Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Closer Look at Mixed Media Serendipity Notebook & Cards

On Saturday I had the fun of teaching my Mixed Media Serendipity Notebook & Card Class at Betty's :) My mom, dad & sister are here visiting from BC and Mom joined in the fun at the class! The group had a great time with paint and ink and texture and shine... and turned out some beautiful projects!  I'll be scheduling this one again sometime, so if you missed it be sure to let either me or the girls at Betty's know & we'll make sure you can make it next time!
Here's a closer look at the three cards I made using the 'serendipity' pieces of our cardstock and the adorable Scribbly bird stamps by Dina Wakeley:

I also demonstrated an alternate color scheme with shades of red, here's how they came out:
 a little close up of the texture and shine on the notebook:

Here's the cards my mom made in class:
 and here's what happened when I was attempting to photograph them... LOL  Needless to say, I didn't get close ups of the cards, since it was officially play time according to my kitten!
I wanted to get these pictures posted sooner so the ladies who were at the class could get a closer look to finish up their cards, but we've been busy with family time and Thanksgiving celebrations here :)  It's been so fabulous having them here with me, I'm sure going to miss them when they leave this week... but hopefully it won't be too terribly long before I can head north to visit them as well!

Friday, October 03, 2014

I'm a Prima Ambassador!

I'm excited to finally get to share with y'all that I am one of the newest Prima Ambassadors!  It's a thrill to be a part of this group of creative ladies who will be doing demos for Prima in Hobby Lobby stores as well as a some local stores! 

I'm anxiously awaiting my intro box of goodies so I can set out and offer FREE make & take projects in stores close to home here in North Carolina!  As soon as I have my demos scheduled, I'll share the info here on the blog!

I know things have been quiet on the blog, and life is about to get a whole lot busier for me soon... but creative ideas are flowing and I have my MOM here visiting me (as well as my Dad and sister!) and we have some plans for creative play which I look forward to sharing with you :)  We picked up a few goodies today when we stopped by Betty's to shop & have tea with Dyan Reaveley and are in love with the new Coffee Break collection by Prima... so cute!)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Typography Close Ups!

Well that was fun!  I taught my Graphic 45 Typography Altered Notebook class yesterday and I think it's safe to say a fun time was had by all!  Here's some close ups of the projects... touches like colored texture paste, glitter, perfect pearl mist and flowers made these projects stand out!

We created two cards:

 And altered a notebook:

Here's a recap of the group of projects together:

Lots of fun!  I love working with Graphic 45 collections... will hopefully experiment with some of the new ones for more future classes :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Altered Notebooks & Cards...

Great news- my mojo seems to have returned!  I've been creating more lately, but as you may have noticed the blogging has fallen behind... just working on getting my groove in synch and I have some exciting things coming, which I promise to share with you! 

Today, I thought I'd just share a photo of the projects I've got planned for a class coming up THIS SUNDAY at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro!  I absolutely love the Typography collection by Graphic 45, and the theme of it seemed to pair perfectly with my idea to do some Altered Notebooks & matching cards! 
I've mixed things up adding some sparkle, texture and shine... and I promise if you join me you will have fun scraps to take home and keep creating as well! 

Contact Betty's if you can come!  2pm on Sunday... join me for some creative time while my husband watches football :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Brights Box

My mojo has been MIA lately... so I decided to give myself a night of no pressure creative time.  All I knew was that I would use stencils and paste so I could play along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge :) Since money has been tight, I don't have many new purchases to play with... but I did purchase texture paste and a few colors of Dina Wakley's paints after teaching some recent classes, so I figured they would be my starting point!  These Sizzix dies are another summer purchase that I've been having some fun with!

This project started as a tag, but once I finished it I decided to keep going, playing with more paints and such on a 5x7 piece of cardstock.  I enjoyed just playing without a goal in mind as far as finished project, and it definitely got me experimenting with products (even some glitter, which is not the norm for me!  I mixed it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint... kinda fun!).  When I was done with this, I had a 'thing' that I wasn't sure what to do with...  but I noticed a small, sturdy box (from my very first julep nail polish order!) that was just slightly smaller than 5x7.  I painted it up to match the front, which I reinforced a bit and adhered to the box.  Bonus- the filling inside the box is the same turquoise color :)

I took a bunch of photos so hopefully you can get a good look at the textures and cheery colors.  Hard to believe summer is almost over... this project was a fun 'last hurrah' before I move on to some autumn colors!

