Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Year in The Life of an Art Journal

I forgot to mention how pumped I am to be guest hosting again at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal!! You can read my introduction from Rachel here. I was so happy she asked me back to guest host and we also have some new guest hosts as well. I love seeing everyone's journal pages and seeing where the different prompts took them.

This year it's kind of neat because if any of you followed the Gutter Girlz challenge blog (I loved being on that team!!!) you may remember that there were 3 things that made up the challenges, and Rachel has incorporated that into the art journal prompts. So you can use one, two or all three to make your art journal page. Cool eh?

So the new prompt today is brought to you by the fabulous and funky Lara and here it is:

THE PROMPT: Time
THE SONG: Butterflies & Hurricanes by Muse
PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE: Numbers

and this is my take on it:



















I used lyrics from the song, numbered paper, gaffer tape and a numbered stencil and also fit the "time" theme in with the words "your time is now". It's a page that was very therapeutic for me to make and something that is happening in my life right now. Unfortunately.

So if you have ever, ever wanted to art journal, or if you thought it looked like fun or something you would like to try please come on over and play along with us!!! We love seeing new people join and play along!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

February "Sweet Tooth" Kit is in da house!!!

The new kit from Scrap-Tastic is here and it's pretty sweet!! It's called "Sweet Tooth" and it's the new February kit! Here it is:











I made these two layouts



















and



















and then I made a bunch of ATC's:



















and



















and



















and last but not least



















I loved playing with the different colors in this kit! Well, I'm off to do some running around so have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sketchy Thursday

I know it's really Sunday but I finally played along with the
Sketchy Thursdays challenge blog. I loved that the sketch was multi pic:



















and here is my take on it using the awesome Pink Paislee goodies I won from the Pink Paislee contest over at 2 Peas as well as a rub on for the title (because remember I'm trying to put a dent in my massive rub on stash!):




















I've been really loving these colors lately and also made 2 ATC's using up some more rub ons!



















and















Right now I'm reading this book:
















and here is what it's about by Publisher's Weekly:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This isn't just one girl's story of sneaking drinks in junior high, creeping out for night-long keg parties in high school and binge-drinking weeknights and weekends through college—it's also a valuable cautionary tale. At 24 (her present age), Zailckas gave up drinking after a decade of getting drunk, having blackouts and experiencing brushes with comas, date rape and suicide. She weaves disturbing statistics (from Harvard School of Public Heath studies and elsewhere) into her memoir: most girls will have their first drink by age 12, and will have the experience of being drunk by 14; teenage girls drink as much as their male peers, but their bodies process it badly (they get drunk faster, stay drunk longer and are more likely to die of alcohol poisoning); and date rape and booze go hand-in-hand. Zailckas had alcohol poisoning at 16 after a night of downing shots at a party with friends, but having her stomach pumped in the emergency room and enduring a month of being grounded didn't check her desire to drink. Fraternity keg parties led to drunken sexual encounters not-quite-remembered; drinking began to replace intimacy. Alcohol defined Zailckas's adolescence and college years to such an extent that, as she tells it, she lacks the tools to be an adult: she's unsure how to maintain relationships and unclear about sex without an alcohol buzz. Zailckas is unsparingly insightful and acutely aware of what drinking can and does do to girls. She explains that while kids are taught that drugs are always dangerous, alcohol is perceived as an acceptable rite of passage. Her book is deeply moving, written in poetic, nuanced prose that never obscures the dangerous truths she seeks to reveal.



So far it's pretty good and it's scary when you have teen daughters!! I think I'll try to get Paige to read it after me.

Other than that, just waiting for the roast to cook in the slow cooker and enjoying my lazy Sunday. How about you, what are you reading right now?

Friday, January 21, 2011

7 Gypsies ATC's

I really, really loved the 7 Gypsies Conservatory line that I made my ATC or Printers Tray with. I had some extra cards left over and decided to make a series.

I don't know about you but I have enough rub ons to choke a horse. I don't even buy them anymore because why?

a) I have wayyyy too many
b) Some of them are so shitty that they have peeled off or have stuck to the package ruining them
c) I've learned to invest in stamps to do the job of rub ons in a more economical way that has the product being able to be used over and over again

If you answered all of the above you are correct!! So as I sat in my art room pondering this I thought I would try to put a very small dent into my stash and use rub ons for this series. I picked the super funky and grunge rub ons by Kelly Panacci and Sandlion




















BUT...when I took the sheet out of the BRAND NEW, UNOPENED package sections of the damn rub ons were left sticking to the packaging!!!!!!! ^%#$(#^%&$()%

And this kind of worked for me though with this series. Here is "A day in the life"




















and this is "Life right now"




















and "our story"




















and last but not least "how it happened"



















Man I love this series. So sometimes great stuff can come out of a crappy situation! But dear rub on maker people: If I'm going to pay $3-$6 for a package of rub ons, please make the damn things work!! Don't cheap out!!!

