Tuesday, October 30, 2012

kids Halloween Crafts!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  If you are looking for the Freckled and Fun Deck the Halls blog hop please click here.  Today Ariel and I were on Breakfast television again doing kids Halloween Crafts!  I was so excited to be asked back!  I think it went quite well!  Ariel was a bit shy it takes her a bit to warm up to someone or something new!  If you would like to watch the video please click HERE!  I don't know if the video is available to all but here is a photo from the show of us crafting:

I wanted to share here the crafts that we did starting with the Googly Eye Halloween picture frame:

What you need:

Craft Wooden Frame (I got mine at Michael's it was cheap at $1.50 and they have lots)
Acrylic Paint either light green or light purple
Lots of different sized Googly Eyes
White Glue

This frame is a lot of fun to make!  Well anything with googly eyes is fun to make!  Have your child paint the frame and set aside to dry.  When it's dry glue googly eyes all of it!  This craft is good for various aged children as I helped Ariel glue the eyes on and an older child could do it themselves.  If you want it super easy just paint the glue on and put the eyes on the wet painted glue!

Egg Carton Spider

What you need:

Egg carton
Googly Eyes
Black paint
Pipe cleaners

I love crafts that you can use items that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away!  I especially love egg carton crafts as you always have eggs in the house!

For this craft cut apart the egg carton (this should be done by the parent) and have your child paint it black, let dry and than the parent poke wholes along the sides and have the child put in pipe cleaners and bend them to make legs!  Than glue the googly eyes on!

And the craft that I shared on the show, Lollypop spiders:

What you need:

Round Lollypops
4 Black Pipecleaners

Googly Eyes
White Glue

1.  Center the pipe cleaner on the lollipop stick and tightly twist them, repeat 4 times to make 8 legs.
2.  Glue on googly eyes
3. Bend legs to make spider!

There you go!  I hope it inspires you to create with your kids!

Excited to be joining Freckled and Fun Fabulous Four!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  I am really excited to be here today as part of Freckled and Fun Fabulous Four!  I am excited to help promote Beth Silaika's stamps for Gina K Stamps!  You can view Beth's stamps here, she has some great ones!  You can view her blog here.

Today I am sharing a card I created using the new set Deck the Halls!  What a great Holiday set this is and I didn't have any trouble coming up with a card for today!

I am working with a digital file of the set today and not sure if you can tell but my printer is running out of ink and left stripes of a different color.  But I think it looks pretty great!    First I embossed a piece of kraft cardstock with a snowflake cuttlebug folder, than swiped the edges with white pigment ink.  I fussy cut the ornaments and the pretty hanging loops, added some twine in behind to have them hang off!  Added a strip of patterned paper from the new Bella Carta line, love the bright colors!  

I hope you join us today and hop along to see what other fabulous creations have been made with this Deck the Halls stamp set!  You can get the hop list here.

Well that's it from me!  Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Wreaths!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  Hope your having a great start to your week!  Another Monday!  I am enjoying a day at home with Carter!  Getting lots of creating done!  I wanted to pop in and share that I have added two new Holiday Wreaths to my Anita Rex Designs Etsy store.  

Quite happy with how both turned out!  If your more interested in my cards please scroll down I do have a few card posts from before!  Thanks for visiting!  Looking forward to being back tomorrow!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Favorite Gel a Tins Cards!

Happy Sunday my Crafty Friends!  We've enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend as a family!  :>  Yesterday I had my last post as a gelatina on the Gel a Tins blog!  It's been a great and fast 6 months with them!  I may be done as a gelatina but soon I will have other crafty news to share!  Thought I would pop in and share here on my blog what I posted there, my favorite cards I shared as a gelatina!

I used the Gel a Tins Sweet Cakes for this card.  I really enjoyed making this one  :>

I used a gelly jr Stop stamp for this card, as soon as I got this stamp this came to mind.  I printed the sentiment!  Are you singing the song too?

I used my favorite Gelly jr stamp for this, the Doodle Flower one!

And lastly maybe my favorite card I ever made for Gel a tins is:

In my last post I mentioned that I wasn't feeling my best.  I still feel slightly under the weather but I never got really sick.  I had a tickle in my throat and did what I learned in vocal therapy.  I massaged my throat and larynx a lot!  Really helped!  I am currently taking group vocal therapy because of all the vocal issues I have had.  I have learned a lot and have to practice how to use my voice better. It's been interesting meeting other people who have the same problems I have!

