Friday, September 26, 2014

A Queen Bee is Among Us!

Ever walk by and see something that reminded you of someone?  
Well that's what happened to me recently.  
I found three projects I'm currently working on for these friends.  
I'm sure you'll agree when I'm done just WHY I bought these projects.  
Each one will be given to them when I finish.  
Here's a peek at the first one!

This past weekend I attended a 24 hour crop while in KY. This crop gives me time to: visit old friends, make new friends, eat, listen to a "spot on" devotion put on by Jill Rogers, visit a new store in down town Paducah called: Ephemera Paducah (AWESOME MIXED MEDIA MECCA), buy new art tools, try out new techniques with said new tools (cause ONE tool is never enough), and well, lets just face it: SHOP!  There were new vendors there this year as well, one of them being: Mia's Madness.  Great for the old hard to find items!  I found this little project calling my name.  I have a dear friend by the name of Roxi Phillips who is a bee keeper for the first time.....thus the name: A Queen is Among Us.  When I finish this piece, it will be shipped to Roxi as an art piece in honor of her bees.  I might add that her husband, Bob, is very into this new found 'honey' hobby!

Queen Bee Art Doll Kit

Here's the laser cut pieces with the title paper removed.

I carefully removed each piece which is cut to perfection; no sanding required.  
The wood is dark and even darker around the cut areas.

Pieces removed from wood background.

Light layer of gesso.
 For paint to be seen in it's true vibrant color,
I coated each piece with a light coat of white gesso.

Pieces painted yellow.
Worked great!  The yellow is very bright, mission accomplished!

Adding the dark blue with a light touch of white for dimension.

All pieces painted.

 Now I have all my pieces painted.  I left the arms the natural color of the wood. 
The wings and crown I left painted with white gesso.  I added
KOOL TAK's gold glitter to the doll's upper body and bee masks since I'm
not sure yet what I'll be using to finish her up. I didn't glitter the head as I'll be
putting a face there later.  The wings and crown were glittered with a fine |
opalescence pretty the pieces sparkle!  Me too I might add.
Anytime you mess with glitter you usually end up with more on you than
on the item you're putting it on.


Now the puzzle begins. Using E6000 adhesive, the hive is pieced on the doll.  
Arms are fastened with brads and cut down so the brad's back pieces didn't show too much.

Coming together.

This tape forms a permanent bond yet gives the arms freedom to move.  
Should anyone peer between the wings the bee doll's body, 
the wings look to be suspended magically as the tape is virtually 
invisible making the wings awesome!

Crown attached.

What a lovely Queen Bee Roxi makes!
Roxi's face attached.

Now to add the bee mask!

The Queen Bee is almost complete!
 Now to embellish her and make her presentable
to her new home.  I'll post a picture of the FINAL piece later......
can't have everyone seeing her done before the Queen Bee herself!

Leave a comment & let me know what you think!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Castle Wall Tutorial

Castle Wall

Architectural structures has always been of interest to me. During my travels abroad while others looked at the obvious, I'm looking at the floor tiles, columns, building structure details, etc. When I saw this stencil by Stencil Girl Products, I knew I had to have it. The following is the step by step tutorial how I created this frame-able piece.


burlap canvas board
Wood Icing
paint brushes (detail, stipple, large bristle)
A stencil from Stencil Girl Product
Glimmer Mist spray (I used copper)
acrylic paints: I used shades three of brown, cream & black
large non-stick mat
paper towels
sanding block


Place stencil on burlap canvas board.  Place some Wood Icing on your work surface. 

With your spreader ice your stencil with the Wood Icing being very careful NOT to let your stencil move.

Totally iced canvas. Carefully lift stencil revealing the beautiful design. Place canvas to the side to dry.

Immediately wipe down your stencil on your non-stick mat with paper towels.
This is very important as the Wood Icing drys fairly quickly and will be almost impossible
to removed from your stencil if it's left to dry on it.

Rinse off any existing Wood Icing on the stencil with water. Let dry.

Now wipe your mat off.

When Wood Icing is dry, it's time to paint!  I usually let my pieces dry overnight.

Wood Icing drys very hard. In order to knock off all the jagged edges left when removing the stencil,
use your sanding block & sand vigorously. Dust with large brush to remove all debris.

On your non-stick surface make four puddles of the browns, black and cream paint. To create a blend, I puddle the paint close together and brush on covering the entire surface of the canvas. Castle walls are never just one color but a combination of colors creating an aged appearance. Let dry.

