Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Drive-by Post

I'll be back later with my promised tutorial for you all, but I had to pop in to tell you to get your tail feathers on over to Scrapbook News and Review to check out the Rubbernecker stamps event. The stamps are amazing and so are the projects! There's also a $30.00 prize pack up for grabs....wink, wink, nudge, nudge! But seriously there are some really amazing projects, classes, and tutorials all ready for you to enjoy.

Here's a teeny peek at my favorite piece from the event:

Please do head on over and see this in full! If you do, be sure to check out all the other threads, as well as enter yourself to win some fab Rubbernecker stamps of your own.

See you at SNR!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Madness

So I've got the pictures all taken for the tutorial I wanted to share here. I've got to edit the pictures and get the tut written up, so hopefully I'll have a tutorial Tuesday for you tomorrow! YAY!

In the meantime, I'll share some projects published in past issues of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

Bless This House

This card was created and pubbed for an arrow shaped card call. I started off with an arrow base and when I saw it laying on my table pointing up I instantly thought of a house. Go figure.... I've got a slight obsession in including them in my creations. LOL

Wander ATC

This is probably one of my favorite ATCs. I created the background by painting a paper towl, then stamped here and there. I added the foil butterflies, colored with alcohol inks, and then the image transfer. To complete the gypsy feel, I made some charms and inked up a word charm from Tim Holtz.


Wow, I can't believe how fast 2011 has gone. I made this LO last Fall to document my son starting high school. It's tough to swallow he'll be a sophomore this year! I had fun with some masking on this LO and now that I look at it a year later, I think I need to go back and hit those letters up with a black pen or some NeoColors. The tag sticking out is covered in chalkboard paint and the journaling is done in chalk that I sprayed with a fixative after. In hind sight I think I would have rather used white pen or paint. The writing would have looked nicer and I could've gotten more on it. I'm all about the journaling these days..... shocking I know! LMBO

Alright one more because I couldn't resist it.

Laundry Line

Hands down this is my favorite tag EVA'!! It was a labor of love for shiggity, but oh so worth it. The dresses are created out of polymer clay. I baled them up and then painted, stamped, and embellished them. The background is real simple, paint and some stamps/drywall tape. The grass was made out of some specialty paper. I've been really trying hard to work through my stash of things and I'm pleasantly surprised at how many uses I've found for this paper stash. I think I might punch out a butterfly (or 2 or 3 LOL) and add them to the clothespins. They look a little nekkid, don'tcha' think?

Hope you've had a wonderful Monday. See you soon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Something for Saturday

Even though the day's wrapping up, I thought I'd come here and remind you of the haps going on RIGHT NOW at Scrapbook News and Review. There are three, count 'em three forums full of inspiration, tutorials, and classes. Prickley Pear Stamps, Nikki Sivils, and SRM are all up.

Here's a teeny sneak of one of my Prickley Pear projects:

I know it's just a tiny peek, but head on over and check out the Prickley Pear thread to see the full project. And if you need a nudge, there are so really FABULOUS prizes to be won people! LOL

Alright, so I have yet to share here I recently became the proud owner of an iPhone. I must say I'm giddy with it, other than a few snags we've had along the way with having to switch carriers. Anyhoo, that's a whole other blog post...... what you should not do when switching phone carriers!

I was so jacked up to get one because of all the cool photo apps. Never did I think I could become hooked on apps, but me oh my! I have. Here are a few photos I've taken using Hipstamatic so far:

This is my fav. I love everything about it, but mostly the subjects, my DD and her BFF.

Hope you've had wonderful Saturdays. I'm off to create!

Friday, August 19, 2011

ATCs for Friday

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? My DS has his first football game tonight and DD has some softball stuff, but other than that it'll be a relaxing weekend.

I have a bunch of ATCs, previously published in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, I've not yet shared here so I thought that would be fun for today.

Spring is Here

Spring has been here and is gone, just like summer's about to be. YIKES! How did it go by so quickly?? To create this ATC, I started off by painting the base with some spring colors. Then I stamped over it with a script stamp and then again with a flower. After that I added the papers, flowers, and trim. I love those little felt flowers and will work on a quick tutorial for those today to share this weekend. I really want to get at giving you all some more tutorials and fun stuff throughout the week! WooHoo!

