It’s one of those weeks where I’m not finding a lot of time to be crafty and have nothing  new to share here on the blog.  Well, I take that back…I have created some new cards but they’ve all been for upcoming design teams that I’m on so I can’t share just yet.  The good news is—I’m caught up through February with all my design team obligations. Oh wait, I have one more that I plan on getting done tonight. I’ve also been planning and packing some of my crafty stuff to take with me this coming weekend to a retreat! Whoo Hoo! My friend Barb and I will be working on a Kathy Orta Files Back 2 Basics project. Hopefully we’ll get a lot done on it. Or at least get a good start!  The project has THREE mini albums and a storage box.  We are pretty excited to be working on it together.  We each have different papers for our projects so it will be interesting to see how they turn out and how different they will look.  The photo above shows one of my tool totes that I’m taking with me for the weekend.  I keep putting things in and taking things out.  It’s really hard for me to decide what I will need to create for a few days, I just can’t take it all with me but I hate to be at a retreat working on something and needing a certain tool but alas it is at home.  I’m really hoping that I’ve planned a bit better this time around.  I need a check list!!

I also want to share with you that the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge blog is having a Design Team Call. I’ve been on the Sketchy team since June 2012 and I love it!  You get to use a sketch every 2 weeks and digi images from sponsors to create your card.  Click on this link to check it out:   Seems a Little Sketchy Design Team Call   We’d love for some of you talented card designers to apply.  Mari, the owner of the challenge, will be selecting the new members.

Here’s a photo of the papers I’ve pulled for the card I hope to design tonight for a February Cards in Envy challenge.  The theme is red, pink and/or white. I think I’m going to use all three colors!

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. Not sure if I will be posting again before I leave for the retreat or not.  In case I don’t, have a wonderful weekend and check back on Monday as I will have a card to share.

Have an awesome evening!

“I’m the Queen of Hearts. Do you really think I’d be so careless 
as to keep my heart where everyone else does.” 
~from the T.V. Show Once Upon a Time

Hello, we’ve got another great card sketch for you over on Seems a Little Sketchy! Our sponsor for this challenge is Robyn’s Fetish and I chose to use this Queen of Hearts digi image for my card.  I colored her with my Copic Markers: Y19, Y21, R000, R00, R01, R20, R11, R01, BV31, BV34, RV21, RV23 and RV25.  I used some Valentine papers from last year–My Mind’s Eye 6×6 “Love Me” collection and Raspberry Pink Cardstock. I created a double flower with Prima’s Sweetheart flower pack and added an Echo Park Epoxy Brad from their Summer Days collection. The scroll flourish under the flower is a rub on by Basic Grey that I’ve had since 2009!!  I then added some pretty silver “rhinestones.”  At first I wasn’t so sure about this card and image but ended up loving it!

Here’s the sketch from Seems a Little Sketchy

Sketches make it really easy to create a fabulous card and if you make one using this sketch and link it to the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge, you’ll have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor! Come check it out!
Have a wonderful, crafty week! 

Hello and Happy Sunday afternoon to you!  Last night I started in on the prompt for Week 4 with Journal52 and finished it up a few minutes ago, so this page is dated 01-26-14.  I was pretty excited that we got this weeks prompt a few days early so I could work on it this weekend as I have a busy week coming up with office stuff for the end of the month and packing for a weekend retreat.  I’m really trying to condense down on what I will be taking so I have to pre-plan what I want to work on.  Anyway, this prompt is on Building Character.  It also encourages you to DRAW a “character” such as a real person, fictional person, whimsical person rather than using a collage photo.  Oh no!! I don’t like to draw!  But since this Journal52 is a learning thing and a way to try new techniques, I went for it.
First, I put down collage pieces of paper on the page with multi matte medium.  Some of the papers had words or script and I also had that paper with the circular flowers.  After I put them down and let them dry, I took acrylic paint and put it on palette paper and used my Brayer to collect the paint and rolled it onto my page.  Before it dried I took a paper towel and rubbed some of it off so you could still see the words on the papers but leave some of the color down.  I dried that really well with my heat gun and started drawing the lady.  First I drew the shape of the head and shoulders with a charcoal pencil and then I went in with paint and painted in the skin colors and the blue/green color of her blouse/top.  I drew in the eyes, nose and lips with Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen and used Distress inks in various colors to get the skin tone, shadows and cheek color.  I drew on the hair with a Gelato Big Brush Marker.  My daughter came into my crafty room and ask if it was me and I said “I don’t know.” But then maybe it is.
I printed up a quote by Helen Keller “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”  I believe this to be true.  I put the quote onto the page with multi matte medium and then added color to it by rubbing some ink sprays with my fingers.  Next I googled up words of character and printed out the list.  There were a lot of words! I didn’t use all of them, only those that I thought were character traits that I have or wish to perfect.  These I cut out and put on the page and the inclusion page with multi matte medium and outlined with a black artist pen.  This page went together pretty quickly.  The one thing I don’t like is the seam on the bottom of the flower collage piece that goes through the lady’s lips.  I wished I’d thought it out better and cut the flowers out on the bottom along their stems so there would have been no line, but I can live with it and hopefully I will remember next time.
Below is the inclusion page with the next blank page ready for week 5.

