Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's the weekend again, which means...

I can do another page!  I love The Color Room.  It sometimes makes my life much easier.  With 2 small kids and working full time, it makes it difficult finding time to create a page.  The Color Room cuts the work by creating a palette for me.  All I have to do is put the page together.  The latest page is one of my dd that I took a year ago.  My dd and I traveled to Toronto to visit my sister, and there was a little walking path around a pond just down the street from her house.  Every evening we took a walk down there to check out the geese.  Along the waterside there was a mass of daisies.  My dd would go and pick flowers for her bouquet.

I used gesso to create the mask in the background.  I used the technique that is on the Tattered Angels blog.  It didn't work out like I wanted to, because the gesso bled a little behind the mask.  The gesso was quite runny...strange.  I mixed it with Gingersnap and Sun Kissed Smooch Spritz.  That may have been the culprit behind the "runnyness".  Some of the other products I used were scrap pieces that I had around.  Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Simply Paper's Dusty Attic GIVEAWAY!!

That's right, you heard it.  A Giveaway!!  Vicky of Simply Paper is now a retailer for Dusty Attic.  That's some great news.  To celebrate she's hosting a giveaway on her blog.  So go check it out!  She's also selling at her Etsy shop.  (I ADORE ETSY!)  Check out the goodies:

I've never worked with Dusty Attic myself, but now that Vicky will have it available, I will be DEFINITELY taking advantage.  It's so gorgeous.  So, again bounce on over to her blog and check out her giveaway.  It's real simple!  All of the rules are posted there.  Good luck!

Quickie Layout!

I must have been on FIRE yesterday.  I had the bug, and needed to create.  So I combined Creative Scrappers Sketch #142, and The Color Room palate #28 and it was a marriage made in scrappers heaven.  I used 12x12 acrylic paint "canvas".  I used some Tattered Angels, Smooch Spritz and acrylic paints.  I took some of may scrap notions and used them as screens for my spritzing. 

BasicGrey - Wisteria Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack; Basic Grey - Chocolate Chip - Self Adhesive Chipboard Alphabets - Beckham - Dark Chocolate ; BasicGrey - Wisteria Collection - 12x12 Paper  Jardin; Smooch Spritz  - Silver Foil ; Smooch Spritz - Sun Kissed; Tattered Angels - Juneberry Wine. 

During the photo shoot my little guy was a little cranky from having been woken up from a power snooze.  Distracting him was the only means to get pictures in.  The shoot took place at an old barn, so my daughter was distracting him by getting him to look through the window of the barn.

Hopefully I haven't outdone myself with  this flurry of activity lately.  I hope I can keep up with the pace.  This blog stuff is a lot of work LOL.  How some of these girls do it, it's pretty amazing!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A little help for my friend....

2 posts in one day....mooooove over!  What's this world coming to?!?

So Vicky is needing some help.  Hopefully I'm not too late.  She needed a vote for my fave February Love Notes Kit Layout for the Scrap That! Challenge.  Well, "Remember Cuba" gets my vote.

You can see the other LOs HERE.  While you're there, check out all of the other wonderful goodies she has to offer.  Good luck Vicky!!

Project: Guest Design Team Call, Part Deux.

I think I've decided on my layouts that I'm going to submit.  I think they reflect the sort of style that I have.  I'll keep you in suspense for now...

What I WILL do is share my altered art project.

Basic Grey Hopscotch Collection: "Potsy" (HOP3099) and "Playground" (HOP3087); Bo Bunny Back to Basics Collection Mums (12OU655) and Ambrosia (12OA594); TPC Studio Grandma's Attic Collection: Antique Lace; DCWV Old World Paper Stack and Far East Collection: Wind; My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Fresh Collection: Outdoors, Spring Greens/Sprout; Delta Paints Periwinkle Blue, and Apple Barrel Paints Harvest Orange; Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China (TIM21414), Vintage Photo (TIM19527), and Walnut Stain (TIM19534); and finally ColorBox Chalk Ink in Frost White.  

There's a lot of shadow on the pic, but that's what you get for taking it early in the morning.  

