Sunday, November 3, 2013

AEDM, Day 3

Adding Gesso to a few pages at a time.
I think the reasons for my slow progress are:

1) I have only been working on it after the kids are in bed.
2) Drying time. I allow the pages to dry fully, because heat drying tends to leave the gel medium a bit tacky, and then the gesso flakes off later.
3) I want the whole book to be prepped because I wasn't sure until today what I was going to do with it. I decided to go with a theme.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Day 2 - AEDM

More of the same.
Today I just didn't feel colorful. I stressed about budgeting, got the whole family involved in cleaning up the living room, and then just focused on prepping another page in the file folder journal. Still, it's progress.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Art Every Day Month

My blog has been so neglected lately. I decided, since November is a month of adjustments and schedules and budgets for me, to add in some daily fun with Art Every Day Month. Hopefully that will keep me posting through the month as I have a whole new art journal to work in.
It started out as a pack of 10 file folders.
Three stitched signatures through some neon yellow duct tape.
Phone book pages get ripped and gelled on for durability and texture.
First inside spread gets the same treatment.

I made it to the second spread before I had to switch gears.
A quick coat of gesso means I can start the colorful part tomorrow!
Make time for ART today!

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Hey all! I have moved, and finally got unpacked, and have been working really hard to make some card kits for an OWH Card Making Event in Portland, Oregon on September 14th. While in the midst of making all these card kits, Operation Write Home hosted their annual Labor Day Virtual Card Making Party, complete with 10 challenges:

Challenge #1: Winter theme with a sketch challenge.

Challenge #2: "O"- circle, one. "W"- witch, "wicked". "H"- Halloween theme. OWH Sketch #14.

Challenge #3: Triple Die Cutting Technique.
Challenge #4: OWH Sketch #29, Love theme.

Challenge #5: Masking Tape Block Stamping Technique.

Challenge #6: Regularly scheduled OWH Sunday Sketch, #188.

Challenge #7: This one is based on a tic tac toe board. I chose stamping/coloring, punny sentiment, and things with 4 legs. OWH Sketch #41.

Challenge #8: Leaf motif with fall colors.

Challenge #9: One or more bees with bee sentiment. OWH Sketch #15.

Challenge #10: Negative from a die or punch. See the spiders punched out of the black strip. OWH Sketch #35.
And there you go! Each of these is the prototype for a set of ten cards to be assembled at the card making event next Saturday. All except for #3, which is just 1 card. I will be back to post more of my cards soon, now that I am back into a rhythm.

If you want to see more of the awesome cards from the VCMP, visit

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Color Challenge Over at SMB!

Hey there! I know my attendance has been pretty sketchy lately, but the upside is that I have been keeping up with my creative time. I am two weeks away from completely finishing a daily journal (this will be my 2nd completed journal ever, 2011 December Daily being the first).

I just wanted to pop in to let concerned readers know that I am still alive, still making art, and that my project is the inspiration piece for the color challenge on the Social [Media] Butterflies blog. Here is a sneak peek:

Until next time!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Social {MEDIA} Butterflies Blog Hop: Halloween Edition

I hope you're all having a wonderful fall, the weather here is gorgeous, and I hope you're all enjoying it as well! This month the girls are going to be bringing you a Carve It Up theme--- using our Silhouettes, Cricuts, fussy-cutting, punching, exact-o knife-- our designs will all have a unique cut up piece to it!

My project for this month's theme is a holiday art journal spread...

I have a few of these Ology books that the kids have destroyed (ripped pockets, missing pull-outs, etc.) and I have them set aside to alter for art journals. I mean, it will be exciting using the formats included on the pages with flaps, fold-outs, and pockets!
The very first spread in the book included one flap, but first I had to gesso everything. The paper is a little slick to begin with, but I love the patterns and pictures and text and designs of the original pages, so I only put down one layer of gesso. I wanted some of that original page to peek through the layers. After the gesso, I put down orange acrylic paint, then dabbed on some watered-down turquoise. I used my finger to apply a bit of black, and then I used a couple background stencils with some copper shimmer spray. I couldn't resist adding a bit of gold paint, too.
I decided to use this month's Studio Calico kit, Roller Rink, as well as the add-on I purchased, Couple's Skate. I recently decided to not save my SC kits exclusively for scrapbooking, even though I still like to keep them intact until they are mostly used up. I added some doodling with a black permanent marker and stenciled some places for journaling.
I free-cut the two jack-o-lanterns, and I pieced together all those little candy corn embellishments. The envelope is reserved for stashing wrappers from favorite and unique candies that we may come across this year.
Inspired by this PIN I used small scraps to make some leaves. Leaves are my favorite part of Autumn, so of course they would receive mention of a journal spread about my favorite things about Halloween.
I used even smaller scraps to make this collage owl.
I love that this month's kit came with vellum die cuts. I used the little puff stickers to represent a street of houses for trick-or-treating. I love that gold washi tape, too.
I used a hand-cut banner to represent the making of Halloween decorations, and the witch hat is hand-cut to represent handmade costumes, which is a tradition in my household. Sorry about the weird color of the photo!
There's the flap I mentioned. I am reserving this space for photos of our costumes this year.

So, the page is really busy and not like any of my other journal pages at all. But I definitely had fun making all the components, and I look forward to making more pages in these books. I am not sure if I want to reserve this book for Halloween pages, or holiday pages, or just leave it open.

Thanks for hopping with us!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Midweek Throwdown and Sketch # 125

So, other than the World Card Making Day Blog Hop, I have been taking a little break from making cards. My excuse is that I ran out of my favorite adhesive. The adhesive I use actually fuses the papers together, so they will not fall apart. That is an important feature in an adhesive, especially when I use it to make cards for our Heroes who are deployed. They need to be able to write their letters and not worry about things falling off in the mail. Well, I just got 2 bottles of my favorite adhesive, so now there are no excuses!

I made this card using OWH card sketch #125. The Midweek Throwdown challenge is Anniversary and Love. The sentiment on my card is "Heart & Soul" so I think it could work for either.

Stay tuned, there will be more cards soon!