Thursday, April 21, 2016

Embossing Folder Storage Using the Fuse Tool

Here is a video I created showing how you can store multiple embossing folders using one 12"x 12" page protector for the base and a few others for pockets using the Fuse Tool. If you are like me you get a little carried away with buying these wonderful things and run out of storage space for them. You can fit up to 24 folders on one page protector! Also use this method to get those thin dies in order along with stencils. Larger stencils can fit in the center pocket!

Friday, April 8, 2016

This is what happens when I use awesome supplies!

This week I created a layout for the Prairie Chicks Scrapbook challenge using papers from Kaisercrafts #me Collection. I don't normally like creating layouts about myself but my kids have banned me from posting layouts with them in it ( I do sneak the occasional one in there though, wink, wink). I could scrapbook about my cats but I risk being labeled that "crazy cat lady". They are so darn cute though. Two of them will have kittens this spring which we all look forward to.

Back to my layout, I started with a white piece of cardstock and used Ranger Texture Paste with a chicken wire stencil randomly adding the paste around my page. Next I found Glimmer Mist in colors that reflected the colors in the paper and splattered them on my page. I then mixed the mist with water and brushed across my paper in places. Using a circle cutter I cut a 6" circle, distressed the edges and adhered it to the page.
I tore bits from the pattern paper, curled some of the edges and layered the on the sides as well as using the ruler border strip from the edge of one of the papers. The flowers were punched out of the various pattern papers in the collection and then scrunched up to look more dimensional. A pearl brad was placed in each center. Along with sayings from the paper and the wood flourishes I just continued to layer until I came to the look I wanted.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Would You Say This Is Dreary or Contemplative?

Recently I had the opportunity to dig out my paint and brushes and create some new paintings. It's funny that I let it go so long between sessions as once I get started I realize how much I enjoy it. Although sometimes what I want to paint and what actually gets put on the canvas can be two very different things. I can get frustrated that it's not turning out the way I want it to. The beauty of creating a finished piece of work is that no one knows what I wanted to accomplish so it all turns out good in the end. I've learned to live with this and move on for the most part.

Here are the two paintings I did last weekend. They are both untitled as of right now because that is not my area of expertise. If you can think of some creative titles for these two paintings let me know in the comments please and I will pick out my favorites!

12"x 12" Acrylic on stretched canvas

This one is only 4"x 5" big, just a bit bigger than my cell phone. Tiny paintings are fun to do, although I think it took longer to do than the bigger one, I'm not sure.

4"x 5" Acrylic on canvas board 

Compared to my cell phone.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Where Have I put My Flowers? Check This Out!

Just before Christmas I scored this really cool item from a local shop called Patina Floor and Decor in Warman, SK, Canada. They have some pretty unique items in their shop. At first I used this rotating bin for our Christmas candies, lining each bin with parchment paper to keep it clean. My original goal for this though was to store my paper crafting flowers. Although I really don't have room in my space for it I found a way to make it work because who could not want this in their craft room right?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tags of 2016 Feb

Here is February's tag/card that I made following along with Tim Holtz' 12 tags of 2016. This time I've decided to create a card using the remix techniques.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tags of 2016

Happy New Year!

What better way to start the year than with some creativity. When I saw Tim Holtz post about a new year of tags I made the decision to get on that train, use supplies I have on hand, and follow along. I did do some of the Christmas tags a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. So here is the tag I made for January. 



Monday, July 13, 2015

So Proud of my Brother!

Three years ago my brother Dannie broke his back at his T12 Vertebrae in a paragliding accident, effectively rendering him Paraplegic. His doctors said he would be in a wheel chair and most likely never walk again.

Dannie was later invited by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, to participate in a new ground breaking study using electro stimulus to try and re-awaken his nerves. Through this study Dannie, and ever since, he has been getting steadily stronger and has regained much of his movement in his legs. (He also participated in a study with the University of Saskatchewan in a study of balance in paraplegics). However there are still many muscles and nerves not functioning correctly, but Dannie is not giving up!

Today, in this video, he goes above and beyond what anyone has ever expected him to achieve in his road to recovery by taking his mountain bike out for a ride for the first time in three years! Before his injury, Dannie would often ride over 40kms per day, to work and back, as he loved being active in many areas. Needless to say, he was pretty excited to accomplish this tremendous feat!

There is much that Dannie is working to yet achieve in his road to recovery and walking again and if you would like to contribute to helping him in his journey, you may do so by visiting Help Dannie Walk Again

First on his list of things to help him out are new A.F.O.'s, (ankle-foot orthosis braces), in the video it is apparent that his current ones tend to get in the way. He is also in the process of establishing a new career in the new field of drone aerial photography and needs help funding this new endeavor as well. 

Let's all help him out at Help Dannie Walk Again

Video was taken by one of my other brothers, Perry Wolf, check out his YouTube Channel here