Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WOYWW #326

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to Merit for offering up one of her classes for free. I won a spot in the giveaway she promoted here a couple of weeks ago. Yay Me! I'm so looking forward to really breaking in the studio this week with so many creative projects. But first....

My desk this week. I used Tiffany Spaulding (The Scrap Rack) way of sorting stuff to go through all the mixed media supplies. I'll be able to find stuff. Yay!

I had hoped to have this project finished but no where I went yesterday had the right color of contact paper to cover the cat litter boxes I'm recycling into storage drawers for the mixed media cabinet. So that will have to wait until I go into the city tomorrow. 

My sister in law and I are getting together for a full-on creative session on Saturday. While the guys are at a target shoot, she and I will have all day to christen the new studio. I will be in Christmas card mode so I really need to get this mess put away... even if it means putting into the uncovered boxes temporarily. :-( 

Also, a couple of you had commented about the cubby storage running the length of this table. That is actually custom built by my hubby from 1"x 4" boards. He cut, glued and painted this special unit to hold all my tools within reach. yep.. I'm keeping him :-D

Wanna find out what this blog hop is all about.. Head on over to StampingGround where Miss Julia will give you all the details. 

As for me... we are on the go the next couple of days so will probably be Saturday before I get to visit most of you. Thanks for stopping in!

Creative blessings!

Monday, August 17, 2015

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - New Toys and a Give Away!

Okay.. the Give Away is NOT mine but if you love mixed media or art journaling than you definitely want to get in on the drawing for this class give away.

So hop on over to MaritsPaperWorld for your chance to win a spot in this awesome class!

Speaking of Mixed Media, I ordered some things from Oriental Trading last week. I needed a bunch of those mister bottles (like the ones from Ranger). These are exactly like those without the logo and I get 2x as many for the price. So while I was ordering those, I added a few other items I couldn't pass up.

The six boxes in the back hold 6 of the mister bottles. I also ordered 2 pkgs of Washi Tape (Tell me.. does that surprise any of you? LOL) 1 is Travel themed and the other is Sewing theme... and a single roll of Potion Bottles. I already have them labeled and in their forever home. 

I liked this set of Typewriter styled numbers and icons. Now if I just had an alphabet set to match. Will have to keep my eye out..

 And lastly in this picture is a set of purple witch hats. Halloween is coming!

What this picture doesn't show is a set of 'fence' stencils. The first picture shows them all 'punched out':

There are six different fence styles I thought would be interesting in journal pages. But be warned... see all those openings in the fence panels (including the lattice one at the top...) They come still filled in and you need to punch them out. Here is a picture of one in progress of being punched...

I've dropped all those little pieces into a cup. They may become a spatter pattern across a page or two before they are tossed. 

Next week I'll show you another Mixed Media. A couple gals have asked about the ratio of my paint to water in my spray acrylics. I just ordered 30 more empty bottles from Amazon so I could do all of my Folk Art Acrylics now that they are in their forever home. I might even give you a sneak peek of that unit...

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WOYWW #323 - Progress

Technically, this is not my work desk.. you can just see part of that in the top right. This foreground shot is of my new cutting station. The two filing cabinets in the front will serve as the base for my ScrapRack unit. Then the rest of the length.. formed by four 3-shelf book cases will be used as a cutting station for my Vagabond and Cricut tools. I think the tool caddy Bob made me several years ago is in it's forever home. Well, forever as soon as Bob gets the shelf board cut that will cover this entire top for an even playing surface. We just ran out of time before he had to head back out onto the boat for the next 21 days. So yes, for the next 21 days I am in limbo again. 

A couple of weeks ago I showed the carpet boxes I was cutting apart. What I didn't show was the ginormous Ziplock bag - XXL (2'W x 2.5'L or 60CM x 82CM) that was BULGING with misc. chip board, cardboard, foamboard, matboard. I went through the entire contents and cut things down that I wanted to keep and used most of the cardboard as garden mulch.

I kept the mat board pieces, larger foam core, larger chip board and fit the 'keepers' into this:

Initially, this cabinet held all of my StampinUp 12x12 cardstock. I've since moved it to 'file' storage on the top and repurposed these drawers to hold the condensed cardboard bag. If I can not fit something into a drawer I either have to swap with something already in there or pitch. But once I'm able to start constructing mixed media pieces, I don't see that as a delimma. :-)

So why am I showing you a sneak peek? Because this is what is on my desk and every week near 100 bloggers join in the snoop of each others workspaces courtesy of Miss Julia at StampingGround. You are welcome to join us! I'm sure what you have on your desk is way more exciting than mine!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WOYWW #320 - Cardboard!

