Friday, July 13, 2018


I have been participating in #WorldWatercolorMonth sponsored by Doodlewash. Each day there is a different prompt and I have been keeping to those themes. I am generally completing smaller pieces just to practice and play. Here are a couple I really like:

Topics were shades of blue, climbing mountains and forest animals. I am still learning about patience with watercolors. I am always rushing instead of waiting for them to dry before moving on.

Hopefully by the end of the month, I will have learned a few things!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mixed Media Thank you Card

I decided to work some mixed media magic on a card. I started with this sketch from Freshlymadesketches

I stared by applying a layer of gesso followed by paints. I also stamped. I was trying to recreate the look on the pattern paper. I fined by adding a tag and twine. I love the messy look!

Thank you for stopping by!

Catching up

Time for thank you notes.

I was drawn to this sketch over at SketchnScrap

And here is my card

I used an older 6 x 6 paper pad and a newer Altenew stamp. Love their layered flowers. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018


We are back from the cottage where we enjoyed a lovely 4th of July. Lots of family, food, fun. IT was a hot day so we enjoyed the lake immensely.

I did play with the piece I had completed last week. I enjoy adding doodles to my watercolors. It adds that little extra touch. I did realize I did not doodle the blue flower on the left. I will have to add that.  I think this will make a pretty card front.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday! Please check out the blog for wonderful inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful 4th! 

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Look at what I tried

I have been busy experimenting and playing! Yesterday it was with alcohol inks on glass! After dripping them on, you add alcohol then light it! Of course, I chose a 94 degree day to do this:)

Look at this finished piece! Who knew! I am going to see how it looks in a white frame.

Adding this to SimonsSaysStamps anything goes!

Thanks for checking it out!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Paint Party Friday

My goal is to spend more time trying my hand at watercolor painting. I need to work on letting it dry, adding layers and so much more.

Here is a piece i have been playing with since yesterday. It is based on a piece I saw on pinterest.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday. Be sure to check out that blog for amazing inspiration!!

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you are staying cool on this blistering hot summer day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

THank you

This is the week to catch up on thank you cards!

Played with distress Oxides and a stamp. I love how it turned out!

Adding this to SimonsSays Wednesday Challenge.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Thank you

Another thank you card heading out the door!

I saw this sketch at Case this Sketch.

And here is my card

I used Kaisercraft Journal tags for this simple card. The colors are much prettier IRL.

Thanks for stopping by on this warm summer day!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Thank You

Finished a thank you card -

Used this sketch from StickitDown

June Card Sketch

DCWV Simple Joy stack.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

What a Week

This week there is a big Ladies Professional Golf Tournament in town. We are again hosting a girl from France along with her coach who is from Spain. This is their 3rd year with us so it is like having family. We often do dinners together and from Thursday - Sunday we spend our days following her on the golf course. As of  yesterday, she was tied for second! We are so excited to see her play so well.

So for this week, most of my creative projects are on hold.

I did however complete an ATC for Grumbacher's ATC exchange. If you are interested you can check out the post on facebook. Each swap has a different theme. This month's was wood. I wanted to use an embossing plate I had. From there i started with water colors and markers but then I brilliant idea to do a paint pouring. I love how this came out. In fact, I kind of wanted to keep it!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018


My mom is currently in a nursing home. I know she misses seeing the hummingbirds she used to have at her house. When I saw this $1 wood kit at a garage sale, I knew I had to buy it and put it together for her!

Helmar Wood Glue was the perfect adhesive for this.

Here is a sneak peek


Stop over at Helmar to see the entire project!!

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Sunday, May 27, 2018


Leaving tonight for a visit with my granddaughter. Time enough to make a few more cards!

A little water coloring. Full discloure - i was erasing pencil marks around the swirls and the ink smeared so I decided to spray it and make it mist!


Adding this to the Coffeelovingcardmakers spring summer 2018.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Best Friend

Card #2 for the Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Summer hop.

Again more mixed media play. I used coffee with a stencil and made coffee splatters. I painted the text and the inside of the coffee cup with coffee and even added some to the flower.

Thank you for visiting! Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2018


Last night I did something I have not done in a while. I played. I played with paints, stamps, stencils, ink, markers, charcoal. I grabbed so many different materials. I tired not to think or plan which is difficult for me as I am an overthinker.

The base is a collection of paper pieces which I Mod Podged.

I will probably turn this into a card.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday which always inspires me!!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Wishing you a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. I am off again to visit my granddaughter and babysit her so her mom can go to the office. Not sure how much painting I will get done after chasing the one year old all day. But, I love it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Me & My Shadow

Have you been to the Canvas Corp Shop lately? You need to run over there and check out the Compose Your life Collection. It is my new fave!!! Such a versatile collection!

It lends itself well to many types of creating!

Last time I was in Phoenix I took this fun photo of my granddaughter. I knew I would want to scrap it so I went to town and created a layout using one of my favorite techniques. I used texture paste and a stencil to replicate the cement wall. The layout has other mixed media techniques including misting and  stamping. I fussy cut the leaves and flowers which are misted and I even doodled on them. The chipboard birds are painted with the new Color Wash Paint. I will list my supplies at the end. The smaller green leaves are actually 7Gypsies washi tape that I taped together and die cut after misting.

(My printer was acting up and I got the yellow/orange print. I decided I like it so used it.)

My daughter has asked that I not post photos of the baby on line so I covered her with text paper cutouts. Thank you for your understanding.

