Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Quinn's Third Year Mini Album

Here is the mini album I made for my grand daughter Quinn's third year.
It is a photo heavy post so I put it in a slideshow! 
Thanks for viewing - I appreciate your comments!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

Greetings! Here are some gifts I made for my besties this year. They are 4"x4"x1.5" canvases so perhaps a bit big for an ornament (unless you have a very sturdy or fake tree) but they will be darling just sitting on a shelf as well.

 The canvases have been covered with designer papers from Fancy Pants Designs then lots of rub-ons, stamping, masking, ink, and paint applied. The letters are Tim Holtz Grungeboard; the white ones are painted with Liquitex acrylic paint and the red ones are stained with TH Distress Stain in "aged mahogany". The stars I purchased at a local store for $1.95 each! I painted one white, then sanded off the paint on the high points, the other two are left just as I purchased them. I used eyelet screws which I stained with Ranger Alcohol Inks and tied with lots of trims from my stash. 

I always finish the backs of my pieces too.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I wish you a blessed Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holy Family - Dec 2012 366

Today I have the final scrapbook layout for my 2012 366 calendar/art journal project. If you'd like to see the original post about this project, click here. There is a tab at the top of this page where you can find all of the pages for the year for this project.

For my December layout I am honoring my Savior on the celebration of His birth. This picture is of a portion of my ceramic nativity set. I purchased this little set many years ago with money that my husband's Nana gave me for my birthday. Each year when I get it out and set it up I am just filled with joy. It is so precious to look at and such loving memories are attached to it. But most of all it fills me with the wonder of the season and thankfulness to my heavenly father for His amazing gift.
(click on picture to enlarge and clarify)
I used this awesome sketch by Jenny Evans for Boys Rule and am entering in their challenge.
The morning after I made this post, I came in to my studio to find the sun streaming in on this layout laying on the "Christmas Magic" papers. The finish on the star and flourishes, and the dimension of the elements looked so pretty in the sun. How cool! 
 The papers I used are by Fancy Pants Designs from the Christmas Magic line.  The word "savior" is grungeboard by Tim Holtz colored with Distress Stain in aged mahogany. The star is an EK Success punch and the flourishes are Sizzlets dies. Both have been painted with Distress Crackle Paint in brushed pewter. Other Distress Inks used are brushed corduroy, pumice stone and aged mahogany.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas. 
May you find peace, joy, and hope in our Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Frosted Designs 12 days of Christmas

Frosted Designs is having a 12 days of Christmas challenge
 and today (day 7) is my day!
There are lots of amazing prizes to be won whether you 
play along for 1 day or all 12 - check out the rules and prizes here
Frosted Designs is also having a huge 
"Refer a Friend" contest - details here!

On the 7th day of Christmas
Frosted Designs asked of me - 7 sparkly snowflakes!

Today I'm challenging you to use 7 snowflakes on your project 
(no more, no less!)
You are welcome to create a card, layout, or off the page project.

We had an unusual snow in November this year where I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. My 3 year old grand daughter said "Let's put on our snow fingies and go out!" She had a blast going down the sliding board pushing the snow ahead of her and landing in a pile at the bottom!
I used this sketch by Jenny Evans and am joining in the fun over at Boys Rule
The papers I used for my layout are by Echo Park and Basic Grey. The chipboard snowflake and snow man are also Basic Grey. I used two different Martha Stewart punches for my snowflakes and EK Success punches for the scalloped circles. The "stitching" is done with an Elmers paint marker. Letter stickers are by October Afternoon and Doodlebug Design. Distressing is done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I hope you'll be able to find some time to create during this busy season and join in the fun over at Frosted Designs!
 Thanks for stopping by my blog - I appreciate your comments!

Friday, November 23, 2012


"Happiness is . . . ."
I've created this lovely framed piece to give as 
an engagement or wedding gift:
The artwork is 4"x5 1/2" matted to 5"x7" and is in a 1"deep shadow box frame for an overall size of 6 3/4"x8 1/2"
Sorry about the glare on the glass, here is a picture of it out of the frame so you can see it better.
The vintage dictionary paper has the definitions of "betroth, betrothal, betrothed".
An angled shot to show the dimension:
Papers and tag are by 7 Gypsies from the "Savannah" line, bird cage is a Spellbinders die, pearls by Prima, floral cabochon by Making Memories, and birds cut from a Hallmark card, gold ink is a gel pen by American Crafts, ribbon is unknown, embossing folder by Cuttlebug, artisan shape die by Spellbinders, and ink by Tim Holtz.
I hope you will join us in the fun at Frosted Designs, create a card, layout, or off the page project with the theme "happiness is...." and link it up with us! There's a prize to be won!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

Greetings bloggy friends and happy birthday to me!
What a special surprise to see that I am the featured artist 
at Brave Girls Club today!
If you are popping in her from Brave Girls you can see the full featured project on this post.
I hope you have a few minutes to poke around my blog, click on the Mixed Media Art for Sale tab above and do a little shopping! 
If you'd like to have a nice assortment of vintage book and music paper to use in your art, click here to see a lovely package I've put together.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope to see you again!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Frosted Designs Fall Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Frosted Designs Fall Blog Hop!
If you came from Brenda's Blog, you are in the right place.
 If you'd like to start at the beginning, click here.

