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    Happy Monday! It is fall again now that our snow has melted. Can you believe that we had two separate snow falls and October is just ending? Crazy weather here in New York state.
     Guess what? Linda at the Funkie Junkie mentioned me in her inspiration for week 8’s tag! Me!!! How cool is that?? I inspired an awesome and talented artist. Thanks, Linda, you made my day!
   So for this weeks tag I loved Linda’s muslin but I don’t have any so I took my inspiration from her flower and newsprint background stamp. The flower was cut from Tim’s tattered florals die and sprayed with my favorite glimmer mist, ‘suede’. I put a pearl brad in the middle. I kept this tag very simple because I wanted the flower and wings to be the focus. I stamped the wings by Tattered Angels, sprayed them gold and then layered them. Lastly I used the memo pin to display a saying that I love about the holidays. Hope you are getting excited about the holidays and spending time with the ones you love. I am!
    Thank you for looking.
Kate

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Grungy Monday

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    This week I finally fit in the time to play along with ‘Grungy Monday’ at L3 Studio. The goal was to use perfect pearls using the Techniques by Tim found here. Love this technique. I have used it several times.
     I decided to go simple for this tag. I used the petfect pearls for the owl, a few different distress inks for the background, lace, bling, a flower and some german scrap for the crown.
   Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.
Kate

Linking this to GrungyMonday.

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    I am very pleased to say I am officially caught up with the Funkie Junkie tag challenge. I will now be posting a tag once a week as I complete them along with the challenge.
    The inspiration tag for week 7 was full of golden goodness, glitter and texture. Love how Linda used corrigated cardboard for added texture. I took my inspiration from the clear embossed snowflake background. I used a doily stamp and bling to frame this adorable little girl. Her winter coat, hat and muff are fabulous! A flower, french script ribbon and an adage ticket complete the tag. Wow, 7 tags complete. I better start thinking about display options for my advent calendar when it is finished.
   Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Kate

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    Linda’s inspiration tag for this week has an angel. I LOVE angels! The wings, the halos, and the innocent faces of cherubs…what’s not to love about angels.
      My inspiration was of course the angel and the background lace. I added some felt border to the bottom. I love the glass flower (vintage jewelry charm by Making Memories.) I sprayed some tulle a gold color. I think tulle or any kind of fooffy fabric looks fairy like don’t you agree? I also added a beautiful gold embossed wing. What is an angel without any wings? I finished the tag off with a Tim Holtz philosophy tag.
      Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the Funkie Junkie.
Kate

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     Are you tired of seeing tags yet? Well, I am not tired of making them. I am having a great time on this project. It fits my busy life perfectly.
    So, onto the tag. I love this vintage image probably because I live in a house with all boys.
    My inspiration from Linda’s tag was the embossed 25 from Tim Holtz’s Bingo Card embossing folder. I used some brown crochet trim and gold german scrap on the bottom. French script is stamped in the background and don’t you just love those ornate plates by Tim Holtz? Check out the Funkie Junkie. She is awesome and so is this challenge.
     Today I went to my first crop. I went by myself (boo hoo) but it turned out great. I got things accomplished and I won an awesome door prize. I am looking forward to more but with friends.
Happy Saturday,
Kate

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    These pages started out as practice for a new technique I learned on You Tube. By the time I was done I was very dissapointed with how it looked. A couple days later I came back with fresh eyes and slapped on some more texture, paint and images. The little man is my Winston! Isn’t he too cute for words? I am finally pleased with the outcome. Guess that shows me, huh. Never give up, just come back later.
Happy Thursday!
Kate

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     The inspiration tag for this week is so amazing. My favorite part was the reindeer, that cheese cloth and the stickles.  That kind of descibes the whole tag but I can’t help it. I love it all!
    My tag mainly draws its inspiration from the bow around the reindeers neck and the snow flakes in the bottom corner. I never use bows so I decided to work one into my tag. Snow flakes are a must in Christmas tags aren’t they? I really love Paris so this is a tag themed ‘Christmas in Paris.’ I’ll forgo all the boring details of what I did this time and just wish you a happy viewing! Don’t forget to join in the challenge at Funkie Junkie.Thanks for stopping by!
Kate

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    Here is another tag for the Funkie Junkie challenge. As you can see I am spending most of my time catching up on the past weeks. For this tag  I used Linda’s black flourishes as my inspiration. Flourishes can  be added to almost any project and look fabulous! I love how versitile they can be. Linda’s tag is amazing and full of eye candy. Love all the little embellies she adds.
   I used music paper as my background and distressed everything in rusty hinge. I used a couple different ribbons on the bottom and an I Am Roses rose misted with Lindy’s. The image was distressed and covered in rock candy crackle paint. I embossed a little in gold on a making memories tag and finished with a little gold German scrap over the top of the image. I admit that I love this stuff and find myself wanting to use it on every project.
     Well, that is all for today. I find it difficult to get motivated on Mondays. I am sure I am not the only one. Head over to Linda’s fabulous blog to check out the challenge.
Kate

