Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1st seems like a good place to start.

Start nurturing some creative ideas.....
Start playing with my photography......
Start (restart) healthier habits.....

My plan is to do that by.....

Start incorporating photography and painting together. Feeling so inspired by an amazing artist I have seen on Etsy and on Pinterest: Mae Chevrette

I've picked up a serious Pinterest addiction over the, anyone else?

Playing with my camera some trying to learn to shoot in manual. Here's a first share of a full manual shot I got of Em yesterday. I had to lighten it a little and played with it a bit in PS but I'm pretty pleased.

Feels good to be here with you today. I've missed my creativity and sharing with you all. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hello, again....

I thought it would be nice to drop by keep my blog up a bit. I'm completely tapped out creatively and not attempting anything at the moment. But it actually feels ok right now and I know that it will be back. Cleaning mode has set in, so that's a good

Some cute pics of Emma and one of her friends from a couple of weeks ago. Editing these pics was the most creative thing I had to share. The actions are by Paint the Moon. Summer is here so we have lots going on....I'll be back. :)

Thanks for stopping by! It's nice to be here today. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

just an encouraging word

Sometimes you read an encouraging word that reminds you of what you are doing it all for. I really needed this one today from the Brave Girls daily emails. Hugs my friends.

Brave Girls Club

Dear Irreplaceable Girl,

It might feel like the progress has stopped, like things have been stuck for a long time, or like they might not ever go past where they are now. But, beautiful girl, if you are working towards the life you yearn for, or even just focusing your attention on what it will take to get there....things are happening to get you there that you don't even see.

Don't lose hope have come so far, done so much, and created such beautiful pictures of it all in your head. If there are roadblocks along the way, just go around them, move them or find another way.

If your heart is telling you the way to go...GO! Even if it seems impossible, or terribly difficult, or futile. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy...and the way something hard-earned feels and tastes has no is worth it!

You can do this...keep up the great work and remember that tomorrow is a brand new day to wake up with a new attitude and a new commitment to do whatever it takes!

You are so loved!


Friday, April 1, 2011

a little serious

Sometimes you don't need a smile, a serious look will tell the whole story for you. This look reminds me of so many things......

she's growing so fast
understands too much at times
is so lovely it hurts my heart
not a baby anymore
her emotions are so deep for an almost 6 year old
I would do anything for her

The colors were inspired by The Color Room 1 Year Anniversary!!! Thanks for inviting me back to celebrate with you this week, ladies!! :)

Amazing how color can set the theme, isn't it? When I first saw this palette for The Color Room 52th Palette, my heart sank......pastels are so not me. But, I thought, I'm going to go with the shabbiness and dusty feel and just embrace it. A little editing made the photo work perfectly with the colors and then it all flowed together.

I drybrushed some Antique White DecoArt Americana Acrylic on the edges to soften and give a more vintage feel to the paper. I added the beads to the center of the flowers by blobbing some glue in the center and then pouring on the beads.....I let a few scatter that had fallen in the glue.

Here's the inspiration and palette, hope you can play along! I linked the photo to get you started.

It's looking like a gorgeous weekend ahead. Spring break is almost over, it's been nice but I think we are all ready to get back on schedule, at least I am. ;)

Monday, March 28, 2011

More Hambly

Here it is almost the end of the I thought I would share my last Hambly projects as their March Guest Designer. Thank you again, Hambly and Allison!

Lots of bits and pieces in this one and I added in some stickers from Sassafras.

These cameos brought to mind a vintage feel. The rose is an antique from my garden and the chipboard butterfly by Imaginarium Designs.

Love the gorgeous intense colors that Leeann dyes her crochet pieces from the Chip Chop Shop!

It seems I haven't made my way here as often this month. So what have I been doing?

mental adjusting
laying in the sun
laughing with my daughter
playing with puppies
being inspired on pinterest

realising that I don't have to fill every moment with busy-ness

thinking about my personal identity
you see, for a long time in my mind I have been

the fat girl in the room
tried to be the popular scrapbooker
the perfect mother

and now I want to be

the healthy girl inside me
an artist that shares from her heart
the most loving mother I can be

I'm making good progress.

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's been a bit of a crazy week.....finishing up some projects and thought I would share a peek from the studio, since I can't reveal anything yet. ;)

Many, many layers of fabric, paint, stitching, the textures.

It's amazing what a little paint can do......just dry brushed to distress and add a vintage feel. And more beads...something I'm liking right now.

We've got spring break next week and we're heading to the river for a few days. I'm looking forward to enjoying some family time. Thought I would just pop in for a minute to wish you all a wonderful weekend! :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Upcoming Class with Bethany Kartchner

I just have to share an incredible project and class with you all today! My very dear friend, Bethany Kartchner will be teaching this class next month........for only $5......yes, that's right......$5!!!!!

An unbelievable value for the content and her amazing talent that she's a peek:

If you aren't familiar with her work....I can't say enough about how I love her and her whimsical style. She has graced 2 recent covers of Somerset publications and is a frequent contributor. Beth is an amazing woman that I truly admire, both artistically and personally. She has taught me a lot about balancing personal and artistic goals.

