Thursday, June 30, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Hello friends!
Today we are announcing the winner of our
Mad Tea Party giveaway!

It is Rizzi of Gifts From the Sea!
Congratulations, Rizzi!

Another reminder to everyone interested in joining
our Patriotic ATC Blog Hop.
We will have our post up at midnight tonight with
the link for you to join in and share your ATC's (artist trading cards).

Thanks so much!
Hope to see you Friday!
Twyla and Lindsey

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Altered Chalkboard Tutorial

Hello friends!
Today I am sharing a tutorial for an altered chalkboard!

I purchased this 9 inch round chalkboard at Michaels last week to alter
 and thought I would share the process with you!


The paper for this project is October Afternoon's new Rocket Age line.
I never ever buy boy line papers. I want frilly and girly, but I saw this line and fell in love.
The colors are so bright and the patterns are so vintage and cute!


 I started by taking this solar system pattern and cutting out a 9 inch circle.
I then cut it again in the middle, creating a 1 1/2 inch border.

I also cut out a variety of stars and moons to work with. I cut these from the Create A Critter cartridge on my Cricut but you could freehand or print off stars to use for this.
I then inked a few of the stars in a light yellow ink.
I used Colorbox Lemonade Chalk Cat's Eye ink

I took my chalkboard and removed the twine hanger
 to glue down the paper and threaded it back through.
I also grabbed a few pieces of chipboard to cut,
 so that I could add layers and dimension to my project.


I then cut out several circles using punches in sizes 2 1/8, 1, 1/2 inch.
I only used 1 sheet of double sided paper for this,
 so that I only had two different patterns to work with.
That way, as I layered, if I had too much of one color,
 I could flip it over and use the other side!
Now, ink the edges using a brown ink.
 I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Now to the fun part!
Start layering the circles around the board.
 No gluing yet, just start setting them down to figure out your pattern.
I decided to have 3 groupings of circles, as the magic number to any grouping is 3!
Always good to remember no matter what your working on.

Now as you start to glue down your circles, add a square of chipboard, cardboard, or foam squares under some of them before gluing so that they are not all at the same level.

Now it's time to start adding stickers!
 These stickers are also from October Afternoon's Rocket Age line.

Now you can arrange the stickers over your circles, but try not to cover them too much.
I decided that I wanted the circles to stand out more, so I took white and black gel pens and added stitch lines around the edges.
After I finished adding all my layers, I took a few star shaped stick pins from Maya Road and just pushed them in, underneath the paper.

The Explore and rocket chipboard pieces are from an old Daisy D's stock that I had laying around but October Afternoon's line had more than enough extra goodies I could have added.

Now all you need is some chalk!
This would be the perfect project to make for your kids,
 to hang on their door, practice writing their name with chalk, doodling or as a gift.

If you like this chalkboard but don't want to make your own,
 you can find this one here in our etsy shop.

This Friday is our Patriotic ATC Blog Hop,
 you can read here for more info and we hope that you come back and join us!

Wishing you a day of joy, Lindsey

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Twyla on Tuesday

Hello Ladies!
It was quite a busy weekend!
I did manage to get in some treasure
hunting and found three more small pottery
vases to add to my collection.

This is a Little Boy Blue that I found awhile back.
I think he is so cute.

We participated in the Mad Hatter Tea Party hosted by Vanessa of
A Fanciful Twist.  It is always so much fun to
plan our own tea party and then go around and visit the
others.  We had a giveaway on that post and
we will announce a winner this Thursday.
If you haven't attended our party yet,
you can see the post directly below this one.

It was such a timely surprise to find this sweet little
Alice in Wonderland figurine this weekend!
She is by Disney and was issued in 1960.
You can be sure to be part of the festivities next year!

For the first time, I painted a picture for the tea party.
It is Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
I am not a great painter, but
I am having so much fun painting again.
I stopped for awhile, but now that is all I
want to do!

I am sharing this July 4th postcard.
It is one of my favorites in my collection.
Just look at those colors!
It is dated 1912.

I want to remind everyone of the ATC bloghop
that we are hosting this Friday, July 1st.

