Jan 27, 2015


Today I am sharing a picture frame that I created for a 
very special little one named Alexis.  
She brings much joy to our family.  
We are all in Love...

First, I used gesso on the picture frame, ULD pacifier, bib and gears.

The sprocket gears were re-painted with white acrylic paint and 

The bib was covered with Crackle Paint, Tattered Rose, as well as  the pacifier (only on the nipple). The same was done on the two  gears that were not photographed.

I painted the rest of the pacifier with Distress Stain, Barn Door and around the edges of the bib.
After the crackle paint dried, I used Distress Ink, Fired Brick lightly over the cracks to make them pop.  I smothered all the pieces with Clear Crackle Paint, Rock Candy.

The picture frame was inked with Distress Ink, Tattered Rose.  A 6x6 Gears stencil with D.I. Barn Door was used around the picture frame.  Darker on some areas than others, then covered with 
Note:  When Mod Podge is used over Distress Inks it smears.  This was done intentionally to soften the hard lines created by the stencil.

I hot glued the Lace Ribbon around the edges,

Added the string of white pearls on the outside and inner part of the frame.  

Mounted the embellishments in place, using E6000 and hot glue.

On the bib and pacifier, I added Recollections Tiny Rhinestones and a baby bottle that I painted  using a Copic Pen, R08.

I added a white bow to the bottom and some 
Creative Imagination epoxy letters for the sentiment,
"Grandpa's Little Girl."

Hopefully, you were inspired by our work here at ULD.
for your laser cut embellishments!
Thanks for stopping by!  
Enjoy your day!

Supplies Used
ULD: pacifier, bib, gears
Michaels: gesso, mod podge, E6000, glue gun, glossy crackle accent, acrylic paint, white bow, TH distress ink, distress stain, crackle paint and sprocket gears, string of pearls, lace ribbon and wooden picture frame.
TWC 6x6 mini gear stencil.

Jan 21, 2015

Unique Laser Designs - Valentine

Welcome Bloggers!
I'm excited to announce my first project as a new
Design Team member
They specialize in wood laser designs.  You have to look at their site to see why I am so excited about them.  I've been anxiously awaiting to share 
with you all.
Starting with an 8X10 canvas that I prepped with white gesso. 

Luckily, I had some green tissue paper leftover from the holidays.
Tore some pieces and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas.

After it dried, I then used white gesso on the canvas and on some of the embellishments I thought I would use for this project.  
I love gears and decided to use the micro gears.

After it was dry, I began to create layers of embellishments and then began to mount them onto the canvas using 
E6000 and a glue gun.

These hearts are from 
I was very excited when I received their package with embellishments.

This is how the canvas looked after I covered everything with gesso, I also used white acrylic paint in some areas that were a bit dull.  The photo I used was covered so that it would not get paint on it.  

I used Glimmer Mists, Candy Apple, Cross My Heart and 
Plain Jane's Baseboard which is also made by
Glimmer Mist.  
Distress Crackle Paint, Fired Brick was used on some of the corners.  After all the misting was completed and dried, I then used white Acrylic paint on a wide brush.   I brushed from the top of the canvas down using semi dry feathered strokes, going in one direction.  If you never did this, it will take a little practice to produce the look you want.

On this side of the canvas (above) I used a piece of a small terra cotta pot that was broken, added a small piece of styrofoam inside it to hold the little hearts with wire that I glued together.  I also coiled some silver and red wire and stuck them in there along with the floral hearts.  They look like metallic flowers.  

  I drew an outline of a shield onto chipboard and added the photo in the center.  Photo was covered the entire time I was creating the canvas.  Had some toy handcuffs laying around and decided to place them above the photo with a Prima flower in the center.

In the upper right hand corner, I mounted two wooden gears from Unique Laser Designs
and added a ball beaded chain around it.

 Most of the gears are from
As well as the word Love.

 The heart above is also from one of
Heart Shapes with cutouts.
 I added a piece of mesh and loaded it with micro gears.

Underneath the heart (above) is another
 gear that I used as a flower with a micro gear in the center.

I've had some small silk flowers and used them throughout the canvas.  

It's hard to see the word band above the photo that reads, 
'know in your heart you are loved'.
The lips around the photo also come from

I used layered pieces of burlap (also used gesso) and topped it with the letter "S" which was made out of grunge board.   You can see I also added micro gears on it.  Those of you who follow me know I always use gears in my projects.

This close up shows you a piece of laced ribbon that was placed behind the gears.  

Heres a close up of the ball beaded chain on the upper right hand corner which surrounds the heart.   

Can you see the little hanger on the handcuff? 

More gears surrounding the top of the key with the word 'heart' and the 'XO' on top of a small sewing machine bobbin. 

A timepiece layered with gears,  and an arrow.  

