Queendom Relics by Rea'

Monday, April 7, 2014

Taylor # 1 Has arrived ...

Hi everybody! After giving it some thought I decided to finish Taylor #1. Taylor is one of Julie Nuttting's  new doll stamps.  As you recall in an earlier post she was to be a part  of my Inspiration Challenge that took a "turn". I'm  pleased to say she's got her own venue now; a Julie Nutting Tag ( tag from Tag Pad).
I so enjoyed playing around with this tag. I used a leopard print vellum from Recollections for the over skirt, and Basic Grey Oxford Collection Sorority (front and back) for the other parts of her outfit. For embellishments I punch flowers from each of the papers I used and Gilded Kraft  Glassine Paper ( created using one of Tim Holtz's techniques from Compendium II ) using my Marvy  and EK Success floral punches. I embellished my flowers using my Martha Stewart  Embossing Stylus set ; so fun... gave some dimension to the flowers.  I added black bling to the leopard flowers and I rolled bits of burlap thread to create centers for the  Basic Grey flowers. I cut a burlap butterfly using my Mini Movers and Shapers Butterflies die and embellished it by adding a wooden jewelry bead, with black fiber laced through it to create antlers.

I really love the burlap so I added a small square on a small card I stitched on my sewing machine and added a small card made from Graphic 45 Fashionista Paper ( it just seemed to fit my theme).
Finishing touches I colorized Tim's Crinkle Ribbon using a combination of Peeled Paint Distressing Ink and Wendy  Vecchi's Fern Green Archival Ink; which I attached along with a piece of twine!
Every diva needs her bling ... Taylor has a black bling for an earring ... she's good to go now !

Monday, March 31, 2014

The One That Didn't Make It

Okay... I'm sharing this post because these last two weeks have been rough and I was so determined to get this project done... BUT I missed the deadline... imagine that ! :)

I love Eclectic Paperie's Challenges ... sometime I actually post my projects ... but most of the time I participate in my mind :) . Do check out their blog http://eclecticpaperie.blogspot.com/. They are doing something new this year... I haven't quite gotten my schedule aligned  with theirs yet!
Last months challenge was altered books.
 I altered a book I bought from the thrift shop... so much fun!

There is no title on it yet because I'm not sure what I want to put on it.
I used Tim Holtz's  Melange  Tissue Wrap and Graphic 45's Sweet Chamomile from the Botanical Tea Collection to cover my book. I embellished it with Idea-ology word bands and vintage corners; ribbon and pearls from my Michael's stash. Oh I almost forgot I used my Tim Holt's Latticework Stencil too !  This was my first altered book using gesso... a new experience for me but I will be using it again. I've seen several uses of the gesso and I'm anxious to try my hand at it. Well that's it for now. My CEO ( Lefty ... the oldest cat) is rolling his eyes at me; I have made a big mess today ... working on three projects ; his favorite spot is cluttered !
Have a great night... don't forget tomorrow is April Fools Day ! I shall behave ( maybe...)!
April Fool's Day has always been one of my favorite days. Of course I missed it last year as I was admitted to the hospital ... so I may have to make up for  a missed year... hummm ...

12 Tags of 2014 March Tag

 March  2014 Tag

It's Tag Time ! I'm sliding  in this month ...
 Just not enough time this month; too much life ! National Craft Month came and went again ( I said I was going to craft All month... hahaha ) ... maybe next year !!

Another month of AWESOMENESS !  I've been WOWED !! I gotta say ... I had to do some "embracing of imperfections " more than I cared to this month but since I hadn't been feeling well I'm not going to complain. I'm happy to play along .

This month the technique was a smudge technique ... OMG ... this was fun... seriously ... if you have never done this you gotta try it ! Go check out Tim's instructions  http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2014-march/ .
I loved this. Oh and using the spritzer... so fun ( so glad mine got here on time). You gotta get one of these. On my second tag my stenciling was not so great as I left the top off the markers ( rushing trying to make deadlines) and they weren't working well second time around ... not to worry I put the tops back on they'll be ready for my next use ! I got the new jute ... yummy colors... you'll want some of those too ! Okay... I'm beat ... I definitely "overdid "  it today ... trying to make deadlines ... it's been fun ( I only made two deadlines) :(  Check out my next post to see what  did not make the deadline... it was awesome ! See you next month... Keep an eye out for the start of the Compendium III Challenges ; they should be fun. I will try and keep up ! Do check Tim's blog for the  Tim communities March Tags they're pretty cool !

