Sunday, June 30, 2013

Whooooo Loves Summer???

Hiya, Folks!!
How goes your summer??
All's smoooooth sailing around these parts.
Well, mostly.
My baby girl is a big lover of school, and she's missing it terribly!  She misses the work.  She misses the structure.  She misses her friends.
Sooooo, to help bust up some of that boredom, I whipped her up a little distraction... 
This cute little dolly/dollhouse combo is the perfect cure for a bit of my girl's summertime blues! 

I love this cute little kraft monogram tag!!

How cool are the ABC's on the roofline??  Maybe a little subliminal ABC action is just what the doctor ordered.

Her sweet new friend is the perfect size to peek out at her from inside her new house.
And finally, here's a shot of the dolly herself :-)  I've used Sushi Owl Mug from the Sushi Dolls digi shop and my Ragdoll tutorial to whip her up in a jiffy!
Here's hopin' this little distraction does it's job and gives my girl a smile.
If you want to hear me talk a bit more about the construction of the house and get a sneaky peek Paige's reaction to her sweet new friend, you can check it out HERE.
Okee-doke, that's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see ya next time!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Message In A Bottle.


The summer sun has me dreaming of cooler locales.

Sandy feet, sweater sharks, blue water...

Beachy Times.

Here's a little 'canvas therapy' I created to help keep me grounded until my next tropical getaway...

This canvas is a mix of all of my favorite things---starting with a picture of the three best things I ever made :-)

In addition to being a fabulous way to display a really sweet photo of my kiddos, I wanted this canvas to reflect all the things I loved about the beach as a child.

The soft pink of a shell.  A perfect shell, without a crack on it!  One that you found yourself.

The emerald hue of warm, east coast ocean water.  Water that you loved playing in!  Until you saw Jaws for the first time, anyway...

Even the gross feel of seaweed as it brushed your leg underwater!

Yep, that was summer for me.

To help my photo feel more like part of a whole and not just an element, I covered the edges with some of my fave DIY texture paste.

A little AMAZING Mold Putty to create molds of shells my kiddos 'found' for me over the years and a bit of hot glue, and I had all the shell-tastic texture I could ever need!


Hot glue.

It's an amazing medium for molds!!  And here's my favorite part...

No.  Drying.  Time.

Seriously, dude!!  That's gold, right there.

 A little Helmar LOVE to hold everything together and some Lindy's in lieu of paint to color it up and she was finished.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek, today.  If you're diggin' the seaweed bouquet on my canvas, hop on over to the Gauche Alchemy blog and see how she was made.  I bet you'll never guess how I did it ;-)

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll catch ya next time!!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Owl Always Love You!

Hiya, Folks!!
Sooooo, I totally got my color on...
...aaannnd, my stitch on...
...which resulted in one pretty, summer tote bag!!

So, yeah---lemme break it down for ya...
Ever since I saw Carissa's fun t-shirt-transfer-meets-Copic-markers-tutorial, I've been jonesin' to give it a go.
It's been forever.
Like years.
And I still hadn't got to playin'!!
So. I got off my toosh, grabbed by iron and got a little crafty :-)

I have to tell ya, I just love everything about this bag!
Love the owl I the image (You can find 'Owl Always Love You' in Krista's shop HERE!).
Love the ruffle and buttons.
LOVE the pink gingham lining!

Here's a close-up of the image, colored with Copic Markers---which was a bit difficult, due to the non-porous nature of the fabric transfer sheet! 
It's a bit sticky, and you do have to allow for drying time in between colors (much like watercolor!), but I think she came out just fine :-)

Ok guys, you ready to play??
If you wanna see a bit about how this bag came together, check it out HERE, on the Saturated Canary YouTube channel.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Was It All A Dream?

"Was it all a DREAM?"

Hey, everyone!  I'm here with The Greeting Farm today and I'm happy to report that no, it definitely was NOT a DREAM!

That's right!  Today is the super special mid-month RELEASE DAY for the brand new mixed-media DREAM kit... appropriately titled "DREAMY"!   This jumbo-sized, 8.5x11 FULL sheet of stamps is available starting NOW over in the TGF STORE, so be sure to grab yours before they sell out!

Lately, I've been on a mission to create a banner for every month of the year.  Yep!  A banner a month for the whole year.

It may take me ten years to accomplish this feat, but the cute little houses stamp in "DREAMY" inspired me to take one step closer to my goal with this colorful cutie :-)

This banner is sportin' butterflies, bows, watercolor, embossing, free form stitching, punchinella (from Gauche Alchemy!), gold doilies and a whole lotta "DREAMY" stamp love!!

Here's a peek at each individual piece...

Ok guys, that's it for me, but wait---THERE'S MORE!!

We have a super awesome lineup of Guest artists for you to visit today, so if you're just getting here, be sure to start on the TGF BLOG for all the details, or you can continue here and just make sure you've visited everyone because ONE LUCKY WINNER who completes our hop today will WIN the DREAMY kit!

Here's the order for today's special release hop:

Be sure to stop right back over on the TGF BLOG to let us know you've completed the hop and you're entering to WIN the "DREAMY" kit!   Winner will be announced first thing MONDAY morning on the blog so you have the weekend  (through Sunday, June 16th at 11:30pm CST)  to relax, hop, and DREAM of the possibilities of creating with this awesome new kit!  

Thanks for joining us, everyone!


Monday, June 10, 2013


Hello!!  Today, I have something absolutely DREAMY to share with you.
A preview of the 'DREAMY' kit, to be exact.
The 'DREAMY' kit is a fabulous 8.5 x 11 inch set of stamps, that's being released on June 15th over at The Greeting Farm.
Stamps that are awesome.
Stamps that'll knock your mixed media socks off your mixed media feet, but are totally rockin' for your more traditional cardmaking projects!!
Alright, enough with the chitchat, and on with the paper and glue and stuff :-)
This sweet little canvas was created using several stamps from 'DREAMY'.
I have to say that this set of rubbah has it all.  From background love to sentiments, this pretty girl and more!
How sweet is she??
A little paper piecing from the Maggie Holmes paper collection for Crate Paper...

...aaaaaaannnd some dimensional sparkle, and she was complete :-)
Okay guys, I hope you've enjoyed my little peek into 'DREAMY'.  If you want more eye candy created with this fab new set, hop on over to The Greeting Farm!!
And if you want a little tut on how I've created the canvas above, check it out HERE ;-)
See ya on the flip side! 



Hiya, Folks!! 
With the impending doooooom of the Google Reader, how do you follow your favorite blogs??

Friday, June 7, 2013

It's A Pirate's Life For Me!

Good Morning!!  It's Summer, y'all :-)
And I'm FREE!!!!
Free to ignore my alarm clock.
To eat ice cream for dinner.
To get road trippin'.
To embrace my inner pirate!!
For the challenge, I've colored up Lily's Pirate Captain Jack digi.  LOVE him!

As I was coloring him up, my hubby told me he needed a bit more guy liner.  I'm a huge fan of big hair bands and am all about the guy liner, so I was 'oh-so-happy' to oblige!

Ok, guys---that's it for me!  It's time to embrace your inner slugs, snails and puppy dog tails and whip up a little something crafty!!
See ya next time :-)