This blog hop is a fall themed recipe hop. 
There are 12 stops on the hop and each one will reveal a recipe ingredient. After you've hopped all the way through and know what the 12 ingredients are, pick at least 6 ingredients, make a fall themed layout, card, or off the page project and link it up at Frosted Designs.
I've used 7 of the 12 ingredients on my layout 
but I'm only going to tell you what mine is!
My ingredient is a die cut. 
On my layout the two flourishes were made with the Elegant Scrollwork die by Memory Box. After I die cut them I used a Versamark pen on them and then embossed with Whispers Clear Gloss Embossing Powder (which creates a shininess not picked up by the camera).
I used this awesome sketch by Jenny Evans and am entering my layout in the sketch challenge at Boys Rule.
The patterned paper is from the Everyday Tango line by My Minds Eye. Stamping with Tim Holtz Distress Ink adds some additional layers to the patterned papers.  The pumpkins are a digital stamp by Jane's Doodles which I added dimension to by embossing the black lines and then pop-dotting them onto the page. The word "sweet" is Pink Paisley stickers, "family" is Basic Grey Milk Chocolate Chipboard. The lace border is paper ribbon from the Curio line by Basic Grey. The leaf trim was in my stash so I don't know the manufacturer. 
The adorable family in the photo is my daughter Sandy with her husband Joel and their daughter Quinn enjoying some fall fun.

Thank you for hopping by, your next stop on the hop is 
I hope you are inspired to join the fun and make a project to post at Frosted Designs. There will be random drawings for some fabulous prizes for those sharing a project with us using at least 6 of the 12 ingredients on a fall themed project!

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 2012 366 project

WOW November already! 
Bigger WOW - my calendar page is ready!
If you are unfamiliar with the 2012 366 art journal/calendar project, please click HERE for the full explanation.
I realize I used leaves (in a darn cute pile) for my October calendar and here I am using leaves again for November. Many of you know we've just been through Hurricane Sandy here on the East Coast and I wanted to recognize that in my calendar so my November page has a huge swirl of leaves to commemorate the winds that blew at 60-80 mph!
My background paper is from the Everyday Tango line by My Minds Eye, the leaves are hand cut from scraps in my stash, the rub-ons are by Karen Foster Design, flourish by Memory Box.
The scrapbook side of my November spread will be posted on November 9th as part of the Frosted Designs Fall Blog Hop.
Please visit Kate's Blog to see how she and others have interpreted this challenge. Click on the "2012 366 project" tab above to see my other pages.
Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Frosted Designs Sketch Challenge

This week at Frosted Designs we are featuring a sketch for the Fabulous Friday Challenge.
The beautiful paper used for my base came with the floral border up the left side so I turned the sketch to accommodate it. In doing so I was able to put the title on the artisan shape paper and use it as a pull out for the hidden journaling!
Our grandson is 2 1/2 years old and just adores his Papa, he wants to help Papa with everything he does - so cute! (I'm pretty sure the adoration goes both ways!)

The paper and embellishments are from the Flower Child line by BoBunny. The title letters are Basic Grey and all ink is Tim Holtz Distress. 
I hope you'll join in the fun and make a layout, card, or off the page project using this sketch.
Link it up at Frosted Designs for the chance to win an awesome prize or be chosen as a top three!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, 
I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Forever" Mixed Media canvas

Today I have a new canvas to share with you. 
The inspiration for this piece is the song "Forever" by Chris Tomlin. Here is a link for you to listen to the song and see all of the lyrics:
This canvas is 8"x10". The base and flowers are scrapbooking paper from the "Everyday Tango" line by My Minds Eye. The leaves and flower petals were cut with the leaves dies from the Spellbinders Carnation Creations Die set. The birds are die cut using the Perched Reed Bird by Memory Box and  the Bird Sanctuary die by Spellbinders. Acrylic paint is by Liquitex. Stamps, masks, and stencils to numerous to list!
(click on pictures to enlarge)

The paper has been coated with many layers of Mod Podge to increase the strength and flexibility of the dimensional pieces. All sides are finished and here is the finished back:

This canvas is for sale for $35 plus $5 shipping. SOLD!
Please contact me at tgfenster @ gmail.com. 
View my other pieces for sale by clicking the tab above.

