Saturday, November 18, 2017

Work in Progress

Trying something different --- again:)

I had a canvas that started as a mixed media piece. I painted over it and just kept adding until I got this.
Not sure where to go from here. They flowers have several layers of paint as well as white pen and I even scratched some of the lines in. 

What should i do next? I feel it needs some white somewhere. Splatters? More stamping or stencils? I would appreciate any ideas!!!
I might have to get another photo in the morning as the colors are a bit off here. 

Adding this to paint party Friday

Thank you so much for visiting and for your comments! Really - leave me your ideas!!

Friday, November 17, 2017


I am up today over at the Helmar Blog and would love for you to check out my project!

My mom recently went to a nursing home and while it is nice, it is just not homey. So I made a frame for her with some pictures that I know mean a lot to her.


My mom was thrilled when she saw this and it is now hanging in her room!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, November 13, 2017


I love the small 3 x 3 canvases. They are such fun for creating wonderful handmade projects such as this ornament!

I love this mixed media effect!

Adding this to Simonssays Wednesday Snow White challenge.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Friday, November 10, 2017

A little time for watercolors

I am participating with Grumbacher's ATC Swap titled Winter Wonderland.

Here is my scene

I am still learning to use my watercolors and to be patient! I want to keep going instead of letting them dry.

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. Thank you for visiting! I appreciate your kind words!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I'm Back

I am back from spending 2 1/2 weeks with my granddaughter. I miss her giggles, her exploring the world and being exhausted:):) It is hard work chasing a 7 month old who is crawling all over, trying to walk and into everything. She has the most gorgeous nails - just like her mom.

I needed to make a couple of thank you cards.

I am in love with this new stencil I got From Stamplorations! Stayed tuned because I will be giving one of these away before the holidays!!

Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge - thanks.

And thank you for visiting. I appreciate your kind words!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thank you

I tried something different with this card. I used Bo Bunny Stencil paste with a circle stencil. Once dry, I went over the circles with Gelatos, wetting it a bit to blend. I stamped over the circles with Altenew's Doodle Flower Stamp. Added leaves and a sentiment. 

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday Challenge which is a mood board.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you are inspired!

Welcome to the World

Heading out today to visit my 6 month old granddaughter.

Before i go, I finished a layout of her entry into this world. It did not go as planned. After a day of labor, my daughter ended up having a C section. Hard to believe this sweet thing is already 6 months old!!!

Sketch from StuckSketches

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Let's Be Mermaids

My 6 month old granddaughter loves the pool! Just like with everything else, she has no fear. She kicks and splashes and is ready to take off.

For this layout, I turned her into a mermaid. Loving Bo Bunny Down by the Sea collection!!

I used this sketch from StuckSketches

Thank you for visiting me. Your comments make me smile!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thinking of you

Needed to send a card to someone in the hospital. I used pattern paper for the backgound. The flowers are stamped and painted on watercolor paper. Something a little different.

Adding this to Simonssays Thinking of You Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a good week!

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I am heading out this week to spend time with my 6 month old granddaughter. That means I am trying to finish up and work ahead before I go. I have a show/sale with my art group the weekend after I get back. This is a work in progress card. Needs to be finished with a sentiment and maybe some bows or something.

I did decide that I did not like the paper I am using for these. It is not working as well with the watercolors as I thought it would. Oh well. Live and learn:)

Adding this to Paintpartyfriday.

Thank you for visiting on this rainy Saturday! I hope it is sunny where you are!

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

I was thrilled to be asked to guest design for Bazzill Basics cardstock! Their cardstock has the best colors and texture. My layout is posted today on facebook and I would be so happy if you would jump over there and comment.

Here is a sneak peak

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to head over to facebook!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Working on some new canvases for the next show

There are small 4 x 4 canvases with a dreamy background. Each one will be different.

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday.

Thank you for your visits. They mean so much to me!

Also - my sincere thank you to everyone who stopped for the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop! I hope you were inspired.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Hop

If you are looking for the Handyman's Holiday Hop, you have found it! Welcome!

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman's Holiday Hop. Please be sure to visit each stop to see the inspiring altered brushes!

If you get lost, just head back to D'sPaperStudio for the complete list of stops.