I'm done buying them now though, how about you? Do you use them? Do you like them? What do you think of them? Ever had this happen to you??

Thursday, January 20, 2011

7 Gypsies ATC Printer Tray Project

Woohoo!! I finally got this done after having it sit in my art room gathering dust for almost a year! haha This is the tray before I got to it (love that distressed wood)















and then I used the 7 Gypsies Conservatory ATC kit as well as my own goodies



















and I was able to make this in one day. I used a glue gun to adhere the cards to the wood. Not sure if that was a smart thing to do or not? So far so good.




















I just loooveee how it turned out!! I have it in my art room above my 7 Gypsies ATC spinner (which I've been sorely neglecting and need to add to!). You can see Skyler in the picture too!



















I absolutely love 7 Gypsies products and have a few other trays on my wish list like this one




















and this one




















and I'm really LOVING their new line:




















How about you, what are really wanting with all the new CHA sneak peeks out there??

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Year In The Life of an Art Journal

I'm finally caught up playing along with the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal!! Yay!! Here is my take on the December 30th prompt and the word was "vision":



















Again, just an image from a magazine, some paint, foam stamps and my trusty black marker. Simple yet effective.

Here was the prompt for January 15th which was a triple banger:


THE PROMPT: Starting NOW
THE SONG: Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer
PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE: Foot Photo

I used a part of the lyrics from the song which were "We keep waiting" and a magazine image showing feet. I don't think I fit in the "now" part unless you count that this page came from something that is happening right "now". Yeah, I'll go with that.




















I think it will be so neat to look back on my art journal pages and see what was happening in my life at certain times, the good and the bad. Because that's what art journaling is all about.

I'm a Grama again!!

On January 13th my new little grand daughter was born weighing 7 lbs.4.5 oz's! She is adorable and we cannot wait to shower her with love.















We looked after Keegan this weekend for a day and a half and I was broken by the time he left at 7:00 last night! Children and babies are definitely for the young!!! haha He was so busy but we had alot of fun with him. Here's the little sweet pea (he had an accident at the Great Grama's house and has a mark on his cheek poor kid! Didn't happen on my watch!)



















and playing toys



















I'm trying to convince mom and dad that he needs a haircut!!!

Here are a couple layouts that I did using product from Scrapbook Star. I just looovveee the little wooden cupcakes by Kaiser Craft!!!



















and I love the papers and embellies by Webster's Pages:



















Today I am having jammy day and am in my art room. I need to tidy up some and hopefully will have some mojo in me to make something as well!

Oh, I forgot to post that I got my Zutter Distrezz-it-all in the mail from Ebay last week and I am going to try to use it today!!




















It came in this cute tin and I tried it out on some papers and it was amazing!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Year in the Life of anArt Journal

I was getting a little bit behind and I hate missing any of the promps so I was happy to get this page done for the
A Year in the Life of an Art Journal. This was for the December 15th prompt (see, I said I was behind! haha) and the word was "connection". I made a very simple journal page using a magazine image, some cardstock letters and my trusty black sharpie but love how this turned out.



















Sometimes I don't always have the time to do a complex page so just knowing I can make something simple like this, something that when I look at it makes me happy, is good enough.

I made another layout for the Basic Grey challenge using all Basic Grey papers. It's a collection of pictures from this past summer and it makes me happy to look at it.




















I am in love with this new song by the Goo Goo Dolls, of course.


Goo Goo Dolls- Not Broken from Carlos Lopez Estrada on Vimeo.



Check out more about this video here! I looovveeee this song!! The story behind it is that John Rzeznik says it's a true story of a woman with a severely injured soldier husband in Iraq (although we never find out who she is or where she's from)who is ashamed to come home. Sigh.

Oh, here are some new toys I ordered.


















I told myself I could buy some new toys as long as there was no paper involved!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January Scrap-Tastic Kit in da house!!

You know how much I always love the
Scrap-Tastic Kits but this month's kit is no exception!! It's called Romantica and it certainly lives up to it's name!! Check it out:














Isn't it gorgeous??? I always pinch myself when Becky sends me my DT kits, it's heaven!! Here are my projects I made using the kit:




















and




















and




















I also made 2 pages for my art journal




















and




















and because I always love to make some ATC's with the kits I made these:




















and



















I love the manufacturer challenges they have over at 2 Peas because they challenge me to use certain products and dig into my stash. I definitely need the kick in the ass to make me dig deep sometimes and one of the current challenges is for Basic Grey, which I totally love!!!!! Here are 2 layouts I made using 50% or more Basic Grey and also used at least 3 different Basic Grey products. This first one is of my little sweet pea




















and then this one I wanted to scrap alot of summer pics that I had laying around so I did a multi pic layout (11 pics!!!!)



















