Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toes in the Water

My granddaughter had her first experience with the pool. They dunked her toes. Sorry for the redness of the photos - they were under a red umbrella.

I used this sketch from Stuck?!Sketches

Here is my layout

I really mixed things up with supplies! I added washi tape, mists, texture paste, chipboard, etc.

Adding this to Simon Says Work it Wednesday!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Live Love and Laugh

Our granddaughter is such a happy baby. She loves to laugh! I bought these blocks so her mom can take a photo every day:) And she has! This was at 63 days - she is now 75 days! I used the Stick it Down sketch.

And here is my layout

Sorry for the flower over her face. My daughter does not want me posting photos of the baby on line and I am abiding by her wishes. 

Tried to use lots of tags and die cuts for this.

Thanks for stopping by!

Reach for the Stars

I have been creating for an upcoming show/sale in July. I was inspired by a card I saw and recreated it on a canvas. I used paper from a children's book for the moon, a wood star and a bear made out of canvas.

I think it came out cute.

Adding this to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog where I chose #26 Reach for the Stars!

My timing was perfect for this! This is a great blog with wonderful inspiration! I hope you check it out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I am experimenting again with paint pouring. I stamped the canvas and then poured paint. The idea was to make a flower. I am not sure why I picked blues instead of yellows and oranges. My center got kind of out of control. Will have to try again.

Adding this to paint party Friday.

Monday, June 5, 2017


The theme for Grumbacher's ATC swap is Voyage. Not sure why, but I thought of a sailboat trekking across the ocean. I created this ATC by combining an acrylic background with mixed media pieces for the boat. I used a map and dictionary paper.

I sometimes feel like a sailboat adrift in the ocean as I navigate my spot in this world of art. I still am experimenting and finding my way.

Adding this to paintpartyfriday! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Traveling Art Journal

I am excited and happy to be participating in a Traveling Art Journal among the Design Team of CanvasCorpBrands! Each participant created a journal which is traveling around the world. At the end of the year, I will get my book back filled with wonderful journal pages. It is so much fun to see what everyone does.

For May, I chose to center my page around the quote

To travel is like a feather in the wind, the adventure is unknown until you arrive at your destination.

I used my Mix and Match Pad - Sand and Sea and a new Artchitexture Feather.  The background was created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

Here is my page

Here is a link to the blogpost on the Canvas Corp Blog where you can see all of the pages which were done!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thank you

Another hand painted thank you card.

A mix of hand drawn, stamps and stencils. 

Thank you for stopping by! 
Adding this to PaintpartyFriday!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Thank You

I made this thank you card using water color pens and stamps!  It was quite simple to do but looks very pretty.

Adding this to Paintpartyfriday. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Welcome to the World

Those of you who are regulars, know I have a new granddaughter. She is 47 days old now! The biggest drawback is they live in Phoenix and I live in Michigan. When I see her, which is just about monthly, I take tons of photos. It is fun trying to hold a sleeping baby while balancing a cell phone and camera and taking photos! But that is what I do!

I was lucky enough to receive a gift of Bella Blvd. Sweet Baby Girl Collection. It is just perfect for this!

Adding this to StuckSketches

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


In 2000, we enjoyed a family vacation in Jamaica to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  We enjoyed the beaches, snorkeling and family dinners at wonderful restaurants.  My daughter completed her Jamaican experience by getting her hair braided. It was a great look for her and perfect for the outdoor activities!

To complete this layout, I grabbed my 
Mix and Match Pad - Sand and Sea from Canvas Corp Brands

Mix and Match Pad: Sand and Sea
This pad has pattern paper, canvas printed paper, burlap and more!

I also used my Tattered Angels Mists - Brights and Coffee Shop

Glimmer Mist Starter Kit - BrightsGlimmer Mist - Coffee Shop

I misted the background and created layers of the waves with the pattern paper. After fussy cutting the Seahorse and Shell, I painted them with Coffee Shop.

These Mix and Match pads make it so easy to pull a layout together!

