Wednesday, October 28, 2015


So I am not sure where the time has gone. It has been forever since I have posted anything. The summer has flown by and we are now fully into Fall. I decided to create a creepy jackolantern to celetbrate the season.

I used several assemblage techniques I learned form Micheal Demeng in his Twisted Toyland class. A fantastic class! I started out with a few 2x4's screwed together for the body. The pumpkin is an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store. I applied a coat of white Gesso so the paint layers would stick nicely. For some added creepy texture I used Deco Arts crackle paste, modeling paste, and a stencil by Andy Skinner.

I them applied several layers of Deco Arts Paint in Vermilion, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, and Dioxazine  Puple.

It then used Deco Arts Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber. I love how all of the crevices in the texture are darker now and really pop out. I applied a light coat on the raised areas of white paint and added in some highlighted areas.

Here's a view from the side.

And here's a look at the skeleton hands.

The Jack-o-lantern's teeth, eyes, and nose are from and an old vintage typewriter I recently acquired and took apart.

I am submitting this to 2 challenges. The Frilly and Funkie Something Wicked Challenge and the DecoArts Mixed Media Haunts Challenge, I hope you enjoyed my creepy Jack-o-lantern and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Over at the Mixed Media Place the challenge is One Important Word. I decided to go with Summertime. Now I know this is not the most descriptive word and it does not always evoke a strong feeling, but I am really enjoying this Summer and it just seemed fitting for me to use it.

I made my own stencil using my Cricut. I applied white gesso through the stencil onto my page.

Next I used some Acrylic ink to make circles and drips down the page. Just before the ink was totally dry I took a baby wipe to it and revealed the gessoed Summertime stencil. I then flicked on some black paint to add in some more contrast.

I added in my photos along with stamped and inked images of the sun.

I used the letters cut out form the stencil as my title. I painted the letters with white gesso and then inked the edges up a bit so they popped off the page better.

And that is my One Important Word page spread. I hope you are enjoying your summer and as always thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I am just getting this page done in time for the Things with Wings challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

I started out with some acrylic paint, a baby wipe, Inktense colored pencils, and white gesso.

I then added in some stamping for more interest.

To be totally honest I am not thrilled about this page. I had an idea in my head and went with it. I wanted to do an Ink Jet transfer (I wish I had a toner printer), but as you can see the image really did not come out very good. The ink ran so the image is very unclear. You really could not see the wings on the lady at all, the entire point of this spread. I messed around with shading and pen work, but that really did not help. I finally decided to cover them up with feathers I had inked. The lady is pointing to the sky and it's really too bad I could not get the transfer to work out, because I think it would have been a much more effective page.

I stamped out the saying onto painted and inked cardstock.

So I am chalking this one up to a learning experience and moving on to the next page. Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have any advice on Ink Jet transfers I would be happy to hear it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Still Catching up

Over at Simon Says Stamp the challenge is Homegrown Summer. I decided this was a great challenge to get a bit more caught up on the growing number of Summer photos we have taken.

I started out by gluing some torn book pages down. I covered the book pages with black, blue, and white acrylic paint, leaving some areas of the book pages to poke through. I then added some white paint splatters.

I used some tissue paper to write the weeks highlights on. I added in some brightly painted deli paper for a pop of color.

The pictures are printed out on muslin that I inked up a bit. I used some blue watercolor paint to add in touches of color and distress the photos a bit more. I frayed the edges and went around them with some black ink.

For just a bit more interest i drew some sketchy circles onto tissue paper and adhered that to my page.

So there you have it one more Summer week of pictures is completed. Be sure to stop on over to the challenge and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A bit behind

So it's been a while since I have shared anything. The summer is flying by and I have not had too much time to create. I managed to sneak in a few creative hours to complete another week in review spread. As you can tell by the dates I have a lot of catching up to do.

I started by scraping on some paint and ink.

I than added some texture with glass bead medium and a stencil. I went over the glass bead gell with some blue Pan Pastel to ad in a bit of color.

Next I layered some Tim Holtz patterned paper that I inked and distressed. I also added some filmstrip and tissue tape.

I added in my pictures.

I decided that finding balance was going to be the title of this page spread. I sometimes struggle with all of the things that need to be done. This particular week I struggled with finding the balance between obligations and quiet time with my husband.

And lastly here's a look at my planner page. I have been creating my week in review pages like this for sometime now and it just so happens to fit in with the Simon Says Stamp Make a Plan challenge.

I hope to be back more frequently, but until then thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying your summer and finding balance :)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Be an Individual

Over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog the challenge is Raise it Up. I decided to raise it up by using lots of raised textured surfaces.

I started off by running several pieces of scrap paper through a Tim Holtz Embossing folder. I then adhered that down to my page along with some masking tape.

I went over the entire page with white gesso. Once this layer was dry I painted on a coat of Lumiere Metallic Olive Green paint. I then brushed on a glaze of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint, let it dry briefly, and then wiped it off with a baby wipe. The glaze settled into the groves, which popped out the raised areas.

I used dyed and painted cheesecloth as another texture. I stamped my saying onto some manila cardstock and then stitched around it for one more added raised element.

I have recently acquired some old textured wall paper books. I thought this was the perfect time to pull them out. I tore raised textured wall paper up, went over it with some white gesso, and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added in more cheesecloth, tacking it down in just a few places with eyelets so some it was loose and popped up.

I stamped, inked, and stitched around a tag.

Lastly I added in some washers for another raised element. The washers are painted with black and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint.

So that is my layered and raised texture page. I hope you liked it. As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fabric Wall Hanging

Lately I have had a fabric obsession! I have been sewing and dying fabric for a few weeks now and decided to share my latest project. It is my first wall hanging for a swap with The Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group

I started out with some of my hand dyed and painted fabric. I used acrylic paint, stencils, and Dylusions inks on my fabric. 

I made mini fabric pillows following Teesha Moore's video tutorial. After I had my pillows done I sewed then all together using my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch. 

Next I did some free motion sketching on the piece. 

It is hard to see in the pictures, but on some of the squares I used some sparkly green tulle under the free motion sketching doodle. 

Here's a look at the back of the finished piece. I chose solid commercial fabric, as it made a nice accent to the hand dyed fabric.

And there you have it. I was quite happy with my first attempt at a fabric wall hanging. I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Be sure to stop on over to the challenge to see some wonderful creations. As always thanks so much for stopping by!