Friday, September 9, 2016

Coming Back Stronger

Hey gang, I'm finally in a place where I am going to try and keep up with my blog again.  I have recently had my third back surgery and can I say I never want another (knocking on wood).  I know now that my pinched nerve was a blessing in form of shear torture.  I was no longer walking, or sitting up.  I could only lay on my right side and was getting very little sleep secondary to all the pain. I remember during one particularly long spasm(1.25 hrs long) praying that God would take away my pain and that if I had to have the pain to please make it manageable.  Shortly after that, the spasm let up and from that point on, my spasms were manageable.  I have been praising his name since that night.

As far as my scrapping going, I have been doing a lot of mixed media canvases and loving it.  I was fortunate enough to take a three day workshop with Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair. 

 It was a fabulous class and we learned soooooo much.  Here are the practice pieces that I did.  Not too  back, I just need more practice.

 the one on top is actually the class example.  Mine is somewhere, I'll post it when I find it....
Here is my clock that I did...

well, I am done for today...  will post again tomorrow with some layouts that I have been working on.  Have a great weekend!!!  And Remember We have an Awesome God!!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting My Scrap On!!!

This weekend I am planning on getting together with my Southern Scrapper Girlfriends and doing a little creating.  First I need to finish my little ATC Cards for the month of April.  I joined a group of ladies that swap ATC's once a month.  We follow different themes each month, which is set by the cruel wicked witch leader. (she makes us wait for the 1st before revealing the new theme, but starts around the 20th of the month with little teasers).  You're a cruel one, Mrs. Grinch.  This month's theme is "Inspirational quotes", wow that's hard because I have sooooo many quotes that inspire me.  Like, this one

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott

And This one

And This

And This is just....  too true...

And this...
 AND this one....
Oh and I can't forget these...

There are plenty more than these but I think I will choose one from above for this little project.  The background for my cards are all hand created.  I used watercolor paper and either painted on them with oil pastels, acrylic paint (matte and pearlescense) and/or glimmer mist.  I will also add some hand painted butterflies and the quote.  I'll post pictures after I'm done. 

I think I will also start working on my altered roledex and I will fill it with these inspiration quotes, and kind of project life type cards, where I can add a small photo and journaling.  Should be interesting!!! 

Have a creative weekend, later.....

Sunday, March 31, 2013

New Projects

Happy Easter Everyone.  I have been super busy with the Retreat House and small projects, so busy I haven't had time to update my blog.  Soooo without further ado, I will share with you my latest projects.

This was one of 20 journal cards in the popular theme of Project Life.  The back of the card leaves space for journalling.  The background paper is one I purchased from Gecko Glaz

 The above is an ATC Card that I did for a small swapping group that I'm involved in call Keep Calm and Swap On.  There are 15 of us that swap monthly.  The group organizer assigns a theme each month.  The above was in conjunction with "Grandmother's Attic" Theme. 

 This 5x7 canvas was altered using modeling paste and paints.  I first laid the stencil down, spread the modeling past over the stencil and then removed the stencil.  I let the paste dry overnight then came back with several different colors of paint.  I blended the paints with a damp baby wipe.  I also used modeling paste around the vintage photo I purchased from Gecko Galz, in an effort to make it appear as part of the canvas.  I didn't quite get the technique down perfect but I'm still pleased with the outcome.  I added crackle paint over the photo and the surrounding areas to make the canvas appear older.  I then topped the entire canvas with vintage photo distress stain. 

 Here is another altered canvas, this one a 3x4 size.  I used another vintage photo.  I used washi tape (stamps) and a dusty attic border I had in my stash.  The chipboard heart, the fluer de lis, button flowers and jewelry piece were all found in my stash bin.  I love the background color.  That was just painted a beautiful aqua color and then distressed with Tim Holtz Distress stain. 

This post card was one that I created for a swap over on Alpha Stamps.  The vintage photo was one I found online using a google search.  The Greetings was cut using my cricut and I glued sand onto the bottom and inserted the shell buttons. 
 The above layout is one I did a couple of weeks ago.  I used Graphic 45 paper, the sun flowers were make using my cricut and different color seed beads for the center.  I added modeling paste and a stincle in the torn and distressed areas as well as one either side of the layout.  The title was cut using my Cricut. 

This is a close up one of the flower clusters. 

This is the left side cluster.  I cut burlap leaves using the Tim Holtz die.  I also used a prima flower and butterfly.  The ribbons were some from my stash. 
This layout is the total opposite of the one above and very out of my element.  I was just messing around in the studio one rainy afternoon and used up some old paper from my stash.  Haven't found photos for this one yet.

That's all I have for now, thanks for looking.