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Friday, October 29, 2010

Wow! I Am Sure This Looks Like Heaven!!!

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

- Pablo Picasso

About Me and My Life

I took this class several years ago taught by a well reknowned mixed media artist, Norma Kooi. She flew in from Florida just to teach this class. As you can see by the photo we added vintage buttons on the left and adhered papers by Rusty Pickle (no longer in business). A little hanger with clips holds the image on canvass on the front of the album.  We altered onion skin paper and adhered them on the inside pages. I have yet to finish the inside! (Another unfinished project)!     

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Altered Cigar Box with Melissa Samuels

Here is a wonderful video by Melissa Samuels altering a cigar box.

Scrapbooking Childhood Years

Over the next several days I will be posting some of my favorite layouts of my children growing up along with techniques that I incorporated into the page. I will provide instructions for each of the techniques so stay tuned in!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Retro-Industrial Style Jewelry

I promisd a picture of my creations.  Here is the first try at this. I'm working on two other pieces. Will post pictures when I am finished with them.  They, of course, will be more detailed.  This is called "I am what I am."  Very simple. I used jewelry cord and added a link, memory frame and added my own image plus an older zipper, on the back it says, " I am what I am."  My first simple jewelry project. Email me if you have any questions about this piece.

Scrapbooking Real Life

Its funny... real life isn't really easy. Most scrapbooks that you see are filled with good times, joyous memories, and milestones in life that are happy.  But what about the imperfect times in one's life?  Aren't they worth scrapbooking?  Definitely, life is a roller coaster. Has anyone ever tried to scrapbook the untold story of a life that has experienced catastrophe, heartbreak, growing up?  Basically, real life situations.  It's a difficult process. But a process that can also help lead to letting go, facing the truth, heal wounds, and forgive. The not so happy stuff builds character, and offers us an opportunity to appreciate the best of life. I have yet to tackle this profound idea, however, I can see how this creative way would help to deal with the worst that life gives.
"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you." Maya Angelou

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another little project I'm working on

Here is another little project that I've been slooowwwly working on. I purchased this display shelf for $3.00 at the salvation army. i just love these especially if  they have drawers and small openings to display my projects. I replaced the wooden knobs with decorative knobs. I sanded it down before applying my papers. Again I used scrap paper. This is a great way to use up your scraps and small ephemera, such as postage stamps. I embellished  the top and put some of my fabric flowers on it. I can't wait to finish this so I can display it.  These are quite easy to do.  The best and most thrilling part is being able to find the item to alter at such a reasonable price. I've also just finished one my retro necklaces and am working on two others. The first one I completed is relatively simple. It then gave me the opportunity to tackle a more advanced project. Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Altered Frames

altered frames,
I have made many of these altered frames and sell them during the winter at craft shows in the Detroit Metro area. They are very different and unique. They make great gifts for any holiday.  If you would like a tutorial on how to create these, email me at

Clear Your Mind and Restore Your Energy

HERO OF THE DAY - After visiting California this past August, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with my cousin, Marne Semick Strickland. I was impressed with her passion for Yoga. I listened to her testimony and how she began her journey into this divine sport. As a participating Yoga practitioner, Marne has fulfilled her destiny by dedicating her life teaching others the benefits of Yoga practice. She knows the rewards associated with Yoga and the increased quality of life that it brings. She offers online classes for people at all levels of fitness. For those in the LA area she also teaches and trains Yoga classes on Hermosa beach. What a fantastic opportunity! Nothing can compare to that! Her resume is quite impressive, as she has trained and studied with some of the greatest Yoga Masters in the field. Flying from Michigan to California every week is out of the question so I have become an online student of hers. I have witnessed first hand the beginning stages the mental and physical clarity that has developed within myself. My creativity has developed to a higher level, and I have been able to concentrate and stay focused on my passion for scrapbooking and altered art. I have a new energy that I believe can only be achieved by practicing Yoga and staying fit. Now instead of walking around the house on the weekends deciding what to do first and then doing nothing but deciding what to do, I start with Yoga, foam roll, clean the house, and tackle my beloved hobby. I encourage everyone to check out her website at Allow Marne to help you reach your full potentional physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She is truly a warm, charismatic individual who will help you to achieve your best in life.  Thank you Marne for motivating me and I hope that you continue your success in this lovely sport.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Homecoming at Ike

Here she is ... 10th grade... She turned down a date for Homecoming and said, "I'm going wtih my friends." Should I be concerned?? Nah... I'm glad that she is making choices that she feels comfortable with and not worrying about the petty little things that teenagers worry about. I have an old soul in the house. I feel glad. She will be an inspiration to us all.

My Scrapbook Room

I should say Scrapbook area which is in the basement. I've been saving up to finish the basement because my husband thinks its not worth finishing. He says it doesn't add any value to the home. So what I'm thinking... is to create an industrial style basement. Currently there is an area to with a sofa and TV and cocktail table. A workout area. And my craft area (which sshhh) takes up half the basement. But I do love it!! Its messy right now because I've been working on many different projects. Last week I completed two altered recipe boxes for each of my wonderful sisters. Ho hum... I forgot to take pictures of them. "Dear Sisters... If your out there is cyberspace and happen to chance upon my blog, please be so kind as to take a photo and post on my blog?" Thank You, Love Sis Ter. So, here goes... my big fat messy scrapbook room!!

Gypsies Journal: rather inspiring...

Gypsies Journal: rather inspiring...: " Loving the latest tape craze? We are too! We've got a full line of papertapes (think fabulous masking tape) and some rather unique ideas ..."
7 Gypsies artist, Vicki Boutin, used them to bind her lastest book.

Claudine Helmuth on Live With Prima and a giveaway!

Claudine Helmuth on Live With Prima and a giveaway!

Decorating Home Decor

I found this wonderful little box at the Salvation Army for $2.00. I altered it with scraps of paper that I had and quotes that I had laying around. I never throw anything away! The knobs came from and antique store that I purchased for .50 cents . I removed the wooden knobs and added these metal knobs by glueing them to the drawers with metal glue. I used Tim Holtz distressing ink before sealing it with modge podge. I added some vintage buttons and old jewelry. There you have it! A great little desktop storage to put eyelets or brads in.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Retro-Industrial Altered jewelry

This weekend I started to go through my husband's stash of junk. I took all his bolts, screws, washers etc... and decided to see what I could create with them. So on Saturday, I began to alter them! I used paint, crystal glaze, ephemera and dictionary papers and began threading them on old chains that my sister Deb gave me from her jewelry stash. It's amazing what can be created . I will upload the picture this week. I'll also upload the photos of my paper and fabric flowers that I've been creating.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Crepe Paper Flowers & Fabric Flowers

I've seen these made on and decided to go gung ho and make a whole bunch of them. So one night I sat up all night and made at least 50 of them. These are so fun and easy to make. I've become obsessed with making these beautiful creations and decorating them with glimmer mists. I've also finished them off by adorning a gem or a vintage button in the middle of the flower. Embellishing them using different techniques is easy and fun.
If you would like a tutorial on any of these flowers, email me at and I will send to you.