Friday, November 10, 2017

Flowerpot Collage

I worked on this piece four days before calling it done. Robyn put her beautiful piece on a 11x14" canvas board, I painted on my large Dylusions Creative Journal book.
I put my collage piece up on Facebook last night. I was inspired to make it from viewing Robyn's videos "Bouquet with Bees" from A thing Called Love.

The photo below is what it looked like before I started painting the flowerpot and flowers.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Watercolor ATC

It's been awhile since I've been in my stamping room. On this day, I sat down with some vintage watercolors my daughter gave me and a 0.5 mechanical pencil my husband gave me from his work when he retired. 
Brandi Dayton shares how to make her flowers and birds in an online video. Instead of making a large project  like she did, I made an ATC.  
Have a nice day! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rubber Stamp Madness Summer Issue

To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to and mention my blogsite;

 The first 100 responders will receive a copy. Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue. 

This post was published June 21, 2017 ( hurry, if you plan on responding to be the first 100 to receive a free copy. ) 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Watercolor Flowers and Birds

I saw Brandi Dayton's Birds and Bees video. She shares 5 videos how to make her lovely piece. Here is my attempt on an 8" by 10" using 140 lb. watercolor paper. 
I added Pearl Pen from Viva on my birds and flowers.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Kraft Glassine Tag

I made this tag tutorial for RRA online magazine February 14,12 and now its closed down. It was never posted on this blog until today.

1)    I used my Vagabond with bookplate die to make this tag. 
Note: I use 14 pt. heavy-duty file folders with my tag die; the smooth finish works well for many of my crafting needs.  
2)    Place tag on craft sheet; apply Dusty Concord inks to foam applicator; in a circle motion cover the right side of tag working down and across bottom of tag. And then add Brushed Corduroy on clean foam applicator in center and then apply Tumbled Glass to the left of tag. Next, apply Broken China over the Tumbled Glass. And then, add Fired Brick over the Dusty Concord. Blending as needed to get the colors desired.  
3)    While still wet sprinkle a little water over the tag. 
 Note: This is done by taking the tag to the sink. Add a very small amount of water in the palm of your hand and sprinkle the tag with a few drops.
4)    Quickly heat set to dry.

5)    Stamp script with Sepia ink over the inked background.
6)    Stamp butterflies with black ink. Heat set to dry.
7)    Stamp an addition butterfly on white card stock using sepia ink. 
8)    Cut out butterfly.
9)    Add multi-medium matte as an adhesive to center of butterfly, adhere butterfly to tag.
10)    Add Distress Stickles over butterfly. Heat set to dry.

1)    To begin: crumble one sheet of Kraft glassine papers three times. 
2)    Cut three flowers in one pass using Tim Holtz Alterations “Tattered Florals” die with you’re choice of a die cutting machine. I used my Vagabond die cutting tool.  
3)    Layer the three flower die cuts; punch a tiny hole in center. Add brad to hold the flower together.
4)    Add rhinestone to center.
5)    Crunch the flower to resemble a real flower.
6)    Use multi-medium matte to adhere flower to tag.
7)    Place brass stencil on tag, use paint brush to paint the number 5 with black dabber paint. Remove stencil and clean with water. Allow to dry. 
8)    Add fibers to finish this tag. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The First Step in a Journey

I'm adding this page for Day 30 of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin. 
This page was simple to make, I used tissue wrap to cover the Maya Road chipboard mini page. Distress crayons were used to add color to tissue wrap background and TH new botanical flowers. 
The bird is a die cut made from chipboard using my Silhouette die cut machine. I painted the bird using acrylic paints. 
The quote is from Tim's new clippings stickers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sweet Memories

This page was simple to make for my Day 29 of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin.
The background was made with my Gelli Printing Plate, acrylic paints and a stencil I made with .005 film and my Silhouette machine.  The cling rubber little girl stamped image was inked with archival black ink on manila card stock and then watercolored using a water brush. I inked and stamped two quote stamps and a scallop die cut from my stash to finish this page.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Little Girls Page

I'm adding this page for Day 28 of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin. 
This page began with tissue wrap applied with collage medium onto my Maya Road chipboard mini page. Next, I scraped a little bit of gesso over the tissue wrap and then rubbed distress crayons over the page.
Next, I inked a portion of Heidi Swapp 6x6 inch clear stamp with Archival library green and stamped on the background.
I used found relative from Tim Holtz package, it was matte with black card stock and applied to page using collage medium. 
I inked a Dyan Reaveley cling flower stamped image on glossy card stock, color with watercolors, cut-out and then applied to page with a small leaf. 
Three metal embellishments by Paper Studio were applied with glossy accents. 
A tiny bit of color from distress crayons were used on the found relatives. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

