Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cards with Arnold Grummer's Handmade Papers!


Want to make handmade papers and create beautiful cards! Check out my post today on the Arnold Grummers Paper Making Blog! For my bird cards I used all handmade papers, images from AlteredPages.com printed on Craft Attitude™ printable film!
  
All papers used for these cards are handmade using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Kit

Monday, May 26, 2014

"In Flanders Fields"

During my early years in school, I remember memorizing "In Flanders Fields"   as a class and reciting for an assembly.  At that time I didn't understand what John McCrae was describing.  Today when I hear it I rememberer reciting it, more importantly I remember those who died fighting. 


In Flanders Fields 


In Flanders fields the poppies blow 
Between the crosses, row on row,   
That mark our place; and in the sky   
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,   
Loved and were loved, and now we lie         
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw   
The torch; be yours to hold it high.   
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow         
In Flanders fields.

Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was also a poet.  John McCrae was in the FLANDERS region of Belgium, April of 1915, fighting the Germans.  It is said, after the battle he noticed how fast the poppies grew around the graves of the fallen. Learn more about "In Flanders Fields" and John McCrae: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Memorial Day Thanks!

THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN and WOMEN 
who have and continue to serve
OUR COUNTRY!  
Dad fifth in the front row. 
Picture of Dad's class graduating from a training in 1952!  Thankfully Dad is still with us, 
many of his fellow soldiers may not.

    ****************************************************

CAMP LEE, VA WWII
Postcards of Camp Lee, VA recently added to my collection!

Excerpt from Wikepedia, to learn more about Camp Lee, VA go to this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Lee_(Virginia)
"In October 1940, the War Department ordered the construction of  Camp Lee on the site of an earlier installation by the same name. Built as rapidly as the first, construction was still ongoing when the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center (QMRTC) started operation in February 1941. Their number grew to 25,000 in 1942, and peaked at 35,000 in 1944.
Camp Lee was also the home of a Medical Replacement Training Center (MRTC), but as the Quartermaster training increased, it was decided to relocate the MRTC at Camp Pickett. Later, the QMRTC was re-designated as an Army Services Forces Training Center, but it retained its basic mission of training Quartermaster personnel. While the QMRTC was getting underway, the Quartermaster School was transferred to Camp Lee. A full program of courses was conducted, including Officer Candidate School. By the end of 1941, Camp Lee was the center of both basic and advanced training of Quartermaster personnel and held this position throughout the war. "

 




"When World War II ended, the fate of Camp Lee was in question. In 1946, the War Department announced that Camp Lee would be retained as a center for Quartermaster training. Official recognition of its permanent status was obtained in 1950 and the post was redesignated as Fort Lee."
Excerpt from Wikepedia

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I love creating on tags!


Tags are great for creating.  There isn't a commitment to fill a really large space.  There is only so much you can put on a TAG, right?  It seems when I create on tags I can keep on adding things.  I finally have to tell myself... STOP!


The background is Faber Catsell Gelatos watered down to give just a hint of color.  Next use the bottle cap and black ink to add the circle to the background.  Stamp the Harlequin Background with brown ink.  Distress the edges of the tag! 
Supplies:
Altered Pages Collage Sheets- Fairy Dolls, Vintage EggsButterflies
Gelatos - background and to color the edge of the egg.
IMAGINE CRAFT / Tsukineko - Versafine Onyx & Brilliance Brown Ink
Soda Bottle Cap
Harlequin Stamp Background

Fussy cut Altered Pages images and adhere to the tag.  Mist to give the tag a  little sparkle, add a bit of German Scrap to the bottom of the tag. Finish it with Sari Silk Ribbon


Friday, May 23, 2014

Spring Flowers bring May Flowers!

In the Pacific Northwest we know Spring has arrived when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Mine are always bloom by Mother's Day Weekend.
Outdoor gatherings are being planned, what better time to display the bounty of spring.  Use your garden to create beautiful center pieces! 

Rhododendrons and columbines in the garden!


To decorate the bottles I used handmade papers (watch the video on Basic Paper Making HERE). All of my papers are made with papers from my shredder.  The color is added with scrap cardstock. 


To make these decorative bottles, rip strips of handmade paper in a desired width.  Adhere with double sided tape. Wrap twine several times around the bottle and tie a bow. 

Use the bottles individually or in a grouping!