I'm not sure I captured it very well, but I even played with some beeswax on the background for my first time :)  Here's one final photo that shows the size of the box I attached it to:
The box allows me to display it as a stand up 'canvas' of sorts... probably in our wanna-be beach theme bathroom ;) 

There's still time for you to play along with the stencils & paste challenge- it's monthly, which I love.  It's a new blog, so show them some love!  Now that I'm done, I can go check out what everyone else has been doing!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Trust in the Lord

I was commissioned to make some cards featuring some Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6. After much searching online for inspiration, contemplating fonts or cutting out words with my Silhouette... I went through my stamps and discovered a stamp set which included this verse! The set is a discontinued one by Cornish Heritage Farms (most of their stamps were discontinued a few years ago when they closed, though some of their most popular ones are back with the new ownership- many as digi stamps too!) Anyways, finding the stamp helped a lot, and I think I'll be playing around with the others in this set in the near future as well!

I apologize for the photos in this post... I snapped them at the last minute before delivering them ;) 

I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to a tag, then inked it up and stamped on the textured panel.  All other stamps are by Tim Holtz.  The butterflies are favourites of mine!  I had fun mixing colors and textures on the chipboard heart.
Here's a second card in a different color scheme:
And lastly, here's a smaller, simpler card:
I had fun making these, and am in constant need of a reminder from this verse!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas Class

I had such a fun time last week with my Mixed Media Canvas Class at Betty's Creative Studio!  It was a small group, but they all had a good time and gave me permission to share pics with you from the day... I meant to do it sooner (I've been a bad blogger!), but here's a few, starting with the canvas that was on display in the store prior to class:

 Stacked paper flowers... every one unique & beautiful!

 Here's the finished products everyone created!

Peggy created in Purple & Red (that's Betty photo-bombing!)
 Cyndi & Meghan both went with a gorgeous blue background
 And Teena created some fab textures in purple... hm... it matches her shirt!  LOL
 Since it was a small class, I made another canvas too, to show off the alternate color option and techniques as we went along...
 Some close ups...

I've got another class scheduled for next Sunday, August 24- hopefully I'll have a few more students :)  I'm really enjoying getting to know new people here in classes and look forward to more!  so, if you came to one of my classes and you enjoyed yourself, please tell your friends and come back for more! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Forever my Love {July 12 Tags of 2014}

I'm in love! It's true, I'm in love with my amazing husband, with whom I'll be celebrating our first anniversary this weekend! I'm also in love with the beachy tag Tim Holtz created with fun techniques for July. So it only seemed right to combine my loves and make some framed art for my hubby for our anniversary :)

 Here's a few close ups of how it came together...
Tim's technique for making sand was fab!  I had to tweak it a bit and actually used texture paste & distress stain as my base instead of Glossy Accents.  I used some torn corrugated cardstock as a base for my beach :)
I created a pair of sea horses- love how many colors these little creatures can be!  Such a good looking couple :)
I added a crackled heart, embellished with some chitchat stickers & a metal number 1.
forever my love... from Tim's strip die of words for Valentine's day- but clearly great for other occassions!

Here's my framed tag- good thing I took some pictures before i got it in there, cuz that glare is a pain to photograph with!  
So I'm pretty please with how this turned out- it's a great PAPER gift for our first anniversary.  Hope you like it too- be sure to check out Tim Holtz's full tutorial here on his blog!  It's fab, as usual!

(side note... man do I miss having photoshop! some days the natural light outside isn't exactly perfect! sigh)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Memories Tag Booklet {featured by Ranger}

I've got another project featured on the Ranger blog this week, I won't tell you much about it here since you can see more photos and all the step by step instructions there :)  It's a fun little project perfect for some summer photos and memorabilia :)
I've used a mix of Ranger products & Tim Holtz goodies- paints, Dylusions sprays, tags & embellishments.  Hope you like it and will check it out on the Ranger blog.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Creative Blog Tour!