In the Garden

Good day everyone! This was an easy page to make. I used distress crayons to color the background of this mini book page, and then I used one of the birds and one of the butterflies from Tim's new botanical package, words from Tim's new clippings stickers and three tiny flowers and leaves that I  made from his tiny tattered floral thinlits dies. 
I'm adding this page for Day 27 of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Be Original page 3

I covered this page using Tim's tissue wrap along with one of the flower images from his Botanical Layers. Distress crayons were used on the background and both moth. The be original is from Tim's chit chat. 
I adding this page for day 26 of Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Amazing You Page 2

This is page 2 of the 8 page mini book I started yesterday.
I used acrylic paint with my Gel Press to make this background and apply it to my chipboard page.
"Amazing you" is another stamp and die from Richard Garay collection. The image was inked with archival black on white card stock and then die cut using my Vagabond. Inking foam tool with distress ink was used to soften the edges of die cut image. Little girl image was inked with archival and matte to black card stock and applied to mini book using collage medium. I added a tiny bit of color using distress crayons to stamped image. I added vintage photo around edges of mini book page to finish. 
I'm adding this page as my Day 25 of 30 day coloring challenge over on Kathy Rocoosin blog. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mixed Media Mini Book Pg.1

I'm adding this page for Day 24 of the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Racoosin. 
I used Tim's collage medium to apply tissue wrap to cover page and then used a plastic spatula to apply a little gesso over the tissue wrap. 
Next, I added a little bit of distress crayons using my fingers to spread out and over the page. 
The little girls image is from Tim's new supplies called; Paper Dolls, these were purchased at JoAnn's. I added trimmed black card stock around the little girls. 
 "Today is the day" stamp and die set by Richard Garay purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Prima flowers, glitz, and a 4x8 inch Maya Road rectangular tabbed chipboard album was purchased at Tuesday Morning. 
All images were applied using collage medium purchased at Michael's. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mixed Media Journal Book Page 4

Hi! This is page 4, click here to view link for pages 1, 2 and 3 on my Mixed Media Journal Book.
I'm adding this as day 23 of color challenge for the 30 day coloring challenge by Kathy Rocoosin. 
This page was done using a mixture of supplies. Tim Holtz Distress crayons,  Michael's modeling paste with TH scribbles layering stencil, more distress crayons, stamped image (Dina Wakley) cut out and added color with distress crayons and a water brush, stamped quote inked with archival black and then TH distress ink edged around trimmed stamped sentiment.  (sentiment stamp unknown)
I used TH collage medium to apply both images to page.

I was very pleased with the results using the scribbles layer stencil on this page even though it had to be turned several times since the page was larger than the stencil. I had already added the woman image before adding the modeling paste which made it more difficult adding the stencil. 
I've been gone from my home the last 6 days, I took stamping supplies with me and when I felt like it I made this page and worked on 4 x 8" mini book. We were visiting my mother while I went to a heart doctor, he will remove my loop recorder if I don't have any more heart issues in the next six months, a pain management doctor that gave me 2 shots in my back and a neurologist that gave me Botox in my forehead, my temples, head and back of neck for the migraines and headaches. I've had nonstop pain the past 3 months. I've had migraines and headaches most of my life but in the last year they have been worse. Late fall and early spring when with weather changing makes the headaches and migraines especially bad. So far I haven't seen any improvement from the Botox. The doctor said it might take one more set of shots before it helps. And then some it never helps. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mixed Media Journal Book (Pages 1 thru 3)

This tag was made using tissue napkin, stamps, embossing ink and powder, gesso, paper napkins, stencil, archival black ink, metal butterflies and distress crayons. 

This page was made with two stamps, tissue wrap, watercolor crayons, black archival ink.

The third page was made with a photo copy of my mother at age 4 and her big sister at age 6. I used texture paste, die cut flowers, big words, tissue paper and distress crayons. 
This chipboard book has six pages. 

