Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Steampunk Pocket & Tag

This is a start to finish process video of steampunk pocket & tag that I did for a challenge!!  So go grab a beverage & your favorite snack and enjoy!  I hope that it inspires you to create something beautiful in your life!

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's a Haul Y'all!!!

Hi there!!  Well I have never done a "haul" video!!  So, after spending a day down in Brown County (Nashville Indiana) with my best friend, we stopped by a scrapbook shop that I had heard about from another friend!  The shop is called Papertrix and it was so awesome!  The owners are very friendly and the shop had a very welcoming atmosphere!!  I will definitely be stopping back in there the next time I am down that way!!

Since I really enjoyed my visit to her shop and I loved the products that she carried, I thought I would do a haul video showing you what I purchased!!

Have a great day my friends!!  I hope that these stamps inspire you to do something creative!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Home Made Gesso - Process Video

Hello there!!  Gesso is such a versatile medium, but can be a bit pricey!  But I would be lost if I did not have my gesso while creating!  So, here is a video that I did on how to make your own gesso, using inexpensive items!!  Enjoy my crafty friends!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

DIY Mixed Media Junk Journal

This girl is on fire LOL!!!  So I've been working on this project while on my fall break from school and thought I would share the process with all of you!!  Please don't forget to like, subscribe and leave me a comment!!  I love to hear from you!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Journaling by 5's - Free Play

Well friends, this is the final video in this series!!  I have learned so much about myself, what I like, what I don't like, but most of all, I learned that the only one I have to please is myself!  My art is my own!!  I want to thank Shannon Green for hatching this idea and it has just taken off!!  You can check out her process video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ohBQFKqus   Once again, thanks for watching and I hope I have inspired you to be creative!!

Journaling By 5's Step 5

I told you I was playing catch up!!  I really hope you are enjoying this as much as I am and I hope that it is inspiring you to do something creative!!

Journaling by 5's - Step 4

Wow!!  I'm on a roll LOL!!  I am trying to play catch up here on the blog tonight!!  I hope you enoy step 4 in my Journaling by 5's process!!

Journaling by 5's - Step 3

I hope that you enjoy step 3 in my Journaling by 5's process video!!  I know I am a wee bit behind in posting these here to the blog, but they are all up and live on my youtube channel!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Journaling by 5's - Step 2

Hi Friends!!  Here is my video of step 2 in my Journaling by 5's journey!!  I hope that you enjoy!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Journaling By 5's - Step 1

Well friends, here is the video of my first step in the Journaling by 5's process!!  I hope you enjoy my insane journey!!  Here is the link to the Youtube video that I made:


Have a great night (morning!!) everybody

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A New Challenge

Hello friends!!  I hope that you all are enjoying Memorial Day weekend!!  Here in Indy, that means hide!!  With the Indy 500 going on this weekend, that usually means alot of craziness going on, and everybody drives around like they think they are on the racetrack!!  I've been once, not sure I will go again, but I've learned to never say never!!

I wanted to share will you all that I am going to do a challenge called Journaling by 5's (JB5).  The reason I am doing this is because it will force me to think out of the box, and it is a TIMED challenge!! (insert laughter!) There are a total of 5 sessions, 10 different medias (2 per session), 15 minutes per session, and 20 pages!!  I've already made my own 20 page journal to do this and I will be video taping my progress and sharing it here with you!  Aren't you excited about that!!  Ha!!

Here is what will be in each session:

Session 1:  Background - paint, ink
Session 2:  Texture - collage/craft, recycled
Session 3:  Pattern - stamps, stencils
Session 4:  Focal Point - words, images
Session 5:  Details - pen, pencil

So you all who know me, know that I can take 1 day to complete just 1 page!!  With this challenge I will have to get each session done on all 20 pages in 15 minutes!!  Gulp!!!  Shannon Green is the person who created this challenge and here is a link to her YouTube video explaining the process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ohBQFKqus&feature=youtube  She is extremely funny and I am looking forward to seeing if I can really do this!!  Shannon  also has a facebook page dedicated to the JB5 process where we can share our journey, ask questions, and most importantly, laugh!!  Here is a link to her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/journalingby5s/  I hope that I will bring you all laughter and smiles on your faces as I embark on this challenge!!  It is my goal to start the first challenge today and be done by Friday, especially since I leave for Ohio on Saturday to FINALLY go see my new great niece!!  Wish me luck and let the fun begin!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Butterfly Mixed Media Page

Hello everyone!!  I had an opportunity to do some crafting this past weekend and this is what I created!!  It was def a work in progress and almost gave up on it, but after walking away and sleeping on it, wala!!  It all came together!!

I really enjoyed getting my hands dirty as I created this!!  Spring is almost here!!  Time for butterflies and flowers!!  The product list (to the best of my recollection) will be posted in the comment section!! Please be sure to leave me a comment and follow me!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Home Made Gesso

Hi there friends!  I have also been asked for my recipe for my home made gesso.  I use gesso on just about everything!  It's great as a primer for a canvas or as a base coat on a mixed media page.  I also use it to tone down colors if I've painted something too bright or to add texture to an element I've used on a page.

1/4 Cup Baby Powder
1/4 Cup Water
1/2 Cup White Craft Paint
1/4 Cup White Craft Glue

Now because I use so much gesso, I will double the recipe!!  I store this in a cleaned up salsa jar, that way I can seal it up good with the lid!  It is also tintable with acrylic paints.  I've also tinted mine with embossing powders and gelatos by Faber Castelle.

The fun is endless!!  I really get a feeling of satisfaction when I not only create something, but part of my creation began with a hand made base!!

Home Made Texture Paste

Hi there friends!!  I have had a lot of requests on how I make my texture paste (aka modeling paste).  It's really quite simple and I store it in a cleaned up salsa jar!  Here is the recipe that I use:

1-1/2 Cups of baby powder
1/2 Cup of white craft paint
1/4 Cup of white craft glue

Now, here are a few tips.  Just purchase cheap baby powder, you don't need to use the name brand stuff.  You can purchase cheap white craft paint, no need to go buy the expensive stuff.  White craft glue, like white school glue will work just fine.  NOTE:  I used Aleens Tacky Glue and my paste is WAY sticky!!  I have to water it down every time I use it on a project!  Live and learn lol!!  You can adjust the consistency of the texture paste, if you want it thicker, add more baby powder, if you want it thinner, add more craft paint.

If you want your texture paste to have some "grit" to it, add a little bit of sand.  This texture paste is also easily tintable by just adding some acrylic paint.  I also like to add some of my embossing powders to it as well!  The sky is the limit!!  I have used this paste on a canvas for texture and I have also used it with my stencils and it works perfect.  It also drys well with my heat tool and will also bubble when you get the heat tool too close.  Sometimes I like that bubble effect!  The choice is yours!

Mixed Media Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all of you!  I hope that you all enjoyed this holiday season!  I am fortunate to work in an industry (education) that I get time off during the holidays, but the time always seems to go by much too quickly!  Jim and I were really excited this year because we got to have ALL the kids home with ALL the grandkids for a weekend!!  That hasn't happened in over 3 years, so that was the best Christmas present of all!!

So, in keeping with the season, I have created a mixed media Christmas tree!  The inspiration for this project did come from pinterest, but I cannot find where.  So when I do, I will be sure to give credit where credit is due.  But I will say that whenever I use an image for inspiration, my creation doesn't end up looking like what inspired me!!  That is the beauty of art!

So, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!  May all your dreams and wishes come true in 2015!!  Stay safe, be happy, and create some magic!!