Mermaid Cocktails Vol. 1 free printable

Every Mermaid entertainer needs a bevy of fun cocktail recipes in her arsenal.
I started putting together recipes and found dozens!! I compiled them all and have been putting them together as a printable you can print out and save. The
first volume in the series has “The Blues”. It contains 8 blue hued cocktails.
They are The Mermaid Martini, Blue Lagoon, Blue Hawaiian, Shark bite, Ocean breeze, Neptune, Seafoam sangria and Mermaid water.

All of these drinks contain
blue curacao liquour. It is what makes the drinks blue or should I say Mermaidesque.

To save, click on picture to enlarge then right click and save. The print
is sized to 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper for printing.

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Gather your nearest and dearest Mermaid friends and Enjoy!

Sea life gallery wall & free printables

For years I have been envisioning doing a sea life gallery wall in my home. The biggest roadblock was plunking down money for a slew of frames. Finally I found 10 matching ( silver tone, 2 styles) frames on clearance at Michaels Arts & Crafts. Clearance frames are abundant, matching frames however not so much. So when I found them I snagged them. The total for 10 frames was $72. For me that is a lot because I am a total cheapskate. However I have been thinking about this for years and over this time I learned that matching frames (or at least similar) are hard to come by especially at a good price. So I bit the bullet and plunked down the cash. Here is the final product (minus some décor tweaking on the shelf).

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I love the way it came out! I can’t wait to accessorize the shelf with coastal accents.

When doing a gallery wall planning is a MUST. First layout all the frames to your liking. Once you have your layout chosen, use kraft paper (or newspaper) cutouts that are the same as the frames, be sure to add a marking as to where the frame hangers are located. Tape them up on the wall according to your layout, once hung you can hammer your nails in the pre-marked spots on each. Then remove the paper and hang frames accordingly. Many people may think these steps are time consuming or a waste but I assure you this is a HUGE time saver. These steps really take the stress out of hanging frames and no mistake holes to fill. Here is a picture to give you an idea.

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Once I decided on the prints I wanted I took to my photoshop and cleaned them up a bit. Most of them were antique prints and had sepia toning to them which I did not want. Again I wanted a blue and white look. So I removed the background and left it white. Some of the images had several images on the page and I only wanted one of them so I edited out the ones I did not want and some I tinted blue. Once I edited my photos I printed them out on canvas paper. You can use cardstock but it has a smooth surface and I wanted the texture of the canvas paper, you can even use watercolor paper as it has a nice texture as well. All these papers can be bought at Michaels Arts & Crafts either in the scrapbook section (cardstock) or the art/drawing section (water color paper/ canvas paper). Some are available in pads which you just cut to your printer size , 8.5 x 11 inches which is what I did. Once they were printed I used the glass from the frame to mark where I would cut the images to fit the frames.

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Once they were marked I used my paper cutter to cut along the lines. The pencil lines will not show in the frames. You can also use regular scissors if you do not have a paper cutter. Once cut, pop them in the frame and hang. Voila!

Here are the images I used for my gallery wall. They are all set to print (2 images per sheet) on standard 8.5 x 11 sheets. Just click on image to open to full size then right click the image and save to file.

Ghost Mirror & free “ghost face” printables

I have been wanting to make a “ghost mirror” for some time now and had the perfect mirror in mind for it. I finally did it this year. I had this great antique mirror with raised gilt gesso details that looked like something you might find in a long abandoned home. I removed the backing and much to my surprise found some really great antique and vintage newspapers. One was an appropriate obituary page from 1897 from my local Springfield MA newspaper and the other was from 1969 detailing the US landing on the moon! Both very interesting pieces in their own right. Here are some pictures of those.

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After my fun find I went on back to making my mirror. I used paint stripper to remove the silver backing. However I don’t recommend this approach as I feel it removed too much of the silvering and made my “ghost” look less apparition-ish. I recommend using oven cleaner to get a more mottled removal of silver. On my first try I used this antique image of a Edwardian/Victorian woman. Since so much of the silver was removed it didn’t appear creepy to me so I then decided to use a less detailed “ghoul” face. I think it turned out better. At the very bottom are the two images I used if you want to make your very own “ghost mirror”. They are 8.5×11 print ready just open up the image and right click and save.

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Vintage poisons halloween bottles & free printables

AAAhhhh the morbid joy of decorating for Halloween. No respectable Halloween décor would be complete with out some
creep-tastic poison bottles. I nestled an array of antique glass bottles into a vintage enamelware tray. I felt this gave it the feel of medical days gone by. In addition to the enamelware tray I added a small vintage silver handled
carrier tray (perhaps originally for condiments???) with tiny bottles of various elixirs.

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I found all kinds of vintage & antique style poison labels and printed them out on sticker paper, cut them out and adhered them to the bottles. While yes I could have gone the way of “Eye of Newt, Wolfsbane ” etc for my labels I chose actual antique style poisons and labels. I think these are more creepy than the whimsical names. I also made up three ready to print sheets of these antique style labels. Just open to full size, right click and save. These are all set to print on 8.5 x 11 sheets. You can use sticker paper like I did or cardstock. To adhere the cardstock simply use a glue stick or spray adhesive. Wet glues may make the ink run. Below are the free printables..print & enjoy!

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New Years free clock face printables (cd size and plate)

For New Years this year I remembered something I saw on Pinterest about printable clock faces for cds. I was so excited to do this for my party however the link is no longer available. Drats I said to myself. So I whipped open my Corel Paintshop Pro and made my own. I noticed many comments on Pinterest that other people were disappointed as well so I am offereing my printable versions. I made several different clock versions , 1 set sized for mod podging on old cds (the cds are 4 3/4 inches around) and 1 set of 6 inch size for using under clear plates (either to be glued to the back of the plate or simply used between the plate and charger.

All my images are print ready sized 8.5 by 11 inches ( standard printer paper size) and are click to enlarge.
Simply click to enlarge and right click and save , then print as is.

Some helpful tips:

  • Use card stock for printing, as regular printer paper is too thin and will curl.
  • for cd use, use a black sharpie and cover around the edge and some of the cd.
    This will give a nice border and hide and miscuts you make since you will be cutting this by hand.
  • I used outdoor Modge Podge (the green label) to make mine water resistent.
    This is just a precaution.

This will not make them waterproof or dishwasher safe.

  • Handwash only.

Here are my cds while in process.

These are the plate size shown in a tablescape.

Shown here I used mine in vinettes.

Here are the click to enlarge images for using with old cds.

Here are the click to enlarge images to use under clear plates (they are 6 inches around)

Happy New Year!!

Merry & Bright handmade cards and Free printable

With Christmas season just around the corner I had to “get on it” with making my Christmas cards.

This year I did several designs. One design I did “Merry & Bright” I did with my printer. Since I find rubber stamping to produce less than stellar results with so much room for error, you know stamp image not even, image corner edging showing, then the world of embossing …tiny granuales embossing in places you don’t want embossed. Have I sad enough, LOL? So this year I found a design I really like with out being overly time consuming or expensive. Resulting in my Merry and Bright design. Here is the finished card.

I created an 8.5″ x 11″ printable of the ornament strings, cap, bow and wording in Corel Paint Shop Pro. This was to avoid finding a rubber stamp for the design and to result in a consistent final image. I just needed to
cut my section out , layer it on my card and add buttons for the ornaments. Voila!
This image shows the printout on the left and my cutouts on the right.

Here are my own designs for you to use making your own Merry and Bright cards. They are formatted to 8.5″x11″, just open to full size , right click & save. I used water color paper for my designs, it has a really nice texture.