Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Painting Technique - Gesso

I did a little painting tutorial for the AMM blog yesterday with this layout - you can check out the details here.

I used my favorite stand by - Gesso! Gesso is my most used art supply. Loving this color combination with the Prima and Sassafrass and the windows.

I have been completely overwhelmed by the response to The Next Step!! Thank you all so much for your support and comments - I can't wait to get started on Monday with the first technique. I'll give you a hint - you'll be using paint and stamps. Hmmmm....sound interesting? ;) I noticed some of you are already spreading the word about the blog and I can't tell you how much that means to me! You can pick up a blinkie on the site if you never know if I might want to do a RAK for someone. ;)

I've been busily working on some other new stuff that I will be sharing soon for NSD at AMM but that's all for now. Oh, Did you see the new Webster's blinkie!! Isn't it cute?
See you soon!


Monday, April 27, 2009

The Next Step

After months of planning and preparation our new technique challenge site - The Next Step is up and running! The first post is just an introduction of who is on the team and why we started the blog. The first technique will be on next Monday, May 4.

I know for me, this blog has been a dream that has been floating around in my mind for over a year and after having my personal blog and gaining confidence in my ability to share my ideas with others, I am so excited to begin this adventure! I am sure you have noticed the trend of mixed media and scrappbooking growing closer and closer together - I actually got into scrapbooking from the mixed media side. So, I'm calling it Mixed Media for Scrappers.

The blog is going to work something like this - there will be one new technique introduced every month and each week one of us will share our take on it with pictures and step-by-step instructions. The challenge is for us and for you to play along sometime during the month and just post a link to your project in any of the comments for that month. Easy, huh?

Here is a little sneak of what is coming this month:

Stop by and check it out if you can! :) See you soon!


Thursday, April 23, 2009


This has been an amazingly busy week - I feel a huge sense of accomplishment with our upcoming technique challenge blog - I am embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to figure out to make a 3 column template for blogger. Let's just say hours and leave it at that. ;) And I created the header and soon to be blinkie! I am so excited to be working on this with Bethany Kartchner and Gayle Martin - they have such unique, wonderful styles and I can't wait to share with you all of our ideas! We will have a welcome post up before the month is out!

And working on a sketch and project for this! Hope you can join us on May 2 and 3 at A Million Memories for the National Scrapbooking Day Bash!! There will be lots of fun stuff going on!

Also, working on some layouts for Scrapping the Music. I was thrilled to be asked to guest artist for May!

And normal life - my friend and I took our girls to the beach on Wednesday - it was so nice, around 80' with a light breeze. They had a wonderful time and I got some great photos that I am eager to scrap - good thing I have plenty of upcoming projects. ;) Em was trying out her Disco moves - I guess she picked them up from watching American Idol the other night. It was hilarious!! Hope you are having a wonderful week and looking forward to the weekend! See you soon!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Creative Therapy and my Creative Mind

Catalyst #58 on Creative Therapy this week is what is your favorite word and why? You would think that would be easy, right? Not for me - so I chose Words of Love and altered a chocolate box to put them in using some of the beautiful Webster's Pages.

One of my newer blogging friends, Lisa, asked me a question in the last post about creative minds. I really had to laugh because not only is she a hilarious writer but having a creative mind is also called ADD by many people. It is nice to have someone think that it is a good thing. ;)

Seriously, a little of my creative process - for those who are interested. My brain is running constantly with ideas, colors, techniques, ways to interpret my erratic thoughts. I often dream about my designs and my sub-conscious will help me finish one that I am stuck on. For me the layout begins with a photo- if I am working with specific papers I may look for a photo to go with the papers but still it is the most important part - without my photos I wouldn't scrap at all, I would only do mixed media projects. Most photos give me some sort of emotion or theme to work from and I try to convey that in my project. As you might imagine I am a pretty emotional woman - I feel things very deeply and creating is one of the biggest passions in my life.

As far as designing the page - sometimes I just go with it - or something will strike me as I am selecting papers and embellishments. I also look at sketches or see something that inspires me as a starting point - but I don't usually sketch it all out - just the basic outlines. I do spend a lot of time embellishing and picking the perfect colors for my projects - to me color is the second most important thing - getting that perfect contrast or pop of color is what makes a layout for me. I am mostly self-taught in that area - but I have always sewn and made quilts so color is something I have always played with. My mom says that coloring was my favorite activity as a child. There are many great guides for color theory - I usually just think of the color wheel and what is opposite of my main color - to create a pop or make sure to have different scales of patterns to break up the design. Also - leaving a place for you eye to rest - some white space is important.

Finishing - when is it finished? Many times I have to make myself just stop and say go with it - and sometimes it just feels complete immediately. I do audition and move things around a lot to get the perfect fit and then glue at the end.

