Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mini Album Swap

Hello everyone! I just wanted to announce a Halloween  mini album swap over at Scrapndaze It's a new site and the membership is building. It would be great if you would check it out. I have participated in a couple of swaps on the site. Including the one listed below where I made the micro-mini. Everyone is nice and it is a great place to get ideas and make a new friend. It is not required that your pictures be posted...It's up to you how involved you want to get. So stop by and check it out.

FYI: This image is borrowed from Graphicsfairy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Micro Mini Swap

I joined a swap over at Scranndaze. It's a great little community just starting up. The swaps are small and personal..We had four people in our group, myself included. We had to make a mini for each member of our group and it had to be 3x3 or smaller with a nature theme.This is what I came up with.

I recycled the chipboard from the back of a paper stack. Cut four 3x3 pieces out. Painted with $0.99 arcylic craft paint than distressed. Next I cut 2.75 x2.75 piece of Prima decorative paper and distressed the edges.  Placed a button shaped brad. Cut a piece of Early Express paper by stampin up and embossed it for the binding. Sticky taped the binding and finally glued the Prima paper onto the cover. Next I embellished the cover with a Prima bird, and raffia folded into a bow with two Recollections flowers wrapped around it. The inner pocket pages were added next, and finally I punched a hole in the back, Grabbed the string off an old shipping tag and tied it to the back, wrapped it round the front of the button for the closure.

Here is one of the inner pocket pages..Although the vine was glued on with a hot glue gun It was not strong enough to be a permanent fix. I should have used Aleens fabric glue.

 My final step was to make tag's for the inserts. I combined many different medias to provide some interest to the album including fabric, embossing, and transfers.

If you get a chance check out the video Kathy made of my album the ones I rec'd in the swap...They are  just beautiful.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Where In The World Was Mel?

Was I on a Safari

Did I visit the ocean?

Or on a trip to Asia?

One last clue...

You guessed it!!! Orlando was the destination..Visiting Mickey Mouse and his friends...We had a wonderful time....As you can tell..It's not all cartoons!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

UFO project

A few years ago I started this quilted wall hanging. It has been done completely by hand...Life got busy and it has sat on a vintage sewing machine displayed in the  quilt hoop that has been handed down from my husbands step-grandmother to his mother to me. The air is getting crisp and pumpkin displays are showing up all around. What better time to finish than during the fall season where it will fit in so perfectly.  So as the nights get cooler and the new season of television viewing starts up I plan to sit by the television and finish hand quilting the remaining few squares and place a binding on this project...It will do double duty by keeping me warm at the same time...Do you have a UFO that is calling your name? I would like to hear about it.Whether it is a quilt, scrapbook, painting or other project. It is always nice to I am not alone..