Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Roosevelt Island (Straw Hat Adventure Part II)

I started with a layout of my husband and me on the tram, but wanted to do a companion page of our adventure out to Roosevelt Island. I used the same colors, and incorporated the same motifs: doilies, butterflies, and cityscape.

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: My Mind's Eye (Market Street, Mint Jubilee, Up & Away); Doilies: Petaloo; Punch: Martha Stewart; Dies: Memory Box (Cityscapes); Stencil: Prima; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (evergreen bough, chipped sapphire); Pearls: Kaiser Scrapbook

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Knits and Scraps

When a fellow knitter and scrapbooker is expecting, it's time for some rare gift knitting. This is Cardigan in Texture Pattern by Sirdar, knit from Madelinetosh DK Twist in Pendelton Red.

And of course you need a card for the gift. This one was made using a Simon Says Stamp banner die, Hero Arts monkeys, and Maya Road alphas; coloring with Copics and Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Art Journal Saturday

Wow! Amazement and excitement. Why? Because I got guided instruction on fun, uninhibited play with paints and inks and stains.


Okay, if you don't know me personally, I'm a bit type-A.  I am a lawyer after all.  I can set aside my need to control a bit when I sit down to create.  I at least I try to set it aside.  But I always feel that there is a wall there, keeping me corralled; placing limitations on how far I will go.

Not that limitations are always a bad thing. I do think its a good idea to be aware of design principles and to create within a framework that will result in a visually appealing final product.

But I also want to explore and push myself further.

To accomplish this goal, I signed up for a layering class with Dina Wakely. That's where the guided, uninhibited fun comes in.

She did give us steps to follow. But the directions were open-ended, and she made us go further than anything reasonable.  We weren't supposed to like our finished product. That wasn't the idea.

The idea was to see where we were comfortable drawing the line.

We also learned that we could take an image that we weren't in love with and make it into something that made us say Wow! and giggle with excitement.

And then to try again.  It may work. It may not. But you keep trying.

Supply lists are getting hard to do for art journal pages.  I used a mix of Dina Wakely, Liquitex, and Studio Calico Paints; Ranger Ink; Dina Wakely, The Crafter's Workshop, and Tim Holtz stencils; Penny Black and PSX stamps, a Stabilo pencil, a black Wink of Stella pen, and magic mesh.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Straw Hat Adventure

Another layout share and process video.  If you haven't already, please go to YouTube and check out this video (linked below).  I'm celebrating my subscribers with a prize drawing (open September 26, 2014 - October 3, 2014).

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: My Mind's Eye (Market Street); Stencils: Prima (map), Tim Holtz (distressed lines); Simon Says Stamp (Moroccan tile); Stamp: PSX; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (evergreen bough); Studio Calico (deja blue);  Die Cuts: Slice (paper reverie); Alphas and Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Doilies: Bo Bunny

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jazz at the Shabazz

Get It Scrapped's blog is featuring an article "Scrapbooking Ideas Inspired by Corrie Jone's Layouts."  I will admit it, I'm a big fangirl.  I love her playful artistic layouts.  When I looked through her layouts, it really struck me that she rarely used pattern paper, and when she did, it was often as an embellishment. She often layers lots of embellishments over a gesso background.

Here's my take on Corrie Jone's style:

Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey (Capture), Studio Calico; Alphas, Wood Veneer, Stickers: Studio Calico; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (tinsel, gold); Stencil:The Crafter's Workshop (Ronda Palazarri); Flair: FindingNana; Punch: EK Success (banner)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hot Diggity Dog

Sunburst designs can be challenging for me to scrap. In this layout, I used two pieces of paper from a 6x6 Studio Calico pad and created a large grid background, with the sunburst emanating out from the center.  I finished the sunburst in the third quadrant by stamping words in the same colors, leaving the fourth quadrant to hold my title and journaling.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico; Die Cuts: Slice (Paper Reverie), Sizzix (tag); Provo Craft / Cuttlebug (alphas); Stamp: Fiskars; Ink: Studio Calico (sunny day, orange county, blush crush), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (opaque white); Twine: Recollections; Doily: Royal Lace; Enamel Flowers: Studio Calico

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hiking in Connecticut

Today we headed up to central Connecticut to hike the Metacomet Trail past two reservoirs, up to Castle Craig and back.  This 4.6 mile in-and-out hike is detailed in AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut. (This book provides a good description of the hike, but the trailhead was hard to find and the short walk on Route 71 left a lot to be desired.)

While fall technically does not start until tomorrow, we were treated with some pops of early color.

I wanted to call this the creepy-crawly hike, since our wildlife spotting was limited to newts, toads, frogs, and a gigantic millipede.

Lots of beautiful sites on the trail today:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Art Journal Saturday

This page started with some doodles. First the tree, then the grass and flowers, then a free spirit floating away on adventure.  The spirit of the page reminded me of Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," so I wrote that out.   Then I added some paint rings and a Prima stencil with modeling paste to give some texture to the top layer. The shine comes from Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz in Pearlescent and Starburst in Blue Hawaiian Blue.

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 Magandscrap.blogspot.com

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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