Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Butterflies in October - Sister Act DT Challenge Card

Hello my dear sweet friends

Hope you are all doing great!!  Has anyone else felt like October has been the longest month ever?  My goodness, for me it seems October wasn't just 31 days but double that.  Don't know why but I am glad November is just around the corner.

So my post for today is my second card as a DT member with Sister Act - Challenge #81.  There are a lot of wonderful cards made by the entire design team and I hope you will check them out as well as join in the challenge.  

Our proud sponsor for this challenge is:  


I am a big fan of quick and simple cards and this one was really fun to make   I stamped a greeting on the inside however didn't take a photo of it to share (but I can if anyone would like to take a peek. And I never miss an opportunity to create something with pink and butterflies.  

I sure hope you will check the blogs for each of the Sister Act Design Teams and say hello and check out their cards. The link to the Sister Act Challenge Blog is highlighted above.  Enjoy!!!!

More later

With hugs and smiles
Laine


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Butterflies, 15 Minutes and a BIG GOOFY SAD MISTAKE

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends -

How are you doing this cloudy Wednesday (it is here anyway)??  Yay - it's also Hump Day!!  Maybe that's why my head is in the clouds (actually more often than not) - at least that's what my family always tells me.  

First of - A little disclaimer before the journey begins:

I promise not to take you around the blog world in 90 days.  I also promise the word "SAD" in my post title is nothing serious or life challenging.  

Disappointment in myself - YEP BIG TIME!!  So with patience in tow:

Have a seat, buckle up, and hold on because the journey starts now:

It all started a few days ago when I promised myself I would work on my 15 minute project for the Speed Craft Challenge.  So I gathered my supplies, took photos, set up my timer, pushed the start button and told myself to take a deep breath and "Go!!"

 
Forgot to take photo of my tote of Copics
(Image by CS Designs)

Here's what I did:

01.  Covered large piece of recycled laminate with cardstock using Mod Podge.
02.  Ran over to paper trimmer to cut edges off butterflies image.
03.  Ran back to work area (carrying trimmed image).  
04.  Used my fingers to work out the air bubbles from step 1.  
05.  Cut off the excess edges of green cardstock.
06.  Colored  butterflies with my Copics (which took most of the time).  
07.  Used more Mod Podge to glue butterfly image on top of green cardstock.
08.  Add "Diamond" Stickles for some bling on butterfly wings.
09.  As I began adding lace realized I added the above bling to early.
10.  Carefully added ruffled lace anyway along with a thin lace border on top of lace.



So this is how far I got in 14 minutes and 58 seconds.  Yep - 2 seconds to spare.  

I had done it.  I had two seconds to spare and my project was complete.  Only problem was - I started thinking of other things I could still add to it.  So I added the thin lace border across the top.  Grabbed three of the flower pieces from the plastic bag and used a bling brad to hold them together.  


And this is the finished project 5 minutes later.



By the way - this is now a completed refrigerator magnet.
This gorgeous image is from CS Designs.


I took more photos, began to write blog post and went to Speed Challenge to submit my entry.  It was then I discovered   ......................................


this is where things turn ugly, ugly and even more ugly ................... ..............................................

hold on...............

almost to the end....................  I saw these words (verbatim)


"Challenge 5 - Halloween and Winner/Top 3 announcement"


Did you catch that?  (Clue: HALLOWEEN)

My reaction:

1.  Are you kidding me?
2.  Oh my goodness - I already knew that but totally forgot.
3.  Poop - I really wanted to enter this challenge.
4.  Oh man - I am not in the mood to start all over again.
5.  I am not a quitter.
6.  Oh well, I can still blog about this project but I have to go back and re-write my post.
7.  I am not a quitter.
8.  And then it occurred to me:

I can still enter this challenge and this is why:

My challenge entry fits the Halloween theme perfectly and it makes total sense to me:

My Halloween Challenge entry is actually a "caterpillar dressed up in a butterfly costume".  



