Thursday, February 27, 2014


A distinctive style of artistic handwriting created by using special pen nibs that allow a calligrapher to vary the thickness of a letter’s line elements; an elegant, decorative writing, developed to an art form itself, used to enhance the artistic appeal and visual beauty of handwritten papers and manuscripts.


 my version:

I like the frame around the words so I used the die cut tag to create that and the white space around the clustered elements. Looking at it here thought, I am thinking I should move the stick pin over a bit. Oh well....
Frosted Designs - Love is in the Air kit ( papers, tag, flower and leaf )
Close to My Heart - sentiment stamp
Maya Road - stick pin
Ranger - stickles and Distress pen
Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Acid Free Glue
twine - random


Helmar Design Team Call 2014
Helmar is a recognized leader of adhesives and aerosols in the Arts and Crafts industry and we are looking for new design team members to promote our amazing products. If you’d like to be a part of one of the most creative and easy going design teams out there, while showcasing Helmar products and your talent, this call is for you!!!
We are looking for dedicated creative design team members who work well with deadlines and guidelines. Designer positions on the Helmar Design Team are for a 6 month term beginning March 21st, 2014.
As a member of the Helmar Design Team you will…
1)      Receive a generous amount of Helmar products
2)      Endorsement fees for published layouts and tradeshow projects (subject to terms and conditions)
3)      The possibility of a selection of products from our generous Preferred Partners throughout your term.

Now what does it take to be a part of the Helmar Team? Here are your responsibilities
1)      1-2 projects per month consisting of posts on the Helmar blog, your personal blog and sharing on Facebook.
2)      Keeping your personal blog and Facebook page up to date and linking and promoting Helmar products at every opportunity.

If you are interested in being part of the Helmar Design team,
please email the following information to

1)      Name, address, daytime/evening phone number and email address.
2)      Short biography
3)      Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages.
4)      A List other design teams you are now on or have previously been on.
5)      A brief paragraph letting us know why you would like to be a part of the Helmar Design Team.
6)      Two examples that will best showcase your work. Please ensure file sizes are not overly large or small, nothing over 1mb. Examples could be your Papercrafts, altered art, mixed media, craft projects, kid’s projects, home d├ęcor, etc.) Make sure to list any special techniques you’ve used using adhesives.

Please submit your application to by Friday 21st March 2014.
No late submissions will be accepted.
The new Helmar Design Team will be announced by the 26th of March, 2014

** At this time we are only accepting applications from Australia, Canada and United States.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sundays with Sandee - A hot mess

So what does a hot mess actually mean?
When ones thoughts or appearance are in a state of disarray but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness or beauty.

If that's the case then my art journal page is one HOT MESS!

I am skittering around the emotional edges of color today with my hot pink, bright yellow and deep black. The colors you choose say a lot about you. So I'd like to think my art piece is saying that I am a sexual, optimistic and bold woman, or I am emotional, childish and Take your pick! HA!

Random thought:
Picking out music to go along with a certain piece is a monumental decision for me. However in this case, I went for something that hopefully conveys the type of energy I felt when I made it. It's bright colors and random stenciling added with controlled stamping makes me feel that she is bursting forth with controlled enthusiasm!

I understand there are some that don't like music so if you watch the video over at the Frosted Designs blog then be prepared to turn off your sound, because I am

entering my hot mess in:
Balzer Designs

Saturday, February 22, 2014


The mark left by a loaded (filled) brush on a surface. Brushstrokes can be distinguished by their direction, thickness, TEXTURE, and quality. Some artists purposefully obscure individual brushstrokes to achieve a smooth surface. Other artists make their brushstrokes obvious to reveal the process of painting or to express movement or emotion.


CASE Study Challenge #179

So when faced with a CASE challenge, what do you do? I look at it for no more than a minute and then go make a card using what elements really stuck inside my head. This time is was the soft, monochromatic feel, the banner, the stars, the stitching and the large word...and this is what I made:

1. Mine ended up being a lot darker than the original card, but I still kept to the monochromatic feel. 2. I did use some vellum pieces like the Polaroid frame and the polka dot banner.

3. I did use one large word, it's a Studio Calico rub on so it resisted the inked background very well, and 4. I remembered to add the hand stitching detail.

5. I did my banner of which had some stars on it, well most of the embellishments did come from the Frosted Designs December kit, lol but I love adapting themed items for something entirely different.

So there you go, 5 CASED elements from Danielle Flanders card.

Go here for the store and enjoy.....we are celebrating me turning 25 AGAIN!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Loyal friends

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

Hi everyone, I am so happy to be a guest designer for {my sweet earth} today. I just love all the projects I see over here by the fabulous design team, so it thrills me to be among such wonderful talent!

