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Happy Cyber Monday! Enjoy free shipping this week in my Etsy and Artfire stores. I have several gifts for runners, for inspiration…If the total shown includes shipping, just subtract it and pay that amount. I am so very grateful for my awesome followers. Blessings…

Christmas Paper Craft Ideas

101 Diy Christmas Paper Crafts

It’s not 101.. it may be even more.. but they are really easy to make! You only have to print, cut and assemble with some glue!

With Christmas on the way I decided to search for some easy decorations you can do yourself. And what’s easier than print, cut and glue?

Here his a big list of paper-crafts and paper toys that you can use to decorate your home and, as most of them are really easy, you can share the activity with your kids that will love it, for sure!

There’s a lot of funny, cute and beautiful crafts all ready to download and print. There are paper toys and also useful boxes and bags for your presents. And more, you can also find some beautiful cards and even origami! There’s a lot of fun in all these links, I can assure you!

So, prepare your printer and get your scissors and glue to start!

Content Source: Bukisa101 Diy Christmas Paper Crafts

Got Scrubs??

With the barrage of medical shows on prime time, it is no wonder that scrubs are kinda… stylish (thank you Patrick Dempsey).They are one of my favorite aspects of working in the medical field as they are so comfy, and are seemingly coming out in cuter cuts, colors and prints.
My momma is a registered nurse and recently turned me on to Blue Sky Scrubs, where she heads for her favorite nursing uniforms. By “turned me on to” I, of course, mean she stated plainly that she would like a gift certificate from Blue Sky for Christmas. She swears these scrubs make anyone look good.
I decided to investigate, and was happy to find there is a variety of cheap medical scrubs, with cute stitching detail around the pockets on both the top and pants. They even have a variety of clearance scrubs.
I plan to order while getting my mom’s Christmas gift. I will let you know how it goes!

Krome Photos Editing Site!!

I found this website, Krome, that offers professional photo editing services and must share the treasure with you. With the amount of time I spend photo editing in photoshop, this is very appealing. The results are wonderful, and you get 25 free “Krome Treatments” just for signing up for the free account. I Love it!! I was excited at the prospect of 25 photo edits for free, and the low rates even after the freebies ran out, so I uploaded some pics that I knew needed some major editing. Uploading was easy with the software made available on the site (here), much like uploading to photobucket or facebook. I was notified that my photos would be edited and I would be notified when they were finished, within 24-48 hours. That was yesterday. Today, I went to the site to find my photos had been edited. Lets check them out a couple out:

So, the picture of my sweetie and I was taken on our wedding day by a cheap disposable camera. It has always been one of my favorites, except for its poor image quality. You can our faces are red and lacking in detail because of poor exposure. The sky and background are dull in color. The Krome treated photo is much improved. Our faces are clearer, our skin no longer looks burnt, the sky is a more vibrant blue, the green greener, and the contrast way better. They even cropped out the random tree on the far right, and some extraneous sky off of the top. I consider myself quite the little photoshop photo editor, and I have to admit that my attempts to beautify this picture did not quite measure up to the Krome treatment.

Take a look at my beagle before and after pics. Again, the contrast is adjusted such that more detail is visible, the major “red eye” in his left eye is eliminated, colors are more vibrant, the photo is cropped and there is an artistic touch with a photo vignette. Pretty cool. I appreciate it because I have not been formally trained, and while I know what I think looks good, I don’t always know where to crop for good photo composition.
What would take me an hour, and likely not turn out as good, is handled by Krome Photos. It is a good place to backup and organize picture files as well. The website allows you to tag photos much like facebook (and even recognizes the people you tag in their other pics), and allows easy photo sharing across several social media sites. If I could change anything about the site, I would give it functionality to keep me logged in (“remember me”) so I wouldn’t have to put in my username and password each time, but that is pretty minor. Also, it would be nice if you could request specific artistic touches and edits, but for this price, the service is amazing. Go get your 25 free Krome treatments, and see what you think. I am hooked.

Domino Pendants!!!

Domino pendants with a message! These are frugal as all get out, and pretty darn cool, I must say…I have made these before, but this time I utilized the contact paper transfer technique I detailed here. What do you think of these? I am planning to make one for my niece with her name since she can never find things with “Ashlyn” on them. I am also making one for a cancer survivor that says “kicking cancer’s @#*”.

