Friday, December 5, 2014

Creative Fingers Challenge with Polka Doodles

Happy Happy Friday My Dear Sweet Friends

Oh my goodness Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready??  Not me, not me!!!

I have my Creative Fingers Design Team hat on today.  Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Polka Doodles and I have used an adorable image called Hollybobs.  I hope you will hop on over and join in this weeks challenge.




With hugs and smiles

Laine
DT Creative Fingers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Butterflies and the Power of 15 Minutes

Happy Thursday My Dear Sweet Friends

Boy oh boy is it cold in Vancouver, WA.  I am not ready for winter - that's for sure?  I don't really tolerate the cold anymore - it really makes my fibromyalgia pain even worse (which is hard for me to even imagine as possible).

How has the weather been for you? Warm and sunny?  Cold and rainy??

Its time for the next Speed Challenge and this one is all about Butterflies.  Yep, no such thing as to many Butterflies for me.  Funny part is I did this challenge around November 22nd and I had to wait to share this post.  That's the power of scheduling the post ahead of time (most of it anyway).  So before I get into the specifics of this project I thought I would show you a photo of the finished project.


I have been wanting to make my own set of butterfly coasters and thought it would be a quick easy project for this challenge.  And in my mind its a perfect match.     


Supplies:  
Plastic Table Cloth (check)
Paper Trimmer (check)
Brayer (check)
Mod Podge (check)
Pattern Cardstock (check)
Tiles (check)
Foam Brush (check)
Stop Watch (check)
Hand Sander (check) - just not in photo
Hubby says: "Ready, set, GO!!!

And then it happened - can you guess what it is??

Waiting...............
(Fingers repeatedly tap tapping on my counter top)

Well you guessed it:

The entire process went without a hitch and you can see the time I had remaining below. 

Ooops I lied (not intentionally) there was a little glitch when my hubby had a trigger finger on the stop watch button and pressed it a few moments to early and had to restart it.  (Big SMILE)

To create these coasters all I had to do was find the butterflies I wanted to use and then cut the cardstock (it was from BoBunny - one of my number one favorite paper lines).  
Cut four pieces into 4" x 4" 
Used mod podge to seal the cardstock to the tiles.
Used brayer to help get out the air bubbles.
Added top coat of mod podge.  
Used my secret technique.
After sealing all four tiles I added another top coat.
Used my secret technique.
Walla - Coasters done.


I finally have my own set of butterfly coasters and I love them.  It was still an easy project but it took almost the entire 15 minutes to get them all done.  

And so my dear friends - I hope, really really hope you will consider joining in this Butterfly theme Speed Challenge.  It's fun - lots of fun!

It's okay to put aside 15 minutes to create something that is quick and easy and then enjoy all the joy when the project is complete.  And you never know - you might be able to cross one gift off your Christmas list.  And of course, please come and share your fabulous creation with us.  

The DT has created some amazing projects to help with getting your creative juices flowing.  We can't wait to see what you create!!!

With love, hugs and smiles

Laine
DT - Speed Challenge

(P.S. - I must confess before starting this project I was stressed and tired but decided to do it anyway and at the end I was smiling and relaxed).  
Thanks BoBunny.















Sunday, November 30, 2014

Altered Wine Cork Christmas Tree Ornaments

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends

How was your weekend?  I haven't been feeling well and am still in bed resting.  Luckily I can work from bed from time to time and its a good thing because I have so much to share today.  Actually as you will soon discover I will be making some wonderful announcements as well as having numerous posts going live today.

Once again I am sharing an altered project I made as my first Design Team Project for the Altered Eclectic Challenge Blog.  Yep, twin challenges by Elaine and twice the fun.  For this project I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments.  So I gathered a handful of recycled corks and started adding some different types of lace, rhinestones, beads, charms and whatever else I could find.  And I think my favorite is the bling yarn I used so create the strings so I can hang them from the Christmas tree.  To me it was like the icing on the cake.  

The biggest challenge was in photographing them especially with the darker and colder weather. I really like them 



Looking forward to seeing you over at the Altered Eclectic Challenge Blog.  It's a month long challenge and there is plenty of time to get a little something something made.  I know, I know easy to say at this time of year.  There are a lot of new DT members (including yours truly) and lots of pretty stuff to see from the new DT as well as the seasoned DT members.

Thanks again for stopping by to say HELLO and I really appreciate it.  Have a fabulous Monday!!

With hugs and smiles

Laine K 
DT - Altered Eclectic

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Happy Happy Monday My Dear Sweet Friends

How was your weekend??  Did you get some Christmas shopping done?  I have been in bed and not feeling well and working on getting my DT projects completed.  Today is going to be interesting because as you will see - I will have a total of three posts overall.  You see, I have some exciting news to share and I need to share in bits and pieces.  

First of all today I am sharing my first project I have made for my first DT project with Eclectic Ellapu and its so exciting.  I am really looking forward to being a part of this DT and for those of you that don't know - it's a month long challenge so there is plenty of time to create something and share it with us this month (December).

I am part of the "Purple Team" and our challenge was to create anything with a Christmas theme except a card.  Well, I decided to alter just one of the many 12" x 12" floor tiles we found at a garage sale in Medford many many moons ago.  However, I am going to show you the "after photos" before I show you the "before photos".  


I used large napkins and decoupaged them to the front of the tile.  I thought it would be an easy project.  I was wrong.  Truth be told there are many layers under the top layer but it was still fun to make.  Once I got the front finished I added the polka dot ribbon and then added two more coats of Mod Podge, and then glued four children's blocks (in different colors) for the feet.   By the way this made a great hot plate 

And shown below are the front and back of the floor tiles.  I am bound and determined to make something wonderful and useful out of each one.  I know it will take a while but it will happen and I will share some of them along the way.

Thanks for stopping by and I truly hope you will join in this challenge.  There are a lot of new DT members and as a group there are a lot of beautiful creations on the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog.  Hope to see you over there.

Hugs and smiles

Laine 
DT Eclectic Ellapu