Portrait Transfer with Cross-Stitch (#2)

This photo transfer was made using the same technique as the first one.  This time,  I left the color print to dry overnight.  After it was dry, I sprayed it with water and peeled it off to reveal the image underneath.  It peeled up at the bottom but I actually like the edges to look imperfect.

I used free cross-stitching to accent her braid, her sweater, and her necklace.

Again, colored pencils were used to highlight the eyes and mouth and a fine point pen for some details. I also sponged ‘Red Brick’ Distress Ink onto her cheeks.

Searching thr0ugh my stash of text w0rds, I found this phrase…

I’m finishing up a third transfer this week so I’ll post some photos of it soon.  Hope you’re having a great start to your New Year and I always appreciate the visits and comments!

Upcycled Paper Rolls~ Napkin Ring and Place Card

I’m in no shortage of these at my house so when I saw Somerset Life’s ‘Paper Roll’ challenge I thought I’d give it a try.

And lest you think all rolls are created equal, I have to show you the difference.

The sturdier tube on the right is Charmin.

(Isn’t it funny how we buy the same brand of bathroom tissue we were ‘raised’ on?)

Someone in my house buys whatever’s on sale. That’s the roll on the left.

Big difference.

I used my preferred rolls to make a  butterfly napkin ring and place card set.

The napkin ring is half a tube covered with paper and a scalloped book page.  Then I cut a measured strip of coordinating paper and stamped it with a butterfly in the middle.

Then I cut around the wings with my swivel x-acto knife…

The place card was made by flattening 2/3  of a tube and cutting along one side…



Wouldn’t these be cute at a little girl’s tea party?


I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Knox and I will be leaving for the UK in only 4 more days! I’m so excited!  I’ll be getting some pink streaks in my hair for the trip and Knox will be donning some ultra cool adventure hair as well.  Photos to come!

Thanks for coming by!

Altered Travel Folder

I took a plain manila folder and altered it for our upcoming trip.  I’m taking Knox to the UK f0r an annual retreat held for families with children affected by Cockayne Syndrome.  This will be our first time to attend the conference. It’s going to be a special trip so I want everything to be memorable.  I already made a cool butterfly luggage tag for my bag.

I’ll put the hard copies of our flight information, itinerary, etc. in this folder.

Here are some photos of the process…


The butterfly is the symbol for children with Cockayne Sydrome.





Can’t wait for our trip! We’re so excited to meet and hug our many new friends.

Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

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Inspired by Poe

Somerset Studio put a call out for art inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe a few months ago. I decided to try make a small art collage inspired by one of my favorite poems.

“The Coliseum’ is not one of Poe’s more famous poems, but I discovered it when we went through ancient Rome for the first time in our home history studies.   I’ve never been to Rome but I’d love to go someday.  When I read this poem, I can just imagine how it must be walking up to a huge crumbling structure like the Coliseum, so full of history and ‘swarthy bats’.

Here’s the first few lines of the poem:

“Type of the antique Rome! Rick reliquary

Of lofty contemplation left to Time

By buried centuries of pomp and power…

I kneel an altered and humble man,

Amid thy shadows and so drink within

My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!…

Here, where a hero fell, a column falls!

Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold,

A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat…”

I layered an image of the Coliseum over an image of flying bats, along with a photo of me with a veil and a line from the poem.I printed the layered photo onto a transparency and mounted it onto heavy card stock, old newsprint, and then cardboard. I printed out the text and mounted it separately. Then I inked the edges and stamped around the whole thing.

I thought this chain looked sort of antique so I used it to embellish the side, along with sheer black ribbon.

I searched through my entire junk drawer and pulled out  a few things that could’ve conceivably been found on the floor of the Coliseum: a piece of gold jewelry lost by a wealthy spectator, a carved wooden amulet belonging to a slave kidnapped from his homeland, a cross from a Christian martyr, a tooth from one of the beasts set loose in the arena, and a piece of string from a net used to entangle a gladiator. With just a little imagination….

I’m still working on more ideas for art to donate to the hospital. I have way too many ideas and not enough time.  Hopefully, this weekend I’ll have some time to get some of those ideas sketched out and colored.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a happy Thursday!

Turning a Spool into a Pin

Here’s another gift idea using spools.

Turning a wooden spool into a pin is fairly simple, but I want to share two things I learned making this one.

First, wrapping a small rubber band around the base of the flower helped it to stick down into the hole at the top of the spool. This allowed more flower to come in contact with the glue and get a better hold.

Second, it took a strong glue.  I like Dura-Tac but you could use any strong commercial strength adhesive.

Put some glue in the center of the flower and then stick the straight-pin through the flower.  Apply glue all around the top of the spool, letting some run down into the hole as well. Insert the base of the flower into the hole of the spool and give it several minutes to dry.

It looks pretty with just the flower.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a bulletin board full of different colored spool pins with flowers on top?

I went ahead and dolled this one up some more by wrapping some pink cheesecloth around it.  When our strawberry jelly is almost gone, I’ll wad up some cheesecloth and stick it down into the jar, pour a little warm water in it and let it sit. It turns this lovely shade of pastel pink.

Then I glued a silver button and another small piece of cheesecloth on top.  The button was missing its loop underneath, so it fit flat.

Then I found a little discarded silver charm from a broken necklace.

I got my black StazOn ink and a Stampin’ Up rubber stamp.

I only inked the word ‘joy’…

And stamped it onto the metal charm.

I tied the charm onto the spool around the base of the flower.


Now the push-pin is as pretty as can be and ready to pin a special photo.

Here’s one of my favorite photos of little Knoxer around 8 months, photo by Jessie Louise Photography.

I hope you’re having a blessed week preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks for stopping by!