Saturday, August 18, 2018

Art Pouches

It's been awhile since I mentioned my shop in VIDA.

VIDA is an organization that makes clothes, scarves, bags, etc from designers all over the world. Some even famous - not me (hee hee).

These pouches are approximately 7 x 9" and are perfect to hold your art supplies. They are made with a sturdy canvas like material with the same design on both sides. I use them to hold my paint markers on a regular basis and use them to put my art supplies when I'm traveling. They have a small pocket in the side as well.

Here are the two that I purchased for myself:

And it's signed by me!

I love this quote!
Can you see the pocket on the right?

All of these are my art designs and VIDA puts them on the clothing/bag/etc. of my choosing. Aren't they fun?

Friday, August 17, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #56

TGIF! This week I'm thankful for local produce. We live in a farming town and we get so many boxes of fruits and veggies at home and at work shared with us.

I love that people love to share their goodies. I try and try to grow a garden. You'd think in this rich agriculture area, it'd be no problem...but nope, I just cannot grow anything!

Life Is Better In Flip Flops

Hey everyone. I'm sharing a summer beach layout I made using some elements from the June Club Q kit from Quick Quotes. Pieces of this layout kit is perfect for a summer layout. I used a 12x12 piece of white cardstock (included in the kit) for the base page. The three patterned papers were also included in the kit. Although the yellow piece doesn’t look like a patterned paper, it is the backside of a polka dot piece.

I punched out two chipboard swirls and colored them with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I also inked the flip flop border with Sandy Shore PowderPuff Chalk Ink. Three different colors of twine were also included in the kit so I could string the flip flops. So fun!

Once I inked the chipboard, I inked all edges of the three patterned papers with Bermuda, Lipstick, and Sandy Shore PowderPuff Chalk Inks.

I used a 4x4 photo of my daughter and matted it with a 4.5 x 4.5 piece of vellum. The vellum was inked with all three color PowderPuff Chalk Inks - Sandy Shore on the bottom, Lipstick in the middle and Bermuda on top. I followed the order of the papers on the layout. I love the PowderPuff Chalk Inks because they are perfect for all canvases. On this layout, I used them on chipboard, cardstock and vellum.

I added tone on tone stamps of Bermuda on the top right corner, as well as some black splatter, white pen marks and a variety of gems and enamel dots. In the lower left corner, I stamped another tone on tone striped image, black splatter and multi stamped a sentiment to add some visual interest.

It’s actually a pretty simple layout but when you look closer, you can see all the fine details. I love this photo of my daughter, just relaxing on the beach. I wish I was there right now!  Be sure to click on over to the Quick Quotes blog for more summer themed inspiration.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Layout Kit from Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used: Bermuda, Lipstick, Sandy Shore

Other Products Used:
Vellum by Stampin Up
White Gel Pen
Black Archival Ink by Ranger
Black Splatter by FSJ
Sentiment Stamp by Stampin Up
Enamel Dots and Gems by Queen and Company

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WOYWW #480

Happy Wednesday! And Happy WOYWW! Click on over to Stamping Ground to read all about this linkage where we show off our work areas/desks.

Here's mine:

I reminded myself that I still need to make an album for me of DS3 wedding last, last July. I was going to make another 12x12 album, but decided I'm going to attempt to put all the photos in a 8x8 paperbag album. I've made quite a few of these with flips/flaps, pockets and inserts so I'm sure it'll work.

Last night I pulled out the container that held all the red, gold, black & white papers and embellishments that I didn't use on their album. I didn't get very far mostly because I started working on it at 8:30 at night and I go to bed by 9:30, but I will continue to work on it until it's finished.

(we were in Las Vegas last weekend and I think that triggered the fact that I didn't finish my album - they were married in Las Vegas on 7/7/17)

Be sure to share you desk or just click around and be nosey.  Happy Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Junk Journal Cover

You all know I made about six junk journals and work on them whenever I can. Well, this is the cover of one of them.

Basically a mop up of multiple inks, paints, markers, drips and drops. I love the background colors and decided to stamp this super cute cow from a new Fun Stampers Journey stamp set. The set also came with the sentiment.

I used watercolor pencils to color in the cow and flower crown.

The border is stamped from a Bloom Art Stamps set.

Don't you love it!