Fifteen years ago, when I wanted to make a journal, I would buy old bound books, go to my bandsaw and cut the books into a shape or half of a heart and when the heart was open you would see a full heart. I shared these books with my mother and then we would spent all week working on our books. Some of the books, we glued 10 to 20 pages together.
One book, had a bunch of pages glued together with a deep rectangle cut-out in back of book. A tiny light could be turned on inside the book to showcase a translucent image over the cut-out.
Eight days ago, dear hubby and oldest granddaughter took me to my mothers home. We spent the week playing with our stamps and supplies. Like usual, I took more supplies that I needed. She doesn't have a car so we were bound to the house. We spent each day till we got tired playing with our stamping supplies. I worked on a few tags, made a few cards and then started working on my journal book. Most of the time was spent looking for supplies, discussing what to make next and so was good to be with my mother again.

I'm home now getting things back in my stamping area and thought I would share these pages. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fabric Flowers

Buckram fabric flowers

Crinoline and Buckram fabric flowers

Buckram fabric flowers

The above flowers were made with gesso canvas

I've made a bunch of flowers since my shipment came with Spellbinder flower dies by Tammy Tutterow. I've used Dylusions sprays, fabric paints, distress paints, distress dabber paints.
The flowers range from 1.5" to 2.6"
These are just a few of the ones I have now. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Childhood Memories

On Facebook someone asked; something you remember you did in childhood that a younger person wouldn't know about or hasn't done. There are just a few of the things I remember;

Occasionally we would go to town, my mother would give each of us kids 10 cents. That would be for anything we wanted to buy. (This was late 50's early 60's) I would get a small sack of candy it would last all the next week. My older sister and older brother would get a soft drink or milkshake at a drug store that had a soda fountain. My younger brother and sister would be with our mother. 

Sometimes I would save my money to buy my mother a piece of stoneware. Once, I bought a package of flower bulbs for my grandmother that lived down the road. (After I got married and had my own home, my grandmother gave me a start of bulbs…these bulbs are still lovely each spring.)

If we were still in town at lunch our mother would buy us large burgers; 5 for $1.00. In today prices they would be a least $4.00 to $6.00 each.  

Many times before going to town, I would go out in the woods to pick poke salad to sell in town at a grocery store, they would pay me 10 cents a pound. 

We would start our school year when it was hot weather and they would turn school out in fall for farmers to get their crops of cotton and peanuts in. We would go back to school after harvest.

We farmed peanuts. Weeds had to be removed around the peanuts; we did this with a hoe. When it was time to harvest our field of peanuts, my brother would use a tractor with disk to bring the peanuts to the top of the soil, the next weeks we were out in the hot sun using a pitchfork shaking out dirt and turning the peanuts over, this was done until they were dry. My oldest brother would pull a combine with a tractor, my oldest sister and I would be up on the combine to catch the peanuts coming out, my sister would hold a 50 lb toe sack until it was filled, she would pass it down to me to sew up. I used large needle with twine to make a bunny ear, sew in the middle and then another bunny ear and pull it off to fall on the ground. When we were through sacking up the peanuts, our dad drove a tractor pulling a long trailer down the rows and my brother would pick up the sacks of peanuts and then drive the trailer to the elevator to sell the peanuts about 10 miles away. 
That was a hot and dirty job. We took a quart jar of water for drinking water. It would be placed under a tree. 
My dad would farm us out to get other farmers crops in when we finished our crop of peanuts. 
Our mother would sew us a 10 ft. canvas toe sack with an over the shoulder handle, we would drag it behind us when the cotton was ready to pick. It was painful job picking cotton with bare hands. When our bags were full, we pulled them to the person that would pick it up and put it on big brass scales at the end of the rows, they would pay us 10 cents a pound. That was a hard way to make a little bit of money. In the evening our mother would have to sew a patch over the holes in the canvas sack. 

One year when we didn't farm peanuts, I got a job babysitting 5 children from daylight to dark, the parents left 5 gallons of milk on the counter for me to strain and put up in their icebox. The oldest child was 6, a 5 year old, a set of twins and a baby. That was one year I was happy for the time to go back to school. I was 16 years old. I made $60.00 that summer. With the money, I bought an electric blanket and some make-up. I still had a little money leftover. 

My mother was a very good seamstress, my oldest sister and I would pick a piece of clothing from a show windows then our mother would go down to Sharp's or Anthony's to buy fabric material. She would go home and without a pattern she would sew us a blouse or dress. I recall wearing a circle skirt with a poodle on it. One memory I have; picking out material from National Bella's Hess and ordering the material and mother making me one of a kind shirt. When I went to school, no one would believe my mother made my clothing. To this day, at age 91 my mother still sews although she no longer makes clothes. She makes crafty projects or fabric handbags. Mother still uses the sewing machine they bought the year I was born.