Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

I'm the host of the March 30th A Year in the Life of an Art Journal prompt!! yay!!! And if you know me you probably figured that I would pick a song from the Goo Goo Dolls!! woo!!!! Here is the prompt:

THE SONG: Not Broken by the Goo Goo Dolls

and here is the song:

and here is my journal page

Now remember you can take 1, 2 or all 3 prompts and play along! I did my journal page about how John and I have been together for so long and I'm glad we aren't broken.

Here are some things I've been loving lately.

1. This show called "Secret Millionaire". John and I watched this episode and I was teary almost throughout the whole show!!

I just loved that it's a reality show about people helping people instead of useless Kardashians or Housewives of whatever county.

I'm also loving the Britster's Midnight Fantasy perfume, it is sooooo yummy!!!!

Last but not least I'm loving these steamer meals

How about you, what are you loving lately?

My last DT kit for Scrap-Tastic

Yes this is my last kit as a DT member for Scrap-Tastic, which is sad in one way because I will miss Becky and the girls (she has The Most fabulous kits!!!!) but in another way it's good for me because I was finding it hard to find the time to scrap on a deadline. I'm not sure why but these last few months it's been harder to find the time to scrap and I need to get back to scrapping on my own time, scrapping just for fun. So without further adieu here is the April kit:

(she's a beaut right?) and here are my projects:

and of course a couple ATC's

and last but not least

Thanks Scrap-Tastic for a wonderful time, Becky you are the best!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

ATC challenges

I played along with the Theme Thursday challenges which was "orange" and dug into my scrap pile and made this ATC:

Then for the Created by Hand challenge, which was "water/silver" I got a chance to use my new Viva Las Vegas scenic stamp:

I used watercolor pencils to color in the landscape as well as some blue and silver glitter glue for the water. I love how this card turned out! On Friday I went to Walmart and saw this sign and almost had a full blown seizure!!!

Can you believe it??? Those stamps usually go for anywhere from $10 to $19 as shown here!!! So I bought 12 of these babies!!!!!!!!!!! I tell you it was insane!!

I think that somebody messed up and they were supposed to be $10 but I'm glad I nabbed these when I did!!! Oh how I love a good deal!! We had the grandkids over this weekend and it was such a nice visit. Got some great pictures and we were amazed at how much little Caitlyn smiled!! How cute is a baby smile???????????

Since spring is around the corner (although with all the snow and cold here you would never know!!) I just had to get some cheerful yellow flowers for the house.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Think Monday Think ATC!

Yeah I know it's not Monday but it has been ages since I have played along with some of my fave ATC challenge sites so I popped on over to Think Monday Think ATC and although it's in a different language I took the challenge to be "blue" this week (please correct me if I'm wrong ladies!!) and this was my take on it:

It's been a while since I was on a good ATC tear and last week I finally did a few. This is a set that I made since after making the first card my mind was in the gutter. So I kind of think of it as my pervy set. The "dirty" set! haha I can't help it that I have such a great collection of stamps and a great imagination that it just takes me there. It is what it is.

I loved the real feather I put on this one:

and for this one how could I not come up with this caption??? haha!

and this card was so popular I had 3 different trade requests for it! I'll have to make some more soon.

And this one:

I love my stamps!! Tonight John and I watched "The Town"

and we really enjoyed it. It was a nice change from some of the other movies out there, well written, loved the characters, good action and great acting!

As for books I'm now reading "Matterhorn"

which has a staggering 531 pages on my Sony Reader. You might be thinking this is an odd choice of book for me and if so you would be right. My Sony Reader was relatively new and the Sony Reader store had a sale on before Christmas where they gave you 30% off one book, only one, and you only got to pick from 8 books, so I picked this. I'm not a war book girl at all and am kind of struggling to get through this one but I hate to quit a book so on I trudge.

Here is what it's about from the web:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Thirty years in the making, Marlantes's epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative spanning many months in the lives of American troops in Vietnam as they trudge across enemy lines, encountering danger from opposing forces as well as on their home turf. Marine lieutenant and platoon commander Waino Mellas is braving a 13-month tour in Quang-Tri province, where he is assigned to a fire-support base and befriends Hawke, older at 22; both learn about life, loss, and the horrors of war. Jungle rot, leeches dropping from tree branches, malnourishment, drenching monsoons, mudslides, exposure to Agent Orange, and wild animals wreak havoc as brigade members face punishing combat and grapple with bitterness, rage, disease, alcoholism, and hubris. A decorated Vietnam veteran, the author clearly understands his playing field (including military jargon that can get lost in translation), and by examining both the internal and external struggles of the battalion, he brings a long, torturous war back to life with realistic characters and authentic, thrilling combat sequences. Marlantes's debut may be daunting in length, but it remains a grand, distinctive accomplishment. (Apr.)

It's okay so far but like I say I'm not war chick. I'll keep you posted as I'm sure it will take me another week to get through this sucker!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Movie weekend

So this weekend the hubs and I watched 3 movies. The first one was "Hereafter"

and you can watch the trailer and this is what it was about in a nutshell:

“Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue–collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (C├ęcile de France), a French journalist, has a near–death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.”

