Sunday, September 14, 2014

Coloring Animal Mandalas book

Hi there, today I would like to share a bit about this gorgeous book I received in the mail to review called Coloring Animal Mandalas by Wendy Piersall
From the Sanskrit word for "circle," mandalas have been used for meditation and healing for thousands of years.  The images inside are beautiful and intricate and I cannot wait to get out my colored pencils and color them!! There is one image inside that I particularly love and it's a Pegasus so I will definitely be starting with him.

I can see that this would be a very relaxing and calming activity.  By focusing on the coloring of the detailed images I can see how you would clear your mind of everything else and just relax and be in the moment.  I have loved coloring since I was a child and the intricacy of the images in this book appeals to the adult artist in me as well as the inner child. I can see that this book would make a great gift and would appeal to many ages. There are 31 images in this book that include birds, horses, frogs, sea images, cats, and much more.

If you love the look of the cover (the coloring of this bird is amazing!!) and want to see more, head on over to Wendy's animal mandala webpage here where you will find many gorgeous images ready for you to click on and print off! You can also order it and see more on the website.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Banksy love

I just love the Banksy stamps by Viva Las VegaStamps! and made a trio of ATC's using them.  Here are the 3 cards I made

I had alot of fun making these and using bright colors and inks.  You can stop by the blog to check out which stamps I used also.

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Just playing in my art room

and I have 2 pocket layouts to share! Feels so good to make stuff again. Here they are

I unpacked more yesterday and cleaned the house, and I was supposed to be organizing my closet today but.... this is more fun!

Monday, September 1, 2014

August recap

It's been a long time since I've caught up here. So much has happened last month that it's just crazy!! Here is a breakdown:

1.  I went on vacay to see my parents and as I was waiting at the Regina airport I saw Josh Ramsay from Marianas Trench!!!!!! Pinch me!!! Of course I had to ask for his picture and it totally made my day as I LOVE those guys!!!
How freakin awesome is this???? I was super pumped!!!!!

2.  Had a blast while visiting my parents and sister and we went on a roadie to Jasper and did the jaw dropping Glacier Skywalk!! Check this out:
here is what it looks like hanging from the side of the mountain, crazy right??  The floor of the skywalk is totally clear so you can see everything below!!
I was very nervous about it all, especially since we had to take a bus up the mountain that I called "The Tippy" but once we got up there I stepped right out onto it and conquered my fears!! It was scary and amazing all at the same time!

3.  We moved! This move has me all shook up and I'm still trying to get unpacked and organized.  Here is my new art room and I'll post some more pics once I get it all unpacked and better organized.  I will say I love all the new space I have!!  Those two white shelves in the corner are amazing for holding my stamps and mists/inks.  I have the hubs to thank for these!!
4.  I forgot to post a pocket spread I did on our Huey Lewis and the News concert we went to in May (see I told you I was behind!!)

I know the pictures aren't the greatest as I haven't found the right room in the new house yet to take non glaring pictures. grrrr!!

5.  I was pubbed in two different magazines this fall!  The first one is RubberStampMadness in the Fall 2014 issue on pg. 51 with my "Waste of Time" ATC featuring of course Viva Las VegaStamps!!

and in the Fall 2014 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker on pg. 105!
and that's my life for last month in a nutshell! I'm in my art room today where I hope to make something as it's been so long! Have a fabulous day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Viva Las VegaStamps & StencilGirl!!

What could be better than Viva Las VegaStamps! Well how about Viva Las VegaStamps AND StencilGirl!!  That's right, it's a blog hop people!!!! woooot!!!

 Also there is this fabulous giveaway:
Grand Prize will go to 2 lucky people. They will win what is pictured above from StencilGirl and VivaLasVegaStamps. ALL comments on ALL blogs are elgible to be entered for the entire week.One comment per blog please. Giveaway will close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Isn't that a freaking amazing prize!!!!!!