Supplies and links --

Color wash Paint French Roast - here
Color Wash Paint Blue Lagoon - here
Color Wash Paint Red Wine - here
Compose Your Life Collection - here
Glimmer Mist Sunflower - here
Glimmer Mist Almost Black - here
Glimmer Mist PArty Pink - here
Glimmer Mist English Ivy - here
Burlap - here

Adding this to Crafters Castle Monthly Challenge #5.

Adding to SimonSays MOnday Challenge - inspired by a song

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Helmar to the rescue!

Do you have sticky, gummy, scissors?

Do you have broken items at home?

I answered yes to both and luckily had Helmar products which could come to my rescue!



Please stop over at the Helmar blog to see what I was able to do!

Thank you for visiting!!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Thank you

Been busy catching up on thank yous!

Saw this sketch over at SketchNScrap

Here is my ca
This was a thank you for several children's books for my granddaughter so I used children's book pages for the leaves and flowers.  

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wild One

The theme for my granddaughter's first birthday was Wild One! That is so her:)

I made a wonderful banner for her high chair using various prints including zebra, giraffe, etc. I still have lots of the fabric and used it to recreate the banner on the layout. I also have one of the cake toppers in the cluster.

Here is the sketch from SketchNScrap

And here is my layout

I have the banner and it will be saved in her album. 

My apologies for the poor quality of the photos. My printer decided to run out of ink. 
Adding this to Simon Says NSD challenge

Monday, May 14, 2018

Thank You

Sending out a handful of thank you notes this week.

I liked this sketch from FreshlyMadeSketches

Here is my card

I layered tags. Cute stamps and paper from Avery Elle.

Thank you for visting!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! I hope each and everyone one of you is being spoiled!

My son and his wife cooked an amazing brunch for her mom and I. She also made a beautiful wreath for our front door. It was lovely to catch up with them. Although they only live about 10 minutes away, it is often difficult to get time with them.

I am back from Phoenix again and was catching up on some thank you notes. We had an issue with a book my granddaughter had received. It came with a musical song player which died soon after we got it.  Being Sesame Street, it was her favorite and came in handy keeping her occupied for diaper changing time:) I emailed the company and a wonderful lady in customer service went above and beyond helping us! The player is out of stock but she sent us other books and a few surprises. I made this thank which is going to be sent from my granddaughter. The red guy is supposed to be Elmo.

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. Please check out this blog filled with amazing paintings and inspiration!

Thank you for visiting and your kid words which make me smile!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Paint party Friday

Today I have a little ATC for you. The theme was  favorite desserts. This time of year we love to indulge ourselves with ice cream. Unfortunately or fortunately, we have an ice cream stand about 2 miles down the road which makes it very convenient!

Adding this to Paint Party Friday! I encourage you to stop over there to see many inspiring artists!

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Challenge - to use a 12 x 12 kraft envelope

The crew Team at Canvas Corp Brands was challenge to use a 12 x 12 kraft envelope.

I hope you will visit the Canvas Corp Blog to see the amazing finished projects! Mine is included in the video around the 2:10 mark.

12x12 kraft envelope

I decided to use mine to create a faux leather cover for an art album.

 I tore the envelope into pieces and crumpled them up.
 I smoothed out the papers and created a leather look using French Roast Color Wash Paint, Marigold and Rusty Red Glimmer Mist. Once they were dry I glued them to the album. I glided over the pieces with a black ink pad to accent the folds and edges.

Using Rusty Red Glimmer Mist, I added color to my modeling paste which I applied to the cover using a stencil.

And here is the finished album. 


This was such a fun challenge.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you check out the Canvas Corp store where you will find beautiful paper, inks and canvas for your crafting needs!

Home is where the Heart is

Did your mother or grandmother have a button tin? I remember sorting through my Grandma's looking at the different colors and styles. That is probably why I also collect buttons. Instead of just collecting them, it is time to get them out and use them!

Here is a sneak peek of my project over at Helmar's Blog

I would appreciate it if you jumped over to Helmar to see the rest of this and to leave me a comment! 

Also visit Helmar to see the line up of adhesives which are 
perfect for each of your projects!

Thank you and Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wood Blocks

I had made my granddaughter sets of dog and cat blocks with the words and photos of their pets. My daughter wanted me to make a set of Lauren blocks too.

I purchased 2 x 2 blocks and covered them with G45 Precious Memories. I spelled out her name and then added various photos of her from her first year.

I apologize in advance for the freaky photos but I am abiding by my daughter's wishes to not show the baby's face on line.

She has played with the dog and cat blocks for months getting excited when she sees the photos so I am hoping these will be also be fun for her to play with as well.

I am adding this to CraftersCastle Challenge #4. It is an anything goes dimensional challenge. 

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I truly appreciate them!

Friday, April 13, 2018


If you want to see some amazing artwork, you should check out PaintPartyFriday! I love seeing what everyone is working on! So many talented artists!

I am getting ready for a show/sale with the local art group in May. I have kind of veered away from my mixed media canvases and started playing with watercolor cards. Cards are usually good sellers. Here are a few I have done.

I am still learning! I have to make myself walk away after I get a layer painted or else I tend to play with it and mess it up. I also have to wait to add the pen because otherwise it bleeds. I hope I can continue to improve as I make more of these.

Thank you PaintPartyFriday for the weekly inspiration!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. They mean more to me than you know!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paint Party Friday

I am a bit late to PaintPartyFriday but I am still going:)

Been spending the day catching up with my projects for the art show. I will be headed back to Phoenix to babysit my granddaughter and the show is the weekend I get home!

I made a couple of smaller mixed media canvases. These are wonderful for gifts!

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. You should go check out the amazing inspiration! Thank you for your visit and your kind words which make me so happy!