Our "Be Inspired Giftaway" is featured at D'sPaperStudio. Four winners will be chosen from all the comments on all of the blogs along the hop. So make sure you comment along the way!

Please join me in thanking our generous sponsors:

QuickQuotesScrapbookCompany - A $30 gift certificate (before shipping. Excludes all Canon products and Club Q memberships) Open to all

HeartfeltCreations - $50 gift certificate open to all

Helmar - An assortment of Helmar products. Restricted to mainland USA and Australia.

I am a member of the Helmar Design Team. I want to thank them for sponsoring this prize! I hope you follow the Helmar Blog for more information about their products as well inspiring projects!

DsPaperStudio - an assortment of products for you to complete your own paintbrush.

When I saw this white brush, I knew right away what I wanted to create. I started by
painting the brush red. Can you guess where this is going? I added batting and evergreen for Santa's hat. Of course, Santa needed a face. Buttons were perfect for his eyes and his cherry nose is a red pom pom. I fashioned eye glasses from a piece of wire. The last addition was a tag created with a flower and a variety of smaller tags.

I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue to put the tag together and for the buttons and pom pom on his face.This glue dries quickly and clearly. And, I know the embellishments won't fall off in a few weeks.

This will be the perfect addition to my wreath!

What do you think? Are you ready to grab a paintbrush and get to work?

Your next stop is CraftyGoodies.Craftygoodies Again, if you get lost, head back to D'sPaperStudio for the complete list.

Thank you for hopping along! Don't forget to comment on each blog along the way for a chance to win the one of the Giftaway prizes! I would love for you to follow my blog either by email or by clicking the blue follow button on the right. 

I look forward to you visiting again! 


Monday, October 2, 2017


NBUS is never before used schtuff and I am playing along with Djkardkreations!

It is such fun to dig through and find stuff you forgot you had. I have these Tim Holtz Paper Dolls which I wasn't quite sure how to use. I added them to a mixed media thank you card.

Thanks Darnell for these fun challenges! Thank you for stopping by!

Adding this to Hiding in My Craft Room HIMCR #320 Freestyle challenge. 

Handyman's Blog Hop

The Holidays are fast approaching - no way around it. 

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to be inspired! I am hopping along with 9 fellow crafters. For this project we are altering paintbrushes using a holiday theme. 

In addition to the inspiration, we have four wonderful sponsors. Prizes were be chosen from all the comments left on the blogs. 


Join us for all the fun starting October 5th!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mixed Up Magazine

Hi everyone!

The new issue of Mixed up Magazine is out!

I am happy to say that I have a mixed media canvas on page 57!

Here is a peek

Want to know where to buy this? It is a digital magazine available on Pocketmags
you can purchase a single issue, 2 months or an annual subscription. 

What are you waiting for? Go check it out!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Watercolor play

Still learning and experimenting! I like this little guy but don't like what I did with the leaves and tree. It is good for me to keep practicing. 

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. Head over there to see some amazing pieces of art!

Thank you for visiting! Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, September 25, 2017

NBUS - day 2

Here is another card using old Webster's Pages Vellum papers which I have had forever!

I layered the vellum over patterned paper to make a card.

Adding this to DJKardkreations NBUS day 2.

Thank you for visiting!


NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff.

This is a challenge going on over at DJKardkreations for 10 days!

Th idea is to use things you have not used - old or new!

I made a simple tag card using these fun cupcake stickers which have been sitting in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scrapping again

I was having troubles being creative with paint yesterday so I scrapped instead. We have so many photos of our granddaughter which I need to start putting on layouts!

This was the first photo of me and LJ. I cannot beleive it was almost 6 months ago. She has changed so much since that day!

G45 Precious Memories was the perfect paper for this!

I was inspired by this sketch at StuckSketches

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate your kind words! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cards for Mom

My mom is now in a nursing home which  is a big adjustment for both my sister who was caring for her and for her. I am 2 1/2 hours away so only get up there every two weeks or so. In between I have been sending her cards.

When we were younger my mom painted using oil paints. Covered bridges were her thing. I always stayed away from art. She is so proud of what I am doing now so I try to send her hand painted cards.

I thought I would send fall to her so I made this leaf card.

 Adding this to paint party Friday! You should check out the wonderful pieces posted!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Bringing us Together

I have a special project today over at CanvasCorpBrands.

