Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Documented Life Project Week 24

Sharing my week 24 page from

I'm really far behind now, but it's all good.
That's the joy of this project.
It's ok to fall behind, work out of order,
interpret how you wish, and create in a way that makes you happy.

The challenge for week 24 is this:
 Use book text

This is my page.
The background is a Gelli Print.
There was some white space so I used a Spectrum Noir marker to color it in.
Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paint was used with and UmWow circle stencil,
once the paint dried the circles were all outlined with a Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen in White.

I took an old dictionary page and colored it with various Gelatos
by Faber Castell, then blended them with a baby wipe.
I then freehand cut out circles in varying sizes and adhered them to my page.
They were then outlined with a Black Soot Distress marker and smudged.

The chevrons are created using a Club Scrap stencil and a Black Sharpie paint pen.
Some random stamping with a Kaisercraft script stamp and Archival ink.
The top sticker and sticker strips are from 7Dots Studio.

The heart in the center is an altered mini playing card created in 
Stephanie Ackerman's class.
On the back it has some journaling.
To finish off the page I took some Liquitex Acrylic ink in Carbon Black and 
flicked it randomly over the page.

I can't believe how chunky my book is getting.
I'll need to remind myself to share some photos soon.
Make sure you stop by the flickr page and see what everyone is creating.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge 11 Tag, You're it!!!!

Hey everyone, 
It's time for another challenge at
Challenge 11
                                                                     Tag, You're It!
Use a tag on your project. Create a handmade gift tag. Create a tag mini album. Add tags to your scrapbook layout or your card. You may use some hoarded tag-shaped packaging or you may cut tags from scrap paper using a die cut template. Maybe you hoard shipping tags of all sizes. As long as your project contains some sort of tag, you will meet the requirements to play along!

This is the tag I created for the challenge.
Colored Yupo paper over a stamped tag.

My background was created by scribbling all over
a piece of Yupo paper with Spectrum Noir markers.
I then dripped Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
onto to create drips and pools of awesome color.
The butterfly is a collage image from Crafty Secrets.

The chipboard was also colored with the Spectrum Noir markers
then a Q-tip dipped in blending solution was touched here and there giving a mottled look to it.
My flowers were made by coloring on an old dictionary page with the
Spectrum Noir markers.
The paper absorbed a lot of the ink leaving subtle color.
I stamped the flowers, fussy cut them and covered with a thin layer of glitter glue for sparkle.

Spectrum Noir markers
Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Yupo Paper
Crafty Secrets collage image
Book text
Glitter glue

This challenge is sponsored this month by
Crafter’s Companion US brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.
Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability.
One person will have a chance to win this prize package.
2 Sets of Spectrum Noir Markers
Embossing Folder
Sample pack of specialty paper
this adorable stamp.

Make sure to stop by the rest of the Design Team's blogs and see how they've played with this challenge.
After you visit them, make sure to head back to Craft Hoarders Anonymous and link up YOUR tag!
                                            Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sketchabilities #118

I absolutely love this new sketch from
Plenty of inspiration and a chance to use a bunch of my favorite medias on my page.

The photo I use is taken from the top of the Radio Tower in 
Dusseldorf, Germany.
We got up just as the sun was going down on the 
Rhine river and everything was bathed in a golden light.
It was simply breathtaking
and was perfect for this sketch.

Here is the sketch...
And this is the layout I created.
I used the March kit from
Swirlydoos for most of the pieces.
Then pulled various medias from my stash to add.
The paper is from Prima (Stationers Desk).
I scraped Modeling Paste through a Crafter's Workshop stencil
and once it was dry colored it with Pan Pastels
(absolutely love how they color the paste).
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Latte was misted randomly.

The circles are fro Blockheads and were stamped with Adirondack ink.
There is a rub on on the photo giving a title but it was hard to photograph.
Much easier to see irl.
The tag behind the photo can pull out and has some journaling on it.