I've been tagged by my friend Roxy in a Creative Blog Hop!  Today I am answering four questions for you and then next week a friend that I tag will do the same- it's a fun way for all of us to meet new people in the creative blogosphere :)

I met Roxy a few years ago the same way I was able to meet so many wonderful creative ladies, through my store!  Roxy was a member of our Design Team for a while as well, even after she moved out of town she managed to create fabulous samples for us featuring her beautiful family!  Roxy is a scrapbooker who creates fun & colorful layouts as well as cards and SMASH book pages! 

Here's a link to the post Roxy tagged me in.  Check it out, feel free to visit the hop backwards and forwards... and maybe sometime you'll get tagged and join in as well!

Okay... now for the questions.
1. What am I working on? 

I am currently working on card & canvas projects that will hopefully become some upcoming classes!  As I'm new to the area here, I'm figuring out what sort of classes people are looking for, and I'm hoping to teach in more than one location (trying to set some up at our local Hobby Lobby store) and get to know a bunch of new creative friends :)

I also have a ton of wedding photos that I'm getting in an album either by scrapbooking them or pocket page style... just for fun, I'll include a few that have been previously featured on the blog in the past several months:

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

That's kinda a tough question... I guess my work is unique in that it pulls inspiration from so many different places and styles to mix together.  I have always loved mixed media (even before it was a 'thing') and adding texture to my work.  I started out as a card-maker and have tried & loved so many different things, including scrapbooking, mini books, mixed media... My work tends to be inky but I love clean lines and balance as well, so I try to work all of that into my projects.


3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

If you are an artistic person, you are probably laughing a bit at that question... I do it because I can & because it's in me and it needs to come out!  It makes me happy to get ink & paint on my fingers and to see the colors mix together on a page/paper/canvas...  Sometimes I do it for emotional release and other times I do it simply to try to bring joy to someone else.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
To be honest, I'm still kinda re-learning & discovering my process since my situation is a whole lot different now than it was for the past several years!  I'm used to having a whole store and classroom area at my disposal when I create, but since closing my store and moving from BC to NC I'm adapting to creating at home, still setting up my little studio space and working with a much smaller work surface (but no matter the size, I usually have less than 12x12 to work with!)  If I'm card-making or working on a mixed media type project, I really enjoy starting with a challenge- either a product, sketch or technique.  Sometimes I challenge myself the same way if I'm designing a class!  I like to narrow down my theme or materials to help keep myself focused, because the variety of materials available to me (even after buying almost nothing since closing my store) can be overwhelming! 

If I'm really stuck creatively and my mojo is missing, I like to pull out some tags and Distress Ink and just play with technique.  I'm working on using my art journal the same way, but don't quite have it as a reflex just yet ;) 

So I'm not sure how helpful that was for you... but you learned a bit more about me at least :)  Now for my linkup...

I'd like to introduce you to my creative friend Lynn Kopas!  Lynn & I met when we were connected to be roomates at Ranger University in 2012.  We had a great time sharing a fab little condo together (talk about a great free upgrade from our hotel!) and getting some major inspiration from our instructors there!  Now that I'm living a whole lot closer than I was when we met, I hope sometime we can spend another weekend creating together :)

Lynn is a very talented mixed media artist who has been on a bunch of fabulous design teams, but right now she's a part of the DT for the new Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog- it's so great, you need to check it out (and I'm not just a fan because I won a big prize from a random draw before the blog went live).  Her blog is really beautiful and you'll find a fun combo of canvases, tags & project life pages there most recently!  Here's a sweet canvas she created:
Love the textures and bright colors!  I hope you'll visit Lynn's blog (tell her I sent ya!) and watch for her post next Monday where she will tag another creative friend :) 

If it's your first time visiting my blog, I'd sure love to have you follow me on bloglovin' or join my little group on facebook. I'd love to keep in touch!