Sunday, October 30, 2016

Shabby Wreaths

Welcome to my personal blog 
I want to share with you, my intentions
on starting this blog.
I wanted INSPIRE to a blog where I would
share some of my creative endeavors as well as sharing things about my life, and
what "inspires" many facets of my life.
In the time since establishing INSPIRE,
I have grown not only as an artist/crafter, but also personally & spiritually.
I have so enjoyed this journey of blogging thus far, and feel it such a blessing to be able to share.
My hopes for this blog, is that I can inspire others to create too.
Like with me personally, this blog is a work in progress, and I am certainly hoping that soon, I will find my perfect groove in utilizing this space.
I count everyday as a blessing, and everyday that I can bring something creative to share with others, a definite major blessing.
Thank You to those that do follow my blog and my other social media outlets.
That truly touches my heart.
Okay, now on to the crafty stuff.
This past week, I worked on a project for
The Vintage Rose Emporium,
creating shabby inspired Christmas wreaths, loaded with bling and shimmer.
I had a couple of small grapevine wreaths in my stash, using these as the wreath base.
I painted one with a shabby pink acrylic paint, the other with a blue pearl paint. I also used Stickles glitter, to add shimmer throughout each design.
I then created die cut paper and vellum texture embossed poinsettia's to coordinate with each wreath, wrapped each wreath in ribbon/trim and completed with rhinestone embellishments
all from The Vintage Rose Emporium.
The finished wreaths, beautiful & somewhat

shabby delicate.
I hope that you enjoy this project, and that you find yourself inspired to create as well.
If you are looking for bling, vintage & vintage inspired items for your crafting,
be sure to visit
The Vintage Rose Emporium.
Crafty Blessings!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Last week was one humdinger of a week.
First, my mother had placed an order with me, for birthday cards for her 2 sisters and sister in law.
Naturally, I felt very honored to create these cards for my aunts, and of course a great honor at the request of my mom.
Oh, but before I could complete them, I reinjured one of my thumbs, in a mishap, that kept me mobilized a few days.
I was victorious in this endeavor in spite of injury.
I chose 3 different triple layered card designs from my Silhouette Cameo library.
I couldn't have been happier with the finished results.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Please visit again soon!
Crafty Blessings!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Victorian Noel

Hello Everyone!
I am so excited to share with you,
my first project for
The Vintage Rose Emporium.
 I know, it is a wee bit soon,
but the vintage and vintage inspired
items from VRE, had me in a
Victorian inspired Christmas mode.
This is also an "upcycle" project,
reusing wooden container that resin items came in, and a Christmas gift bag.
The Vintage Rose Emporium
Plastic Cherub
Sheer Satin Ribbon
Rose Petals
White Peacock Feather
Pleated Satin Ribbon
Sheer Applique Leafs
Additional Supplies Used
Pop Dots
Vintage Sheet Music
Distress Ink
Acrylic Paint
Large Background Rubber Stamp
I first coated the wooden container with gesso, once dried used a deep ivory acrylic paint, followed by using a metallic gold acrylic paint & background stamp, to add décor to the back and sides
of the container.
I cut the word NOEL from the gift bag, 
as well as sheet music to add to
the individual squares, 
using distressing ink to the edges
of the sheet music, followed by glue and glitter.
Using pop dots in layers for depth, on both the sheet music & letters, to adhere inside the squares.
I then cut silk rose petal, to narrower shapes, gluing them together to for, a Poinsettia, gluing bling as the center, & using glue and glitter around the edges of each petal.
I used a gold interference paint on the cherub, as wells as glitter to the wings.
I added wire to form stems for bling, cut the tip off the peacock feather, and sheer leaf appliques
behind the poinsettia,
stapled the gold rope (also from the gift bag) to the top in order to hang on the wall.
Very satisfied with the finished results,
if I say so myself.
Remember to visit
The Vintage Rose Emporium
for unique vintage & vintage inspired crafting supplies.
Thank You so much for viewing,
please visit again soon.
Crafty Blessings!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Over At Chattering Robin's Today

