Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Million Memories - October Kit

Fresh and Easy - The October kit from A Million Memories - so adorable, homespun with a hint of fall. I am excited to play with it - it should be here any day!

Looks like a fun mix of October Afternoon and Jenni Bowlin and tons of embellishments!! Spotting some Pink Paislee, Prima and Basic Grey in the mix. I am so happy to be staying at AMM for another 6 month term! So, more to come. :)
Crazy busy week for me - I wrote out my list of assignments for October and well, let's just say I need to get busy. I've got another OTP project to share this week so I'll be seeing you soon.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Memories at Dusk - Canvas

I had the sweetest gift in the mail from my mom last week. She had noticed my ooohh's and aahhhh's over some new mediums by Liquitex in the Dick Blick catalog and surprised me with a package sent to my house. Thanks, Mom!! xoxo

So I began by building some texture onto a 12x12 canvas with Liquitex Natural Sand- texture gel - this stuff is awesome - I linked it to the catalog if you want some for yourself. ;) I applied it with a palette knife along the top and bottom edges and let it dry. Then a coat of gesso and blended some acrylic paint in soft colors. Then I used Shimmerz Spritz in Baby's Breath for a pearly glimmer. Then laid out my design and attached the papers with gel medium. I'll add some notes about the details with the close-ups but here is the completed project - one of my personal favorites to date.

I feel it really captured the soft feel of twilight at the beach and the freedom of childhood - two things I adore.

Some of the pearl effect of the Shimmerz and I cut out the butterflies from a Prima papers and painted it with some Shimmerz in Pixie Dust - love the glitz and shine.

To mimic the sunset, I added some Shimmerz Blinz in Gold Gimmer - very glittery!!

A close-up of my embellishment cluster - don't you love the new Prima flowers! Dreamy! I made some wire wraps with pearl beads to add a sheen and dimension. Alsoadded some hand-dyed scrim to add some softness and the feel of seaweed.

Notice the great texture from the sand texture and sheen!

The side angle - I am in love with this piece!!

Things are getting back to normal here - Em's back to school - she asked the funniest question this weekend, she is always wanting to be a big girl and loves when people say she looks older....she asked if I could just change her number to 6. hehehe Mom the miracle worker. lol
Do you wish you could 'change' your number?
I am content with mine. Hope you are having a great week!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Yay! I have some fun news and an offer for a great prize you can win from Shimmerz! I was asked to join the design team at Shimmerz just in time for the release of the new Vintage Collection - aren't these colors yummy?!?

You could win some Shimmerz goodiez and learn some great tips on the blog hop - start here at Jeni's blog.

I had never used Shimmerz until Stacey sent me some of their fabulous products and I am sold on it now! Nothing compares to the sheen and glimmer!! Quick drying and they blend so well together - you know how I love paint and misting. So this seems like a perfect fit! And on that note.....I used some Shimmerz Spritz in Eucalyptus on this Jeni Bowlin bingo card. This is a project I did for A Million Memories with the September kit. I was so excited to see it on the Cosmo Cricket blog last week!!

I created the handmade flower similar to Tricia's tutorial by cutting 2 sizes out with my Slice from old book pages, Spritzed with Barn Door and painted the edges with Shimmerz in Fire Engine Red, added a flower from Sassafras and wow! I impressed myself! lol

I am the featured artist here: Create Well, Create Often. Jen and her sister have the cutest etsy store and a fun blog where they feature different artists to inspire you. I hope you check it out! You might read something about me you don't know.
So it is Monday and I ready to get started creating this week - lots of ideas swimming around in my head for my month at The Next Step - From the Kitchen. I have a special guest lined up!! What are you doing creatively this week? See you soon,

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fairy Dust

There once was a little fairy who lived in a magical forest.....sounds pretty good, doesn't it? I did have a little fairy a couple of years ago and these are some of my favorite pictures of those cute little chubby cheeks and legs.

New from Webster's Pages - Natures Storybook - perfect for this woodland fantasy. I did some step-by-step photos with the foil candy wrappers and will share on The Next Step later this month. ;)

Some glimmer on the navy polka dot with Shimmerz Spritz in Baby's Breath - it adds a gorgeous pearly sheen. And some glittered tulle - then Shimmerz Paintz in Gold Dust - just brushed over the letters for a glittery finish. Did you notice my love of the Shimmerz? ;)

You can see the pearly sheen on the paper here - I splattered some ink from a distress ink re-inker for some water spots.

A couple of fun little toots this week - a couple of my AMM layouts on the Sassafras blog and my project on the Cosmo Cricket blog.

We returned home last night after a long day of traveling - air travel is wonderful - it is just the time at the airport that drags! 3 hours in Atlanta with a cranky girl was long enough.

I can't thank you all enough for your condolences - I am thankful for the time that I had to share with my family and the wonderful memories and things my grandma taught me.

Now to catch up and get over the jet lag this weekend - hope yours is wonderful! See you soon,


Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Tribute to my Grandma

One of the most influential woman in my life was my grandma, Betty Jane Huston. Sadly, she passed away yesterday and I am overcome with memories and love for her. I am so thankful for the things she passed down to me: to have a cheerful heart, not to complain, and to appreciate the little things, and most of all for my mother, who is so much like her. She had many talents: to love many people, the gift of music, artistic and a poet, but foremost she loved her family and you always knew that came first for her.

