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A time of magic and dragons in a miniature Merlin’s room

A time of magic and dragons in a miniature Merlin’s room
A time of magic and dragons in a miniature Merlin’s room

In a land of myth and a time of magic lived Merlin. With his room deep in the heart of Camelot, Merlin had a special connection to powerful dragons. If you look closely, you can see that one has appeared in Merlin’s mirror, ready to speak to the fearless wizard.

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Meanwhile his cupboards are filled with frightening potions and books of spells and other wizardry.

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Hocus Pocus-Altered Art Houdini Trunk

Hocus Pocus-Altered Art Houdini Trunk
Hocus Pocus-Altered Art Houdini Trunk

Abracadabra. Alakazam! Despite his magic prowess, I’m sure Houdini still had to cart his stuff around from show to show. As I was snooping around the Alpha Stamps shop last year, I saw their steamer trunk and began imagining what this trunk of Houdini’s would look like.

In my demented imagination, I decided that half of his sawed-off assistant should be present. Even The Son™, who is a horror flick aficionado, looked at me with concern. Heh.

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Tutorial to make Houdini’s Magical Altered Art Trunk

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Under the Mixed Media Big Top

Under the Mixed Media Big Top
Under the Mixed Media Big Top

 

 

Canvas Corp will soon be publishing a plethora of 4 x 4 canvases, uniquely created by each of their design team members. Since the canvases are supposed to reflect the designers in some way, I decided to create a vintage circus meets industrial canvas.

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What’s on your bucket list

What’s on your bucket list

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What’s on your bucket list? My first post with Canvas Corp was on mine!.

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Life suddenly began whizzing by for The Husband™ and I. And, to tell the truth, it sometimes feels like there are a lot of missed opportunities.

As parents of kids with unique needs, we put many of our dreams on hold. Year after year, we avoided activities that required babysitters. We embraced staycations and we usually juggled far more stress than we could imagine. Yet, I would give anything to have my kids be little tykes again so that I could better appreciate that precious and fleeting time. Read the rest of this entry

I love my word nerd friends so much that I made them an altered art Valentine tag

I love my word nerd friends so much that I made them an altered art Valentine tag

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As a former journalist and business writer, I have many friends in the editorial world. While our party animal reputation may not be on par with–oh say, the Kardashians–we still know how to have a good time. For example, can you think of anything that creates more rollicking merriment than a little word nerd banter?

Indeed, we are a boisterous and bawdy bunch.

Please go see the tutorial on the ColourArte blog.

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Shine a little more light

Shine a little more light

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So this is the quickest blog post ever. Why? Because I’m too busy doing the happy dance since I’m so delighted to be back for a second week as the November 2015 Guest Designer for Gina’s Designs!

Here’s a sneak peek of the holiday lantern I made. It may look like a rusty red metal lantern, but it is made from chipboard, vellum paper and the magic of paint.

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The final say in altered tags

The final say in altered tags

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How do you finish off the perfect Halloween gift? With a toe tag of course! Today, my tutorial featuring these macabre altered tags is at Altered Pages.

The tutorial shows you how to create the kind of hair-raising tags hung on bodies at the morgue (or at least a spooked up version of them). In addition to a skeletal foot, each tag features a picture of the deceased, as well as hints about the creepy cause of death–whether it be zombie, werewolf, vampire or…you get the picture. Read the rest of this entry

Tune into the NETwork for an important announcement

Tune into the NETwork for an important announcement
Tune into the NETwork for an important announcement

 

 

 

Time to tune in to your retro televisions because today is the big day!

A few weeks back I announced that I “made the cut” and was named to the ColourArte Design Team. Today my inaugural project is featured on the ColourArte blog.

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You won’t believe your eyes when you see what this ancient tile is really made from

You won’t believe your eyes when you see what this ancient tile is really made from

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Take a look at this time and weather worn sun tile. Now, look again. Can you believe I made it from a simple sheet of foam?

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And they called it puppy love

And they called it puppy love
And they called it puppy love

 

 

 

This project takes whiskers to a whole new level. To show off our new puppy in an adorable DIY frame, I combined my love for vintage products*, with some fantastic Whisker Graphics products. Read the rest of this entry