Auld Lang Syne....and strange New Year's Traditions

Can you believe it - it's New Year's Eve already! And with that comes the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne - which most people don't even understand but with a glass of champagne, who cares anyway?! 🍾

So here's some quickie facts about the song and my favorite rendition by Dan Fogelberg:
  • Robert Burns didn't invent Auld Lang Syne - he was merely the first person to write down the old Scottish folk song in 1788.
  • The tune was used by the Maldives and Korea for their national anthems, while Japanese department stores play it as a polite reminder for customers to leave at closing time.
  • It's soundtracked in one of the most memorable movie scenes - the ending of When Harry Met Sally. Harry couldn't figure out what the song means - he's as perplexed as most everybody else. 

And now for some weird traditions 😜

  • In Spain, the New Year’s tradition for good luck revolves around grapes. If you can manage to stuff 12 grapes in your mouth at midnight you’ve achieved good luck for the next year.
  • In some South American countries wearing colored underwear will determine your fate for the new year. Red underwear means you’ll find love. Gold means wealth, and white signifies peace.
  • In Switzerland they celebrate the New Year by dropping ice cream on the floor.
  • In Chile families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones by sleeping at the cemetery.
  • In Scotland the first person to cross the threshold of a home in the new year should carry a gift for good luck.
  • Just as you might expect, in Siberia they jump into frozen lakes carrying tree trunks.

I think after all is said and done, it's about remembering family & friends and the many blessings in our lives. It's a time of new beginnings and maybe a little craziness - we need to unwind sometimes. 

I pray the new year will bring you much happiness, new friends, & great adventures. I'll be back to work as well so I'm relishing the time off. Thanks to everyone who follows or who lurks. I'm looking forward to the new year, come what may! 


Free your mind

Hey everyone - I hope your holidays were fantastic & joyous! I'm trying to get back into the groove of things but it's slow going....I'm enjoying the time off & being a sloth πŸ˜—

In the meantime, my latest creation as a CCB crew member is up on the CCB Blog - Wings on Wednesday! Please come check it out! Here's a little sneak peek - there's more to it so you'll have to stop by - it's steampunkalicious!


Happy Holidays everyone!

Christmas is just around the corner & I know we're all busy with last-minute cooking, baking, and wrapping! I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for being a part of my crazy art experience!

I had no idea where this blog experiment was going to take me when I started it 6 months or so ago. Since that time, I've made some friends, designed some stamps, and landed on some awesome teams as a designer! I know I haven't hit the big time but I wanted to thank you, my followers - and lurkers - for taking the time to look at my craziness. 😜

I do have a couple wishes for the upcoming year & I hope you'll help me out! I wish for more followers & subscribers - if you're a regular but haven't signed up, it's easy: just type in your email address (further down on the right column) and new posts come right to your inbox. And you can follow on Google+ with a click of a button. It's totally free - score! I'm thinking of having some of my friends post some of their cool stuff on my blog so I'd love to have a big audience to welcome them! I'd also love to hear from you - so leave a comment on my posts or you can fill out the form on the right column to send me a msg. I do answer, whether on the blog or via email! I do have to admit that I don't know if the commentor receives a notification that I replied to them but you can always check back (or drop me a comment below if you know!)

I hope you'll spread the word about my blog - I want the mixed media & art world to grow & word of mouth is how it's done. So share my blog and others out there that you find inspiring, helpful, or even weird & off-the-wall ~ it helps everyone in this field! And if you're thinking of starting your own blog - DO IT! Share your talents with us! You might be the next Tim Holtz or Seth Apter!

I wish all of you joy and happiness in 2018 and may God richly bless you!


A Dollar Store makeover

My post is up on the CCB Blog! It's a super-simple idea to transform cheesy  Dollar Store Christmas balls with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist! Stop by and have a look at the whole post - and leave a comment! There's also other great holiday posts with fantastic ideas & tutorials - and the monthly challenge as well!


The official Creative Team announcement!

Hey everyone - I have the official Blank Page Muse Creative Team announcement (previously known as Sin City Stamps)!

How about a little Christmas cheer!

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season & enjoy some fun seasonal videos & music. πŸŽ„

The 12 Pains of Christmas 

The Christmas Canon

Scary Snowman 


Victorian-look canvas prints using MixedUP Merchandise Printables

Hello my friends! I'm here today to show you a quick & easy project using Katy's MixedUp Merchandise printables!

I used a couple of these lovely little girls and the Enjoy Your Thoughts words.

I brushed olive oil onto the page of pictures to make them into vellum.  I chose the 2 I wanted, cut them down to fit my small canvases, and laid them over the words. I moved them around until I found the words I wanted to show through, traced around the pic, and cut them out. 

