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!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baby watch

I am visiting my daughter who is due to have our first grandchild on Sunday. We had thought she might go early so I have been here over a week so far no baby, but the room is organized, her new little clothes are washed and the house is ready.

I have not done much crafting. Here is a card for a sketch over at

Also adding this to Simonssays

Friday, March 24, 2017

Stick it down sketches

It have the privilege of being a guest designer today over at Stickitdown.  I love using a sketch as a starting point both for cards and layouts. 

PLease stop over there and check out their sketches and my cards!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paint Party Friday

My second attempt at paint pouring. I had an idea in my head and it didn't quite go as planned. BUt fun none the less.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Canvas Corp Brands

I have a new order to share with you from Canvas Corp Brands!


Here is a link to their website where you can find all these wonderful products - CanvasCorp!

Life on the Inside

We have had some of the best ultrasound pictures of our soon to be born baby granddaughter! The first ones resembled aliens and nothing baby like but lately we have been astounded by the shots they get. Here are a few of my faves

I used this sketch from StuckSketches

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Canvas Corp Blog

Two of my recent baby projects are up on the Canvas Corp Blog Today!!!

Would love for you to stop over there and visit them!

Here is the link Canvas Corp Blog!

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Most Scrapping I have Done in a Long While

Still getting layouts done for our soon to be born granddaughter!

I was lucky enough to attend the shower Jen's friends had for her in Phoenix. We had to cancel our shower here because the doctor would not let her fly. I spent the day before helping the grils with shopping, food prep and decorating.

The day of the shower was a beautiful day and over 30 people attended. Jen was showered with blessing and gifts!

I used the new sketch over at Let'sgetsketchy - 

This was perfect for scrapping all of my great party photos!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My First Home

I have been scrapping for our soon to be born granddaughter. I thought I would create a layout of the first house she will call home.

Sketch from DCWV

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And here is my layout

I covered the address which I put on the tag.

Trying to get all of these memories done for her before she even gets here:)

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday challenge For a Special Lady/Girl.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Finding my Niche

I saw a technique and of course, my first thought was, I CAN DO THAT! I love experimenting as I am still trying to find my niche in this art world.

So here is my new experiment -----

Not the best photo - I need to redo but you get the idea. 

This is paint pouring. It takes a lot more paint than I thought it would (16 x 20 canvas) but the effect is quite cool! 

Adding this to Paint PArty Friday

I hope you like it. I see more of these in my future:)

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Traveling Art Journal

I am in a Design Team Group for Canvas Corp Brands which is working on an exciting project this year. We each created a traveling journal which will spend the next year making its way around the country and globe! As we receive a book, we will complete an art journal page. The next month we will receive another book. At the end of the year,  we will get our book back completely filled with artwork from my fellow collaborators.

I made my journal! This was a first for me. I cut down mixed media paper to the size and stitched it together. I made a cover from a cereal box!  I decorated the cover and completed the first two pages!

These feathers represent our journals taking flight and traveling around the world sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.

I used 7 Gypsies Wanderlust Papers and Tattered Angels Metallics including Coffee Shop and Tarnished Silver

I have already completed my second journal layout  which you will have to wait to see!

Please visit the Canvas Corp Blog for more wonderful inspiration and to shop!!!

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

My daughter had another ultrasound yesterday and she shared the most wonderful photos! Our little girl was smiling and pursing her lips and I guess it was just amazing to watch her. I hope to see an ultrasound when i got back in a few weeks.

I had some time this morning and got right to work!

I used this sketch from StickitDown

I changed it up by making the large square my photo. And here is my layout

Precious Memories by G45 was the perfect collection for this! 

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my joy! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Artist or Not

For those of you who know me, you know I always considered myself the non artistic twin. My sister got the art and music gene while I got math and science. A forced job layoff just over a year ago resulted in a search to find something to fill my time. I ended up enrolling in a basic painting class through community education. The class was meant to be an introduction to various mediums but the teacher fell short in really providing much direction. On my own, I watched Youtube videos and started creating mixed media canvases and even joined the local art association! I am still trying to find my niche which means experimenting and playing. I was lucky enough to win a box of Colourarte Primary Elelments . I am still not quite sure how to use them but have always been drawn to abstract art. I pushed my fear aside and  grabbed a large (16 x 20) canvas and started playing. Now my problem is I don't know what to do next. Add more paint? Add black doodles? Leave it? Which direction is up?

I need to get better photos of the metallic sheen these paints have. They are just beautiful.

So these is my Paint Party Friday piece!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DOG Blocks


I am up today over at Helmar. I would love for you to stop by and check out this project I made for our new granddaughter who is arriving in March/April!!!!!