 I love the papers and stamps by Susan K. Weckesser, which have a delightful, whimsical mixed media look to them in bright cheery colors! Plus they are made from 100% recycled paper made in the USA! Bonus!

This is my card that I created:

Two of my favorite things to do are outlining and fussy cutting. The outlining just makes everything pop and by cutting out my pieces I get to create some fantastic layering and dimension.

I love this Unity Stamp by Susan called Insta-Cute. I admit I am addicted to all stamps that include cameras and Polaroid frames but these red rubber stamps are large, which is just awesome to work with! I stamped the frame onto the Live, Love, Create paper and then cut out the inside and glued it over the top of the Bouquet paper with the bird on it. Perfect fit.

Then I used the Crafters Workshop Live in Color stencil to create a fun border on my envelope along with the smile sentiment from the  Insta-Cute stamp, I think a little mail art is fun for everyone: recipient and postal carrier alike!!

Susan K. Weckesser Live in Color  papers:
 Beautiful Daydreams ( sun ) 
Live in Color - card base
Bouquet - ( bird )
Live, Love, Create - Polaroid frame
Susan K. Weckesser & Unity-Insta-Cute Stamp 
Susan K. Weckesser and Crafter's Workshop Live in Color stencil

Sakura - Pigma Sensi pen
Helmar Adhesives

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


A tool used to apply paints and inks to a surface, consisting of hairs, or bristles held in place by a ferrule attached to a handle. The quality of the hair determines the brush’s quality and cost. Each type of brush has a specific purpose, and different fibers are used for different mediums.
I just love this cute little card I whipped up last night using my pipettes, inks and pens. Very simple, very easy and lots of fun!
Isn't that the way it should be?

I firmly believe that the key to this type of art being a success is the outlining, which brings in all the ragged edges and letting your outline be loose. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bright brush

Refers to a brush that has the same shape as a “flat” however the hairs are not as long as those on the flat brush.

The Journal52 prompt for week 7 is
I did end up 50 years later actually doing something art related which had been a childhood fantasy job, so I am living out one of my dreams....but I also like most children had multiple thoughts on the subject of what I envisioned I could become. I ghost journaled all those jobs and dreams...don't see them, well, hang on and you will!

The art brush symbolizes my art, selling it at the Art Mob has been a dream come true for me. I have been successfully doing it for over a year now and loving every minute of it!

Each set of words are written 3 different ways. The largest is my title " In the end I just became me", and the pink ink flows out from the heart surrounding the words with the negative spaces not colored in, then we have the background circles saying "I am a work in progress", both written in all capitals but 2 things differ....first the circles go clockwise and counter clockwise. All the writing going clockwise have white colored in the negative spaces and those going counter clockwise are colored in with black ink. Still not seeing the under journaling??

Next the heart is more solid and serene for while I am a work in progress
 ( probably until the day I die ) I am happy and content where my life has lead me, so I wanted the heart to look peaceful and not cluttered, also not finished because there is always room in my heart for more.

And now for the surprise under journaling, something I didn't mean to happen this way, but sometimes it happens when we aren't expecting it. I wrote with my Faber Castell Big Stamp pen over the layer of inks and gesso and it kinda sunk in and dissappeared, well, that is until the light hits the page just right and then, BAM....!!

Seriously, almost kinda freaky, really! Here's a close up

Fun prompt with unexpected results!

RangerDylusion Inks
Faber Castell Big Brush pen
Sakura -Pigma Sensie pens
white Signo pen
RangerDylusions journal
Sheena Douglas - Silhoutte Garden stamps ( butterfly )
Close to my Heart - Scrapbook Setiments-Poets ( sentiment )

entering my art journal page in:

Blog Quick Quotes - Friday Challenge 36

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sundays with Sandee

It's been a fun week, full of surprises, one being that my art journal page that I painted with a pipette was put of the blog cover of the Dyan Reevely Facebook page, and yes, I took a photo of it, lmao!!

which is this

Over on the Journal52 Facebook page, I had over 100 likes and over 30 comments on this pipette drawing ( that's the most ever for me )

So, with everyone asking me questions on how to do this, I made a video and if you pop over to the Frosted Designs Blog you can watch it, where I paint this

Random Musings:
I'm not sure if it's the age of the ink or what, but not all inks are created equal. The orange ink I used bled through my paper and I will NOT be using it again for any journaling! And it wrinkled the paper, still waiting to see if I can fix that.
buy Dylusions and Lindy's!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bristol board

 A high quality heavy weight drawing paper, sometimes made with cotton fiber prepared or glued together, usually with a caliper thickness of 0.006″ and up, used for many types of two-dimensional artwork, including lettering.