After everything was dry, I added some Distress Crackle Paint onto the corners.  I just love that crackle effect.

The last two things I did to the canvas was spray it with
a can of Clear Acrylic, (leaves a soft matte coating on the canvas) and I used Glossy Accent Crackle, but I think the crackle was no good because it didn't crackle, which bummed me out because I placed it on the wings, shield frame, the keys and words... oh well, like Tim says, 'embrace your imperfections.'

I can only hope that your visit here was a pleasant one and that you were inspired by my project.
Kindly take a minute to visit the
 store and view their collection of some really great laser cut wood embellishments.
By the way, they also have a blog!
 It was nice having you visit, do come back!
Supplies Used
gesso, acrylic paint, tattered angels, glimmer mists, micro gears, tissue paper, mod-podge, glossy accent, burlap, trim lace ribbon, prima flower, wire, toy handcuffs, hot glue gun, E6000 adhesive, florets, beads landing mini lock, wire mesh, wire, small terra cotta pot, red heart, ideaology findings, paint brushes, clear acrylic spray, 
crackle paint, pieces of burlap.

Jan 17, 2015

Fitztown-Fae 22

Hello everyone!  
Hope you all are having a nice day or evening.
Over at the 
it's always
Anything Goes!
Today I'm going with a 5X7 canvas that I inked with Distress Inks, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Tea Dye.
Tore us some vellum paper and distressed them around the edges I glued them onto the canvas with vellum glue dots for mountains in the distance.

I used my Copic Pens on the image, they are:
E0000, E000, E7, E31, E33, E40, E41, E43, RV69, RV95, W1, W3, W5, W7, N1.

I used some of my charm stash from the Fairy Tales Collection, shield, sword, helmet, pegasus, arrow carrier and sentiment on charm.  I used Recollection Rhinestones above and below.  Some items were popped with pop dots or glue gun.
Hopefully, you will hop over to the 
and play along!  Remember, it's Anything Goes all the time!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

Jan 13, 2015

Inspiration Destination - Sponsor - Rick St. Dennis

Welcome everyone!
This week at the
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog 
where it is always Anything Goes we are featuring the wonderful world of 
I decided to play with Rick's Unicorn image.
It took me a while to get it together and I decided to go with a canvas 8X10.  Tim Holz's Distress Inks, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye. 
As always, I used my Copic Pens:  
G00, G24, C1, C4, N1, R8, R24, R29, R37, R46, R59, BV01.
Tim Holtz, Wings, Beaded Chains were glued on and the beaded chain was cut into pieces as the unicorn's reins.   
Added some Recollection Red Rhinestones.
I used a piece of jewelry as the unicorn's horn.

The finished unicorn went into the Mini Bridge and was popped with foam.  I used Martha Stewart's Micro Beads (blues) as the water running underneath the bridge.
(things got a bit messy with these micro beads).
The Distress Inks were used to form mountains in the background and on the side of the bridge.  

I played with Flower Soft (colored foam bits) as flowers and grass.  If you haven't heard of flower soft and you love making cards, 
this is a must have in my book.  
 I used Glossy Accent to glue down the Flower Soft.
Then I glued on these Mini Mushrooms (medium & large).
Colored the mushroom resins red and glued them all down.
I then added a piece of fringed ribbon from Retro Art Cafe to the top of the canvas.  The puffy clouds were made with Liguid Applique (white) used the heat tool to puff it up,
I drew some birds in the background and I was done.

Once again, a big thank you to our sponsor
for sharing your images with the 
Ok folks, that's it for now.  
Don't forget to swing by Rick's for images and play with us at the


Jan 4, 2015

Fitztown - Winter 6

Hello and welcome to my blog!
This cute image put a big smile on my face.
Join in on the fun with us here, at the
Fitztown Challenge Blog!
I began with a piece of round corrugated cardboard (like the ones they use for cakes).  A piece of white cardstock was cut to fit the corrugated round cardboard and it was adhered.
Distress Ink, Salty Ocean was used around the edges and lightly on the upper half of the circle.  I went a bit heavier on the bottom half.

I used my Vagabon and cut a piece of blue cardstock out of the Tim Holtz Edge Die, Townscape and glued it on.
A piece of decorative white rope ribbon was glued around the rim of the circle.
The following Copic Pens were used on the image:
C1, C2, R00, R02, R08, R20, R24, E0000, E000, E00, E33, E95,
R39, G28, YR61, YG07, YG11, YG13, YG26, YG61, YG95, 100.
I covered the entire image with Glossy Accent, tap the project to release any air bubbles. 
I used Snow Writer from DecoArt to create the snow in the scene.  Snow Writer can be found at Michaels.
Once again, thank you for stopping by and visit the 
to win some wonderful images!