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   I plan on hanging this banner on my front door! I so love making my own home decor items.
    I saw a halloween version of this banner in an issue of ‘Paper Creations Magazine.’ The pattern and directions were clear and easy to follow. What a great magazine if you need some inspiration, not that there is not enough in blogland.
   My background paper is from Basic Grey and the rossette paper is from Cosmo Cricket. I used a mixture of fun buttons with new and vintage lace. I sewed around the edges of every layer and added glitter glue to my vintage image to add a sparkle. A tassel at the bottom and a silver bow at the top were my finishing touches. Hope you enjoy the pics. I’ll be back soon to share another banner I am working on for a friend.
Kate

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   Lots of pictures… but I wanted to show you this mini before I decided to fill it with pictures. I made this mini for a friend from college. I want to fill it with pictures of her precious baby girl who is 6 months old and still in the NICU. I understand how difficult this time is for her not being able to bring her baby home as we dealt with the same situation with our first son! It is such an emotional time and I wanted her to have pictures and some places to journal.
   I used the Graphic 45 line ‘Once Upon A Springtime.’ Perfect for a baby mini. I used the paper collection and my Spellbinders dies to embellish. Thank you for looking! Hope you had a enjoyable Cyber Monday and that you didn’t spend too much money!
Kate

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   I hope that you are all able to spend this coming holiday with your family in giving thanks.
  Thank you for stopping for a look!
Kate

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    Just a quick share this Saturday evening. I mentioned before that I love Ancient Egyptian art and history. I made this book thinking I would dedicate it to Egyptian art but I have turned it into another art journal. So far, this is the only Egyptian layout.
   I bought these awesome Egyptian stamps from Beeswax stamps and handpainted all the little details. That was a lot of tedious work but I like the outcome. And yes, thats german scrap! Well, gotta go! Bedtime!!
Kate

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  The challenge is almost over! One tag left to complete. I am working on display ideas and hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll be ready to show them on display in my house. I know exactly where I want them.
    The inspiration tag is full of fun and interesting techniques but I decided to stick with simple. I spent all my energy on experimenting with my new TH Pinecone die. What awesomness! (is that a word?) Let me tell you, those pinecones are a lot harder to make than they look but the outcome is oh so fun!
   I took my inspiration from the background in Linda’s tag. I used novel paper and cut it up. I layered the paper and then used a mask and glitter spray. I distressed everything in rusty hinge. At the top I used my new die to make the pine leaves and pinecones. They were layered over top a bow of vintage lace.
    The victorian couple is ‘Evening Stroll’ by Stampers Best. I love this stamp. It was one of my winnings from their recent contest. Check them out and use my 10% off code ‘TheScrapYard.’
   On the bottom I used some TH tissue tape with snowflakes and on top of that a gorgeous ‘Vintage lace Border’ also by Stampers Best. Also at the top I added a bird charm under the pine leaves. It seemed to fit in perfectly. Stop by the Funkie Junkie. Linda is an amazing artist.
    Well, thats all. Again, I thank you for reading and commenting. Happy evening!
Kate

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   Tag #10, check! The tag for week 10 by the Funkie Junkie is so vintage and cute. My inspiration is drawn from the skating couple. I love the vintage ice skating couples, don’t you?
    Sadly, I could not find a couple but I found this image from Mary Green over at Green Paper. What a beautiful lady ice skating across the pond! I used many layers of paper, lace, TH tissue tape and mist in the background. I added a feather and colorful flower to adorn the side and thats about it. Thank you for stopping by.
Kate

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I finally caught up again. Life in general put me behind but it is amazing what you can get accomplished with a little bit of time and a lot of mojo.
    The Funkie Junkie made this weeks tag a bit of a challenge for me. It was all neutral and full of fabulous embossing and distressing. Beautiful!! I struggled to find inspiration but that 25 and sheet music on the star did the trick.
     My background was made using Webster’s netting. I used matte medium to adhere it and a heat gun to shrivel up the edges and give an aged, torn appearence to the netting. I sprayed a rossette with ‘chocolate covered cherries’ and added a Webster’s Pages resin rose in black for the center. I used music paper for the ribbon coming off the rossette. The chipboard 25 was painted with gesso and wiped with antique bronze rub n buff. I used some vintage lace flowers and a copper brad over top more vintage lace and german scrap. Tied on the top is seam binding I stamped with music notes.
    Thank you for reading and I want you to know that I really appreciate and look forward to your comments. They put a spring in my step as I go throughout the day!
Kate
  

