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Texture Time


I know, I know, I am a total blog slacker. I am just waayy too lazy!
But, hopefully this piece was worth the wait. I did something I haven’t done before on a canvas- mixed modeling paste with dimensional elements.
Another thing I need to do is take pictures of my process, but it is what it is today…:( I can tell you I started by mod podging some dress pattern paper to the canvas  and cover it with various coats of acrylic paint before using course modeling paste to attach different elements, such as, cardboard buttons and butterflies, hard acrylic letters and numbers, Jolees shutter elements, and a red glitter branch .In addition I used a Michelle Ward stencil an embossing pad along with Tim Holtz Distress powder to add even more texture and dimension.

Once the paste dried I spread a liberal amount of green glitter glue in various places, followed by burnt umber acrylic ink and glimmer mists. For the finishing touch around the edges, Amsterdam acrylic paint in greenish blue. All paint , paste, ink and glitter glue was applied with my fingers. My favorite tools!
I am super happy with the results, and my favorite art is just running my hands over it to feel all the textural happenings!


More Assorted Pages


All of these pages are done in my Dyan Reavely art journal( which is awesome!).





Gangsta Prom- Dressing up old scrapbook paper


Haha! Now that I have your attention-spit out that gum and look at me when I’m talking to you! Oh=Whoops!- Never mind

Mixed Media techniques make it really easy to turn an old, dated piece of scrapbook paper into something really cool- this is a piece of Basic Grey from the Ambrosia (I think) collection-as I’ve said before, I’m too lazy to get up and go check.  These are photos from my son’s girlfriend’s prom-she is the cutest little thing and that dress is killer! Of course he cleans up pretty well too. He went out and got a new hairdo and paid a buttload of money for that tux!

Hence the photo

So forget that these photos are like  a year and a half old- just let it happen-it’s fine. I mean, I could start from the beginning of time and post all the baby photos from never mind how many years ago!

Using Art Journal Techniques for Scrapbook pages


Hi all!

I know, I know- it’s been forever since I posted anything- my house has been in an uproar, and I have just been really distracted by things lately and just haven’t created much art at all-but the last several days I have been KILLING IT! I don’t know what’s come over me- but I just have to share what I’ve been up to. And this is after I spent practically a week not sleeping ,not eating-couldn’t focus on anything useful- I completely stopped cooking dinner for days- I was a wreck basically. But now, thanks to ALOT of prayer and determination- I think I have conquered the beast and I’m back to almost full brain function! So, to prove it- I wanted to show you one of my favorite art journal techniques and how to apply it to a scrapbook page.

    The first thing I did was  paint the background grey, then mix some modeling paste with some red paint and scrape it over a damask stencil on top of the dried paint- here is the art journal page with this technique in the background.  Here is the scrapbook page where I used the same background technique:

  I know it’s not the best photo ,but frankly,I’m kind of lazy and this is as good as it gets today!

You can see the damask pattern here and there- over that I stamped a Donna Downey dress form foam stamp with black paint-rubbed some light blue here and there and laid down some papers and voila!

I hope this has helped you see how versatile these techniques really are and how you can use them in all sorts of art applications-Cheerio!!

White With 1- White With Polka Dots and Tape


On the heels of my first layout challenge and “A Christmas Story” moment (“It’s a major award!”) – well, it was to me anyway 🙂 I wanted to enter the next WW1 challenge with this  layout featuring my lovely eldest daughter.

I was trying out something new as far as scrapbook styles go- the multi layered look with all the curled edges-not my usual style, tho I don’t know if I have a “style” really- I like to try new things all the time. The only thing I can say about my style is that it is not neat and orderely. LOL!

I have incorporated polka dots in all kinds of ways here, from using several papers with dots, to dots of Liquid Pearls, and dots on the little flower peeking out at the top.

The tape (handmade) shows up underneath the photo where it is holding the crystal branch on to the page and also underneath the corner of the butterfly at the top left of the photo.  I really loved how freeing this challenge was! I hope you like it too!

CSI- Case file #27 Layout Challenge


The ladies over at CSI are doing another case file this week that I wanted to get in on. I barely made the deadline! Here is the challenge:

The  deadline is today, so if you want to take part-you still have a little time left! There is also another one that isn’t due until July 22, if you need a little more time.

I don’t normally do outdoorsy layouts, so this one started out as  real “challenge”-ha! But I soon found my groove with my tree stencil and some colored modeling paste-I think I got off to a pretty good start. I wanted to keep the actual photo and the surround pretty simple since I did so much with my background. If you look closely, you can see little yellow stars I stenciled with Pan Pastels. I also used a chicken wire stencil with some blue paint and added a little here and there-the rest is mostly stamps and papers with some faux stitching around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by!

As a final touch I added a couple of sprays of Dylusions ink spray in yellow. 

I used a cloud stencil and painted it in with blue paint mixed with a little white and outlined it with yellow watercolor crayon and brown pastels-applied some Stickles on them and then rubbed some gesso over the edges with my fingers. I added some stamped and cut out clouds on top with pop dots to give it dimension.

SCRAP 365- Sketch Challenge-July

SCRAP 365- Sketch Challenge-July

My first entry in the SCRAP 365 sketch challenge! Doing a sketch challenge is a little tricky for me because I’m just not sure which parts they consider mandatory and which ones are optional. I used Echo Park paper for the background.

First of all, here’s the sketch:(nope)  ( I don’t know why, but it took me way too long to realize this is not the right sketch-because obviously there are no butterflies- so this is my official disclaimer like a month late-wrong sketch!) I didn’t really want to do all those butterflies and torn edges-so I just made it my own in other ways. I did add a torn edge on top and slipped a little bit of Distress Stained doily in the pocket.

Here is my interpretation of the challenge with a photo of my youngest daughter giving my son a kiss on the day of his prom-(actually his girlfriend’s prom 🙂

A close up showing the homemade washi tape I made (one is made with yellow Dylusions spray, a sentiment stamp and a dot stamp- the other one which frames the photo above is sprayed with 2 colors of green ink and a rolling stamp)-also check out the homemade tags peeking out of the side. I love coloring doilies with distress stain and sprays!

More homemade tape with the other end of one of my homemade tags up at the top.