Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

Hi there, the new prompt for the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal is this:

THE PROMPT: Looking Forward
THE STUFF: I'm not usually one for "new year's resolutions" so I'd like to take a different spin on the time worn tradition. What are you looking forward to this coming year? Is it simply the idea of a fresh start? The hope that this year will be kinder? Do you have something new and exciting coming up?
THE TECHNIQUE: Use a calendar grid or date stamp on your page.

I used to make New Year's Resolutions but then I found I could never keep them. Or if I did it was only for a day or so! haha So what I did my page on was how I am looking forward to happiness this year. I think that happiness is one of the most important things, aside from health, and if you are happy then life is good!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Done scrapping grad!

I did it! I am finished scrapping Paige's grad. I feel like I've scrapped more this month than I have all year! haha Here are the last 2 grad layouts

I loved how the one above turned out. I had the Prima graffiti paper sitting around forever and finally had a chance to use it and was so happy with it!!

Yesterday made my shortbread cookies so Christmas can now come!
 and I love this Christmas arrangment I got from Safeway, just makes the kitchen so Christmasy!!
The hubs and I are now on season 5 of Sons of Anarchy!!!! OMG!!!! Could not believe the episode we just saw last night, one of my favorite characters killed. So sad. We have been watching this for so long now that I said to John I feel like someone I knew died!! haha Talk about getting totally sucked into a show eh??
Hey, we are looking for guest hosts over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal!! Do you love to journal? Would you love to join us?? Then come on over and check it out. It's going to be a great year!!!

Well, the grandkids are coming over today and I can't wait to see them and give them their presents!! They will be away for Christmas so we are doing Christmas for them today. They will be sooo excited!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A little Christmas humour

Hi there it's time for a little Christmas humour using the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps!. If you know me then you know that I love getting a little naughty with the stamps which is why the Naughty Lady stamp was perfect for this humorous ATC.
I stamped the naughty lady stamp onto white cardstock and then colored her in with watercolor pencils and cut her out, placed her onto various layered patterned papers and made this ATC


Naughty Lady stamp
Miracle tape
Various patterned papers
Staedtler watercolor pencils

The Naughty Lady stamp is one of my all time favorites and here are a couple other projects I've made using her. This is another ATC
and this was a journal page

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I've used the Naughty Lady and until next time,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Getting my scrap on!

Last weekend was a scrappy kind of a weekend, which was a nice change! I managed to do a few layouts and am working on another one! Here are a couple

It felt good to get my scrap on and some of my supplies were like new again as they had been long buried. I haven't been buying scrap supplies for a while now as I have so much so it's nice when I can start using up stuff that has been around for years collecting dust! haha

Here is a pic of the boys, and Sammy is wearing his little Santa coat, how stinkin cute is that????
Have a great week!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

Hi there,  today's prompt over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal is this:

THE PROMPT: Looking Forward
THE STUFF: I'm not usually one for "new year's resolutions" so I'd like to take a different spin on the time worn tradition. What are you looking forward to this coming year? Is it simply the idea of a fresh start? The hope that this year will be kinder? Do you have something new and exciting coming up?
THE TECHNIQUE: Use a calendar grid or date stamp on your page.   When I thought of traditions at Christmas the first one I thought of was Christmas stockings! Ever since I was a little girl we always looked forward to opening our stocking and finding all kinds of treasures and trinkets. I continued this tradition with my own kids and even at 18 and 22 still have a Christmas stocking for them! This was a great page for me to document and I loved using the Viva Las VegaStamps Chevron stamp

to make this art journal page for the above prompt:

Chevrons are so huge right now that I love how it modernizes the old fashioned look of this page.

I know I will be using this stamp alot and would love to have any of you art journalers play along with us over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pre-order of new Viva Las VegaStamp plates!!

You have to check this out! Over at the Viva Las VegaStamps you can pre-order these gorgeous plates at a reduced price but not for long!!
I ordered 2 but I'm not telling you which ones!! haha I can't wait to get them!!!

On a scrappy note I finally scrapped Paige's grad day

I still have some more layouts to do on the awesome occassion but I'm getting there!

Here is the layout I did from the John Mellencamp concert I went to in June. What an amazing concert!!!!

The hubs and I are totally sucked into the "Sons of Anarchy" show and are now into season 3. Loooovveee it!!!
Well that's it for today as I'm off to do some running around and hopefully will have some art time this weekend!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hi there, today I would like to share some mermaid magic! I love mermaids so when I saw this gorgeous creature, the 2 x 3 Viva Las VegaStamps Mermaid, I knew I had to make something special.

I started out by using 4 different alcohol inks in various blues and putting them onto the Kromecote glossy cardstock.

When I was satisfied with how the alcohol inks looked I then took some Mermaid Glimmer Glam and painted it over the alcohol inks.

The next step was to stamp the mermaid stamp onto some white cardstock.

