Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Never Too Late

I primed a bunch of canvases a while back and pulled one out to play today. I wanted to use some of my customized paper tape and this seem the perfect place to try them out.
I put down a layer of Golden Glaze yellow ochre, put down some of my tape pieces and followed with a layer of Cerulean Deep Blue Golden Fluid Acrylic mixed with glazing a tax receipt from 1909 and layers of plain tissue paper applied with Gel Medium.
Another layer of Yellow Ochre Glaze and sprayed with Frost Glimmer Mist. Rubbed Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edges and stamped the stars (Oxford Impressions) with Timber Brown Staz On.
Rubbed on a bit of Agave Green acrylic paint, added some pieces of vintage Bingo card and canceled foreign stamps.
Added a vintage magazine image, applied 7 Gypsies Rub ons (bird & hand) and outlined image with charcoal pencil. Made swirls using Crafters Workshop Stencil and Charcoal pencil. Sprayed Latte Glimmer mist.
Stamped Kaisercraft pink flowers with script stamp and added Ocean Blue Liquid Pearls for center. Dusted with bit of ART-c glitter.
Put down quote with rub on alphabet letters (American Crafts)
Rubbed Vintage photo ink lightley over piece

100 Visual Art Journals 4 NC...Shai's page

Last week I shared pages I had done in a communal art journal. Part of the 100 visual art journals 4 NC.
Today I'll share my oldest daughters work in the book. At 16 she is my pattern loving one, all done with sharpies.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

a few cards and inchies

So the other day I made several backgrounds using Heat Distressed Reinkers. This morning I had a few minutes and whipped up a birthday card and 4 inchies.
The card is made with Broken China & Tattered Straw reinkers, Black Staz On, Stampabilities Flourish stamp, Happy Birthday stamp by Club Scrap, Altered Pages Collage image, & Gold Dots by Hero Arts.

The Inchies are made with the same background, Black Staz On, Studio G Flourish stamp, Collage images from Ten Two Studios and word stamps from Club Scrap.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I am

a layout all about me. I used Black Bazzill as a base and then used my sewing machine to attach a piece of paper from the Basic Grey Curio line. I distressed the edges then sprayed with Graphite Glimmer Mist. I also stamped some background images using Black Staz-On and Club Scrap stamps. Drybrushed gesso underneath my paper layers. Tore some more papers from the Curio line and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink. I then printed out my pic on canvas paper and attached. Covered my hand with Gesso and made a handprint. Journaled around the edges with a Pitt Pen a few things about me. Little bit of glitter by ART-C in 2 corners, just cause I'm so sparkly.

Make your own paper tape

Paper tape seems to be all the rage right now. Several manufacturers have their own take on it out. Yet you don't have to spend tons of money and you can create your own customized paper tape for each project.
I bought a 2 pack of paper tape (the kind for sensitive skin)from CVS today for a total of $4.24.
Adding staz on ink and stamp of my choosing I had my own customized paper tape.
For the example I used a stamp from Club Scrap and since it is a 3" stamp laid 3 pieces down next to each other on my non stick craft mat. Ink, Stamp repeat. And in the end it peels right up, ready to be used for whatever project you have on tap

Heat distressing reinkers

So the other day the TOD on Scrapbook News & Review was to heat distress your reinkers. Basically taking a piece of glossy cardstock' splattering some reinker and heating. Sounded easy peasy so of course I had to try.
Got a piece of cardstock and dripped some Broken China and Tattered Straw distress reinkers on it. Started to heat inside, set off the smoke detectors and moved outside.
In the end though I have very cool backgrounds ready for something. What to do what to do.
I'll keep you posted

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I used the sketch from Scrapbook NEws and Review...
to create this layout.
I used GCD and Glitz paper. Just about everything came from the January kit over at Swirlydoos-Retro Tapestry. I swear their kits are off the charts.

anyway, It's my youngest dd tooling around in her Christmas present.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

100 Visual Art Journals 4 NC

So my middle daughter came home with this journal. A professor at App State in NC created a project called 100 Visual Art journals for NC. The idea was to send out a journal to each of the 100 counties in NC, have the residents of the county fill it with art and create a representation of our State through art.
Maya was super excited to be part of this and of course I jumped in too. This journal is from Union County. 2 page spread with vintage text covered by layers of acrylic paint and gel medium. The large splots are India Ink dripped and blown. Now I have to pass this on. What fun working in it.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Had a few extra minutes this morning and whipped up 2 6x6" Valentine cards. One will be for a swap over at, the other...

