Inspiration Wednesday 3.4.2015

DSC_0003I’m playing along with Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday art journal online “classes”.  This is my creation for the March 4th journal entry.  Although I have several art journals, I chose to use a canvas this time.  Donna has what she refers to as an “inclusion” in her art journals and I do not have those in mine.  Since I had to create the flap to adhere the little butterfly to, I thought I might as well do that on a canvas.DSC_0004I love all the texture and the colors!  So yummy!  I was apprehensive about it at first and afraid of the mess, but once I got over it, I was all in!  DSC_0007Everything took forever to dry, but it was well worth the wait.  DSC_0005Can’t wait to start on the next one.  Thanks for stopping by everyone.  Have a great week.



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April Showers for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11

DSC_0008The art journal entry I made for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog was a challenge in more ways than one!  I made this spread early in the month, and had to wait all month for a sunny day in order to photograph it (so I had a very fitting subject).  Meanwhile, I upgraded to a different photo software on my computer and needless to say, it has been a challenge to bring this post to the masses.  DSC_0012While I was creating the layout I was repeating to myself, “April showers, brings May flowers”, so I had to add a few tiny flowers, but most of my colors and shapes were chosen with only rain in mind.  DSC_0011This particular art journal is an old book and therefore the book pages serve as my starting point.  I then covered the pages with a paper doily and some torn patterned paper and pushed the combination to the background with a light coat of gesso.  I then added modeling paste with several stencils to get the little rain drops and topped with some paint.  I added the Sizzix die cut of Rainman and shading with a marker and a little paint.  I stamped a few little tress and added some little blossoms, since May is on the way.DSC_0009I decided to use the challenge title as my title as well, since I couldn’t get the saying out of my head.

I hear California could use some rain these days, I wish rainman could send them some.

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April 2015 Tim Tag

DSC_0002Just a quick post today to share my version of Tim Holtz’s April tag.  I decided to make a card and keep it simple.  I only use four colors on this card; one for the flowers, two for the stems and one for the drop shadow.  DSC_0004

I punched holes instead of dragging out my sewing machine for the border.  DSC_0003

I couldn’t find a store that had any of the die cuts in stock, either on-line or brick and mortar (which I find infuriating) so I used a stamp by Stampers Anonymous instead. I have been resisting the urge to invest in the Spitzer, but I finally took the plunge and I confess:  I am in love.  There really is no other way to get that fine mist of ink.  The mechanism to hold the pen in place seems flimsy and I bet this will be the first thing that fails.   DSC_0001Sorry, the flower stamps have been in my stash for years and I’m not sure who they are by.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Batch of Butterflies

DSC_0020I had so much fun making the butterfly card for my niece that I decided to make a set.  Each one uses paper by Blue Fern Studios, Butterfly Duo Die-cut by Sizzix and Butterfly Frenzy Die-cut also by Sizzix.  DSC_0022The butterflies were cut from 300 series Mixed Media Strathmore paper and colored using a variety of Ranger products.  DSC_0023The “Happy Birthday” stamp is by TCP Studio.  I’ve had the brads in my stash for ages, and I’m not sure who they are by,  maybe BasicGrey.  DSC_0014



DSC_0012As always thanks for stopping by!




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Inspiration Wednesday 2 – 4

I’ve been playing along with Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday.  Here is my creation for February 4th.DSC_0008Yes, I’m a little behind.  I had fun with the paint scribbles and I think this will be something I reach for from now on.  I had so much fun with it that I added it in black and white.DSC_0006

I also really liked the streaks of the black background.  I think it gives the page movement.  DSC_0010I chose to do only one circle since I don’t have the inclusion in my journal and I like that it reminds me of the sun.  DSC_0009

Abstracts are tough for me, but the more I look at this, the more I really like it.  Thanks Donna for opening my mind.

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Happy Birthday Liz

Here is a quick card that I made for my niece’s birthday.  DSC_0001It was super easy.  The card base is by Blue Fern Studio and the butterflies are all die cuts from Sizzix.  I’ve decided to play along with the gals over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog with this one in the Special Lady/Girly Challenge.  You can find all the supplies at Simon Says, and I have them linked below.DSC_0002The big butterfly was colored using Distress Sprays and Inks.DSC_0003The little butterflies were cut from some old patterned paper that I’ve had for years.  I topped it off with an old favorite that I’ve been neglecting for some time now and that is; Perfect Pearls.  DSC_0004

I wanted to be able to mail this with no special packaging, but yet I still wanted dimension, so I glued only the center of the butterflies down, and bent the wings so they looked like they just landed on the page.

Supplies used:

Large butterfly

Small butterflies

Perfect Pearls

Distress Spray Stain

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February TH Tag

Today I’m sharing my Tim Holtz February tag.  You can get all the instructions and inspiration from Tim on his blog.  I stayed fairly true to the instructions for this one.


I did not have any red felt, so the heart was made with white felt and some Ranger Color Wash spray.





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