Friday, January 18, 2019

Roll Tide...Scrapbook Layout

I am making a scrapbook for my great niece's first year.  Her momma loves the University of Alabama football.  During the fall last year many Saturday's my adorable great niece was adorned with Crimson or hounds-tooth to cheer "her" home team.  Her daddy is an Auburn fan and hasn't won the battle for baby girl to wear "War Eagle" gear.  



I think the Bama elephant is adorable, so I decided to add a punch pieced Al in the corner of her Roll Tide layout.  I had no idea how to do an elephant with my punches but my friend Pinterest had a ton of ideas.  This pin from Splitcoast stampers is the one I used for inspiration. Punches used were: three sizes of circles, heart and an oval for the trunk.  I think he was just what the page needed. 

Have a great week,
Traci

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sunflower Altered Canvas

Whenever I see a sunflower, I think of my oldest daughter's birth.  To say it was a difficult birth is an understatement.  But the fact that she had to stay in the NICU for ten days was more traumatic than the actual birth.  I am fortunate that I had a tribe of women that stood by me and helped me through those difficult days.  I was not allowed to drive and my husband went back to work so that he could be home once the baby came home.  Ladies rallied around me to make sure I had rides to and from the hospital to nurse and hold my baby.  

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But one friend insisted on me leaving her a key to my house one day so that she could clean for me.  I am a very independent person and was mortified that I needed help cleaning.  But I gave in and let her help.  When I arrived home she'd left homemade chicken noodle soup on the stove and a single sunflower in a vase on the counter.  With the flower was a note reminding me to look to the Son for strength just as the sunflower looks to the sun.

This small gesture was so large to me.  I have carried that thought with me and my daughter will turn 25 yrs old this fall.  

I created this altered canvas using Tim Holtz Distress inks, Unity stamps and a sentiment that was given in a challenge.  The original sentiment was "She is an sunflower.  Strong, Bold and True to Herself.  Not as beautiful as a rose but also not as fragile."  I changed the "not as beautiful" to "not as fragrant" because I think sunflowers are more beautiful than a rose.  But they are stronger, they don't bruise or break as easily.  


Monday, January 14, 2019

Altered Embroidery Hoop

Today's project is an altered embroidery hoop that I made for a friend.  I make a lot of cards but I really enjoy altering items.  I don't take the time to alter a lot of items because my schedule is so hectic but it truly is one of my favorite parts of crafting. 

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This hoop was done in blue because it is my friend's favorite color.  The only thing I had to buy was the actual hoop, everything else was in my stash which is a plus.  I'd bought some Stampin' Up retired fabric for no other reason than I thought it was pretty.  Since it had been on my shelf for over a year this was the perfect project to use it.  


 

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Altering hoops (or anything really) is just a matter of deciding a starting point.  For this project it was adding the fabric, then just add goodies until you like what you see.  I actually added the pearls just before I sent this one off to my friend.


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Have a great week,
Traci

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Add Some Sprinkles

I love donuts.  When I say love, I mean capital L, LOVE donuts.  Maybe it's because when I was in elementary school my mom worked at a donut shop. My siblings and I would walk to the shop after school instead of going home.  We would sit at the counter while my mom worked and have a donut and coffee while we did our homework.  In those days or maybe just in the town we lived in they were a little more relaxed about kids in the kitchen and the donut baker allowed us to "help" him make the donuts.  

There was no machine to cut the donuts or fry or ice them, it was all done by hand. My favorite part was drenching the hot donuts with icing.  I can still taste the hot iced donuts when I think about it.   I really wish he'd taught us the recipes because I cannot make a homemade donut to save my life. 

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Did you shop at the Unity end of the year sale?  I did.  The stamp set showcased on this card and the one that triggered the good memory is Sweet Sprinkled Donut by Graciellie Design.  I used pink stickles to make the sprinkles on the donut pop a bit other than that this was a fairly quick and easy design that is a perfect card for an upcoming birthday.

Have a great Sunday!
Traci

Friday, January 11, 2019

Watercolor Sunflowers

When I started crafting years ago, I knew that I wasn't ever going to be the crafter that everyone looked to for new trends, design ideas and cutting edge designs.  My first cards were all CASed cards as a matter of fact.  Back then Pinterest was not even an option to look for designs so I would save google image files for inspiration. 

 To be honest, I think of myself as a crafter vs an artist.  I am always in awe of the women that I see on Pinterest who are artists who make cards.  Y'all know the ones I am talking about.  Right?  Anyway, along comes these amazing cards made with watercolors.  The only watercolor painting I've ever done was as a child with my off brand 8 pack color pallette.  But I loved the cards and wanted to give it a try.  So I went to the local art store not Michaels mind you, an actual art store.  The one the real artists go to buy their supplies. 

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Armed with two new paint pallettes and awesome new brushes, I sat down to create a card.   I figured I go really basic and make a two tone watercolor background.  Ok so a watercolor background, isn't nearly as amazing as some of the flowers that I've seen on YouTube but it's a start.  

I used Hero Arts September 2017 My Monthly Hero for the sunflowers.

Have a great weekend.  
Traci 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Playing with Paper Dolls

I loved going to my Nanny's house when I was a little girl because she always had the coolest toys for me there.  My Nanny isn't my grandmother, she's my godmother.  She was like a fairy godmother to a little girl.  When my mom choose her to be my godmother she was just 17 years old with no kids of her own so she showered me with attention and toys.  I am the youngest of five kids, when I was growing up we didn't have a lot of money. So going to my Nanny's house and being the center of attention was the greatest experience for a lonely quiet youngest child.  Since my Nanny was young and didn't have kids of her own, she'd stop whatever she was doing and play with me. On. The. Floor. 

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While this is common today, when I was growing up it really wasn't the norm. One of my fondest memories is playing with paper dolls at my Nanny's house.  She would buy me books filled with dolls and clothes to cut out.

 
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These tags were created because of that fond memory with my Nanny.   I paper pieced and colored the clothes feeling like a little girl with a new paper doll book. 

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Have a lovely Wednesday!
Traci

Monday, January 7, 2019

Goal Word not Resolutions



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A couple of years ago the JoyFM a local Christian radio station spent a year focusing on the word Joy rather than making resolutions.  I decided this was a great idea since, I never follow through with resolutions.  My 2018 word was connect because I strongly feel that today we spend too much time online,texting and with cyber lives that we are losing the art of true conversation and connection.  I decided that I would ask friends over to my home, out to lunch and accept any invitation that I could to "get together".  I have to admit, sometimes it was hard to juggle a schedule to go visit friends but the end result was amazing.  After feeling very negative and alone just visiting a friend once or twice a month made a huge difference in my outlook and my psyche.  


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This year as I have been reflecting on what word I'd make my focus, I thought I'd use create.  As I've mulled this over I decided that create is too solitary and I have to find a way to force myself out of my introvert happy place and BE with people. 

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Sincel  it is easy for me to just stay at home and enjoy my own company but it's not so easy to go out of that comfort zone, I've decided that 2019 will be the year to Serve.  I will look for opportunities to serve people, those I know and those I don't, when I see a need.  I am not sure how that will look but I know that if I open my eyes and my heart, I will see people who I can serve.

Happy New Year!
Traci