I know, I know - its a stretch but I am going to stretch the rules and enter it anyway. And I do so not only because I can but most importantly its been a wonderful process.  I absolutely love doing this challenge.  And if I have time - I will do another project and actually follow the rules this time.

Thanks so stopping and I really hope you will check out this great blog challenge and spend 15 minutes creating your own challenge entry and submitting it to the Speed Challenge.  If you do, will you let me know about it?

With hugs and smiles
Laine

I am also entering this version below into the 


Friday, October 24, 2014

BOO!! Did I scare you?

Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

Today I am sharing a card I made with an image from "All Dressed Up" and just fell in love with these two characters. I colored these sweet monsters with my copics.

I am also excited to announce I am a new DT member with Sister Act and delighted to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies.  This challenge is "Anything Goes" however it is a card only challenge. Our Sponsor "All Dressed Up" will be giving the lucky winner two digital images.  So I hope you will join in the challenge and who knows, you could be the lucky winner.

It's also funny how these adorable monsters remind me so much of how my Moxie (a Pomeranian) and Otto (my daughters pug) play around together.  Its hilarious!!

Thanks for stopping by - I always appreciate it and it means a lot to me.

With hugs and smiles
Laine


Monday, October 20, 2014

My First Speed Craft Challenge Project

Happy happy Monday my Dear Sweet Friends - Yep this is my second post for today.

I am over the charts excited about this project.  I stumbled across a new challenge blog called Speed Craft Challenge and its delightfully fun. It's absolutely a great idea - especially for someone like me (more about that later).

Here's the scoop:

I had only 10 minutes to create my project.
I could create anything I wanted to and I was able to have my supplies ready before I hit the timer.

So I grabbed some scrap stuff, sat down at the table outside on the deck because part of the challenge was to use Ink Sprays or Spritzers (this was my first time with Ink Sprays) and it was finally time to jump into the Challenge Zone and pushed the timer button.

I grabbed a small clipboard, tore off some cardstock and used Mod Podge to seal the paper to the clipboard.  Used my blow dryer to speed up the drying time (hint:  works faster on the "cool" rather than "hot"). Sprayed some "Tattered Angels" Glimmer Mist (Tattered Leather) around the outside edges.  Used the blow dryer again.  Stamped the butterfly image but the inside part of the image was missing.  I stamped it again hoping to get the middle of the butterfly to imprint on the cardstock but to no avail. A few moments of panic flooded my body as I ran to my craft room to find a pretty flower to cover up the missing parts of the butterfly.  Found one - ran back outside and glued the butterfly down and when the timer went off I wasn't quite finished with my project (big sigh).   The picture below shows exactly how far I got and I wasn't to thrilled about it but at the same time I was happy happy happy.

And so my dear sweet friends - this is my challenge entry to the Speed Craft Challenge.  It's not finished yet but it's still my entry and it's okay.  The ceilings didn't cave in, the walls didn't tremble and the sky didn't fall.

(10 minute time frame)
(And I am submitting this into the Speed Craft Challenge)

Finished project @ 12 minutes)


So I am going to enter this project and post it tonight however tomorrow I will show you what the finished project was suppose to look it.  I will take the photo first thing tomorrow morning.

Now, what I loved about doing this project and why it is good for someone like me:

It doesn't have to take hours to create something pretty. 

I have a tendency to over think things and need to do everything PERFECTLY.  I spend way to much time trying to get everything all figured out and before I know it daylight has turned into darkness and I didn't get much accomplished other than sitting at my craft table trying to figure it out.  What this challenge helped me remember is that crafting is suppose to be fun, relaxing and stress free but a lot of times the joy I was hoping for was no where to be found. I remember there were times when I was crafting with my daughters and sister and I was paralyzed with fear.  I couldn't do anything.  My daughters were busy, my sister was busy but I was still frozen in my chair.  My daughters said, "Mom, this is suppose to be fun" and I sobbed "but it's not".