Prima flowers, twine,a Doily misted with Lindy's Stamp Gang mist
 and a chipboard heart covered 
with Washii tape created one cluster on the page.

Cheesecloth, Glitz paper layers,
and Prima tags layered under the photo.

Drywall tape, more ribbon and Washii tape also layered under the photo.
The cluster in the left hand corner was created with Prima tags, Washii Tape, 
Tim Holtz Rub ons and cheesecloth.
To finish it all off watered down Burnt Umber acrylic paint
was flicked around the page.

Make sure to visit the Sketchabilities blog and see how everyone interpreted the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

You Look So Perfect!

One of my friends on Facebook 
shared a link to a sketch challenge blog.
Intrigued I went over to check it out.

They give you a sketch and song lyrics to incorporate onto your page.
I had to play, especially since I had the best photo (in my mind)
for both the layout and the lyrics.

Here is the sketch:
The song is :
This is what I created using the June Swirlydoos kit and
adding some Dusty Attic chipboard.

The chipboard was colored with Frayed Burlap and Broken China
Distress Paints.
Chalkboard Ink in Chestnut Roan was rubbed through a Crafter's Workshop stencil.
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Latte sprayed across the page.

Petaloo Flowers.
The paper and DieCuts are from Kaisercraft.

Now the story behind the photo.
This was taken the day the girls graduated from 8th grade.

Several days before my daughter found a photo of all of them together in this pose on the last day of Kindergarten.

Now in the original they were all holding something, I know, but we only had 1 piece of paper this day.
The fact we were able to get a bunch of 14 year old girls to get all goofy; bonus!
They decided to recreate realizing that just the fact they have stayed together and are still good friends after 9 years is a rarity.
Hopefully in 4 years we'll get to recreate it again.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Be an Encourager (and Happy 4th America!)

While today in the United States 
it's the 4th of July (our country's Independence Day)
and everybody is celebrating with cookouts, family, parades and fireworks; 
I'm sharing a bit of art before our household starts celebrating.
(oh and fits in viewing of 2 World Cup semi final games as well…busy day!)

The quote I use on my page is another I have found on Pinterest
but sums up my one of my philosophies pretty easily.
Be an Encourager.
The world has plenty of critics already.
D Willis

It's easy to break people down, but helping build them up…
That is truly rewarding, and how I try to live my life daily.
enough rambling and on to the art.

My background started, as many do in this art journal,
from me cleaning stamps and stencils off after using paints and inks.
Some Modeling Paste was scraped through a Prima stencil
for texture, then Dylusions mists in several colors were misted and dripped.

Some Bright Aqua Green acrylic paint was randomly scraped across the page 
after pieces of masking tape had been placed down.

Stamping with several stamps--some before I started the page like the script one in the corner, and some after I began, the crosshatch one.
Black Marble Dylusions mist through an alphabet stencil.
Black paint through an UmWow circle stencil then outlined with a white Sharpie pen.

My heart was created using a Crafter's Workshop stencil, Gesso,
and then colored with Gelatos.

That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day, and if you live in the US
Happy Fourth!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Working my way through my deck of cards….

Ever since taking Stephanie Ackerman's 
I have slowly been working my way through my deck of cards.
Halfway done now,
and each one I make is making me so happy.

These little cards go together so quick, 
and are perfect to tuck in cards or a friend's pocket as they walk out the door.
Here are the most recent 4 I have made...


Acrylic Paint, Tissue paper, book text,
stamping and more.

My words come from scrapbook stickers,
book text and even the 
selvage on scrapbooking paper
(the one below comes from a piece of Authentique paper)

Then translating what I have been doing on the playing cards onto
larger pieces such as Birthday cards for 2 special friends.

Almost the same techniques as above
but on card stock bases.
Ready to pop in the mail and hopefully brighten their day.

The hearts on the 2 cards from from an old Gelli Print
on deli paper.

So that's it.
It's a heart filled post today.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!