Friday, January 31, 2014

Well so far it's been a successful event of the Grow Your Own Blog party.  I've gotten many new followers, and I hope to get some more.  It's amazing to realize how many craft addicts there are out there.  Thanks everyone for your nice comments.

I'd like to share a couple of cards that I made because of my love of mannequins, and sewing related things.  I just love anything to do with corsets, or mannequins.  I made these cards with plain kraft cardstock, and with Tim Holtz's sewing die cut.  I cut out two images of the same mannequin, and then just cut them in half to change up the die cut.  I also took acrylic paint and brushed it onto the card stock in a dry brush mode.  For those of you who don't know how to do that, all you do is dip your brush into paint, then wipe most of the paint off on a paper towel.  Then apply it randomely to the card stock.  I punched out the leaves, and applied some paper flowers in the corner of one of the cards.  Then I rubber stamped the saying onto a round circle.  I used a plain white die cut to make the mannequin look three dimensional.  I applied foam dots to the back of the die cut to make it pop out.  I then applied a doily and added my saying with foam pop dots..

On the other card, it's done pretty much the same, I just added some chalk ink around the edges of the die cut.  I applied a white doily and topped it with two round circles.  Next I cut out the spools from the same die cut, and wrapped them with floss.  The scrolls were cut with my Cricut I believe.  I decided to add a stick pin in the back of the spools.

These designs are very simple and easy to recreate.  I used premade flowers this time, but a lot of times I'll make my own.  One of these days I'll teach you all how to make some paper flowers.  I love to make roses. I hope you all enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Happy crafting!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"Grow Your  Blog"

Today I wanted to share with you all a blog party that I'll be involved in called "Grow Your Own Blog Party for 2014".  Since I'm a new blogger, this should be a great opportunity to get my blog out there for more people to enjoy.  Hello, my name is Kathy, and I'm a craft addict.  There, I've said it.  The first step is, admitting that you have a problem.  I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who know what I'm talking about.  That's why I decided to start a blog.  I'd love to have more followers, so please feel free to join.  I can also be reached at my email address at  I also have a pinterest page at pinterestdkluckym13/.

I love so many different types of crafts, such as mixed media, paper dolls, steampunk, card making, crocheting, collage, sewing, any type of paper crafting, altered art, embroidery, jewelry making, polymer clay, quilling, drawing, and art journaling, just to name a few.  See what I mean about that addiction thing.  I'm so excited to be meeting some new friends, as I hope we'll become.  Please take the time to visit more of the great blogs out there, I know I'll be visiting quite a few.  I was hoping to put up their badge on the side of my blog, but I'm still new to blogging, and can't quite figure out how to add it.  The web address of the "Grow Your Blog" is at  I hope you all sign up to be my followers, if I can get 100 new followers, I'll have a free giveaway.  Everyone loves free stuff!  Thanks guys and happy crafting!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello crafty friends!!!  I hope your all having a fantastic day.  Today I wanted to share a collage that I created for a dear friends daughter.  She's 16, and I felt that she might need some positive affirmations during those tough teen years.  I created this collage by doing a base coat of mod podge and old pattern tissue.

The next thing I did was to add some Faber Castell gelato's color, by rubbing the color all around the piece.  Then I took my fingers and just smeared them all together.  I like it to look very messy.

I used all different colors randomly and didn't try to make any sense of it.  I then rubberstamped all over the piece with Stazon ink.  Then I like to take bubble wrap and apply paint with a brush to the bubble wrap, and then apply the bubble wrap to the canvas.  I like there to be tons of layers on a piece.

My next step is to use Flexible modeling paste applied to a brass stencil that I taped down on the corners to add some dimensional flowers.  Once that dries I like to apply chalk ink to the top of the stencil to color it.  Sometimes I add stickles glitter on top of that.

I then added some cute doiley stencil's by Martha Stewart to the other corners with white craft paint.  I also took the lid of the bottle of paint applied paint to it and applied that to the canvas as well.

I next like to apply rub ons all over the canvas.  For Sarah's art piece I added all inspirational quotes to inspire her to believe in herself.  After all that base stuff is done with it's time for the embellishments. I made the flowers with various craft punches.  The angel is from Christy Tomlinson's She Art Girls class that she has on her website.  I'm so inspired by all of her fantastic knowledge, and am so grateful that she is willing to share that wisdom with her fans.  I hope you all enjoy Sarah's art piece, I know I loved creating her.  Have a great day, and happy crafting!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Oh my gosh, has it been over a month since I last blogged?   Time seems to speed by during the holidays.  I hope you all had a great holiday!  I know I did.  I'm one of those crazy woman who likes to make my own handmade Christmas cards.  I made a total of 40 cards, and it took me a solid week to complete them all.  I thought I'd share a card I did last year, that although it looks simple, there was a lot of work involved, along with a lot of hair pulling!

This snow globe has a back piece covering the front part of the card that prevents you from seeing through to the inside of the card. I hand punched a lot of the pieces, and the snowman was hand cut out of thick glitter paper.  As I said, looks simple, but really was a lot of hard work.  I love the embossing of the snow and the base of the globe.  If you all decide to try and reproduce a card like this, then hopefully you won't struggle as much as I did.  Although one card is a lot easier than 40!

Next I'd like to share a card that I made for my Grandson.  He's a huge Spiderman fan and I decided to try my hand at a special card for him.  I cut the web out of my Cricut, and hand cut the eyes out.  The letters are punched out of card stock, using a Martha Stewart punch.  This was such a simple card to create, and he just loved it.  I hope you all have a fantastic New Year, and I wish you all happiness, love and creativity!  Happy crafting!!!!!