My First Art Journal Page: In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Carlson

My Ex-Mother-In-Law Barb, or my "outlaw" (how she referred to herself), passed away on March 9th. She was such a fabulously beautiful woman inside and out. She was a woman of contradictions. She was really sweet, open, warm, petite and beautiful, but seemingly ten feet tall and so strong when she needed to be, feisty, sarcastic, smart, courageous, and witty...the list could go on and on. She will be missed by many as she was the type of person that left an impression and to those who were fortunate enough to get to know her she truly is unforgettable.   She may be gone but she will not be forgotten, she will live on in the memories of many. The funeral is tomorrow and I wanted to spend some time with my memories of her and make something special to celebrate those memories and her life and the end of her suffering. Rest In Peace, Barb, my outlaw.

I have wanted to try art journalling for a long time but, just haven't made time. I put off starting just like I kept thinkin…

Pop up card for my nephew!

I found the tutorial for this on the Split Coast Stampers website, here is the link: Free StandingPop-Up Card

Ceramics with my Cricut!!

I hand pinched this bowl using stoneware clay, then pushed the cricut cuts into clay (just used printer paper and light pressure to cut) and then painted slip over top. After the slip was dry i pulled the paper off and revealed the design below. I have pics of the paper masks before slip was applied, after pulling the paper off, and the final bowl after glazing and firing! The uses for our Cricuts are literally endless, best money I ever spent!

As usual I haven't posted in a while...

I have been busy, though! I guess with being a mommy and going to school and Jason having 3 jobs it is hard enough to find time to craft let alone blog about it! :) Here's a few pics of what I have done lately. My husband got a new toy and I wanted to make him a custom case/stand and to protect the investment. I found a tutorial for an iPod/iPad case and used the instructions provided to adapt it for other devices. I decided to use the measurements of the device in the rubber case so he didn't have to put it on and take it off all the time. The tutorial was from Made By Marzipan and it is so cool! I used a John Deere fabric that I had originally bought to make him a scrub top but, I thought this was a worthy alternative! :) If you like it make sure you check out the Made By Marzipan site for this and all of the other awesome tutorials she has there! I also used my cricut to cut some paper stencils to use as masks while doing slip work in my pottery class and it worked lik…

Cricut Circle Weekly Challenge: Mini Book

Here is a mini book that I designed on my Gypsy using various cartridges. I used circles and used my trimmer to cut the edge off and cut a "J" from the Wild Card cartridge into it for the cover. There are scalloped circles, one that i cut the edge off for a straight edge, one that I left intact, circles layered on circles, there are large rectangle pages that open out scalloped rectangles, various frames on some of the pages, and two envelopes with inserts. All shapes were cut from Cricut cartridges. I am too tired to list them all but George Basic Shapes, Storybook, Plantin, and Wild Card were among them.

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge: October

This is my submission for the October Monthly Challenge on the Cricut Circle Blog. The challenge was to make a Halloween themed home decor project. The prize is $150 to spend on!! Man, I could really have fun with that!! Wish me luck! :)

Designed on my Gypsy :)

Peachy Keen Stamps: Basic Paper Doll Face Assortment (face on ghost)

Cricut Cartridges:

Blackletter (font)

Mini Monsters (ghost, spider & web, and tombstones))


Mail Organizer

This was a fun one, and definitely outside of the box that I normally create in! :) I painted it and Mod Podged the flat background papers, then hand rolled all of the paper for the front and hot glued them down. After it cooled I sealed them with a few coats of Mod Padge. I cut the little banners with my precious Cricut (Love!!)...I am super happy with how it turned out! :)