Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happiness Defined

Hello friends! I hope your summer is going GREAT! I'm super busy and my time is limited so my posts are less frequent--but rest assured, I am staying crafty and working on all kinds of projects for upcoming Fall and Winter months ahead! I've recently expanded my "craftiness" and started sewing a lot! I'm finishing my first homemade dress today, so I'll be sharing that tomorrow. :) Today I'm actually sharing.....wait for it...... a real 12x12 scrapbook page! I've not completed a big scrapbook layout in ages, so this was definitely lots of fun for me! I don't know why I don't do more scrapbooking like I used to, but I plan on making a concentrated effort to do so more now. Here's my very mixed media scrap page.
 My favorite new online store is Sa Crafters zibbet store where I get all of my miniature wood and chipboard products and her stencils are awesome too! Sa's stuff is reasonable, high quality and made in the USA by her--Personally I prefer to support small business and product made in the USA whenever possible. The bicycle, kneeling fairy, butterflies and birdcage are all from Sa's store as well as a small honeycomb stencil I used on the background. Sa even sent me a free package of pretty self-adhesive bling centers, which I added on my layout to a couple of the flower centers. The paper and pink flowers are from Prima Marketing. This bundle of happiness chilling on our backyard hammock is my beautiful niece Celina and 3 of my handsome nephews, Trent, Payton and Chance. They are all much bigger now and still bring us so much joy!! This is one of my favorite pics of all of them together. Love them so much! :) I'm entering this layout into the July Paper Issues challenge- Say Cheese! 
Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my layout with you. I hope you have a creative and very blessed day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

You Brighten My Day

Hey friends, happy Monday! :) I made a quick and easy card today using my Gelatos to create a watercolor rainbow effect. I hope you like it--I really enjoyed making it!
This super adorbsies image and sentiment are from Paper Smooches We Totally Click stamp set. Paper Smooches always has the brightest ideas and so it's no surprise that this set has an optional Click Icon die set to match, which I used to easily make a perfect cut around this fun table lamp image! I'll be entering my card into this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge wk3- Anything Goes!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a bright, beautiful and blessed day my friends!
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Best Friend- Mixed Media Card

Hi there! Just wanted to pop in and share a pretty card I made with a few of the new goodies I received from the Paper House Productions prize I won a couple months ago. I just love this company! The staff is so warm and sweet, they make you feel like a friend! Their focus is on high quality patterned paper and stickers of all kinds and let me tell you, I have never seen stickers quite like theirs! You should stop by their Facebook page, blog or online store sometime and see what I mean! :) On my card below I used a combo of paper from the Country Girl and Hipster paper pads and the Mom 3D stickers. Of course I used a few sweetheart blossoms and my favorite light blue chevron 1 1/2" twill ribbon from the RRR store.
I'm entering my card into this week's Word Art Wednesday #141 Challenge- Anything Goes.
I get a lot of my wood embellishments and stencils from Sa Crafters because I love her and her products that are made in the USA and are very reasonably priced! Sa is one of the most amazing ladies had the pleasure of coming to know through her YouTube channel where she creates art projects in real time, which practically nobody does. I wish more artists would consider offering their process videos in real time as well as the sped up versions w/music that everyone seems to do. I for one, enjoy watching the process of someone creating from beginning to end. Ok I said my piece hehe....like I have room to criticize--I don't even do videos lol! ....but if I did or ever do, I'll off them in real time like Sa does. :) I got this set of 3 wooden corner street lights from her zibbet store.
I couldn't help adding a few sequins and grunging it up with some smears and spatters of white paint--surprise, surprise ;)
That's all for me! Thanks so much for popping in! I hope you have a creative and blessed day my friends!
 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop!

Hello friends and happy Sunday! It's the 13th and that means it's time for our RRR July blog hop,
hooray! If you are already hopping, you are probably still drooling over the incredible project you saw over at Jenn's Blog!! If not, I would definitely head over to the RRR Blog  and start there! If you don't hop, you can't win this fabulous July Ribbon Club Assortment the RRR designers are showcasing!!! You wouldn't want to miss out on that chance now, right?! Right!
I absolutely love the pink, purple and green dragonfly printed grosgrain from the July assortment! It seemed to be a perfectly sweet finishing touch on my jars of plum jam!
Here's another simple way to pretty up your jars--cover the lid with a nice white (or any color) doily and secure the rim. Easy and charming, don't you think? : )

