Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Thats what I have been doing today........Unwinding. Thats the only thing that came to my mind this afternoon when I started to do my art journaling.   I pictured a tightly wound spring. So thats what my focus was today :)  Ahhhhh, feeling much better after my art time today!

Had more fun with the Gelliart plate today!  I did some yesterday too but didn't post.  I tried some Freezer paper with it and love that :)  I am including my favorite print from today's batch.  I tried some Cedar Canyon rubbing plates for the patterns.......ohhhhh! My new favorite thing to use with the GelliArt plate.  I tell ya, this GelliArt thing is genius!  Loving it!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fabric Paper

Had some fun today making Fabric mentioned in Beryl Taylor's book Mixed Media Explorations. This was fun, and soooo different than  I have done before.  Gonna make this one into a book cover :)

This is embedded with patterned papers, vintage text and stamped images

Revisiting a former Love...............

Years ago I was quite the seamstress-I sewed and sewed like crazy.  For my High School graduation I got a really nice Sewing machine from my folks.  That machine was well loved and used.  After I discovered stamping, my sewing became less and less frequent. Along came kids-and forget it. Especially after Gillian  came along.  Anyway-after years of being in storage, I got my beloved Singer out.  Gillian  and I made a drawstring bag to go along with a History lesson on Early People.  My poor machine just was not sewing as well as it used to.  I called to enquire about it being serviced.  It would cost more to have it serviced than I could pick up a new one for (an inexpensive machine of course). So my husband told me to go ahead and get another.  We were at the Sewing Center locally here yesterday and I was asking her about servicing my Singer and she said that Singer is just not the same company anymore and that many of the parts are not even available anymore because they destroyed old molds.  My machine could be among those. So sad!  After some of the things she told me a sense of panic overcame me.  My overlock machine has also been in storage for a loooooooooong time-even longer than my Singer.  So this morning I went and got it out and I am in the process of cleaning it and oiling it, praying that it functions well.  I am optimistic! This machine costed ALOT. Gasp.  I hope to soon have it up and running again . My daughter is extremely excited about learning to sew. That makes me more inclined to get this stuff up and running.  I see some fun handbags, and mini art quilts in our future :)

The picture here is of my wonderful Elnita Lock machine, that I purchased many years ago at a very young age :) We are excited to have her out of hiding :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Monoprints with Gelliart plate

I have been dying to use this Gelliarts Gel Printing Plate I purchased a couple weeks ago. I have always wanted to do Gelatin prints-but I never seem to have room in my refrigerator to put a whole baking sheet in and besides, I have to wait for the plate to be ready! ugh!  When I saw this thing I knew I had to have it-its always ready to go and takes up very little space and is always ready to go!  So today , Gillian and I had fun making some monoprints and here are some of our results!  Watch out for more! We have plans to use this for fabric too and whatever else we can get our hands on!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Some Fun Today

or should I say the past few days?  I have been dabbling a little bit in my art journal the past few days. I have not done it in so long and want to get back to it. I have been trying to make it a point to get some kind of creative time into my schedule again this week-and so far its been successful :) Its school time again, which means I have had to put my "teacher" hat back on and work with my daughter again. Its draining as I spend so much one on one time with her. I have made it a point to get some creative time after we have lunch everyday. Its been so refreshing to have some quiet time for myself :)
Anyway, this is an art journal page I created today!
I used:
Caran D'ache crayons, washi paper tape, masking tape, acrylics, sharpie marker, gesso, patterned paper, and sumi-e ink


I had some fun again with that wonderful Halloween Sheet! Isn't this spooky tree image amazing?? My background was made using Distress Stains! I used the Torn Frames and Drywall Stitching techniques from the Technique Junkies newsletter.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trick or Treat Box

Here is a small milk carton I made using the new Halloween Sheet from I Brake For Stamps! I grabbed the milk carton template here. For the Background I used the Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink Pad on a craft sheet and spritzed with water and smooshed the paper right into it. I used the Speckle image off the Grunge Backgrounds 2 sheet for some texture. This little box will be perfect for putting Candy Corns in :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Scooter Card

 I just LOVE this cute scooter from I Brake For Stamps-have been dying to use it :)

Friday, August 5, 2011


I made this for the Grungy Monday Challenge #18 over at Studio L3. This week we were to use this challenge over at Tim's blog from 2009. My Focal point is an Art Pear from I Brake For Stamps. I used distress stains on Grungeboard before I stamped it to add some color. I also used these other stamps from I Brake For Stamps: