and pulling the fuzz balls off,  helped with the anxiety I was experiecing. I would have all sorts of stashes for whenever the need came.  I carried this throughout my childhood and into adulthood. Even today, if I see a fuzzy blanket, the urge to touch it is strong. I have often joked saying that I need Fuzz Pickers Anonymous. After numbers of holey blankets, fuzz balls showing up in all sorts of places I found a replacement. Those soft, velour type, seem to give me the same comfort without the mess and destruction of perfectly good

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beautiful Alberta Skies

I am blessed to live in a spot with a big expansive view of the sky and we get some beautiful are a couple recent ones

Crafting With Caroline and New Tags

Caroline and I made a box the other day. Once the principles are down the possibilities of applications endless...The box ends up being quite sturdy. I plan on making my own configuration type box customized for all my little treasures.

New Tags - Trying to use more techniques and more of a collage feel especially with the first one. Images come via an angel collage sheet and various bits on the desk from other projects. The words "the spirit" are hidden by the ribbon.

This tag I made for a friend who is coming for a visit in just over a week. She lives in Ontario. The last time we met was the first time in person and I went down to visit her. We have been internet friends for a number of years now. She is my perfect mirror as we have an uncanny number similarities from experiences, the character, to our collections. I am so looking forward to showing her around my little part of the world....wishing for good weather and a slow down in the mosquito population

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shadow Box - Part Two: That Extra Touch, And New Tag Play

I think it looks better with the decal on the seemed like there was a lot of empty space before. Now I am thinking maybe I should have put it slightly

Just playing with some bits on the desk..I was practising embossing last night...With this one I used the Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo. Then I took some craft paint and went over top, and removed what I could. Cut out an "angel image" and matted it on a scrap which had leaves stamped on it from another project. I saw Arlene (Butterfly Kisses) do that curling thing with the edge of the paper and revealing the other one underneath. When she used this, I think it was on a box. I did not like the corner the image so I thought I would try it on this tag. I used a little Washi paper at the bottom and made a heart using the M.S. Embossed Heart Punch. It is difficult to use as the heart always gets stuck and I have to remove it with tweezers. Not the best design as far as my limited punch knowledge goes. The heart is puffy so I put applied it with the dimension sticker/tape.. I finished it with some twine I claimed it while cleaning my husband's wine room earlier today.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shadow Box

I attended Cynthialoohoo's Ustream yesterday where she made a shadow box. This was my attempt. I have several old blue glass jars it would be a great way to display them in a grouping. That is if I can find some wall space. I love assemblages, and now I know how to make a box. I am always picking up frames at the thrift shops when I see them next to nothing. This was a little unfinished pine one from Ikea. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just A Touch More Magic

Just playing the evening of July 11th, 2011
Found this semi-coloured vintage image, so I thought I would emboss
 the red and use mica powders on the pink. I matted it with cardstock
stamped with leaves. The red is quite bold, but has the same intensity as the original image. 
It has taken on special significance!

Still Not The Greatest Light

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cigar Box

My latest project a Cigar Box I used Lindy's Chocolate Truffle on the interior and exterior. On The top I used a 6X6 paper from the Tim Holtz crowded attic collection. I matted it with a 7X7 piece of kraft cardstock. They were distressed with Vintage photo. I painted a polymer corner with the same Lindy's for a lovely look. Two Coffee filter flowers cut with the tattered flowers die and spray with Lind's Moon Shadow Mist in Tawny Turquoise. Also a flower from Wild Orchid Crafts touch along the edge with the Chocolate Truffle. Just for a little something I added a German Foil Bee flying toward the flowers.

Inside I made a collage using the Pink Paisley Butterfly Garden Stamps and Ephemera. Additionally I lined both the inside and outside bottom with felt.

I recently purchased my first vintage pictures and thought they would be good for storage as I think they should probably be kept out of the light.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Afternoon Movie and Crafting

I remember seeing this lady on Ophra a few years back, and hearing her story.
Amazing and tragic! I am watching the movie this afternoon. The trailer looks really good.

Definitely an excellent movie, difficult parts to view, but that is her story and continues to be the story of many females....This comes with a hankie advisory. I know I needed several.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Little Wabi-sabi

"Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West."[ "if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi."[ "[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect." - Wikipedia

Interesting Back Ground - over the winter weathered cork tile

If you would like to use them for anything...feel free!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Clay Play - New Pendants

Some pendants completed using Polymer Clay and a few magical

This one was made for Caroline/Mabu14
She has already seen it on Skype so I hope she does not mind me showing it here?!?

Ginkgo Leaves 

Branches and Leaves

I tried a bit of glitter in these purple ones but not my cup of tea

 Just can't see enough Paisleys 
 Keeping This One For Myself
Cherry Blossom (I think?!?)