Splash Of Color

Splash Of Color March Monthly Challenge

Hi everybody... March is marching right on out as fast as it came... did you notice that ?
WOW that time flew by... Well I'm here last minute again... but you know how I love to play! Inspiration Emporium's  http://blog.inspirationemporium.com/?p=2114um  theme this month  is Splash of Color.
Having been sick for a week and a half I didn't know definitely what I wanted to do. I started out with one plan... BUT my mind and my hands were not working together... I had two components of this project done and they were NOT working together as I had dreamed it ( back to the drawing board ... lol )!
Okay so my background was all complete... I was really liking it but my Julie Doll's outfit wasn't working for me ... OH YEAH ... I forgot to tell you... I'm playing with a little bit of Everybody today... Wendy Vecchi, , Tim Holtz and Julie Nutting.

I was having a play with the toys you have kind of day. I had this handmade piece of  card stock with these distressed edges, that was just begging to be inked with a combination of Tim Holts distressing ink  and Wendy Vecchi  archival inks ... going for the brights !! I used peeled paint, wild honey, shabby shutters (Tim Holtz) , potting soil and orange blossom (Wendy Vecchi). A yummy combination! I used Wendy's fresh flower stencil and Tim's latticework stencil . I absolutely loved the results. I used Tim's Classic #4 stamp set as well ! Next I played around with Julie's new Taylor Doll Stamp oh what fun ( there was a Taylor 1 and a Taylor 2... Taylor 1 was NOT playing well with the background... don't know what made me think that was going to work... maybe I'll share Taylor 1 in a later post... Okay so I'm "Out here" ... now what ! You ever have those moments?? I'm going to blame it on the aftermath of my bad cold ... lol !
Anyway... I just played... something to hang-up in my room ( on the back of the door ...hahaha) ! I'll call it an experiment... maybe I'll revisit it when I'm feeling better ... in the mean time enjoy. Go check out the  blog at Inspiration Emporium    http://blog.inspirationemporium.com/?p=2114 ... those girls were amazing with their Splashes. Alright see you next month !

Monday, March 17, 2014

Zebra Diva Baby Shower

The "Zebra Diva" Baby Shower was so much fun. Every thing came out so nice... my niece was pleased. It was so fun making the Zebra's and planning everything out. Themes are so fun to play with for showers and parties. My niece's color scheme was zebra print and hot pink. I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest ( you can checkout my Zebra Diva Shower Ideas Board).  So many creative people with fun ideas !

 My Cricut got a work out... I used FOUR Cricut cartridges ( I'm so very proud of myself) some of these were first time ever projects !
I used Baby Steps for the bows for the clothespin game and the onesie for the baby girl banner. I used Create A Critter for the adorable Zebra's. Plantin SchoolBook for the lettering on the banners and the yard sign. And Pretty Pennants for the two banners.

My yard sign was a zebra place mat I bought from Dollar Tree; and my brother cut the sticks for me... I just told him what I wanted and fifteen minutes later he came back and said  "that's the best I can do on short notice"... he's just so cool like that !

I thought I had a better photo of the Baby Girl Banner with the cute onesie... but I couldn't find it. I wanted to show off that onesie... it was done with hot pink cardstock  and zebra print (Cricut Baby Steps p. 36) ... the hot pink was the under layer and the zebra print was top layer with pink flower and I put black bling on the cuffs and at the crouch... they looked like snaps ... just too cute !! ( I found some more photos... yay ! )

Zebra print was everywhere... on the cupcake stand, the water bottles, the napkins, the tissue paper in the floral center pieces. I used silk  Gerber daisies in ivy bowls, with black pebbles at the bottom, wrapped in zebra tissue paper!

Like I said the Zebra Theme was so much fun, the pencils they used for the games and the game sheets were also zebra print ! The guestbook/gift register was ... you guessed it Zebra print. It was a Journal  I bought from Michael's that I embellished with various ribbons ... black and white polka dot, pink with black stitching, solid hot pink, and solid black. It was so cool ... I could not find the initial J  ( I searched three stores... LOL )for baby's name but I got P for the family name.
My favorite  if I had to pick just one thing and that would be hard)was the black clothesline with the zebra print outfits ! But truth be told I LOVED it ALL. The dessert table(s) ... yes tables ... it over flowed so we added a table were fun; chocolate cupcakes with pink butter creme icing and a candy bar with variety of pink and black  candies !! I so loved putting that part together; there were good n' plenty, white taffy, pink/black chocolate coins, pink and black bubble gum balls, black gourmet jelly beans and pink chocolate candies ... fun , fun ,fun ! It was a family affair so I had something for all ages. Other treats included chocolate dipped Oreos and sugar cookies and chocolate dipped marshmallows which were definitely a hit with the youngest member of the family !!

