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Transform It!

Hello hello!  I wanted to share a layout I did this week for the August Swirlygirl Challenge over at Swirlydoos (http://swirlydoos.com/news.php).  This month’s challenge is hosted by Christy at Creating With The Girls (http://creatingwiththegirls.blogspot.com/).  The goal was to take a piece of paper and transform it’s look using whatever you wanted.  Since I am a fan of mixed-media I pulled things from my bag of tricks….

Here is the Before:

Cotswald Manor by Splash of Color

Cotswald Manor by Splash of Color

This month’s kit from Swirlydoos is filled with the most beautiful papers it was hard for me to choose one to transform.  They were all gorgeous on their own!  That said–here is what I did…

In The Pink

In The Pink

I recently received some corrugated snowflakes in an RAK from the Funky Junkie Boutique (http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/) so after gluing those down I continued layering with various and sundry mediums to get to the end result.

Here is a close-up:

Transform it closeup


I am obsessed with pink right now and can’t seem to get enough of it!  The photo is from a clipart sheet I bought several years ago from ArtChix Studio (http://www.artchixstudio.com/shop/home.php?dir=home).

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create this:

Dylusions spray colorant in White Linen and Funky Fuschia

Inkagold in Rose

Liquid Pearls-Flamingo


Prime and Bo Bunny flowers

Plaid craft paint in County Twill

Versacolor ink pad in Peony

gesso mixed with Dylusions in Funky Fuschia

Heritage 3d Stencil paint

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Summer Potpourri–Art Journal Update

As promised here are some other things I’ve been working on this speedy summer–where has it gone??!! My arting time has been more sparse than I prefer but I have been doing some creating!  Here are a few art journal pages I’ve done this summer.  I am still enjoying working in my art journal and experimenting with new ideas, supplies, and techniques.  

I have been putting tape over my center seam on every set of pages to prevent bleed-through.  I have also been gessoing every page for better “tooth”.   This page I did some paint washing and then stamping and used some felt letters.



 Acrylic paint over gesso, metallic paint, banner with Stickles “stringer”, stamping, outlined lettering, papers from stash.



Love the patterned paper I bought in a grab bag and also love the big bloom stamps and little poppy scraps from my stash.  Acrylic paint on the edges.



One of my fav pages–hearts everywhere!!  Heart stencils, heart stamps, hearts for everyone!



Must’ve been a blue day huh?  Dylusions mists, Inkagold sparkly 3d paint, stamps, modeling paste.  Fun and free flowing!



Experimenting with black gesso.  One of the points of art journaling for me is that I want to use up some of those bits and bobs that are left over from projects.  Too small to be a project on their own but I can’t bear to part with them.  This page uses modeling paste colored with alcohol inks, embossed metal that is painted with gesso and alcohol inks, tiny laser cut butterflies colored with Smooch inks.



Last but not least…muted soft beachy colors and metallic acrylic paint.  I textured the page with bubble wrap, and a piece of cardboard cut so it had teeth, a cardboard roll was used to make circular patterns along with a foam circle and square shapes.



Thank you for sharing my art journey and spending a bit of time with me today!  Look for the glimpses of beauty in your everyday life and…

Art Out With Your HeART Out


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Summer Art Potpourri

Purple Pride

Hard to believe that summer is flying by so quickly!  Completely amazing!  I hope all of you are enjoying summer fun, good times, and lots of the beauty of nature.  So much inspiration can be found all around us if we take the time to notice.  I could probably spend a month of Sundays trying to get that purple shading and flow and nature reproduces it flawlessly time after time.

Here are some of the things I’ve been working on since my last update.

A good friend had his 70th birthday party and was his usual serious self–of course I had to memorialize the moment.

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It took all my restraint to keep the layout masculine and relatively unadorned.  I framed it and gave it as a gift to he and his wife.

IMG_0996 (500x460)Restraint be damned when I got to this layout!  I could not get enough flowery adornment on this page!