I adhered the face on top of the words, then adhered that to the top of my canvas. 

After that, I added my Sari ribbon, metal corners, & a touch of brass Art Alchemy wax. 

I liked that the glue made the ribbon looked old & stiff, like aged velvet. Looked more vintage! 

I added a flower on top of one & a jewel on top of the other. 

These would be awesome in larger sizes - so romantic & Victorian looking.  And the vellum is so interesting & eye-catching. 

I hope you've been inspired to do some of your own projects using these printables - you can resize them, recolor them, make vellum out of them - so versatile! 


'Cuz we need a little Christmas...

...and by little, I mean little people & little decorations! This is a mixed media project that also incorporates a couple of cute MixedUP Merchandise printables from the Retro Christmas page.

So without further ado.... 

This copper shadowbox house is awesome! I found it at Consumer Crafts & it comes in different sizes. It's made of wood with leather around the edges & cut out windows - perfect for peeking! 

I love the angel and star printable on the roof. I embossed the wings & star for some shine. 

My other little printable is sitting pretty in a bottle cap with a tree & piece of candy. And I made a card with a Winter Wishes sentiment out of the postcard-type printable.

Of course, Tim Holtz Christmas paper dolls are appropriate & whimsical. Ice shavings are in the roof top and a string of lights frames the scene. 

I'm also entering this in the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog & Altered Eclectics.  Wish me luck!


More great news, my friends!

Wow - these past 6 months or so since I started this blog have been a whirlwind of activity. And at this time of year, it's time to count your blessings. And I have been blessed - again - with another DT position!

Hurrah! This isn't the official DT logo but it'll do until the new one arrives! And one more piece of good news: my daughter's pregnant again! And it's a girl again! 

I'm so overwhelmingly psyched & blessed - God has been good! 🍭


A little Christmas quickie

This is something really quick you can whip up in no time! Just get a little jar, some embellishments, & go to town! I did a pink Christmas scene - yes, men can wear pink! πŸ˜™ I colored a couple of Tim Holtz Christmas paper dolls pink & used a small sisal Christmas tree. You can't see inside from the pics but there's large glitter flakes & pink mica flakes.

On the outside, I used snowflake paste. On the inside, I brushed on some matte gel & sprinkled it with fine glitter.

Super simple! If you don't have snowflake paste, just use modeling paste & sprinkle glitter on it while it's wet! How cute to use fussy cut family pics inside as well!


How about some holiday recipes?

Let's take a break from creating decor & create some fun food & drink - and a little something for those grubby hands after creating. 🍭 Instead of getting your hands messy with glue and glitter, let's get our hands messy with cookie dough & sprinkles!  And while you're creating, enjoy some cranberry wassail!

(courtesy of Ocean Spray)

(courtesy of Cooking Classy)

(courtesy of Twisted Food)

(courtesy of The Idea Room


A holiday Christmas bottle

Merry Christmas, Joyeux NoΓ«l, God Jul, Feliz Navidad, and GlΓ¦delig Jul! No matter how you say it, it's the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate, how about an upcycled bottle to celebrate the season!

It's lovely at night when you add a string of lights - it highlights the scene, giving it a holy glow.

Beautiful blue paint, spackle (yes, spackle!) for snow, fine glitter, snowflakes...festive!

And we all could use a little joy in our lives...

Now grab an empty bottle & create your own Christmas scene - maybe put 2 or 3 side-by-side for a little village!


Ta-da! It's Architextures Annie!

My first blog post as a new CCB Crew Member - it's Architextures Annie!

I started with a 9" tea-stained muslin doll & got my piece of stamped canvas that came in the Architextures Mixed Media pad. I folded it in half on the blank side, laid my doll on it, and did a quick outline of the dress (a little larger than the doll) with a pencil, then cut it out. 

After that, I got a large needle & threaded regular string through it. I wanted the doll to be primitive, like a kid might make it. Nothing perfect - just whimsical! 

Once you start going around the dress & handling it, the canvas starts getting those threads sticking out - perfect! 

And then the fun part - accessorizing! 

I added a strip of brown/blue checked ribbon at the front hem & gathered it a little bit. Then I chose one of the Architextures pocketbooks to put on her arm. And I went around the edges with distress ink. 

Her little shoes are Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist - and some little pearl buttons. 

And let's not forget the ornate chapeau with a fancy gemstone & hat pins! Her lips are colored with Tattered Angels Sangria Glimmer Glaze

She's my new mascot while I'm on this fantastic crew! Try making one yourself - super simple because it's not perfect and doesn't follow a pattern. And it takes no time at all!