When your Wood Icing is dry, it's got a rough texture. To bring the Castle Wall to life, it's time to sand the surface of the canvas. Use a little elbow grease to remove the paint from the surface of the Wood Icing.

When done sanding it's time to get the dust out of nooks & crannies.
Brush vigorously to remove the Wood Icing dust from the canvas.

The castle wall didn't pop enough so some detailed shading using
black paint and a detailing brush did the trick.

Shading done.

I love adding a subtle glimmer so using your Glimmer Mist, spray the entire canvas.
Go lightly with the spray, it won't take much. When wet it's hard to see the result you want.

Blot lightly with a paper towel to remove any excess puddles of Glimmer Mist.

I get impatient so out comes my heat tool. In no time, it's dry.


A close up of the subtle glimmer.

I feel the canvas is begging for something else....but it's not coming to me at the moment. I'll open frame it so the detail is not lost behind glass. I'm loving the way this piece has gone from burlap canvas to a wall you can feel the texture come off the canvas. The burlap added that extra POP of textile I was seeking. If you get a chance to play with Wood Icing, you'll have the time of your life creating!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

90th Birthday Celebration

There are some moments in time I wish I could hold time still.  Today was one of those moments.  My precious father-in-law is turning 90 years old November 13, 2013.  We had a party for him at Barnhill's Buffet House in Jackson.  In the private room, 30+ family & friends gathered to celebrate this milestone birthday for James Dewey Goff, Sr. 

This is just a short version of today's birthday celebration.  As with all celebrations, some things don't go as planned.....and yes I had a little set back.  I used my good camera to take pictures of everyone who attended today's event.  But apparently the SD card I used had some corrupt areas on it.  I lost 20 precious pictures that I can't possibly replace.  I will be asking everyone there if they took pictures in an effort to replace what I lost.  Even with this loss.....the event was captured in time and so here goes!
My neighbor, Stephanie McMurry, goes to visit Mr. Goff once a week to get him out of the room & attend events in Maplewood Nursing Home that he wouldn't ordinarily attend. Steph had to be out of town during Mr. Goff's birthday, but her presence there was felt & her gift to him was a smashing success.  As with us all....there are just times when we eat that the food doesn't always hit our mouths.....yes, I said it.....and you know it!  haha.  In order to have her friend attend his 90th birthday in style, she created a TUX BIB for him to wear.  Complete with silk tie & pocket hankie!  Thank you Stephanie!  You rocked this party!!

Mr. Goff's Tux Bib caught more than a few spills.  haha..... and he was very grateful as he was wearing a new shirt!  Mr. Goff was surrounded with his grandchildren & even great grandchildren!

This family with Mr. Goff is so precious to us.  Pat are a living doll!  Her brother & sister, Ricky & Dianne are seen here with Pat's daughter, Georgia.  Pat & Georgia drove from Atlanta, GA just for this that just some AWESOME FOLKS!!  We love you all.

Mr. Goff was so fortunate to find love the first time around with Mrs. Willie Mae Tucker.  She passed away about 10 years ago.....  When JD was in the third grade he grew up with a little girl named Louise.  I'd love to hear the whole story!  (pssssttt, Pat....when you're ready to tell me, I'm ready to listen!)  Ms. Louise's husband passed away too.  JD & Louise's paths crossed and a new love formed.  You're blessed to find love once.....but twice?  Doubly BLESSED!  Here JD & Louise shared a kiss (we kids always make a big fuss about them doing which they will look at us & say we're jealous... :-) ......  This brought tears to more than a few of us in attendance. 

JD & Louise


Louise & Carlton:  my lovely parents.

My son, Jason, photo bombing this picture.  haha. 
Mr. Goff sharing a tender moment with Caroline Cantrell.
My second sister, Teisa Cambell Womack.  Teisa was a valued employee of Goff's Lock & Key for years.  She is a precious soul & I count her as one of God's blessings to my life.  I love ya girl.

The tears came on as Teisa & mom (Louise) met & hugged again after so many years apart.  Her beautiful daughter Lisa is on the right.  Lisa was born when Teisa worked for us and we watched her grow up for awhile.  Lisa will be graduating high school May of 2014!  Suddenly I'm feeling very old!!

