Sunday, August 13, 2017

What's in my art journal? Old problem, New Stencil

Stencil & Mask

I've got a nice little stack of handcut stencils that's continuing to grow.  Ever since I bought the Cricut Explore Air, I've been trying to cut these puppies on it, its definitely been an art tantrum kinda thing.

 Let me back track and say I've fallen in and out of love with this Cricut Explore and I miss my Cricut Expression (WE had and understanding!).  I've had tons of technical issues with this Explore and cutting stencils were a hit and miss thing, mostly miss.  Now with the new design space, I'm in love again.  However, I'm still having a problem with scanning my images for cutting.  No matter how much I clean my scanning surface, there's always these invisible specks that get pick up on the image that the software wants to cut out.  It's so frustrating.  Please if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear it.

Any who, I was able to cut several stencils last night, specks and all, and this one is going to be a lot of fun.  All that to say this, here's what I've done with it so far.  Warning, you'll probably see this stencil a lot!

This is using the mask

This is using the stencil

And this is Tiger (AKA Kitty), my grandcat,  he spell checked this blog for me....thank you Tiger.

And thank YOU for stopping by, every visit is appreciated.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What's in my art journal? 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

...Annnnd I'm back!!! Getting back into the swing of things after a looonnng vacation.  Recently I watched the new King Kong movie on a flight from California and for some reason it made me think of this art journal prompt.


Believe me the list could have gone on, I had a lot of funny ironic things to add about him, but settled for 5 instead.  Anyway, I thought it was a fun, easy page to start off with to get me back in the groove.

Thanks for stopping by today, as always, I appreciate your visit.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

New Video - Odd Beauty

I created this Odd Beauty last week.  I apologize for the incorrect focus setting throughout the video, but I think you get the idea, check it out.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017


(Phunky pages)

Art Journal Workshop - Open for registration now

Date:  July 8, 2017
Time:  10:00am - 1:30pm
Where:   Courthouse Way Community Center, Newport News, VA  23608

Come Create a Phunky Journal with Me

"Phunky"Adjective(unconventionally cool)

This workshop is for all skill levels, age 15 and up.  You will have the choice of  creating  a 16 page Phunky art Journal (with what I call "step out" pages)  or a 16 page traditional style art journal, OR a combination of both.   Though this journal is only 16 pages, you can continue to add to it.  Mine is currently up to 68pages!!!!

You'll leave the workshop with techniques for creating colorful backgrounds and uniquely shaped pages.  It's pretty addicting...I mean easy!

This is a local workshop (Newport News, VA) for a class size of 12, hurry and register for a seat here.

(traditional style)
I'll see you in class!!!

Look what she did! Customer shares artwork.

I hope you have sunshine wherever you are, it sure is beautiful here in Virginia today, in fact it has been all weekend.

Another beautiful thing is when someone shares the art that they made using one of my stamp designs.  It just warms my heart to no end.

Danette Michelle purchased this All Dressed Up stamp.

And then she created these beautiful cards adding features and embossed backgrounds.

They are all lovely and I'm particularly drawn to this last one.  I feel like that dress would be made out of some type of billowing scarf material and I want one!!

Thank you Danette for sharing your wonderful creations with me, I love what you've done with them.

I just want to remind you that I do have some new stamp designs in the Etsy shop, click here and if you'd like to share what you've created, send me an email,  I'd love to show your art off!

Thanks for today's visit, until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What's in my art journal? Workshop Sneak Peek

Happy weekend everyone!

I'll be teaching an art journal workshop locally (Newport News, VA) in July and I'm super super excited about it.  We'll be making a 9 x 6, 16 page PHUNKY journal (say that fast 5 times). You'll have the option of making two different kinds or a combination.  One of the options is unlike anything you've ever made before!!! Sorry that's all I can say.   Here's a sneak peek at two of the pages from my journal.

Meet Joe, he's a new stamp (coming soon to my Etsy shop) and he's chillin' on the edge of this journal page.  I placed a piece of white paper behind him so you could focus on the edge of the page.

Taking advantage of the shape of Joe's page, on the backside I drew a male figure.  Depending on how you see him, he's either looking around the corner, hanging out on the side, or simply just another side of Joe.  You decide, maybe you see something completely different.

Anyway, the point is, take advantage of pages with odd shape (particularly junk journals, torn pages) and make them work for you.

I mentioned new Joe stamp will be in the shop soon as well as a few others next week.  I can't wait to show you.  I'll keep you posted about the workshop.

Thanks for stopping by.  As usual, until the next blog...enjoy!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Homemade Color Sprays - Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!

Super quick video showing how to make color sprays from food coloring. They react similar to my beloved distress inks (though nothing can take the place of them, this is a fun alternative)

 I'd love for you to try it and let me know about it.  I don't know how long the colors will stay vibrant but they sure are a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until the next blog...enjoy!