Dare to Be You

I must say when I made this ATC never did I imagine I'd love how the shades of purple looked. I do however and it's becoming a more used color in my world thanks to my BFFs hubbie. To create this ATC, I painted the entire base with shades of blue and magenta. This mixed into all the purple shades you see. Then I spread some light molding paste through a negative punch of a butterfly and some faux punchinella I created with a hole punch. Then I went over with paints again. Next I added lots of glitz and shimmer with some Perfect Pearls. My BFF hooked me up with some amazing colors and they are outta this world! I dusted the PP on the butterflies as well as little dabs here and there over the whole piece. To adhere the star confetti, beads, and the bling, I used some gel medium.

Rock Star

This was such a quickie! I brushed on some red paint, went over with white paint on bubble wrap, attached the corrugated cardboard with gel medium, added black paint and embellies and I was done.

Fly Away

This one emerged from some playing I was doing with light molding paste. I wanted to try out carving into it and creating a background. First I laid down a generous layer of light molding paste and then carved my cloud shapes in it. I set this aside and let it dry overnight (24 full hours to be exact) then I went back in and added paint and some Diamond Dust with gel medium. The last touches were the butterfly and writing the words fly away. I love Sakura pens! I was amazed at how well it wrote over the painted paste.

Well before I leave today, I have a few questions for you. I really want to beef up my blog and have this be a place where you can come for inspiration, how tos, and more. In order to do that, I'd love some input from you all! =)

What would you like to see more of on this blog? Scrappy stuff, tutorials, mixed media stuff....

How many times per week would you like to see new posts?

Tell me something about yourself. I'd really like to get to know who stops by.

If you can take just a few moments and share what you're thinking I'd be beyond elated. Like I said I really want my blog to become more interactive and less just eye candy posts. I have lots of ideas (some in the works already) and would love yours!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Have beautiful days with much laughter!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Issue Available, Some Projects, and Weekend Haps

Hey Everybody! Well it was a little longer than a day, huh? BUT at least it didn't take more than a week for me to get back here. LOL

I've got lots to share and don't want to keep you reading on forever so let's get started with the new issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine that is available for your viewing pleasure. Each issue is chock full of eye candy and inspiration, tutorials and article, and more! There are all types of projects from scrappy pages to cards to mixed media delights. Here's this month's cover:

You get all of the above for only $4.99 a month and what's great is you can view the last 3 months of issues as well. If you're worried about being able to save your fav articles or tuts, have no fear! You can right click and save anything you'd like. So what are you waiting for?? Head on over to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and pick up your subscription today!

Now some projects!

I've really fallen head over heels in love with doing canvas work. In fact each month in the second issue (yep that's right, 2 issues per month!) I do a step by step breakdown of one so you can try it at home! Let me know if you check it out. The canvas I'm sharing today however was for a call using deco scissors. Deco what? you say. Yeah, deco scissors. I had to blow the dust off mine, but am soo happy I did. Check out the project:

Say a Little Prayer

All the patterned papers I used on this piece were cut with some type of deco scissor, with the exception of the fringe at the top. That was done with the Martha Stewart fringing scissors. Are those consider deco? Hmmm... anyways, I made this canvas for my DD. It has special meaning to us and she was elated when she saw the outcome. Now to get her room revamped so we can hang it up.

Close up:

I had to share a close up of the birdie's legs. They're my favorite part of the piece, LOL. I made them by taking some beading pins and putting beads on them. I created a loop at the bottom to hold the beads in place and attached a jump ring. From the jump ring hangs two tear drop shaped gems from Maya Road though they're hard to see in the picture. For me this was the perfect touch of whimsy to make this project special.

Up next a LO:

In My Life

This LO was created for a fussy cut call. The October Afternoon 5 and Dime papers worked perfectly for this. I love all the little farm paper dolls and animals. I used lots of paints, pastes, gesso, and other textural elements. In my life I've had all the animals in the pictures as pets. What makes it hilarious is that it's only been within the last years I've actually lived on a farm!

