Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-Namites

Hellooooo! We over at Viva Las VegaStamps! have teamed up with Die-Namites for a blog hop!!!!!! Yes, that's right! How exciting is that?? I was super excited to do my project and without further adieu here is an ATC I made
Does that look like one happy nun or what??? Just looking at this card makes me smile and feel the joy of the upcoming Christmas season!! Here is how I made this ATC:

I used the fabulous  Deck the tree die as well as the Nun with hands up stamp, the Waybill invoice background, the chevron banner AND the Bring on the twinkle stamp. That's right, 4 stamps on this little itty bitty ATC!!

First of all I cut out a piece of plain white cardstock in the standard 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size (that's the size of an ATC)
and then I sprayed my cardstock with some glimmer mist and inked the edges around the cardstock with some brown ink.
 Then I used the Waybill invoice background and stamped it with black ink.
 Next I stamped the Chevron banner onto the card with black ink
 and then I glued the Deck the tree die cut onto the card.
 I then stamped the Nun with hands up, cut the image out and colored her in with watercolor pencils. I got to looking at that cute little tree and thought why it needs to be decorated, just like a real tree!! So I got some pretty little rhinestones and glued them on.
 as well as put a fabulous rhinestone starburst at the top of the tree.  Bring on the twinkle is right!!
No wonder the nun looks so happy!! haha

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project. Make sure you pop back to the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog again tomorrow to see more!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday check in

Hi there, just stopping in to share a few project life layouts as well as some concert pics! 

I made these last month but I'm behind on putting them up here!  Also, the hubs and I went and saw Fleetwood Mac in concert on the 12th and it was AMAZING!!! Here are some pics from the concert
 Us at the concert
 Gorgeous visual effects and amazing performance!!!
 Love these guys!!
Oh Stevie!!  She twirled with her scarves and tambourine and was just as amazing as ever!
Been there done that got the t-shirt!!
Then last week on the 20th we saw John Fogerty in concert, what a month!!!
 He was so amazing!! The feeling of joy and love in the audience was what I could only imagine people felt like at Woodstock!
 He had so many amazing guitars!

What a legend!
 Us after an amazing night! We have really been enjoying our concerts, how about you what was the last concert you went to?

Feeling the Zen!

I was given a copy of a book by Meera Lee Patel called Daily Zen doodles 365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and Mindfulness by Ulysses Press for my honest review of the book.

 A YEAR'S WORTH OF "TANGLED DRAWINGS" DESIGNED TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY AND SERENITY.  With hand illustrated prompts and thoughtful quotes, Daily Zen Doodles will inspire you to lose yourself in the contemplative act of drawing. Each page is an invitation to sketch, relax, focus and reach toward inner peace.

What I love about this book is that I leave it out on the table and when I feel like doodling I can pick it up and do as many or as little as time allows.  It frees the mind and takes you back to feeling like a kid again where there is no right and wrong in art, just doodling.  The book is small enough to even fit into your purse or briefcase so you can doodle whenever the mood strikes!

I loved the examples at the beginning of the book, especially that wolf on page 8 - stunning!!! I decided to get out my pen and try a couple of my own.  Here is my first one from page 35 (I went in no particular order, just flipped until I found one that I felt inspired to doodle on!) that I had fun doing - a sun.
 After I got warmed up I then flipped to page 79 and did this cloud
If you like to doodle and want to try your hand at "zentangles" then you would probably like this.  I like that there was a starting point on each page with a very simple outlined drawing that was for you to complete with the doodling.

Thank you Ulysses Press for this complimentary book and for letting me try my hand at the Daily Zen doodles!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Under the sea with Viva Las VegaStamps!

I had alot of fun making this trio of ATC's using an "under the sea" theme.  Anyone who knows me knows my love of mermaids so of course I had to make a couple using my favorite sea creature, the gorgeous mermaid! Here is the first ATC using the fabulous mermaid stamp as well as the waybill invoice, the jagged chain link fence and row of stars.
 If you look closely you will see that I used black embossing powder for the jagged chain link fence and gold embossing powder for the row of stars.  I also glued some brightly colored beads onto the card as well.
Here is my next ATC and this was my first time using the fun scuba lady
 and if you look closely here you can see that I also used the elegant flower stamp along with some red and green embossing powder.  I wanted to make it look like there were ocean plants so this stamp was perfect for that! I also used some clear acrylic buttons to look like oxygen bubbles.
Here is my last ATC using the mermaid lying down
I hope you enjoyed the journey to the bottom of the sea and until next time,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Take a word

The theme this week over at Take a word is "Pink"! I used a fun lady stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps! and a couple other stamps as well as a stencil, glimmer mist and trim to make this ATC
Thanks for stopping by!

Inspiration Avenue

I love color challenges so when I saw the new challenge over at Inspiration Avenue I wanted to play along! What I love about color challenges is that I have to make myself use colors that I wouldn't normally choose and then I end up liking them! I used a bunch of stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps!, my Gelli plate, a bunch of paint and stencils and made this journal spread.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Love is grand!

