Sunday, December 7, 2014

Angel Wreath - Celestial Challenge at Anything But A Card

This months challenge prompt at 

Just what I needed to finally put paint to plaster
and complete one of the many crafty items I
have had in stock for far too long!
One of them happened to be a precast plaster
wall hanging of an  
Angel with stars, perfect 
for the challenge - and the season.

The precast plaster item, various paints and varnish,
snow texture medium, 
an old wreath and red velvet ribbon
 I've kept to reuse "someday" -
they all came together pretty well :)


Twenty plus years ago I used to enjoy painting precast plaster
items such as ornaments for the Christmas Tree.
I made lots of small items to donate to the
elementary school holiday bazaar that I organized 
and crafted year round for way back when. 
After my children moved up to Junior High,
I no longer ran the bazaar or was needed for it :(

 I've since discovered rubber stamping and card making
which have taken over for my days
of making general, country crafty / home decor type items !
 I still have a large stash of  "to do" craft projects in stock, though.

The photos below show some of the detail on the
plaster item after I painted it with acrylic craft paints:

Toothpicks are great for adding tiny dots of paint.

I thought my project for the challenge was done: 
a gift set of the painted plaster item,
handmade card and gift bag complete with
bubble wrap and tissue paper.

I decided the plaster hanging was a bit too "blah",
so I dug out an old horribly misshapen wreath
(found at a tag sale at a local church years ago),
snow texture medium and a piece of red "velvet" ribbon
I've had saved in my stash (from a package long ago).

After reshaping the wreath the best I could 
( I did choose to keep it a bit oval shaped)
and fluffing out the little branches,
I used my fingers to rub on the snow texture medium.

Once it was dry, I attached the angel plaster hanging.

I then wrapped some wire around it at the top to create
a hanger.

The red ribbon was cut and made into a bow,
then attached with hot glue. 

I briefly thought about hot gluing in some old 
 ball ornaments and make some glittery gold stars
to add as well, but I decided it would be too
"busy" with all that on there. 
I kept it plain and simple !

Thanks for looking =)

Be sure to visit 
each Sunday to see what the rest of the design team
has created as well as what followers have created and shared.
 Lots of inspiring, varied projects shared !
If you have the time this month, 
make anything but a card with a Celestial theme 
and share it with us !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages

Here are a few digital scrapbook pages of old photos (blocked out for privacy) that I put together to share with extended family. I'll add journaling before I share the pages with them.

I was doing a search for a Steampunk themed digital kit for a creative team project I had and one of the hits was a kit by designer Karry Dempsey at  Come to find out after clicking the link, she has a section on the forum there for her free kits. There are 12 pages of comments and images to her downloads, I just had to look through them all and was wowed by them. The pages above were made with her most recent kit, An Old Fashion Christmas. What a generous, talented lady ! THANK YOU, Karry !

I used MyMemories Suite 5 software to create the pages. It is easy enough to use outside content in the program.  

I've decided that I prefer digital scrapbooking over traditional scrapbooking (gasp!). 

  • It is much quicker (for me personally) .
  • It requires no storage space (except on your computer!) .
  • You can work on it for a while then save the files, no worries about leaving supplies laying out. 
  • It is less wasteful if you make something you aren't quite happy with (or it accidentally gets ruined by a cat walking across your layout as you are working on it for example!) .
  • Easy to fix mistakes or change out embellishments and photos by just deleting and adding something else. 
  • Printed pages fit in albums so much better without all the bulk (though dimension on pages is nice at times, too..........) . 
  • You can buy entire coordinating kits from thousands of designers for just a fraction of the cost traditional paper craft supplies (and tools!) cost. 
  • You can find lots of FREE kits online, too, such as at ! 

See yesterdays post for links to a couple of free kits, good this week only at .

My Memories Suite 6 is now available and contains Commercial Use content as well as several awesome new features !!! Be sure to use Promo Code STMMMS23251 during checkout to receive these special offers:

My Memories V6  - What's New !

ON SALE 25% off through midnight, December 3rd, 2014 ! 

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, December 1, 2014

FREE Digital Kits Dec 1st-7th

Free Download

Check out the adorable FREE digital kit available this week at !
I really like this kit, it can be used for projects other than Christmas with the colors she chose.
Follow the link below to get it free this week only

Here are two pages I quickly put together using this kit. I did flip some of the embellishments and created my own tags for journaling (paper filled Shapes in My Memories Suite software with papers in the kit)

And here is a mini kit that is free this week only, too
Free Download

While you are there, check out all of the other freebies that are currently available as well as the thousands of kits for sale by the designers, wow !!!!!!!!!! Items are available for download as installers for the My Memories software (Windows or Mac) or as a general files download usable in other digital design software such as Photoshop Elements.

MyMemories Suite 6 is now available, full of new features and Commercial Use content !
Be sure to use Promo Code STMMMS23251 at checkout to receive a $10 discount off the price of the software, a $10 credit to the store for more digital downloads, your fist month free to the Design Club and lastly 20% off your first purchase of Photobooks and gifts !