5 July 2017

I’ve been lax in crafting lately. I had a trip out of town and then played catchup when I got home. My son had a week of camp as soon as I returned. Then the holiday weekend.

My craft fairy is a little out of practice! I made two cards yesterday and this shell today. It’s been a bit of a struggle, to be honest. It’s always this way for me when I have some time off. Getting back into a routine is difficult. I’m a master procrastinator.

I saw a craft on Etsy that inspired me to attempt this painted shell. I’ve been decluttering and reorganizing my house (and craft room – again!) and I just happened to have this shell right at hand.

One thing that occurred to me, after I started painting, is that I should have put a base coat of white. I may not have needed so many coats for good coverage!


Coming along nicely here.


I drew in the little trees by hand to start with. This gave me the ability to have good spacing before I put my brush on the shell.


It was a little harder than I thought to paint those little guys. They are black and green with a bit of dark bronze at the base.

All finished. Added the little stars up at the top. It’s a sunset with trees! I’m pleased for my first attempt at this type of craft.



13 June 2017

A sweet and simple Mother’s Day card. Yes, I know, the holiday has passed. But it never hurts to be prepared. 🙂


The background is simply stamped with two different colors and some background stamps. The flower is stamped in a similar color and punched out. I added some sparkle to it, as you can see.



7 June 2017

I worked on a small mixed media project over the past few days. I read this saying online and decided it was a lovely sentiment to use. That was my starting point.


From there, everything else just grew organically. The background was white gesso, printed tissue paper, and spackled dots. I topped that with Distress Stain in several colors, followed by the addition of the heart and sentiment (printed on green tissue paper).


I edged the tissue with stain and splattered some white paint onto the entire thing (you can see some of this on the heart). I topped the heart with some Wink of Stella clear glitter, which barely shows up in photos, but it’s there!


The butterfly is three layers glued together – pink, purple and the top is white. I stamped the top layer and added gems then darkened the edges a bit with some ink before adhering to the project. In the above photo, you can see where I painted the spackled dots bright green as well.

Now to find some more wall space to hang this one!


4 June 2017

An, the inevitable “tidying up” again. It’s interesting how many things I can find when I tidy. I’ve also been downsizing more things that I realize I will never, ever use. It feels pretty good to let go of things.

While tidying this morning, I came across these beauties. I planned on putting magnets on the backs of them, but obviously I never did. So guess what I’ll be doing today? 🙂


These are recycled kiddie puzzle pieces. All manners of things have been done here – painting, stamping, decoupaging. I am happy I found them again because they’ll look great on someone’s refrigerator.


16 May 2017

Sweet and simple. Lovely butterflies and soft colors make this card noticeable.


Live Life Now. What a great reminder! Because the alternative is waiting and then you will regret having waited.


One little pearl on the butterflies. I’ve been quite sparing on the sparkle lately! 🙂

Don’t they look like they are ready to fly?