Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do what you love...

Quick share of an Art Journal page today.

Whenever I am working on projects I always keep
some inexpensive newsprint down on my desk. I use it to clean stencils,
and stamps before they are put away.
Because I can 't ever throw anything away I have stacks and stacks of printed,
colored, patterned paper.

I turned one piece into a page in my art journal this morning.
Had to work quick, we got 1/2" of snow overnight and the little one was dying to go out
(hey in our neck of the woods EVERYTHING shuts down for a quarter inch of snow)

The background as I said is from my scraps paper.
I used a Hampton Arts stamp and stamped the flowers across
the page.
I then went over the stamped lines with a black sharpie to really make them noticeable.

The insides of the flowers were quickly colored with another Sharpie and then 
a little squiggle on each petal with a white gel pen.

Finished up with some tiny letter stickers just writing out…
Do what you love.

And making art is something I most definitely love.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I saw this!

Another layout from this past weekend's cyber crop at

The challenge for this one was to scrap where you wanted to be,
preferably someplace warm,
and use bright colors.

I used this picture from our 2012 trip to Italy.
Man oh man was it warm there and currently
I am desperately wishing for it to be even half as warm here.

The photo is of Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
The patterned papers are from The Scrap Cake.
Silk's Acrylic Glaze was painted through a Crafter's Workshop stencil
then circled with white chalk.

Ranger paint was dabbed through sequin waste.
Stamping with a Kaisercraft stamp and Archival ink.

Dylusions mist was sprayed and dripped.
Liquitex Acrylic ink was splattered across the page.

Tape, ribbon and a clear die cut were layered under the photo.

Thanks for stopping by and have great day!

Monday, January 27, 2014


I know I know…
I used this pic last week as well, BUT it was perfect for this layout and now oldest gets a copy and I get a copy.

This past weekend there was an online crop at Flying Unicorn.
In one of the challenges Shona provided a sketch for us to use.

I wound up loving the sketch and this is what I came up with

All paper is from 7 Dots Studio.
There were found papers, tissue paper and masking tape adhered
to it then covered with Gesso.
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow mist was then misted heavily and blown around the page.
There is also some Silk's Acrylic Glaze applied in spots.

The flowers and wood pieces are from Prima.

Chipboard from Blue Fern (I think) was colored with chalk ink
and then highlighted in spots with more Silks.
There is stamping on the background with  Kaisercraft and Club Scrap stamps.

You can see the tape and tissue paper here.

Some more of the blown mist.

Thanks for stopping by  and have a great day.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A few ATCs for the day

Every once in a while I get into an ATC mood.

If you are wondering what exactly are ATCs well…
Artist Trading Cards.
They measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches and can be done either horizontally or vertically,
though you see I definitely prefer one direction over the other.

You can do them up and keep for yourself or trade with
Artists all over the world.
I am lucky to have albums filled art from around the globe
acquired all by trading.

The background on this one is created with Gel Medium, paper towels and Perfect Pearls.
The cage is from Kaisercraft painted with Silks and the bird is Prima
covered with a piece of scrap patterned paper.

Balance is created on a background using a magazine page, Elmers glue,
Nvr-Dul and Colorbox ink.
Circles stamped with StazOn and a doily edge added in spots.

2 small lace doilies create my flowers.
The stems are actually from the tree outside my craft room.
Hexagons were cut and inked before being glued to my background.

Next time you are looking to try something new…
how about an ATC.
The size is perfect to try new things, use up scraps
and create art quick.

Who knows…
you may get hooked.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tag Day

Just sharing a quick mixed media tag I did up today.

It's been so cold here in NC that I'm not much in the
mood for creating.
I'm so longing for sunny warm days.

Sharing a couple closeups as well.
Gold embossing powder, Petaloo butterflies and flowers.
Some recycled painted paper towels from my desk.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Feeling a little green today...

I've been up since 2am which means by now
I have been awake for a full 11 hours.
Now while it stinks on the sleep front
 (and man oh man and I am dragging)
on the creating front I had this layout done before anyone else was even up.

The patterned paper comes from Melissa Frances.
Some Gesso was swiped across with an old credit card, and then 
Silk's Acrylic Glaze in Olive Vine was rubbed on 
in spots with my finger.

There was Washii tape, stamping and some misting using
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Chartreuse.
The mist coordinated perfectly with my Silks
(love it when that happens).

There is some lace layered under the photo and the flowers
come from Petaloo.
My collection of Hydrangeas is slowly wilting away..boohoo!

Think I'm going to go find some caffeine now.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Day is coming and I have some great classes to help you get ready….

