Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday and a new challenge at Anything But a Card

Good morning!
Happy Birthday to me!
Yep, that's right, I'm another year older, 
and you all get the present!!!
I have a present for one of you
I picked up some of my favorite things to share with you!
A Tim Holtz stencil, and rub ons,  then there is a stamp set, and some wood veneers that are hearts and arrows.
What do you need to do to win??
Well, just follow my blog, and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite cake is. 
Mine by the way is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting!
And I live some great icecream to go with it of course too! 

So many of you may have found my blog through the new challenge at Anything But a Card
this month the challenge is Green with Envy,
and I'm sharing a fun little canvas that I made. 
Green isn't a color that I use a lot in my crafting, so this was a bit of a stretch for me.
But I recently got some of Dina Wakley's scribbly birds,
and I thought it would be fun to stamp and then paint the birds up.
I found some little canvas' (5x7) at Michaels, and went to town. 
I have to admit the stamping part was a little messy and uneven, 
but once I started painting it was so fun and soothing!

I hope you all join in the "Green" fun, and join the challenge,
and don't forget to leave a comment with your favorite cake!!! 

The Birthday giveaway will close on March 14th. 

linking up with:
Mixed Media Monthy: Birds of a Feather 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Memory boards

Helllo everyone!
  I have a fun project to share with you today!
(warning, picture heavy post below!) 
A friend asked me to make a memory board for her mother's funeral. 
She sent me a couple pictures, and I was off.

We wanted a very vintage feel, so I printed the pictures out in black and white, and noir,
For the board on the back I used a scrabble board. 
 I had lots and lots of them leftover from my wedding four years ago, 
and this was a perfect opportunity to use one. 
I painted it brown, but made sure that it wasn't so dark that you couldn't still see the board.
Then I used Tim Holtz wood grain stencil to add a little texture. 
Then I went to town with some tags. 
I assembled the flowers from a pack of Prima flowers, with a brad in the middle,
then I added some bits and pieces from bo bunny, a bunch of used postage stamps. 
On this tag I added a Tim Holtz metal word phrase, a butterfly punch, and below you'll see an assortment of ephemera. 
More estate sale and fun other finds added to the different tags. 
This was a fun project, and I even did a second board for her brother. 
In the bottom left hand corner you can see (hopefully)
where I added the years of her life, 1923 - 2015. 

It was very similar. 
I have to say this was a fun project that really pushed me to use up some of
the fun bits that I have in the craft room.  
I hope you have found some inspiration, and if you are interested in ordering your own
memory board please feel free to contact me, I would be happy to make one for you as well! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A valentine and a tag

Happy Valentines day to all of you!
I spent all last week making valentines for my friends at work,
and for my mother-in-law's friends. 
Then today I realized that i had made nothing for my hubby.
Soooo I knew I needed to work on my 12 tags of 2015 for Feb,
so I thought why not do both at the same time??
And so I did!
Here is the fun card I came up with, and below is the tag for Feb. 
Still the card! But a different view!

And here is my tag.  I struggled a little with the frame around the heart, 
and when I teach my class in a few weeks I will use a different paper for this.  
I think the red on red get's very lost! 

Otherwise I'm pretty happy with the results, especially the cool metal button, 
and I adore the metal button as well. 

Did I tell you all that I won last month? 
You can find my creation here
Yep, I was so very very very excited. 
I got a brand new set of stamps, and a fabulous brand new stencil as well!
It's like Tim and Mario know me! 

I'm also excited that I will be getting to attend two Dina Wakley classes, 
one in March, and another in May!  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am! 

I hope you all are well, and I will be of course linking my tag up with the Tim's challenge 12 tags of 2015  again this moth! 

Monday, February 2, 2015


I was supposed to have this post up yesterday, but somehow the day got away from me!  How does that seem to happen?
Well I have a cute little watercolor to share with you. There is a brand spankin new challenge over at anything but a card its friendship.
I've been working on some fancier type hand lettering, so I used a black permanent pen to do the words, and then I hit it with some water colors. I hope you enjoy, and come join the challenge.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Be still

I want to share with you all s fun piece I woke up thinking about.
Do you want a bit of a back story?
Well here goes.
A number of months ago I painted and sanded some pieces of wood.
I had hoped to piece them together to make a sign.
Alas that never happened, and the pieces ended up stacked in the garage under a shelf.
Two days ago my daily bible verse was 
The lord will fight for you, you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14.
Wow talk about speaking directly yo my soul.
I needed those words like I need water.
This morning I woke up thinking about that verse,
And how I could bring them into my home.
So.... I stenciled and hand painted them onto those old pieces of weathered wood.
I've never attempted this sort of project before, so it's certainly new to me! 

Wow I was blown away by how quickly this went together,
And I'm loving the end result.
I hope today finds you being still, I'm hearing so much more from the lord when I stop all the chatter.

Entering into:
Mixed media: new to you

Thursday, January 8, 2015

12 tags of 2015: January

I've been in a mixed media frenzy lately!
I have paint all over myself, and all over my studio.

If you read my post on Sunday you know that I've started a new journal, and I'll be 
doing Documented Life and Documented Faith.

Well I also want to do the 12 tags of 2015 that Tim Holtz posts every month.
It's a good chance to maybe try out some new product, and it's always a chance to do something new.
I love that he usually shows us a new technique,
and this year I'm going to attempt to teach his tag to my Meet up group!

Sooooo without further adieu, here is my take. 
And here's a close up of the twenty and the 15.  
MMMM look at all that painted goodness!
And glittery too! 
Finally i had to share this pic, I took it when I was glittering up my 5. 

Of course now I have glitter everywhere 
including the Living Room floor, and my dog's head,
but that's the fun of it isn't it?? 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Anything but a card new beginnings

Hello bloggers! I know its been a while. Today a brand spankin new challenge is up at anything but a card challenge
I have decided to try a weekly prompt that will challenge me both artistically and spiritually. So I'll be working with the documented life and documented faith projects.  For this week I decorated the cover of my journal a bit. I tend to work organically, so this may change, but I'm certainly excited about a new journal and a new beginning. Please come along and join me?