I was so busy that I forgot to take pictures once it was all set up before the shower, but I hope what I did get gives you a pretty good idea what it looked like ! I hope you enjoyed the view !

Oh and I almost forgot the cupcake toppers  were designed by the gracious Marisol Figueroa from
Modishly Delish. I saw these on Catch My Party and was able to contact her for the design! Thank you again Marisol !

Friday, February 28, 2014

Show It With Words February Challenge

Show It With Words is the February Challenge over at Inspiration Emporium http://blog.inspirationemporium.com/?cat=18  . It's fun to participate for a chance to win $50 to spend in the online store... great way to increase my favorite  Tim Holtz stash. I chose to make a love card with a paper from Authetique's  Lovely Collection because it had letters in it's background and then circled love phrases and words. So perfect for what I had in mind.

I  created my card using  " Be Mine " paper from Authentique Lovely Collection and my Tim Holtz Hearts layering Stencil. Oh so cool I used a technique Tim showed us for the February Tag ( 12 Tags of 2014 ) and I layered hearts on to the " Be Mine "  paper  . Then using  a stamp from my  Tim Holtz Random Quotes Stamp Set I stamped   the sentiment and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I embellished it with some pieces from the Authentique card making kit; distressing the edges with Walnut stain distressing ink and Worn lipstick distressing ink; added a glittered heart brad and some red bling. Finishing touches were mounting the I love you circle on a punched daisy and adding ribbon at the bottom.

I was very pleased with how the stenciled hearts looked on that paper, I like the faded hearts. And the tiny bling on the glittered heart was a fun touch... girl gotta have her bling!
Another fun challenge... Thank you Inspiration Emporium.

12 Tags of 2012 February Tag

12 Tags of 2012  February Tag

Wow can't believe the day I've had! I was already frustrated because I wasn't able to get to my tag before now ( that's a story in itself ... I won't bore you ). Today I'm working through some emotional frustration. As some of you know I'm a Prayer Warrior for Sick Babies/ Children. Two of my babies are not doing well at all today. Lydia who is about 16 months has an aneurysm in addition to her other health issues and they are unable to treat it at this time... it doesn't appear she is getting any better so hopes  for treatment  of the aneurysm is dwindling as each day passes. My Amber who is 18 years old is dying of brain cancer ( possibly transitioning as I post this). To add to my frustrating day the lights are flickering with this storm ( SCE usually goes out with the first hard rain... ANYWAY I'm frantically trying to get this posted and my direct link to my blog has been dropped yet again ( such timing) !!
So this months tag is way cool http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2014-february/ These techniques were cool to observe... you really got to check out what Tim  did .

Okay so on to MY tag ...  I'd like to say this tag was fun... the techniques were fun... I just wasn't having fun! I can't believe I had that much trouble today, I've done the chalk board technique and it came out fine NOT today ! I did it 5 ... yes I said FIVE times ( just short of tears I decided to let well enough alone  ... embrace the imperfection and move on. Oh, I had no problem with the background... I love how the hearts have that fade look. I will at a later date revisit this technique but for now; I completed my February tag !  Actually looking at my tag ... it's kind of cool, it's got that "worn" look to the chalkboard part ... SEE Tim ; I know how to embrace my imperfections :)  I don't like feeling left out and when I don't get my tags done I feel  so left out... so in spite of how I was feeling I worked through it ... yay me !

Do go check out Tim's Tag it really is awesome ! AND then don't forget to check back for his March tag ... tomorrow is March 1st !  See you later

Oh, Oh ... I almost forgot... Tim's  new book Compendium III is out ; check out the details http://timholtz.com/blog/. AND starting in April Linda Ledbetter over at  http://lindaledbetter.com/ is going to be doing the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges  ( check out details on her blog.
Get your book and join us; it's going to be fun! My book is in the mail I can't wait for it to get here !!