Monday, August 22, 2016

My Soul Angel...

Howdy everyone....
Can you believe it....
I CAN'T hardly stand it!

I've been meaning to share this little LOVER~LY
I create a while back!
....I just love her!
She stands watch over my studio...

The inspiration for my Soul Angel was
my DT box I had just received from
OH the creative juices began to flow!!

I dug out a Chunky ATC that had been banging
around on my crafting table for MONTHS.
Then, I remembered a bag of wood pieces parts, I had,
and dumped it on the floor to begin to compile my Soul Angel
a candlestick holder
a door knob
and a wooden ball.
My Soul Angel was beginning to take shape...

 I smeared on a bit of 
to match the previously created Chunky ATC.
Then, I painted all the wood pieces with
Perfect Paints ~ Aged Copper to match.

I glued all the pieces together with Ranger's Multi Medium.
While I was waiting for it to dry,
I cut (2) wings using Sizzix ~ Angel Wings die
and a bit of cardboard.
I manhandled the cardboard, tearing at it to
expose the corrugation.
Next I randomly painted on
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic
True Blue
when dry, a feathered on a bit of Ranger's Multi Medium
and added a bit of Stampendous Pearlized Fragments.

Then I dug into my new acquired stash of
UmWowStudio chippies!!
I used (2) leaves from Home Grown MASH
SOUL and flourishes from Fortune Teller MASH

I painted all my chippies with
Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic
I love how you can paint it on flat
or dab on to created texture.

I colored a bit of string
to match my Soul Angel's wings and
added a key and vintage button to round out her bodice.

What would my Soul Angel be without
a halo and veil!!?!?
I used a bit of vintage lace and such to create them
and finished it off with another
flourish from the Fortune Teller MASH.

I hope you have enjoyed my creative journey....
It was one of those projects I just had to get out
of my head and let it have it's way!

THANK YOU for stopping by........

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

.....a FOND Farewell

It was 5 years ago I entered Petaloo's Color Me Crazy competition....
and I WON! 
I was awarded a coveted position on the
Petaloo Design team. and the journey began!

Here is the project I created!
You can see the tutorial on how I made this
Mini Album HERE.

BUT TODAY.....I wish the team a FOND adieu!

I thought I would share a few of
my FAVORITE project created with
Petaloo Blooms!

Here is a project I created for Swirlydoos
(sorry the video is missing)

Every year I make a new Pumpkin around Thanksgiving
.....this is one of my all time favorite ones!

This next project, I created for Tattered Angels.
I hangs prominently on my studio wall....still!
You can see it here!

I proved to can use flowers on a boy layout!

Next up we have a TRIBUTE to Reminisce...
you can see the tutorial HERE!

I created this tag for Yvonne Blair Designs
.....and yes I am using purple!

Last up is a project I created for Ranger's Melt Art Mania
.....and the video is still available for this one!

.....there are SOOO MANY more I projects I could have
showcased.....but this will do for now!

A BIG THANK YOU to Cheryl and Jeff Cohen of Petaloo!
Thank you for believing in me...
Thank you for having me teach for you...

Also, a thank you to all my Past and Present Design Team Members! on to the Next Big Thing!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Free Create Day

I LOVE when I have a 
when I don't have a creative assignment...
what I want to play with!!

YESTERDAY was one of those days...

I had a package of
(2) Pack of Color Burst
some The Crafter's Workshop stencils
Stencil Folk Art Flower
Repeating Pods
Layered Flower Bits
a jar of Perfect Paints 

....and I let the creative process flow!

For all the cards,
I applied various Color Burst colors
to the Water Media Card.
I love that you can soak these cards and they
stay FLAT!
Then I stenciled over the the colored background

From there I tried something different on each card.
For this card I painted on Yellow Gold ~ Liquid Metallics
over the Polishing Plaster.

For the second card....
how the Color Burst seeped into the Polishing Plaster
to cause a "transparent" look.

I chose to leave this background AS IS!

For the last card I painted over the Polishing Plaster
with various colors from the Earthtones 6-Pack.