After reading this - you can see how erratic my process is - but that's how my brain works. Hope you aren't too scared after seeing a little glimpse into my creative mind. But that's me! :)
Is anyone else like that? I'd love to hear about your creative mind!
Hope you had a great weekend and I'll see you in blogland!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Last Month with Scrapmuse

It is hard to believe that in April of last year I was asked to guest design for Scrapmuse and now a year later, I worked with my last kit as a design team member. I learned so much over the past year and really appreciate the opportunity from Traci - bringing me on as an unknown artist and encouraging me! (Not that I am so famous now) lol

So here you go! My work with the April can see the article on burlap and the other design teams work here.

Look at what a little cutie Mark was! I love these Pink Paislee papers with the black and white photo.

I used this one also for Creative Therapy - the challenge was what makes you laugh. That one wasn't hard. ;) Em loves to tell riddles and jokes and I journaled her faves around the edges. This photo makes me smile every time I see it. And look at the gorgeous Fancy Pants here!!

And Mark and Em's garden - Love that Tim Holtz fence mask. I free-motion stitched the little flower stems and leaves.

Traci sent me this wooden frame to alter - I made a burlap flower and added some crackle paint. The barb-wire is the reverse of the TH mask.

This month we all did a layout about ourselves. I was inspired by the stitched look paper that Sassafrass has out and layered burlap over my background and did some layered vertical stitching.

So, thank you Scrapmuse for a great year!!

Monday, April 13, 2009


Yay!!! I just posted my work with Webster's Pages in their gallery as guest designer this month and let me say how wonderful and generous they were to work with!! I love the projects I created for them and I am excited to share them with you...sorry this is a little photo heavy!

In this layout I crumpled the printed vellum sheet and layered it over the background with stitching and the brown frame is from the new cardstock stickers. This is a photo of my grandma and her younger brother.

I altered a frame I had laying around - love the little birdhouse and berries! Also added some inking and crackle paint to age it a bit.

Added a touch of lime green paint to this to make it pop a little. Isn't this a great photo! :)

I love this photo that I took on the rehearsal day for Michelle's wedding. I tryed to frame it to really draw your eye into the photo. The background is misted with blue ink to give some contrast and depth.

And a little gift card tin that I altered. I ran the vellum card through my zyron and it attached perfectly!

And probably my favorite...I added some pearls, tulle and flowers. The brown lace at the bottom is painted with brown acrylic paint - cool, huh? I also painted on the photo a bit with some gesso to make the girl's dresses pop.

Whew! That was a lot of work! Thanks for sticking with me on this long post. We are all well again at our house and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. See you soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Websters Peeks

I've been playing with the beautiful new Webster's pages this week!! Thought I would share a peek of my work that I am doing as guest artist for them this month. I hope to be finished this weekend and ready to post them into the gallery. There was a slight hold up waiting for the new stickers to arrive, but let me say they were worth waiting for!! Gorgeous matte cardstock letters and images!

I'm just trying to finish up a couple of altered items I am making and then I will reveal all! Also making progress on the new technique challenge blog - my friends, Gayle and Beth are working on it with me! I am so excited - we are calling it The Next Step. Stay tuned!!

It's been sort of a long week, even though it is only Wednesday. Em has been sick and I'm a little worn out. But she seems much better today and I am ready to get busy.

I've been trying to catch up in blogland, so I'll see you soon. ;D


Friday, April 3, 2009


Some days are just so wonderful that you want to hold on to them forever. Kind of like this day at the river. Early spring in Florida on the Suwannee River, how beautiful!

This is a hybrid layout - the brick circle and the photos are all printed in one - I changed the colors of the bricks some - they are a digital paper from Prima. The drop shadows and outlining on the photos make it look pretty dimensional, I think.

Playing along with Scrapping the Music this week - the song is Everyday by Dave Matthews - a great song and fit my feelings of the day perfectly. Also used Prima's sketch for April for starting the layout, so another two-fer. ;)

Thank you so much for all of the good wishes about the AMM DT!!! I am still so excited! This weekend Michelle is having a huge sale! 20% off your entire order!! Go check it out - there are lots of great new releases this month's kit is gorgeous!!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The new A Million Memories design team:
Tonya Dirk
Hilde Janbroers
Karen Grunberg
Wendela Lam
Jennifer Findlay
Larissa Albernaz
Lucy Edson
Stacy Cohen
Mia Caniza
Rachel Hall
Susan Dupre

I can hardly believe that my name is on that list!! I am honored and so excited to be on this team with such amazing talent!! Thank you, Michelle!

And now I can share my DT entry:

I really cannot believe it!! Thanks for letting me share my excitement!!