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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Remembrance Necklaces

As promised, I have just created some new necklaces. Each one was carefully handcrafted.
A Wing and a Prayer: Silver-toned necklace with toggle clasp that holds 3 beautiful charms, including a small burnished key, silver-toned dragonfly, and silver-toned Tibetan angel wing that I was recently able to procure.
I’ll Hold You in My Heart Forever: Silver-toned necklace with toggle clasp that holds 3 charms. SOLD
Wings of Love: Silver-toned necklace with a toggle clasp that holds 3 charms, including a small burnished key, silver-toned dragonfly, and a brass-toned angel. SOLD Each of these are available for 19.99 plus $4.50 shipping and handling. These each dangle from 30 inch chains. Limited quantities as these are handmade. If you are interested in purchasing one, just email me at: Linking this to: Inspire Me Monday

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Creating a Journal

A plain composition book is perfect to use for a journal. See how easily it is transformed into a memorable mixed media piece suitable for writing inside of. These books can usually be purchased at a dollar store or at a pharmacy in the stationery or school supplies section. Once you've got your hands on one, the "sky's the limit" as to how you can embellish it.
Journals are a special way to get creative and make something just for YOU.
I have just created a journal (here is a portion of the cover here) and if you would like to make one, it is simple:
Step 1: Purchase a composition book. Step 2: Choose background paper, trace the book, cut the paper, and adhere it to the book. (I used a glue runner to attach the paper.) Step 3: Choose any embellishments you like--Here I used burlap, as well as a Tim Holtz metal decorative piece, plus other items that struck my fancy. Step 4: A plain tag was decorated and adhered to the front. I used some Tim Holtz stickers and added some glitter. I attached a metal chain, as well as some string to the tag. Step 5: I stamped the background paper with Staz-on ink and also inked all around the edges of the journal to give it a vintage feel. (To do that, simply run the stamp pad around the entire front edge of the journal. Make sure it does not touch the pages. I used ink that was dark brown.) Step 6: Voila! All done!
Special Note: The background paper is from Shabby Cottage Studio. There are tons of designs that you can purchase from there and simply download right from your computer. Both thrifty AND cool. This one is only 65 cents! (It can be used over and over again.) You can find it HERE. You will also find awesome embellishments at the store, as well. You will want to run your cover design on thick paper (45 lb.) Regular paper is too thin. I purchased mine from Office Depot. You can also try to purchase these sheets of heavier paper from a local copy shop. (It's cheaper than buying a whole package. Because I use so much of it, I buy it in bulk, but you won't need to. If you simply walk up to the copy desk, you can ask if you can purchase a few sheets.) Also, you can use scrapbook paper and it is available by the sheet at many craft stores. The Eiffel Tower photo is from the Graphics Fairy--You can download that from HERE and print it in a jiffy, too!
If your journal is to memorialize someone special, you can also use your loved one’s picture on the front. I also like to tie string around my journals to keep them closed (although not shown here.) The string used on the tag was purchased at Home Depot. I will utilize the same kind for that purpose. I have altered some postcards especially for you in Photoshop from the Graphics Fairy, which I call "Postcards from Heaven." If you would like to use these for the front of your own journal, you are welcome to save them to your desktop and print them out. (They can also be used inside of a journal to write on.)
As you can see, these would be a perfect addition to personalize your own journal in memory of a loved one. If you would like to save the image to your desktop, simply click on the image. Then, when the larger version appears on your screen, right click on it and push "Save Image As." You can keep it on your desktop or file it away until you are ready to print it out. At that point, depending on your printing program, you can specify the size that you want it to be.
Here are some images that I altered from the Graphics Fairy especially for you. These could also be used for the cover of a journal.
This Victorian Angel image could be used as a tag, as well. Simply print it out, crop the corners on a slant, punch a hole at the top, and run some string through it. If you ink the edges, it will give it a vintage look--easy, peasy!
I altered this image, but left some of the French words on it for a special touch.
A vintage fairy could provide a wonderful theme to begin your project.
Here are two different cherub designs that have been altered.
Here are some butterflies from the Graphics Fairy that I altered.
Butterflies have special significance to many people.
So do dragonflies. So I altered these from the Graphics Fairy, as well. You are welcome to print any of these images out to use in your art.
Here is one that I have altered in different hues.
Here is a graphic from the Graphics Fairy that I have altered by adding a poem.
Here is a vintage book page from the Graphics Fairy that I have altered by adding "In Loving Memory." This can be printed, cut out, and a photo inserted.
I hope that you enjoy making a journal for yourself. If you do and would like to share a picture of it when it is completed, feel free to share it on my Facebook page, Angels at My Door, which is located HERE. Also, I would recommend bookmarking this blog page so that if you need to refer back to it, you will have it readily available. You may also want to use charms to embellish your journal. These can dangle on string and they look amazing. Thank you for visiting me. Blessings, Cindy Linking this to Brag Monday.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Angels at My Door