Just wanted to share about 2  classes I have  up for sale over at The Art Studio
...perfect for Valentine's day or anytime you need something
for that someone special.

The first is a one day class where we will make 3 different mixed media Valentine cards. Each one is chock full of techniques and yumminess. Anyone would feel special receiving one of these hand made cards.

The class is $12.99 and has full video step by step as well as PDF downloads.
The following are some sneaks from the class...

Next up is a mixed media wall hanging perfect for Valentine's day or any day.
In this one day class we will create an 8x10 wall hanging with a large heart as a focal point.
I'll take you step by step in it's creation, always available to answer any questions that may come up.
The following are some sneaks from the finished project  (I have to say I was so happy with how this turned out I can't stop looking at it).

It retails for $12.99
and has full video and step by step downloadable PDFs for you 
to follow along with.

This is perfect to give to that special artsy friend for the 14th or keep for yourself hanging in your room.
Here are a few sneaks.

                                                Both classes are currently for sale over at
                                                               The Art Studio.
                           Head on over and check them out….Valentine's Day is almost here!


                                         Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Documented Life week 4 A SECRET MESSAGE

It's time for my page for week 4 of 
The Documented Life.

This time the challenge was to write a secret message,
pick one word and isolate it while painting over the rest.

Sharpie in hand I sat down and wrote away.
I have to say there is something almost freeing when writing
with the knowledge you will be covering it up.
I was nowhere near as critical of my handwriting for this one.


My word I isolated is BRAVE.
Now in my message this means a lot.
Even not in my message…
well you get the idea.

I also used a tip in that folds out x2 this time.
I love how tip ins look but rarely use them in my work.
They add even more bulk to which sometimes I'm ehhh on.

My message was covered with several colors of 
Golden Fluid Acrylics.
The circles are made with NeoColor II crayons and outlined
with my Sharpie.

Some stamping using Archival ink
The SHHHHH stamp is from Club Scrap (how perfect for a secret message page).
Some watered down acrylic paint was also sprayed through
several letter stencils.

The heart is a piece of scrap paper left over from an 
earlier project.
I stitched a around the inside edge and left all the threads hanging down.

More Washii tape was add in complimentary colors and I journaled
some more on top of my message.

Brave :)

Some old lace was stitched on to my tip in as well.

Lots of dangly threads and lace loops to pull out the tip in with.
My book edges are starting to look interesting.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You make me smile

We are having a cyber crop for the month of January over at
One of the challenges was to take a sketch from either
Dec or Jan Pagemaps and use it in a creation.

I picked this sketch from Dec 2013
And this is how I interpreted it.

I used the October kit from Swirlydoos for most of my supplies

All patterned paper and Die Cuts come from the
BoBunny The Avenues collection

I added some Washii tape and staples

As well as some twine I found on the floor in my closet
(hey it was begging to be used)

I also rubbed some Branch Bark ink by Prima through
a Crafter's Workshop stencil onto the background for a bit
more pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Longing for Spring

Sharing another Art Journal page today.

This one, again started as scrap paper that was used to clean 
stencils from mists and pints.

I added a bird and nest as my focal,
mainly because for me they are big signs of Spring,
and I am So longing for Spring.

I'm ready to kick Winter to the curb.

There is Washii tape and more stamping added
on top.

Rub ons were once again pulled from the stash 
and added in spots.
There was also a clear transparency added down the
right hand side.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Create every day and CREATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

I try to create every day.
Now mind you some of those creations don't get finished, 
some sit by the wayside until one day AH HA
and some, well yes some are recycled for future use
(a layer of Gesso can do wonders)

Any way this Art Journal page came about from leftovers
of an earlier project.

The base is a piece of watercolor paper that I used to clean off stencils 
while I was working on my

It sat and sat until today.
I started to clean my desk 
(which looked like several natural disasters rolled into one)
and stumbled upon it.
Had to stop cleaning and start creating PRONTO.

The paper still had write spaces;  which I needed to fill.
First some more misting with various mists and stencils.
And when I say various:
Lindy's Stamp Gang
Tattered Angels
Heidi Swapp…
when it comes to mist I am an equal opportunity mister lol

The numbers were also hanging on my desk. 
I colored with NeoColor IIs and stapled to the page.

More stamping with Prima, Hampton Arts,
 and Club Scrap stamps.
Gesso rubbed through a large piece of sequin waste.
Dried and then outlined with a charcoal pencil.

Washii tape and some very old white Rub Ons
by Hampton arts were added.

I add some journaling on an old card and then added

which is I think my new personal motto.
(I'm so much easier to be around after I create a little)

In the end this is a page that just kind of flowed, when I started I had no idea where it was going 
but I am sure happy where it ended up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!