I then used watercolor pencils to color her in and then cut her out carefully

The next step was to take some gold glitter and put some on some white paper. I then put glue onto the kromecote cardstock where I wanted the glitter to be and pressed it into the glitter

so that it looked something like this

I then glued some rhinestones and pearls into the glitter, printed off a quote on my printer and glued that on, stapled some lace pom pom trim on and voila, here is the magical mermaid


Plate 1349 or
2 x 3 Mermaid Stamp
Kromecote cardstock
Miracle tape
May Arts trim
Black cardstock
Gold glitter
Alcohol inks
Glimmer Glaze
Versafine ink
Staedtler watercolor pencils
Rhinestones & pearls

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on mermaid magic and until next time,

Friday, November 30, 2012


The new prompt over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and this is it:


THE STUFF: Didn't have a chance to take part in something like Thankful Every Day in November? Maybe you were on the ball. Either way, it's time to make yourself a list!! 1 thing, or 22 of them. Share with us!!

THE TECHNIQUE: Use a clean white page, and your own handwriting. I dare you!

Well I'm glad Rachel dared me because this was a real challenge for me because I found it such a plain page but in the end I loved it! I wrote down a bunch of things that I am thankful for, from the very important to the little things, and then stamped "thankful" in paint over top of my journaling. I'm glad I made myself stick to the challenge because I ended up with something that I normally wouldn't have done!   Here is my page  

So come on and play along, I dare ya!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Viva Las VegaStamps We can do it! Lady stamp

Hi everyone, today I would like to showcase the We can do it! Lady stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps!

I have had alot of fun with her as she is the perfect size for ATC's, journal pages, cards and scrapbook layouts! I stamped her and then colored her in with watercolor pencils for this scrapbook layout

and here is a close up of the lovely lady

Isn't she fabulous?? For this project I used the following:

We can do it! Lady stamp
Miracle tape
12 x 12 scrapbook paper
White cardstock
Letter stickers
Smiley face sticker
Versafine ink
Staedtler watercolor pencils
Die cut corners
Plastic button

I have also used this stamp on an ATC

I stamped her, colored her in and then placed her on some peace sign patterned paper and then matted it onto black cardstock.

If you haven't used stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps you don't know what you are missing! They have the most unique, funny, fun and quirky stamps that I have ever seen.

Before I leave I will share a couple more layouts I did last week. Here is one on how I wish the hubs would quit smoking already!!!!
 and on our son
Well, it's a quiet day so I'm off to have some art time. Have a great day!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Alice Cooper Concert!

The hubs and I went to see Alice Cooper in concert on Friday, November 9th. I'm not a big fan but he wanted to see it and I'm not one to turn down a concert! haha We had a good time and I got lots of great pics and another t-shirt to add to my concert T collection! Here are some pics from the evening

Me and the hubs ready to go out and rock it out!
I felt like ripping this guy's damn hat off. Figures I would get behind someone who is a giant.

 We walked home after the concert as it was impossible to catch a cab. Thank goodness it was mild even though it was snowing!
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!!

On a scrappy note I FINALLY scrapped the Loverboy concert we went to back in June!! Here it is

and I also have a couple other layouts to finally share (it's been slow lately...)

And that's it folks! Now I'm off to hopefully scrap another layout and get a little more caught up!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

5 year blog anniversary!!

So today has been 5 years since I first started this blog!! Boy how time flies. I remember trying to figure out how to post, how to format, etc.. and thinking I would never get the hang of it! haha I'm glad I am still blogging even though I'm not doing it as frequently as I used to. That's probably because I am not having as much art time as I used to, which I'm still trying to figure out why? Since I got my Sony reader I have been doing alot of reading which seems to take up alot of my art time. Also I think I just slowed down, which is ok too.

I actually have nothing artsy to even show you with this post but since it was a 5 year blog anniversary I had to do something right?? haha Thanks to everyone who stops by here to visit me! Here's to another year!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Viva Las Vegas Stamps Pointing Lady Stamp

Hi everyone Glenda here! I just love this VLVS Pointing Lady stamp

and used her to make an ATC. She is the perfect size for an ATC and I love how you can make her point to whatever you choose. In this case I had her point to a quote but I look forward to having her point to many different things! haha

I used alot of layers in this card as well as the supplies listed below:

Supplies used:
VLVS Pointing Lady stamp
Miracle Tape
May Arts trim
Black cardstock
Various patterned papers
Hambly transparancy
Watercolor pencils
Versafine Ink

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used the pointing lady stamp!

In other non scrappy news the hubs and I were supposed to see April Wine in concert on Saturday night and we drove 40 minutes to get to the concert only to find out it had been cancelled as the band was stuck in BC. We were sooo disappointed. I guess they will be rescheduling but we were sure looking forward to seeing them that night. We did have a nice supper out and then went looking for backsplashes for our kitchen but it wasn't the rockin night we had planned! haha

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

The new post is up over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and here it is:

This guest host prompt is brought to you by Linda!

THE PROMPT: RELAX - what do you do to stress down when you are really stressed.

THE STUFF: teabag , use anything from the teabag or teabag wrapping.

THE Technique: I want to see some kind of spray paint. You can even make your own of some very strong tea or distressed ink in water or what ever you fancy.

I couldn't pick just one thing that I do to de-stress so I did my journal page on a few different things that I do when I'm stressed out. I make art, I go to bed early and sleep, I have happy hour (cheers!) and I also read every single day!

Come over and play along with us!


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