I used Modge Podge to glue to paper onto the MDF pieces.  I let dry and then I cut/sanded them out.  For the birds and a few of the leaves I painted with colour, then put a coat of crackle medium over.  Once dry I painted with a white-wash coat.  The two larger birds I glued paper to, and then white-washed them.

Once everything was cut and sanded, I proceeded to Ink them.I then added some embellishments: butterfly, Bird Cage Die Cut (FL302) by Kaisercraft, some bling, flowers and ribbon. Voila:

This is a shot of the wee little birdcage I added.  The bling is by Lush.

Butterfly, and some paper flowers.

And a final shot of some bling.   What girl doesn't love bling on their project?!

There you have it.  It didn't take as long as I thought it would.  I have a feeling there is still life in this project.  I have been contemplating making it into either a clock or perhaps a frame.  Not sure yet, but until I decide, a wreath it will remain.

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for looking!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Project: Guest Design Team Call

Well, MCS is having a guest DT call.  I'm definitely going to try out for this one.  I'm currently working on my altered art project.  I'm going to do Funky Wreath by Kaisercraft.  I don't have any pics of the work in progress, but I have a pic of what I'm going to work on:

I'm going to apply one of The Color Room palates, {His Room} Palate #30:

 I'll give some hints:  I'm using some Bo Bunny and Basic Grey.  I put all of the paper on the pieces tonight.  So now it's waiting to dry time.

I'm super excited to try out for this DT call.  I'm hoping, if nothing else, to get an honourable mention.  That would be nice.  So over then next few days, I'm going to try to collect my thoughts, and my stuff, and start creating.  I'm considering putting in one of my recent pages, but it all depends on my time.  I have to produce 3 pages and 1 project.  Check back later for more...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I have a follower...

Wow!  My first follower.  Thanks Vicky.  You were my push to get a blog going.  A little vote of confidence goes a long way.  I'm hoping that this blog will allow me to best share my creativity.  I'm an artist at heart, and always have been.  That is where my blog title comes from.  Although this forum will allow me to share my scrapbooking passion, ultimately I want to share my passion for art in all of its forms. 

At a young age it started with sketching and drawing, then on to painting.  From there I got my hands into any crafty thing I could.  I feel that I still have much to learn and so much room to grow.

Now, onto my second page.  This page was one I submitted for a Making Memories scrapcall last year.  Alas, it didn't pan out.  Soon I will make another attempt at submitting my work to a scrapcall.  Priorities of work and family come first, so hopefully I will be able to find the time...I tend to go in spirts.

This page was entitled My Wish For You.  It is of my lovely daughter and I found the poem on a website called  Great resource for poetry.

I put a lot of heart into the page, and wanted it to feel light, and very feminine.  The details of what products I used can be found at my gallery on  You can see the yummy Prima flowers peppered all over the place.  The sprigs were found at Michaels.  I think I found them in the wedding section.  I used a photoshop overlay on the picture to give it a slight vintage feel.  I love shabby vintage!

 A detail of the butterfly and the music sheet.  You can see a bit of the ribbon I used to make a "tail" from the butterfly.

Some more detail....I wanted to show the little keys that I added.  Some close-up of the sprigs too.

I will make whole hearted attempts at keeping this up to date.  I have a few more pages that I'd like to share!  Signing off until then!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My First Post

Hello everyone.  Welcome to my blog.  I'm very much a rookie, and I perhaps should have checked out some more of the blogs that my fellow scrapbookers have.  Once I figure this thing out I'll be able to post some of my personal favorite pages that I've created.

This one is of my little guy.  The title I thought of was: "I love you to the moon and back".  It's from the children's book Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.  Although the title isn't there, that was my inspiration for the page. 

There's a lot of Tim Holtz going on here.  I love his products.  I probably should have written all of what I used in this page, but I will try to remember for future pages.  The layout itself is inspired by a design I saw on Page Maps.

This is a close-up of the moon charm.  I bought it at Walmart in the craft-jewelry section.

 This is a close-up of the tag.  You can see some of the Tim Holtz goodies in this shot.