Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Swaps

January so far has been a very busy month, and fun coming home to find happy mail!  I signed up for several winter altered art swaps.  Fun!
The following swaps are mostly from The Altered Paper hosted by Tee.  She has really neat ideas for swaps...always something new to try out!
  I received this ATC from Victoria at Things I Learned From Bear.  The theme for this swap was flowers for every occasion

Victoria was so generous and added extra goodies with my ATC, which I can't wait to play with!

Another fun swap that I participated in for the very first time was to altered 3 stick pins in a winter theme.  My swap partner is Fran at The Bagg Lady.  Her blog is all about primitive art work, and can't wait to see her creation.

We were to create a holder to house our stick pins in...our choice.  I came up with this idea after seeing it in on Ceekay's at Thinkin' of Home.

This beautiful ATC card is from Melanie at Rabbit Hole Art, and she was my partner.
Now this last swap was hosted by Wendy at Blissfull ATC Swap, and the theme was the world of Jane Austen. 

And this was my Jane Austen ATC to Melanie.

So far now, I will take a little break until the end of the month and do some stamping!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Altered Art Swaps

I have discovered a great blog by Tee called The Altered Papered.  She has all kinds of different swaps that get your creative juices going!  For example: tag a month swaps, ATC swaps, pin cushion swaps, stick pin swaps, ...
I signed up for several swaps for the month of January.  The first one is called Tag A Month: January-New Year: Winter, Snow, ....
You are assigned a partner, and mine was the uber talented AmyJo at Art From the Heart.

Isn't it beautiful!  I love the tree and snow!

This is the tag I made for her.  This picture shows you the tag without the pom poms.  It was a last minute decision.  To see the finished product, you have to visit AmyJo's blog.

The second swap I signed up is for a Vintage ATC: Flowers for Every Occasion.  I have never ever made an ATC in my life.  I didn't quite grasped the whole concept of an ATC, until it finally hit me.  I am actually very pleased with my creation.

My partner is Victoria at
Things I Learn From Bear.  Bear is her doggie.  Isn't that the cutest!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New 2011 Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about Christmas are the new ornaments we get or we're given.  Especially those that tell a little about our life or about the recipient.

We are kitty lovers.

I love Charming Tails!

An Arleen ornament.  Arleen is my BFF!

I love Nutcrackers!

Another kitty kat!

Thank you friends for thinking of us!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A tad late to the party...

I am participating in Liz's Rose Vignettes' Fresh Cut Friday's, and yes I am very late to the party!!!

When I saw these huge bright Spider Mums I knew I had to have them to brighten up my day.

For the last 2 weeks I had been sick over my 2 week vacation, and I needed some cheering up.  Even though I'm feeling much better, I kinda have the blues now...

Looking at them, they make me happy.

Thank you Liz for hosting this wonderful party!
Please stop by Liz at Rose Vignettes, and visit other bloggers' beautiful fresh cuts!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge 2012

Last year I signed up for a Christmas card challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, and I ended up with a fair amount of Christmas cards at the end of the year.  It was so nice to have my cards ready to go.  So from this wonderful experience, I have decided to do it again this year.

Here's my first set of cards for the month of January:

The stamp image is from Stampin' Up! Christmas Classics.    

All cut up and ready to go...

I ended up with 14 cards.  My goal for each month is to make 10-12 cards.  It seems like a lot, but I give some as gift sets or thank you cards, and hopefully, I'll have enough to donate to a charity.

Hugs, Oliva

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year Printable

I'm loving Pinterest, and I'm amazed at all its beauty it has to share!

I found another neat printable, and decided to make this my monthly printable frame

 Every evening before I go to bed and every morning when I get out of bed, I will be reminded that the beginning of 2012 doesn't end with the passing of January 1st.  

Sorry about not making my bed this morning, but couldn't wait to take a picture of my new printable.

Printable via: eighteen25

Monday, January 2, 2012


Resolutions for the new year?  Stay positive and healthy!

...and productive, too!

I had not been at my messy crafty table for a while, and I could tell I had lost my crafty creative mojo!!!  Even though I struggled to come up with something decent, I kept going on...

I came up with something clean and simple.  I embossed the front of the card using my Northern Flurry embossing folder, and a simple snowman tag.

For an extra touch, I embossed the envelope flap.

A quick peek at the inside of the card.  I am sure the receiver can use this set of cards as thank you cards, or anyways she needs them.

Now going back to resolutions, do you usually keep them through out the year?