Friday, August 10, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #55

I just had a really good week. Nothing super exciting or anything, just a good week. On Wednesday, one of my DIL and I went and had massages. That may be the reason for the good week. HA HA HA

So this week, I’m thankful for all the hard working massage people.  I know they are called masseuses or something like that but I’m pretty sure that not how to spell it. Maybe it is.

This woman had magical hands and it may be the first time in a long time I didn’t wake up with back stiffness. So all my thanks goes to her!

Your turn...leave a comment on what you are thankful for this week.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WOYWW #479

Hump Day! Yeah! Happy Wednesday and Happy WOYWW! Every Wednesday, crafters from all over share a photo of their work area with each other. We get to take a peek to see what everyone is working on or what it going on in their lives. Most linkers are "regulars" but some are brand new. I've been linking for awhile now and since post #1, I felt welcomed in this group.

Read more about it and to see more desks by clicking over to Stamping Ground.

Without further ado, here's a shot of my desk:

I haven't done anything on my desk since last week. My daughter and I went to an all day crop on Saturday, so that's why the photo envelope is on my desk. To the left is a fun folder that I keep all my stencils. I love the way my desk pad looks right now with all that gorgeous color! That is from the ICAD that I worked on last week. The water bottle on the top right was a wedding favor from a friend's son's wedding. LOL It's pretty small so instead of using it for drinking water, I use it in the Command Center so I always have water. LOL The snowflake mat is a Cricut mat. Not sure why it's smack dab in the middle of my desk. I probably moved it to get something else.

I had a giveaway last week and announced the winner. To see that post, click HERE.

Thank You Berry Much QQ

Hey check out the cards I made using PowderPuff Chalk Inks from Quick Quotes.

My sister asked me to make some Thank You cards for my nephew's preschool teachers and of course I said, yes. Her only request was to have blueberries in the cards. 

I actually have a blueberry stamp but wasn't sure how to make a card from it. So, I started at the beginning...the background. I gathered Bermuda, Capri Blue and Key Largo PowderPuff Chalk Inks because I thought they would look great with the blue of the berries. I had an idea in my mind to ink stripes on the cardstock so I went for it. I applied each color ink pad directly to the paper in stripes and blended them in where the colors meet using a blending tool for a seamless look.

I did this on three different 5x7 pieces of white cardstock and then cut them in half (3.5 x 5) to create six card panels.

To complete the card, I did the following:
  • I stamped the blueberries in black archival ink twice on each card panel (where the colors met). 
  • I used a water brush and Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk Ink to color in the berries and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Ink to color in the leaves.
  • Embossed "Thanks" in black
  • Splattered gold and green ink all over
  • Adhered the panels to a white base before adhering to the colored cardstock card.

I really love how they turned out! The PowderPuff Chalk Inked background gave the whole card an interesting but subtle look.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Key Largo, Capri Blue, Deep Sea, Cactus

Other Products Used:
Black Archival Ink by FSJ
Berries Stamp by Bloom Art Stamps
Gold Spray by Heidi Swapp
Cool Pool Color Silk by FSJ
Black Embossing Powder by SU!
Versamark Ink

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


My daughter and I went to an all day crop on Saturday and I finally started scrapbooking my huge pile of photos.

I followed a sketch from Stick It Down for this one.

The papers on the corners caught my eye so I used this sketch for the first page of our Universal Studios' trip.

Here are some closeups:

I fussy cut the feathers from the patterned paper, added the left over punctuations from a letter sticker sheet, quotes/words and splattered Black Licorice Color Silk.

The quote strips are homemade by typing random quotes in Microsoft Word and printing on a full sheet label. I am a little obsessed with small words/quotes right now. I love how they just add a little "something" on cards and layouts.

This trip was so fun. My daughter mentioned the night before that she wanted to go to Universal Studios but we said maybe on a free weekend, well we woke up the next day saying "let's go"! So we both called in sick and went on a random Monday. It's about a five hour drive so we left Sunday night and spent the day at Universal Studios on Monday. We both went to work on Tuesday. Crazy fun!

If you get a chance, click on over to Stick It Down and check out their sketch challenge. They have three challenges a month - two page layout, one page layout and card sketch.

Friday, August 3, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #54 and Giveaway Winner

Thank Goodness It's Friday! Tomorrow, my daughter and I are attending an all day crop at a LSS. I'm thankful for this store since so many of them went out of business and closed their doors. It's nice to say we have one (sort of) local. It's about 45 minutes away, but just up the freeway from our town.