Let's Go

To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary (2015), last year we took both kids and their spouses on a week tour of Italy. It was a great way to get a taste of different cities and parts of the country. Sad to say I have not really scrapped all of it yet. (Been a busy year with my daughter being pregnant)

But, I finally got to work. This page is a collection of the itinerary, luggage tags, map, etc. I love adding all of these things to my albums! I collect just about everything.

I used this sketch from StickitDown

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Just returned from brunch at my son and daughter's house. We had a lovely meal and I got candy and  flowers.

I spent all day yesterday at the Spring Art Market. I had a good day sales wise. Here was my display in the morning.

We will be having another sale in July so I might have to get to work!

Here is a canvas I completed. Part of the background was made with soapy paint bubbles.

Adding this to paintpartyfriday!

Adding this to MixedMEdiaMonthlyChallenge Put a Stamp on It!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Paint Party Friday

Another paint pouring -- was going for flowers....................

Adding this to Paint Party Friday!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thank you

Playing with paint and pen!

A thank you card for a friend. 

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday Challenge - A touch of pink.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank you

A thank you card using Distress Oxides and an Ellen Hutson stamp!
Adding this to Simonssays Wednesday challenge - Anything goes!

Thank you for your visit today! It means a lot to me!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stand Tall

Decided to work on canvases for the upcoming sale.

I had done something similar to this before and sold it, so made  another. I painted a background which I stamped with leaves. Added a book paper giraffe which I painted with watercolors. Finished with my quote.

Adding this to PaintPArtyFriday . Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


So yesterday I played with paint bubbles. After mixing paint, water and dish soap, I blew bubbles in a cup and dragged paper and canvases over the bubbles. I used one of the pieces of paper to make a card. I added flowers which I first created using a stencil and medium. I filled them in with water colors. I was pretty pleased with this.

Adding this SimonsSays Wednesday Challenge - Showers/Flowers. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paint and bubbles

I saw something today and decided to try it! Paint and bubbles! My first batch was too watery so I tried again. This is such fun and would be great for kids!! This canvas is not even dry but I was excited to share.

I am a little late but am adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Catching up

I was gone for a little over 3 weeks and I could not believe how much catching up I had to do! I am still working my way through my list but i did spend time yesterday making thank you cards for happy mail I received.

I struggle with card ideas so love sketches like this one from Stickitdown

Here is my card

I created a messy background with new Distress Oxides. The flower is painted tissue paper. 

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My new title - Grandmother

Sorry to have been absent for a bit.

I was at my daughter's for a few weeks - waiting for our granddaughter to arrive. She came one day before her due date and is an April Fool's baby. The 16 hours of labor followed by a C section was no joke. But happily Lauren Joelle made her way into the world at 7:51 pm weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces and is 21 inches long.

Mother and daughter are doing very well. The baby is a good eater and is quite strong! I love the faces and sounds she makes. She gets the hiccups a lot which, of course, I recorded. I was sad to leave her but also happy to get home and get some projects going.

My daughter has issued a social media ban but I can post these photos which she shared on facebook.

Luckily I get to go back and see her in two weeks. Thank goodness for facetime!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baby watch

I am visiting my daughter who is due to have our first grandchild on Sunday. We had thought she might go early so I have been here over a week so far no baby, but the room is organized, her new little clothes are washed and the house is ready.

I have not done much crafting. Here is a card for a sketch over at

Also adding this to Simonssays

Friday, March 24, 2017

Stick it down sketches

It have the privilege of being a guest designer today over at Stickitdown.  I love using a sketch as a starting point both for cards and layouts. 

PLease stop over there and check out their sketches and my cards!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paint Party Friday

My second attempt at paint pouring. I had an idea in my head and it didn't quite go as planned. BUt fun none the less.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Canvas Corp Brands

I have a new order to share with you from Canvas Corp Brands!


Here is a link to their website where you can find all these wonderful products - CanvasCorp!

