Monday, September 22, 2014


I got a lot of compliments on the notepads at the conference Saturday. Although time consuming, they were easy to make. People were asking where I got them done. My reply - in my studio. Hehe

The picture on the front is my book cover resized to 2.75 x 4.25 I printed the image on Normal quality on the printer onto #110 Georgia Pacific cardstock.

I used the same size mat on the back to print the 'back cover' blurb from the book as well as the QR code.

The pads, which you saw HERE were also 2.75 x 4.25. I was able to get 8 from a single sheet of copy paper without any waste. That was pretty much my guideline for the size of the pads. Each notepad was 80 page.

The outside 'cover' was cut from Stampin Up cardstock - Marina Mist. The color just seemed perfect with the color tones in the photo as well as the book being set on the shores of Galveston Bay. I cut 2 covers from 1 (8.5 x 11) sheet of cardstock with a strip off the length. Not really a waste. I can use that in cards.
The full cover measured 6.5 x 4.5. Then was scored at the 3" and the 3.25" mark to create the spine.

I used my ATG gun to adhere the pads to the inside as well as the mats to the outside.

I am really pleased how these turned out. I used 3 of them in prize envelopes from a FB launch party I participated in for another author. Would I do them again? Probably everything except gluing all those pads (125!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WOYWW #275

Happy WOYWW! Haven't a clue what that stands for? Hop on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia will give you all the Details. Anyone can join this weekly journey around the world.

Bob has gone back out on the boat for his 21-day shift. I miss him like crazy but I also get so much more accomplished. Currently, I have 3 projects going plus the day job.
1) Purge - which you saw in progress a couple of weeks ago HERE
2) Notepads.

These are 80 page count notepads I am making to use as giveaways at our local Ozarks Romance Authors conference this month. Each pad requires 4 passes with the rubber cement and has to dry completely between each stage. I have enough binder clips for 30 and each set takes about 4 days with drying time. I still have to make the covers and will show pics when they are completed.

3) Altered Playing Cards Challenge

I'm excited about this challenge because I came into the group at the beginning. I found this challenge by way of our own Bluebird & Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover  The details about the challenge can be found at Claudine's Art Corner. So far we've applied gesso and altered our first card. As I looked at yesterday's challenge, I got an idea for a theme so today I need to flip the cards over and paint the back with a deep purple tinted gesso. I figure doing the back before I begin altering will be easier. I already have the idea for my first card so I'll be able to complete this one by the end of the weekend and be on track for Week 3.

What's on YOUR desk this week?
Creative Blessings!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mixed Media Monday -

Hi everyone!

Just popping in for a couple of minutes. I am at a hotel in Springfield MO while Bob has his truck at Midas. The brake line blew last night as we were pulling into the restaurant for dinner. Thankfully, we were very close to the hotel and could take the back road over.

So with nothing better to do last night than cruise youtube (something I seldom have the time to do) I found someone I'd like you to take a look at. I just love Sam's overall personality. Take the 4-part tour of her craft room, smile at the antics of her furry office assistant and then subscribe to her channel so you don't miss any of the mini book tutorials she has to offer.

Here's a sample...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

GIVE AWAY Opportunity!

Wouldn't this lovely, one of a kind piece look perfect in your home or studio? Cindy from Plant's List  (and one of our WOYWW gals) made and is giving away this lovely item.

All you have to do is leave a comment on her post connected with the giveaway. You have until August 30th! So hurry over HERE and enter. Oh, and if you share like I did, she'll toss your name in for a second chance. Cool, eh?

Good Luck, and Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WOYWW #272 - Purging


My workstation is a bit different this week. I have something in the works that's very Hush Hush for now. But I HAVE to go through a ton of stuff in the studio and sewing room and PURGE - A LOT

This is a stack (including the tub) of magazines I've been saving for the sole purpose of cutting out things for art journals. I want to file the images in pockets of my scraprack for easy access... but that's another post.

So over the next couple of weeks, this is my desk(s) for the time being.

Positioned in front of the TV so I can get some things off the DVR while I purge. The Lobster notebook in the picture is where I've been taking notes from the series Deadliest Catch for a future set of books I have in mind. I didn't have any 'crab' paper but this lobster from 'Beach House' by The Paper Studio serves the purpose... aka being able to find the right notebook when I need it. LOL

These are the 3 areas where I have 'category' papers scattered about. As I cut out a bunch of pictures/ words/ phrases, I sort them to an appropriate category. I will store them in pocket pages when I get my scraprack. In the meantime, I am storing them in page protectors with their category sheet. 

So why am I sharing this all with you? Because this is what we do every Wednesday as part of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday with Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground. Everyone can play so come join the FUN! Details HERE.

What's on YOUR desk?

Monday, July 28, 2014


Okay, this one needs some work, but I enjoyed playing with the background colors. I call this Windswept Leaves.

Another Pinterest find. The technique calls for you to apply your ink to an acrylic blog, mist then swipe across your surface. Takes a little practice to not overdo the mist while having enough moisture to spread.

By Lori Vliegen at elviestudio

Create a background by putting inks on acrylic block, misting with water then swiping across surface.

Ink: SU – Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler,
      Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, More Mustard
      Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Northwoods Rubber Stamps (Broom), Craftsmart (pumpkins & Oct. 31),
      Uknown (spider web, spider, Halloween)

Wanted to try fall colors for a ‘blown leaf’ of color effect.
I wish I'd taken this the step further and used the diluted gesso she suggests in the center before stamping the Halloween. But I'll do this again so can try that next time.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Continuing from last week's Mixed Media playing, I think this one is my favorite. This is one of those I really think needs some hardware. Maybe a birdcage charm or something. But since these posts for now are all about the technique, I'm happy with it for now.

I started with something like this:

That is an up-close look at the condition of my Papier Paints by Folk Art. I've had them for about seven years so I guess they are allowed to be clumpy. But as you can tell from the finished product, they still work. I took the fine tip out of the bottle and squeezed out a blob. Then I spritzed it good with water. A junk mail credit card spread the color around in a haphazard fashion just as if I'd used a good acrylic. I'm determined to use up these gunky paints and get them out of the studio so they'll be my base medium for awhile.

Ink: Memento Black & SU Perfect Plum
Stamps: SU Nature Walk
Paper/ CS: SU Rich Razzleberry & paper scraps
Accessories: Folk Art Papier Paints – Baby Pink, Cobalt, Sunflower