During our winter storm, I had so much fun taking pictures of my backyard birds! I got up to 15 different species, there are still about 5 more out there that haven't cooperated with the photo taking, maybe they didn't like the snow? Anyway, my art journal page today was totally inspired by this little bluebird that was perched on my balcony looking out over the yard and the snow falling.

I knew I wanted to do a snow inspired page and I love how this turned out.  The snow effect is a combination of water being spritzed on the background, white ink splatters and white pen doodles.

Again, painting with my pipette, I just love how it looks so loose and free. The snow on the top of the branch is a mixture of molding paste, stickles and white ink.

The quote is one of my new favorites, so true isn't it? 
"The Future lies before you like a field of snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show."

And after everything was done I realized I had done 2 character type pages side by side. Although the pictures are quite different their messages are the same;
what we do and what we say, is important.
"A person's true character is revealed by what he does when no one else is watching."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Bitmap image

 A pixel-based image (.BMP) with one bit of color information per pixel, also known as a bitmapped image. The only colors displayed in a bitmapped image are black and white. Its quality decreases when the image is enlarged.


Happy Valentines Day

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - A is for Anti Valentine
get it? sucks...vampires?...OK, so I watch True Blood way too much :)

Cricut Craftroom - Paisley cartridge p. 26 ( heart )

Moxie Fab World - Happy for Hexagon challenge
Paper Smooches Sparks - Picture Perfect Challenge
Paper Smooches - Fun & Cute Extra Challenge

Spritzed some spray onto a hexagon stencil, once dry I outlined in a controlled manner around the hexagon shapes. Stamped, colored and fussy cut out my bear image. Printed out my sentiment and glued a few bee stickers on. 

I love this bear image so much and bought the stamp set just to get him, lol You will be seeing a bear in my future very soon. I can't release the details yet...OK, so I might have told a few friends, but as soon as I can let you know the details, I will be shouting it from the rooftops....I can "bearly" wait ;)

Heidi Swapp - Color Shine spray
random and old hexagon stencil
Paper Smooches - Happy Camper stamp set

Hope you "bear" with

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Birds-eye view

Seeing from a point of view from an altitude or from a distance; a comprehensive view in a downward direction; also called an “aerial view”.
Limor Weber's February challenge ( color challenge plus journaling prompt )

Simon Says Monday Challenge - We love Stamps

♥ A shimmer shot

More wonderful shine ♥ and hand lettering. Everything was drawn using a pipette and ink and once dry I go back and sketch around the designs with a waterproof pen. This puppy has been sealed with Helmar Crystal KOTE Varnish to protect the inks and colors.
 Love the ghost writing I did using my water brush with the inks
 Purposely blurred out the journaling, but it's all about what I wish I had done, what I wish I had been told, etc. to have become an artist who is confident. I wrote it out on the backside of my art work and then glued the piece to my board so it cannot be seen. :)

Close to my Heart - stamp
various inks - Dylusions ( Bubble Gum Pink,  Lemon Zest )
 Lindy's ( Starburst Tiffiany Lou Blue, Sea Mint Green and Moon Shadow Mist Gossamer Gold )
Sakura Pigma Sensei - waterproof pen
Signo - white pen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Helmar - a snarky Valentine I am ♥

I hope you weren't expecting a mushy Valentine project from me, lol 
How about snarky?
If you want the deets on this plaque, then please visit the Helmar blog

Helmar, Helmar, Helmar, baby!!
Frosted Designs January kit - Love is in the Air 
Want 2 Scrap -pearls
Quick Quotes Powder Puff  - ink

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Frosted Designs - Shades of Spring Kit

What's the best thing about bad weather, whether it's rain or snow? 
Let me tell you!
The best thing is having a package of goodies delivered right to your door! I love my mail man! And when he comes knocking, I come a running so I can tear open my Frosted Designs box of sunshine!

Every time I turn around I think that the current kit that was just delivered to my door is the best one ever! I can't help myself, the Frosted Designs kits are fabulous and the Shades of Spring kit is awesome, I am in love with the colors!

 So far, I have made this shadow box 
( details are over on the Frosted Designs blog )

This cute re-purposed tag - did you know we are now having a monthly challenge for all the kit members? We know how to spoil our kit lovers!

I'll be honest, I never thought juniper and grey could be so pretty together

a baby Valentine card for my brand new great nephew born on Jan. 31st ♥