I used the directions from the Jan/Feb2011 issue of Somerset Studio. An Easy PEasy card with a lot of punch.
The pink and purple card I used Sugar Plum Fairy and Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist. Stamps all by Club Scrap. The little purple flower is a button and the hand came from a package of assorted charms.
The blue & yellow card I used Sunflower & Twilight Glimmer mist as well as Turquoise Perfect Pearls mist. Again all stamps were Club Scrap.
Black Staz On ink for all the stamped images and charcoal pencil to outline each heart and smudged with my finger.
The hearts are made from muslin sprayed with Glimmer Mist and stamped. They were stuffed with fiberfill to get a puffed apearance.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Christmas Snow 2010

With the baby gone on a mini vacation for the next couple days it's amazing how much I can get done. I did this 2 page layout for the sketch challenge at
The majority of the papers came from Swirlydoos Simply Irrestible kit. The backgrounds are done on Bazzill Cardstock. I stamped the snowflakes with versamark and the embossed with clear embossing powder to use as a resist. Sprayed the cardstock with Twilight and Moonlight Glimmer Mist and Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist. I Sewed this background onto black cardstock for added stability. Cut apart a swirl of ZVA crystals to get flourishes in several spots.
Winter came hard and fast to us in the South this year. Snow started flying on Dec 26th and it seems it's been like this ever since. I'm ready for Spring.

my project for the week

It hasn't been the most productive week for me. The flu has taken hold of my house with me as one it's lucky victims. I did however manage to work on this journal in between many many naps. All the pages are made from things that were scraps, I had saved or were sent to me. The cover is made from fabric scraps that a friend sent and the whole thing was assembled using only a sewing machine-nary a drop of glue used.
There are lots of pockets to hold things and I can't wait to begin filling it up.

I'm just going to share a few pages--it has over 30 in it.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Day At the Beach

Trying to pretend it's not freezing here I pulled out some pics from our trip to Kiawah this past summer. I managed to combine a challenge at where you needed to make your own stamp, with the sketch relay challenge over at club scrap community.
I made the abstract star(fish) cutting it from a silicone baking sheet. I used Club Scrap paper mixed with a few printed pieces from my stash. I distressed all the edges and inked with weathered wood distress ink.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

File Folder Book

Still home from school due to snow--if you are counting we are up to 4 days missed in a row now. Sigh...
Anyway I worked on a 2 day project this time. With newest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors in hand I created a book using a file folder as a base. With My sewing machine uncovered I sewed the book the center page and the pockets.
Most paper for this was Crate Paper Restoration Collection, and came from the Sept kit from The Treasure Box Club. Everything was inked in Vintage Photo distress ink and all the tags were sprayed with Moonshadow Mist and inked as well. I have to find the perfect images for my tags, until then....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cabinet Drawer Project

I received the pieces to make this way back in August of 2009. After sitting in my closet for over a year the second snow day in a row seemed like it was good time to get it out and play. The 3d cabinet drawer is actually made of pieces of book board. The pieces were all painted with Burnt Umber acrylic paint, Coated with Rock Candy Crackle Distress paint and dry brushed with Titan Buff acrylic paint. I used book binding glue to assemble the pieces.
The different compartments were filled with bits of paper from ART-c epherema pack and scraps of old Club Scrap paper. Odds and ends from my desk top helped to make it complete. Pop dots used to raise some elements and I filled 3 small bottles with beads and glitter for the final touch

