Sunday, January 27, 2019

Postcards from the Past!

I love vintage postcards and have an ever expanding collection. When I see postcards of swans I have to buy them!  They are gentle reminders of my mom who passed away over five years ago!  She loved swans.  Here is a beauty mailed in 1917, over one hundred years ago. 

Mailed Feb 1917 to Mr. Bernard Elbus(sp) or Mt. Sterling Ill.

Message: Would it be convenient for you come out Wednesday or 
Thursday evening of this week. M.M.

I am sharing these postcards with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday are from my private collection unless noted.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Stamperia Make & Take at Creativation 2019!

I was fortunate to do a make and take with Antonis Tzanidakis at the Stamperia booth.  We made this beautiful canvas with his new line of Stamperia papers and stamp!

First, we painted our canvas, then added paste with stencils and dried it.  Then we added small bits of paper from Antonis new line with mixed media glue and let it dry. 

The heart is made with paper moulding clay and stamped (a new stamp designed by Antonis).  We cut the heart image out of the wet paper moulding clay.  Tricky part was it should be dried overnight.  Since I was leaving the next day we dried mine with heat tools.  I do not recommend this.  Overnight would have been much better.  After the heart was sort of dry I painted it terracotta, wiping the excess off around the edges of the heart added a few gears to the heart and dried the paint.  

Then covered the whole canvas with a brown oil based paste, wiping of the excess.  Sadly it the heart was not totally dry and I had a couple of spots where I bumped it that afternoon and the clay crumpled.  I touched up the areas with a Nuvo Mouse and you cannot tell that it ever happened. 

LOVED this make and take. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Creativation 2019

I just returned from Creativation 2019 in Phoenix AZ.  I have posted two albums with over 300 pictures on my FaceBook page... Links below.

Photos from my Camera
Photos from my Phone

Here are a couple of highlights!

Graphic 45 Kaleidoscope!

May Arts Ribbons




Charity Wings Challenge

Dusty Attic 

Hope you go and view all the photos on FaceBook to get a feel for Creativation 2019!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year with my Black-eyed Pea Recipe

Every New Year's Day I serve black-eyed peas and cornbread.  I load them with ham and my own combination of spices. Below is my recipe for 2018 if you would like to try it. 

Enough Dried black-eye peas to make 4 to 5 cups cooked
1 - large ham steak
2 - strips of bacon
1 - small onion
1 - cup of water
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp of cayenne 

Red onion

Prepare black-eyed peas ahead of time as directed on package. Cook the 2 strips of bacon, then add small onion chopped and a cubed ham steak, cook until the onions are transparent. Add drained cooked black-eyed peas about 4-5 cups. 1 cup of water. Add onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, mustard powder and cayenne. Simmer 30 minutes... Serve with red onions and cornbread!

ENJOY and may you have Prosperity through the NEW YEAR! 

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Next week I am going to start a new GLUE BOOK... just because and no other reason.

Was looking through old blog posts and came across this one!
Gretchen Miller has some great ideas!!!

Here is one I did a while ago... CLICK HERE for full details!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Simple Stories

Cards everyone made in my Simple Stories - Vintage Christmas card class at the Scrapbook Zone in November.  It was a full class with 22 students.  Love a full class.  So many people making new friends!

Basic Supplies:  Paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, bone folder, wet glue, double-sided adhesive or tape runner roll of foam tape and dimensional foam tape! A GOLD pen for edging and Wink of Stella for adding shimmer!  Optional: NUVO crystals, sequins, ribbon, charms. Addition 11/2018 emery board.

Additional supplies used for this class:
6 - A2 Cards
Six envelopes  
Vintage Christmas Paper Pack
Vintage Christmas - Ephemera Pack
Elizabeth Craft Sleigh Die set
Elizabeth Craft – Holly Die set
Joy Crafts – Silent Night Santa
Tim Holtz Thinlits – Holiday Green
Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes
Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff
Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste
Echo Park Stencil – Jack Frost
Distress Ink –
Diamond Dust
NUVO Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers & Sunlight Meadow
Cardstock:  White, Green, Green DOTs
One brad
Red Ribbon
Misc. – Sequins Red and Green – Charms
Hole punch

·         Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes
·         Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff on Chimeny Snow 
·         Ink Chimney 
·         Glitter Paste with Stencil
·         Diamond Dust Holly leaves
·         Distress paper Trees 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mermaid Ornament

This my mermaid ornament has to be one of my all time favorites. 

All metal charms and pressed metal from Echo ArtWorks my all time favorite local bead store!

Small tin
Beads & Charms
Head Pins
Vintaj Patinas
Glass glitter
Vintage silk ribbons
This is the finished ornament, the tin is approximately 2.5 inches in diameter. 

The tin was first painted with Vintaj Patinas. The rim coated with glue to adhere vintage glass silver glitter.  Add a bit of Stickles for bling in the creases of the tin.  One hole was punched in the top and three on the bottom of the tin.
Tule adds a softness to the inside of the tin.  A stamped metal heart with a mermaid & seahorse was glued to the bottom of the tin. A stamped metal heart frame was hung from the hole in the top of the tin.  Attached to a headpin with beads on the outside of the time. Colorful ribbons tied around the headpin. 


Three headpins with beads and charms (sea shell and seahorses) hang from the lower three holes.  The heart in the bottom of the tin and the one dangling from the hole creates a 3-D effect.  The beads and ribbons from Echo ArtWorks.

'Tis the season - I joined a handmade holiday ornament swap in November of 2013! We each had to make two ornaments - one to swap and one to donate to the Charity Wings auction tree.
Have fun creating your ornaments this Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for family, health, happiness and home!

First pilgrim house (replica) in Plymouth. Postcard never mailed.

Vintage Thanksgiving postcard!