Sunday, July 5, 2015

Watkins Glen

Last year, a friend posted pictures of her family's camping trip on line. I thought, that place looks beautiful, I need to find out where it is.  It turned out to be Watkins Glen State Park, in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

We rented a rustic cabin for the July 4th weekend, and spent a few days relaxing by the fire and exploring the area.

 Not far from the campsite is a trail that leads to the gorge and a series of beautiful waterfalls.

Renting a cabin turned out to be a good idea, since it rained quite a bit over the weekend. But the rain brought out some fun creatures.

After exploring the waterfalls, we made our way into town for brunch. The town of Watkins Glen is located at the base of Seneca Lake.

Not far from our campsite was a nature trail, which I couldn't resist exploring in the afternoon.  I found reclaimed meadows filled with wildflowers and black raspberries.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Too Crowded

I know I shouldn't be complaining.  Really, it was a fabulous trip. But the museums were very popular. And Saturday at Versailles was beyond insane.

Supplies: Paper: Bo Bunny (Back to Basics), Webster's Pages (Nest); Alphas: October Afternoon (Mini Market); Flair: Finding Nana; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug Sprinkles; Die Cuts: Wilna Furstenburg (Lots of Hearts), The Cut Shoppe (Heart Burst); Punch: Stampin' Up!; Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (teal), Mister Huey's (shine); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (mermaid lagoon, picked berry, fired brick, scattered straw, mustard seed, wild honey)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I loved that the June 2015 Hip Kit Club kit had some travel themed elements in it, including a map paper from Pink Paisee and some travel themed wood veneer from Evalicious. Perfect for summer vacation photos.

Supplies: Hip Kit Club June 2015 kit (Paper: Crate (Poolside), Pink Paislee (Atlas); Cork: Crate (Journey); Wood Veneer: Evalicious; Tags: Fancy Pants (Summer Sun); Stamp: Shimelle); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire); Viva Decor pearl pen

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Art Journal Sunday

Hello, everyone. I was inspired by summer skies and fields of poppies this week. Playing with Unity Stamp Company stamps and Liquitex and Golden acrylic paint.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

iNSD (revisited)

The Get It Scrapped blog is featuring Inkprint techniques for scrapbook pages today. You can see lots of other ideas for ink prints here.  This assignment was right up my alley. I love using India Inks for background work since they have such fabulous, bold colors.

Supplies: Paper: My Mind's Eye (Rhonna Farrer Just Saying), Bazzill Cardstock; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers; Die Cuts: Rachel Hodge (Today), Wilna Furstenburg (Lots of Hearts); Punch: EK Success (notebook); India Ink: Dr. Ph. Marin's; Ink: Studio Calico (clean slate); Stamp: Technique Tuesday; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beautiful Montmartre

I had so much fun hanging out online with the Get It Scrapped community on Saturday, during one of the Get It Scrapped online crops.  (If you're interested, they're usually posted in the forums, which are open to everyone).  During the afternoon I created a small kit from scraps and open packages of embellishments in response to Jill Sprott's stash busting challenge. She posted it on her blog here.  It's great to use some old favorites that are now gathering dust.

Supplies: Paper: Teresa Collins (Moments & Memories), Webster's Pages (Nest); Alphas: October Afternoon (Mini Market); Die Cuts and Stickers: Maggie Holmes (Open Book); Flair: Finding Nana; Brads: Making Memories; Stencil: Tim Holtz; Other: Dr. PhMartin's India Ink, modeling paste

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Art Journal Sunday (Off the Page)

I moved off the page this week onto a basswood canvas that I had leftover from another project.

I twisted up some leftover cloth and thick twine to create a tree, which I adhered with copious quanities of gel medium. After It was all dry, I played with acrylic paint to create my scene. The final tough was a Tim Holtz metal bird.  There's quite a lot of dimension on this piece, so it's probably good that it's not inside my journal.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cherry Bomb

Finished another sweater - just in time for summer. This is based on the Flare pattern by Veera Välimäki, which I knit using Madelinetosh Pashmina in Tart and Fathom.

I really like this A-line design, but I need to remember not to knit top-down sweaters out of hand-dyed yarn. I'm just not that good at carrying it.  There's a somewhat noticeable line down the back. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015


I've already shared how much I loved Monet's home and garden in Giverny, France. With so many gorgeous photos to scrap, I'm delighted that Debbie Hodge is running a series on two-page layouts at Get It Scrapped.   This layout was based on Lesson 4 of the current Scrapbook Coach - Double Wide.

Supplies: Hip Kit Club June 2015 (Paper: Webster's Pages (Dream in Color), Fancy Pants (Summer Sun), Amy Tangerine (Rise & Shine), Elle's Studios (Let's Eat); Alphas: Elle's Studio, American Crafts Thickers (Twilight); Layered Embellishments and Die Cuts: Crate (Poolside); Tags: Fancy Pants (Summer Sun); Phrase Stickers: Amy Tangerine (Remarks)); Die: Tim Holtz Alterations; Punches: EK Success; Twine: Recollections: Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire)

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