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 altered canvas

Yesterday was a rare snow day for us in the South. 6 inches followed by ice, doesn't happen often but when it does everything shuts down. With no place needed to be I was able to create the day away.
I took an 8 x 10" canvas and covered with layers or crumpled tissue paper using gel medium. I spritzed with Viva Pink Glimmer Mist and various colors of acrylic paint. Rubbed Black Staz on over the edges and added accents with a charcoal pencil. I had a circle created by using a Martha Stewart corner punch laying on my desk and it became the next layer.
A couple scraps of paper from my stash collaged onto the canvas, 2 pink tickets and a Tim Holtz Word Stick. Dresden Scrap butterfly and swirls created with small Star Gems were final embellishments. Letter stickers from Creative Imaginations used for the title.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Coffee and Friends

Just a quick card I made up this morning. It's heading to CA as my OCAM (one card a month) swap over at paperartistsonline.
I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprayed with Latte Glimmer Mist and Bronze Radiant Rain. Stamped the beans & coffee rings from Blockheads with Timber Brown staz on. Stamped the cup with Versa Mark and used Red Perfect Pearls. Drew the steam swirls in with an embossing pen and used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.
finished off the edges of each layer with Chestnut Roan chalk ink.
Now if the snow would just let up I could get it mailed.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I love you....

After a mad morning of driving kids here & there I came home to stand in front of my craft table. I have had the Basic Grey Curio kit for a while now, but other than make a few cards had done nothing with it. Time to get that bad boy out. I had this picture of me and the youngest now for sometime. She loves to pull whom ever is closest in and snap random pics. This day it was my turn-so it was a double whammy-new paper AND a photo of me.
I cut out the center of the pink paper to show the green behind it. I wanted to make a nice little frame. I cut a piece of Dusty Attic chipboard in half so I could get a swirl going both ways and added paper flowers from a prima vine I cut apart. Added a few chipboard flowers and pearls to finish it off.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Stars in her Eyes

I have been working on this layout for a while--needed flattening after each step.

When we went to Princeton this summer my oldest dd worked really hard to get this shot. The stars were coming from a high stained glass window in one of the libraries.

Took a black piece of cs and using clear embossing powder, embossed the stars (ok they came on a sheet of snowflake stamps but mimiced her "stars" pretty well)
then spray with a ton of glimmer mist & radiant rain resulting in a coppery shimmery background--doesn't photograph real well.
Used a bit of copper lumiere around the photo, also dampened the edges of the photo and scratched out the background then covered with Golden Bronze glaze. I want you to see just her.
I framed the photo with a copper glitter from ART-c, and stamped out the title of some leftover scraps


My turn to lead off the Sketch Round Robin over at Swirlydoos. I used the Retro Tapestry kit for all my paper. It's so bright it makes me smile every time I look at it. What happy colors! I have had this photo of my oldest & youngest for months now but couldn't decide how I wanted to scrap them. These papers by Glitz & GCD were perfect.
Several layers of paper, a bit of stitching and some smooch all to finish it off.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Taste of Cotton Candy

The baby got her first taste of cotton candy this summer while in Rehobeth Beach. While her opinion on it was mixed--too sticky but oh so good sweet-the pictures from it needed to be scrapped. I used January's kit from Swirlydoos. The fun colors are the perfect cure for winter blues.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


the start of 2011--my turn to host a challenge of at Swirlydoos. Yippee! What to do what to do. At starting 4 different layouts I finally settled with this.
An Action shot--the photo(s) used must show movement, they can be people, animals or even things but they must be MOVING. I don't know, maybe cause my kids seem to have only 2 speeds-fast and faster- so they are always moving, but I thought this would be a fun challenge. 2 other requirements-chipboard and paint (either acrylic or watercolor).

I made my example using a Clear Scraps xl deco piece to really showcase my daughter as she played soccer. I love the flying braid and blurred feet of this photo.

Come on over and check it over