Monday, September 30, 2013

Paper Playtime - Red, Yellow, Blue

Ch# 20 Yellow, Red, and Blue
Begins: Monday, Sept 30
Ends: Sunday, Oct 13
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate
I freely admit that I struggled with this color combination at first. But I grew to love it as I played around with it. Do you ever have certain colors that you have issues with? For me, it is the color yellow, I rarely use it on anything, but maybe I should rethink that, huh?

(OK, here is my confession about the stamped image!! ) HA!
Helmar Acid Free glue
Echo Park - pattern paper
Wilton - doily
Cricut - Don Juan cartridge, p. 57

and for all my friends!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

lucubration: noun

laborious or intensive study; also : the product of such study
September 27 -Challenge Host Lydia 
Challenge:  Creativity with Texture. 

entering this in:
TH 12 Tags of 2013 - September
Sparkles Monthly Challenges - #48 Fairies and/or Butterflies
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Anything Goes

I created my textured background by using the butterfly stencil and molding paste.

I LOVE this butterfly stencil and have been getting a lot of use out of it, OK, so I really love butterflies... but then, who doesn't?

Another MUST HAVE product for me is the Dylusions White Linen spray ink...this stuff is awesome! 
It can be super white or you can dilute it for a softer effect.

They let me sneak in over at Frosted Designs..ssshhhh....don't tell anyone, but you can see my post here!
I hope all of you that like to "mix it up" will go play in their challenge too!

 Yes, I love butterflies so much I will camp out all day on the side of a mountain to photograph them!
You can see my pictures HERE.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Try it on Tuesday - Dots/Circles

Going Dotty (dots or circles )

I am loving these recycled journal books and having so much fun altering them, they make the perfect mini canvas! 

Prima - canvas, script stamp
Apple Barrel - acrylic paint
Primo - charcoal pencil
Faber Castel - PITT pen
Ranger - distress stain, Liquid pearls
American Crafts - Marvy Marker
Recollections - sticker letters
Guided - recycled paper journal

Monday, September 23, 2013

tergiversation: noun

evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement : equivocation

desertion of a cause, position, party, or faith
( really hard to say )
( When the Ranger Distress paints were announced last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and purchased the entire line from the Simon store. )

Ranger - Distress Paints, barn door, broken china, picket fence
Prima - script stamp
Faber Castell - PITT pens
Hero Arts - alphabet stamps

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Take advantage!!

If you sign up for the newsletter over at Frosted Designs you will get notifications like this:
Take 25% off your entire order!
Use Coupon Code: SAVE25
Coupon valid: 9/20/13 - 9/27/13
You can view the newsletter HERE
But since they are so nice, they are letting you in on the coupon even if you haven't signed up.
But you don't want to be left out for the next time, so sign up now.
In the meantime, enjoy the 25 percent off!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

acquiesce: verb

to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively — often used with in or to

Wow, I cannot get over how incredibly busy I am getting ready for a month that isn't even here yet! Looks like October will be slammed full of good things like the Mixed Media Kit reveal from the Frosted Designs Store, my first posting with Helmar Design Team and the May Arts Halloween challenge plus all the normal design team postings..whew! It's no wonder you haven't seen much of me lately! 

So taking a moment to make a small gift for a friend of mine, the owner of the Art Mob who has been away for a couple of days due to some minor surgery. I'm sure glad she's back, no one can replace her at the store, she is an energetic little bee always doing something for us artists!

I added a little ribbon and wrote on the leaves which are attached with a stick pin
 ( I think I stuck it into the chocolate too, lol  oh well, it's secure anyway!! ) 

I don't who the leaves are made by, but they are the last of the lot that I've been hoarding. 
I hate to see them go,
 but just like summer they must leave too at some point 
and I must acquiesce to the change of seasons!

entering this in:
Fab 'n' Funky - #185 Leaves challenge
Craftin' Boutique - #8 Fall Challenge

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

gingerly: adjective

very cautious or careful

Many of you know that I live in a small apartment which means space is a premium commodity so I have discovered that redecorating the same wreath base means a lot of saved space. One wreath form, and many little bags of embellishments or ribbon to change it out for the seasons.
So this is the summer wreath that has come down:

And yes, I am a matchy kind of decorator, so my wreaths not only tie into the rug at the front door but to the aqua walls in the stairwell.

And my new Fall wreath:

Notice the aqua eyes?

So you can see how I used the summer wreath form to create my little fall owl wreath here in this slide show if you want :)

Creative Inspiration Paints - Copper,Pumpkin, Fairy Dust
Cricut - Happy Hauntings , p.56
Viva Decor - Paint Pen
Ranger - stickles, crackle medium

entering my Fall wreath in:

Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #17 "Autumn"
All that Stickles - Fall/Harvest Linky Party

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

caveat: noun

 an explanation to prevent misinterpretation

So you may, or may not have noticed my absence  from blogging for past week. Ever since I returned home from vacation my life has been a whirlwind of activity. 