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Wedding Fabric Wall Hanging

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   Happy Thursday! I don’t know about you but it has been a long week. I am so thankful tomorrow is Friday! I get to spend the day with hubby and my little men.
   Today, I wanted to share a fabric wall hanging I made using a wedding picture of hubby and I. As you can see the whole thing is simple. I will mention that the grey webbed fabric peeking out the sides is from the the dollar store! Awesome, huh? Found it in the halloween eisle and I have already used it twice. Great texture and it is stretchy. The gold leafed stuff is also from the dollar store. Who knows, maybe I will go back later and add some more embellishments. Until later,
Kate

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‘Art’

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    Lately my life seems non-stop. I get tired from the busy days,  sleepless nights, running a house, daily life and the two little people always needing mommy attention. I would NOT give it up for any other life that I know. But I do need my time that I can just relax and unwind. Usually, that time is in the afternoon while the boys nap. Is is bad that I am skipping down the stairs after they are settled in their cozy beds? A cup of hot tea and art just seem to make a bad or not so great day better.
     Today was one of those not so great days. I just felt in a daze, going through my daily chores whithout any energy. Once I hit my craft room it took a bit of time to get started but I cannot say that my day was wasted. I love how this layout came out. The layeres and textures were such fun to make. Art journally is so theraputic and relaxing.
    I would love to take an online class in Art Journalling. Have you taken any classes? If you have any recommendations please leave me a comment. I am eagar to learn and experience more of this most addicting art form. What types of art help you relax and unwind?
    Kate

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Thanksgiving Card

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   Here is a simple but fun card I made for the Graphic 45 Thanksgiving card challenge. I painted my background and used a heart doily as a stencil with my copper spray. I used a Spellbinders die to cut my Graphic 45 paper from the Halloween in Wonderland tea cup paper. A nice quote, german scrap, lace, skeleton leaves and a flower complete the card.
     Check out the challenge here and whip up a quick card. You still have time.
Kate

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   Just wanted to let you all know about an amazing giveaway by Lynn at Trash to Treasure. Her art is amazing and in a league of its own. Just look at this gorgeous metal book thats part of the giveaway. I would love to learn how she made this! You must check it out but I am warning you…I really hope I win!!!
Kate

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    I have started an altered book of layouts featuring my favorite things in life. Tea is my favorite drink. I love it white, red or green… black, not so much. Black bothers my stomach.
     I used the leftover scraps from the Alice in Wonderland papers by Graphic 45 as my bottom layer. I then layered two colors of paint and then on top I used my ‘tea’ stamps. For the background I used the ‘brick wall’ background stamp by Stampers Best. I also used the ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Queen Alice’ and the ‘carved botanical border’ from Stampers Best. Also used were several stamps from Oxford Impressions ‘Afternoon Tea’ stamp set. From there I added a few embellishments. Thanks for looking. Happy weekend,
Kate

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Grungy Monday

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    The theme for this weeks Grungy Monday was to celebrate a loved one who has passed away. I think of my Grandmother who was one of my best friends. If ever I wanted to talk or I was just lonely, it was her number I dialed. She was kind, giving, sassy, Irish and full of temper but she would give the shirt off her back for the ones she loved.
    I used a Tim Holtz texture fade for the background and then glimmer misted it in my favorite colors. I made a flower from the tattered florals die in the same sprays with a sparkler center. I used a bit of Tim’s tissue tape in the upper left corner as well as his crowded attic paper for the fleur-de-lis motive. The heart doily has been glimmer misted in my all time favorite ‘suede.’ I flattened a bottle cap with TH paper in the middle and a layered butterfly on top. I think the words ‘true spirit’ describes my Grandmom perfectly!
Kate

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Vintage Paris Tag

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  Hi everyone! Just a quick post today to show you a tag. The images on this tag are from the November monthly collage sheet by Green Paper
    This tag is a collage of the images that I cut up and layered. The background was stamped with a flourish. I added a baby rose and some pretty lavender ribbon to finish.
Till Later,
Kate

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