And that's it from me!  Have dinner with my side of the family tonight!  The kids love seeing there Baka and Djeda!  :>

Oh and make sure you come back on Tuesday I will have something exciting to share, maybe like I did a few weeks ago....

Friday, October 26, 2012

Leaping Rudolf!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  Hope your having a great day!  I've been enjoying my day to myself!  Although I feel a bit under the weather I have been enjoying having some time to myself! Crafted, relaxed and cleaned the house top to bottom.  It was close to it so it didn't take too long.

Today I have a card on the Scrapbooking Cafe Online's Blog!  

I used Spellbinders Hexagons Nestabilities, and Memory Box's Leaping Deer dies!  And Simple Stories Handmade Holiday collection!  

Well that's it from me!  I am going to go and try to catch a nap in the peace and quiet!  Not often I can do that!  :>

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Someone Special!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  Hope your having a wonderful day!  Busy with life over here and working on wreath orders!  :>  Today I got my hair done, tried a new hairdresser and she is pretty great!  Last night planned a coffee date for my girlfriends and it turned into a learn to knit night!  I am passionate about being creative and wanted to continue with my journey as a creative artist and want to learn to knit!  My friend Sophie knows how to knit so we planned for her to show me.  Than on facebook I saw my good friend Jenn talking about starting to knit to so I invited her to join us!  It was four of us and while my friend Lisa knew how to knit she said it had been years.  All four of us enjoyed coffee and knit!  Lisa said it encouraged her to knit again and Jenn got some questions answered by Sophie and I got my first lesson!  So I am learning!  I wish I could just sit there and do it but I have a few other crafty things on my plate too.  But I will do it.  Actually I've learned that knitting is becoming a lost art.  Not as many women knit anymore and that is sad!  I have also heard that there is a strong need in my city for what is called a hospital blanket for older patients in the hospital/hospice it's a like bolero sweater that has sleeves and covers the back.  Maybe one day I can knit one of those!  Next I want to learn is crochet!  And soon I will get my mother who is an amazing and well trained taylor teach me again how to sew!  

Today I have a card to share with my favorite stamp Floral Blossoms by Hero Arts.  It's been well a long time since I have touched the stamp.  When I first got it I really enjoyed it and may have overused it.  I think of this stamp as my lucky flower stamp maybe because every card I've made with it has been published except two and one was a Easter card and the other got me to be one of the Top 20 for Gallery Idol 2012!  So if your wondering why did I ever stop using that stamp I am wondering too.  LOL!

I paired this stamp with some pp by Pebbles, stamped the flower with Turquoise gem by tsuenko and moss green by colorbox and fussy cut them.  Paired it with a sentiment from Good Friends by Hero Arts!

Well that's it from me!  I am off to work on birthday invites for Ariel!  She is so excited for her upcoming birthday!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Good Tidings this Christmas!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  It's finally sunny outside!  Seems like the weather has been overcast and dreary for so long that I am so happy to finally have some sunshine!  Ariel and I went for a walk as soon as the sun started to shine this afternoon!  I hope the sun is here to stay!  Our province is actually called Sunny Manitoba and known for it's sunshine!  A cold winter is so much easier to take if it's sunny!  Same goes for such a cool fall!

Today I have some Christmas cards to share!  One design and 4 cards made!  This past weekend I've been enjoying making Christmas cards!  

I used a new set by Hero Arts for Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection Happy Holidays!  Along with another new set, my favorite sentiment one Miracle of the Holidays!  Pretty straightforward card, but I loved making them!

We had such a great weekend!  Ariel had a 4 day weekend!  On Thursday we enjoyed a home day, Friday we went to the Children's museum with friends, hung out with the cousins and later went to church as they had fireworks!  Saturday we went to Community Day at the movie theater and saw Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D, it was free and popcorn and such were $2 and proceeds went to charity! Today we went to church and have enjoyed a lazy Sunday afternoon at home!  What great family time!

This past week I am happy to share that I had my first etsy sale!  I sold my first wreath on etsy!  It took less than a month and I may have been beginning to think it would never happen but it did! YAY!  I also finished up a custom order for a friend (she got it made as a gift) in new to me colors!  So happy with how it turned out!

I made my first multi color flower!  I really like this wreath and that yarn!  I am hoping to get going on Christmas wreaths this week.  I have been wrapping wreaths as a passenger in the car lately, I have 4 wreaths all wrapped and waiting for flowers!