Hello Everybody!
Stopping in to share the link to
Chattering Robin's blog,
where today I am sharing an elegant, yet easy to create card, with some FABULOUS items from
The Robin's Nest.
Stop by and see the details on how I created this card, and find links to the exclusive products from
Thanks for stopping by!
Crafty Blessings!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Is In The Air

Hi everybody!
Stopping by to share my latest project for
The Robin's Nest,
a fall inspired niche' created with a thrift store find, a medium size nesting tray.
The Robin's Nest Supplies:
Glitter Leaf Cardstock
Brown Rope Glitter Cardstock
Metallic Gold Dew Drops
Additional Supplies Used:
Beacon 3n1 Glue
Die Cut Leaves
Art C Metallic Paste
Brown Acrylic Paint
Die Cut Wood Element
Styrofoam Pumpkin
I began my project by covering the entire tray, first with gesso, followed by 2 coats of acrylic paint.
Once dried, I attached the background, inner sides, top and bottom, with my paper selections from The Robin's Nest.
I then glued one half of the Styrofoam pumpkin, to the inside bottom, along with die cut leaves in solid fall colors, detailed with metallic paste.
For the back ground above the pumpkin, I used dimensional adhesive dots to attach a trio of "falling leaves.
To finish, I glued the die cut wooden element, that I had rubbed metallic paste on, and added
The Robin's Nest Dew Drops.
Final Step, was gluing a short wooden candle holder, pre-painted and detailed with metallic paste, to the bottom of the niche.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope  you find yourself INSPIRED to create something beautiful today!
For exclusive paper, cardstock, embellishments and more, please visit
The Robin's Nest

For even more inspiration,
visit the Chattering Robin's blog. and see what the talented design team has created.
Crafty Blessings!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Robin's Nest Design Team Call 2017

Hello Everybody!
Welcome to INSPIRE.
We still have a couple of months left in 2016, but over at The Robin's Nest, it is Design Team Call time, in prep for the upcoming year.
I have so enjoyed my time being part of this company's amazing design team, and being among many great & talented designers.
Today, I wanted to share with all of you, my project for the 2017 DT Call.
I have had this bottle in my stash for quite some time, and thought it would be a perfect base for a mermaid/message in the bottle theme.
First, the supply list.
From The Robin's Nest
Blue Fleur Cardstock
Neon Blue Dew Drops
Lily Pad Dew Drops
Water Dew Drops
Baby Tear Drops
Sea Glass Tear Drops
*All Drops used were the blue or clear variety*
Personal Supplies
Mod Podge Melt Embellishments
Sea Shells (variety)
Texture Sand
Acrylic Paint
Mini Vial
Ink Sprays
6x6 Handwritten Design Paper
Heat Tool
I used teal ink spray on the inside of the bottle,
to give the appearance of water.
Once dry, I curled a handwritten design 6x6 paper, and added it inside of the bottle.

I sprayed strips of cheesecloth, with brown & green ink spray, drying it with heat tool.
I used texture sand in white gesso, and applied it randomly all over the bottle.
Once dried, I very lightly sprayed with teal & green ink spray, followed by lightly using glitter glue, to give each sandy area more definition.

From this point, I attached the stained cheesecloth, around the bottle, glued various sizes of seashells all over the bottle, and added sea themed embellishments.

I used my electric die cut machine, to cut a mermaid silhouette, and lilies, from The Robin's Nest cardstock, added pearl stamens to the lilies, and used glitter glue on the mermaid & lilies.
Final touches came by randomly gluing dew drops, to resemble bubbles, and using the tear dew drops in the mini vial, as mermaid tears.
I hope you enjoyed this project and tutorial, by far, one of my favorite projects as of late.
Thank You for visiting, be sure to visit
The Chattering Robin's  Blog for inspiration from the uber talented designers.
You can find unique and exclusive paper, bling, embellishments and so much more at
The Robin's Nest online store.
Crafty Blessings!