The weather is amazing here in Texas this afternoon! Sunshine with some white clouds and temps in the mid 70s (f)!!  Totally spring like for a January afternoon; however, we need to really enjoy it as the weather is to change around 2 a.m. and winter will be hitting us full blast in the 30s and upper 20s or colder!  Ugh!

So I’m off to enjoy this day.  Hope you have a good one too!

It’s week 3 with Journal52 and I’m still on track!  Yay!!  The prompt this week was “You  Always Make Me Smile.” I thought about this quite a bit and while there are many things and people who make me smile, I know that my cats (for the most part) ALWAYS make me smile.
I started off the page by covering it with white Gesso and dried it with my heat gun.  Then I added some word papers but by the time I got done with all the colors and images you couldn’t see them any more.  So note to self: either go lighter on the colors or add the word papers (from a book) closer to the end.
I think I’ve found my favorite way of creating an art journal page.  It’s collaging!   Yep.  I’m not that great at drawing or rather I don’t like my drawings so I’ve discovered that if I go online and Google something that I can find all sorts of images that I do like that I can put into Word, print up and cut out to create my collage scene.  All of the elements on this journal page are collage pieces.  I create the colors for my background first and for this one I used a combination of Dylusion sprays, Gelato Big Brush Pens and Gesso.  Once the background is dry, I then add my collage pieces by using Multi Matte Medium.  Then I usually let that dry overnight and go back over the images with Posca pens.  I also used a rubber stamp and black StazOn ink to stamp the chicken wire or mesh patterns here and there.
Below is how the page looks with the small inclusion page on the left. I put a piece of white paper underneath the inclusion page because the other side is my art journal page from last week and I didn’t want it to be distracting in this photo.  I stamped the date I finished the page and hand wrote “My Cats Always Make Me Smile” with Posca pens.

Here’s a closeup of the inclusion page…

At first I thought this was turning out too dark but in the end I love it and that’s what art journaling is all about.  If you, the creator, loves it then it’s a wonderful piece of art.

I’m enjoying my crafty weekend at home.  My goal was to finish up this art journal page for Week 3 and then create a few cards for some challenges that I design for and then work on a couple other projects I’ve started.  BUT, I just got the email with the Journal52 Week 4 prompt.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll just get messy again and work on the next page in my Journal52 book.

Have a great weekend!

Yeppers.  It is STILL winter even here in Texas.  Let’s all say it together…It’s COLD out there!!

Okay, now that I have that out of the way, how about a cute winter card.  This” Warm Winter Wishes” card is for the Digi Haven challenge that goes live today (Friday, January 24th).  Our sponsor is Dilly Beans Stamps and I’ve used their cute “Three Penguins” digi image.  I know penguins aren’t normally this color but mine are a different breed than what you normally see.  Right.  Actually I colored them to go with the papers which happens to be a 6×6 Christmas Designer Pad by My Mind’s Eye called “Merry Little Christmas.”  Oh and the theme for the Digi Haven challenge is “Snow Buddies.”

I colored the cute penguins with my Copic Markers:  BG000, BG01, BG02, C2, C4, C7, R0000, R00, R56, R59, R81 and BG 72.  I attached them to the front of the card with foam tape and then added a sparkly, glittery chipboard snowflake from Recollections.  I hand cut the sentiment tag and tied a bow with American Craft Baker’s Twine and attached it with a bit of it behind the snowflake.  I used Stampin’ Up Tempting Turquoise ink and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

I hope you join us for this fun challenge over on Digi Haven.  You must use a digi image in your creation and link it up to the challenge post.  There will be one random winner chosen to receive a prize from our sponsor.

I’m pretty excited that’s it almost the weekend as I have lots of crafty projects I want to work on plus I need to start packing because NEXT weekend I’m going on a scrappy retreat!

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!