Friday, February 24, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge

Hello Everyone!  I hope this finds you all well.  I am so excited to be a part of the Frosted Designs Team. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone, and meeting new people out in blog land.   This weeks Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge was entitled "Shape it up".  You are to choose three shapes and repeat it on your page, layout or card three times.  I chose to make a lace sampler, and use the heart as my shape. 

Frosted Designs Challenge Lace Sampler

I have a huge box full of vintage lace dresser scarves, doilies, handkerchiefs, etc.  I was dying to make a lace sampler.  I thought it would be perfect way to use up some of the beautiful items in my stash.  The main body of the sampler is a vintage lace dresser scarf.  I cut it to the size I desired. I then cut a piece of muslin for the back and sandwiched some batting between the two pieces.  I pinned it down and sewed around the scalloped edges, and free motion stitched the entire piece with white thread for added texture.  I had a brown wool skirt that I had been saving and freehand cut three heart shapes.  I then attached a vintage doily to the center of the panel.  My focal point of the sampler is a scrap card.   I layered vintage sheet music, muslin, and lace.  I added brown stitching for color contrast.  I hand stitched old buttons from my stash. and added pieces of lace and ribbon.  I stitched various scraps of lace to the borders.   I am really pleased with the way it turned out.  It's a great way to use up scraps that you have lying around your studio. 

I hope this inspires you to try something new, and use your scraps in a different way.  I hope you will play along with us over at

Create Art!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Frosted Designs Design Team

I have such exciting news....I can hardly contain myself!  I am the newest member of the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Design Team!  I am so honored to have been chosen from all the talented designers worldwide.  I hope you will stop by and check out Frosted Designs at  Frosted Designs has three challenges going on all at the same time.  I hope you will link up your amazing projects!

This weeks challenge was to create a card, layout, or project using the word "Love".  I am addicted to making scrappy cards lately.  I decided to use one to create a card.  I love scrap cards.  It's a great way to use up all your leftovers! 

I hope this inspires you to create a card for someone you love!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Recent Vintage Finds

On Friday, my husband and I spontaneously decided to head out to the local auction house.  We had never been, but have heard lots of good things about it.  We had a lot of fun, and came back with a couple things.  I fell in love with this neat old box.  It obviously came out of a man's shop as it was full of remote control toy parts.  It was very dirty, but a little elbow grease and.....Voila!  Cool old box for my bits and bobs!

I also found this precious picture of a little girl in a really awesome frame.

I visited the local Salvation Army and came across these really neat finds.  This old iron was only $1.55.  It has all the parts and the original owners manual and box. 

Who could resist a bag of old wooden spools for only $4.95?  I know I can't!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scrappy Cards

I am always so inspired by Ruth Rae.  She has created a great way to use up scraps of papers, fabric, and lace bits.  I decided to start making some of my own. 

Here is my pile of bits....As you can see my scrapbox is way to full!  It was time to do something.

I have so many pieces of lace that I find at garage sales.

I'm still trying to figure out the best way to mass produce, but not duplicate.

Here is what I've created so far.

Be sure to save the bits and pieces from your projects.  You never know when you might need that little bitty piece of paper for a tag, card, or some other small project.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge-RECIPE

It's time for the Fabulous Friday Challenge at   This weeks challenge was a recipe using:

3 patterned papers
2 buttons
1 Word Title

Growing up I loved paper dolls, Holly Hobbie, and Raggedy Ann.  I was inspired to make a PAPER RAG DOLL!  I used sewing pattern tissue, newspaper, and painted under paper for my doll.   The dolls dress is made of newspaper that I gessoed.  I then cut a piece of painted under paper to attach to the front of the dress.   The bottom trim of the dress is pleated newspaper.  The collar is newspaper.  The bow is made of pattern paper and painted under paper with a button.   The apron is made from sewing pattern paper.   The flower on the apron is layered newspaper and painted paper with a button center.    I cut and sewed a paper doily to use as trim on the dress. I used paper doilies as pantaloons under the dress.  The heart is made from painted under paper.  I sewed it together and stuffed it with polyfil.  I then stitched it by hand to the doll. 

Daisy Maisie Paper Rag Doll

 The trick was lots of layers of the papers.  The body is made using sewing patterns.  I stuffed it with polyfill.

Close up of face

 I love my sweet Daisy Maisie Paper Rag Doll!