Monday, May 2

Home Decor Prima Style!

Welcome friends to another Monday!




This week we are making home decor items or something to decorate our homes. We are celebrating Prima and would love to see you use Prima in your project if you have some! If not, just have fun making something for your home and be sure to share it with us.

Join me in giving our guest designer Kassa a warm welcome! She will be joining us for the month of May!

I loved this rusty birdcage from Prima as soon as I saw it, and this week was the one to use it!




I debated leaving it nice and rusty, because I love it just like it is, but...I got some new Art Alchemy metallique paints, that I just had to try! 


Of course, I also had to try out the new Opal Magic, so I used that on the cute bird that comes with the cage. Love the iridescence!


I stenciled with Jet Black Archival ink on the painted metal surface.


Stamped some butterflies, stenciled the word "fly", and added some Prima wood icons.


More stamping on the back, first with paint, then ink.



I LOVE these new stamps and metal pieces from Prima - Stamp-N-Add Moth Wings! Loved this spigot for the body, how ingenious is that idea from Prima, to package these together!


I added some hand dyed ribbon, a Prima flower and some metal charms - artful life.


So what do you think my little bird is dreaming of? Getting out of the birdcage and flying away? Wondering when little ones will hatch? Or maybe the birdie is just happy in it's beautiful home!



It's your turn now to make something beautiful for your home, and Prima has so many amazing products to help you! Hope you join us in the challenge, and be sure to share! 

As always, Simon Says Stamp is offering a generous $50 voucher! 


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Head on over to the challenge blog and check out the wonderful creative home decor projects by my awesome teamies!







Sunday, May 1

Happy May! Exciting News!!

Happy May! 



It's May Day and International Workers Day so a big shout out to workers everywhere!!

As many of you know, I love STEAMPUNK, and to me one aspect of it is this alternate reality to the Industrial Revolution, so I see a definite connection to this historical day. Which makes it pretty cool, I think, to be able to make this announcement on this day...

I am thrilled to be back with Sandee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges as a member of the design team!!! I am really looking forward to working with this wonderful team again, and sharing my project with all of you on May 15 - stay tuned, and be sure to head on over to see some amazing steampunk from Team A!!


Monday, April 25

Show us your Metal!

Hello friends, it's Monday here and we are ready to play!



I love metal! I got totally inspired by this rusty pocket watch by Finnabair Mechanicals, and started creating off of this. 

This challenge is easy - all you have to do is add a piece of metal on your creation!

I headed off in a steampunk direction with this challenge, metal often leads me there, and I earned some "metal" by trying something totally new to me - ice resin! Wow!

I saved a container from some Prima wood icons, and the first thing I did was paint it black and let it dry. 


I figured it was time to try out my ice resins, and wow! am I glad I did, these are so cool!! I tried the ice enamel in the pocket watch, added old watch innards, and then filled in with the resin. In one of the boxes, I layered some gears, added resin and then some tiny micro beads. I set these aside and checked the drying time and when it said 3 days! I thought, whoa, I am NOT that patient!! Lucky for me mine was dry the following day.



I had a lot of fun finding things in my stash to add into the shadow box. As it evolved, I began to think of it as housing my every day treasures, little things you might find or see on a journey.




Details, details! I LOVE this new Stamp-N-Add Moth Wings from Prima with the metal body parts you can use (or you can stamp the insect body). I had some water color scraps from a previous project that worked beautifully with my colors. I added the micro beads and took apart some old jewelry to get the pearls.

My brain took me back and forth between treasures from the sea and the air, so I just decided to go with it! I had so much fun trying out some new techniques and working with new goodies, and it all started when I saw that rusty pocket watch.


Now it's your turn to show us your metal! I can't wait to see what you share, but just have fun playing.

It has been a joy to have Beulah Bee join us as guest designer this month, and share her awesome creativity with all of us! I am looking forward to more creative adventures from you!

Join in the fun to enter to win the $50 voucher from our generous friend, Simon Says Stamp!


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Head on over the the challenge blog to see how the design team is using metal this week! I am always amazed by their wonderful projects!!






Saturday, April 23

Wanderlust 2016: My Future


Following the prompt "my future" this is what I came up with in my art journal. I really do feel like my future has so many possibilities and I am choosing my path right now, and that path is a colorful one.

I laid gesso down, and stopped to feel how gritty it feels when dried, after learning more about it in class. Next I layered Dylusions Paints with my fingers, then added the woman stencil from Dina Wakley, and the starbursts. I went in and added some doodling and worlds, then silver, gold and black sprays.

I am kind of feeling like this right now... "I am stardust, I am golden"...I am a child of the universe, traveling through time and space into my future.




Thursday, April 21

Wanderlust 2016: Fading Past-Visions of what used to be...


I chose this early photo of my family with my parents, sister and I to use for my journal page. I was two at the time. Three more siblings would arrive later in our lives to share our family journey. The past is fading away...my parents are gone, we've all grown up and our childhoods are gone.

Since my photo was from the 1950's, I wanted to create some colors that fit that time period.


Whoa, that pink is a little too hot, so I toned it down with some Q-gold.


Added some layers with stamps and punchinella I used as a stencil. 


Layered on the photo and some strips of paper from some old music and a spice book.  I really like the line "Visions of what used to be"


Toned it down further with some unbleached white, then did some writing and doodling with black and white pens, as well as some pencil shading. 


Final step, I stamped in "family".


This was a happy day early in my life. My parents still were carefree and young and happy, before the challenges of life took their toll. My sister and I were oblivious to any trouble in the world, safe and secure in our little family group.  Of course, I have no idea why we are all dressed up, we must be off to a party! 

In retrospect, I am not sure if I am happy with how faded the people are in the photo, but it really does fit the feeling of the past fading away as we grow older. 
Thanks for stopping by. 




Monday, April 18

Butterfly Beauty

Happy Monday, friends!



This week we are all about butterflies! It is so easy to join us in this week's challenge - all you need to do is add a butterfly :)

I am using these beautiful Heidi Swapp Butterflies mixed media cards. I chose some distress inks and applied with the mini blending tool, and spritzed a bit on the side. I used the packaging to put under the die cut butterfly so I wouldn't get in on the card. Apparently I am a bit heavy handed in my blending, because I took a wing off each butterfly - oh no!! Luckily, I figured out a way to fix it, and I bet you won't even see it.


I wanted to stamp another butterfly or two on this card, so used my blending tool and pounced on the SSS stamp, misted it and then stamped. Depending on how much you mist, you can get a very nice watercolor image like I did here on my practice paper, or a little less and get more detail, like on the card.


Here are the three amigos, oops, I mean butterflies. I added the pen nib to cover the boo boo. 


I love that the cards come with these beautiful envelopes too!


I found a Fleur de Lis I had cut out previously and inked it up and added it to the body. I also lightly blotted the pink and orange inks on the french script in the background. It's light enough you could still write over it. 


Trying some different colors with this one - pink and orange - happy colors!



These were easy peasy and fun to make!


Ok, now it's time for you to dig through your stash and find some butterflies! Hope you are getting creative, and will join us in the challenge! 

One lucky person will win Simon's $50 voucher! Every week someone wins, and this time, it could be you!


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