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  Happy Sunday, everyone! Just a tag to share today.
      Head on over to the Funkie Junkie blog to play along with this great challenge.
       I love snowflakes! My inspiration on Linda’s week 2 tag was the beautiful snowflakes. I used  mine in the background and distressed heavily with rusty hinge. This picture called to me when I was picking am image to go with the background.. The feather and Prima charm add just the right touch of elegance to the picture. I also added little bling to the snowflake centers. I hope you enjoy and please stop by here to check out the challenge.
Kate

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   I have been dying to make an advent calander. I have seen some gorgeous ones out there so far this year. Perhaps it is  Christmas being around the corner that makes me want to make home decor items. I saw a gorgeous calendar at One Lucky Day. I was going to buy the kit but then whats the fun in that. I want to be free to make it my style so I saw this challenge over at Funkie Junkie and it was just what I needed to get started.
      The challenge requires that 12 tags be made by Dec 15th. Each tag needs to have an element that has been inspired by Linda’s tag for that week. So here is my first tag.
   My inspiration was the rosette from Linda’s tag. I love rosettes but just have not made any in a while. It added just the right pop of color to a neutral tag. I added a few gold embossed snow flakes. The bird stamp and phrase is from one of the new stamp sets by Glitz Designs. The border is German scrap.
    Thanks for stopping by. I am so excited to show you my other tags in the works soon. Enjoy the weekend.
Kate

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I Smell Apple Pie

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    I usually do not share anything other than crafting but today I cannot resist. Hunky hubby and I  are going out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory tonight with another couple. My best friend has graciously offered to babysit so I have been cleaning like mad.
        I also baked a Apple Pie. Lets just say my house smells yummm. A clean house and pie… that’s a profitable day. I am not a photographer but I had to show you how it turned out. Too bad you can’t smell it. I have an awesome crust recipe that turns out so flakey and tasty.
      Wish I could craft today but I am exausted. Thinking a nap is in order before my night on the town. Hope this inspires you to start baking Tis the season…
Kate
    

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Flapper Tag

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   It is such a beautiful day here, the only day this week we are expecting no rain. This morning I took the boys apple picking with my friend and her girls. The kids had a blast in the orchard rolling around in the grass, hiding under the apple trees and knocking apples off the trees. I love how the simple things make them happy. We picked two half bushels. I am going to busy for a while making pies, applesauce and bread. Can’t wait!! Maybe if they turn out pretty I will post a picture or two. Alright, onto the tag.
   This tags background was made using the petrolleum jelly technique. I love how it turned out and it is so easy!
     The flapper is clipart but I forget where from. The gold border is german scrap. Really cool stuff to work with. The gold beads seemed so retro that I thought they went together perfectly.
      If you have never tried this technique look it up on YouTube and get busy creating. It’s lots of fun!
Enjoy the sunshine and cool weather. I am!
Kate
   

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     I finally got around to completing our vacation mini from this summer. I have been dying to use these beautiful papers by Graphic 45. My goal was to use the paper collection as the embellishments. I decided to make tags, pockets, flip outs and mini books to house pictures so that the paper would remain the focus. I used stamps, laces and trinkets from our trip as extra embelishments.
    Do you see that awesome crab leg I used? I picked that up on the beach. The joints still work. The colors were beautiful from the salt water but after it dried out the colors softened.
     Enjoy the pics. Thank you for stopping by this gorgeous, fall Monday!
Kate

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Fall Cone Door Decor

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    Fall is here in New York state. I love the cold chill that has come. Apples, pies, cider….they are beckoning to me. Did I mention this is my favorite season? Well, it is.
     Decorating is a passion I have long since given up since my little princes have been born. I have thrown aside frivolous hobbies and acquired a more practical one to fit my family, budget and schedule. I fell in love with this piece of decor while reading my daily blogs and boy do I have alot. I faithfully follow over 75 blogs.
   Since our family does not celebrate halloween I decided to do my own twist of the project with fall colors. I really LOVE how it turned out. Since I photographed the cone I added a longer piece of ribbon from which it will hang. Our front door is  glass so it will go beautifully. Sorry about the lighting in the picture. Its been rainy as of late.
    The cone is made of Webster’s Pages ‘Country Estate’ paper. The photo is clipart enlarged and modge podged. The stars were hand drawn and glittered. The flowers were sprayed and cut from the Tim Holtz tattered florals die. The netting was also sprayed to match the flowers.
    I hope you enjoy! Check out the awesome inspiration project at Sugar Lump Studios.
Kate

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