Monday, July 29, 2013

How Time Flies!

How is it possible that my youngest daughter will turn 20 y.o. tomorrow? No longer a teen, in what seems like the blink of an eye, she's become a beautiful young woman! I honestly couldn't be prouder!

Wanting to make something special but needing to keep it simple, I decided to make her a little pouch, which would be perfect as a money or gift card holder. I'd seen Marion Smith and Steff Miller make these several times and always loved the way they looked. I used a black Celebration bag from Michaels, which was the perfect height to hold my Prima Doll Stamp. To cover the pouch I used Marion Smith's Garment District the muted vintage look! For the journaling spot I used Marion Smith's Cottage Chic Printables, decreasing the size to 3". I stamped the doll image on a Prima Julie Nutting Tag, then used My Minds Eye Papers for the dress as well as the doily, from Tim Holtz On The Edge Die. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the little wood bird is from Prima, which I distressed with Prima Chalk Ink. I also used the chalk inks to distress my edges. I love the way it glides onto the paper, leaving the perfect amount of coverage...thank you, to Ingvild Bolme.

If you've not had a chance to play with the Prima Doll Stamps, take a few minutes, relax and give it a try! Can't wait to see what you create!
Take a little time each day to enjoy doing what you love! As always, thank you so much for stopping by!  I'd love it if you'd leave a comment and join my blog! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Sweet Little Pocket Box Mini Album!

We all know people who truly inspire us to be better.  I'm always amazed at Steff Miller's ability to design a mini album that is pure eye candy! Her blog is,  She's also a wonderful educator with Prima! To create this project you may copy and paste the URL to your browser. In her tutorial she will take you through the process step by step. You can change the order of your page construction as I did, to make it your own!  I also changed it up a bit by using the Lyric and Divine Paper Collections, by Prima!  The embellishments used are also from Prima!  Hope you'll give this one a try!

As always, I appreciate all of you so very much!  As many of you know I struggle daily with Lupus and Scleroderma. Many of us are on chemo and other IV meds to help control our disease. Unfortunately, these drugs leave us with an immune system suppressed and vulnerable to serious infections, which can also be life threatening. A recent CT Scan has detected what may be a serious and rare type of pneumonia.  I will have a Bronchoscopy tomorrow. Once the samples of my lung are analyzed we will discuss a treatment plan, which will include 3 antibiotics for a year and possible lung resection if the treatment fails. I am usually very brave but I can honestly say, I'm scared and would appreciate your prayers...Love & Hugs,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Never Too Old To Play With Paper Dolls!

Thought I'd share a mixed media tag made with one of my favorite Prima Doll Stamps!  Is designer Julie Nutting a Rock Star or what!!!  No doubt many of us grew up playing with paper dolls.  Finding the perfect outfit and accessories was such fun.  Seeing these stamps immediately took me back to my childhood, I couldn't wait to start playing.  I decided my first project would be a Mother's Day tag, perfect for the Mom who has everything and still loves to receive handmade items from her adult child!

The background tag was made with the Prima Divine Collection by Jodie Lee.  The paper became difficult to see once I began using my beautiful Prima Stencil with moulding paste.  I then sprayed the tag with Glimmer Mist.  The doll was then stamped on a tag sheet, designed by Julie.  These are the perfect size and made to be used with the doll stamps.  After cutting the doll out, I stamped a second time on the paper I chose for her dress.  To color her hair and shoes I simply used a paint brush, Tim Holtz Distress Inks and water to dilute the colors.  I also used a  Cherry Lynn Doily Die, Prima lace trim and bling, large pink flower and ruffled netted trim from Maya Road, flowers and butterfly from Wild Orchid Crafts, and finally the floral fabric trim from Websters Pages.

I really enjoyed making this project as much as my Mom loved receiving it on Mother's Day!

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