Look at me playing along with a challenge again, loooveee it! The challenge this time over at Collage Obsession was "long hair" and I absolutely love this mermaid stamp, and she has long hair!!
Isn't she gorgeous?? Thanks for stopping by!

Love my Sid Dickens display!!!

Since we moved this past summer I am finally getting things the way I want them.  We purchased a wall unit that is in 3 different pieces from two different retailers and it was perfect for displaying my tiles!!! I have mostly Sid Dickens tiles but I have also discovered a love for Cedar Mountain Studios art blocks and of course signs (John says I'm sign crazy!) haha I also have some more tiles in a few other places in the house but here is my display in the livingroom
Forgive the grainy pic as I took it with my iphone...4.... that says it all right?? haha  I also love the industrial chic metal number "3" and ampersand... What does the 3 mean you ask? It's for my birthday!! I am hoping to add an aquarium to this wall display next year so I'll keep you posted!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Three Muses & Wicked Wednesday challenge

Oh how I love lazy Sundays in my art room. It had been much too long since I was able to just make stuff and play!! Here is my take on the Three Muses challenge which was "fright" and the Wicked Wednesday challenge which was "things that go bump in the night".  I made an ATC and used 3 different stamps
Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!

Collage Obsession

I had a fabulous lazy Sunday in my art room and it was so nice to be able to organize and finally play along with some of the challenge blogs!! The challenge over at Collage Obsession was "bride" so I had alot of fun with this Viva Las VegaStamps! bride stamp.
I have a warped sense of humour I know!! But I hope it brought a chuckle to you!

Journal page and new art room pics!

Hi there, I made an art journal page for the Shopping our stash challenge which was to use something round.  I had these pages I had made using alot of paints and my Gelli plate and I also used a round stencil that I used black spray paint on as well as round painty circles.
It's a page about how much I love my new art room and I'll show you some pictures why! Since we moved this past summer I FINALLY unpacked (mostly) and am loving my new art room.
 I love how spacious the room is and I finally have a place for everything and everything in its place (well mostly...don't look too hard! haha)
 Here is my desk where I have my project life trays and the art journal page I just made above. It is very messy and cluttered so I guess I know what I'm doing after this blog post - cleaning it up!
 Here is my computer desk and I love the bulletin board where I post my layouts/project life pages before I put them away. I like to enjoy them for a while!  I also have the canveses I've made surrounding that.  To the right is a bookcase that holds all my washi tapes, alcohol inks, art journals, stencils and some stamps in binders as well as my ATC binders and misc. items.
 I love this area!!! I have all of my inks and mists on the white shelving and all of my wood mounted stamps.  The tall bookcase holds my scrap/art reference books as well as my punches and molding pastes, etc.  The cube beside that holds my 12 x 12 papers (most of them, I have another obscene pile on a bookcase....) as well as my Slice die cutter that has stopped working, my Gelli plate and some misc items.  Beside that is a plastic storage bin that holds alot of my chipboard and beside that another bin that holds pens, watercolor pencils, adhesives, and alot more crap that I cannot believe I have purchased and stored over the years. It's insane.
 The hubs got me this white metal storage unit and I looooveeee it!!!! I have always wanted one like this and I pinch myself every time I look at it. He is the best!!! Love that man.

In the closet I have 2 of the white metal shelving units that John got me and they hold all my Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps, stickers, chipboard and alot of stuff that I forgot I even had until I unpacked.  I got plastic storage totes with lids from the dollar store and I put labels on each one to organize my stamps.  I have one for women, men, objects, mixed media, letters/alphas, etc.. It helps me alot as I have so many that I'm not searching forever when I want a particular one.  Plus all the crap on the floor is stuff that I just couldn't deal with and will leave for a rainy day!! haha  It goes unsaid that I don't buy scrap supplies any more and haven't for a while, except for some project life stuff.  But even then I felt immense guilt as the stuff I have is crazy.  

I don't  know about you but when scrapping was at it's peak and there were all the scrap celebrities and cool kids showing off the cool layouts and supplies, I just felt like I had to have everything!! It was insane.  I can safely say now that I don't go online to see what new stuff is out there because I feel good using up my old school stash and challenging myself to make it "new school".

How about you, did you go on scrappy overload and shudder now when you look at your stash?? Yikes. 

VLVS Inspiration

Hi there, it's my turn to show my take on the Viva Las VegaStamps! inspiration piece and here is the inspiration
and here is my take on this piece
I can't tell you how much fun I had making this!!! I started off with blank pages that I painted green, sprayed orange mist at the top and let it drip down and then glued on some scraps of paper.
Then I used my Gelli plate, white paint and some stencils as well as stamped the numbers in black ink onto the pages.
Next I used a fabulous stencil I have from a book called "Stencil 101" along with a can of black spray paint.
and here are some close up pics of the project

and here are the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps! I used: the coffee ring stain, the writing arrow, the censored, the one way, the stars, the adventure awaits, the insert your life story here, the french writing background, the arrow, the spotty background, the row of stars and last but not least the grunge numbers from Plate 1444.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I was inspired by the November inspiration piece and would love to see your take on it!!


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