In my world recently, it seems like there is a lot of “noise” that distracts me. I enjoy people watching, and the murmur of voices chatting and exchanging ideas, and laughter. Angry patrons, or crabby people, not so much…they really wear me out. So, I did a layout based on my love for beautiful silence and seeking it out to rest my soul.
I used the WONDERFUL Nekkid mixed media kit and washi tapes from Gauche Alchemy, and pumped up all of the neutral with paints and mists.
I did quite a bit of stenciling on this layout, using the doily in the kit, as well as a crafter’s workshop stencil.
I used Sizzix dies to cut the swirls out of dictionary pages that were in the kit, and they were a perfect addition to this more romantic style page.
I have really enjoyed my creative time lately (even more than usual), and the happy news that comes from it is such a bonus! I was SO blessed to be named the challenge winner AND a December guest designer at Berry71Bleu!!! I can’t wait to share my creation!
Thanks for having a look,and sharing in my joy! Oh, and HAPPY HUMP DAY!!
I’m pretty sure, the number one thing that makes me forget all my cares, and feel amazing, complete, and fulfilled, is my creative time. The times where I’m creating art, I let go of my anxieties, I change from “tense, fearful, stressed and financially strapped mother and wife” to an individual, that loves herself, her life, and her abilities. I am working on feeling that way in every moment, but for now……the times I’m most happy…..are with paper or canvas in front of me, paints at the ready, and hands covered in ink, paint, and gesso. Don’t get me wrong. My family is everything to me, but sometimes I feel a bit lost as to who *I* am as an individual. Creating art gives that back to me.
I created this layout, 100% with no intention, other than to share for challenges, and to enjoy the process. I ADORE my design team work, but it’s been over a year since I made something “just for me.” I need to do this more often. This is my reminder and wake up call!
So, as I search for the absolute happiness, the best mood ever, I discover it in paint and paper, with creativity and soul searching, and everything melts away. Am I someone else? Nah, I’m just uncovering all the “goop” and finding the sunshine within.
I am playing along with the challenge at Berry 71 Bleu this month! check out their BEAUTIFUL mood board!)
as well as 7 Dots Studio’s “Good Mood” Challenge.
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and you are resting and enjoying this wonderful weekend. I certainly am (as you can tell!)
Big hugs, and lots of love to all.
7 Dots Studio: Dreamer background paper, “daydreaming”
Also, Messy Head, Domestic Goddess (stickers and papers).
UmWowStudio: Layered circles, Hexagon confetti, floral stem
Viva Las VegaStamps!: Compass by Brian Kesinger, coffee ring stain,Lace Background, Worn Clockface
Metal: Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Bead Landing.
The new challenge is up at Scrapki Wyzwaniowo, with the theme “torn holes in a background.” I went into creating my layout for this challenge, with a depressed and introspective mood, and the only thing that cured it was a little art therapy.
My title “You’re just an empty cage girl, if you kill the bird” is taken from Tori Amos’ song, “Crucify.” I was having a day of dark places, and wondering why I always try to extinguish what’s good inside of me, with feelings of self doubt, or feel the pain of rejection so sharply. I needed to remind myself that the bird inside of me, the one that drives my creativity, the one that sings beautiful melodies of art and music to my soul….well that bird can be silenced with my constant anxiety. I don’t want to leave myself an empty cage. I have so much I want to offer those I love.
The papers for this layout are 7 Dots Studio, from 9th Wave collection, and Domestic Goddess. The texture already in place on the papers, made quick work of creating my torn layout. Torn inside, represented by the torn layers.
Join us for the challenge, which runs through December 4th….and you can possibly win some 7 Dots goodies.
Well, it’s that time again, for the Viva Las VegaStamps! design team call! In hopes I may be chosen again for this awesome team, with amazing stamps at our fingertips, here is my tryout post!
First, I have a tag (I’ve not shared on my blog yet), using several of my favorite stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! (Though it’s hard to narrow that down). This piece uses the Nun Licking Gun, Stars 2 x 2 1/4 , Star Pin, and Cracked Background stamps, as well as plenty of religious ephemera I collected from discarded religious texts outside my library, and gave new life.
Next up, I have a couple of pages from a mini album, featuring the poems of Edgar Allan Poe……hence the title “POEms.”
For this project, I started with a Genuinely Jane Studios wood album page, and layered on vintage text. The stamped images on this page are Poe , and the moon face from Plate 924 (one of my fave plates evah).
The second page features the Man in the Moon stamp in the background, the moon from plate 924 again (because it’s perfect for this project), Nevermore , coffee ring stain , star pin, and Worn Clockface stamps complete the page.
Finally, I have a 6×6 mini album to share, that was dedicated to my 13-year-old daughter’s love of Dr. Who.
I have used the Grunge 1787 background stamp, in a technique (shown in a video) to create the striped background, as well as the Don’t Blink , Hello Sweetie , That’s Brilliant , and Union Jack Silhouette stamps on this mini cover. All of those fabulous stamps came from one awesome plate…925. A Whovian’s dream.
Well, I’m excited to throw my hat in the ring for a possible second term for the DT of the bestest stamp store on earth. This past 6 months has been an amazing ride…and I’m so grateful. Good luck to all who are “going for it,” I can’t wait to see what you create!
I have yet another project created for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, as a guest designer, to share! This time, it is my very first shot at a canvas. I used a 12×12 canvas board, and lots of stamps, paints, gelatos, and more. I made a video of the entire process, which I don’t think I’ve ever done before. I just kept the camera rolling. I would’ve sped it up, but iMovie, which I’ve been using these days, doesn’t have that option. Booooo. But it is an amazing time saver for me, that creates fabulous videos in a flash. I highly recommend it.
This project was created for a swap with May Arts, and all of the trims and ribbon are courtesy of them, and deeply adored by me. The paper on this project, is once again from 7 Dots Studio‘s Messy Head collection. The chipboard hearts are from UmWowStudio. The fantastic stamps, that made this project just perfect for me, are from Viva Las VegaStamps! Including: Italian Sonnet Background, and You never forget your first doctor.
This was truly an unforgettable moment for me, when I captured this photo. I took my daughter to her very first concert, to see “Marina and The Diamonds,” and she was beside herself with excitement, while we waited in a huge long line to get in. The tickets had been a birthday gift. The heart on her cheek is a nod to Marina’s heart that she always has painted on.
I am so excited that I finally get to share a few of my pieces of work from my guest spot at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. This is a layout I created, using a technique that’s simple, but makes a super cool impact. I am stamping with FC’s glaze, that creates a resist to paint on top of.
Here’s a quick video that shows the process:
Here are a few close ups, showing the detail and dimension on the page. I have used the gorgeous Messy Head collection from 7 Dots Studio for this layout. The background stamp I used is Viva Las VegaStamps! Cracked Background. There really is no cooler stamp for this technique than this one. ;) The fabulous chipboard and flair are from UmWowStudio.
I have a lot of work coming up to share, but for now, I’ll just give a few little peeks. I can’t stand not having something to share *right this very minute!* I’ll leave links along with the peek…..and the date they will be live…in case you’re interested in having a look-see.
First up…the new challenge for ^^^^ Scrapki Wyzwaniowo will be live on Monday, November 18th. The inspiration will knock you over. Boom!
Next up, also on Monday, November 18th, I have a bit of irreverence up on the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. I think you’ll think is worth a visit for a little giggle.
This, along with a video tutorial, will be up on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog on Wednesday, November 20th!
Sorry to be such a tease, but I hope you’re going to be excited about what’s up next! I am so happy that Friday is almost upon us. This weekend I have photo shoots and crafting on the agenda. What about you, gnomies!?