Sunday, June 28, 2015


I've had ALOT of nervous energy lately
and needed an outlet....

The only thing I knew when I started this spread was
( work in action photos!)

I cut a heart from a piece of cream patterned paper
pulled out a sheet of vintage music and
a dictionary page.

I cut a additional heart from separate piece of paper to protect my heart!
I laid two stencils on top of each other and taped them together
it was a "what if" moments and it turned out kinda cool!!

I applied a mixture of Apricot Lily and
Dove's Wings ~ Polishing Plaster
through the stencils!
Then I sprayed the background with
Glimmer Mist.

The next part was my FAVORITE....
I wanted a cracked heart....but all my
"crack" mediums were dried up....ooops!
So I pulled out a piece of TissueStock
covered the "heart" with Multi Medium
and squinched the TissueStock onto the heart.

When dry....I tore away the excess TissueStock.
I then mixed a bit of Peony Pink paint with
Perfect Glaze Medium
smeared it all over the heart....
let it dry for a bit then rubbed off the excess
with a baby wipe.
I smeared on some Tarnished Silver around the edges
with my finger.

I knew the heart needed a bit more....
so I pulled out my Believe Script stencil
and applied Shadow paint.....PERFECT!!

It was still looking a bit flat so I used
a Big Brush pen to go around the edges
and then with a fan brush I applied
a bit of gold Glitter Paste.

I then went in search of a quote that spoke
of how I was feeling....
I just want you
That's All
All your flaws,
mistakes, smiles,
jokes, sarcasam

I wrote my quote on a piece of Kraft Cardstock
cut it up,
inked the edges and adhered to my heart.

I used a Petaloo Flower colored with the Crushed Shells
and accented with a vinatge button's just who I am!

Hope you've enjoyed my escape....

Product Used:
Shimmering Matte Acrylic
Peony Pink
Tarnished Silver

Polishing Plaster
Dove's Wing
Apricot Lily

Perfect Glaze Medium

Deco Art MediaGesso

Canvas Corp BrandsTattered Angels ~ Crushed Shells

The Crafter's WorkshopBelieve Script
Pointy Circles

Petaloo FlowersDaisy Layers

Faber CastellBig Brush Pen ~ Magenta

RangerArchival Ink ~ Coffee

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colors of Love

I have been in a bit of a creative funk lately....
so I started doing something I rarely do
I began watching Inspiration Wednesdays by Donna Downey.
I also watched a few videos by Marta Lapkowska.
My desire to create an art journal began to gnaw at me....
 then.....I FINALLY found a journal that I fell in LOVE with!!
The pages felt soooo YUMMIE!

As I dug through my box of The Crafter's Workshop stencils
I found just the PERFECT stencil that spoke to my heart....
TCW416 ~ Grunge Hearts

Now....I wanted to step out of my "color" box and work with
various I pulled out my container of Faber Castell
full of Gelatos and Big Brush Pens
and chose....
Red Cherry
Squid Ink
I pulled out a paint brush
a water sprayer and I let the random stenciling begin!

Now, we need to back track a bit as
I forgot to tell you how I prepared the background.
(sadly there are no pictures)
I pulled out a package of 7gypsies Paper Tape (for the middle seam)
some vintage dictionary paper, adhered with Multi Medium
and covered lightly with Gesso.

I pulled out another The Crafter's Workshop stencil
TCW242 Damask
and applied Perfect Paints ~ Polishing Plaster ~ Apricot Lily
randomly over the spread. When dry I added
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Coffee Shop.
Thank you Marta for this inspiration!

Then I pulled out one of my fave stencils
TCW541 Believe Script
I applied Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylic ~ Shadow
with a makeup sponge randomly on my pages.

Lastly, I pulled out my
TCW455 Love Post
applied some Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Stucco
and colored the hearts with various Gelatos
and shadowed using a Big Brush Pen. this point I started adding the Gelato colors
spritzed with water.
Can I say....this journal is the bomb! It took all
the liquid I could put on it....and stayed BEAUTIFUL!

I really need to work on my "handwriting" but for works!

I hope you enjoyed my creative journey....
I really think I've tapped into something here!!
Can't WAIT to try my next spread!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

what do you do.....

when life throws you a curve ball??

I head to the place where my mind quiets and I can find peace...
no product requirements....just me and my stuff.
....this is what comes out of one of those times!!

I began the creative journey by gathering items out of my goodie box from
Tami Sanders and pieces parts from my "misfits" bucket.

I had no idea where I was going....I just let my creativity lead me.

I applied a layer of Ranger Ink~ Multi Medium to hold down the first
layer of goodies then I began applying
Perfect Paints White Stucco and Shimmering Stucco
to hold down other goodies and to soften edges.

When I had everything adhered down, I applied a layer of
Perfect Paints ~ Perfect Glaze Medium.
( this point I became totally lost in the creative process
and stopped taking photos.)

The focal point and inspiration for the piece was this vintage postcard.

I began the next leg of my creative journey by randomly
applying a layer of Perfect Paints ~ Pearl Plaster ~ Bavarian Cream.
Then, I chose colors of Perfect Paints Shimmering Matt Acrylic
that matched......Coral, Espresso and Aged Copper.
I mixed equal parts of the paints with Perfect Glaze Medium
creating a more transparent paint.
I applied layers and wiped off with a baby wipe, as needed.

I used several The Crafter's Workshop stencils
and applied paint and texture medium.

When my background was complete I knew exactly what would be the perfect
focal point of my creation......
Blue Fern Studio ~ Sara's Screen Door!!
and lots of Petaloo blooms
with a few handmade flowers added to the mix.

