Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Road less Traveled

The other day I went searching for Christmas presents I had bought and hidden in a "safe" place until I could wrap them. Well I never found the presents but I did stumble upon this picture of my middle daughter that had been tucked away. She's only a year old here (hard to believe she's now almost 13) and exploring the waters in Brevard,NC.
I stopped looking and immediately went to my scrap room with the pic. Armed with the Mojo Monday sketch from Flying Unicorn I created this layout.

  The papers are all from the December Flying Unicorn kit. The title of the kit was Ode to Yesteryear and it was simply yummy. I first took my base paper and with the chicken wire stencil and Glimmer mist added my first layer of color. Gesso in the corners and then stamping with SatzOn ink and a Kaisercraft script stamp.
 There is a torn and distressed piece of Fabscraps paper layered under the photo. The wood fourishes are from Kaisercraft and misted with the same Glimmer mist I had used on my background. Prima flowers and crystals finished it off
This was the Mojo Monday sketch for the week. I am just loving using their Monday sketches.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2 New Classes

I have 2 new classes starting at The Art Studio that I wanted to share with you.

The first is Altered Letters.
 Do you see all those cute altered letters in home decor stores and choke at the price of them, thinking "I can do that" but not sure where to start?

 Well fear no more, in this class I'll show you how to create unique altered letters to use in your home and to give as gifts. We'll take inexpensive letters from big box stores and by using items found in our craft room create customized art.

 There will be step by step instructions as well as videos to show you exactly how to go about creating these. We'll start with one but it won't be the end, soon you'll be creating these customized letters for all your friends.
                                                   The price for this class is $9.99

The second class is another installment in Creating Art Journal Pages.
This is an ongoing series where we create pages from start to finish. My plan with this series is eventually you will be able to have you very own art journal filled to the brim with art YOU create.

  Do you want to try your hand at art journaling but you're stuck for ideas or perhaps looking for new inspiration? In this ongoing series on creating art journal pages, we'll create a new art journal entry from start to finish in each class. I'll also share my spin on art journaling with you and provide step-by-step video instructions on how to create the page.

  Throughout the various classes, you'll learn and try new techniques and new products. A new class will be released every two weeks or so, where I'll share ideas and inspiration that will eventually lead up to you having a filled art journal.

  Please Note: Each class will take about an hour to complete. The price for each installment is $5.99.

 Make sure to stop by and check out these classes as well as all the other wonderful ones currently being offered at The Art Studio.

  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Take a Journey....

Over at Flying Unicorn they have a new sketch every Monday and call it Mojo Monday. Just a little something to kick start your mojo for the week. My layout usually takes a day or two but I love using the sketches they come up with.

This is my take on the Dec 10 sketch. My papers are from Riddersholm Design. They were gessoed, then misted with Buccaneer Bronze by Lindy's Stamp Gang. For even more aging I rubbed Frayed Burlap Distress ink in random spots.
The clock is from FabScraps and also misted with Buccaneer Bronze (yes I notice I flipped the 12 the wrong way ARRGGGHHH).
My banner is from Prima using the Resist Canvas and more Buccaneer Bronze mist.
I'm not sure I have ever used this much brown on a layout before but I'm really liking the look.
The Picture is of my oldest looking out onto Dusseldorf, Germany. We were very very high up in the town's Radio Tower. The views it provided were amazing and she spent a long time just gazing out. A quiet moment during a very busy vacation.
        This was the sketch provided. Isn't it fun?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Memories

The challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles for the month of December is to showcase where you find Joy in the Holiday season, the twist is to make it sparkle.
  For me I always find Joy in watching the girls. This picture was a prime example of it. It started out being a photo shoot in front of our newly decorated tree, it degraded into each girl showcasing their unique personalities. The middle one got all dressed up, the oldest lounges away and the little one is showing her rambunctious spirit for all to see.

 Instead of getting frustrated with them though I realized that though they are all definitely unique in their own special manner the 3 of them are a strong unit. They will stick together through thick and thin and are an unstoppable force when they do so.

 This picture may never win a portrait contest but it brings me deep Joy every time I look at it.

 For my layout I used non Christmas papers to get my Christmas feel. The base is from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds line, scraped with Gesso and then heavily misted with 3 Lindy's Stamp Gang colors. I love the bright shots of color the mists give but also the gold glimmer undertones.
 I also added a bit of gold embossing and gold glitter paper to make it sparkle even more. It is the Holidays after all.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Friday, December 7, 2012


I love this picture of the girls. While traveling from Maine to North Conway, NH we stopped at this scenic overlook. There was this large rock perfect for posing on.

 The paper is from Authentique. I love the weight of it, it really allows for a lot of wet mediums and manipulation. I swiped Gesso over it with an old credit card before heavily spraying with Ponderosa Pine Olive by Lindy's Stamp Gang (note to self I'm almost out, I NEED more) and letting it drip down the page.
 The title is a piece of Dusty Attic chipboard that I painted with Sap Green Hue from Golden and once dry added a layer of Rock Candy Stickles for some sparkle.

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.