******ANOTHER IDEA!******

Use your handmade papers to create gifts.  Here I recycled an old tin that was filled with tea.  It made a great container to give the gift of tea to a friend of mine.
For the can I cut two pieces of light blue paper the width of the tin (one was not long enough to wrap around the tin).  Adhering the paper with double sided tape, I wrapped the tin overlapping the papers. Then wrap the tin with a contrasting color.  Several wraps with twine and a bow finish the gift!

I have an abundance supply of shredded paper to make my handmade papers!!!  You may one day get a gift from me wrapped in my recycled papers!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Another Collage in my Board Book!

Another Page from my Altered Pages Fashionable Femmes Arched Door Blank Board Book!

Adhere Vintage Text Page and ink edges with Imagine Crafts - Tsukineko StazOn Midi Spiced Chai, Jet Black & St Valentine!



Once this is dry, start layering the supplies...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Flowers for your Garden Party!

Getting ready for a garden party?  


On the Arnold Grummer's blog see more about making your own table centerpieces from your own garden!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Card for Mom!

My mother loved hummingbirds, well she loved all birds! In fact she had so many bird houses and feeders the trees outside her house was called "BEAKSBURG!"

Today, I have a card made completely with handmade papers using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit. If this is your first time hearing about hand made paper with Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit, be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video making paper couldn't be any easier. 


This past weekend was a paper making weekend! 
I usually start with paper from the paper shredder. 


I made papers with Arnold Grmmer's Gold DustArnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes and specialty pulp.

The purple, pink and green papers were made with scraps of  color cardstock.



The flowers were made pressed in a silicone mold the Hummingbird and heart were made with cookie cutters (in the Arnold Grummer's Papermill.) 


Here is my finsihed card. The base is a full pink sheet of handmade paper folded in half.  Layered with a portion of a purple sheet with decorative punched edges. The hummingbird was molded with a cookie cutter, flower that was made in a silicone mold and a leaf torn from a sheet of handmade green paper!

This is a perfect Mother's Day Card!

A Tribute to Mother's on Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day 
to the two most important Mom's (to be) in my life.  
Love you both!
Early 1950's
From the collection of photos I have accumulated over time!
Thanks to all the Mom's through time! I don't know any of these people.  They aren't related, looking at them reminded me of Mother's Day!




DominoARTS! HALF-O-WEEN!!

TODAY MY GRUESOME SPOOK 
for
DominoART's!!!

Halloween is one of DominoART's favorite holidays and they love to celebrate Half-O-Ween in May just like Christmas in July!  DominoART's  will feature one project every 2nd day throughout May.  At the end of May the projects  will be in the running for some spooktacular prizes and vying for your votes!  So stop by, gobble up all the clawesome eye candy and then show the artists how much the scary projects delightfully terrified you by voting for your favorites starting May 27!



This DominoART piece is inspired by a haunting story that has no known date.  It does take place at a historic landmark known to most, The Eiffel Tower! May be you will see her when you visit the tower! Now for the ReST of the StoRy!
Paris – Eiffel Tower -One night, a girl and her boyfriend went out. The girl arranged the date to break up with him. He wanted to propose to her. When she told him, he erupted. He took her to the top of the Eiffel tower, and threatened her. She didn’t believe him, because he had always been so nice to her. So when he said if she married him, he would spare her, she said NO. Then, he pushed her off the top! At night, you can hear a girl laughing and saying NO, then a scream, and silence. http://ghostandsouls.wordpress.com/tag/eiffel-tower/

MORAL of the story: Never break up a relationship at any height greater than ground level!


To make the Eiffel Spook: Cut the front of the rib cage from the skeleton.  Cover domino StazOn Midi ~ Claret, adhere the image, heart and dew drops. Attach to the skeleton with  E6000. Glue red tulle & black lace to shape a skirt for her. On the Imagine Craft tag use StazOn Spiced Chai for background, stamp "La Tour Eiffel" with Jet Black StazOn. Tie on with jump ring and ribbon!





Supplies:
Skeleton from the Dollar Store (Bought at Halloween)
Domino
Imagine Crafts StazOn Midi ~ Claret, Spiced Chai, Jet Black
Imagine Craft Tag
Altered Pages The MuseBox Stamp ~ Paris Kit"La Tour Eiffel"
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection ~ image
The Robin's Nest - Diamond Dew Drops
E6000
Jump ring
Red Tulle & Black Lace, ribbon