The DT was provided with some awesome StencilGirl stencils and here are the 3 that I chose:
the Marrakech stencil, the Journal texture #2 stencil and the Inky circles stencil.
(thank you StencilGirls!!):

Aren't they fabulous??? I knew right away that I wanted to use all 3 in an art journal page so I first started with painting one page
but then I got a vision in my head of how I wanted the page to be so I added paint to the other page as well to make a double spread
Next it was time to use the Marrakech stencil (this reminds me of the middle east or of some exotic locale!) and what I did was dab blue and burgandy paint onto the stencil with a foam brush
Once it dried I then "bumped" the stencil.  To do this you move the stencil slightly over until you see in this case some orange paint, and then I dabbed white paint over top with my foam brush.

What this does is gives you more depth, check it out!  Now it looks like there is shadowing, I love it!!

Here it is so far:
Now it was time for some stamps and washi tape.  I also used some sandpaper to distress the white paint so it looked more distressed.  I also used yellow paint with the Journal texture #2  stencil and lots of yummy inks from Imagine Crafts and the awesome "birds on a wire" stamp
and here is the finished journal page:
I had so much fun doing this!! Here are a few close ups (I am totally in love with the Delicata Golden Glitz ink from Tsukineko!!!!)
 more gold ink goodness
 and yet more gold ink goodness, can't get enough!!
Here are all of the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps! I used on this journal page:

chicken wire stamp
the spotty background stamp
the arrow stamp
birds on a wire large stamp
the You are here stamp
the large wasp stamp
the flock of geese stamp
the line of chevrons stamp
 and last but not least the you had the power stamp
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my journal page! Here is a list of everyone in the blog hop for today in order:

Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Nasser
DeeDee Catron
Glenda Tkalac - that's me, this is where you are now!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project life and Viva Las VegaStamps!

I'm still loving doing project life my way and this page is a heartfelt tribute to my Sammy who we had to say goodbye to in April of this year.  I  still miss him and think of him EVERY DAY and I love how this page turned out.  He was my little Poppa.  I used some Viva Las VegaStamps! as embellies and you can stop by the blog to see which ones I used.
I love how I as able to fit so many pictures on this page yet it's not too crowded.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Art journal fun & Viva Las VegaStamps!

It's been a little while since I added to my art journal and I had a picture of the hubs and I the night we went and saw Black Sabbath in concert (awesome!!) so I decided to do a journal page with it using the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps stamps. When I use a stencil with mists or paints I hate to waste any leftovers so what I usually do is press it onto a blank page in my journal so that I can use it on another page. This is what I started out with
I loved the bright colors! I then added our picture as well as some other embellies
and I stamped the numbers on the bottom and decided that I wanted to color them in with a fuschia color to make them pop more!  Here is the finished journal page
 and here are a couple close ups

 Stop on by the Viva Las VegaStamps blog to see the stamps I used to make this journal page.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birthday layout!

Hi there, just popping in to share a layout I did on my Grama's 91st birthday.  I used a regular scrap page for the left side and a pocket page for the right.
I love how many photos I was able to use as this was a special family gathering and I also love how festive this spread is.

Here is the left side
 and the right side
I am still loving this style of scrapping but now when I look around my art room I feel bad about all of the 12 x 12 papers I just "had to have" as well as so many scrap supplies.  Heavy sigh.  I'm hoping once we move and I get my new art room all organized that I can buckle down and make a bunch of my own cards with the papers I already have.

Friday, July 25, 2014


I forgot to post this ATC I made using the super funky mouse stamp by Viva Las VegaStamps! and some rub ons!
I love the color combo of this card and also commemorating the conditional sale of our house!!! woot!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

You and Me

Hi everyone, today I would like to share a scrapbook layout using 5 Viva Las VegaStamps! !  I know I said I was doing project life my way but I also did a regular layout. Yeah I'm a rebel like that! haha  I had a bunch of pics of the hubs and I and decided to do a layout on us and how many years we have been together. I had a lot of fun making this layout using some pictures that I had of the hubs and I.
What I love about stamps is that if you don't have the right embellishment you can custom make your own!  I used the Banksy painter (love this guy!!)
and the You color my world
and the Admit ticket
and last but not lease the checkerboard border 
 and here is a closeup
 I wanted to make it look like the banksy painter had paint dripping from his brush so I sprayed different colors of Glimmer Mists on and let them drip and then dry, and then I glued the banksy painter  onto the page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout and until next time,


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