Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rough and Tough

Here's a very simple and quick layout I did a while back. I was in a use up some of my stash mood so I can't even tell you what paper line I used.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I was looking through my finished projects and realized I hadn't posted this canvas that I made for a teacher gift at the end of the school year. I don't remember where the vintage picture is from, sorry. I began by putting a layer of gesso on the  the canvas. I glued the picture down with gel medium.I then took an off set paint spatula and smeared paint all over the canvas. While the paint was still wet I  brushed on some Perfect Pearls.When the paint and gel medium were dry I stamped a script stamp randomly over the canvas, applied the gemstone swirls,trim and stamped the verse. The verse is from Tim Holtz's Good Thoughts stamp set. The flower is made from coffee filters and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I added a little extra sparkle to the flower with Ranger Stickles. Check back soon to see the tutorial on how to make them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Playing around with Tim

Spent some time today playing with Tim Holtz. The new Distress Stains that have just hit the stores are fantastic. The tag below also features stamps from Studio 490. I will be at JSI this Friday April 8th from 7pm - 11pm and Saturday April 9th from 1pm - 4pm. The cost is $3 all supplies included. So come and get Stained with me at the Art Bar.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fantastic Blog I found - The Graphics Fairy

 Do you love vintage photos?? How about vintage inspired clip art??? Check out  The Graphics Fairy. This wonderful lady has compiled a blog full of clip art free for use in your artwork. Please go check her out and leave her some love. :) Photos below are courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pucker Up

This face...what can I say about it??? I taught them this. I was waiting for everyone to finish up supper and I looked at Ray and made this face. Everyone burst out laughing. It was one of those nights, you know everyone is in a goofy mood kind of night. Well now this is what we do if someone is bored, or needs cheering up or is angry. You jsut can't help but snicker and laugh. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Genuine Boy

My son is caught in that in between world of being a little boy and wanting to be a big boy. He turned 7 last month and still likes little boy stuff and snuggles with Mommy but he is being drawn to the older boys who influence his world. He follows their every move and imitates their every action but when he gets hurt or his world feels like it's falling apart he still wants his Mommy. And that's OK. ;) He's rough and tough and wears his heart on his sleeve, but most importantly he is Genuine in all that he does.

My Little Yellow Bicycle makes fantastic boy papers. The line I used on this LO is Generation Z . I love how this line lends itself to distressing and two favorite things. ;)  The little x stamp on the side of the photo is from Fiskars. I also stamped with myStamp Box. I used the Colour Me Alpha's to stamp Boy. The other words are stamped from a collection of stamps I found at the Dollar store and there is no company name on them. I used the Tatterd Floral die from Sizzix to cut the flowers from tissue paper. I think I cut about 5-6 of each size of petal. I really like a full flower when I'm finished. The tissue paper flower was then Glimmer Misted...way too much fun. If you've never played with the Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist you should give it a try. ;) I used Sapphire and Tiger Lilly...unfortunately I don't think they make this colour any more. As the flower was drying I scrunched it a little for added dimension..I inked the edges of my papers  with  Black Soot. I finished things off with a little hand doodling ribbon and ric rak. It's a page that makes me smile.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Easy to Love

A fun page done with some g.c.d studios papers. I used the Melody Ross Artsy Urban Collection.
My Hubby really is Easy To Love. He makes me laugh and loves me despite all my idiosyncrasies. He is calm and patient while I am so NOT like that. We really are as different as night and day and that is why life with him is never dull. Most importantly though he gets why I scrapbook and totally supports my obsession, and that is why he is Easy To Love. :-)

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I really, really like how this page developed. I've got some vintage  goodness on here as well as lots of distressing. There is hidden journalling behind the picture..just pull on the tag. I painted the chipboard letters and then  sanded them here and there before applying Crackle Accents. The Pattern Paper is from Basic Grey and it's called Basic. :) Some of the  flowers are Prima and the rest are just from my stash. (I'll let you in on a little secret, I have a huge rubber tote full of flowers. There really isn't any room in the tote for more but..... have you seen the new releases from Prima?? I think it's time to get a bigger tote.) The white branch is from a big sprig I picked up on my wonderings. A little Vintage lace finishes off the page. I love how it mimics the branches in the photo.

Journalling reads: We spent the day at Beaver Creek Conservation  with friends. Upon arrival we received paper cups full of birdseed to feed to the Chickadees. You spent most of your time trying to get them to come and eat from your hand. You were so hopeful. One look at your face tells me they never came.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I created this Layout to celebrate my 15th Wedding Anniversary. I can not believe how quickly time has flown. It really does seem like just yesterday we said "I do". What changes have occurred in the last 15 years???? Well  our hair has gotten shorter and grayer, we've finally let go of the 80's though that decade will always live on in our hearts. We're the parents to 4 pretty awesome kids...maybe that's what's contributing to our gray hairs. LOL. We've lived and laughed a lot over the last 15 years some years were harder than others but we always made it through. I am so lucky to have this man in my life and I am proud to call him my husband.