Adding this to Simons Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thank you

Still working on thank you cards!

Saw this sketch at StickitDown

And here is my card

Played with some new stamps and stencils. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Birthday Dinner

It is such fun hanging out with our adult children. This was the case last night when my son and his wife took us out to dinner for my birthday. We enjoyed trying foods at a new restaurant and just hanging out.

Here is the card I am going to send them,

I used my new ColourArte Primary Elements. which I am still learning how to use.

Adding this to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Fantastic Florals!

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Busy Catching up!

I was in Phoenix last weekend to attend my daughter's baby shower. Such a fun time with her amazing friends.

Now that I am back, I am catching up on thank you cards!

I broke open a new Tim Holtz stencil and my black gesso for a different look.

Adding this to Simons Says Monday Challenge - Favorite tool. I LOVE combining stencils and modeling paste or gesso. I never get tired of using these.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Paint Party Friday

We were at the cottage this weekend. My husband and brother in law participate in a cross country ski race. I had a few minutes and completed this. The lake did not look like this now but hopefully, in a few more months it will!

Still honing my water color painting skills!

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday.

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Welcome Little One

Working on layouts for the baby's album. She is due to arrive April 2nd but we think she might come sooner! When I was at my daughter's a few weeks ago, we got the room ready. She will have this adorable safari theme.

I used Canvas Corp Mix and Match Sugar and Spice pad!

Mix & Match Pad - Sugar & Spice

This is such a fun collection!

And, I used this sketch from SketchNScrap

Here is my layout

I just love being able to grab this pad and use the coordinating papers THe only extras I added were flowers and a resin faerie!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017


Sometimes I have trouble knowing how to start an art journal page. I get wrapped up in what colors, how to apply it, etc. Every Monday Tracy Weinzapfel does a live Ustream. I decided to stop reinventing the wheel, and basically follow her lead. Tracy had a background of several blues and purple and then drew heart like flowers.

So here is my interpretation

I am entering this for the MixedMediaMC Challenge Sweet Inspirations

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Monday, January 30, 2017


I tend to grab sketches for many of my projects.

I saw this fun one at StickitDown

And here is my card

The hearts are hand painted and stamped with bubble wrap. The background is a fun printed deli like paper that was a gift from a friend years ago.  

I love using bubble wrap and I used a piece of paper that is at least 4 years old. 

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


ATC's are a wonderful way to practice painting because it is a smaller size! I have been participating in Grumbacher's  ATC swaps. Most of the time there is a theme for the 2.5 x 3.5 cards and it can eb done in any medium.

This month's theme is the 50s. For some reason a record player popped into my head. Here is my card. I used water colors for this.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday.

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Friday, January 27, 2017


I am playing along with my friend Darnell and her NBUS Challenge

NBUS is never before used schtuff. I think we all have these in our craft rooms. The other part of this challenge was hidden words.

I grabbed a brand new embossing folder that had words on it. After embossing, I misted my paper and punched out Scalloped circles. I made these into flowers. I sanded one word out of the embossing. 

This was a fun card to make! 


My daughter is 6 months pregnant and I love photographing her bump! I got out paints and inks and stencils and created the background using two different heart stencils!! . Even used washi tape! Sequins were the finishing touches.

This sketch is from Scrapping-clearly

Adding this to Mixedmediamc To put a Stencil on it!

Joining in on the Simonsays Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

I will be visiting Jen again in 2 weeks and can't wait to see the bump again:)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thank you

I was playing today with Ken Oliver Stitched Water Media cards from Canvas Corp Brands

Ken Oliver Stitched Water - Media Greeting Cards
These are wonderful surfaces for paints, mists, and so much more!

I wanted to make a thank you card and used a variety of media products!

I masked stripes using tape. I painted with ColourArte Twinkling H2Os. These shimmery paints are so pretty!

I used my Dreamweaver butterfly stencil and Ranger Texture Paste to create a glorious butterfly. I mixed Colourarte's Vivid Ultra Metallics Dragon Gold in the paste. Once dry I painted the butterfly with Teal Zircon Ultra Metallics and outlined the body and edges with Colourarte's Smokey Diamond. In this close up you can see the wonderful colors and texture!

I am adding this to Simon Says Monday Challenge - Spread Your Wings.
Also adding this to MixedMediaMC  - Put a stencil on it.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

I won't be the Baby Anymore?

My daughter is expecting our first grandchild - a girl - in April. She has a dog who is going to have a very hard time adjusting!

Santino is glued to her - always in her arms or lying on her. Can't wait for him to meet the bundle of joy!

Sketch is from DCWV and I used 3 of their stacks.

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