Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring/Easter Peat Moss baskets

Hello!
I seem to have an obsession of sorts with making little baskets using  peat moss cups :) I've been doing different variations of them for years now.  The first one I ever received using peat moss cups was made by my friend Liz, it was so sweet and simple with a handle made from a twig from a Bridal View Bush. I fell in love with it.
This first set below, are the ones I just did this week.    They could be used for May Day basket also... or just any fun little Spring gift.  I think they would be super cute with an actual starter plant in them.


For the Easter baskets below I used Crafty Secrets images from Easter Creative Scraps
The tissue on the inside is old sewing patterns. Crepe and lace hot glued around the outside.
 
These were done with .
Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps and Digital stamp from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage.  I painted these peat moss cups with acrylic paint... not completely covering them.
 


The baskets below, I did for a post on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog back in 2012. There is a tutorial if you are interested  Fancy This : Easter Baskets


Just another version with paper flowers .  If you want to make handles like these you can use thin new branches from outside if they are bendable, or you can use pieces from a small grapevine wreath, like I did.


For this one I cut a paper border for the handle.  You can see the entire Easter post here on the Vintage Street Market Blog

These pots I misted, and added glitter to the top edge. Natural look with moss, pain wood eggs and feathers.


 
You could also use these with name place cards at the Easter table.  I'm using mine this year for a little gift for the moms that do all the cooking to make Easter dinner together happen.  With my big family, that's quite a few.   So looking forward to seeing family. Seems like it's been a long time since we were together at Thanksgiving. Should be about 35 of us.  Those kids grow so fast.  ( brace yourself... photo's coming :)
 
Wishing all of you a Happy Easter!
 
 
Vic
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Whatevers TWO April 2014



It's that time! APRIL Whatevers Day! We have a fun photo for you to play with this month.  Hope you can join in.  If your not familiar with "Whatevers" You can read more about it here.  But basically my friends...Nat, Cat, Cuchy,  Martha  and I have committed to a full year of bringing new life to  forgotten photos. Each month we create a page and give it a story using that months photo. We share the photo with you in hopes that you will play along and join in the fun.
 There is also more info at the bottom of this post. 
 Here are the links to the other girls blogs so you can see their creations this month.
Nathalie Kalbach
Catherine Scanlon
Martha Richardson
Carmen Sanchez

And here is mine.  I used one of Catherine's new Stencils for my basic background.  I just played with it , using Glimmer Mist, moving it a bit and spraying it again. I used brushes and GM to do the rest of the painting. Then when it was a dry, a little outlining and doodling with a fine tip marker.  You can find links to all Catherine's new products on her blog!


I love this photo, and simply could not resist using this saying .


My story: 
Albert was a chipper fellow. Always a smile, although many wondered why. Etta it seemed to others,was not that easy to please. But good old Albert always did his best.  He loved his Ettaboo and enjoyed spending his days trying to make her happy. 




We would love to have you play along!
 
 
 Here is how it works

 
 
 
Nat, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blog posts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page
Here is this months photo
 


Remember to pop over to see what the girls have to share today!
Nathalie Kalbach
Catherine Scanlon
Martha Richardson
Carmen Sanchez



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Vic

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dressing it up for Easter

I know, I know, can you believe Easter is next weekend?  Well, I have a couple of projects to share that are quick and easy, if your needing some things to dress up your table or décor. Another great thing about being about to purchase a download... no waiting for it to come in the mail :)
First of all I did these pretty little frames using the Crafty Secrets Floral Victorian EggsThere is also these Adorable Vintage Eggs and Pretty Vintage Easter Eggs to choose from if you like.



The download looks like this. This is the Floral Victorian that I used.


These cute frames were $1.99 at Michaels. They are from Recollection's.


The egg prints worked perfectly for the frames. After adding them, I just attached ribbon to hang them from.



Here is another simple bit of décor for the Easter dessert table.   I made these to stick in the cake I plan to bring.  You could also make them smaller and use them in individual desserts.
I used the Spring Bunnies Digital stamp set for these.  I just printed them on white cardstock and colored them with watercolor pencils. I cut them out and added them to the paper doilies with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares.


You cant see it here very well, but I did add glitter to the bows on the bunnies and to the design and bow on the egg.



Oh... and while I'm busy crafting.......

 
lol.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
See you Tuesday for April "Whatevers"
 
Vicki
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cathering Scanlon Designs blog hop

 I'm excited to be asked to be apart of my ever so talented and sweet friend Catherine Scanlon's very first Blog Hop using her new stamps from Art Gone Wild.
   Cat has been a friend of mine for many years. It's been so fun to watch her grow as an artist and achieve so many of her goals. I just couldn't be more happy for her and all her successes. She is crazy talented!   If you are not already a follower of her blog, you are missing out, because this girl INSPIRES!   Cat's blog.. Art from the Heart by Catherine Scanlon
 
I'll share with you my project and then below that you will find the links to Cat's blog and all the others participating in the blog hop so that you can be sure to see what everyone has created with Cats Stamps.    By the way, Cat is also hosting a giveaway on her blog :)
 
For my project I used Cat's  Grid stencil with the Flower Bits Stamp.  I masked off and stamped inside the different sections and then used water colors to color it.  I left a large area open for a quote then I wrote a favorite quote in that space.
 
 
 
For information on how to order You can also see the Summer, 2013 release here , and contact Art Gone Wild here for wholesale pricing. (EMAIL: sales@royalacme.com) To see a list of stores (on-line and in person) that carry my stamps you can go to Catherine's blog and look at this link:  Places to Buy
 
 
I really loved painting this. It was fun and relaxing.

Below are the links to check out Cat and the other girls projects .. so be sure to check them out!