Exciting, eh? This is one of about 20+ boxes I have on hand from the carpet squares we bought for the office. They measure about 18.5" square and maybe 2" deep. Now that they are empty and the carpet is in place, I could not bear to part with this really good cardboard. Not when I finally have a spot to actually work on mixed media, art journals, etc. So I put two of the boxes aside. One to hold full 18" square pieces and one to hold the top portion of the box. (see the top has a hole cut in the upper corner)

So why am I showing you cardboard? Because this is what is on my desk and every week near 100 bloggers join in the snoop of each others workspaces courtesy of Miss Julia at StampingGround. You are welcome to join us! I'm sure what you have on your desk is way more exciting than mine!

So here is what one of the boxes looks like in progress....

I am trimming all of the excess away, retaining the 2 larger pieces. The boxes I'm storing them in will stand on end in the mixed media area of the art studio. Keeping these larger pieces is having me take a look at the variety of pieces I have downstairs that will probably get taken to recycling.

I should have something with a bit more color next week. 
Creative Blessings!

Monday, July 20, 2015


Did you spend the weekend zoning out to all the craft videos on YouTube for the #LoveSummerArt fest?  I watched several. Not as many as I'd planned but enough to amp up my creative juice. I know.. like I needed extra wattage!  So I thought I'd link you to some of the videos I found most interesting.

First and foremost - and this is the one that will get me into trouble - is from theartsharpa. This hastag event was her brainchild. She is the enabler for all the cool things we have the opportunity to view.  I loved her beach picture in acrylics for beginners.

I do NOT paint. Okay.. I said that once before then my super artsy friend, Carla (see her button on the right - Carla Scraps) taught me One Stroke. Fell in love with One Stroke. I think Sherpa may very well be the person to teach me to let go and enjoy playing with the acrylics. We'll see. I do plan to attempt this project - and have an idea to take it a step further into the Mixed Media world. I'll keep you posted.

Here is a list of a few of the other videos I really liked:

Krazy Island Studios - art journal page
She is moving to Hawaii so is working with limited supplies but does a lovely layout. Made me want to doodle flowers!

Cat Hand - art journal page
Cat summer thought went to watermelon and shows how to do the cutest addition to an art journal page using mosaics made from Gelli prints.

There was one other gal. I can't find her video right now but her summer is all about vacation and travel so she showed how she packs her basic art journal supplies - even for flying - so that she can still journal wherever the summer fun take her. As soon as I find her link I'll add it back here. I was also captured by her granddaughter. Made me miss crafting with my girls.

The cool thing about this hashtag party is that they plan to do a new theme every month. Subscribe to Sherpa's page so you'll know when the next one starts. As soon as I hear, I'll post here or my sidebar. 

The other thing is that as we all know, anything on the internet is there forever - so six months from now when it's cold and there's nothing to do, we can search #LoveSummerArt and be taken away to warm, creative places.

Creative Blessings!

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRIDAY FREEBIE - YouTube Crafting Extravaganza

I just snagged this video link from PBR mate, Pam over at PSILoveYouScrapbooking. If you're in need of inspiration then this 3-day LoveSummerArt Event is the perfect StayCation.  Check out what everyone is up to.. then come back and leave a comment linking up to something you've done.

Creative Blessings!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I love this sentiment. Now if I just had the time. Hopefully, that will open up with the new studio organization. I'm preparing for the event, in any case.

This was the quilt plate from Quilts and Quilts in Branson MO. There are two stores in Branson on the Row By Row Experience. While Bob and I were on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I made this one of my 'must stop' places. I loved the selection and could have wandered longer than I did had it not been we wanted out of town ahead of a nasty thunder storm.

The first thing I ask about was the guitar fabric like I'd found a small quantity of in Llano Texas. She had some as well as a couple other fabrics that coordinated well.

the one on the left is hard to see but is a sheet music print then the other is just an all over design that matches.

Then I found Tim Holtz fabric! I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I bought a quarter yard of every print she had... well except for one. the bluish colored 'Correspondence' fabric will fit in my studio perfectly so I bought three yards plus this quarter.

I bough t (from left to right: Cigar Box, Documentation, Mercantile, Rulers, Travel Labels and Correspondence.

Notice tht postage print has a bit of blue and brown and I think I can even make an undertone appear peach. Wish I could have afforded to buy enough for the Valances in here but I'll turn it into something :-)

I also fell in love with this floral that almost has a postage stamp look with the way the lace border around each blog is presented. I'm thinking this will be lovely cut apart and applied to a fabric journal I want to do.

Lastly, I found a couple of things I can use as I begin organizing the office. I'll show them to you know then as I put the studio together, I'll show you how I use them.

That fabric organizer is perfect size for quarter yard pieces. And those tags... they are a swatch ring!