Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lovin Bottle Brush Trees

Hi blogging friends,

Are you getting ready for the holiday?  Is your shopping done and presents wrapped?  I've been busy creating some beautiful snow globes and ornaments from bottle brush trees.  You've probably seen these all over the Internet - it is not a new idea, but they are fun to make.

I ordered the bottle brush trees from Factory Direct Crafts.  They arrived in no time at all.  The mason jars I had.  The trees were glued to the Mason jar lids then I added a couple scoops of fluffy snow.  Tinsel trim and seam binding were wrapped around the lids to finish them off.  It was as simple as that.  I think I like the galvanized lids better than the shiny silver ones.

For my next project, I took a vintage Jell-O mold and glued three pink trees inside on top of the ridges using hot glue.  Snow was adhered all around the bottom to cover the wooden stems.  Using a drill I made a small hole in the top of the mold and added my ribbon for hanging.  I then decided to add a silver star above the trees and accent the piece with tinsel trim.

The last project also uses a Jell-O mold.  I cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit the inside of the mold and hot glued the trees on top.  Snow was adhered all around the bottom.  I then glued a piece of Stampin' Up Venetian crochet lace around the top of the mold.  A bow was made and accented with a clay rose.  I used Pink Pirouette ink to color the clay and then spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Frost.  This will make a cute accent piece on an end table.

Since I had an extra clay rose I decided to decorate a glass jelly jar to make a tea light holder.  I love the Shabby Chic design with the vintage seam binding.

So what do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  This weekend I have been making more Christmas cards.  

Today I am joining ...

Inspire Me Monday @ Create with Joy

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Always Grateful

Hello blogging friends,

I hope you had a blessed Thursday.  Today I have a Thanksgiving card to share with you.  I can't believe it will be here next week!  I'm actually looking forward to eating some turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the other fixings.  I'm also taking a few days off to relax and craft  :-)

The pretty autumn leaves were stamped in More Mustard, Really Rust and Ruby Red onto a piece of Shimmery White paper cut from a Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight die.  It was then adhered to a Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight.  The splatters were randomly stamped in Crumb Cake on a piece of beige paper. 

Grateful was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown with the edges sponged in Chocolate Chip.  It fit perfectly on the Whimsy Stamps Notables 3 die.  The bow is crinkled seam binding with a heirloom button in the center.

The inside sentiment by PSX was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown and I added a few more leaves.  I treasure my PSX stamps and from time to time I find them on eBay.

Thank you for stopping to visit and I will see you again real soon.

Stamps:  French Foliage, Always Thankful, PSX Happy Thanksgiving
Paper:  Java, Beige, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Ruby Red
Accessories:  Soapstone Seam Binding, Dress It Up Heirloom Collection Button, Linen Thread, Whimsy Stamps Notables 3 Die, Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight #4 & Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight #3, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Cali Fairy

Hi everyone,

Time has slipped away from me and I'm just realizing it has been a while since I posted.  I've been missing blog land lately.  Today I want to share with you some tags I made using the Spellbinders Fairy Cali die.  I just love this die and how intricate her wings are.  I also purchased the Ariana fairy too :-)

The tags were created using beautiful Jardin papers by Microferk Designs in gorgeous hues of purple & pink with a hint of pale yellow.  After die cutting the fairy, I colored her hair and dress with Prismacolor pencils.  I love Shimmerz Paint and couldn't resist adorning her wings with it.  I then added some Star Dust glitter.  She was popped up with dimensions on the tag.

Each cherry blossom petal was die cut with Shimmery White paper and sponged with coordinating pink and purple inks.  I used a mister to spritz some water on the petals before crumpling them, then unfolded each one and let them air dry.  I glued a smaller petal on top of a bigger one then pierced the center of each so I could add a few pearl flower stamens.  May Arts pink wrinkled ribbon finish off each tag.

