Friday, January 30, 2015

Too many Projects and not enough Time

This was the theme for the week of January 12th - actually it might be the theme of my entire month. Here is my quick week in review art journal spread.

I started out with a stencil I made and some Dylusions Spray Inks. I then inked up the background with Wild Honey Distress Ink and added in some water splashes.

I sprayed my week in review planner page with the same sprays, but let them puddle up and drip more. I added in the week's events, stamped a few to do items with a Heidi Swapp stamp, and did a bit of doodling.

I then added in my photos from the week and a bit more journaling. As you can see form the mess in my studio I have too many projects going on. 3 tables plus a computer desk set up and it is hard to even see the floor :)

This particular spread in my art journal has a lot of flaps.

Lastly I added in a little tag that I stamped and sprayed. I colored the letter a with some ink and gesso.

I am submitting this to 2 challenges that are an anything goes kind of challenge. Over at Inspiration Journal it is Fresh Start and at the Art with a Heart the Challenge is Fresh Ideas. So I am off to a fresh idea and start on another project - thank you very much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Beginnings

I am back today with an art journal page. I decided to combine a few challenges when I created this page.  Over at Mixed Media Place the challenge is something new for the new year and at The Artistic Stamper the challenge is New Beginnings.

I also followed some of Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday's video. So for this reason I won't go into too much detail about the background.

I have been really wanting to incorporate more sewing into my art. So I decided this would be my something new to try. I decided to try my hand at free motion stitching using a simple butterfly shape. I stitched onto some scraps of cream fabric backed with white cardstock.

I then stamped onto the butterflies using a dictionary stamp and inked them with Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

I used the same dictionary stamp for some of my torn paper. You can also see some stamped tissue paper peeking though areas of the background.

Here is a close up of my title, which I printed out on craft paper.

I really enjoyed the stitching and hope to do more on another page soon. So stay tuned for my adventures in sewing and as always thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


The challenge over at Our Creative Corner is to use something leftover form Christmas. I decided to use some leftover Christmas napkins. As you can see form the finished art journal page they are pretty hard to spot.

I started by gessoing and collaging my napkins down. I don't think collaging is a real word - but I will use it anyways :)

I went to Pintrest to look up the word leftover to try to come up with a few words. I came across a quote by Captain Corellis Mandelin that I really liked. I decided to make my own stencil by paraphrasing the quote and cutting it out on my Cricut. I used modeling paste through the homemade stencil and added in some stamping.

Next I started spritzing my page with some acrylic paint sprays.

I then went back over the top of the modeling paste quote with some white gesso to pop it out a bit more.

I typed most of the quote out, printed and cut it out, and then inked the edges with distress Pumice Stone. As you can see in the picture my napkins and stamping are still peeking through in some areas.

Here is a picture of the back of the flap. I added just the word Love here with more modeling paste and my stencil.

And there you have it a look at my Leftover Love art journal page. I am also submitting this to the Craft Stamper Magazine Take a Stamp Challenge. Be sure to check out both challenges for more inspiration. Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Steampunk Valentine Tag

I am excited to get back into swapping this year. Because most of my stuff was in storage last year i really did not participate in too many swaps. So when the the Stamper's Anonymous Yahoo Group announced a Steampunk Valentine Tag swap I jumped at the chance to sign up.

I started out by stamping the background of the tag with a Tim Holtz Wallpaper stamp. I then used white embossing powder over the stamped image and inked the tag with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I cut the heart out of grunge baord, painted it with red acrylic paint, stamped it with a Tim Hotlz Steampunk Stamp, and then applied a layer of UTEE to it.

I then stamped my wings with another Tim Holtz stamp, heat embossed them and fussy cut them out. I adhered them to the center of my heart and then added in some gears. I punched a hole in the crown charm and added a dangling light bulb to it.

Lastly I added in some tissue tape and a few more gears

I am going to submit this to the Simon Says Stamp Have a Heart Challenge. As always thank you so much for stopping by.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winter Wonderland

I just love the winter. There is something magical about the falling snow. It just makes everything look sparkly and new again.

I started with some Vintage Photo Crackle paint, patterned paper, gesso, Black Soot Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and a Tim Holtz script stamp.

This art journal layout is my week in review spread. So I added in a page from my weekly planner.

I cut tags out of craft and patterned paper. I then inked and distressed the edges and then added more stmaping with the script stamp.

Lastly I added in some photos, journaling, and alphabet stickers to spell out Winter Wonderland.

I am submitting this to 2 challenges. The Frilly and Funkie blog challenge is Winter Wishes and over at Simon Says Stamp the challenge is Winter Stamping

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Just a quick little post today. Over at Ronda Palazzari's One Little Word Challenge the word is Sing. I felt like just playing around with some paints for this challenge.

I don't have any step by step shots because I got really involved in the painting process and forgot to stop to take some photos. So here are a few close ups.

Some doodling on the stems and birds.

There are a lot of layers of paint and I like how they kind of peek through in areas.

This page took me most of the day, but I am really happy with how it came out. So go out and do something that makes your heart sing today! As always thank you for stopping by.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January tag

I am back agian this time with a quick little post. I am going to try to keep up with the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 this year. Here is my take on the January tag

I did not have all of the supplies and had to improvise just a bit. My twenty one is cut from grunge board using my Cricut and the glitter on the number 5 is stickles. I applied a coat of black gesso over the number first to be sure the stickles stuck.

I added a bit of stamping onto some Graphic 45 label stickers to fill in some of the blank spaces on my tag.

Be sure to pop on over to Tim's blog for the full instructions on how to create this 2015 tag. As always thank you for taking a peek at my blog.