Monday, March 23, 2015

IF Opportunity Doesn't Knock

I made this new Artisan Style Graphic 45 Tag. I think it is perfect for this time of year. The last few years I've tried out for the Design Team of Graphic 45 and never really got close. Partly because I don't have time to update my blog and I have a terrible camera and horrid lighting. I also decided if I didn't make it two years ago I was going to go back to work full time...which I did. My job keeps me really busy, and I also volunteer a lot with our youth.. about 50 of them. I juggle way too many hats, so today after a bit of a breakdown, I came home and had to get my feelings out on paper literally. Not writing in words mind you, but getting my emotions out by cutting some stuff up. This tag says what I'm feeling today:

If Opportunity Doesn't Knock
Stick to the Plan 

So for now I create what I want to, when I want to, in what small amounts of time that I have, and do it for the love of it. So for all you fellow G45ers who try out for the Team and don't make it...If Opportunity Doesn't Knock...Stick to the Plan....Create.

Here is a card I made from the same collection.  I used Graphic 45 Artisan Style papers and #MarionSmithDesigns stamps Garden Rose Stamp MS101058 and Prima Junkyard Findings Ingvild Bolme Street Signs.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just A Little Something For The Office

For this project I decided to combine a couple of my favorite companies into this fun alterations box. In the past the trays that I've altered have been on the darker side.  For this one I wanted to use light colors since Spring is here.  My office has a teal theme going with it so I searched my Graphic 45 stash for teal items.  I'm planning on taking this to the office to enjoy it.  Since I work so much these days it is nice to look at stuff I made and remember why I work so I can create art.

I found some lovely butterflies from both Botanical Tea Collection and Olde Curiosity Shoppe.  I used some chipboard pieces from Typography.  I then used a chipboard tag from Couture.  I also used some Come Away With Me with the frame and charm on the bottom row.  I painted the whole thing white with some cheap Folk Art paint.  Added some Tim Holtz tissue paper and then added more paint to fade it out.  Then distressed it with Tim's Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Walnut Distress Ink.  I used a baby wipe to remove some of the distress in places and that made it even more distressed looking.

In the first box I used some Petaloo flowers, Tim Holtz Clip and Typography Chipboard.  The second one I left very empty and only showcased the butterfly from Botanical Tea.  The third I included a wooden spool from my sewing stash and a vintage bobbin.  I added another butterfly.  The left bottom box I used one of Tim's dolls and since it has always bugged me that they are kinda nude I covered them up with flowers and butterflies to hide their nudity.  lol.  I used an ornament frame and added a sticker and some glossy accents for the next box.  The star box I used a wood star...I can't remember where that came from but I painted it white and distressed the edges.  I added a metal word and more Petaloo flowers (and one that was in my stash and I don't know what brand but it was the right color).  

 The top right box has a chipboard vw in it from my stash and I propped it up to make it look more like a real car.  I have a VW for my daily driver and I love them so I thought this was just perfect for my little box.  I didn't have a die cash in the right color so I'm really glad I had this chipboard piece.  I added another Petaloo flower.  I have no idea what you call that silver bead stuff but it is a short piece I had in my junk drawer.  The light bulb is a Tim Holtz pc.  The bottom right I used a Couture chipboard tag and then a little vile a friend sent me as a RAK and I filled it with some little white and teal beads I found.  I collect Scrabble games from every junk store I go to and had to put an A for my first name of course.  The second one in on the bottom has a Tim Holtz Charm that I added some Come Away With Me paper from Graphic 45.  The domino is a bead from my bead box (I used to make earrings with them) and the #5 game piece was red and I painted it to match my box....who says you can't MAKE things match.  The legs on the bottom of my alterations box are wood.  They were a gift from one of my friends on Facebook.  I have such great friends who send me the coolest stuff.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my project.  I sure had fun making it.  When I can't scrapbook as often as I like and am sitting in my office answering customer calls, this will remind me what I can do when I have the time.  I hope this inspires you to try a lighter color version of our favorite alterations boxes.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I want to take some time to thank all of those who follow my Youtube videos and who have liked my FB page or visited my blog Sew Scrappin (which I hardly ever update).  I don't have time to spend on my blog as much as I'd like to.  Today I want to do a giveaway.  I'll be sending this card to one person who comments and shares this post either from FB or my Blog.  I'll be randomly choosing someone this Saturday night so make sure your name is there.  Thanks so much for your love and support.