From My Heart

This week’s cue word over at CASology is HEART.  I made this card using the heart images from Hot Off The Press’s Flights of Fancy stamp set.  The sentiment is from 7 Gypsies’ Trousseau.
Casology 10-30-15

Hello Card

I recently came across the CAS-ual Fridays, the Clean And Simple Challenge and decided to try to participate in their Tic Tac Toe challenge.  For this card, I used the three challenge prompts of stenciling, die cutting, and embossing.  I stenciled TCW’s  “Mini Dots & Dashes” with Ranger Archival Ink in Pale Ochre.  The die cut is Sizzix;s “Phrase, Hello.”  The flowers were stamped with an old Stampin’ Up! stamp (I’m not sure what it’s called) and then embossed to complete the challenge.

Casual Friday 10-20-15

Time To Play

So there is a new 1-2-3 Challenge that I thought I’d try.  This one requires 1-a line from a song; 2- two musical instruments; and 3- three music notes.

The song line I used is from a Jackson Browne song called The Load-Out.  The song contains a line that reflects how I feel about crafting, and, well, life in general, really.  The line is, “the only time that seems too short is the time that we get to play.”

I had an old issue of Guitar Player magazine, and I was able to use some content from the magazine for this journal prompt.  I found pictures of guitars and a drum set (my two instruments), and I found some sheet music (three music notes).

I used acrylic paints, stencils, card stock, markers, and ribbon to create the following.

Time to Play

I love 1-2-3 Challenges. Not only are they fun, but they stretch my creativity.  What art challenges inspire you?

Make A Promise

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since I have posted anything.  It’s not like I haven’t been creating; I have.  I guess I haven’t been finishing things, and I know I haven’t been participating in any challenges.  Well, that changes today.

I recently came across what’s called a 1-2-3 challenge in one of the facebook groups I belong to.  The challenge is to create a journal page with 1- one handwritten quote, 2- as many pieces of scrapbook paper as you would like, and 3- three triangles.

I played and played and this is the result.

photo 1The handwritten quote is: Make a promise to yourself.  The scrapbook papers are from an old envelope and from my stash.  The three triangles are around my girl’s neck.

photo 2photo 3

I hope I can keep a promise to myself to finish more project, participate more regularly in challenges, and to post more often.  Are you making any promises to yourself?

Can We Bee Friends?

Last month I tried something new in my art journal.  I incorporated a digital image in my project. I liked the result, so I submitted my project to the Just Some Lines December Monthly Challenge.  As beginner’s luck would have it, I wound up being one of their winners!  Are you wondering what I won?   I got a cool digital stamp of my choice from the Just Some Lines shop (I chose Emo Amber and Pup).  I also got a new challenge addiction.  🙂

The January Challenge theme is Favorite Color Combo.  We are asked to stick to the theme and we must use an image from Just Some Lines. Freebie images are provided, which is really nice for folks on a tight crafting budget.

I chose to use this month’s freebie for my project.  It’s a little whimsy bee.  So cute!  So cute, in fact, that I printed a trio of bees in varying sizes!  I colored the bee images with Crayola watercolor pencils.  I painted a watercolor background for them using Niji Pearlescent Watercolors.  Finally, the bees needed some flowers to buzz around, so I gave them a field of orange and yellow flowers with Crayola Washable Watercolors.  Bees sometimes have a reputation for being mean and aggressive, but these bees just want to BEE friends!


The Just Some Lines monthly challenges start on the first Saturday of the month.  I hope you decide to give it a try.

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-Six

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Six - Inspiration Piece (image)

The grid of nine squares in this layout was my inspiration.  I opened up my art journal, collected my Faber-Castell gelatos, some flower stamps, some markers, and a couple of 3D flower stickers, and proceeded to “go to town.”   The result is a simple reminder to “take time for the flowers.”

magazine monday week 36Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂

December 2013 Creative Dare!

Each month Tracy Weinzapfel issues her Ustream channel viewers a creative dare.  December’s creative dare focuses on values.  She asked us each to share our top five values on our December page.    Here is my page.

2013-12-16_13-33-38_718The values I list are:  Loyal, Loving, Respectful Humorous, and Honest.

I always like my pages until I add my handwriting to them.  I don’t seem to have a good gauge for size, location, or line-weight of my letters. They say practice makes perfect.  I’m not going for perfection, but I am looking forward to improvement.

If you get the chance, check out Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel.  You can find her on Ustream on Monday nights 9 pm (EST).