Thursday, September 18, 2014


Another selfie of me and my husband. I have to take advantage of the rare times we get dressed up to snap a photo.   I was inspired by this layout at

Supplies: Paper, Chipboard, Stickers: Teresa Collins (Life Emporium); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (blazing sun), Starburst (cosmopolitan pink); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (frayed burlap); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop (Ronda Palazarri); Die Cuts: Slice (paper reverie); Sequins: Studio Calico

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun at 40

Celebrating my friend's fortieth birthday, and very happy no one's hair caught on fire.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (All that Glitters, Oh My Stars), Fancy Pants (Nautical), Bazzill (Blue Dot); Die: Sizzix; Embossing Folders: Lifestyle Crafts;  Wood Veneer: Studio Calico (stars and alphas); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (navy); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Paint: Liquitex; Twine: Lawn Fawn

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Art Journal Saturday - The Development of an Idea

Supplies: Paint: Liquitex, Studio Calico; Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold, chartreuse, citron); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop (Jenni Bowlin); Pen: Faber Castell/Pitt Artist; Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Memento (tuxedo black); Quote: Robert Lewis Stevenson's "Our Lady of the Snows"

While waiting in an airport, I picked up a moleskin journal and some pencils and started sketching ideas for scrapbook layouts.  As I was messing around, I realized that my ability to doodle had stagnated sometime in my adulthood. I looked around on the internet and found a book called One Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula.  I have been working through it and I've found that it has stimulated my creativity.

In addition to the tangles in the book, I have began experimenting with flower motifs.

Then I took a trip to the shore and discovered the wonderful patterns of Queen Ann's Lace.

All of this together, resulted in this page:

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Supplies: Paper: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Daydreamer, Polka Dot Party); Pebbles (Front Porch); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Paint: Studio Calico, Liquitex; Copics: B000, BG01; Dies: Papertrey Ink (circles); Simon Says Stamp (leaves); Punch: Martha Stewart (butterfly); Pearls: Kaiser; Sequins: Studio Calico; Doily: Bo Bunny

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mixed Media Experiment

Supplies: Paper: K & Co., misc. scraps; Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop; Heidi Swapp; Stamps: Ranger (Dina Wakley); Paint: Liquitex, Folkart;I nk: Memento (tuxedo black); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp (gold), Studio Calicao (warm calico); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug, Twine & Ink; Sequins: Studio Calico; Doily; Royal Lace; Other: gesso, mod podge,

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

I picked up a pocket journal to sketch out ideas during the day.  If you follow me on Instagram (Stampingrooster), you may have seen some of these images before.   In the evenings, I get to play more in my large journal with stencils and paint.

Supplies: Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (mustard, citron, teal); Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (pearlescents); Paint: Liquitex; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop (Jenni Bowlin); Paper: Prima (Epiphany); Other: gesso, mod podge, modeling paste

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chocolate Cupcake

A bit of a twist this time. I finished my Chocolate Cupcake layout several weeks ago, but was feeling that it was too plain for a beautiful, fun 2 1/2-year old, so I pulled off the background paper and layered it onto bright florals and added some glitter embellishments.  I've put together videos of both the initial process and the revision.

Supplies: Paper:  Basic Grey (Highline); Fancy Pants (As You Want), Studio Calico (Beach Towel, Smile); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Stamp: Hero Arts: Ink: Ancient Page (flannel grey); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (amethyst), Mister Huey's (pretty pink); Stencil and Sitckers; Heidi Swapp; Die: Simon Says Stamp (hearts); Gems: Studio Calico; Pens: Gelly Roll, Faber Castell (Pitt Artist), Copics (BY25, R43, R46, R81, R85, B000, BG01, Y32, Y35, E34, E39, E47), Paint: Liquitex; Other: modeling paste

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Remember When

Get It Scrapped's latest blog article is "7 Questions For Scrapbooking the Ways You Hold on to Summer."  I thought about this for awhile, and in the end decided to go back in time to September 2000, when I made a trip to Ocean City, Maryland with my best friend.  I loved the quiet of the beach after the crazy rush of the summer season was over.

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: My Mind's Eye (Necessities, Market Street); Alphas: AC Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (faded jeans); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst (Blue Hawaiian Blue), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold); Paint: Liquitex; Enamel Dots: SEI; Stencil: Teresa Collins; Washi: unknown; Photo Filter: Oh So Posh Photography (Carnival Lights)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sea Side Explorations - Hammonaset State Park (Connecticut)

Since it's the last weekend of summer, I felt it was absolutely necessary to get out of the City.  I thought about hiking (which is much overdue), but the weather was hot and humid, so I decided to stick to the coast. It's been ages and ages since I've been to the beach.  Not sure today counts as a beach trip, since we only walked by it as we explored along the coast.

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