So if you have a whack of Basic Grey products and need a challenge make sure you check it out and play along! Who doesn't like the chance to win free Basic Grey goodies??

I'm still reading like a lunatic on my Sony Reader and am almost done reading
"Pill Head"




















It's very interesting and it's an honest look into a young man's downfall into prescription drugs. Very sad and something that has become an epidemic in today's society. Here is the review from Amazon:

This compelling, honest book investigates the growing epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse among today's Generation Rx. Through gripping profiles and heartbreaking confessions, this memoir dares to uncover the reality--the addiction, the withdrawal, and the recovery--of this newest generation of pill poppers.

Joshua Lyon was no stranger to substance abuse. By the time he was seventeen, he had already found sanctuary in pot, cocaine, Ecstasy, and mushrooms--just to name a few. Ten years later, on assignment for Jane magazine, he found himself with a two-inch-thick bottle of Vicodin in his hands and only one decision to make: dispose of the bottle or give in to his curiosity. He chose the latter. In a matter of weeks he'd found his perfect drug.

In the early half of this decade, purchasing painkillers without a doctor was as easy as going online and checking the spam filter in your inbox. The accessibility of these drugs--paired with a false perception of their safety--contributed to their epidemic-like spread throughout America's twenty-something youth, a group dubbed Generation Rx. Pill Head is Joshua Lyon's harrowing and bold account of this generation, and it's also a memoir about his own struggle to recover from his addiction to painkillers. The story of so many who have shared this experience--from discovery to addiction to rehabilitation--Pill Head follows the lives of several young people much like Joshua and dares to blow open the cultural phenomena of America's newest pill-popping generation.

Marrying the journalist's eye with the addict's mind, Joshua takes readers through the shocking and often painful profiles of recreational users and suffering addicts as they fight to recover. Pill Head is not only a memoir of descent, but of endurance and of determination. Ultimately, it is a story of encouragement for anyone who is wrestling to overcome addiction, and anyone who is looking for the strength to heal.




And I know I'm late but here is a pic of John and I on New Year's Eve















and moi, cheers!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Encaustic rocks!!!

So what is "encaustic" you ask? Here is the dictionary definition:

en·caus·tic
(n-k├┤stk)
n.
1. A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application.
2. The art of painting with this substance.
3. A painting produced with the use of this substance.

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch has created a line of products called Encaustikits and I was lucky enough to have had her send me the "EncaustiKits Collage Kit" and I got to play with it!!











Now I have never in my life experimented with encaustic but man was it fun!! I did a little research since I wasn't familiar with it and learned I needed a electric frying pan (you can also use a hotplate or pancake griddle as well, none of which I had) so after buying one I carefully lined it with tinfoil (so I could use it again afterwards to cook on! haha!) and placed my tins of wax in the frying pan. I set the temperature to 200 degrees (you don't want to go much higher as wax can overheat and explode, which kind of freaked me out but I felt more comfortable as I was doing it) and set my brushes into the frying pan to warm up (you have to use natural fiber brushes as acrylic ones will melt).
















Now I was ready to play!! And play I did. I didn't let myself worry about whether or not I was doing it right I just let myself have fun and I made all 4 boards the same night. One thing you have to do when using encaustic is to heat set each layer of wax after you put it on so I was lucky I had a heat gun. Other than that the kit came with everything you needed to make fun wax art! I also used some scrappy supplies I had such as chipboard hearts and butterflies on some of the pieces and I loved how it gave it more dimension, like a 3D effect. Here are my pieces:

This is my favorite piece, "State of the heart":




















and a close up



















and this one is "Your life beautiful":




















and a close up




















and here is "Nature is a beautiful thing":



















and a close up




















and last but not least, "Art":



















and the close up



















On this one I did an image transfer (paint brushes) and it worked out pretty good except that I didn't get all of the paper off and you can kind of see it under the wax. Next time I will have to be more diligent but I found some of my image was rubbing off so I didn't want to keep rubbing. It was fun doing the transfer though!! I also used acrylic paint on some of my pieces which was fun. So, which one is your favorite? Have you ever done encaustic?

I am definitely looking forward to having more fun with this in the future and thanks so much Trish for opening my eyes to this new and exciting art form!! Oh, and I forgot to mention how gooooood this stuff smells!! It reminds me of my Grampa's honey house (he was a bee keeper). I love to just sit and smell the little pieces, they smell so sweet!!!

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