Sunday, November 29, 2009

Behind the Masks Challenge

I am hosting the bi-weekly challenge at A Million Memories starting today and my challenge is to use found objects - or anything that isn't a screen or stencil as your mask on a project. Those lids in the kitchen, check.....left over chipboard negatives, check....old lace or doilies, check....the list goes on and on.

Here are the samples I made for this challenge also using some gorgeous Prima that Michelle and Prima sponsored the DT with! Thanks!!

Left over Scenic Route chipboard butterflies - misted with Ruby and Plum Pudding Shimmerz Spritz.

The outlining is using a Write-Out pen - it gives a really solid white line.

A paper doily masked with Concrete Shimmerz Spritz - lace always adds a soft, romantic look.

A swirl Fancy Pants chipboard negative - only I used paint this time - Seafoam Shimmerz - love the heavy iridescence!!

If you would like to play along just post your project to the AMM gallery and link it to this thread in the Challenges section by Dec. 12. Hope to see you there! There is a RAK


Em and I are still visiting in Missouri and have been enjoying our time with Mammy and Papa and the cousins. Heading back home on Tuesday for time with Daddy! It will be good to get home and rest up. ;)


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I am struggling to remember my blessings and all I have to be thankful for. The stress and anxiety of my parents move is really weighing on me and now Emma and I are leaving today to go and visit them for the holiday weekend, so it has been crazy busy with preparations and trying to get ahead on assignments.

Wow, I really sound like a complainer, don't I? I DO have much to be thankful for - here are just a few of those things: my loving family, health, home and a wonderful life, good friends - near and far, my creative spirit, those are the things I want to focus on this week.

And more than a few things to be thankful for in the scrapbooking area, too. I remember just over a year ago - wondering if I would ever be published and now another article accepted by Somerset - a real affirmation for me about the direction I want to go. Not to let go of my passion for mixed media.

And a sweet reminder that I am loved and appreciated by my friends - Steph made this layout for me. How it warms my heart - the way you can connect with someone so like yourself who is so far away. I just know that someday we will meet and our similarities will be even far - our husbands have the same name, our daughters have the same name, our personalities are so alike, both creative and color driven. So amazing! Thanks, hon!! xo

So to all of my friends near and far - I am thankful for you today and wish you (in the US) a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little News

Just a little Shimmerz newz.........a DT CALL!!! If you love to get messy and work with some fun product - this might be for you!! Also have to give a shout out to my sweet friend, Beth who just joined me and the girls on the Shimmerz Education Team!! Congrats, Beth!!

Been busy over at inspireMe this week!! The 12 Days of Christmas Crop is going strong! The response to my shadow box was awesome - thanks so much and the inspiration is just CRAZY over there!!! There is lots still going on if you haven't checked it out yet...head on over! Here is a little inspiration I got from Wendy's paper crumpling will be seeing more on this later.....hehehe.

This award was passed onto me by the amazing and talented Chimene!!

Answering these questions with only ONE word was kind of hard.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? straight
3. Your mother? moving
4. Your father? gone
5. Your fave food? cake
6. Your dream last night? scary
7. Your fave drink? water
8. Your dream/goal? live
9. What room are you in? livingroom
10. Your hobby? creating
11. Your fear? loss
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
13. Where you were last night? bed
14. Something that you aren't? alone
15. Muffins? panera
16. Wish List Item? Flip
17. Where did you grow up? Missouri
18. Last thing you did? pedicure
19. What are you wearing? t-shirt
20. Your TV? on
21. Your Pets? none
22. Friends? treasured
23. Your Life? complete
24. Your Mood? sad
25. Missing Someone? yes
26. Vehicle? Honda
27. Something your not wearing? shoes
28. Your fave store? Macy's
29. Your fave colour? turquoise
30. Last time you laughed? recently
31. Last time you cried? days
32. Your best friend? happy
33. One place that I go to over and over? wal-mart
34. One person who emails regularly? Steph
35. Fave place to eat? home

Thanks for thinking of me, Chimene!!

And.....Big thanks to my readers - I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments - You are the BEST!!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Flower Garden

This has been a busy week! The crop going on at inspireME, cleaning out the disaster that is my studio, and just normal life........whew...but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's real life and it's mine.

After the marathon of scrapbook pages last month, I wanted to do something a little different and pulled out my paints and bees wax for a little something for the feature that Sassafras did on me on their blog.....notice how calmly I typed that? SASSAFRAS featured ME on their BLOG!!!! Believe me, I was screaming it

Here is the little flower garden I created with their papers and blooms:

I cut the little skirt from Sass paper and painted the rest of the figure.

I added the stitched blossoms after the waxing, just kind of pushed them into the wax.

The background is collaged Sassafras papers - the a light coat of gesso that I wiped most away and accented with charcoal pencils.

And LOVE the acrylic stamps from Sassafras - I stamped with Stazon ink to make sure nothing ran when I applied the hot wax - see the adorable stitch stamping?

So, what's going on this weekend for you? I'm finishing the cleaning because my dad is giving me his huge wooden desk for my studio - when I get it set up, I'll post some pics. Have a great weekend!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - It's Started!!

Hop on over to inspire Me today and sign in for the crop and check out my project - I am the first to post, talk about nervous!! lol You are going to be amazed when you see the gorgeous projects going up over the next 12 days!!

I am hosting a chat at 9PM EST tonight, if you can stop by......I'd love to have you! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Debut

Hehehe.....I made my acting debut on You Tube this week - with a couple of tutorial videos...want to take a peek?

Embellishing Pins - a little something Sunday on the AMM blog.

And for The Next Step - Mixed Media Fabric Tutorial - I've linked the titles if you are interested.

Please let me know what you think....I want to polish these up a bit and learn more about editing....a Flip Video is definitely on my wish list now.

Also I just did another tutorial video for my new position on the Ed Team for Shimmerz!!! I am so excited - it will be posted soon - so stay tuned!

And I hope you plan to join me at inspireMe on Thursday the 12th, for my day of the crop!! The projects planned are amazing!!

See you soon,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sharing some Sassafras & Shimmerz

I've been loving the fun colors and patterns from the newest Sassafras papers and have had fun playing with some layouts for me this week.

I used Sketch 159 from Pencil Lines to start off this one - I adore this picture of Em in her witch costume!

I used Diamond Glaze and Orange glitter to dress up these Sassafras letter stickers. The Diamond Glaze gives a raised effect and the glitter stays put.

And one with some beach vacations pics - still so many of those that I want to scrap...I misted over letter stickers with Sea Foam Shimmerz Spritz and took off the stickers when it was dry to reveal the masked title. The photo collage strip is from Carina Gardner.

And another Shimmerz/Sassafras project - they just seem to go together so well! I masked some circles with Baby's Breath Shimmerz Spritz and then stitched the perimeter of the circles when it was dry.

The old book frame is from Rhonna Farrer's Vintage Photo Brushes.

So, the candy has almost run out at our house....thank goodness. hehehe And now we've moved on to the next many days until Christmas, Mom? Oh, boy.

I've doing a little acting.....hahaha.....actually shooting a video for my project at The Next stay tuned for my debut.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Flopsy and a little witch....

Playing with some Sassafras.....yum! I love combining their lines for a fun, whimsical look!

A little bit of gesso and misting with some Baby's Breath Shimmerz Spritz to soften the lines in the background.

Some decorative machine stitching to accent.

Digital frame from French Laundry by Sande Keiger.

And my little witch.....she asked for a glamorous and spooky look. hehehe....Quite a combination.

She was so excited and we had a great time trick-or-treating. Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween - see you later this week.