journalling reads:
15 years have passed since this photo was taken. I can't believe how fast time has gone by. We are still crazy in love and having a blast living this crazy life together.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Project 365

Thank you to everyone who is following my Project 365. I'm having a blast with it. I decided to start a blog just for my Project 365 photos. You can check it out here. I want to keep this one more for my craft/scrapbook stuff.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Project 365 - Day 7

Here's my photo from yesterday. I snapped a photo of Dawn G's hand. I loved how it looked. I added 3 layers of saturation and am almost giddy with how it looks. The background is so abstract and neon and awesome. :) Dawn's hand almost looks like it's ready to leap off the page. :) I'm having a blast with this project. I know it's supposed to chronicle more of your daily life but it's my 365 and my interpretation and I am having fun! It is good for the creative heart.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Project 365 - Day 6

Here we are at day 6 already.Today's photo is making my heart happy. I spent the day with a great friend. We always have fun when we get together. Today we went to a local art store called Art Placement. It's a hidden jewel in our city. They have the most amazing papers and art supplies. If you have never been there go check them out. After a lunch of Dim Sum at a local restaurant we spent the afternoon "junking" at the local thrift stores. We both found some fun stuff to get our creative juices going. So here is my selection of finds from all the places we visited.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Project 365 - Day 5

Here's my oldest son out enjoying the snow. Today was a hard day to pick which photo to post as I got quite a few nice shots of him playing. :) I love the "snowfall" effect of the snow cascading out of his hands.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Project 365- Day4

The view from my patio doors tonight.

Custom Jean Patches Tutorial

I live in a house where everyone wears the knees out of their jeans. All 4 of my children and my Husband too. I used to send all our pants to my MIL to be fixed but she is unable to do it anymore. So I was thinking with all the nice material and patterns on the market and all the cutting systems too that making some cool patches shouldn't be too hard. The patches turned out awesome and my kids loved them. What do you think??

I used cotton/cotton blend and flannel fabrics. The first thing I did was to apply heat and bond to the back of the fabric. This stiffens up the fabric and for non-sewers allows you to then iron the fabric onto your project with no sewing involved. I do find that I do need to sew it on to anything that will be going through the washing machine.

I love the versatility of my Making Memories Slice. There are so many cartridges to choose from so no matter what kind of a custom patch design you want, you should be able to find it. Keep in mind you can't cut heavier fabrics with the Slice.I use my Big Shot and dies to cut heavier fabrics like denim. Select your image and cut.

There are many ways to address how to prepare the jeans for patching. I find it is easiest to rip open the inside seem or the seem that doesn't have fancy stitching with a seem ripper. This allows me lots of room to work .

Too prepare the spot I am patching I remove the tattered material and make a nice square hole. I then measure and cut a piece of denim to fit from old jeans that I keep on hand just for patches.

I sew around the perimeter of the patch with at straight stitch and sew around the cut area with a zig zag stitch. I usually go around twice just to help keep any fraying in check. Now because I used heat and bond on my patch I iron it on and then zig zag stitch around it. I do this twice also.

This is what the back side of the patch looks like. I don't worry too much about the fraying on the patch edges. By the time these are frayed and need to be replaced the jeans are either toast or the kids have out grown them.

I zig zag sew the seem back together (do this twice) and the jeans are done and ready to wear.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Project 365 - Day3

Ray and I have been wanting to get skates for the kids for a while now but just weren't able to do it. This year we were finally able to do it. The kids were so excited. They had never been skating before. They took to it like ducks to water. ;) We only got a couple of outing's in before the weather turned cold. I'm hoping this cold snap doesn't last long. Ray and I even got skates. It's been about 20 years since either of us had been skating. It all came back to us...just like riding a bike. Speaking of wich that might be our next investment.
I saturated the colours a little in the photo just because I loved how the red and blue laces pop.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Project 365 - Day 2

Yummy.....Warm apple crisp and ice cream. I love these kinds of desserts in the winter time. :) Today I made Ray's favorite supper, Shepherd's Pie and we finished it off with this. I love how everyone's eye's always light up for the dessert portion of supper. With the six of us there is usually someone who isn't thrilled about what's on the table for supper but they never fail to get excited about dessert.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Project 365

I have been lacking in inspiration for quite some time now. I don't know where it went or why but it's gone. I have decided that I really need to find it again so I am undertaking Project 365. It's all about documenting your daily life. I'm excited for it. It has many purposes; First it will get me back on track blogging again. I have really neglected my blog this past year.Second it will make me be creative in some manner everyday. Yeah!! Third I will have to pick up my camera everyday. Something I have not been doing lately. Fourth it should give me lots of photo's to scrapbook this year. :) I am not sure yet if I will continue to post my Project 365 photo's here or if I will start another blog and then just link them up here...we'll have to see. So now onto today's photo. 

I didn't put up a Christmas tree this year in stead the kids each made one. I will be putting them away sometime this week and since I hadn't taken any photo's of them yet I thought this would be a great way to start. :)