I got the dominoes at Goodwill for $1 for 50. Easily customizable. Ideas???

Butterfly Collage With Beeswax on Canvas

I found this awesome tutorial video on beeswax collage art at Stampington, and followed it pretty much exactly, with a couple of exceptions. I opted to leave off the word butterfly, and I used contact paper transfers for my images, instead of stamping and placing the image cutout directly onto the collage. Great video. I had a lot of fun painting with beeswax on this canvas, layer by layer. Fun, easy, different, and in line with my recent altered canvas obsession!

Speechless Saturday

Ripley the innocent beagle…I will be back in full gear Monday. All is well. Just taking a lil break to chill with my peeps. Happy Holidays!

Cricut Helps Make Vinly Canvas Art!



More altered art canvas, and exciting ways to use Cricut for your home decor projects!”For this project, I did some acrylic washes on a 12×12 inch canvas I bought from Joanne’s. I used a yellow and a blue, and once the washes dried, i stamped randomly on the background using a handwriting stamp and dictionary definition of gratitude stamp using black Staz On ink. On top of this, I did a wash of Golden iridescent acrylic paint. Once all dry, I placed the black vinyl design on top, which I cut out from my cricut. I am providing the .svg file for your free use: Please just give credit and linkback to my site if you use my files!Download

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Image Transfer to Altered Canvas Project…

I haven’t posted in two days. I have been in learn and create mode, delving into the world of mixed media altered art. You should see my workspace – yikes. I like to wait until I have a finished piece to share with you, but this kind of work entails a lot of letting the canvas dry overnight before moving on to the next layer. Yeah, I am kinda glad I didn’t realize this fact beforehand. It probably would have deterred me, and I am learning much for this creative frenzy. Today I will share what I have learned about transferring images to canvas, as well as some AMAZING resources that I can’t believe I have lived this long without! Here is the image transfer part of my current altered canvas project…
This whole thing started because I wanted fresh art to hang above the fireplace mantle. I had some 12×12 blank canvases I picked up on sale that I decided to use. After googling “altered canvas”, I landed on this tutorial over at Art-e-Zine, the ridiculously awesome resource I found for everything mixed media. I have been exploring this site for days on end. So inspiring and informative. They have tons of vintage images and photoshop brushes available for free download, as well as tutorials on what to do with them. LOVE it.
I wanted my piece to incorporate one of the very few wedding photos I have. Here is the original photo…
I opened it in photoshop and made it into a stencil through a series of steps I won’t go into here, but you’ll find tons of tutorials if you google. Here is the final black and white I came up with…

Now for the transfer process. The idea is to get the outline onto the substrate, in this case the canvas. I could just trim around the image and collage it onto the project, but this wouldn’t allow the canvas background to show through. After much research, I decided to go with this approach, shared by Lisa Cook. The problem I ran into is that I was working on a framed canvas, so I couldn’t really get in there with a rolling pin since there wasn’t a solid surface backing the targeted area. In the end, none of my image transferred using this process. Frustrating. From what I have read, failing several times before figuring out what works for you is inherent in image transfers. I found a simple solution… clear contact paper. Yep. Check it…

I skipped over tutorials that used contact paper because it just didn’t sound legit to me for some reason. A few cracks at other methods humbled me and I became open to anything. I turns out, contact paper is my current favorite method (i.e. the only one I have gotten to work). Here is a tutorial describing this easy process. I did a few things differently than Karen did. Namely, I didn’t wait a couple of hours like she describes in step 6. I was way to impatient by this point. After burnishing the image to the contact paper with a bone folder, I lightly sanded the back of my image to break up the paper of my photocopy, then moistened the paper backing with a water spray bottle. Using my fingers, I rubbed off the wet paper with my fingers. The ink pretty well stayed on the contact paper. I did smudge it a bit in my eagerness to get this done, but you can’t tell in the end. It goes along with the distress look just fine. Easy. Some people don’t like this option because of the cloudiness in the transfer cause by the contact paper, but I am fine with it. I will be playing around with other techniques for the fun of it. Obsessed with altered canvases at the moment!