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....

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I'm on a roll....
two blog posts in a ROW!!'s another CHALLENGE!

a word
something wild

and here is my creation!

I think this project fits the parameter....DO YOU????
The base is a 6 x 6 wood palette.
I lathered on Perfect Paints texture mediums through
various stencils for background interest.

It just so happened, I had picked up a piece of birch bark
while on my walk today!
So, I decided to incorporate it into my creation
along with a bit of chicken wire.
(doesn't everyone have a roll of aged chicken wire in their studio??)

Next, I pulled out my handy dandy staple gun
and secured the pieces/parts to the wood palette. 

I then, pulled out a package of Cherry Blossoms
........but something seemed to be missing!!!!
SOOOO.....I gathered up the pieces/parts
put on my jacket and headed outdoors in
search of a branch!

To finish off my wooden canvas and the challenge,
I needed......a word!
I chose......LAUGH
I spritzed the word and rubbed on a little paint for color. was PERFECT!
(and a bit wild)

I hope you have enjoyed my creation.
Make sure to pop on over to
Creative Carte Blanche

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Butterflies and BLOOMS

Hello my friends....
I want to say a BIG THANK YOU
to my girl Rachel Kleinman
for her post on Facebook about this months
over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

It just so happened I had a project in the works
that I could use to fit this challenge!!

I had been trying out some new Perfect Paint products
and using a new technique, I had just learned, of rubbing on
Polishing Plaster with my finger.
I was able to create this rather cool background
using this technique.

I don't know if you've noticed??
...but, I've had this thing for hearts.....lately,
ok, so yes, I will admit, A LOT!
So, why should this creation be any different??
and one from a bit of vintage curtain
that was just laying around.

I had a few 'TOVERS I chose to use,
the Bloom part of the challenge, a Petaloo Sunflower
and some ivy leaves.

I added a few Petaloo ~ Mini Pearl Daisies colored with
I also added a little of the same color,
to the previously colored Sunflower.

Last but not least......a Butterfly
another part of the challenge!

I hope you have enjoyed my creation for
and I challenge YOU to play along!