Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thank you

One type of card I make quite a few of  is Thank You cards. My go to lately has been any kind using watercolors.

I received this set of Watercolors from Oriental Trading

Sakura Koi Watercolor Set of 12

I decided to make my own set of watercolors using this palette which I had. This way the paints can be more easily available. The dollop of watercolor on the tray will dry. To use at another time just spritz with water to reactivate.

Here are two different cards I made using my set of Watercolors.

I generously applied paint to the paper. Once I had it the way I wanted, I covered the paper with cling wrap and let it dry. The result is this gorgeous pattern.

For the second card, I stamped the image and then filled in with the watercolor paints. I purposely kept it loose. 

Adding these to PaintPartyFriday.

Stay tuned as I work more with these paints! 

Disclosure - the Paints were provided to me by Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To the Moon and Back

For those who don't know, and I don't know how you could have missed this, but I have a new granddaughter! She is 3 months old. Unfortunately she lives far away in Phoenix but I am lucky enough to get out to see her every month or so.

I love creating home decor projects for her room. When I saw this canvas, I knew it was something I would like to do for her.

Here is a link to it at Oriental Trading

 Image result for american crafts love you to the moon

These canvases have a design already on them. Once you apply your paint , the design shows through.

Working with Koi Watercolors, I started the background with a soft layer of blue.

I continued adding blues and then some purples. Yellow and gold for the stars.

I thought the finished canvas needed some embellishments before hanging. Here is my finished canvas. Perfect for my granddaughter's room!

 Here is a close up. These canvases are such a joy to work with! I have learned not to use too much water and not to overwork the canvas. But it is really fun and I love the results!

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If you are interested in these products or any of the other 40,000 items available at Oriental Trading, here is where you can shop!

Disclosure - products were provided for my review. All opinions are my own!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

At the Lake

I will be selling my canvases at the Rogue River Artists Summer Market tomorrow.

Here is one of my new ones

I painted the background then added layers of paper, stamps, texturepaste. etc.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Color Reveal Frame

It has been a busy year for me because my daughter was pregnant and had a baby! I have been back and forth to Phoenix visiting them. One special event was for her baby shower. I had a lovely photo of her that I wanted to frame.

I saw a frame at Oriental Trading that I thought would be perfect. It is a Marble Watercolor frame from American Crafts. There is a masked and gold design on the paper. You add your own watercolor to create the frame you want.

I started with a light application of red.

I decided that was too light so waited until it dried and added darker tones. I continued the process until I got the effect I wanted.

 I also added flowers and a tag to complete the project. I love the way it came out!

Here is a close up.

I had fun personalizing this to the colors I wanted. I did learn that you need to be careful not to get the product too wet and it is best to let it dry between layers.

Want to give this a try? Head on over to Oriental Trading to shop for frames, watercolors and so much more!

Disclosure - I was sent this product to review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Projects in the works.

Have you ever heard of Oriental Trading Company?

I am partnering with them and here is the unboxing of what I will be working with.

My apologies for the sideways video!
So stay tune as I put these products to use! Here is a link to Oriental Trading which I hope you will visit and check out their wonderful catalog of products!

Disclosure - Oriental Trading has sent me products to review but all opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Day at the Lake

Working on a few mixed media canvases for an upcoming show.

Paper, paint, stamps, mist, texture paste, etc.

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Coming Soon

I feel like I should have one of those Coming Soon Marquees!!

I hope you will stay tuned for some new projects using these lovely supplies

Have you heard of Oriental Trading Company? Did you know that in addition to Party Supplies they have Toys and Games, Teacher Supplies and CRAFTS!!!!

Check out the great products and deals and come back here in a week or two when I share some of my projects using these supplies!!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toes in the Water

My granddaughter had her first experience with the pool. They dunked her toes. Sorry for the redness of the photos - they were under a red umbrella.

I used this sketch from Stuck?!Sketches

Here is my layout

I really mixed things up with supplies! I added washi tape, mists, texture paste, chipboard, etc.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Live Love and Laugh

Our granddaughter is such a happy baby. She loves to laugh! I bought these blocks so her mom can take a photo every day:) And she has! This was at 63 days - she is now 75 days! I used the Stick it Down sketch.

And here is my layout

Sorry for the flower over her face. My daughter does not want me posting photos of the baby on line and I am abiding by her wishes. 

Tried to use lots of tags and die cuts for this.

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Reach for the Stars

I have been creating for an upcoming show/sale in July. I was inspired by a card I saw and recreated it on a canvas. I used paper from a children's book for the moon, a wood star and a bear made out of canvas.

I think it came out cute.

Adding this to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog where I chose #26 Reach for the Stars!

My timing was perfect for this! This is a great blog with wonderful inspiration! I hope you check it out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I am experimenting again with paint pouring. I stamped the canvas and then poured paint. The idea was to make a flower. I am not sure why I picked blues instead of yellows and oranges. My center got kind of out of control. Will have to try again.

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Monday, June 5, 2017


The theme for Grumbacher's ATC swap is Voyage. Not sure why, but I thought of a sailboat trekking across the ocean. I created this ATC by combining an acrylic background with mixed media pieces for the boat. I used a map and dictionary paper.