I still had tons of ribbon left after making my jam so I perused Pinterest and came upon this delightful ribbon tree technique that tickled my fancy. The bright, cheerful colors and patterns of July's ribbon assortment remind me of a candy shop and since everyone seems to be doing Christmas in July, I made a fun little ribbon tree with a cute sequin garland and sweet treat tree topper! I'm entering my ribbon tree into Robyn's Fetish Challenge #220- Christmas In July!
Thanks so much for visiting me today! Next stop on the RRR hop is the lovely and ultra
talented Cheryl!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Love Yourself Altered Wood Block

Hi friends, I hope all is well with you! I'm sorry I've been so scarce lately. I've just been tackling some things that have been on my to-do list for a while and now that I'm pretty caught up, I should be getting back on track with my blogging too. I was all giddy when I found some wood blocks my hubby purchased for a project a couple months ago but had no clue what to do with them. Then I got some great inspiration from The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog. The July theme and 2nd challenge is "Around The House" and the translation is to create any mixed media project using items you find around the house, but not necessarily designed for crafting. I decided to grab my wood block in the hopes of being inspired by it again. It worked! I ended up making this piece which I actually really like (even though I don't typically do dark or "emo" type art) I feel like this is uplifting, not dark or strange. I hope you agree!
I enjoyed the process of altering the my block--it was a lot of fun to just let my creativity flow. I melted a bit of crayon, splattered acrylic paint and sprayed a couple of my own homemade "shimmer mists" to design the base background.   This big Unity stamp called Love Yourself by Suzi Blu is interesting and attractive in the way of mixed media art and it happened to be the perfect height for my block. I inked her up with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black onto a piece of white tissue paper, then tore around it to create a softer edge that would blend better into the bg once it was mod podged down.  I added another Unity stamp with circles, a couple of Chic Tags rub-ons and a metal key for more interest. I colored the heart and her lips with a red Copic marker and her eyes with a white gel pen, then a tiny dot of blue Copic marker. I colored her cheeks with a tiny bit of bubblegum Gelato. I meant to color in the little bouquet of flower she's holding, but I forgot, oops! hehe : )
Here's some of supplies I used. A lot of regular ole' things from around the house like the wood block, crayons and tissue paper ended up being super inspiring!!! I also used some other things like Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain and distress stain in Antique Linen.
I'm also entering my altered wood block into Take The Challenge with Mou- July Challenge.  This month's challenge is to create something you don't usually create. It could be style, colors, theme, products, anything you don't create often. 
This was my first time working on a bare wood block surface to create a mixed media art project so I think this qualifies :)

Also entering this into the:
Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I've been up to! I hope that you are having a fabulous summer so far! I'll be seeing you around on your blogs too my sweet friends! Wishing you a creative and blessed day!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

Happy Independence Day to you! 
I pray you have a safe & wonderful weekend as you spend it celebrating the independence of our great nation and the One who blessed us! 
(banner and quote found at Sweet and Sassy Stamps)
Have a wonderful day my friends!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

You're Fabulous

Hi my sweet blogging buddies! I hope it's a  great weekend for you! : )
My brand new and very first ever Paper Smooches goodies arrived yesterday, wow! I placed my order on 6/17 and they were in my hands on 6/19! Now that's some top notch service! Not to mention, the majority of my order was paid with the $50 gift card that the owner of Paper Smooches, Kim Hughes, so generously gave away for National Scrapbooking Day over at Scrapbook and Cards Today which I was the super lucky winner of. And if that wasn't enough, Kim added an extra stamp set with my order, just to say thanks! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this amazing gift. Paper Smooches is a wonderful company with a wonderful owner!
They also hold a challenge over a their SPARKS Challenges Blog
...and I made my card just in time for the Week 3 Anything Goes challenge, yay! This is my first time playing and know I'll be a Paper Smooches SPARKS challenges regular from now on. Do you have some PS stamps that need a little love? If so, why not pull em out and come play with me too! I'd love to see some of my blogging friends over there!
On my card I used Feathers Dies and Blissful Banners, the stamp set Kim sent me for free! Now I simply cannot live without the coordinating Streamers Dies--yep, definitely my next purchase!
I'm entering my mixed media card into The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog- Challenge #1 for June, Spray Inks & Mists!
I even got brave and played with my Gelatos after I cuttled the base cardstock with one of the new Anna Griffin embossing folders. Gelatos are awesome to make your own spray mists with! Just chip off a bit of whatever color Gelato you want into a generic spray bottle (small works best), then add water til you get the hue you want and you have yourself some gorgeous spray mist!  Ok seriously, these Feathers Dies are SO much fun! I inked them in a few colors of SU ink, then spritzed a little bleach on them and it created this super cool effect! I added a few of my new sequins from V's Sweet Ideas--she has lots of yummy colors of them too!!
That's all for me today! I appreciate you visiting my blog and I hope you have a most wonderful and blessed day!