These two lovely ladies are my pride & joy.  Aren't they just beautiful?
On the left is my son's girlfriend, Kim Howell......loving this picture of her!
To the right is my beautiful daughter, Jamie Cantrell......who without her help I couldn't have pulled this event off! 
Another beautiful couple I'd like to thank are Pastors, Linda & Joel Pledge. With their help we were able to transport Mr. Goff to & from this event with such ease.  THANK YOU! 
Thank you to all our family who attended and the dear friends who went out of their way to come & support us.  We love you all.  Thanks to Dawn Lenard for creating the most beautiful cake... it was perfect for the occasion & surpassed my every expectation!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sammy: Fierce Mole Hunter


As I left work Monday evening, there was a "hint" of rain in the air.  I usually head home & let the pups out for a little dead end cove investigating but this evening bought about a different adventure.

Upon arriving home from work, I drive past the yard to see these long jagged lines of dirt pushed up.  Yep, you got can't miss the masterpiece of a mole hard at work!

As IF Sammy didn't realize: the mole trail started WITHIN his fenced in area.  Sammy fell down on MOLE PATROL!  But you can see, he's alert and listening intently to any sounds he might hear just under the top layer of dirt.  Meanwhile Van goes after a mole you don't DARE mess up Van's yard!

Oh no!  Sammy heard something & a diggin' he starts!  Now I know the mole does a lot of damage but I couldn't get myself to stop Sammy's DAMAGE!  He is a huffing in the hole, biting & tearing at Bermuda grass roots that happen to get in his way. Just above Sammy's head you can see the mole trap Van placed just a few minutes before this picture was taken.  Soon the yard, after a Sammy dig, looked like this!

##BAM## the Mole trap went off.  Sammy raced over to it.  Sammy had, by digging along one of the trails, run that dang mole past the mole trap.....thus tripping it.

Sammy ran over to me and then back to the trap.  He KNOWS what this trap does and he's anxious to see his part of the catch!  I pull the trap out of the ground, complete with mole attached, as Sammy jumps up & bites it several times as if claiming it as HIS catch.  He's a proud "hunter" and excited to still be trying to BITE it as we walk over to show Van the catch of the day.

By now I have TWO strutting males!!
Sammy looks away as if his daddy is stealing the highlight of HIS catch.  Sammy's not wild about a camera aimed at him......for that matter, ANYTHING aimed at him!

By now Van had just finished mowing the yard.  He beat the rain! Both take time out to pose for a picture. Here's my two boys!!    Both doing their parts to keep the yard looking nice.  Only thing that would be better is for Sammy to CATCH the mole before the mole does so much damage!  But that's my boy!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Crepe Paper Flowers

Our monthly Artistic Stampers club always ends their business meetings with a Demo.  Tanya Green was on July's demo hostess......and she found this gem.  Crepe paper is abundant in most dollar stores and comes in a wide range of colors.  In the picture above I've chosen these to begin with.


Crepe paper
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Elmer's school glue
1" Circle punch
Scrap piece of cardstock
Wire cutter (for cutting shanks off buttons)

Fan fold into 3" sections until you have a total of 10 sheets folded.
You can use 8 sheets but I like a fluffy flower!  Either way, both will look marvelous!
Cut into a m, keeping all papers stacked as shown in picture above.

Puddle the Elmer's glue on a paper plate. With crepe paper petals lightly pinched together, roll the tip of the petal into the glue.  A LITTLE goes a long way, lightly roll the petal top edge on the glue's surface.
Do not DUNK!

With your glitter poured into a small container, coat the glue with glitter.

Set aside to dry. Repeat with remaining petals.

Here I have all my petals drying on my non stick craft sheet.

DRIED and ready for the real fun to begin!
Here I've cut my 1" circles and I'm ready to roll!

With the TACKY glue, lightly tip the straight edge (end NOT glittered) into the glue.
Notice my 1" round piece of card stock in the background?  This is the base the flower will be built on.

Wha LA, first petal done!

Second petal done.

All 5 petals in place.
Now repeat with a second layer, alternating your petals over the lower petals.

Here's a white flower with lavender glitter.

The center of the flower has a dab of tacky glue in it and topped off with a pretty button.
I have THOUSANDS of buttons as I'm sure most of you do too......
so get to choosing the perfect flower center!

A purple button for the center of my white flower.

My favorite color is you know I had to make one using my favorite color!

Another shot of the flowers set a side to let the centers dry.
I love the way these turned out......each flower has it's own personality! 

Now, should you decide to create your own crepe paper flowers, I'd LOVE to see them!!