Switched gears from scrapbooking to some mixed media work on the canvas cover of a mixed-media album.  I used gesso mixed with modeling paste to do my bricks.  The frame and corner pieces are resin covered with black gesso and Inkagold.  I made this project at the Swirlydoos art camp in June.  The class was taught by Design Team Member extraordinaire Rachel Moses.  I love my framed worry doll!

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

My goal this summer has been to use up items in my stash because it seems to reproduce exponentially when I’m not looking.  This layout I used some strips of fabric to make my ties along the top.  I used some gelli plate printed doilies, ribbon,and stenciled glass bead gel.

IMG_0972 (483x500)The next layout is one featuring a picture of my crazy little fox terrier mix–Sophie.  Do not be deceived by this precious photo of her slumbering comfortably on my husband’s pillow.

DSCN0707 (490x500)Lots of distressing and flowers and texture but the main thing about this layout is that I used a piece of paper that I had been “hoarding” for about four years.  Yay me!

I have more projects to show next time.  See you soon and thanks for visiting today!

Art Out With Your HeART Out!


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Cozumel Mini Flip Through

Peacocks in Cozumel

Peacocks in Cozumel

Hello Hello!  I finally got my mini-album done for my Cozumel, Mexico trip!  It’s been several months since the trip but I am so easily distracted in my art life….first I got a Gelli Plate, then I found some awesome heavy-weight watercolor paper at a thrift shop, then I started experimenting with video….you get the picture–easily distracted.

I am sharing the picture above of some peacocks because it is one of the pics in the finished album and because I was fascinated with them while on vacation.  Once I discovered the peacocks on the grounds of the hotel I pretty much went and saw them every day.  Oh yeah–mini album–right!

I did a short video flip-through on the album.  Thanks for looking!

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Hooray for Hexagons


Hexagon Buttons


A few weeks ago I had a fun art date with myself and started playing with a pile of hexagon cut-out shapes I had left over from a die-cut piece.  They were black cardstock when I started on them.  I layered some white gesso on and then began painting some with acrylic paints.  I went on to make designs with StazOn inks and stamps, doodled with Signo markers and then embellished with random brads I had in my stash.  Here is the first batch:

Hexagon Buttons


As I progressed I began using clear embossing powder on some and I also began experimenting with texture paint and pastes.

Yummy texture and patina

Yummy texture and patina

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

I was really happy with the way this one came out–love that subtle xray look!

Old china look

Old china look

This one I stenciled with modeling paste, then used blue embossing powder and white embossing powder, clear embossed over that and then went back with some brown ink to highlight the stencilled design.  I am pleased with the aged china look.

Rusty patina

Rusty patina

I began doing more layers with inks, embossing, modeling paste, paints, and trying for the metal look.

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A crackle stencil with homemade decopauge mist, paints, and inks, clear embossing over top.

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Experimenting with different stencils and modeling paste.

Aged copper patina

Aged copper patina

Hooray for Hexagons!

Hooray for Hexagons!


It was so fun to play with embossing powders again and to combine them with mists, inks, paints, modeling paste.  I encourage you to revisit the supplies you have in your stash and experiment with new ways of combining them.  If you are like me you have probably learned new skills and have new ideas since the last time you played with some of those old mediums.  Go forth and

Art Out With Your HeART Out!



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A New Beginning–the artful way



Mothers Day Art Journal 1




Mothers Day Art Journal 2This is how I spent some of my time today.  I started my first art journal!  What a wonderful gift to myself on Mother’s Day.  Everything happens in it’s own time and this is a prime example.  I’ve been looking at and admiring many artists’ art journals while following a parallel path on my own art journey.  Always thinking that I would do some art journaling someday, later, or tomorrow.  Right.

