Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WOYWW #398

Happy Hump Day!
It's Wednesday and I've been really good about posting my work area on the WOYWW (Stamping Ground) link each Wednesday.  Well, this week, I decided to mix it up.  I didn't take a photo of my craft room work area, but my actual (9 to 5) work desk.

Well, actually just the craftiness and fun stuff of my work desk.

These flowers were hand cut, drawn and layered using papers that should have been tossed.  Recycling at it's best LOL!  I watched some YouTube videos on making your own flowers and as I was on hold, I started cutting some out.  After cutting the flowers, I used a fine point black Sharpie and some highlighters to randomly color them.  I may do a video on making these because they are super easy and fun.  Plus a great way to use up scraps!

I altered this board awhile ago, see LINK here, and I love the quote on the scrapbook page to the right.  I made that page years ago on a Monochromatic challenge.  The frame to the left was made by a good friend of mine.  Oh yeah, and my hand written index card.  Apparently I'm on hold a lot at work, LOL.

This little album is made from toilet paper rolls.  This houses some of my favorite photos of my kiddos when they were little.  All of them are laughing.  It's a great Pick-Me-Up when I need it at work.

Check this link out to see more about this canvas.  This has been hanging in my cubicle since I won the First Place ribbon at our local festival.

The "pretties" on the corner of this frame are ribbon scraps I just can't toss.  Whenever I get a little something at work, instead of tossing the ribbons, I cut a little piece and tie it to the corner of this frame.  The heart charm was found and no one claimed it so I added it too.  This is a picture of my parents when they were in high school.  I love this picture of my mom pinning the corsage on my dad.
Click on over to Stamping Ground's blog to check out the other deskers.  You'll be amazed at all the wonderful things people are making.  Have a great week and stay warm.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Butterflies & Wings Art Journal Pages

I feel like I haven't done much in my Art Journal except mop up paints, inks, etc from other projects.  Well, I finally got a change to mess around in there.  On Wednesday, I posted this photo:

I knew I wanted to add some sort of quote on the right side and just wasn't sure on the left.  Well here's a closeup of the right side:

This page started with some stenciled stars, some hand drawn flowers and random marks.  I didn't like it.  So out comes the gesso!  Then I used an old credit card to scrape some bright acrylic paint here and there to cover most of the page.  I love how the stenciled stars still SHONE through and other marks.  Added random washi tapes, rub ons, stamps and randomness and it all came together.  I used Tim Holtz idea-ology words and my own to complete the quote "Life Changes so Make Every Day Count".

And for the left side:
A Julie Nutting paper doll some more random marks and a stamped quote.

I was going to do some sort of She Art, but decided to stamp this quote instead.

I'm entering the right side journal page on the STAMPlorations challenge site.  Check out the challenge, entries and maybe even join yourself!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WOYWW #397

Happy Wednesday!  I finally had a chance to work a little in the Command Center.  I opened up my art journal and played with some supplies.  The page on the right was already filled with some markings but I didn't like the way it was turning out so I applied white gesso over the top and "started all over".  I put that in quotes, because you can still see some of the wonderful layers from the original.

Then I put down different colors of acrylic paint using the side of an old credit card.  Added random strips of Washi Tape, some splatters of ink spray here and there and then stamped the butterfly.  I'm looking for the right quote to put to the left of the butterfly.

I used the left side of the art journal to scrap the left over paint and spray.  I have an inkling to add either a Julie Nutting paper doll or my own "she".  I haven't done any She Art in awhile.

Now that you checked out my desk, click on over to the Stamping Ground website HERE to see other desk/craft spaces/craft rooms.  Each Wednesday, there are linkers from across the globe that submit blog entries of their space.  I'm telling you, you will find inspiration, tips, and friendship among these deskers.  Take a peek!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Team: Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog (AKA: FCCB)

I am so excited to announce that I'm a part of the Design Team for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  I applied for their Design Team call and they emailed me last week!  I am a HUGE fan of the machine and love all things Cricut!  I cannot wait to start creating items for them.

If you have a Cricut and want to join the fun, enter these bi-monthly challenges with me!  Click here to get there:

My first assignment is in February so I'll see you there!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year!  I had the best time on New Years Day with my hubby and our friends.  We took a short trip to the ocean and had a great time!  Can you believe we actually went bar hopping?!?  LOL

We're all between the ages of 59 - 52 and we went to six different bars!  I have to honestly say that I've never done that before!  We took Uber a couple of times too (another first for me and my hubby).

Here's a group photo of us:

And our New Year spread:

My scrapping group will be challenging ourselves to use our stash this January and be on a spending FREEZE.  Can I do it?  Geez, I hope so. 

Every year I say I'm going to scrap my stash and not buy more "stuff", but as everyone knows, that's almost impossible to do.  I'm pretty sure that I can do it for at least one month.  We'll have weekly challenges/guidelines and then post photos on our Facebook Group Page.  I'll add some highlights here as well.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

I am so ready for 2017!

I could go through the year and mention all the good & bad that happened this year, but who's got the time?!  Instead I'm going to mention my Top Five 2016 art moments.

Number Five:  Discovering Gelli Printing.  I put it off long enough, but so glad I finally jumped in.  Using this plate has given me a jumping point on many of my mixed media projects, cards and soon, scrapbooking layouts!

Number Four:  Index Card-A-Day Challenge.  I had so much fun participating in this 61 day challenge and cannot wait to do this again in 2017.  Click on the ICAD label to the right to see all of my cards and some of the projects I made with them.  Participating in this challenge broadened my capabilities and made me think outside the box.

Number Three:  WOYWW.  Discovering this blog site introduced me to some extremely creative people that welcomed me to their community.  Click on over to STAMPING GROUND to learn more about this community of artists.  You can also click on the WOYWW label to the right.

Number Two:  Bloom Arts.  Not only did this lovely lady, Lisa, encourage me to continue with my mixed media artwork, but she created a set of three stamp sets of my mixed media marks with my name on it!  It is so awesome to use the set especially since my name is on the package.  And to make it even better, they are amazing background/marking stamps that I really do use in almost every project I make.  BLOOM ARTS STAMPS

Number One:  VIDA.  There's not much better than having your designs on clothing!  I am so thankful that they found me and that I decided to GO FOR IT!  I have enhanced my own wardrobe and many of my friends and family have as well.  Some may say it's a dream come true, but honestly, it's not a dream I would have had until I saw how amazing these pieces are.  Click Here to go to my collection.  Every piece I have purchased is great quality and the colors are amazing!  And seeing your name on a label is pretty cool too!  LOL

My absolutely favorite post was the picture heavy post of my son's Engagement Party.  I had so much fun creating decorations for this celebration.  This is by far the most exciting news we had in 2016 until my other son proposed to his girlfriend in December.  So in July, 2017, we'll have one wedding and then in September, we'll start planning for another.  GOOD TIMES!

Click HERE to see this post.

Happy New Year peeps and thanks for all the looks & comments on my blog this year.  We're ready for you 2017!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WOYWW #395

The Wednesday after Christmas...I really should be pulling the Christmas cartons out and slowly refilling them with all the decorations, but I'm on vacation!

Last night I worked on some scrapbook layouts from September.  They were pretty quick since I used pocket pages.

Since it's Wednesday I am posting my desk as part of the WOYWW blog.  Check out Stamping Ground's site for more info.

I come to realize that I work best in a messy area.  At least that's what I'm going to continue to tell myself.  LOL

These layouts are from our short visit to the George Lucas office in SF.  There isn't a formal tour or anything, but they have an incredible lobby with all sorts of Star Wars statues and memorabilia.  It's pretty cool!