Monday, July 29, 2013

It's been a while

As you are probably aware time is even more precious when you have grandchildren.  Love spending time with my sweet baby Leila but there is not a lot of time left over to fill in my blogging friends.  

I finally found time to finish a project! Ta da, and as you may have guessed it is for none other than my sweet baby granddaughter.  I wanted to make something unique for her wall and I came up with the following.  

I started with an 8 x 11 and half inch canvas, added a layer of guesso, used up my old chipboard letters to form her name, added some puffy 3d scrolly stickers as accents in the corners. And started adding layer after layer after layer of inks, sprays paints (really anything I could spread around this canvas to get the violet to teal background that you see peeking through here.

 I then took some modeling pasted and colored it with some perfect pearls to get a rich golden color.  Taking a stencil with some journaling I added a little different layer of dimension adding that in the middle.  This also lended a little richness from the gold.  On top of that I added a metal heart ornament (about 6" in diameter) over the top to soften that look.

 I wanted to add a little guardian angel quality somewhere on the canvas and I did that by taking a I am roses gardenia that I colored to coordinate with my H2O's highlighting it with a set of Angel wings from Tim Holtz and topping it off with a beautiful crown charm that I picked up from Mon Ami Gabie.

I finished it off by making some roses using my Donna Salazar die and adding dimension some hand painting highlights and I think the results are worthy of hanging on my little Leilas room. 

Thank you for stopping by,


Thursday, May 9, 2013

H2O fun with stamps

Good Morning all,

As you know from my last post life has been very full lately with the arrival of our first grandchild, beautiful princess Leila, and spring has finally arrived here in the midwest so I have been doing alot of work outdoors.  But I did manage to steal a day away in my studio to play with some new products that I recently purchased.

I just wanted to do a quick post to show you my latest favorite product.  Luminarte twinkling H2O water colors.  They come in a variety of colors

And they are blended with beautiful Mica powders so the colors are brilliant.
Pair this with some new stamps from Rangers and Rubberneckers and the creativity starts flowing. 

 for the Ranger stamps I took 3 white flowers that I had and used the H2O's to paint the flowers to match the colors I used in the tags
Thank you so much for stopping by


Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's been a while

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since November of last year.  I have been so caught up in my world that I have failed to update anything.  Well, it's spring and that's a time for everything to be woken up from the long winter (which unfornately is still in my back yard) But I want to start out this blog post with a wonderful little gift I was recently given by my daughter Rachael and her fiance Chris. 
 My first granddaughter Leila Mckenzie. She is very beautiful and will be featured in many upcoming posts.

Now onto my first Leila project.  A while ago I bought a pattern from Laura Denison at to make a wardrobe that housed a very cute little mini album at the front.  and here is what I came up with.  Please note I do not follow directions very well so I usually use the patterns for inspiration so this is very much my interpretation of Laura's beautiful design.
The front - I covered the case with this luxurious black velvet paper that I get from Michaels that I love.  I then criss-crossed some beautiful pink satin ribbon and glued these pretty pink ribbon roses on each intersection.
The side view - Laura is genious at taking ordinary cardstock adding some ink, a little distressing and some highlighting and creating pieces that look like they are made out of leather or other fabrics.

The inside view - this is where this project not only transforms into a perpetual calendar but houses 12 monthly tags that I created to mark each month.

January -  March and May

February - May and Septempber

June - July and September

October - November and December

Of course I hade to save the very best for last April because that's when my little Leila bug was born.

As always I appreciate you all for stopping by and looking at my work.  I hope you find some inspiration and would love to hear your thoughts and come visit your blogs and maybe along the way make some new friends

Thank you,