Monday, October 15, 2018

It's A Mad Hatter World Featuring Products From Rita Barakat

Hello Crafty Friends!
Welcome to the INSPIRE blog.

Gosh, it seems like a lifetime since I have posted, as the last 3 months I had been running to and fro, prepping and creating in helping my baby brother and my now sis-in-law prep for their big day this past Saturday. It was a beautiful day! I am happy to say that everything went very smoothly.

Stay tuned, I will be sharing photos later this week, to share with you some of the craftiness used to bring it together.


Today I am up on the Rita Barakat blog, sharing my latest DT project.
A canvas inspired by my favorite childhood story,
Alice In Wonderland.

Making it fabulously wonderful....Beautiful die cuts & the Magical Mysteries Embossing Powders by Rita Barakat, that can be purchased in the Rita Barakat Store on Etsy.

For full details on my project and to view more projects by the talented Rita Barakat Design Team, please visit the Rita Barakat blog at:

And be sure to join us tonight for 
Mixed Media Monday on Facebook:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ten Day Wedding Countdown Has Begun! Nearly Ready!

Hello creatives!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Well, here we are finally in the home stretch of my baby brother's wedding!
Have been spending time finalizing the reception decor, menu, music, cake & cupcakes, favors......

Okay, just about everything is in place, lol.

So looking forward to getting back to my "normal" crafting schedule & time.
I mean there has been a fair amount of crafting with this wedding, but man has it been stressful!

Today I will be dying silk flower petals for table decor, decorating the card box & honeymoon fund box, but the rest of the decor is finished.

Here are pics of a couple of the projects finished.
Well nearly.

The first, is a birdcage that belonged to the bride to be's grandmother. She wanted to incorporate it on the wedding party table. The first thing I did, was to custom dye the white silk flowers in her chosen colors of blue & yellow. I restructured the flowers, and added pearl stamens to the centers.

I added wired white lace ribbon, and structured a  bow for the top. This photo is in process, however it is now finished, with her adding iridescent leaves, pearl strands, and butterflies.
We will be adding a battery operated flickering candle and rose petal to the inside the day of the wedding.

Next, is the stainless cake stand for the wedding cake, that coordinates with the vintage looking silver trays that will feature the cupcakes, and matches the cutting knives & toasting glasses as well.

I used beautiful antique looking lace trim, and jute rope along with initialed wooden dangling hearts.

And a bigger project for me this past week, was re-painting a memorial sign, to be featured on a table with photos of grandparents that are sadly no longer with us.

The before.

The After.

We have been very budget friendly with planning this wedding. Many of the items used were found on Facebook Marketplace, but with some paint, glue and imagination, all has come together beautifully. 

I will be featuring all the finished photos here on my blog after the wedding.

This has been quite a crafting experience. But there has been a lot of laughter and memories made in the process.

And that, is what matters most.

Thanks for visiting today!
Until next time.......
Be Blessed!

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Countdown Begins....Wedding Bells Are About To Ring!

Hello there!
Welcome to INSPIRE.

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since my last posting, because I have been up to my elbows in creating wedding invitations, and helping to decide on menu, decorations and centerpieces for my brother and his adorable fiancé's upcoming nuptials.

She wanted me to be her "planner", and boy, I forgot how daunting it can be.....

But it hasn't all been wedding planning. I have got to get some crafting in.
Creating a couple of design team projects, and I want to share the links with you today!

The first, is my debut project for Rita Barakat Design Team. I made this adorable card using the die cut "Over The Moon", and Magical Mysteries Embossing Powders from Rita's line.

We are presently collaborating with Rinea, using their gorgeous Foiled Papers, which was perfect for my card background and tattered flowers.

Follow this link on how I brought the card together, and the following two links to Rita Barakat's online store and the Rinea online store, to purchase these fabulous products for yourself!

My next project, is for Canvas Corp Brands, and is featured this week over on The Creative Studio Blog.

I used 2 zippered bags, one made of canvas & burlap, the other made of ticking material, to create adorable clutch bags for fall.

Head on over and see the details, and be sure to visit Canvas Corp Brands online for products like these, Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and more!

Okay, now back to wedding stuff. 
Pray for me!

Until next time.......
Be Blessed!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rita Barakat & Emerald Creek Blog Hop! And Your Chance To Win!

Hey there!
Welcome to INSPIRE!

Thank you for visiting today, there is 
something very exciting going on with
Rita Barakat & Emerald Creek!

They have collaborated to bring to you 
a FABULOUS collection of embossing powders,
the Rita Barakat Magical Mysteries!

And if you stay till the end of this post, I will
share with you how you could 
win a set of these gorgeous embossing powders for yourself!
(*does not include Fairy Wings)

I chose to do a canvas project, using the 
Midnight Magic & Kiss The Fairy Magical Mysteries embossing powders.

I also used the Heart Wing Foamie Stamp by Rita Barakat, that can be found in her Etsy store along with the entire line of the Magical Mysteries embossing powders.

Just follow this link To Rita's Etsy Store:

So to begin my canvas, I chose coordinating 
Distress Oxide Inks that coordinated with my choice of embossing powders.

Using a Distress Inking Tool, I added the ink as my background, lightly overlapping the different shades.
I used a couple of round of water spritz, to oxidize the ink, once I had the desired shade. I used spray ink to add splatters to the background.

Using heavy white cardstock and embossing ink, I used the foamy stamp and begin the layering of the embossing powder.

This embossing powder is so rich in color, and so very easy to set! I only added a couple of layers for a more textured effect, setting each with my heat tool.

I used a small beading of glue around the heart in the center of the wings, and added two layers of the Kiss The Fairy embossing powder.

I used mini brads, and a medium square brad to secure the heart to the canvas, making small holes with my craft knife. 

Using gel medium, I added the phrase & bracket, and a gorgeous crown embellishment.

I love the way it turned out. And I LOVE these embossing powders!

Now that you have seen my project, be sure that you have hopped to the other blogs of the Rita Barakat Design Team, and see what they have created with these FABULOUS embossing powders!



Now, for your chance to win a set of these beauties for yourself......

Be sure to join us for Mixed Media Monday with Rita Barakat over on Rita Barakat Facebook Live 
at 8pm CT.
This week, it is about creating molted backgrounds.
You don't want to miss this one!

Again, thank you so much for visiting, and be sure to visit again soon, as I always have something crafty brewing!

Until next time........