All three of my cards have sentiments from
Impression Obsession / Yvonne Blair Designs
stamped on CCB Kraft Cardstock with
Ranger ~ Archival Ink ~ Watering Can.

For my second card I painted UmWowStudio chippies 
with Gesso, then painted on a bit of the
Earthtone Color Burst.
Added a few Petaloo Blooms!

The last card....

I hope you have enjoyed my creative journey!
It felt AMAZING to free create!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Do All Things.....

It is the 4th of July weekend
and my boy is coming home for 2 weeks

I wanted to share with you
my latest 'TOVER....
I had been working on this project for
and had some unused goodies
I just couldn't throw out!

So, I used them to create this card.
I had applied leftover
to a card created from 

Now the 'TOVERS on my card are....
the paper flower created using
I cut the layers from
and a piece of vintage curtain,

....and Petaloo's Paintable Mini Pearl Daisies
which I had colored with diluted

I stapled on a piece of 
that I had painted black.

When I was manhandling the piece of
 I saved the fibers I pulled and
used them behind my flower!

For the card background
I splattered on a bit of India Ink
and did a bit of ghost stamping.

The whole inspiration for my card is
the tag from the

I know mine will be!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Hey y'all....
guess it's been a little while since I
created for myself....
I seem to be in some type of a creative funk lately...
so I decided to challenge myself!
So I headed to Walmart and the clearance section
and this is what I found.....

.....I put them in my basket, cashed out and headed home.
The first thing I saw when I returned home was
an 11" x 14" art board, so I grabbed it
along with some goodies to work with.

Tattered Angels
High Impact ~ Olive

Multi Medium Matte

And I let the LAYERING BEGIN!!

I cut up my purchased trims
into various shapes and sizes
added a piece of sheet music
and some mesh drywall tape,
laid it all out and then
adhered EVERYTHING with
Multi Medium.

I applied a layer of Organic Sugar using
my handy dandy Catalyst Wedge -02

When dry, I painted on a layer a mixture of
Bavarian Cream and Glaze Medium.

Now for the scary part....
I mixed a 50/50 amount of
Glaze Medium and Espresso
and applied it randomly on my canvas...
waited then wiped it off with baby wipes.
Phew....I liked the look!

I applied a bit of Gesso over the finished canvas.
Now to build....
to follow along with the "mesh" look
I cut a piece of wire mesh and
stapled it to the art board.

Here is the finished canvas.....

I pulled out a Canvas Corp ~ Burlap heart
 I had previously cut from my 'Tovers pile
and built on it
with a Canvas Corp ~ Canvas heart
another heart cut from one of the trims
a larger vintage sheet music heart
finished off with a Canvas Corp ~ Flute heart.

But it just didn't seem complete so I pulled out
a few UmWowStudio Chippies
Leafy Mash
and applied a layer of diluted 
Organic Sugar for texture.
When dry I painted on some
 Tattered Angels ~ Olive.

Here are a few more close-ups of my creation...

I finished off my lovely with a
Petaloo Mini Garden Rosette
and a bit of vintage trim.

I hope you enjoyed my clearance Challenge
as much as I did!!!
Now to find a place on my wall to hang this!

Friday, May 20, 2016

It is WHAT it is...

Where do you get you inspiration??
While on a walk with my grandson I
came across this garbage can cover....
and I just had to snap a picture!

When the opportunity arose
I pulled out a bunch of Perfect Paints
and got lost in the creative process.

a bit of Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint
some Polishing Plaster
Glaze Medium
and some "homemade" spray.

I began with a gesso'ed burlap canvas
added a layer of black gesso
and then a thin layer of
a 50/50 mixture of Glaze and Aged Copper,
which i wiped most of it off!
Then let the layering begin.

I dabbed on paint with various sponges
I mixed colors together
I combined paint and polishing plaster
all to achieve various looks and textures!


Once my background was complete
the question arose....
WHAT OH WHAT to do now!
I must have stared at the canvas for a day.....

I pulled out various Petaloo blooms
the tag I had been using my 'TOVERs on
zipper parts
wire mesh
a bit of halloween netting.....

Here are a few close ups....