My big announcement though is this:

I am so excited because I have wanted to be on this team for 3 years, that's trying out twice a year during that time, yep, 6 times. The reason that I share this tidbit of past failures with you my friends is to remind you to never give up, to persevere through and keep trying. I know first hand how hard hearing the word 'no' is, but never, ever give up on your dreams!

I got a commission for a card, delivering it today to the Art MoB.

entering it into:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge #178 ABC's 123's

I added some outlining with a pen around the letters and shadowed a bit with the stain to hopefully get the letters to pop out a bit. Also embossed the edge to the circle for a little grunge effect.

Cricut - Animal Antics ( digital )
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Ranger - distress stain
Current book review, the only caveat is, you might want some tissues while reading it.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Paper Playtime - Apples

Begins: Monday, Sept 16
Ends: Sunday, Sept 29
Sponsor: Cardz TV Stamps
Prize: 1 set of stamps
(must have USA address)

Since the apple cut already had an opening, I freehand drew a worm and stuck it in there, he then evolved into a Halloween worm. Now to let you know how my mind wanders, you can go HERE to read about why he has both a witches hat and a bow tie, seriously, I am weird sometimes! 
Just sayin'...

Cricut - Doodlecharms, p. 118
Really Reasonable Ribbon - twine
Ranger - Glossy Accents
everything else is from old stash

Don't forget that the Frosted Design store is having their coupon sale until September 20th!! Go to the post below this one for the codes, and happy shopping!

Friday, September 13, 2013

presage: verb

to give an omen or warning of : foreshadow

 foretell, predict

 to make or utter a prediction


What a perfect word for the day, because I am making a presage that you're going to love this!

Our Frosted Designs Store  ( for US residents only )
is offering a discount for all you LUCKY peeps...
and here you thought Friday the 13th was unlucky!

This month of September - from Friday the 13th  through Friday the 20th
( sign up for the newsletter because you would already know this if you had :) )

You can get $5.00 off your order of $25.00 

$10.00 off your order of $50.00

Let's go shopping, shall we?
I love being an enabler :)

Here are some of my favorite products:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

itinerant: adjective

traveling from place to place; especially : covering a circuit

OK, I just could NOT resist this adorable Party Pig image, it just called out to me, and it just fit perfectly with the sentiment, seriously, right?

Sparkle N Sprinkle - September Challenge
( Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking )

 Glitter addict :)
need I say more?

Sparkle N Sprinkle - Digi image by Beccy Muir ( Party Pig )
Ranger - stickles, Liquid Pearls
Sakura - Glaze pen
Faber Castell - metallic gelato, PITT pens
Helmar - Acid Free Glue
Heidi Grace - flocked pattern paper

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Try it on Tuesday - Handmade Flowers

Challenge 10th September - Hand made flowers

Trying a new adventure for the Art MoB, making prayer journals. If they don't sell, then I'll donate them to the children's Christmas fund, but hopefully someone will like them.

First, I traced ( yes, ::gasp:: traced ) the flowers onto the painted cover. Then colored in the flowers with acrylic paint. Next, I traced a couple of the flowers onto a light orangey-yellow card stock and fussy cut them out. After adhering them onto the cover I covered them with stickles and while wet, slightly bent the edges of the petals upward and let them dry curled. I added 3 different size gems, one into the center of each flower.

Helmar - 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Gemstone Glue
Ranger - Distress Paint, stickles, liquid pearls
Dylusions White Linen
( loving this white spray, it shows up on everything, even on top of yellow! )
Apple Barrel - acrylic paint
Copics - marker ( binding and outlining )

also entering my Prayer Journal into:

Anything But a Card - #27 Hit the Books
{my sweet earth}- September Create to Live Challenge
Made with Repix (

Sunday, September 8, 2013

malapert: adjective

impudently bold : saucy



Anything But a Card - #27 Hit the Books

Creative Inspirations Paint - Got CI paints?

September 2013 Creative Dare - Share your Home

What's in my home?

First I used a brayer to coat the cover of the journal, ( I didn't want complete coverage, I love the Kraft paper showing through ) next using a stencil with paint, which I then outlined with a pearl paint. The Lord's Prayer was stamped on Kraft paper and then cut out, painted and also outlined with pearl paint.

I think one of my favorite parts on my art journals are the small bull nose clips that I add a cross to. I believe that the small cross embellishment makes a big impact. You might notice a small dot of Helmar 450  Quick Dry Adhesive over the opening of the ring, it helps assure that it won't open and let the cross slide off by accident.

Guided - journal ( Walmart ) 
Apple Barrel - acrylic paint 
All Night Media - stamp
Ranger - Liquid Pearls, distress paints
Faber Castell - PITT pen
Creative Inspiration - paint
Viva Decor - pearl pen
Cousins - charm
Reminisce - white pen
Crafter's Workshop - stencil
Sakura - Glaze pen
Have you read Divergent?

Here's my review :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Seriously awesome give aways!! Have you entered?

So, you have the opportunity to win this from Susan K. Weckesser:
photo (2)

Go "like" her FB page
then leave her a comment on her blog { my sweet earth }

and don't forget

 to go to the Frosted Design Blog for our Grand Opening Celebration of our new store 
to win this:

or this:

Good luck to everyone!!