This week, I am joining Ramona at Inspire Me Monday!
Angels at My Door is in the Top 10 on Amazon's Bestseller List in the dream category. It is filled with inspirational stories of real-life experiences. If you would like to see it, you can go here. Also, I have a new Facebook page called Angels at My Door, which you are welcome to join...It is also filled with inspiration. You can visit it by clicking the Facebook icon on my right side bar. XO Cindy You can visit Inspire Me Monday by clicking here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Snow In July" Party!

My awesome friend, Marcia, is having a party called Snow in July on her blog. I picked some photos from Pinterest that were my favorites. I also design for Shabby Cottage Studio and I created a necklace for Marcia with one of their image sheets to surprise her for the event. I hope you all enjoy going over to take a look at her Second Annual Party!
White Roses
Precious White Puppy
Dreamy Ferris Wheel
Paris Dreams Necklace

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scrap for Help--July Challenge

This month at Scrap for Help, the theme is “feathers,” so if you would like to join us, the challenge is open all month long--and it’s FUN! Here is a tin that I decorated for a friend and the piece is called “Paris Angel.” It was created using an image from Shabby Cottage Studio for whom I design. If you get a chance, go visit the shop--it is amazing! I hope you are all having a wonderful, creative summer! XO Cindy
This a blog hop celebrating the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Scrap for Help! Here's a message from scrap for help on how you can join the blog hop! "We are so happy for all the support we’ve had from around the world. We are so grateful to everyone who sponsors our blog, to those who participate in our challenges and help us with our humble cause. What better way for us to show our appreciation than to have a Blog Hop and celebrate with you. We have some great prizes up for grabs so please follow along. To qualify and win the prizes you must complete the following: 1. You must VISIT every blog and leave a comment 2. You must become a FOLLOWER of Scrap For Help 3. You must become a FOLLOWER of every designer’s blog. Blog Hop Starts on July 5th at 10AM EST and ends on July 8th 11:59pm EST Our Challenge this month is to use FEATHERS in your project. The simple rules for this challenge are as follows : **This is an international blog, so anyone can enter - If you want to participate in this month Challenge with a layout or card, - * You need to use Feathers as your recycled material item YOU MAY ALSO COMBINE THIS WITH ANOTHER CHALLENGE. Our Blog Hop Features 15 Talented Designers form around the world so please visit each blog to see what each designer has created. Your next stop is ’s blog Solange Marques Should you lose your way, come back here for the Blog Hop sequence: Scrap for Help: Aline Fonseca Babi Boas Cindy Adkins Cynthia Renaud Felicity Wilson Heather Jacob Keren Tamir MarĂ­lia Lopes Melinda Thompson Sabrina Sulaiman http://sabrinascrapbook. Sandie Edwards Sharon Ngoo Solange Marques We have 5 Great Prizes up for grabs from our sponsors -Imaginarium Designs Chipboard - Arte Ponto 1 - Momento Divertido - Julia Cotrim - Arte facil - Studio Calico Happy Hopping!!