I would like to share a few of her poems that really touched me.

My grandma was the mother to 6 girls and 2 boys - and a wonderful mother she was.

Our Girls

They are gone now,
All six of them
With red-gold curls

My mother told me
"Enjoy them while you may,
For time is short and each
Will have her wedding day."

So I listened
To laughter and song
Taught them to sew and cook
To pray and read a good book.

And surely they went
One by one.
Each has followed her star.
And this mother is glad
They are what they are.

In Dreams

In dreams you live
I take your hand
I hear your voice
I understand.

I see your eyes
I see your smile
And I am happy
A little while.

Then morning comes
The dream is gone
I am bereft
Alone, alone.
-1989 after the death of her husband, Ivan

Our 4 Generations

Of Mist

It is said, our live are like a mist that appears
Then vanishes - perhaps into the sunshine.
In that brief came the children to be kissed
And loved and subtly guided; each a rare wine.

There were the sun, the moon, and the stars
The wind, the snow and the rain,
Where we faltered there were the hands
That reached out to help us again and again.
There were the tasks to be done, the flowers to pick,
The songs to be sung and the care of the sick.

For there was a mist that had merged with mine
And we were carried over in a time
That was briefly ours.
Suddenly it was wrenched away and carried afar.
Someday I'll find it - perhaps entwined around a star.
- 1992

Love you, Grandma and I'll miss you.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sassafras Love

Ok, I just finished working with the AMM September kit and it feels like it was made for me, especially the new Sassafras! The colors worked perfectly with some of my new beach vacation pictures.

Here are a couple of my faves:

Do you ever see a trend you want to incorporate into your work? I noticed a lot of white cardstock at CHA and loved the clean look and strong contrast that it gives - so this is my take at adding white cardstock to my own style.

Misting a page from the Jenni Bowlin bingo book with some Ranger Adirondack mists - love the intensity of color.

Some softer Shimmerz misting for a watercolor look. And the photo edges have a sanded look from a Hof3 photo mask.

Showing the depth of my embellishments on the side.

I added some super long stitches with black pearl cotton to outline the edges.

Another priceless photo of Mark and Emma - reaching to the sky - love this photo edge from French Laundry Drop and Drag Photo Frames by Sande Krieger.

I did partial stitching around the zig-zag edge of the Sassafras paper.

I played around with the title work a little here....

The upper embellishment cluster and my misting - again with the Adirondack inks and a chipboard from Pink Paislee. I thought the mini Maya Road houses went with the theme of castles.


We just added a new design team member to The Next Step - I am crazy about this girl! She has a wonderful sense of color and style....and she writes great tutorials! Welcome, Tricia!!

I had a fun mail day yesterday - I won a RAK from Amy Tara's blog and let me say - WOW!! So, now I have the gorgeous new Crate papers to play with - love the colors!! Thanks, Amy Tara!!

How's your week going? See you soon. :)


Monday, September 7, 2009

Hambly fun

I love Hambly, as a lot of you know and have quite a collection of their products. I decided to stop collecting and use some on this layout! I am so excited about their new collections - coming very soon - the dressforms and lace, transparencies - I am visualizing a mixed media set with that for Sew Somerset!

We did a guest member lift at AMM this month of the incredible, Carrie Ferrier. Her clean, gorgeous style always inspires me. You can see her layout and the other DT lifts here on the AMM blog.

I was trying for a free-style feel on this and my wonderful friend, Steph Devlin, ran an action on my photo for me as a little suprise! Thanks, hon!! I just love her photos - she is a Photoshop genius!!

So, let me share a few of the details - I had so much fun with this layout! Some bubble wrap paint dots and layered white transparency -this is the All Mixed Up.

I framed the photo with part of the transparency an stitched it down and lifted it a bit for dimension. The felt is Prima and the chipboard leaves - Pink Paislee with some glimmer mist - The little frame with the butterfly is my favorite!

A side view showing some of the dimension and layering.

Some misting with Tattered Angels (cinder) and I filled a couple of the circles on the paper with some Hambly woodgrain rub-ons. That was a little tricky - lol

Let me plug my class one more time: I am so excited to invite you to join me tomorrow for my first class at A Million Memories! Just be registered at AMM and the class will be on the boards on Tuesday morning!

The yard sale is over and was successful in two ways - I cleaned out a lot of clutter and made a little money! We are all hot and tired and ready to spend Labor Day relaxing. Hope you enjoy your Monday!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Celebrate Life

One thing about kids - they make you celebrate life, don't they? I felt this picture really captured that and we did a guest designer lift of the talented, Stacy Cohen, you must see what she created this month at inspireMe as guest designer!! So I created this project - not quite a layout but one to hang the wall in my studio with mostly the Postcards from Paris collection by Webster's Pages. Makes me smile! :)

I sprinkled some sand on the wet gesso to add some texture to the cardboard.

Stacy crocheted a border around her layout so I a made a gathered fabric ruffle around the edge of mine.
Doesn't that make you want to smile, too? Photo edited with a paper texture and Mindy's Photo Actions - Beautiful Sepia, frame by Jessica Sprague.

Don't forget about my FREE 3 day class at AMM starting on Tuesday the 8th! Just be registered in the forum and you will see the thread with the class download on Tuesday!

Thanks for the supportive comments about my issues - I'm doing good - just let me get through this yard sale this weekend and then start catching up with every ones blogs again! See you soon