I am entering this piece in the Mixed Media challenge at Berry71bleu and in the Think Pink challenge at Altered Pages Challenges.
Thanks for visiting today! 
I appreciate your comments!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop along the way of the Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop! If you came from Kat Ancheta's blog, you are on the right path. If not, and you'd like to start from the beginning, go to the Scrapbook Steals Blog here!

     ScrapbookSteals.com is the place where crafters of all levels get hooked up 
with the latest steal at an unbelievable price. 
At ScrapbookSteals.com you'll find two hot scrapbooking products every day at up to 80% off.  
Two amazing steals a day at 9am and 9pm MT until they sell out.
     It's not just a deal, it's a steal!  A scrapbook steal!

This month's hop features Love My Tapes Fabric Tape. I received two spools to work with as part of the design team - one spool of yellow gingham check and one spool of navy stripe. I found it to be a very nice quality fabric with strong adhesive on the back and backing paper that stays put until you're ready to take it off yet comes off easily when you're ready. It is very easy to work with and there is a lot on the spool - about 5 yards! 


I've been taking an online sketching course with Junelle Jacobson called The Art of Wild Abandonment and in it she sketches a darling clothes line. As soon as I saw the patterns of fabric tape that Scrapbook Steals sent me, I knew I wanted to make a little yellow gingham sundress and a pair of overalls and hang them on a clothesline!
Silly me did not take any step-out pictures but suffice it to say there are layers and layers of paper, ink, paint, and Mod Podge on this project!

This canvas is 8"x 10" and is for sale for $35 + $5 shipping.
Please e-mail me if you'd like to purchase it!  SOLD! (tgfenster@gmail.com) 
Click here to see my other Mixed Media Art for sale.
Here are a few close-ups, 
you can click on them to get a better view if you like!
Be sure to visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a prize from Scrapbook Steals. The hop ends at noon MST on Sunday October 14th.
 Here's the line-up in case you get lost:
  1. ScrapbookSteals - http://scrapbooksteals.stealnetwork.com/wp/
  2. Heather Conklin - http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
  3. Robin F.M. Jones –http://www.custom-comforts.blogspot.com/
  4. Gloria Stengel – http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
  5. Kat Ancheta – http://creat-w-kat.com/
  6. (You are here!) Teresa Fenstermacher – http://teresajaye.blogspot.com/
  7. Katherine Shamel – http://www.delightfuldesignsbykatherine.com/blog/
Leave me some loveeeee and then hop on your way to Katherine Shamel's blog to see what delightful creations she has made with this fun fabric tape! 
Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pun'kin Patch!

The Challenge at Frilly and Funkie through Oct 16th is "A different kind of tag" with an Autumn theme. 
They don't want any regular tags - they want the tag itself to be altered. 
This reminded me of a card that I made last year (seen here) on which there were pumpkins made out of tags. So I decided to make a little pumpkin patch out of tags for this challenge! I am also entering my project at Berry71Bleu where they are having a Mixed Media Challenge.
Here are the tags I started with:
And here is my adorable little pun'kin patch!
After decoupaging the torn up book paper (available here) on to the tags and drying them I randomly scribbled on them with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens then spritzed with water and moved the ink around with a paint brush. 
Dry and repeat 5-6 times to get the depth of color. I put reinforcers by Tim  Holtz on the tag holes but actually wound up covering them with green Pitt Pen so not necessary to do that! 
Next, run them through an embossing folder and cut to height. I used Cuttlebug embossing folders. (I apologize that I don't know the names of them as I threw the packaging away long ago!) 
Trim around the top of the tag to make the "stem", round the corners, and ink all around the edges. Score about a third of the way in from each side, bend them and ink a bit on the score line for dimension. 
The fence is made with a Martha Stewart punch out of plain black cardstock that has been distressed with Ranger Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold, Pewter, and Green Patina. The leaves are free form cut from green felt then colored with the Pitt Pens in the same colors as on the pumpkins. 
The tendrils are made from plain hemp that I wet and stained with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Forest Moss. While it was still wet, I wound it around a small tool handle and dried it which made it hold the shape. 
Using left over pieces of the tags I made spacers to adhere the pumpkins together then adhered the leaves and tendrils to the front and the fence to the back. I use Sobo craft glue by Delta.
This was a fun little project and a cute little fall decoration.
(It is about 4" x 4" x 2"deep) 
WOOT! my project was "pinned" by Design Memory Craft for use of the Faber Castell Pitt Pens!

Thanks for stopping by ~ I appreciate your comments!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sneaky Peaky!

I am so excited to have been asked to participate in the
Scrapbook Steals October Blog Hop!
The hop will take place next weekend - October 12 - 14.
I can't reveal what the product is but here is a sneaky peaky at what I've done with it!
Scrapbook Steals is an awesome "deal a day" site offering wonderful products at great prices!
Stop back here on October 12th and I'll have my full project reveal and instructions for the hop.
Hope you'll join us for all the fun and opportunity to win a prize from Scrapbook Steals!