Recently while shopping for some other MUST HAVE NOW art supplies I happened across the rack of art journals.  I’ve been through this routine before and I’ve looked at probably dozens of art journals without ever purchasing one.  Just call me Goldilocks–I wanted one not too big, not too small, the paper had to be not too thick, not too thin, the cover had to be flexible but not flimsy–maybe I should be called Her Royal Highness MS. Goldilocks.  In any case this time all journals were 40% off so I began the routine of fondling perusing all the journals.  I mean ALL the journals.  Spent about 20 minutes before I found IT.  THE ONE!  The perfect size (7″x10″), the perfect weight and feel of paper (#120 lb), the perfect cover (nondescript and unadorned but not plain).  Did I mention it was THE ONE??!!  Took it home and…put it on the shelf for a couple of weeks.

I moved it around several times because it kept getting in the way.  I picked it up and looked at it several times.  The pages were so white and so blank and there were so many of them.  I put it back on the table.  It seemed no matter where I put the damned thing it kept being in the way of what I was working on.  There was no way the Universe was going to let THE ONE get lost in the shuffle.  So today on “my” day, Mother’s Day, I opened my new art journal and played.  I got all the pretty colors on the page from the feeling in my heart as I reflect on my blessings of true love, sweet family, good friends, good health, and the companionship of a sweet dog.

Art Out With Your HeART Out


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The Best of Both Worlds

I’ve been stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone and striving to learn new things.  My mantra this week has been “where there is fear there is no creativity”.  I first heard this statement years ago on a how-to decorating show on television.  I think it was called “Interior Motives” and it was hosted by a delightfully funny man named Christopher Lowell.  He shared so many skills and in such a non-intimidating and empowering way that I was able to decorate my whole house using his ideas.  For someone with their first home and a limited budget and being paralyzed at the thought of making a bad decorating decision this was huge.   It is not a stretch to say that by following his Seven Layers of Design and creating all sorts of home projects I was opening the door to my art creativity.  I realized what a joy it was to use my hands to create things.  From making cornice boxes and curtains and painting baseboards and draping fabric and becoming intimately familiar with my staple gun (that does not sound quite right does it?) I started to think creatively.

Fast forward a few years and I discovered scrapbooking.  I always made photo albums of our family vacations and tucked in all the ephemera and room keys and little comments about our adventures.  I never knew there was a whole UNIVERSE out there of people decorating these scrapbooks and creating layouts around all this stuff.  I went into an Archivers store that I passed by dozens of times and it was GAME ON.  I could not get enough of it–the paper, the stickers, the stamping–all of it.  I would spend days working on a single layout.  Agonize over every decision.

Fast forward another couple years and I had stopped scrapbooking and had moved on to a small and sporadic papercrafting business.  I was using my scrapbooking skills on cardmaking, giftbags, bookmarks, and journals.  I had small-scale success at holiday gift fairs and word-of-mouth sales.  I took a stab at an etsy site but my heart wasn’t in it.  It felt like I was forgetting how to create things with my own voice and I was becoming paralyzed by worrying about what other people would like.  I was second guessing every idea.  My happy creative mojo was nowhere to be found.  During this time I started taking classes and attending art retreats that featured lots of mixed media art.  I had my cool little art shack and every art supply I wanted but wasn’t feeling it.  I was creating a whole lot of nothing…nada…zip.

Fast forward to October, 2012, and I saw an ad in the paper for a paper crafting fair on the weekend.  I decided to go and see what was new in the paper crafting world.  Well the answer was ALOT.  The scrapbooking world has finally started incorporating more mixed media techniques and embracing more imperfection and less cookie-cutter-ness (new word!).  It seems there is room at the table for both scrapbooking and mixed-media to co-exist comfortably.  I’ve noticed mixed-media artists using some of the tools of scrapbooking and they aren’t even holding their noses!  I’ve noticed scrapbookers embracing the drippage and splatters and textures of mixed media without frantically diving for paper towels!  It is thrilling!  There are throngs of artists who like me enjoy having a paintbrush and an inkpad in both worlds.  Yippy skippy!

All that said–here are my creations from the past week.

