Friday, August 12, 2016

Some Moleskine Journaling

Here are two finished pages and a couple backgrounds in a Moleskine journal I've had for a while now. I was working in my Dyan Reaveley black journal last night and then had some excess paint that I rubbed off on background pages in my other journal - and decided to finish a couple of pages! I like how Dyan works on mulitple pages at once - using up paint that way. So I'm trying to do that also. It leaves lots of options when I'm not sure where to go with a certain page.... I just flip to something else and other ideas come (sometimes).

 Background is a mix of Pan Pastels and Dylusions paints with stencils and then stamps added on top - with Colorbox chalk pad. I hand lettered the words with a GelXtreme metallic green pen (the metallic probably doesn't show well in the scan).
 Background is excess Dylusions paint (orange) and then stencils across. The words were hand lettered with Tombow marker and the doodles also with Tombow marker. Pretty simple.
 Background done a while back... I think mostly ink pads direct to paper and stencils over top.
 Pan Pastel background and Dylusion paints through stencils on top.
 Pan Pastels with Dylusions paints through stencils on top. Very vibrant!
 Again Pan Pastel background with stenciling over top.
 An older page - collage from a magazine and hand lettering and doodling over all that. This was a fun page to create.
Another older page - Pan Pastel background, I think this was when I'd recently gotten the Pan Pastels, actually, and was experimenting with them - I REALLY love them and how easy they are to lay down for a background page! There is rubber stamping over top and then hand lettering and a little doodling.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Sunday's Creations

Well Stampaway - and all my fun loot - inspired me to create, create, create on Sunday! Here are the results:

 A first page in my Dyan Reavely black journal - using her Dylusions paints as well as her new white paint pen which I am just loving. Some new stamps (sun and moon) from - they have some really cool stamps! Stars from Stamps by Judith and a few stencils, some I made myself on my Silhouette Studio machine.
 Another page with Dylusions paints with stencils in the background, quite a few new Judi Kins stamps - circles, scribbles and starbursts. I'm really pleased with this one!
 This was the back of one of the pages that Dyan Reaveley pulled out and did her art on the back page... I layered some paint on this side with stencils - not sure if I will do more with it over time or if I'm going to consider it done at this point... I kind of like it as it is.
And a card I made with some new stamps... the birds and saying from Dare2BArtsy and the frame from Just for Fun (I've been getting their stamps for many, many years! The colored squares were colored with Distress small stamp pads and Tim Holtz's foam dauber tool. I colored the birds and flowers with Tombow markers.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Stampaway Today!

Today I went to the Stampaway convention in Cincinnati. And I got the pleasure of seeing Dyan Reveley demo - and she was demoing in customers' journals if they purchased one of her journals at the Stampers Anonymous booth. I'd been thinking about getting one anyway and so she did a page in mine! She is such fun and I love her artwork. I actually remembered to snap photos as she worked - she said that I could. I think I'm gonna love working in this black paged journal. And I love her Dylusions paints.

 Here she is starting the page by brayering white Dylusions paint using this mini brayer (which I had to go back and buy, of course).
 She layered yellow paint - also brayered it on the page and then put the extra pages that she tore out of the journal face down on the craft sheet and rubbed the excess paint onto the page that way.
 Sometimes she used the edge of the brayer handle to scribble into the excess paint before pressing the page onto it - that was really cool!

 Here was how the pages looked at that stage.
 Then she pulled out a stencil and added more white using the Tim Holtz foam dauber tool.
 Then she used her coloring sheets and trimmed parts of them out and taped and  glued them on the page - using both double stick tape and a glue stick.
 The finished page! So cool!
These were the other two extra pages that she tore out. Lots of juicy layers. Not sure what I will do with them - but it was so cool to see how she did them.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Organizing Tips and Tricks

I have been organizing again - taking stock of all my supplies and making sure I have it all organized. I thought I'd share a tip I came up with for my stacking Distress Ink Pads. The thing that frustrated me with these is that when they are stacked you can't see what colors are what. So I got some file folder labels at the office supply store (see image, bottom left). For some reason they have a little black line at each end that marks the middle - which turns out to be really handy. I cut between the labels - so I only have one - then I ink it - which I initially did with the pad itself, but now am doing using the little foam applicators (upper right of photo) which works better and gives a better idea of the stamp pad color. After applying the color to the label I cut it in half with an x-acto knife then peel and stick to the edge of the stamp pad, wrapping it around the corner. I do the same on the other side with the second half – that way no matter how you pick up the pad you can see color on the side!

Now when they are stacked I can totally see what colors are what! Very handy and very easy to see. I suppose if I wanted to I could write the color names on, but I don't find that necessary.

I used another similar trick with my Distress Paints and Stain bottles. I pile them up in clear shoe boxes but then can't easily tell them apart when I want to grab one. So I paint (or stain) some white card stock, let it dry and then punch it out with the proper sized punch - I think the 3/4" sized one is what worked for this. Then I glue it to the cap. Voilá! Easy to sort them out quickly when I need them. And actually the colors are ever so slightly more accurate because I'm seeing the actual paint or stain color – or at least how it looks on white paper. Handy.

