Friday, May 25, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #44

On this TGIF; Thankful Friday, I'm thankful for the addition of a new daughter-in-law. DS1 had a civil ceremony this week and we officially welcome a new daughter-in-law.

They are getting married in Mexico but because they are US citizens, the marriage is not official in the US. Hence the need to be married here.

Here are some photos of the celebration:

I am the mother of three sons and one daughter so my DD and I have always been outnumbered by the males in our household. Now I'm happy to say that the females outnumber the males by one!

Now it's your turn...what are you thankful for this week? Please share in the comments!

QQ Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Hi there! Quick Quotes is hosting a Coffee Lover's Blog Hop today and I hope you decide to follow along.

I love coffee but only have a few coffee themed stamps. I actually bought this one at Michael's a couple of weeks ago for 50% off!

The card is made using both sides of the Quick Quotes Whistlin' Dixie WD107 and Cool Gray PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I love the grunginess of this paper.
One thing to note, I always wanted to buy a coffee themed stamp set with mugs, coffee rings and splashes but just never got around to it. I knew I needed some "grunge" for a coffee themed card so I searched my stash and found items that are perfect for it. I love shopping my own stash - give it a try, you may already have what you think you need!

What I did:
  • I cut a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of the WD107 and inked all four edges with Cool Gray PowderPuff Chalk Ink.
  • Cut a 2x4" piece of the same paper but flipped it over before inking all edges with Cool Gray.
  • I stamped both pieces of paper with circles and splotches stamps to emulate coffee spills.
  • I stamped the coffee cup on white cardstock, solid yellow side of WD107 and WD103. Then I fussy cut each paper pieced layer. I added a heart to the coffee cozy.
  • Stamped the sentiment and tied string around the 2x4 piece.

After I assembled the whole thing, I thought, "wow! That's a whole lot of yellow!" So I removed the band and added a piece of vellum over the WD107 piece (after inking the edges). Yup! Like that so much more!

Click on over to the Quick Quotes blog to see more Coffee Lover's projects!

Other Supplies:
Bloom Art Stamps Elements 2 stamps (designed by me!)
SU! Gorgeous Grunge and sentiment
Hampton Art

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

WOYWW #468 & Ninth Anniversary

Happy 9th anniversary to WOYWW! I started linking with this lovely group a little bit over a year ago because I remember when they were creating their 8th anniversary ATCs.  Crazy!  Click on over to Stamping Ground to read more about it.

Here's my desk this week:

I just finished a canvas project so the supplies/materials are still scattered around. This is a busy first part of the week for me - Monday I completed the canvas; Tuesday was my son's birthday & all the kiddos came over for dinner & cake; and tonight DS1 is getting married (this will be a quickie ceremony that needs to be done before they have their wedding ceremony & celebration in Mexico). Whew!

I'm excited to work on the PIF ATC exchange for the 9th anniversary. I haven't made an ATC in years so it'll be a fun project - as you can tell from my comment that I haven't started nor do I have a plan. I will however, get it done in plenty of time!

Click on over to Stamping Ground blog to check out the spaces of such talented people from all over!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Raising Arrows Psalm 127:3-5

I was flattered to be recommended to create a canvas piece for a friend's son to give his wife for her birthday. Flattered and nervous. I mean, I like what I do, but when people give you guidelines, I always doubt that I'm giving them what they actually want. My sister settled my nerves by saying “do what you do”. He saw some of my previous work and loved it so why would I change anything? Great advice sis! So I dove into this project as if I was creating it for myself.

This piece had some specifics, but ultimately I had free artistic freedom.

It's a 16x20 canvas and full of mixed media goodies to celebrate their children & their distinct personalities.

It was based on the verses Psalm 127:3-5. They watched the movie Like Arrows and he knew he wanted a personalized pieced based on it. I’ll be honest, when I read the verse, I was like “what?!”. Then I spoke with him and he told me about the movie, etc. After that, I realized how special this piece had to be.

This photo shows the canvas at two layers:
Then I created three arrow masks and then painted white over the entire piece. Here’s how they look after I lined it with a black pencil & some water:
My first attempt of embellishing the arrows:
Then a little more embellishing:
Then I practiced with lettering and spacing:
Which all led to this:

I love the way it turned out and more importantly, the client loved it too. I wish my "hands" would've turned out a little better but I figured I probably would have made it worse if I tried to fix it.

