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