And for my punches - when I'm out shopping I can seldom recall which sizes I already have at home and which size I was wanting to add to my collection, which is always growing. So I cut some card stock (I chose black) in half - 5.5" x 8.5" - and then punched out of lavender paper so it would show up nicely, yet is light enough that I could write notes on it to indicate sizes and companies of the different punches. This is a handy size I can carry with me when out shopping or attending a stamping convention. I think I have a 3-ring binder this size I could put this into, too.

What do you do to organize your craft supplies that you find handy? I'd love to hear!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Back in the Saddle Again (so to speak)

After quite a long hiatus here.... life's been busy and I just haven't taken time out to post the many things I've been working on... I am making a comeback and want to make a greater effort to keep you up on what I'm working on and experimenting with. Lately it's been Gelli plate printing and I'll post some of my samples. THIS time around I'm finding that I'm actually putting some of the prints to use in my card making and I'm quite pleased with the results! I think they give a bit of a different look to my usual cards... and that's great! If you have questions, leave me a comment and I'll try to answer it. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Trying Something New – DeviantScrap Art

My friend, Sharon, got me into another new thing (I guess it's only fair, we do it to each other all the time) called DeviantScrap which is a web site where you can buy kits for digital collage and art. WARNING!!!!! It is very addictive! At least it is for me. At first I figure this may be like many things I get into... I shop, shop, shop and buy, buy, buy and then do a thing or two and drop it and move on to the next shiny object. Well I have at least gotten off to a good start so far and am really enjoying this. I can see it inspiring many, many fun ideas.

Here are my first couple attempts. The "Walking Our Ducks" was first and then "If It Ain't Baroque Don't Fix It" came next. I spent a LOT more time on that one and had a blast. I like the detail, but really the ones with just a few good elements are just as nice I think. I think I will have a lot of fun with these sets.

I added a couple others that I forgot about. The first was "Time in the Bronze Age" which I made for Sharon. And the other one is "Rhino Reverie" with a circus theme. I have a thing for rhinos which I cannot explain. If you haven't seen the kits or the site do check them out at

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Shout! Shout! Let it all out

The latest journal page - a first finished page in a new Moleskine journal. The background was done with my new PanPastels – which I am just LOVING! Collage pieces and some Sharpie and Bic Markit markers.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Tonight is a two-fer! I got a 2nd page done. A little simpler - a pastel background and hand drawn letters.


Feelin' Groovy

A journal page that I did tonight. A bit of collage a bit of stamping and a background using my new PanPastels.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's All About Me

This page is now done or nearly so. I didn't know about the musical "All About Me" until I was looking for lyrics that would go with this page. But it fit the queenly collaged girl perfectly. This is my first page with the PanPastels and I am loving how they go down. I've done more background pages with them also. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Next Next Adventure

Ok, I fell short on the 21 Secrets -- did my usual initial burst of enthusiasm and then fizzled out on the follow through. Well here's my next thing I'm gonna try: Artstrnauts Club. I've signed up, watched some amazing and inspiring videos and bought some PanPastels, met some neat folks on the Facebook group and have started a few journal pages.... not a bad start so far. I hope to keep up with it more than I did with 21 Secrets last year (here's hoping).

Here's the pages so far and I'm really loving using the new PanPastels - can't say enough good things about them!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

My Next Adventure


Starting a new adventure! I joined the 21 Secrets and so far (one day) it's been really fun! And I  haven't  even gotten to the part where I'm creating art yet! Only $59 for 21 classes from 21 instructors – seemed like a great deal to me. Heck, I spend that much at the very least in one trip to JoAnn's! It looks VERY inspiring. And there are SO many nice people that I'm already meeting! There's a dedicated Facebook page for attendees only and several have already joined my Art Journaling Facebook page, too. 

I printed off some pages to read for a couple classes and have started watching some of the videos. I've worked on my profile, uploaded a photo (I'm using my drawing of Betty Alpha I did years ago because I like her and she seems to look and feel creative). I've uploaded some of my scans of journal pages. I think I'm nearly ready to start creating art. But it might be a bit late to begin tonight. 

I also have to get a few cards done for birthdays for relatives coming up. And I'm also planning a trip to Austin for work and also a bit of vacay... to visit friends. I'm SO looking forward to it. 

Well that's my update for now... stay tuned for more artwork to come! And consider joining the 21 Secrets – it runs through January of 2014 and you can sign up any time and go at your own pace (which I LOVE) so it's very open ended and non-pressure.

If you want to sign up, here's the link: 21 Secrets

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween! Day 31

The last day of the 31 days! I made it! This fun little book I made for Sharon and she generously photographed it for me so I could include it here on the last day. There are many stamps here, some you may have seen on some of my other projects. 

I had great fun making this book, I believe most of these are on glossy Kromakote paper and are colorized with stippling and/or markers. It's a tiny photo book I got at JoAnn's. 

I hope you all have enjoyed the 31 Days of Halloween as much as I have – fun making the projects, fun seeing what everyone else has done (I will still be getting caught up on that through the weekend I think!) and fun getting such lovely comments and support from everyone. What a great group we have! I'm already looking forward to next year! I'll have to get myself in gear and participate more in challenges through the year so I can stay in touch! Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun 31 Days!

Happy Halloween!