Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Explosion Memory Box

We made an explosion memory box at our monthly art class today. What is in this box? I'll show you!

When the lid is removed, the 4 sides open to eight flaps (2 on each side) that can hold photos. There is room for tags, notes, concert tickets, etc. in 5 little pockets on the bottom. I'll show you how we made it.

We started with two 12" x 12" pieces of heavy two-sided cardstock. After trimming the first piece and making fold lines with the scorer and stylus (seen below), we cut out the 4 corners.

The second piece was made just like the first, but a bit smaller. 

We glued the smaller piece inside the larger piece.

We put that part aside and made the lid (photo below). With a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece of cardstock, we made score marks on it...

trimmed the corners...

and glued them together. 

We decorated the lid with Washi tape which also will give extra support to hold to the corners

Thank goodness for instructions!

Then we made this really cool inside piece called an "accordian fold hinge". 

We made pockets, applied glue to the hinges and slid the pockets onto the hinges.

We made tags, rounded their corners, punched holes, and added twine.

Photos can be added later by removing the white papers with cameras on them and inserting them into the photo corners.

I imagine I will be making more of these explosion memory boxes. I was happy to learn how to make the accordian fold hinges as I think they can be used in other projects. 


Each month we complete a page in a circle journal that belongs to a fellow member of the group. This month I was to make a page that included a positive saying. What came to my mind was Christina Aguilera's song "Beautiful". So I typed up some of the lyrics for the left page. On the right, I printed and cut a mirror with more lyrics "and everywhere we go the sun will always shine", so that my friend can see how beautiful she is.

I made 3 layers of the mirror with foam adhesive pieces to add interest and texture.

I am actually caught up on my blogging for once! Woo hoo!

Monday, June 4, 2018

"Watch Me Grow" Mixed Media Art Class & More

I've taken some interesting classes lately. At this one we completed a page in our art journal. There were so many steps to making this one page.

We brushed on Gesso, scribbled with the end of a brush in circles, used modeling paste with stencils, used white distressed paint, plus much more.

It was a really fun class. I enjoy working on mixed media projects.

It's interesting to see the various shades of pink on each of the member's journals. The "watch me grow" words were stamped with individual letters.


Here is another class I took, making this plaque with dimensional flowers in a vase of twine.

We were given the painted wooden board, hammer and nails, and a template.

We hammered nails into each of the intersecting lines and filled in the lines with equally spaced nails. You can imagine the sound of everyone hammering at the same time. 

Here I am almost finished nailing...

Now it was time to add the twine.

I wound the twine around the nails. Then I removed the template with tweezers.

Time to add the flowers.

And here is the final project! This was actually the Mother's Day project at the library.

Have you created anything fun lately?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hiking Historic Irvington

I've been wanting to get back into walking with the Indianapolis Hiking Club. I've joined them many times in the past, but life got in the way. It's a great way to get exercise. Not only that, but you get to meet really nice people, learn from them and see beautiful neighborhoods. Sometimes we have lunch together afterward.

The way the hiking schedule works, is a hike will usually occur each week for a month. When checking the hiking schedule, I noticed that an Irvington hike was taking place 4 times in May. Two of them had already passed, but I was able to make it to the last two hikes. So I'm happy to say that the Irvington hikes got me started again. 

Dan and I have roots in Irvington where we purchased our very first home in 1978. I always enjoy seeing our first home and reminiscing about our early married life there. What else do I like about Irvington? The quaintness of the neighborhood; the winding roads; the huge trees that make me want to be a kid again and climb them; the camellia, mulberry, honeysuckle bushes and the clovers that bring me back to when I tied them into necklaces; the unique homes, many of them with touches of whimsy. I could go on and on, but meanwhile, here are some photos I took during our hike.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Library Wine & Cheese Pairing Class

Wait! A wine and cheese pairing class at the library? Yes, you read that correctly! That's what I attended a couple of weeks ago. A local wine shop spokeswoman taught us about wine while we sipped 6 different wines and snacked on cheese, crackers and other appetizers. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Art Class: Distress Oxide Inks

This month we worked with tags to learn how to create beautiful designs with distress oxide inks. 

At my space at the table was this adorable black envelope held together with a string and washi tape. Inside were the tags we would be using in class. We also received an instruction sheet that detailed 10 different designs for the tags. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Items in the Shop

It's so nice to be creating again, developing new products for my Etsy Shop. I took some time off due to our move in August, and then the holidays rolled around. I have a fabulous new space to work on my shop items, a loft, in our new home. I am tickled pink! Someday I will show you as I'm still organizing some things.

This year I decided I would be better in delivering my own personal birthday cards to those I love. So that means I will be making new creations which will also go into my shop. Here are some I recently made:

this watercolor card is full of fun pink things,

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Home Tour

The Noblesville Preservation Alliance offered a delightful holiday home tour. Inside, the homes were filled with gorgeous decorations. Outside, the intermittent snow completed the look. It was a picture postcard kind of a night.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Readying Our Home for the Holidays

Decorating for our first holiday season in our new home has been very enjoyable. I purchased a few new items, brought out some of the old, and created some things too.

One of my new finds is this Santa bag from the Home Goods store. It was difficult to choose a design as there was a fabulous assortment of them there.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Builders Home Tour

Each year toward the end of September, there is a builders home tour in my area. Do you enjoy looking at the latest home building and decorating ideas? I sure do! Even though we just moved, I was interested to see if I could pick up an idea or two for my new house. Let me show you what I found.