Tuesday, March 31, 2015


I am back today to share a week in review page spread.

St. Patrick's day was this particular week so I decided to use green as my background color. I used various green Distress Inks and Stains, along with some background stamps.

I had some pink ink run onto this page from a previous page so I added in several layers of white paint to cover it up. I heated up the paint until it bubbled for some added texture.

This is a look at my planner page.

I added in a few pictures and some swirl stickers.

Lastly I added in some lettering. The white letters blended in a bit too much so I went around them with a black pen.

And that is it - pretty simple, but I am quite happy with it. I am submitting this to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Go Green challenge. Sadly this is their last challenge, so be sure to stop on over to see more inspiration. As always thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 27, 2015


The weather in northeast Ohio this time of year is crazy! This week were almost in the 60's with sun, then rain, and today it is snowing! Just when you think Spring is here Mother Nature throws in some snow. I wanted to do a Spring art journal page and started this page yesterday when it was raining out.

I started out with a gessoed page and spritz several spring color Dylusions Ink Sprays and then let them drip down the page.

When the gesso was still wet, before I sprayed the ink on the page, I used a raindrop stamp to add some texture to the background.

I had a bunch of Dylusions Stamps out from a previous page and decided to use them again. I stamped the images onto a heavier copy paper with black Archival Ink.I colored in the stamped girls with colored pencils. And then fussy cut them out.

I used another Dylusions stamp and Black Archival ink for the flowers. I used a black pen to doodle in the ground.

I initially had stamped some clouds on the backgrouind with a hand carved stamp and some white Gesso. Since I used Dylusions Spray ink, which are not water resistant, the white gesso really did not show up and just turned the color of the ink. I decided to print out a saying by LangstonHughes on deli paper. I then stamped on the back of the deli paper with the cloud stamp and white gesso. I fussy cut the clouds out and adhered them to my page. I really like how you can still see the color behind the cloud, but the cloud is now more visible.

I am submitting this to the Artistic Stamper Spring is Coming Challenge. Be sure to stop on over there to see more wonderful creations. As always thank so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quirky Girls with Wings

Over at the Mirror Crack'd the challenge is Wings. I decided to make an art journal page for the challenge using lots of mixed media supplies.

My background is a collage of deli paper, copy paper, and book paper that has been painted, gelli printed, and sprayed with ink.

I used several Dylusions stamps for the quirky girls.

I decided to put my own twist on the girls by using more gelli printed paper for their bodies. The wings are also a Dylusion stamp that I inked with Distress Ink.

I also added in some pointy hats and changed up the stamped faces a bit.

I made the tree like shapes with the Dylusions mushroom stamp and you guessed it more gelli printed paper. I then drew in the long stems with a paint marker. The little sprigs coming out from the bottom of the mushroom area is part of the hair form one of the Dylusions stamped girls.

Lastly I added in a fun little typed quote.

And there you have it, a quirky art journal page. I hope you enjoyed my page as much as I enjoyed creating it. As always thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Live Life in Full Bloom

It seems I am hooked on painting these days. I can't seem to get enough of it. So I am sharing another painted art journal page.

Here's how the page started out - bright colored acrylic paint, some inks, some stamping, some pen work, and some paint pens.

Next I sketch in some flowers with black india ink and a dip pen.

I then added a glaze of blue acrylic paint, wiping back some areas so the background was still visible in spots. I added in some more paint, shaded, and highlighted the flowers.

I added in some white splatters and paint stripes to the background for a bit more highlights.

Lastly I used a black pen to add in my quote.

I am submitting this to the Inspiration Journal Blog Spring Blooms Challenge. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 20, 2015

A little bling Shabby Chic layout

It has been a while since I have done a shabby chic project. So when I saw that the Frilly and Funkie Challenge was Bring on the Bling, I was inspired to do a shabby chic layout for my week in review spread.

I stamped, heat embossed and spritz shimmer inks onto patterned scrapbook paper.

I painted my art journal pages and my week in review planner a dark charcoal grey so that the layout would pop off nicely.  I used paint markers and pens to on my planner page to add in my journaling and doodling.

I wanted my pictures to have a vintage feel so I printed them in black and white and then went around the edges with some white gesso. I then adhered them to a piece of burlap and added that to my page.

Lastly I added in the flowers and bling. It is hard to see in the pictures, but the shimmer ink dripping down the page adds a bit of sparkle too.

Be sure to stop on over to the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and as always thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Steampunk Time ATC

Over at S.W.A.T. the challenge is Steampunk Funk. I decided to create an ATC for the challenge.

I started out by embossing my ATC with a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch embossing folder. I then used Distress Paint to add color. I wanted the embossed clocks to really pop off so I went over the raised areas with some black Archival ink.

I added in some metal steampunk embellishments that I embossed and painted to look a bit more vintage and rusty.

I inked up a mini tag and added a song lyric from "The Way We Were" (this is also for an ATC swap with The Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group). Lastly I stapled some film strip ribbon to the ATC to add some dimension.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Scattered Pictures ATC

I am back today with a quick post to share an ATC I created for a swap over at Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. The swap theme is based on the song "The Way We Were".

I created my background with some Tim Holtz Tissue paper and a few Distress Stains.

I die cut out the picture wheel with the Tim Holtz die and then inked it up with some more distress stain. I then adhered vintage pictures from the Graphics Fairy.

The clock was stamped with a Tim Holtz Stamp and black archival ink. I inked it up with more Distress Stain so it had a more vintage look. I used some clear embossing powder to add some shine and dimension to the clock. I then added in a clock hand from Tim Holtz.

And there you have it my Scattered Pictures ATC. I am submitting this to A Vintage Journey Anything Tim Challenge. Be sure to pop on over the the blog to see more wonderful creations. As always thank you for stopping by!