Here is a sneak peak

Would love for you to stop there and leave me a comment!

If you are unfamiliar with Canvas Corp, be sure to stop by the store! This is where you can stock up on Tattered Angels mists and paints, Architextures, wonderful papers and canvas supplies!

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


It feels like summer but autumn is on the way!

Another mixed media canvas - papers, paints, stamps, stencils and more!

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


I am always grateful to win a prize. Here is a thank you going out this week for some watercolors I won.

Still learning how to paint with watercolors.

Adding this to Simonssays Clean and Simple challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Scarecrows, Corn rows

Fall is approaching. I have seen leaves starting to turn and temps have been cooling. TIme to change the decorations!

This fall canvas began with a layer of various pattern papers. This is a great way to use up 6 x 6 sheets.  I added paints, inks, stamps, stencils and painted a fun pumpkin. Finished with this lovely quote.

Mod Podge is perfect for each layer and the final layer protects this from fading, dust and the elements.

Thank you for visiting and sharing this glimpse of fall with me!

Adding this to SimonSays Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it.

Dislosure - Products were provided by Oriental Trading but the opinions are my own.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Art in the Park

This weekend is Art in the Park. This show/sale is sponsored by our art group and I am getting my canvases ready!

I tried a different color fall theme. Loving the blue/red.

Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge to stamp it.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday as well.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Wonderful Announcement

I don't know if you saw on Facebook but I am continuing on as a Design Team Member for Helmar Adhesives. I hope you check out the post here -


Helmar has professional quality adhesives for your every need!

Check out their website here - Helmar.

A few of my favorites are

HELMAR 450 Quick Dry Adhesive 4.23 fl.ozHELMAR Crystal Kote Gloss Spray 14.11 oz.HELMAR Acid Free Glue 4.23 fl.oz.

Stay tune for projects focusing on these wonderful adhesives!

Friday, September 1, 2017

So busy!

Returned home from two weeks with our 5 month old granddaughter! She is just so precious! Trying to crawl, making the best faces, and on the go constantly.

We are getting ready to head to the cottage for the long weekend. I have time to share this art journal page I made. This is for a Canvas Corp Brand traveling art journal. I misted tissue paper and stamped flower images. I cut them out and adhered them to add more dimension. Love the finished look.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your kind words. 

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday

Sunday, August 27, 2017


ATC's are artist trading cards these small but mighty cards can be done in any style or format. This one is a watercolor Floral.  It is 2.5 x 3.5

Adding this to Simonsays  Monday challenge - this to PaintpartyFrid
Adding this to piant party Friday - http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.Thank
 you for visiting and for your kind words. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Letters to Lauren

I have a four month old granddaughter. Even though she lives in Phoenix and I live in Michigan, I have been traveling to see her almost every month. She is growing so quickly! Thank goodness for facetime when we are not there.

I had seen a story on line where a grandfather kept a journal for his granddaughter. I thought that was an amazing idea so I started Letters to Lauren. After each visit, I  write her a letter. I share how much she has grown, what she has learned, what we did and more. I wanted some place special to keep these letters so I decorated a plain pencil box.

I had the perfect papers to use - Mix and Match Sugar and Spice Pad from CanvasCorpBrands 

Mix & Match Pad - Sugar & Spice

First I gave the box two coats of paint. I also added a thin coat of Vanilla over the Pink.

I started building the layers on the top, beginning with the  Baby Girl Quotes and a banner from the It's a Girl Sampler 

Baby Girl Quotes on Ivory PaperBaby Girl: It's A Girl Sampler on Ivory Paper

Ribbon added texture and I cut out her initials from the Pink and Ivory Baby Girl Alpha
 and backed it with black corrugated paper

Baby Girl: Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha Paper

To finish it, I created a cluster around one of the quotes in the paper pad

I could not leave the inside plain. I again used the quote paper, ribbon and another quote.  Pink Polka Dot paper finishes the inside.

I included a tag which is titled "What I Want For You" which sums up my feelings perfectly. 

I have three letters in here so far and will be adding another at the end of August.

I am not including a photo of my adorable granddaughter because I am honoring my daughter's wishes not to post any baby photos on line. You will just have to believe me when I say she is the cutest!

I you have enjoyed this special project! I cannot wait to give it to Lauren when she is older!