It's not even winter yet and I'm already thinking about spring ... LOL!  Actually, I have some Thanksgiving projects to assemble and then I will show you what I have been working on for Christmas.  See you soon!

Today I am joining ...

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Show and Tell Friday @ Romantic Home

Paper:  Jardin Papers by Microferk Designs, SU Shimmery White
Ink:  VersaMagic Spring Pansy, Distress Victorian Velvet, VersaMagic Pretty Petunia, Distress Dusty Concord
Accessories:  May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon in Pink, Shimmerz Paint in Periwinkle, Star Dust Stickles, Wild Orchid Crafts Pearl Flower Stamens, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Tim Holtz Alterations Tag Collection Die, Spellbinders Cali Fairy Die, La-La Land Crafts Cherry Blossom Flowers Die
Technique:  Sponging
Tag Size:  3 1/8" x 6 1/4"

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lisha Kill Preserve

Hi everyone,

This past Sunday was way too nice of a day not to get outdoors, so a quick trip to Lisha Kill brought me to the preserve.  The preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is located in a small, hidden lot off of Rosendale Road.

The natural area consists of 108 acres of flowing streams, deep ravines and trees covered with moss.

Beautiful ferns can be found along the trails.

I can never resist a pretty tree canopy ...

The Grattan Family Trail begins to descend into a ravine.  Along the way we crossed foot bridges.  There is a small memorial plaque dedicated to the Grattan family.  

It was nice to walk down to the creek bed.

This single red leaf caught my eye.

The trail runs parallel for a while along the stream, passing a memorial bench which is a perfect spot to sit and take in the views.

No matter where I am hiking I can't seem to get away from my snake friends.

A pretty forest made up of birch, oaks, white pines and hemlocks.

It was a gorgeous day to enjoy this hidden area with a merry stream and forest ravine.  I hope you have enjoyed your stroll with me.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Birthday Wish

Hello there,

I have a birthday card to share with you that I made a few weeks ago.  I pulled out some masculine cardstock and wanted to use a piece of vintage maps paper for a nautical theme.

The cute spiral notebook paper was created using the Lil' Inker Designs die with coordinating stamp.  The lines were stamped in Going Gray ink.  I found a mini library clip to accent the top.

A closer look at the spiral paper.

The compass was stamped in Early Espresso on a Spellbinders Small Circle, layered onto an Early Espresso large circle and popped up.  Jute twine was wrapped around the compass with the edges glued down.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been doing so much crafting.  As the leaves start to turn I'm getting excited for autumn to arrive.

Today I am joining ...

Inspire Me Monday @ Create with Joy

Stamps:  JustRite Buntings & Banners, SU The Open Sea, Lil' Inker Designs Notebook Doodle Set
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Vintage Maps & Textured Cream by Avenie Digital
Ink:  Early Espresso, Going Gray
Accessories:  SU Neutral Brad, Mini Library Clip, Jute Twine, Lil' Inker Designs Notebook Die, Whimsy Stamps Notables 3 Die, Spellbinders Small Circles #2 & Large Circles #2  
Techniques:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Beecher Creek Falls & Bridge

Hi friends,

We have had nothing but beautiful weather and I hope you have been enjoying it.  A drive yesterday brought us to the small Town of Edinburg where we relaxed by Beecher Creek Falls.  The falls are located along the northern side of Great Sacandaga Lake.   

It was just a short walk to the fenced viewing area upstream next to the falls.

The falls have a 20 foot drop and form a natural rock set of stairs.

Overlooking the top of the falls.

Taking a selfie!

There is a carefully restored 1879 covered bridge below the falls named after Arad Copeland.  The 35-foot long bridge is New York State's only queenpost truss.  

It was picturesque from every angle. 


I didn't want to leave, but it was getting late and we still had to find a place to enjoy a nice dinner. 

September has been a gorgeous month and next week looks fantastic too!  I'm planning to get some gardening done and enjoy the autumn mums.

Thank you for stopping by.
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