And so with this challenge I was "forced" to make instant decisions.  I didn't have time to worry about doing it perfectly.  Like Nike says,  "Just Do It" and I did.  And it was so much fun.  I hit a setback but had to figure out a comeback.  This challenge changed things within me in 10 minutes and it didn't cost me a therapy session.  It was FUN.  It was EXHILARATING. There was no FEAR.  There was laughter and most of all JOY.

And so I have decided I am going to take 10 minutes out of each day and see what I can create.  I won't enter them all into the Speed Craft Challenge but I may enter some of them.  It's been a great day and I can't wait to see what comes to life in tomorrow's 10 minute crafting session.

Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate your taking the time to visit my blog and leaving such sweet comments for me.  I hope you will check out the Speed Craft Challenge and give it a try.  It really is a blast.

The photo of the finished project will be posted tomorrow by mid-morning.

With hugs, smiles and joy

Laine




"So Very Proud of You"

Hello my dear sweet friends

Today is absolutely gorgeous with the sun shining brightly and perfect temperature of 72 degrees.  However - the sad part is the weather report shows non stop rain for the next five days.  I guess it's beginning to look a lot like "Fall in Seattle".  Has the weather begun to change for you yet??

This is a project I made as a new design team member for "Not Just Cards Challenges. Yep, I am really excited to be a part of this group of women and I hope you will stop by and take a look at all the DT's projects as well as join in, if you haven't already.

Interestingly my first project was all about "Graduation" and I decided to make an altered wood block as a keepsake gift.  All the sayings, cap and diploma are from DeeDee Designs.

I painted the wood block brown and covered it in various cardstocks from "Bo Bunny".  Once it was dry I added the sayings, lots of bling and some "Jumbo Java" ink to add some more distressing to the edges.  Oh, and I added some stickles around the middle of the graduation cap and on the tassle.  I am really happy with this project and I am so thankful you decided to stop by and say hello.

With hugs and smiles
Laine

I am also entering this project into the following challenges:




(Front)

(Top)

(Back)

 (Side View   #1)

(Side View  #2)




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The HAUNTING

***** CS Designs is looking for DT and GDT Members*****




Hello My Dear Sweet Friends

Happy Happy Wednesday!!  I sure hope your week has been going fabulous!!

I am really excited about the second CS Designs Challenge.  I have all the information listed below on the techniques and products used and I had such a wonderful time making this project. 



 This is an altered clipboard I found it at a yard sale many moons ago and added it to my collection.  I covered the front of it with the Collage Art Paint Background digital image from CS Designs.  I inked all the edges with black StazOn Ink.  I used the RAVEN digital image from CS Designs on top of soft beige cardstock and mounted it on top of the rust cardstock.  


I also inked with Black StazOn around the edges of both cardstocks.  I used more StazOn to help create a gloomy background as well as some old sewing batting I found in my daughters garage.  My goal was to have the batting give the appearance of Fog.  


My hubby allowed me to rob his vast array of beads so I could use these shrunken heads, chains, and skeleton face charm.  (Thanks honey!!)  Aren't they just FAB??  And I found an old sheet in the garage that I tore a strip from and inked it all over the create a mummy wrapping around the clip itself.  


This "Ghostly" young lady was so much fun to color with my copics. I used various shades of gray to color all of her except her face which was colored with a light light beige.  I wanted her to have a shimmery appearance and so I used my glitter pen to add some glittery shine on her hair, face, mouth and around the outside edges of her dress.

Putting this project together was so much FUN!!.

Here are the links to the other DT Blogs - I hope you will check out their projects for this second challenge from these talented ladies.


Angela …  The Paper Craft Nook 


Chris.....   CS Designs Blog

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today.  I really appreciate it and treasure your taking the time to stop by.

With hugs and smiles
Laine



I am also entering this project in the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics

Eclectic Ellapu

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Project as a new DT member and a Blog Hop Challenge

(This post will be staying at the top until October 13th)  



Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

Happy Happy first day of October. I don't know about you but I am enjoying the cooler weather although I am definitely not ready for winter. 