Well that's it for me today!  See you soon!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Leaping Deer Christmas Cards!

Hi there my Crafty Friends!  Today I am home with the kids, no school for the next two days and today were having a home day!  Sometimes you just need a home day!  Today is my day at the Scrapbooking Cafe Online's Blog!  I played with Memory Box's Leaping Deer die, Simple Stories Handmade Holiday 6 by 6 pad along with Hero Arts Stamps!

Whenever I make a Christmas card that I really like I usually make more!  

For details about these cards please check out the Scrapbooking  Cafe Online's Blog here.

I wanted to share that I saw this movie with a friend on Tuesday:

And it was fantastic!  What a great movie!  The music was amazing, and boy did we laugh!  I want to go and see it again!
It's a cool rainy day here (again) so it's nice to be home.  I am in the mood to bake so I plan to bake some cookies and banana bread!  A day like this also makes me want to make soup so I am making potato ham soup for dinner! Very much enjoying today I made these cards this am in between taking care of the kids and planning a baking and cooking session next!  Hoping for more paper crafting tonight! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pink, Grey and White with Pearls Wreath!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  It's Sunday night!  Sundays are such great relaxing days!  Tonight I made soup for dinner and soon we are having some apple crisp that I made yesterday!  Love fall days!  I wanted to stop in and share a wreath I just made.  It's different a bit from the other wreaths I make.  I made new flowers for it using Spellbinder circle dies, I don't have them so I borrowed them from a friend.  It also features pearls all over the wreath, a first too!  I made this as a gift to Chad's cousin who just got married in her wedding colors.  It's a great way to have your wedding colors in your home!

I currently have 4 wreaths wrapped with yarn just waiting for me to make flowers for them!  I wrap them in the car or out and about.  You would be surprised at how much I can wrap as a passenger in the car while Chad drives!  Multi tasking!  I am doing 2 small craft sales with wreaths (and cards of course!) And may try to do a bigger one, haven't decided.  I get a lot of custom orders and that keeps me busy too.

Chad just got an iphone, his cell (a blackberry) went on Thursday and well a Realtor needs a phone so we went around and checked the deals and such.  Ended up with an iphone and well we are both loving it.  Wreath making in the car may not occur as much because now I stroll the internet instead lol!  I downloaded instagram in my name (told Chad he better not think of it) and have been really loving it! So if your on instagram I am anitareck  find me!  Now I want an iphone!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Always Thinking of You

Hello my Crafty Friends, it's Friday!  After a busy but short week of course I am excited for the weekend!  We have some fun stuff planned this weekend!  :>  Today I have a card to share that I make for Scrapbooking Cafe Online!  I am so enjoying being part of this design team!  Here is my card:

I used the My Mind's Eye's Sweetest Thing, bluebell pad and the dies perched bird by Memory Box and Lorelei leaf by Poppy Stamps!

I wanted to share a wreath that I made for a friend, it was a special order she picked out everything inspired by a wreath she saw on pintrest and I made it for her.

Here it is on her door, doesn't her doorway look so fall?
Well that's it for me, tomorrow I am doing a kids clothing and toy sale and I am just about ready! Feels good to clean out the basement, and any money we make we put it back into the kids activities and well they always seem to need more clothes, not that I mind!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Holiday Cards and More!

Hello my crafty Friends!  It's a snowstorm over here!  Big fluffy snowflakes flying everywhere!  Wait it's only October 9th how can this be?  Sigh oh boy we may have a long winter over here!  Both kids have school today so hubby and I enjoyed a breakfast date before working!

Today I have a card to share that I had published in Holiday Cards and more, seems fitting to share since it's snowing over here!  This is a fantastic holiday issue and I am honored to have a card in it!

And this is my card:

For complete supplies and directions you can find it on page 33!

Well that's it from  me!  I have my crafty supplies all out sitting there waiting for me!  Off to create!  :>

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Yarn, Felt Flowers and Branches Wreath

Happy Thanksgiving my Crafty Friends!  We are celebrating thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend!  We have already enjoyed two yummy turkey dinners and tonight we are celebrating with my parents, so more turkey!  I love turkey!  :>  I have so much to be thankful for!  An amazing husband I love, two gorgeous children, a great family, a warm home, and so much more!  And I am so thankful for this hobby that relaxes me!  I so enjoy being creative!  And I am so thankful to have this blog to share my creations!  I am also thankful for all my friends I've made through this blog!

