Art Inspiration

Dec 31, 2012

Swap-Let's play with Inchies

Make 6 felt or fabric Inchies to share, and get 6 back! These will make great embellishments for projects. Check out the cute samples below to get ideas. Your samples can all be different or the same, it's up to you!

Swap will be due to Maura by Saturday, March 16. Email me at with questions.


Dec 28, 2012

Valentine's Altered Tins Swap

I came across  these cute altered tins on Pinterest and thought how fun, so I am posting a swap
For:    Altered Valentines Tins
Due:   to me by February 7th
Requirements: Top and inside of tin should be altered, size, shape and type is up to you.  Use at least 3 different elements on it besides paper (ex: lace. buttons, flowers, pins, charms etc.) and it should have at least one heart on it (any color).
Please contact me if you have any questions.

(PS: let me know if  are planning on joining this swap)


I have posted some samples below


start with a small tin shape doesn't matter

Dec 27, 2012

Altered Cabinet

Just thought I would post a few pictures I found as ideas for the altered cabinet challenge
You can make them as triditional or as whimisical as you choose, It's totaly up to you..
Have fun with it.....
Let's have them ready for the end of  March. I will post more info on when we can get together to
share our projects with each other. 


Domino Book Swap

It's a challenge to create a book in miniature form, and these are amazing little wonders of art! Mary designed her little book around an ocean theme. You can almost hear the waves rolling in and smell that salty air.



Doris found some giant dominoes to work with and that cover just hints that there are secrets inside! Secret places around the world, that is. Who's ready to pack their bag for some traveling?




Fran's book is a voyage to the Rennaissance through the eyes of Vangeline. In this book, all that glitters is gold! Just delightful.




Maura chose the Steampunk route for her book, and made it fold like an accordion. One side is male and the other female.



Thank you ladies for joining me on this creative venture. Fran, I should have the mailbox shoveled out tomorrow to mail yours out, and Doris and Mary, I will give you yours when next I see you.

Happy New Year to all of you, and may it be a creative year for all!


Dec 4, 2012

Wrapping up Tim's 2012 Year of Tags

A wrap up ;with Tim's tags for November/December and January 

A reminder from Tim: since this is december and many of you might still be scrambling for card making ideas, i thought i would remind you how simple it is to just adhere the tags you create right on to the front of a card. so let’s get started on our last tags of 2012…

Dec 1, 2012

Thanm You Mary

Mary thank you for such a lovely time last night. What can be better than a beautiful home a gracious hostess good food and friends.I finished my ornament today and hung it on the tree so pretty. Hope your Christmas is Blessed and the New Year filled with health happiness and of course beautiful art projects. HAPPY CHRISTMAS Donna

Nov 26, 2012

Ornament Swap Pictures

            Fran has posted the pictures of the Ornament Swap on her blog
                                                       for us

Christmas Gathering

Just a reminder

The Christmas Gathering
 is this
 Friday November 30th
5:30 - 8:30.
at Mary's house in Guilderland
Bring your basic supply kit, 3 in 1  Glue and  scissors for the project.
Event Fee can be paid to Mary Friday night.
 If you choose to join in the grab bag please bring a $10 gift card of your choice wrapped.
See everyone there

Nov 20, 2012

Chrtistmas Paperdoll

Recently I decided to participate in a swap with Catherine Moore's Character Construct Stamps, I love these stamps.  The project was to make a Christmas Paper Doll, her only requirement was to use Character Construct Doll stamps as the base of the project and any embellishment's
 you wanted to add.
Easy Since my favorite Christmas paper this year  happens to be Graphic 45's  (my favorite paper line) Nutcracker Suite Line it made it so clear as what I had to do....

 I love making these paper dolls.
by: Doris

Nov 6, 2012

Mary's Christmas Gathering

If  you haven't already please RSVP to let Mary know if you are attending her gathering
 by November 20th.

Time : 5:30 - 8:30

Place : Mary Calzadilla's home in Guilderland

(contact Mary for directions to her home)

There will be good food

fun crafts

and a Chineese Grab Bag*

*If you choose to join in the grab bag please bring a $10 gift card of your choice wrapped.

The event fee ($20) can be paid to Mary the night of the gathering


Swap Reminder

Just a reminder that Fran's 3 for 3 Christmas Ornaments
are due to her by November 20th.
And Maura's  Donino Book
is due by Dec 15th.

Nov 2, 2012

Christmas Gathering

Ok is the gathering  ON, Nov. 30 or must we let you know by Nov. 30?
 confusing, so I am letting you know I will be there with my grab bag gift anything else should I bring? But would like to the date?

Love ya

Nov 1, 2012

This Looks like Fun

As I was browsing pinterest tonight I came across this really neat project
 and decided to share it with you.


Altered Santa Brush project,
 I jut thought it was to cute not to share.
And as I browsed more I came across more Altered Brush projects by Donna Downey
the link to her blog is listed below.


Wouldn't this be a fun swap!!!!

Just a thought.

Oct 30, 2012

Christmas Gathering

Please join us on Friday, November 30th for our
Christmas Gathering

Time   :   5:30 - 8:30
Place   :   Mary Calzadilla's   home in Guilderland
   (contact Mary for directions to her home)
There will be good food
fun crafts
and a Chineese Grab Bag*
Please email Mary or Doris if you are planning on attending by November 20th.
*If you choose to join in the grab bag please bring a $10 gift card of your choice wrapped.
The event fee can be paid to Mary the night of the gathering.

Oct 28, 2012

Postponing Halloween Gathering

Ladies -
Due to the impending storm, Doris & I have decided to postpone the gathering. We would rather air on the side of caution and be prepared ahead so none of you have to travel in the bad weather. We will reschedule for another date very soon that hopefully is convenient for all of you to attend. Stay safe everyone throughout the storm!!!
~Beth & Doris

Oct 26, 2012

Reminder about the Halloween Gathering

Just a reminder to all attending the Halloween Gathering on Monday, October 30, 5-8pm at Captured Moments. The fee for the gathering is $20. We'll be having a festive lite dinner and dessert. We have two fun Halloween projects planned for the evening so bring your basic supply kit: scissors, adhesives, etc. Also, don't forget to bring your altered witches hat to share with the group. Doris & I are very excited and can't wait til Monday!!! We look forward to seeing all of you there!!! ~ Beth & Doris

Oct 22, 2012

All Hallow's Eve Swap

Love all the the wonderful 4x4's very Spooky. Thank you Miriam for your scary spiders HOOOOOO!
And my special black cat Tag
Love Ya

Oct 17, 2012

Happy Halloween 4x4 Swap

Thank you ladies for a fun Swap
 I loved all the creative ideas