I have some wonderful things to share with you today - one of which is the re-opening of the:

Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent 

I am so honored to be a part of the new design team and I am sharing my first two projects today.  We are also having a blog hop and that information is included just a little further down in this post.

I am also entering these projects in the following challenges:


Altered Eclectics Challenge

Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Through The Craft Room Door

WagsNWhiskers

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog

FabnFunky Challenges

Creative KnockOuts

Crafting by Designs





 And of course these are the two items I used for the projects above.



We're Also Having A Blog Hop with lots of Fun Prizes
To help us Celebrate our 1st challenge here on Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. 
 
There are 7 blogs participating in this Hop and 6 Great Prizes to be given out. Because we want you to become acquainted with our  fabulous new team you must  visit and leave a comment on Every Participating Project Post along the way in order to be eligible to win any of our prizes.

There will be 6 winners altogether,:  3 will be chosen from all the comments left on our participating posts, 2 will be chosen from all those that participate in our 1st challenge and 1 from those that find the hidden ghost somewhere on the CS Designs Store. Our Blog Hop starts today Oct 1st, 2014 and ends  at 11:55 October 13th, and winners will be announced on Nov 1st. All Winners will receive their choice of 3  digital designs from the CS Designs Online Store. 
 
Are you ready to party? 
 
Start Here ... on this blog  
(There are two ways to win on this blog, join our challenge or leave us a comment)

You start out the blog hop here at:
 Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent


Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent     http://doodleartifacts.blogspot.com/
Angela   http://papercraftnook.blogspot.com.au/
Judy   http://insearchofmycreativeside.blogspot.com/
Laine    http://hugs4theheartdesigns.blogspot.com/
Marg  http://craftycardsbymarg.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris / Doodle Pieces  http://www.doodlepieces.blogspot.com/
Chris / CS Designs      http://cs-designs.blogspot.com/
 

Chris ... Doodle Pieces 
Chris / CS Designs  .. The store does not allow comments so to play and be eligible for a prize you will have to find my little ghost hidden somewhere among my designs and write to Chris with where you found him. Chris will chose 1 winner from all those who find him.


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you will join in the challenge as well as the blog hop.  Have a great day and happy blog hopping.

With smiles and hugs
Laine

Note: Because we all live in different parts of the world, our blogs may not all go live at the same time, so if you visit a blog and can not find the blog hop post, come back  here a little later, check the links and try visiting again.  














Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabric Needle Felt Book

Happy Thursday my Dear Sweet Friends

Today I am sharing fabric needle felt book I made for a swap several months ago with a young lady in Japan.  I am hoping she loved it but never heard back from her. I sure hope it reached her because a part of me wanted to selfishly keep it for myself.  And I really wanted to share it with you today.  I believe it measures 4"x6" and the pages are made out of soft fluffy wool felt.

I now have a stack of fabric that is calling me to make some more (hint hint).  










 I also wonder if a few friends of my friends would like to have one as a Christmas gift. 

What do you think??

With smiles and hugs
Laine












Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lots of Exciting News

Hello my dear sweet friends - 

Boy oh boy has life been full of lots of changes.  So many new things going on - and I can't wait to share some news with you.  I am not even sure where to start so I think I will just share things throughout this next week.  

First of all I am on a new design team CS Designs and I am incredibly excited about it.  I will have more information available before the end of this month regarding the blog hop and other great stuff so I hope you will check back soon.



I just discovered as I was looking at my google account that this is my 100th blog post and that's so exciting to me.  I think I need to have a blog candy giveaway and hope you will check back on Friday for more details and join in the fun.

And I have also started a new blog (nope I am serious) and it's called "Breaking Up with Fibromyalgia".    

This blog is really a deep personal one for me because I have been battling this monster for quite a while now and I am hoping to reach out to others who are hurting and battling the same silent illness.  If you feel so inclined to check out my new blog I would really appreciate it and you can find it here:  

Breaking Up With Fibromyalgia


Thanks so much for spending some time with me and I hope you will come back.