I can't wait to hear how his wife likes it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #43

YES! Friday is here! Are you going to watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow? I probably won't watch the whole thing, but will definitely take a peek.

This has been a busy week. It's also been a fabulous one! So this week I'm thankful that I inherited a giving heart. I was raised in a household where giving/sharing/helping others was something very normal. I never really thought much about it until this week.

Monday, I assisted my friend's graduating daughter in completing a decorated graduation cap - she was so excited!
Tuesday & Wednesday, I sat and helped my future Daughter-In-Law with a mini scrapbook album for two of her students. (Used a lot of my older stash too!)
This morning - while at Starbucks, I decided to perform a Random Act of Kindness to the person behind me in the drive thru.

I am not tooting my own horn, I'm just mentioning all these things because I feel so good today! It surely is a blessing when you are able to GIVE without expecting anything back.

I hope you get a chance to perform some kind of Random Act of Kindness this week!
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Share what you're thankful for this week. I'd love to hear all about it. Maybe you were the recipient of a RAK - maybe you were the blond lady behind me at Starbucks this morning! LOL

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

QQ and San Antonio Again

I had so much fun finishing the layouts for my San Antonio trip. I used patterned paper from the Secret Garden collection from Quick Quotes.  This collections is so perfect for my photos since it has a Tex-Mex feel to it (or at least I think so). Before putting these layouts together, I inked the edges of all the cut paper pieces using PowderPuff Chalk Inks. The inks I used are Deep Sea, Lipstick, Cactus, Light Moss, Bermuda, Vanilla Cream and Island Orange.

I used my Cricut and the Ole cartridge to cut out the margarita, skeleton, photo mat and the piƱatas. With the exception of the solid cardstocks (except the light green which is the back side of GN101), all the papers are from the Secret Garden collection. I just love the bright colors and color scheme of this paper collection.

I’m sharing three different fun and colorful layouts I made using this collection.

The first layout was made by using the back sides of GN102 and GN104. The light green paper is the backside of GN101. I started by inking with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk Ink and it just looked too dark so I swiped Island Orange ink over the Lipstick and gave it just the right amount of color and grunginess. The light green strip is inked with Light Moss PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I used both Light Moss and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Inks for the margarita. I love the contrast between the orange and light green papers and by adding the green strip to the left, it balances the page.

I used GN102 for the base of this layout and a strip of teal cardstock inked with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink. The red/yellow mats are inked with Lipstick and Vanilla Cream PowderPuff Chalk Inks. I layered different labels from my stash to create a base for my skeleton. Added some enamel dots and words/quote that I created myself using sticker paper and my computer. Don’t you just love that skeleton! He’s so perfect for this page!

This last layout was inked with Deep Sea around the striped base paper and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Ink around the photo mats. I also used Deep Sea along the edges of the Texas paper.

I had a lot of fun creating these layouts for our San Antonio trip. Using the Secret Garden paper collection really made it easy. All the papers coordinate and they are so pretty! Secret Garden is the featured paper collection in May’s Club Q.

Quick Quote Products:
Secret Garden Paper Collection

Other Products Used:
Enamel Dots by Queen and Company
Cork Arrow by Fun Stampers Journey
Solid Cardstock from my stash
Various Labels from my stash
Fine Point Sharpie

Monday, May 14, 2018

Junk Journal Project #12; Love Us

If you watched my last YouTube video, you saw a quick view of this layout made in my junk journal.  This page was another ink spray mop up and some white acrylic ink. The left side is a copy of an older art journal page. I cropped it into a thinner piece and printed it on a clear label. I've been doing a lot of that lately. I didn't do much else to the "label" except add white paint to the petals and draw a wonky border around it using a fine point Sharpie pen.

On the right side, I used yellow acrylic paint and a stencil and then used the Sharpie to better define the shapes since I obviously used too much paint with the stencil - it seeped through much more than I wanted it to.

Then I added the heart doily that was gifted to me from Rubber Paws and the picture of my daughter and I over it.

I finished the page by writing the sentiment, drawing black hearts and flicking some gold Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey. Have I told you how much I love the Color Silk product? If you haven't tried it, I strongly recommend them. Splattering is so much fun and these little bottles help the control when doing it.

*If you are interested in Fun Stampers Journey products, go to their website and be sure to
select me, Dorlene Durham as your Journey Coach.*