 
 
 
This Art that Makes me Happy by Vicki Chrisman ( you are here :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Thanks so much for stopping by!

Vicki

Monday, April 07, 2014

Dimensional hanging paper Easter eggs/ Crafty Secrets April Linky Party

Today is Crafty Secrets April Linky Party and Design Team Challenge day. ( the first Monday of each month).    For my project today I thought I'd show you how easy it is to use the Printable Easter Egg Download to make these fun dimensional hanging ornaments.   They are easy!  I'll show you how below.
 
I used one set ..but you can see them all here.

 
Once you purchase the download, and open it on your computer, this is what the sheet will look like.  Print it off on a piece of white card stock, then flip your paper over and print again on the back side.  The eggs will match up perfectly, so they are easy to cut out. 
 

Once you've cut them out, fold them in half down the middle. This will just be a good guide for where to stitch.  When you take two like images like shown below and sandwich them together , the two images on the inside will match up as well.
You can use white or any light colored thread to stitch them together down the middle but there is also clear thread, which is what I used.


You just stitch down the middle.
Then open it up, and the other images will match up.

Here is a couple more examples.   Once you have them put together.. you can embellish till your little hearts content :)   I started to just add glitter to the edges , but them decided if I used a fine enough glitter, I could do the entire egg, so that's what I did.  Added ribbon, flowers, a little crystal and line to hang it from.


I did these full size , but of course you could size and print them whatever size/sizes you need and as many as you want.  Again.. the glory of digital downloads.

 
Like I said... fun and easy. Hope you give them a try.
 
Now... be sure to pop over and see what the other DT ladies have created for today.
And remember we'd love to have you play along in our Linky Party.  You can read about it here on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog.
 
 
 
  • Kathy Clement Team Leader
  • Vicki Chrisman (you are here)
  • Michele Kovack - 300+ Gallery!
  • Darlene Pavlick
  • Sheila Rumney
  • Elizabeth Lincoln
  • Cherry Nelson
  •  
     
     
    Thanks for coming by!  Have a super day!
     
    Vicki

    Friday, April 04, 2014

    "Happy Day" Card using Catherine Scanlons new stamps

    Hey Everyone!  Hope you are doing well.  It's been a busy week around here.  Today I'm sharing a card I made with a flower stamp from Catherine Scanlon.  She has inspired me to watercolor!  I used a brush and water color crayons on this.

     
     
    Clear Set SC-2735   Flower Bits
                                                            Art Gone Wild



    It's been quite a week around here.  The boys , Kate and I went to see the large Traveling 911 flag , as it was on display at Camp Cedar for two days.  It was a flag that had been flying near the site on Sept 11th.  It has now been repaired by parts of flags that have survived disasters in other states my volunteers.  It pretty amazing to see and to hear about it's history.

    It was Jared's idea to go, and I'm so glad we did. As you can see, we found it very interesting.

    If only the evening had kept going so well.  When we got back, before we even got out of the car, Jarads fire pager went off.  He is a volunteer fire fighter for Cedar Bluffs.  We stopped and were quiet so he could hear, and to our horror they announced the name and address of our cousins home. Jarad jumped out to grab his fire gear and to get in his truck.  He has a truck with lights and siren.  We headed that direction also.
    Wes finally made me pull the car over and let him drive. (probably a pretty good idea because I was pretty freaked).    
    When we got there the first thing I did was scan the yard for Paula and Ron.  Once I knew they were out of the house, that was one HUGE sense of relief.
    But I can honestly say, seeing a fire on TV and feeling bad for the people who have lost there home is one thing.... Standing there watching it happen it completely another. Heartbreaking!    They live in a big home in the country that is over a hundred years old, Paula and Ron live their alone now as their 5 children are grown, but it's still "HOME" to all the children and grandchildren.  If you follow my blog you may know Paula, she is one of the girls in our Art group.  Paula is actually my cousin on my Dads side of the family and Ron is my cousin on my moms side of the family. 
     

    It took hours to get the fire out. We arrived around 6pm and left a little before midnight, and they were just wrapping it up.
    It seems the cause was electrical.


    Rural fire Departments here are all volunteer.  The crazy thing about this volunteer Dept is .... not only was my son here as a fire fighter, but also Paula and Rons Son-in-law and two of their Grandsons.
    The first guy at the front of the hose is Jarad ( our son)

    So, if you think my stomach wasn't in knots enough..... this was the very first time I've ever seen Jarad actually working on a fire site.  Lets just say.... I'm very proud of him... and of all this guys for what they do... but my nerves were shot, don't want to see it again.
    ( jarad below)

      They do so well at staying positive... way better than I imagine I would in their situation, but it has to be so hard. It's overwhelming and hard to know where to start. I helped out the last two days. But realized I'm probably better at things like bringing food ect.  I took lunch for everyone Wednesday and Jan did yesterday.
     Paula is a lover of family and sentimental keepsakes, photos, genealogy and has many antiques... so I know it's been heartbreaking for her.   Although so much was destroyed, there were photos and keepsakes that were also able to be saved with just some water damage.   It's just that trying to work is hard, as it's been so cold and wet. Pray for warmth and sunshine.


    Please keep Paula and Ron and their family in your prayers.
    Thanks my friends!
     
    Love , Vic

    Thursday, April 03, 2014

    Fancy Pants DT intro time

    Hi everyone!  Today my post will be found HERE on the NEW Fancy Pants Designs Blog. Each of the Design Team members has an "intro" post, where they introduce themselves, tell a bit about themselves , answer a few questions and post a project.  In my case I am sharing three cards.  I would LOVE it so much if you would stop over!
    Thanks SO much!

    Here is a peek at one of the cards


    THANKS!!!
    Vicki