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Mixed media and photo

Mixed media and photo

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves


Small Wall Hanging

All of these were created using both scrapbooking and mixed-media tools and techniques and were loads of fun to make.  TFL!

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Mini Album Musings


Hello!  I’ve been out of pocket for a bit but have no fear…I’ve been doing lots of creative things.  My obsession with watching YouTube and UStream tutorials is still in full effect.  There are so many clever and creative people in the world.  I happened across some videos from Steff Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c3Gun5U4R8) and her blog  (http://withagrin.blogspot.com).  She does tons of scrapbooky mini albums that have so many little details and nooks and crannys.  I am fascinated by them.  

I also saw some work by Esther Craft (http://www.youtube.com/user/esthercraft).  She apparently doesn’t do videos anymore but I really enjoyed her mini albums and their intricacies.  Worth checking out.

In the past I made a grand total of two mini albums.  They were both done in 2006 when I was a newbie scrapbooker.  One is distinctly mixed-media with lots of paint and a beach theme.

First Mini Cover




The other is more scrapbooky and also with a beach theme.  (I love the beach.)

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I’ve always incorporated hidden journaling in my scrapbook pages using pull-tabs and flaps and such.  I know I love stuff like that and I envision future grandchildren enjoying looking at my scrapbook albums much as I did as a child with my grandma’s photo albums whenever I went to visit her.  But I digress….

I decided to make a mini album.  My goals were to incorporate some of the upcycled tags that I enjoy making, use up a lot of bits and bobs from my stash, and to learn how to do some of the pockets and other mechanics used by these other artists.  I think I accomplished my goals.  My album is not as cohesive overall as I would like.  I jumped around on styles but I learned new things on every page.  Here are some pics.

Front cover IMG_0742 (500x399) IMG_0743 (500x355) IMG_0744 (500x375) IMG_0745 (500x343) IMG_0746 (500x395) IMG_0747 (500x347) IMG_0748 (500x331) IMG_0749 (500x413) IMG_0750 (500x407) IMG_0751 (500x390) IMG_0753 (500x351) IMG_0754 (500x385) IMG_0755 (500x369) IMG_0756 (500x363)

If you want to watch a flip through and see  how the mechanics work, here is the link to my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-_SwcZCUVU).


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The Second Act–Tags Brought to Life

As promised, here are the tags from my previous post brought to life as part of a couple of Mothers Day cards.

Tag Card 1 (469x600)I added the first tag to the front of this hand-made card with a few embellishments and a bit of lace.

The second tag also became the front of a hand-made card with a few embellishments and some bits of lace and trim.

Tag card 2

I really enjoy giving second life to items that are normally thrown away without a second thought—in this case the hang tags from purchased clothing.  I encourage you to think about even small ways you can make use of an item and give it a second life.  TFL!

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The heART Exchange Experience

I want to start off by saying that I so admire bloggers who blog regularly.  It seems no matter my intentions I have thus far been unable to make it a regular habit!  I feel like I have to be in a certain frame of mind and I have to have the right pictures to accompany my post so !voila!–a perfect recipe for no regular posts.  Perhaps I also need to quit playing Words With Friends online too…but that’s another story.  I am determined to keep veering back onto my blogging path until I get it right!

I had a very fun experience doing my first heART Exchange through the website http://yourheartmakesadifference.com/about/about-the-movement/.  I swapped with “an artist, dreamer and believer” named Leanne Wargowsky at fromchaoscomeshappiness.com.  We were matched by the swap coordinator at Your HeART Makes a Difference after we joined the swap.  Here is the piece of art I received from Leanne


It is a really fun collage piece on painted canvas!  I am thrilled to receive it from Leanne!







I sent her a piece I had previously posted here in one of it’s incarnations.

  It was really fun to send a piece out into the Universe without knowing one thing about where it was going or anything about the person to receive it.  Sending it out only for the sake of doing it and to give it wings.  I will probably participate in other heART Exchanges because this one gave me so much pleaure!








Have an artsy day!


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