I knew what the verbage for my canvas was to be....

I hope you have enjoyed my creative journey....
The situation hasn't changed....
I just have a bit more PEACE to walk the
road in front of me!

Product's used:
Petaloo International
Darjeeling ~ Petites ~ Teastained Spice
Butterflies ~ Teastained Spice
Penny Lane ~ Forget me Nots ~ Black and Antique Gold

Perfect Paints
White Stucco
Shimmering Stucco
Perfect Glaze Medium
Pearl Plaster ~ Bavarian Cream
Shimmering Matte Acrylic
Aged Copper
Moss Green

Canvas Corp BrandsKraft Flute
Burlap ~ White and Natural
Kraft Cardstock

The Crafter's Workshop
Impressions ~ 12x12
Word Association ~ 12 x 12

Blue Fern Studio
Sara's Screen Door

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another of my MISFITS!

I knew I had a grueling day of computer....
but FIRST I needed to get my head right
in a VERY SHORT period of time!

When I use texture mediums through my stencils
there is ALWAYS leftover "stuff" that I prefer NOT
to put back into the jars. So I have a pile of
tags,  file folders and cards that I apply
my 'tovers to. So I pulled out one of those file folders...

I then went to my bucket of 'tovers!
All the little pieces parts that didn't make it onto
on of my creations....but instead
thrown into a rather large bucket.

Look at all the "this and thats" 
on my card!

What do you do with your 'tovers??
I think I need to use my 'tovers a bit more often!!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!
Take a moment to remember those who GAVE ALL
so we can have our FREEDOM!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

soooo MUCH has been going on!!!

Hello my friends and fans!!

I have a saying.....
Not all BAD things....are BAD!

when you get past the moment....
some how....
some way...
things just work out!

I had one of those BAD things happen to me RECENTLY...
and SOOO MANY exciting things have happened SINCE.
In April, I had the opportunity to attend
StencilU facilitated by The Crafter's Workshop.

WHAT an AMAZING group of woman!!!
The event was attended by past and current design team members.
Cheryl Boglioli our FABULOUS DT Coordinator
the ohhhh so generous Tami Sanders
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer...what a WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE!
the super creative Karenliz Henderson
my AMAZING roomie Rachel Kleinman
and the talented Keri Sallee
(missing Jaime Echt ~ our amazing host)

One of our exercises was to create a demo....
then perform it for the class.

Here is my sample....SOOO NOT ME!

I went to this event with the idea,
I wanted to learn as much as I could
and I wanted to try something outside my box!
And I did both!

I learned so MUCH from each of the
participants and the teachers.

Before all the PEEPS left,
we created a piece of artwork to leave behind.
I used alot of goodies that were in a
a box given to each participant by Tami Sanders.
I did sneak in a flower on this one!

We received a coveted The Crafter's Workshop apron
for participating in this awesome event.

Thank you The Crafter's Workshop

Monday, May 18, 2015


I just came across this post in
DRAFT FORM....been there awhile!!
I will share it anyways!

Can I just say I am SOO HAPPY
we are in the month of March.
We lived through the coldest winter
on record, here in New Hampshire
with lots and lots of snow!
I truly enjoyed this month's DT package,
full of bright and cheery Petaloo blooms
and an assignment of a "Spring Project"!
I pulled out a 4 x 6 Canvas Panel
and created the background by painting
on various colors of Perfect Paint ~
Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic
that matched the Burlap Blossoms
Ivory and
I chose to use.
I colored the edges of an Ivory Burlap Blossom
to match the Antique Rose Forget Me Nots,
And how cute are the
Teastained Yellow Darjeeling Petites!?!
I will patiently awaiting the arrival of Spring...
and the blossoms because....


Textured Elements  ~ Burlap
Burlap Blossoms
Premier Darjeeling
Petites ~ Yellow
Premier Penny Lane
Forget Me Nots ~ Antique Rose
Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint
Bright Pink
Bright Gold
Moss Green
Large Ivy Die
Tattered Angels
Pure Mistable Papers
Tweed ~White
Gold Glitter Paste
Brick Background

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hoppin' into Spring with Tombow.....

Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Die-Namites Blog Hop! 

You probably got here from Latrice Murphy’s blog
but if you stumbled across my blog go the Tombow USA Blog to start! 

Here is my creation....

I am going to tell you....
this was my first time playing with Tombow's Liquid Adhesive!


I began by painting a 5 x 7 Art Canvas with Perfect Paints.
through the Crafter's Workshop's ~ Tattting Stencil
with a sponge, applied some Vintage Glitter Glass


With my background complete, I let the DIE~CUTTING begin!!

Using Die~Namites Dies and CCB Kraft Paper, I cut several

and Die~Namites Dies ~ Small Ivy and CCB Tweed ~ White,
I cut (3)...

Lastly, I die~cut (1) Die~Namites Dies ~ Summer Branch
from CCB Linen ~ White

Do you see the super cute white flowers??

They were created by cutting many layers of CCB TissueStock

and applying a dab of Tombow's Mono ~ Multi Liquid Glue
to hold the layers together. Using a fan brush, I applied more
Mono ~ Multi Liquid Glue to the edges of my newly made flowers
and sprinkled on a bit of Vintage Glitter Glass.
I loved the look SOOO much I repeated the process
on the Petaloo Botanica Bloom.

I adhered all my pieces parts to the background

I hope you enjoyed my creation and
experiment with Tombo's Mono Adhesives.

The Die-Namites prize is: $25.00 Gift Certificate.

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