Thursday, November 27, 2014


The Get It Scrapped Creative Team was challenged to do a page following several prompts, including: two square photos, three flair, striped paper, and a one-word title.

This layout expresses the gratitude I feel toward my husband who goes outside of his comfort zone in order to make me happy.  The circular flair inspired me to add circles to my background layers.  I placed the circles over a painted and stenciled background for added interest.

Supplies:  Paper: K & Co.;  Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Hearts and Enamel Dots: Studio Calico; Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (water cooler); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, peeled paint, mustard seed); Other: modeling paste

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bishop's Orchard

A day trip to the beach at the end of the summer was capped of with a trip to the orchard to pick apples, peaches, and pears. I didn't have any embellishments in my stash that went well with my photographs, so I improvised, making some old-timey fruit-crate labels with stamps, and some pears with another stamp.

Supplies: Paper: SEI (Dill Weed), Lilibee Design (Memorandum), Cosmo Cricut (Art Angel); Alphas: Studio Calico; Stamps: Stampin' Up! (fruit-crate labels), A Stamp in the Hand Co. (pear); Ink: Memento (gray flannel), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo, forest moss, old paper, antique linen); Embossing Markers: Marvy Uchida; Embossing Powder: Ranger;  Die: Spellbinders; Enamel Dots; Doodlebug; Other: watercolors, misc. buttons, twine

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Storm King

I've gone and done it. I've finally made the jump from my Canon T2i to a Canon 5D Mark III.  Wanting to get out right away and put it through its paces, I signed up for an outing with Discovery Outdoors - hiking Storm King Mountain, followed by a visit to the Storm King Arts Center, which has an impressive sculpture exhibit spread over acres and acres.

The hike itself did not afford much opportunity for photography, and I am struggling with learning how to use the focal points of the Mark III (61 instead of the 9 my T2i had) and to set the exposure properly.  The hard light of a late fall day added to this challenge.  I will definitely need to play more to get the hang of my new toy.  

The Arts Center was a joy to wander around with a camera:


We became distracted for quite awhile at the mirrored picket fence.

Htet, my companion at the Arts Center, loved the milkweed we found.


A full slideshow is available below (or at this link):

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

I sat down to work on my art journal without any particular vision. I just wanted the  joy of playing with color and texture.

I started by adding texture with The Crafter's Workshop/Jenni Bowlin North Star stencil, then layered color with some old Folk Art acrylic paint that I wanted to use up.

Would you believe that I started with yellows and greens? I didn't like how it was coming out, and toned it all down with a layer of white.

Then I decided to draw the stylized circles. I liked how those came out, but didn't like the background.

I started doodling, but I didn't like that.

I added some Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio in Rizzo's Rowdy Red and Tears on My Pillow Tangerine to brighten things up. I didn't like that either.

I tour strips of K & Co. paper to add more red.  It still wasn't quite right.

On and on I wandered directionless.

Finally I grabbed my black acrylic paint and started painting over everything and, finally, it all came together.  I'm calling it Celestial Bodies.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating Family

I ended up with a lot of delightful scraps left over from my last layout (Scrap Gals), including a number of rosettes.  Rather than returning everything to my stash, I decided to go ahead and plan another layout using (mostly) the same supplies.

P.S. I'm glad to announce the little guy is here now and is beautiful and healthy.

Supplies: Paper: Lilybee Designs (Memorandum), Echo Park (Dots), Bo Bunny (Back to Basics), Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes, Baby Bee); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (broken china); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (teal); Copics: BG10, BG13; Dies: Tim Hotlz/Sixxix (rosette), Simon Says Stamp (leaves, banner), Spellbinders (journaling block); Punch: EK Success; Stencil: Simon Says Stamp; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Twine: Lawn Fawn

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scrap Gals

Scrapbooking with friends (or scrap shopping with friends), makes it that much more fun.  This layout was inspired by Sweet Snapshots by Adriennealvis at Studio Calio.

Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes and Baby Bee collections), Echo Park (Dots), Lilybee Designs (Memorandum); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Dies: Spellbinders, Tim Holtz (flower), Simon Says Stamp (leaves);  Punches: Stampin' Up! (scalloped circle), EK Success (banner); Doily: Bo Bunny; Enamel Dots: Studio Calico; Ink: Tim Holtz (tumbled glass); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold, mustard, teal) Copics: BG10, BG13

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

Just playing with color and texture today.  The face wasn't intended to be anyone in particular, but since I always go for blue eyes and a reddish hair, it somewhat resembles me, even if the features aren't accurate.  For texture I layered some old tags and die cut butterflies under my layers of paint. A Crafter's Workshop stencil adds a bit of energy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

JBS November 2014 Papercrafting Kit Part IV

It's a bizarre thing. You're walking down the street in Washington Heights in New York City and a wizard walks by. He's followed by some steam-punk goth type. Then there's a hoard of Vikings.   One day a year my neighborhood suddenly becomes the it place for people watching as everyone heads to nearby Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters for a renaissance faire. This was the first year we were home the same weekend, so we decided to wander up for a bit and check things out.  I think I need a costume for next year.

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Studios November 2014 Papercrafting Kit (Paper: JBS, Amy Tangerine (Stitches), Echo Park (Made from Scratch); Stamp: JBS); Non-Kit Stamps: Maya Road (alphas); Stencil: Jenni Bowlin for the Crafter's Workshop; Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire, evergreen bough); Markers: SU! (night of navy, sage shadow); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (navy); Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bad Girl

I know, I should stop her when she drinks from our glasses, but I couldn't resist getting a photo first.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas, Stickers, Chipbord: Teresa Collins (9 & Co.);Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst (T-bird Turquoise); Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Twine: Lawn Fawn; Enamel Dots: Studio Calico

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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