Life on the Inside

We have had some of the best ultrasound pictures of our soon to be born baby granddaughter! The first ones resembled aliens and nothing baby like but lately we have been astounded by the shots they get. Here are a few of my faves

I used this sketch from StuckSketches

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Canvas Corp Blog

Two of my recent baby projects are up on the Canvas Corp Blog Today!!!

Would love for you to stop over there and visit them!

Here is the link Canvas Corp Blog!

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Most Scrapping I have Done in a Long While

Still getting layouts done for our soon to be born granddaughter!

I was lucky enough to attend the shower Jen's friends had for her in Phoenix. We had to cancel our shower here because the doctor would not let her fly. I spent the day before helping the grils with shopping, food prep and decorating.

The day of the shower was a beautiful day and over 30 people attended. Jen was showered with blessing and gifts!

I used the new sketch over at Let'sgetsketchy - 

This was perfect for scrapping all of my great party photos!

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate your kind words!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My First Home

I have been scrapping for our soon to be born granddaughter. I thought I would create a layout of the first house she will call home.

Sketch from DCWV

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And here is my layout

I covered the address which I put on the tag.

Trying to get all of these memories done for her before she even gets here:)

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday challenge For a Special Lady/Girl.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Finding my Niche

I saw a technique and of course, my first thought was, I CAN DO THAT! I love experimenting as I am still trying to find my niche in this art world.

So here is my new experiment -----

Not the best photo - I need to redo but you get the idea. 

This is paint pouring. It takes a lot more paint than I thought it would (16 x 20 canvas) but the effect is quite cool! 

Adding this to Paint PArty Friday

I hope you like it. I see more of these in my future:)

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Traveling Art Journal

I am in a Design Team Group for Canvas Corp Brands which is working on an exciting project this year. We each created a traveling journal which will spend the next year making its way around the country and globe! As we receive a book, we will complete an art journal page. The next month we will receive another book. At the end of the year,  we will get our book back completely filled with artwork from my fellow collaborators.

I made my journal! This was a first for me. I cut down mixed media paper to the size and stitched it together. I made a cover from a cereal box!  I decorated the cover and completed the first two pages!

These feathers represent our journals taking flight and traveling around the world sharing thoughts and ideas with each other.

I used 7 Gypsies Wanderlust Papers and Tattered Angels Metallics including Coffee Shop and Tarnished Silver

I have already completed my second journal layout  which you will have to wait to see!

Please visit the Canvas Corp Blog for more wonderful inspiration and to shop!!!

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

My daughter had another ultrasound yesterday and she shared the most wonderful photos! Our little girl was smiling and pursing her lips and I guess it was just amazing to watch her. I hope to see an ultrasound when i got back in a few weeks.

I had some time this morning and got right to work!

I used this sketch from StickitDown

I changed it up by making the large square my photo. And here is my layout

Precious Memories by G45 was the perfect collection for this! 

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my joy! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Artist or Not

For those of you who know me, you know I always considered myself the non artistic twin. My sister got the art and music gene while I got math and science. A forced job layoff just over a year ago resulted in a search to find something to fill my time. I ended up enrolling in a basic painting class through community education. The class was meant to be an introduction to various mediums but the teacher fell short in really providing much direction. On my own, I watched Youtube videos and started creating mixed media canvases and even joined the local art association! I am still trying to find my niche which means experimenting and playing. I was lucky enough to win a box of Colourarte Primary Elelments . I am still not quite sure how to use them but have always been drawn to abstract art. I pushed my fear aside and  grabbed a large (16 x 20) canvas and started playing. Now my problem is I don't know what to do next. Add more paint? Add black doodles? Leave it? Which direction is up?

I need to get better photos of the metallic sheen these paints have. They are just beautiful.

So these is my Paint Party Friday piece!

Thank you for visiting! Feel free to leave me advice on what to do next!! I appreciate it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DOG Blocks


I am up today over at Helmar. I would love for you to stop by and check out this project I made for our new granddaughter who is arriving in March/April!!!!!

Adding this to Simons Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!