Friday, April 4, 2014

Just a Quick Card

So I made this quick card for my friend for her birthday and I love it. I found the stamp at Micheals and didnt know what I would ever do with it but I just lived it so had to buy it (it was in the 1.50 bin so I felt I could splurge). I used Copics to color the dog and Michaels 1.50 letter stamps for the sentiment and a Heidi Swapp stamp for 'fabulous' and a star brad. So quick and easy but I think it is so cute. 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Journal 52- Week 2

I have really been enjoying all the work that the people have been sharing on the Project52 board.  It has been good to get back to my artistic roots.  I have loved my years scrapbooking but it has been fun to do some other art work.

So here are a few of the art journal pages I have done over the last 2.5 months.  I still have 2 to catch up on because I am not feeling inspired by them yet (and life was a little busy those couple of weeks.) Excuse the bad cell phone pics...they are all shot at around midnight when I complete the project so lighting is awful!

This was was for Abstract Art.  I used a craft knife and acrylic paint with some texture paste under it on on canvas paper.  Was the first time ever doing this and I think that I like it...

This one caused me much stress.  I have not painted in many years so when I made the choice to watercolor for this challenge I wanted to pull out my hair because it was more difficult that I remember!  But in the end I was happy with the result.  Not professional quality, but one that makes me wish I was at that wishing well.

I am obsessed with Frozen so when the challenge was about Character, that is what I jumped to.  A quick sketch inspiration taken from another artist on the internet.  Just ink and some pencil crayon.

And this weeks challenge was Art for a Cause and my heart is heavy for Human Slavery and Trafficking.  There is an organization called End It that I took inspiration from but instead of the x on my hand, I put it across my page.  Photos are taken from the internet so I have no legal rights there, it was simply a personal art piece to speak against sex trafficking.

So there is a glimpse at some of my art journal pieces.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired to be creative yourself!

A couple of layouts

So my blogging once a week has been kind of a fail, but here are a couple of other layouts that I have been working on.

 I LOVE THIS PAGE!  It is just white cardstock and washi tape but it has such punch and focus on the quirmy worm that is my niece who does not look at the camera.  But I love this pic anyway.  I made the feathers by covering the wire with washi tape and then fringing the sides.  I dyed the seam binding ribbon with the same dye ink as the Heidi Swapp star stamps by pressing the stamp pad into the craft mat and adding a little water then smooshing the ribbon into the color.  Now I can have perfectly matched ribbon!  The tiny star glitter is actually clearance nail glitter from Claires.  I got a whole container for 1.00 and it will last me forever.  I love what it adds to pages (I have used it on soooo many pages recently because I love it.  Look for more of it on my pages being published in Canadian Scrapbooker magazine in the summer).  I would even love to frame this page for my wall that is how much I love this page and this little girl!!

This page is a show of my humor and lack of humility!  One day at work I may have had an "Incident" that has never happened before.  I shared the experience with my coworker (and had her laughing til tears were running down her face) and recently she sent me this pin on pinterest.  I just knew I had to use it to document this story.  I was inspired my Wilna Furstenburg from TwoPeasInABucket where she used rub ons and watercolor.  While I loved the way it looked, I also thought it was appropriate and fit the incident.  There is hidden journalling only because it didnt all fit in the corner.  The rubons are really old ones and for some reason I hoard rub ons so I like Wilna's idea of using them all on one page.  I didnt use them all from this sheet, but I definitely put a dent in it!

Hope that these can be inspiring in some way.  I will try to keep adding some new moments and layouts as I can.  Life seems to be so fast paced that I may not get as much posted as I would like.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Our adventure in Selfies

So we took millions of pictures on a recent 3 week adventure in Europe.  I wanted to make a quick book of our trip but with so many pics it was hard to decide what to do.  My mom and I took selfie pictures at each of the the places we went to.  I primarily used Teresa Collins Far and Away line as the foundation but alot of other additives as well.

The first page of the book is simply documenting what the book is about.  Mostly just Teresa Collins paper and cut outs.  Some Ranger liquid enamels made my own enamel dots.  Glossy accents and gold thread also used.  The next page is us on the plane.  Wrote out a bit of an itinerary.  Date stamp from office supplies store and again Teresa Collins 6x6 paper pad and cut outs from that.  Each page has the edges double inked: first with a Navy Blue Basic Grey ink and then again with Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.

 Our first couple of days were spent in London.  I cut the 6x6 paper to make the Union Jack.  I needed to use some acrylic paint to separate the colors.  Thicker sparkle letter stickers and Basic Grey letter stickers.  Each page also has the place highlighted with a Studio G letter stamp set (1.50 for an entire alphabet!!) And some hand stitching around the edge with gold thread.

The second page is also the 6x6 pad cut apart but also has the clock sticker from the sticker sheet.  Some block alpha stickers and Martha Stewart sparkle photo corners.  It was such a great day!!


Then we were off to Paris and we didnt get a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower.  But here is Sacre Coeur! What I love about this page is the use of glossy accents!  It isnt as noticable in the picture but I used some gold PearlFx on the black letter, chipboard and the Fleur de Lis then covered it in glossy accent.  Makes the gold seem like it is floating.

And Halloween in Disney Paris!!  Awesome!  More Teresa Collins, Basic Grey small letters and Martha Steward( punches: web corner, and bats and the sparkle corner)  Took one of the photo corners and punched a Jenni Bowlin label punch. Also a little black Color Shine splattered.

Then off to Venice. There is a page of us at St Marks but due to its design it was tough to photograph.  The only new thing on this page is I distressed the edges of the paper with the Prima distress tool (really love that tool)  Red glitter stickers are by Doodlebug (I think!) Gold Lame Color Shine splattered in the Ranger Liquid Enamel.