See you in class!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Collage and Paint Video

I created a video tutorial for my March Guest DT for Hambly Studios.....a mixed media background and painting techniques that can be used for art journaling or canvas. Hope you enjoy! :)

I used some of my favorite DecoArt products in this video.....their new collage glue called DecoPage is coming soon to stores.....I adore it!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Telling an old story

Recently Emma pulled out the home movie of her first birthday and it reminded me of all of the funny things that happened that day. I realised there are so many stories that I haven't written here's one for our memories. :)

like how I snapped her chin with the elasic strap of her birthday hat
how tiny she was and I thought she was so big
she burned her finger on the flame of her candle
her little cheeks just made me want to kiss them, over and over
she loved her cake
wonderful and funny memories

This is a mix of Emma's Shoppe and Neighborhood with a floral stencil by Crafter's Workshop over the yellow gingham - I painted it with Chalkboard paint by DecoArt. I love the really flat black. 

The story is written out on a couple of the cute new journal cards from Crate and tucked behind the photo.

I'm looking forward to looking back through more old photos and deciding what stories I want to record......I worthy endeavor, I think.

Right now I'm playing with a new camera a, so excited and thrilled my husband treated me to an upgrade. And I was able to sell my beloved D40 to a friend. It looks like a gorgeous sunny day, so I'm going to try to capture a bit of spring with my lens.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hambly Studios - March Guest

Hambly's screen printed overlays have been a fave of mine for a long time, so guest designing for them this month was a real treat for me. :) Thanks, Allison!!

They sent me a fun mixture of papers and transparencies to work with - old and new product, so mix and match was in order.

Love their new printed washi tapes!! This layouts also has a canvas back by CanvasCorp that I misted over a template by Crafter's Workshop.

Stitching through the transparencies and fabric holds it all together and adds a design element as well.

Sweet baby.....look at that tiny face.....I had to do a couple of baby projects with the adorable baby carriages transparencies.

Crochet from The Chip Chop Shop added some great texture and went with the subtle layering of color and designs.

And  a mixed media tag....I collaged tissue paper onto the back of the tag for a pop of transparent color.

And more stitching.

I have a couple more projects and a video to share that I completed with the Hambly products....see you soon with those. And spent some time in the studio painting......some backgrounds and a few sketches so nothing to show felt really good. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

With One Palette - Somerset Studio

For a very long time, I've had a be published in Somerset Studio. Somerset Studio is the first mixed media magazine I ever purchased years ago and I've dreamed of one day showing my work on their pages. A few months ago I was contacted by the editor, Christen Olivarez, to see if I was interested in putting together a collection for Just One Palette - one of their monthly colums. It's a dream come true.
Thank you, Somerset Studio......another goal met and I couldn't be happier. I believe this issue is now's a great one! ;)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Crate March Color Challenge

Working with color is one of my favorite things and I so enjoyed putting together this color palette and layout for Crate Paper. I invite you to play along - you can see all of the details and other inspiration from the designers here: Crate Paper Blog

Love this cool circle template from Crafter's Workshop.....I used some silver metallic paint from DecoArt and it glows!

I can't thank you all enough for your kind and encouraging words about the changes I am going through. I'm feeling good about it all and have been painting in the studio some this week. :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Design teams....they have been a huge part of my life the past 3-4 years.

The past few months it's been really difficult for me to keep up with my monthly commitments and deadlines. Life's just become busier. And my personal art is calling to me. I haven't picked up my paintbrush for 2 months and that isn't ok with me. It's probably obvious to anyone who knows me that I can't do anything without going all in - one extreme or the other. haha

Also some personal you know my dad had some heart problems last month. He's doing much better, thanks for your comments. :) I've been dealing with some health issues myself, as well. Hypoglycemia - the result of yo-yo and extreme dieting most of my life. I started working on making my health more of a priority last year and I want to continue that journey. I'm actually excited about it. Imagine me.......exercising....eating healthy. Kind of funny, if you know me at But those things take time.

My family. My heart - time with them is the most valuable thing to me.

So, a few changes for me to keep up with my goals of art and health. I've resigned from my design team comittments.....I love Crate Paper and am so thankful to Lisa and Christine for how wonderful they have been to me. Sassafras Lass......what a dream of mine for so long, I'm so sad that I had to say no. Webster's Pages.....I didn't reapply, but still will always love and support Brandin and the girls there.

I'll still be doing free-lance work and guest spots. Also some fun things coming up in future Stampington Publications, so don't think I won't still be here and sharing.

Change is something I often fear and this time it is no different. But with my goals in mind, I know I can work through this transition. Thanks for listening to me today.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Somerset Apprentice Feature

From the Pros?!? Seriously.
I'm flattered.....really flattered. Thank you, Somerset Apprentice!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet Shoppe - Studio Calico

I meant to post these pics earlier this month - these are the layouts I made using the Sweet Shoppe kit from Studio Calico. Crate Paper designed some exclusive papers for Studio Calico and I was lucky enough to get one of the kits to play with!
The colors in this kit were so much fun - thank you, Studio Calico and Crate Paper! :)

I've been missing a good part of the dad has been in the hospital with heart problems. The doctors put some stints in his heart and he is doing much better. We are hoping he gets to come home today. I'm so thankful.