Here are a couple close ups:

And finally a card:

Much Thanks

Much thanks first and foremost to all my friends that stop by here. Your comments make my day and I love knowing when someone's visited. So thank you all for stopping when you do.

I created this card based off the card sketch for SNR (yep there's sketches in every month's issue) and while my take always seems to go a stray from the sketch I love it anyhoo. Used lots of paint, gesso, light molding paste, stamps, tapes, and more to put it all together.

Now on to some upcoming haps at Scrapbook News and Review. I don't know if you know, but there is some majorly cool stuff going on over there! SNR has hooked up with a number of manufacturers and every Wednesday and Saturday there are events going on to showcase inspiration, classes, and tutorials. It is awesome to say the least. This weekend Prickley Pear Stamps and Nikki Sivils will be featured and last night SRM stickers went up. You can also view We R Memory Keepers until Saturday when it'll be taken down. Oh and did I mention there are a TON of prizes you could be entered to win?? They're good too, on the real. So be sure you make your way to SNR you won't want to miss out.

Phew, a little long winded huh? Thanks for sticking with me. Hope you have beautiful days!

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Projects to Share

Hi Friends! So sorry my blog has had tumbleweeds blowing through it, but summer days are busy and I've been planning some fun changes. Until all that gets underway though, I thought I should share some recent projects I've made for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Have you been to the site lately? If not, you totally should get there ASAP. SNR has paired up with a number of manufacturers and there is inspiration, classes, and tutorials galore available for you to view on the forum and front page. Crate Paper and TaDa are being featured right now, but again, hurry because Crate Paper will only be up for a little while longer.

Okay on to some projects. All of the following were published in the June issue of SNR.

New Doll

This is a picture of my daughter on Christmas a couple years ago opening an "American Girl" doll. She has one real one and the rest she gets are faux. I love that she adores the faux ones just as much as the real ones.

The idea to create a house shaped LO seemed fitting and I'll admit it was totally fun to create a little dollhouse LO with furniture and everything LOL!

Here are some close ups for you to peep out:

I'm so glad I finally found a use for that clock from October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker chipboard. I grew up with a clock exactly like that in my house.

My daughter even gave up one of her prized American Girl doll stickers so I could include it on this LO. That's saying something because she treasures them like gold! LOL

Next up Rainbows

The full quote on this LO says Rainbows without rain are gifts from God. One of my favorite quotes and so true.

I had a blast painting up the background paper from Crate using watered down acrylic and fluid acrylic paints. Then I used a stencil to dab on the pearl circles. Next, I stamped the letters, border, and title using black acrylic paint and a mix of foam and clear stamps. Once all that was dry, I laid out my papers to create the grid, placed the photo on top, add butterflies, and some letters and called it a done one. This was featured on the front page of SNR so if you'd like to see step by step's head on over there.

Let's see one last project I think (mainly because I always have good intentions of coming back here "tomorrow", but sometimes tomorrow takes a while in blog land. LOL).

Love You

This card was published for a using mists call in the June issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. I wish the picture could really show of it's glitzy glam look. This card sparkles! A couple quick notes on the card: I used coarse texture gel on the heart and then sprayed over it HEAVILY with mist. Love the two tone look this created. I created the lollipop flower out of misted muslin cloth and then used Studio Calico stamps over it. The animal printed heart was created out sticky back canvas made by Ranger. It was misted all yellow first then I placed a stencil over to get the animal print. The wings are chipboard covered on modeling paste by Liquitex. To get the texture I used a toothpick. The other things done on the card are more obvious, I think, but if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by today. It felt really, really good to blog. I need to do this way more often!

Don't forget about all the exciting happenings going on at SNR. You don't want to miss a beat and as a bonus there are going to be some amazing giveaways. Have you gotten your subscription to the mag itself? Oh me oh my, it's an amazing resource in soo many ways! I've learned so much. The new issue comes out Sunday so when you're there checking out the forum, be sure to get your subscription. At $4.99 a month, you can't beat the price!

Have lovely days friends. Blessings.