I expected alot more from this movie and was really looking forward to seeing it but afterwards I was like "meh". What did it really mean? I was disappointed.

The next one we watched was "The Last Exorcism"

I liked this one! It was a little slow in the beginning but I like how they told the story and the ending was like WTF!!! Freaky!!

The last one we watched was "The Social Network"

you can watch the trailer

and I really liked it. I had always wanted to know how he made Facebook and what the controversy was around it. Did you know he is one of the youngest BILLIONAIRES in the world??? Wish I would have invented Facebook!!! haha

So, have you seen any of these shows and if so what did you think of them?

Here is an art journal page I did just because

and here is a layout I did

I am working on some ATC's but other than that haven't had alot of art time. Guess I've been busy watching movies and reading! haha

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

Here is the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal prompt for today:

THE PROMPT: Confidence Shot
THE SONG: Strut by Adam Lambert

Now the beauty of playing along here is that you can do 1, 2 or all 3 prompts. It's whatever floats your boat, inspires you. Here is my take on it:

For this prompt I used some lyrics from the song and went in the direction of talking about how beer can be a coping mechanism for me, a confidence shot if you will. Sometimes when life gets rough I like to escape with a few Coors Light thus the title "Liquid Courage".

It's also DT challenge time over at Scrapbook Star and my challenge was called "love is in the air" and you have to do a love themed project with at least 1 heart on it. This is mine:

Right now I'm reading the book called "Unloved" by Peter Roche on my Sony Reader

and this is the review as found online:


This story begins and ends with a photograph taken when I was two years old. Finding it was like discovering that I really did exist after all . It was as if someone was saying 'No, it wasn't all in your imagination, that childhood really did happen, and it happened to you.'

Brought up in South London by violent and abusive parents, the Roche children knew only cruelty, neglect, starvation and squalor. As one of ten and regularly beaten, Peter searched dustbins for food and slept rough when he couldn't face going home. It was survival at all costs, every child for itself.

Expelled from school at the age of 14, Peter's life of petty crime landed him in borstal – and exposed him to yet more sickening abuse.

Then, years later, a chance meeting with a social worker led to his discovery of a photograph - a portrait, taken by Lord Snowdon, of a toddler dressed in rags. It was an image that had shocked the world. The boy in the picture was Peter.

Unloved is a harrowing account of a shattered childhood, told by a man who has finally found the courage to speak out.

This is his story.

I am on page 105 of 347 and all I can say is wow. I cannot believe that this man, as well as his siblings, survived their horrid childhood of abuse and neglect. My heart aches for all of them as children and I hope that there is a special place in hell for those parents. Why do people have children if they hate them so? And to go and have 10 of them????

Well, I'm off to bed as this book is riveting. I think it really says something about the human spirit.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The art room is all organized now!

I spent the weekend on and off organizing and cleaning my art room and man does it feel good!!! I took a bunch of pictures so you can see where I create and how I organized myself. This is the view of my art room desk area

and a closer look

and here is my computer desk

and my bookcase and Clip-it-up

and here is what the corner of my art room looked like BEFORE (see all the crap on the floor and that flimsy wire unit that has collapsed on me before!):

and here it is AFTER with my new roll along organizer!

I love that my paints fit in the top of the organizer!

This is what this space used to look like BEFORE:

and this is what it looks like AFTER with my other new organizer that I just love!!

and here is a close up of the new organizer (I love the canvas baskets!)

here's a close up of my stamps (I loooveeee stamps!!)

and my hutch unit that stores ALOT of stuff!

and inside my closet I have an old dresser that I use for storage as well:

and the white plastic shelf unit beside my printer:

and a close-up of the stamps on it

and I found a plastic basket big enough for all my Glimmer Mists!!

and my stencils and masks sit on another plastic organizer beside my art desk

So there you have it! I am sitting in here, gazing around at how clean the room is and feeling very peaceful. The room had gotten so out of hand that it was covered in dust and dog hair and the messiness was really affecting my mojo. So now that I have a clean room I'm hoping to actually get a layout done that has been sitting on my desk for almost 2 weeks now!!!

I almost forgot to post this pic of the new rubber stamps I got from Viva Las Vegas

Hopefully now that I'm organized I will be able to play with them!
I got my copy of the Spring 2011 Canadian Scrapbooker the other day

and I have a layout in it on page 79 called "Paparazzi":

I'm currently reading the book called "The Sculptor" by Gregory Funaro:

and here is the description of it courtesty of

In life, they were flawed. In death, they are perfect works of art - killed, preserved, and carefully moulded into replicas of Michelangelo's most celebrated creations. Only The Sculptor can bring forth their true beauty and teach the world to appreciate his gift. FBI Special Agent Sam Markham has a reputation for tracking serial killers, but this artful adversary is meticulous, disciplined, and more ruthless than any he's encountered. The only clue is a note dedicating the latest 'statue' to Cathy Hildebrant, an art historian who shares Sam's fear that the killing has just begun. In a quiet Rhode Island town, The Sculptor shapes his latest macabre creation, waiting for Cathy to draw nearer so that his message can be understood at last. And the only way to save her is for Sam to unlock a psychopath's twisted mind before his final, terrifying masterpiece is revealed.

I am really enjoying it so far!! How about you, what are you reading?


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