Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zentangle addiction

    Well I have been busy and crafty through this summer and early fall but my blog has been a bit neglected - but I spent the summer hangin with my kiddos and getting them (and me) ready for them to go off to college, then I cleaned and reorganized my house a bit (although I am sure the DH would say huh, what, when?? :) then since I knew it was going to be a busy fall for me I got to working ahead on Design Team commitments and am caught up till the end of October. Next on the list was planning and  preparing for the class I am teaching this fall - which started today. It is a 3D box and card class with our local 'Center for lifelong learning'  - all the instructors, folks in the office and organizers are volunteer and folks can take up to 4 classes for just 50 dollars - which goes to rent space to have the classes in and other expenses like advertising and the newsletter. Some classes - like mine have a small fee for supplies like beads and such for the beading classes.
  So now I have my classes planned out and the next 2 partially ready to go so its time to get my blog back on the active duty list - along with keeping up with my class and craft booth over in Panama City, getting a few more projects made for a craft fair the end of October and getting my Christmas cards and projects done.
   I have been working on another locker hook rug than needs to be done in time to mail for Christmas - about 1/3 done -  and I have in the 10 minutes here and there finished off my small zentangle cheat books with pattern samples in small enough booklets to carry in my purse or a small bag......
The 3 I am showing you today I did up in the last week or so and am really happy with them - I plan to put them up on my Etsy shop later today or tomorrow if anyone is interested.
   My girlfriend Pat and I went to Atlanta over last weekend for a stamp convention and had a lot of fun - neither of us had been to one in several years and it was great to hang out and take some classes and play with other fellow rubber junkies :) I took 2 basic copic classes which were a lot of fun but makes me want MORE - I really would like to take the certification classes....and speaking of which I would really love to become Zentangle certified too - maybe those can be 2 goals for the next couple years....
   All for today - really need to do some house cleaning as I am going to be gone on a run to Panama City to check on and add some crafty items to my booth there - RTA DESIGNS - check out the place on Facebook - its a really cool place with a ton of cool handmade stuff of all sorts - including mine of course :), then Friday I am taking a couple classes with CLL myself so not too much time left over for crafting - and the house really does need a good cleaning,
   All for today - Take Care

Friday, September 12, 2014

Creatures - Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge

   Welcome to our first challenge for September which is for 'Creatures'
   Sweet Pea Stamps has some really wonderful creatures and this one is one of my favorite - I love dragons, and Unicorns and well.......lotsa stuff :)
   This Sweet Pea stamp is by Teresa Sherman and is called 'Endless Love'.
  I colored the image with prismacolor pencils and then cut it out with a Spellbinders die. Then I started trying to find paper to match and decide what to do with my image....I came across my pile of encaustic wax pieces that I have been saving to do 'something' with and there was this blue and silver one that fit perfect so I decided to do a little wall art piece. I glued them to a black matt board and added silver beads and silver pearl drops with a viva décor pen - I added a bunch of tiny silver dots in her silver hair, along her wings and well lots of other places :)
  Lastly I added a green ribbon that matched her dress to hang the piece with.
   All for today - Have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Layered Joy

   Its time for another challenge over at Sweet Pea Stampers and this time the challenge is - 'lots of layers'.
  I used a Sweet Pea stamp by Conie Fong called 'Joy to the world' and colored him with prismacolor pencils.
  I had some sticker ornaments that I used for a layer or 2 and a chipboard snowflake (I just noticed that my snowflake has lost a rhinestone.....sigh)
   Isn't he just the cutest little penguin!!! I am slowly building up my stash of Christmas cards too  :)
                Have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Hooty night

   Boy has it been quiet around here - with both the kids and the hubby gone it is almost too quiet!!!! My puppy is really missing the kids - but she is making sure I get my morning walks :)
   I have been busy in the craft room even if I haven't posted much here this week. I am working ahead on DT commitments and scheduling posts for those.
   I am hoping to be really busy in September (or October - or both) with my newest addiction - encaustic wax painting. I have studio space spoken for but the building isn't ready yet, so I have to just be patient :)
  Today I have a card for you using 'Hooty so in love' by Concetta Kilmer - a Sweet Pea image that you can get as a digi or as a rubber stamp.
   I colored them with prismacolor pencils and kinda added in the moon behind them. The phrase is a rub on from my stash (probably about 6 to 7 years old by now.....)
I used gray cardstock and covered it with a gray lace ribbon and then added some red roses to match the flowers in the image. And lastly some silver pearl drops with a viva décor pen.
   All for tonight - gotta get up early in the am for my walk before it gets too hot - and it has been getting HOT very fast in the morning this week - waaay too hot for me out there lately!!!!
   Take Care

Monday, August 18, 2014

Morning walk

    Just a quick post before I am off to work for the night - I took these pictures this morning on my walk with Miss Kyna (my puppy).
   Believe it or not they were taken with my phone - I was tempted once I got home to go back with my 'good' camera but  I was hot and didn't feel like it (very HOT and muggy, very early this am) and it turns out I really didn't need to for these 3 pics anyhow.....
   If the clouds are good again though I will have to go back and  shoot more - love how these turned out!!!!
   Didn't get much done in the craft room the last couple days except clean but just wait till my next day off and I am going to create up a storm.... :)
  All for today
        Take Care

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wild Heart Halloween

   I know I haven't posted much this summer but the end is near - my kiddos leave for college in just a couple days and I will have more time in the craft room (and more room in my house - boxes everywhere right now :)
My DH is driving up to Nebraska with them this year so aside from work next week I am totally on my own - me and the puppy and the 2 cats that is :).
  Another Sweet Pea Stamps creation for you today for Halloween. I used Charity Dunhauer's "Wild Heart" and colored her with copics. It was a fun little project.
   All for today - ran too many errands and now I think I will need a nap.
   Take Care

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A rug for off to college

  I haven't actually gotten in my craft room much lately - with my DD in there and this rug to finish before the kids go off  to college, and the packed bags and boxes sitting everywhere.....
  I started this rug for my son to take to college with his - started it in May I believe and mostly worked on it in the evenings - a couple hours at  time until this last month where I have worked on it more in the daytime too.
  It measures 33 inches by 57 inches - so almost a yard wide by little over a yard and 1/2 long.
  Its make from a fabric called 'interlock or interlocken' and feels like a thinner soft knit. Someone I meet at the fabric store one day had a bunch of leftovers of this material from her creative endeavors and didn't know what to do with it all - the fabric is a bit more on the expensive side but her scraps weren't big enough for any of her projects. She ended up giving me all her scraps - mostly red and black but a bunch of white too - I have enough after this rug to make at least another the same size and probably a smaller one too....... First I have to finish off a rug for a Christmas present and then I may go back and make another like this one....the interlock is very easy to work with for the rugs and should be pretty durable too.....guess we will find out after my DS tests it out in his dorm room for awhile :)
   All for now - I need to try and get some more sleep before work tonight - haven't been sleeping well lately.......
   Take Care