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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WOYWW #267

Not a lot has changed on my desk this week. We spent the weekend in Lincoln NE at our niece's wedding. I spent some time Sat. morning taking pictures of the university grounds and downtown. I like creating my own 'morgue file' for blog pics. The campus grounds were beautiful with floral and architecture.

The 5 reams of SU Marina Mist cardstock are for the little pocket notebooks and the stamp set was a gift from one of my SILs.

On our way home Sunday we stopped for the night in Springfield - which meant I got to go to Michael's. I found this beautiful suitcase for 50% off... then had an additional 25% coupon off total purchase. This is one of the base colors in my studio and I knew if I left it behind, I'd kick myself later. My initial plan was to put my Sizzix dies inside then slide it under my Project Life shelf. As you can see, that was not going to happen. So I'll tuck it away for another use. But, this did give me the idea to use one I'd purchased on clearance last year for the same thing... Now this is how my die-cutting area looks.

The wooden cabinet to the left started off on my writing desk upstairs but was just too cluttered looking. For now I've been putting pieces of white cardstock  inside for when I just need a small piece for something. The box underneath is my embossing folder files. 

That's it for me this week. I have something to share with you very soon so stay tuned, and I hope if you are not already, you will follow me so you don't miss out!

In the mean time, head on over to Stamping Ground where Miss Julia will have the pass to tons of other inspiring blogs for you to visit. Want to know more about what we do every Wednesday? Go HERE.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, July 14, 2014


Yay! Thanks to wanting some posts scheduled, I took an entire day to play in the studio. I started with Pinterest for some tutorials I had on my boards. Then I grabbed a 9x12 Mixed Media Journal I'd purchased on clearance last fall. I decided I was going to actually USE one of them to play with some of the techniques. Will the pages be fabulous? Not anywhere close. But I am playing. I'm getting inky and paint under my nails (yeah, just in time to need them done for a wedding LOL) So for the remainder of the Mondays this month, you will see my first three pages. None of them are done. I want to go back and add some hardware and little touches. These are all just beginnings.

This first piece was inspired by Donna Downey at Design Memory Craft. Donna has some great tutorials on using the Gelatos by Faber-Castell. I LOVE  Gelatos and if someone doesn't mind some gently used basic colors, I might offer them up as a give-away at some point. I think I'm going to need the complete set - meaning I'll have some duplicate colors. I could also put them in my travel art bag. We'll see. For now...

If you're not familiar with Gelatos, they are a water-color 'stick' that comes in a tube similar to chapstick. This makes them really portable. You can create a palette tray as the video shows, dab a wet brush on the end and paint from there or scribble in an area then spread with a water brush. I usually don't use the last method unless I want some lines for interest because the initial scratch of the crayon tends to show.

I titled this one GARDEN COLLAGE because I used the Garden Collage stamp (retired) from SU as my focal point. I used the gelatos and sprays to put color everywhere as my foundation. The neat thing with selecting this Mixed Media Journal is that I did not have to prep anything... just dive right in spreading color.
The background color, though still soft does show up better in real life.

VIDEO:    Faber-Castell Design
Creating a watercolor palette using slices of Gelatos in a watercolor tray

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & SU Melon Mambo
Gelatos: Pink, Violet, Lavender
Hero Arts (heart & Eiffel tower), Stampede (Love), InkaDinkaDo (script & post)
SU Garden Collage