I am also announcing the GIVEAWAY that just ended to thank you guys for your support and kind comments.

Out of 25 people who left comments, the random winner is...drumroll please...

Stacy Sheldon!

Congratulations Stacy! Please send me an email with your mailing address.  My email address is doorknocker3 at yahoo dot com.  (Is this how we're supposed to send emails now? Someone tell me because I've been noticing it more and more - probably to keep the scammers away??)

Stacy, you will get an assortment of five of my cards. These cards are photocopies of my original mixed media artwork. They are also on my Etsy Shop (ThreeSonsandAStar).

Thanks to all who left comments.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Last of the ICAD 2018

ICAD 2018 is now complete! I had fun but am glad it's done. It's hard to commit to doing something every day.

Here are the last of my cards:

To see all of the 2018 ICADs and the past two years, click on the ICAD label to the right. Remember, you don't have to participate on the June 1 - July 31st dates...just pick any day to start and create an index card for 61 consecutive days. In fact, the first two years, I did not participate during the June/July timeframe because I knew I would be too busy. To read more about this challenge or to get the themes and prompts, click HERE.

Here's a photo of all 61 cards!

Look, my ICAD box came with an iPhone. LOL

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CWS August Challenge: Father

August challenge at Creative With Stamps (CWS) is:


Products of your Choice

Masculine cards are always a little tough for me but once I start, I always wonder why I make that statement. LOL

I used the Born to Grill stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ). I love all the images in it but for this card, I used the beer mug, bottles and bottle opener.

I covered the card base with scraps from my scrap pile, three different washi tapes and some twine.
Some close ups:

and inside:

I used the MISTI to stamp the "cheers" on the front of the card using a set from CTMH. I inked all edges and popped up the mug. Each bottle, mug and opener were stamped on the back side of the brown patterned paper (it was white on back) and colored in with markers.

I showed my hubby...of course he liked it.  LOL

Be sure to click on over to the Creative With Stamps challenge site to join this challenge!

If you are interested in Fun Stampers Journey products, click HERE and select me as your Journey Coach, Dorlene Durham.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Handmade Baby Gift

I love getting baby shower invitations. It means I get to create something for a new baby! Ever since I started sewing, I make handmade baby gifts. Well, since my sewing machine conked out on me right before Christmas and my new machine hasn't come out of the box yet, I decided to make some iron on onesies.

I made some last month (see post HERE) and loved them! Those tiny onesies are adorable just by themselves, but add some "pretty" and they are adorable++.

The theme was Tropical Baby, but I'm still hesitant to make a multi-layered iron on. I've watched videos and it looks easy, but it scares me a little. Especially since I hate wasting vinyl - they are so expensive.

Even though they are only one layer, they still turned out adorable and the parents-to-be were really excited about them.

All cuts were freebies at LoveSVG.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Make a Wish

We had another Paint Night at my local library. It is so fun and there is a group of "regulars" now so I'm meeting new people as well as seeing my friends I don’t normally get to see often.

Here's the painting:

I have to tell you, that background was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I saw some stripes and figured...EASY...nope. We had to blend out the visually noticeable lines but be careful because we didn't want to make green. UGH!

I did learn a new technique with the black "grassy" silhouette. I really like how that turned out.

I hand wrote the words using a Sharpie they provided.

I am happy how it turned out though and no matter what, it's fun and free!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

ICAD 2018; Week Eight & TGIF Thankful Friday #53

I know it's Saturday and I'm a day late in my TGIF; Thankful Friday post but I didn't want to not do it. We've hired a Handy Man to do some projects in our house and I'm so thankful for him. He does an excellent job and doesn't charge an arm and a leg. Or at least it seems reasonable to us. We put new floors in our guest bedroom and soon the kitchen. I am so excited and thankful for his "super power"! And ours to recognize that we can't do it ourselves and we waited long enough. LOL

So what are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below...

I can see the finish line from here. This will be the last full week of this 61 day challenge. If you're interested in seeing more cards, click on the ICAD label to the right. This is my third year participating in the challenge.

The first year, I framed a bunch of these but so far this year and last, they all just went into a box. These boxes are the ones that our iPhones came in. I added some of the labels I made using my art. I told my daughter, let's see how did I put it, the index card holders come with an iPhone...or something like that. LOL

My cards:

Click HERE to find out more about the GIVEAWAY that is happening right now. Leave a comment to be entered.  Good luck!