I used the same PearlFx technique on the Milan letters.  The began as Basic Grey chipboard in bright green.  The were altered to be black, gold and glossy accents.  Also used some gold glitter paper as a photo mat.

We took ALOT of selfies in Rome.  The circles are gold glitter duct tape from the dollar store with a 1.5 circle punch.  Some Studio Calico wood veneer stars, Basic Grey letter stickers and Gold Lame Color Shine splatter.

Trevi Fountain has more Teresa Collins cut apart 6x6 paper and a chip board sticker.  Used some gold sequins and a little gold thread hand sewing. Basic Grey letter stickers again because I love the size and the way that they look on the page.

We are off on the cruise portion of the trip.  The photo of this page is over exposed, but lots of banner stickers and paper at the top, cut out words that match the cruise themes, and gold glitter paper as a mat.  Not sure who these letter stickers are by.

 Lots of sparkle on this one!!  Used my Cropidile to punch different size circles out of the sparkle duct tape.  A doilie sprayed with Black Color Shine and Gold Lame splatter.  Teresa Collins chip boaard sticker and some Pink Paislee color border that was cut apart and sparkled.  Basic Grey chipboard letter stickers.

Athens is a very simple page.  Cut aparts, Teresa Collins stickers, a chip board border and Pink Paislee color border.  Block letters and some dimensional adhesive. One gold sequin star to finish it off.

Another quickie: the 6x6 paper, Basic Grey letters, punched sparkle duct tape, and more Teresa Collins border stickers

In Izmir I love the photo mat with the striped paper.  More of the gold duct tape, some fussy cutting one of the 6x6 papers, and gold lame/ black color shine splatter.  What you cant see in the pic is that it goes off the page to create a tab on the outside of the book.
 Ephesus was one of my absolute favorite places on our trip.  I also like how this one turned out.  This 6x6 paper is so versatile!  Cut more apart, used some Basic Grey letter stickers and more gold lame Color shine splatter.  The stars are from a Dollar Store corner punch that has been awesome to make star splatters because they are so small.  A black photo corner and more gold duct tape.  Again, it goes off the page to create a tab.

Another fairly simple and easy page.   Border stickers, 6x6 paper cut outs, gold duct tape, and Color shine splatter.  The letters are Simple Stories but I painted them with gold glitter paint so they have a red tinge under the gold.

Hagia Sophia was an amazing building so I wanted a simplistic page.  There is a heart on Turkey on the world map tag.  Cut out some glitter paper and circle punch cut outs. A couple of photo corners and black/gold lame Color Shine splatter.

So I wanted to make this one a little different because it was my favorite place on our trip.  The paper is Teressa Collins, but there is a vellum bag with gold dots cut apart used as a matte.  More glitter paper cut in various sizes of circles and black/gold lame Color Shine.  More Basic Grey letter stickers and a cool paper clip from Staples spray painted gold finishes the page.
On this page I used the 6x6 paper again, Basic Grey bitty
letter stickers, Color shine splatter, and punched glitter duct
tape. Simple, but I really like hot it turned out (and try to say
the name of the town!)
Lots of layered 6x6 papers cut into banners.  I am
unsure who these letter stickers are.  You can see
that I am not the best stamper in the world, but I like
the messy unperfect look of the stamping.

Friday, January 10, 2014


I love these little ones. Being single and having no kids of my own, I get tons of kid time with 11 nieces and nephews!  I was watching Prima's weekly video tonight and the artist was making a canvas with a photo. I loved the idea so set out to make my own. I took just under 2 hours and I love it. I cant wait to put it on my wall at my office!!

The iphone photo doesnt do it justice. It is an 8x10 canvas covered in gesso with somw molding paste and a dollar store damask stencil. I cut the Eiffel Tower and J'adore from My Minds Eye Paper. I also cut cut the flowers from a 6x6 MME paper pad. The flowers include paper and fabric (Prima and Recollections) Recollections leaves and Dollar Store bling swirls. Edges are inked with Walnut Distress stain by Ranger. A little gold color shine splatter and a Michaels $1.50 gold frame hot glued on the canvas finishes it off. Really love this one!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Scrapbookers Paradise Challenge

I have decided that I am going to try to blog more this year.  It is my goal to post something 1-2 times per week (instead of once per year!)  I am going to use it to showcase what is happening in  my life both artistically and generally.  I hope that you can find inspiration and something interesting to bless your day!

So I will start with a challenge.  I havent done a Playing in Paradise for a while and thought that I would attempt to do another one.  I have been working on a mini album of selfies taken from our 3 week European adventure (which I am going to showcase in a future blog post when it is done...should be sometime next week if all goes well!).  The album is all 4x6 pages with 3x3 intagram style selfies.  Here is one showcasing one of our days in Rome outside of the large building at Piazza Venezia.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on it.  Being that it is much smaller and not square, I was challenged with changing it to make it work...

This little 4x6 card is packed full of Teresa Collins Far and Away goodness.  It has multiple pattern papers from the 6x6 paper pad and stickers.  I cut the letters from a gold glitter paper and added the same glitz behind the sticker with a 1.5" circle punch.  I used a Fiskars 2" scalloped circle layered under the sticker and circle.  I also did hand stitching down the left side with gold thread.  I used different ends on the paper pieces with banners, diagonal and straight edge to provide interest. All the edges are inked with Black Soot Distress ink from Tim Holtz and a Navy SEI ink pad.  I am loving using more than one color on the edges to make it look more distressed.  I stamped the location with Studio G alphabet stamps.  In this album I have let go of perfection and let my stamping being crooked and crazy! To finish it off, I used Heidi Swapp Color shine in Gold for some ink splatters and an office date stamp for the date.  I didnt know if the small layout could handle this sketch, but I am coming to like it more and more as I look at it.
Thanks for stopping by!!