Today I have a wreath that I just made to share!  This one is a bit different:

I wrapped the wreath in a chenille like textured yarn in a straw color.  8 handmade felt flowers in warm yellow, red, orange and warm brown adorn this wreath.  I've finished it with 3 branches with fall colored silk leaves on it!  I really like what the branches bring to the wreath!  I've also added this wreath to my etsy shop you can find it here.

Well that's it from me today!  Off to spend the day with my wonderful family!  I hope to be a better blogger this week, I have stuff to catch up on!  :>

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day my Friends!  Yay it's our favorite day of the year!  The day we celebrate our love for card making!  :>  Do you have card making fun on the agenda for today?  I do!  :>  

First I wanted to send out a big thank you for all your amazing comments on my last post where I shared the clips of Ariel and I on the tv show we did!  Thank you so much for all your love!

I have to have a card to share with you today!  :>  It's fitting because it's a thank you card:

This is one of my favorite color combos!  I stamped with white frost ink the dot flower background by Hero Arts onto the kraft cardstock.  Heat embossed with Chestnut Zing powder the Engraved Flowers by HA and colored them in with Tattered Angels spray mist!  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Good Friends set by HA in white and colored the lace with tattered angels mist too!  :>  This card is very me isn't it?

I wanted to share with you my new way of taking photos of my card, I used to take photos on a chair beside the window but now I've actually started taking photos on the window ledge when it's sunny directly on the window like this:

I layer maybe 5 pieces of white cardstock of the background (otherwise not solid enough) and one of the bottom, it's so much brighter and works so much better! I want to get a few 12 by 12 to do this so a bigger background.  I am really happy with this as it saves me some editing.  I hate editing and am not so good at it.  I took the above photo of the card like this and it looks bright, right?

Well that's it from me today!  :>  Hope you enjoy WCMD fun!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thanksgiving Kids Crafts!

Hello my crafty Friends!  Today is an exciting day!  This morning Ariel and I were on a local Winnipeg Television show doing Thanksgiving kids crafts!  Thanksgiving here in Canada is this Monday!  I think it went really well!  Everyone at Breakfast Television were so kind and easy to work with!  Just two days ago it was hot and short wearing weather but this morning when we opened up the garage we saw rain and snow!  Thankfully we left so early that even in I can't believe it's snowing already I forgot how to drive traffic we made it early!  Why is it when it snows for the first time Winnipeg drivers forget how to drive?  We drive in snow most of the year!

These are the crafts that we made:

A leaf turkey!  Would you like to watch the video of the show here.

And in the second segment we made these pine cone turkeys:

You can see the video of that here.

I hope that you enjoyed it!  Ariel and I really did!  Ariel loves crafts just as much as me and was really excited for this!  :>  And if your wondering I would do it again!  I love sharing my creativity with others!  I feel passionate about being creative in all areas of my life.  I find joy and relaxation in being crafty and with how busy life can be it is much needed!  I want to spread the joy of creating can be so locally here in Winnipeg and area I will be teaching Holiday Card Classes (click the photo for it to get bigger easier to read)


 Well that's it for me!  Hope you have a great night and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, October 1, 2012

September Publications!

Hello my Crafty Friends!  Can you believe it's October?  I sure cannot!  Thankfully after a dreary cool September gorgeous warm fall weather came here this weekend!  We enjoyed it immensely! Just a few minute drive from our house the city built a new park and we have been enjoying it so!  The kids have been having so much fun, well so have I, it's a great park!

Today I am here to share my September CARDS and Create: Stamping Idea Book publications!  September was my best month so far with publications!  What a blessing!  AND the night that all the emails went out was the day that it was announced that I was one of the Stamping Royalty winners!  So yes it was an amazing day!  I had 6 cards picked up between both magazines!  3 in each!  I am going to share 4 cards, 2 from each!

This one was in CARDS for Back to School!

This one from CARDS too for Baby:

This one is in Create:  Stamping Idea Book for markers:

And this one also in Create: Stamping for My Favorite Stamp (this one really is)

That's it from me!  I am excited to share that on Thursday Ariel and I will be on a local television show Breakfast Television on Citytv here in Winnipeg (channel 8 for local peeps) doing a Thanksgiving craft!  I for sure will be blogging about it! :>  Thanks for all your sweet comments and visiting!  ::>

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