With hugs and smiles always

Laine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Altered Composition Book

Happy Happy Sunday My Dear Sweet Friends -

It is a gloriously sunny day and I find myself wondering how many sunny days there will be left until winter strikes.  Ironically its not even Autumn (but getting closer) and I am thinking about the cold days of winter.  I think I need to take a seat on the back patio and enjoy the sunshine a little more today).

I thought it would be fun to share an altered composition book I made for a dear friend of mine.  We were on same online group but the site was shut down unexpectedly.  I am hoping this journal made it to its destination and she loved the comp book as much as I did creating it for her.  It's full of little pocket pages with various size tags,

For my next post I am going to post photos of the one she made for me and its GORGEOUS!!!

I have some exciting news coming soon and can't wait to share it.

Have a blessed week and thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

With hugs and smiles
Laine


 (Front Cover)

 (Inside Front Cover)

 (One of the altered page pockets with tags)

 (another altered page with an envelope with lots of goodies inside)

 (All the goodies tucked neatly inside)

 (Another pocket page with tags)

 (And yet another pocket page with tags)

(Inside look for the inside back cover)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some Altered Recycled Fun

Hello My Dear Sweet Friends -

I hope you are doing well and finding a little time to spend in your craft room.  I have actually managed to find a little time too.  As I was cleaning out some drawers I came across some large laminate samples.  They measure approximately 3.25" x 4.5".  Once again I didn't want to toss anything out and decided to make some larger magnets and see how they turned out.  

In the past I have gone to some estate sales and garage sales and found a lot of cute things.  These were used making old greeting cards that were pretty messed up.  Once again I don't like to throw anything away and really like to find ways to use it myself or give as gifts to family and friends.  

You can see from the photos the embellishments I added flowers, lace, and some pretty pink shiny flowers.  

What do you think?  

Thanks again for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day.

With hugs and smiles
Laine




(This one I thought would be a cute card/magnet so I decorated both sides)




(The remaining two I turned into magnets)


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Keychains

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It's been a busy one around here and slowly calming down.

For this post I am sharing some keychains I've been working on the past couple of days. Actually it's been Mark and I working on them. It has been fun even though I've been so tired I can't keep my eyes open.  The keychain I am going to share is quite simple but out of my comfort zone. This isn't my usual style but I actually really like this one - skulls and all.

I am having problems in getting my photos to upload. I will work on it again first thing in the morning.

With hugs and smiles

Laine


Update:  I finally figured out how to upload my photos from Windows 8.  I am not a big fan.  LOL!!
Anyway - I am going to share two photos of the keychains we finished yesterday. 

Thanks for visiting!!

Hugs and smiles
Laine




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Moxie Moxie Moxie

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

Today I am introducing a little angel (most of the time) named Moxie who is my new fur baby.  She was a gift from my special man and she is a true delight.  I just love Pomeranians and it took 3 days to come up with her name and boy does she live up to Moxie.  I have had her about a month and she is so much fun with a lot of attitude.  So, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fur baby and include a video that shows her in action.  I hope the video makes you smile!!



video



I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did trying to capture the moment on video.  The story is that  Lacee does not share her food with anyone and that includes sweet adorable Moxie.  As you can see Moxie let Lacee know how she was feeling about the situation. 

I will be back tomorrow with a new project to share with you.

With smiles

Laine and Moxie

Friday, August 8, 2014

I'm BACK!!!!

Hello my sweet dear friends -

I bet you thought I had permanently left blogland since its been quite a while since I have posted anything.  Well I am still here and so incredibly excited to be back in blogland.  I was going to wait until tomorrow to create my first post but I just couldn't wait another day.  I have so many new projects to share with you and my first one will be posted tomorrow.  I will also be having a blog candy giveaway starting on Monday and I hope you will join in. I have lots of updates and exciting news to share and it all begins tomorrow.  And here's a little teaser...




