Saturday, June 23, 2012


I made this card for the Embellish Magazine challenge.

love my tapes

I made the above card  based on the sketch below from love my tapes! fun sketch, fun store!


FOR THE GIVEAWAY WINNER, Please scroll down!

I loved working with the colors. It was a different combo, glad I played along!

Freshly Made Sketches

This is my take on the sketch below!  Had fun making this from the FRESHLY Made sketch site!

CASE study challenge #96

This is my take on the beautiful card for this week's challenge!  TFL!

Runway Inspired Challenge

 This is my teeny 2x2 inch square gift tag that was inspired by the RUNWAY challenge!


here is my take on the sketch for Pals Paper Arts Challenge!

The Play Date Cafe.

This week's challenge was fun!  
 Here is what I came up with...


Thanks for all the blog love, folks!  Kathy, who wrote... 

Kathy: Whoo hoo, that's one sweet goodie pack! Thanks for giving us a chance to win it here!

send me your address and I will ship this out today!

Friday, June 22, 2012

May Arts and Graphic 45

May Arts has teamed up with Graphic 45 for a creative week of inspiration-with today being the final day of the blog hop.  I am honored to be a part of this and thank you all for taking a look at my projects.

I created a keepsake box and Artistic Trading Cards-displayed on velvet ribbon-that can fit in the box.

To create the wooden box I decapodged old dictionary paper along the side of the box and painted the top, bottom and inside with acrylic paints.  I glued green velvet trim and topped the box with an ATC made from the G45 kraft reflections paper.  I embellished the card with sewn ribbons, chip tag, metal butterfly, holes punched and lots of ribbon knots.

I love the size,shape and feel of a playing card and often use them as a base for projects. Inspired by the G45 All Decked Out  paper I went ahead and used some playing cards as bases for my ATC’s and  also threw in some plain cards with only  holes punched for variety. Each ATC has ribbon, holes, paint and the G45 QUOTE...UNQUOTE paper for continuity.For the quotes,  I picked the sayings that meant the most to me. I then knotted, clipped, threaded cards on the velvet ribbon to put them on display.

May Arts ribbon 389-18-46, 3899-18-34, 392-58-09,SM09,340-32
G45 Kraft reflections paper
G45 metal butterflies
G45 Tropic Travelogue collection stickers and chipboard taag
Old dictionary pages
Playing cards
Acrylic Paint
Sewing machine

For a personal giveaway from me, scroll down to post below!

Here is a recap of the week, in case you missed any posts!
Monday, June 18th:
Alberto Ju├írez
Gloria Stengel :
Nicole Eccles

Tuesday, June 19th:
Arlene Cuevas
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter
Betto Cesare

Wednesday, June 20th:
Clare Charvill
Kristin Wilson
Sharon Ngoo

Thursday, June 21st:
Denise Hahn
Laura Denison
Susan Lui

Friday, June 22nd:
Jane Tregenza
Maiko Miwa
Tara Orr

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Sort of like a grand opening!  My blog, Alabaster Owl, is pretty new and with the Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop traffic visiting, I decided to GIVEAWAY something!  yes, that's right a bloggie newbie with a prize! The winner will receive a spool of...(wait, did she type spool?)

THE GOODS included in the VINTAGE-Y EMBELLISHMENT-packed prize
- WHOLE SPOOL of May Arts gray velvet ribbon (389-18-31) that is 50 yards folks! along with
-3 vintage wooden spools all wrapped up in
-6 yards total May Arts silk ribbon. in olive, light blue and navy silk (sigh.)
-31vintage buttons in bluish-bluesy colors.
-3 old dictionary pages
-3 playing cards and
-4 flash cards.
-a bundle of tags, 5total
-2 yards of organic cotton stripe on a
-vintage ribbon slide in a peachy orange color.
-3 mini white clothes pins

Soooo, if you are interested in winning a this vintage-y embellishment-packed prize, simply comment on this post!  I will randomly select a winner Saturday, June 23 and post the name here on my blog.  Just check back on Saturday to see if you have won.  Thank so much for reading and hope you have a fabulous day! -Leah

a view from my desk

part of desk lamp, knitting needle on ceramic dish, recently completed cards, curtain made w/ raw edges showing of favorite joel dewberry print, printers tray with wooden spools, may arts twine on 50cent towel holder in mustard yellow, antique jars holding flowers and buttons, favorite jade colored lamp, lots of ribbons on spools, antique wooden box, fat quarters, lots of unfinished fabric-projects, fabric in hoops and kona color chart on walls.  that is what I see from my desk.

memories tiny card

 this tiny 3x3 inch card was inspired by the play date cafe challenge.  I used fabric on top of a playing card for the patterns on the card front.  It was fun to play with the idea of sewing fabric on cards.


I took a 25 cent necklace that I found at a sale and repurposed it into some jewelry that I will actually wear! FUN and FRUGAL! go me! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I pulled out some buttons and jewelry making stuff and began to play. Thought I would share this eye candy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have done a little creative menu planning and grocery list making.  Tweaked a few upcoming projects, started a few projects and done a mountain of laundry! not as creative as I would like to be, but ideas are flowing

Dessert for this evening: brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, raspberries and blackberries, raspberry sauce and whipped cream. yummmmm...happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ribbon Art Quilt

 Pictured above is my ribbon art quilt.  This mini quilt is decorated with 15 different May Arts Ribbons, vintage buttons and thread.
 The new May Arts key ribbon pairs well with the vintage mother of pearl buttons.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


This quilt is one of my favorites.  I started working on the top in 2009 and completed the binding in 2012.  The end result is a comfy quilt ready for a nap!  


 Here is a card sketch I came up with.  It is pretty versatile and I have made quite a few cards with it as a starting point.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kids and Capes=Serious Fun.

kids and capes=serious fun!  
 This is a cape made for a queen, a wicked queen that is!  I took extra upholstery fabric, leftover from floor pillows, folded it and cut out slits for arm holes.  I then embellished it with LOTS of May Arts ribbon.  I created a ruff using gray/silver ribbon.  added polkadot to tie around the neck.  and all along the edge used embroidery ribbon.  I then tied the pink on top of the bun for a queenly crown, and added a ribbon bracelet for that extra touch.

 Boys and capes are a great combo. Knight, wizard, Prince, vampire...the list can go on.  for this cape I simply used the gold chain from may arts and sewed it along the edges.  I then sewed the cape onto the actual shirt.  easy peasy and hours of play time!
kids and capes=serious fun!


Last Thursday I went to Sullivan and Son for yet another auction with my friend, Tammy.  Let's say I am hooked!!  WE are both hooked!  

 I usually am all about the dishes and vintage glass.  I did buy one jar pictured above.  This time...I was all about the primitive wooden boxes and old shelves.  Below is a picture of the trailer that was next up for auction.  I ended up getting a lot of the boxes pictured.
 Below most of my loot is pictured.  I had a blast and ended up with some fun finds.  Gotta love an auction.  I do.