Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make your own Sunshine

Well it's a beautiful Sunday morning and I just finished a 12x12 layout, using some older Anna Griffin papers.  I have bought pounds and pounds of Anna Griffin papers and embellishments, mostly from HSN, and decided this past few weeks to break into them more often and get some layouts done.  

The little title tag I made, "Make your own Sunshine" is one of Anna's adhesive vellum stickers.  I just love the designs and colors.  But more...I love the sentiment....  Well I hope you enjoy and are having a wonderful day yourself.  

Thanks for stopping by!
have fun crafting

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tag Making Frenzy

Darn that Pinterest!  
I was just minding my own business...browsing and wasting time on my new favorite site...when Wham!  I saw some of the most creative tags.

So of course I had to go into overdrive making tags.  Come to think of it it really started when I was so excited to begin learning how to watercolor from an gifted friend, Terri.  She was generous enough to meet me at our local Michaels and got me hooked on learning to play with watercoloring.  I spent the first "lesson" just learning how to mix colors and the different types of applications...and learned I really love "wet on wet" application of colors.

 So I had all these beautiful papers that I created, not that I made them was just the magic of watercolors...anywho...I decided to cut them into tag sizes and get busy using them as background papers.  So here's what came from that wonderful day!

Of course I used several great trims and ribbons and buttons and flowers and stickers and die cuts and embosssing powders,  even sea shells from my stash.  But that was half the fun... trying to make a dent in the way too much to use up in this lifetime stash ....lololol.

I know what you may be thinking ...these backgrounds look a lot like what you could do with Tim Holtz Distress pads.  Maybe so, but remember I was learning how to control and mix watercolors...  something I have been wanting to do my whole life.  The colors you can create ...omgosh golly, it is truly magical.  And learning something new, something that you only can try to control...knowing all the while that mother nature and the properties of water have just as much control as you do...well it was just so freeing...

Whew...may have gotta a little too absorbed there. But I love watercolors, the softness, how subtle it can be...the appearance of something so fluid and yet so commanding and yet calm.  Okay enough about that...

On one of the tags,  I used the Tim Holtz Globe die cut and Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays and and a Patina two toned embossing powder I have had in my stash for years.  Saw a tag on Pinterest, yep that's the one that started this whole mess. 

Well hope you enjoy.  Thank you for stopping by. I am going to pin these on Pinterest as please head over there and share if you'd like...

Thanks again and have fun crafting! 

(there are more tags below..enjoy)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Prima's Stationers Desk Layouts

Hello there!  Hope you all are having a wonderful time crafting.  I have been playing and creating some 12 x 12 inch layouts.  So dark and rich in colors and design, I just love this Prima collection... Stationer's Desk.

 Here's a few layouts I did recently that I wanted to share.  Hope you enjoy!  The first one is titled Our Story...

This next one is Perfect...which I will use for a picture of my dad..or husband...or son...hmmmm.  How lucky am I to have  or had 3 such wonderful men in my life.

I bought the paper from mbtreasurista's
 and was even more happy
 with it when I saw it in person.  
It is just so rich with texture 
and the perfect blend of 
vintage and grunge! 
 Yumm...well anywho...
hope you are having 
a wonderful time creating!  
Thanks for stopping by...

here's a link to my youtube if you want to see more...

Have fun today!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New happy happy beginnings

This was a post I found on Pinterest...and it sung to me.  I have made a big big change in my life and feel so to explore, create, sing, dance, what ever sets my heart on fire!

After decades of working, long long hours, I have retired from working outside the home.  This is a big big step for me and it took a huge heartfelt push from my husband, but it is wonderful!  Now I have been home for over two weeks and have logged about 1000 hours on Pinterest and Youtube.  Soaking in the boundless inspiration...listening to my heart start to sing...  so this is happy!  So far, so good....lolololol.

But here's hoping I can "unplug" just long enough to just have fun, to create what sets my heart on fire!  Wish me luck and please share all your creative ideas...this is gonna be fun!

Big hugs to you all  

p.s. here's the link to the art above:
Heart on Fire