All you have to do is create a 2 1/2" X 3 1/2"
card with a patriotic theme.
You will then link it to our blog Friday.
We will have the link up at midnight.
We hope you all can join us to
celebrate our country and appreciate
everyone's art.
We'll also have a giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mad Tea Party

Shhh!  Come closer.
We are getting ready for a fantastical party!
The final touches are put into place
and the gates are about to be thrown open!

The table is set with special treats and 
magic sprinkles.

Alice sent out so many invitations the
place will be buzzing soon! 

As always, the White Rabbit will oversee the festivities.

He has his eye on Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

He never will trust that cat!

Ever since Alice fell down that hole,
life has never been the same in Wonderland.

It not only changed Alice's life, it was the best thing
that ever happened to Wonderland!

Is it any wonder that they celebrate the occasion every
year?!  It is party time in Wonderland!
Come dance with the Mad Hatter.
He cuts quite a rug!

Enjoy yourself and have a cake and some tea.
It was so good of you to come.

We hope that you had a grand time and if you
leave a comment to tell us so
you will have a chance to win this
lovely Alice in Wonderland journal
handmade by Lindsey herself!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your day and don't forget to stop by
Vanessa's Mad Tea Party and thank her for
the greatest party of the year!

Twyla and Lindsey

Friday, June 24, 2011

Creative Space: The Magic of The Wizard of Oz

Hello friends,
I have spent all week working on a mini album!
It's Wizard of Oz themed!

I have always had a special place in my heart for this sweet story and wonderful movie.
I love collecting different copies of the story to see all the different interpretations of Oz.

When I came across this amazing new paper line called, The Magic of Oz by Graphic 45,
 I knew I couldn't wait to get it!

When I flipped through all the lovely patterns of this beautiful book
 I knew right away that I had to make a mini album.
This book measures 6 x 6 1/2.

Every photo mat is yellow cardstock that has been embossed with a brick pattern
 to look like the yellow brick road.

I also purchased a Wizard of Oz stamp set by Crafty Secrets that coordinates perfectly just for this!
It's so sweet and I had fun adding extra tags and pockets in between my pages to showcase some of the stamp designs.

I cut lots of green cardstock swirls and added green glitter touches to add whimsy to almost every page in the book.

I also took a vintage Oz valentine from my collection
 and added it to this library pocket.

The back of the library pocket features the ruby slippers!

The last page of the book reminds us that there is no place like home!

This mini album was so much fun to create and is my favorite project to date!
This album is for sale here in our etsy shop.

Here is a look at the Graphic 45 paper pad.
It is a brand new release so you should be able to find this lovely paper soon!

Here is a look at the Crafty Secrets stamp set.
I am currently working on a few tags using these cute stamps.

Thank you for stopping by our blog today and be sure to
come back tomorrow for our Mad Tea Party post!!!

Wishing you a happy day, Lindsey

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lovely Vintage Summer Graphics

Hello friends!
I found this fun little Children's Party Book that's from 1935!
It contains sweet party images and when I came upon this page I knew it would be fun to share.

Feel free to save and print these pages for your crafting and party inspiration!

 I wonder how many housewives looked at this book to inspire them! 
You can click on the photos to see them bigger and read the ideas and recipes.

Speaking of parties, we are hosting an ATC  (artist trading card) blog hop on our blog,
Friday, July 1st. To participate, just create a patriotic themed card measuring 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.
Share it on your blog on July 1st, then come link your post up with ours using a linky tool!

Wishing you a day of fun, Lindsey

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Twyla on Tuesday

Hello dear friends!
Last week I shared with you the old cupboard
that we moved to the living room.
This week I am debuting my brand new (old)

I saw this in a favorite antique store.
The first time it was separated and sitting apart. I thought each piece
was pretty neat.

The next time I went back, they had put the smaller
piece on top and I was in love!
Not only was it adorable, but it came in two small
pieces that I could get in my back seat in two separate trips!
It seemed meant to be!

I had hoped I could bring it home and let it fill up
slowly, but alas, it was crowded in no time.
Too many pretties.  Hey, I'm not complaining.

I so love the look of the white in my living room.
It brightened it up so much and is just perfect
for summer time decorating.

You can pretty much tell what I like to collect.
Everything I have is old.
The way I like it.

I hope you have enjoyed my little reveal.
Thank you for dropping by today!
Have a joyful day!