Monday, October 5, 2015

A New Card

Cavallini & Co. just might become a favorite for added touches of ephemera to my cards. And how does a gal resist the darling little tin cans their goodies come in? I confess I am not always the best at making masculine type cards, but when I get going on the task I enjoy the process. 

niceness all in a tin
and the repurposing of these tins could be endless…...

taking a peek inside the tin reveals wonderful wash tape

embossing and sanding and inking…...

tim holtz idea-ology

finished card and it is blank inside so it can be personalized for whatever the occasion is

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where serendipity moments happen!


Friday, October 2, 2015

New Canvas Part 2

I just love it when an idea pops in my head and it comes together!
This canvas was fun, simplistic and energizing and it seems to be producing the result in others that it did in me…… smiles!
"Building layers tells my story" is stenciled into the side of the canvas; a nice reminder that no matter how we choose to embrace life we are people with layers, many layers that we have gained along the way…..

Julie Nutting doll stamps are one of those frills that have found their home in my studio.  A fond childhood memory that my mother created for me was teaching me how to make paper dolls out of the old Montgomery Wards catalogue. A pair of scissors, and a cardboard box made it complete because I now could go to the home decor section and decorate my house. Glue? Nothing fancy, water and flour was the paste of the day and it worked! 

Golden Gel Mediums Regular Gel (Gloss) my new preferred medium! And my tip for the day; apply with your fingers!

See the Tim Holtz tissue wrap - Melange
The texture of this paper is fantastic with the gel gloss!

Elementals window stencils by Prima Finnabair

a little Apple Barrel paint applied ….. true confession;
I still have a hard time with smearing paint over the paper!

Ranger makes this yummy Texture Paste
that is nice!
My cleanup tip: take the stencil outside and use the water hose to wash it up!

What should be next?

This texture thing always makes me smile!

and she is at home!
"I Live Inspired"

The "halo" is part of the window stencil
and originally I was going to place my girl as though she was
walking out of the window, but I changed the composition. 

Still trying to be comfortable with layers….. it is hard to find that stopping place!
True confession if you look closely you can spot a few more things I added!

trust in
 your potential,

the process,
something new,
but most of all 


A Donna Downy Unity Stamp

dimensions added makes for a nice canvas…..

Sally Lynn MacDonald with Palettini Collection "Travel Documents" stamp made it
to my canvas too. (If, you have not used her stamps you are missing an adventure.)
 After all traveling is a layer my girl
loves to do!

Worn Lipstick Distress Ink is one of my favorite "go to inks"!
She is stepping out in orange heels…...
Orange is the hot new fashion color this fall and every wardrobe needs a few orange accessories!

Art Anthology Coloration Sprays contributed my drippies!
Drippies are just therapy; what more can one say?

Hope you smiled at least once while reading my blog today!
Go -  be kind, and be gentle to all you meet today!
And remember the layers on the person standing in front of you may have
been added with pain along the way,
but that pain has been glossed over where you can no longer see it.
You have an opportunity to add a nice, colorful layer to them….

and their smile will be a beautiful moment for you!


Thank you for meeting me in Studio 52,
where serendipity moments happen!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Canvas

Kissing blank canvas goodbye! This post will be updated soon!

Staying to the course in Studio 52,

'till next time


please note: See New Canvas Part 2 for the rest of the story……. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mixed Media using Color Burst

Introducing Covered Bridges by Ken Oliver Crafts!
I absolutely am enjoying this line of papers and last week when I was creating all of those leaves I could envision them drifting through the air over one of those beautiful bridges and hence the idea was birthed for a mixed media canvas. And just for the record this canvas did not come together like I imagined it, but that is what I enjoy about mixed media is just creating layer upon layers! It is the process that is fun! Not really sure if I am finished with this one, but for tonight I am calling it good!

This past week one of my scrapbooking friends, Patrice, lost her battle to cancer. I will always treasure the hours, the retreats, the memories we made! Crafting, like the quilting bees of days gone by afforded us the opportunity of spending quality time together. She was a blessing to all who knew her! She fought the good fight and maintained her faith until the very end of leaving this earth. Friday afternoon we gathered for a memorial celebration of her life and we sang a song I was not familiar with. 

Hymn of Promise 
by Natalie A. Sleeth

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. 

I originally had no intentions of adding a butterfly to this canvas, but the words of this song kept coming to mind as I was painting. I kept thinking how "free" Patrice is today and the celebration she is reveling in! Her pastor even brought a great round of laughter when he mentioned that James, Peter and John were now having scrapbooks made of their lives now that Patrice had made it into her eternal home! As I was placing the leaves about the canvas I loved the way it came together. Leaves are in their finest colors of brilliance as they depart from the tree and drift downwards to their death. The butterfly is free and is drifting upwards! 

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! John 8:36

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. Rev. 22: 1-3
Patrice dancing with Elvis at NSD ….
Today she is dancing with the King of Kings and is healed!

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  where serendipity moments happen!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cardmaking Take 2 with Color Burst

As promised I am sharing my card inspiration with all of the fun elements I created using Ken Oliver's Color Burst!

This is the really distressed piece I created and honestly I considered tossing it in the trash can! My sixteen year old daughter just showed up in my studio and this was her favorite card! See the touch of Ken Oliver scrapbooking paper?!  Love, love, love his papers!

Card #2 features a scrap of burlap with the leaf falling out of the die cut! I simply used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to secure all of my layers together making for a very quick assemble!

Card #3 featuring Ken Oliver watercolor paper!!! And a pop of die cut flowers finish off the card!

Card 4 is just pure joy with all of the color!! And can we say joy is the key to living life to the fullest?!

Color Burst is something to celebrate! 

Hope you are inspired to make some new cards! They make great gifts!

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  where serendipity moments happen!