I sometimes feel like a sailboat adrift in the ocean as I navigate my spot in this world of art. I still am experimenting and finding my way.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Traveling Art Journal

I am excited and happy to be participating in a Traveling Art Journal among the Design Team of CanvasCorpBrands! Each participant created a journal which is traveling around the world. At the end of the year, I will get my book back filled with wonderful journal pages. It is so much fun to see what everyone does.

For May, I chose to center my page around the quote

To travel is like a feather in the wind, the adventure is unknown until you arrive at your destination.

I used my Mix and Match Pad - Sand and Sea and a new Artchitexture Feather.  The background was created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Here is my page

Here is a link to the blogpost on the Canvas Corp Blog where you can see all of the pages which were done!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thank you

Another hand painted thank you card.

A mix of hand drawn, stamps and stencils. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thank You

I made this thank you card using water color pens and stamps!  It was quite simple to do but looks very pretty.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Welcome to the World

Those of you who are regulars, know I have a new granddaughter. She is 47 days old now! The biggest drawback is they live in Phoenix and I live in Michigan. When I see her, which is just about monthly, I take tons of photos. It is fun trying to hold a sleeping baby while balancing a cell phone and camera and taking photos! But that is what I do!

I was lucky enough to receive a gift of Bella Blvd. Sweet Baby Girl Collection. It is just perfect for this!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


In 2000, we enjoyed a family vacation in Jamaica to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  We enjoyed the beaches, snorkeling and family dinners at wonderful restaurants.  My daughter completed her Jamaican experience by getting her hair braided. It was a great look for her and perfect for the outdoor activities!

To complete this layout, I grabbed my 
Mix and Match Pad - Sand and Sea from Canvas Corp Brands

Mix and Match Pad: Sand and Sea
This pad has pattern paper, canvas printed paper, burlap and more!

I also used my Tattered Angels Mists - Brights and Coffee Shop

Glimmer Mist Starter Kit - BrightsGlimmer Mist - Coffee Shop

I misted the background and created layers of the waves with the pattern paper. After fussy cutting the Seahorse and Shell, I painted them with Coffee Shop.

These Mix and Match pads make it so easy to pull a layout together!

Let's Go

To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary (2015), last year we took both kids and their spouses on a week tour of Italy. It was a great way to get a taste of different cities and parts of the country. Sad to say I have not really scrapped all of it yet. (Been a busy year with my daughter being pregnant)

But, I finally got to work. This page is a collection of the itinerary, luggage tags, map, etc. I love adding all of these things to my albums! I collect just about everything.

I used this sketch from StickitDown

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Just returned from brunch at my son and daughter's house. We had a lovely meal and I got candy and  flowers.

I spent all day yesterday at the Spring Art Market. I had a good day sales wise. Here was my display in the morning.

We will be having another sale in July so I might have to get to work!

Here is a canvas I completed. Part of the background was made with soapy paint bubbles.

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Adding this to MixedMEdiaMonthlyChallenge Put a Stamp on It!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Paint Party Friday

Another paint pouring -- was going for flowers....................

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thank you

Playing with paint and pen!

A thank you card for a friend. 

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday Challenge - A touch of pink.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you

A thank you card using Distress Oxides and an Ellen Hutson stamp!
Adding this to Simonssays Wednesday challenge - Anything goes!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stand Tall

Decided to work on canvases for the upcoming sale.

I had done something similar to this before and sold it, so made  another. I painted a background which I stamped with leaves. Added a book paper giraffe which I painted with watercolors. Finished with my quote.

Adding this to PaintPArtyFriday . Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


So yesterday I played with paint bubbles. After mixing paint, water and dish soap, I blew bubbles in a cup and dragged paper and canvases over the bubbles. I used one of the pieces of paper to make a card. I added flowers which I first created using a stencil and medium. I filled them in with water colors. I was pretty pleased with this.

Adding this SimonsSays Wednesday Challenge - Showers/Flowers. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paint and bubbles

I saw something today and decided to try it! Paint and bubbles! My first batch was too watery so I tried again. This is such fun and would be great for kids!! This canvas is not even dry but I was excited to share.

I am a little late but am adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Catching up

I was gone for a little over 3 weeks and I could not believe how much catching up I had to do! I am still working my way through my list but i did spend time yesterday making thank you cards for happy mail I received.

I struggle with card ideas so love sketches like this one from Stickitdown

Here is my card

I created a messy background with new Distress Oxides. The flower is painted tissue paper. 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

My new title - Grandmother

Sorry to have been absent for a bit.

I was at my daughter's for a few weeks - waiting for our granddaughter to arrive. She came one day before her due date and is an April Fool's baby. The 16 hours of labor followed by a C section was no joke. But happily Lauren Joelle made her way into the world at 7:51 pm weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces and is 21 inches long.

Mother and daughter are doing very well. The baby is a good eater and is quite strong! I love the faces and sounds she makes. She gets the hiccups a lot which, of course, I recorded. I was sad to leave her but also happy to get home and get some projects going.

My daughter has issued a social media ban but I can post these photos which she shared on facebook.

Luckily I get to go back and see her in two weeks. Thank goodness for facetime!!