Until tomorrow sweet friends

With hugs and smiles
Laine




Thursday, March 20, 2014

My First Felt Needle Book - My New Addiction

Hello my dear sweet friends -

Happy Thursday - and sure hope you are doing well.  

I am super excited to share my first felt needle book with you and my newest addiction.  These are so fun and easy to make.  This one is my own creation as far as how I put this one together.  

The cover is actually made of flannel with the inside pages being felt. I have had this floral flannel for some time now and was saving it for something special.  And, for me that turned out to be this needle book.  

The book measures 4" x 4" when closed and 8" x 8" when open.  I decided not to add a closure button because I didn't want to cover up the flowers.  The rest of the pages in this book are similar to the one shown in the second photo.  The only difference is I just added different styles of lace to each page.

I am using this one to help me keep better track of my altered stick pins. Have you made a felt needle book yet?  Have you even considered making one?  I'd love to know and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Have a blessed day!!

With hugs and smiles

Laine





Sunday, March 2, 2014

Valentine Altered Spoolie

Hello dear sweet friends -

It's a rainy Sunday here in Vancouver, WA and I just want to crawl under the covers and snuggle with Max for a while and enjoy the peace and quiet.  What about you - how are things at home?  

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I have a fun project to share with you today and its actually the first one I have made.  I have admired all the gorgeous altered spools on Pinterest and have been wanting to jump into the deep end and make one for quite some time now.  I have joined a swap group called "Altered Paper Swaps" and one of the swaps was an altered spoolie.  So into the deep end I jumped and it was so much fun - a little challenging to get started but once I did things just took on a life of their own.  This particular swap had a Valentine's Day theme which was extra fun because I was able to use some pink in my creation.


So here it is - my first altered spoolie.  As you can see there is a lot of pink but what I also love about this is the image I used around the spool is cut from a vintage Paris newspaper from 1942.  It was so fragile but I just had to use that image (and of course I wanted to keep it).  I painted the spool and then wrapped the newspaper print around it.  I took some narrow white scalloped lace with gold trim to cover the bottom and make a small skirt of sorts for the base of the spool.  I added two rows of small white pearls around the top and the bottom of it.  I added another row of small pink rhinestones around the top of the spool and around the pink heart to help hold the heart in place.  I did add a little bit of glue to the bottom of the heart before adding the row of rhinestones.  I added three decorative stick pins into the top of the heart just for fun.  

It was really fun to make and I am trying to find some of the other photos I took of it so you can see the back side of it.  I will add the photo to this post once I find it.

Thanks so much for visiting me today and I am really curious if any of you have altered your own "SPOOLIE" yet?

With hugs and smiles

Laine






Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's all about MAX

Hello my dear sweet friends - 

Where has time gone?  It's like I have just turned around and lost four months of my life.  I guess in some ways its kind of true. Silly me!!

I am happy to be back and have lots of new things to share as well as getting caught up on what's been going on with you on your blogs and in your lives.

I have some new projects I will be sharing too!!!

I have decided that my first post will be on the more personal side of things and share the newest addition to my family.  Some of you may remember I lost my dear Hercules in August of last year and it was quite heartbreaking. Hercules was such a special part of my life for over 13 years and his passing left quite a huge hole in my heart.  Well like they say - time heals and there is some truth to that statement I guess.  I still miss Hercules everyday and wasn't sure if I would ever get another dog or not.  

Well seven months later I have had a new little furry guy show up needing a new home and the rest is history.  His name is Max and he is a dog rescued from a dog shelter.  I don't know a lot about him except he is adorable, sweet, faster than a speeding bullet, cuddly, and I love how one ear is pointed down and the other pointed to the side.  He has stolen my heart and brings a lot of joy to my world.  So without any further delay - this is Max.



I will be back tomorrow to share a new project and hope you will stop by and say hello.

With smiles and hugs

Laine