Saturday, September 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home inchies

So when I started with Scrapbook News and Review I considered myself only a scrapbooker and a reluctant card maker.  As I look back now I see I had burgeoning mixed media tendencies although I didn't know to call it mixed media at the time.  SNR has an amazing mixed media department and the staff is spectacular at encouraging your exploration into the genre. 

I've discovered I LOVE mixed media.  It's so creatively freeing.  Who'd have thought how satisfying it is to make a whole piece of art in one square inch, for instance?

Canvas Inchies
Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review May 2011

These inchies - and yes, each one is one square inch - are made with sticky back canvas, dictionary page, stamps, ink, paint, markers, glossy medium, cotton and a rhinestone.  Whew!  I sometimes don't use that many things on a 12x12 layout, LOL!!!

What's really cool is that mixed media isn't all abstract and goopy.  It's just as much about the form as the mediums.  It's about playing and using products together that you wouldn't normally such as paper and canvas here.

Be sure to check out all the awesome mixed media projects brought to you every month in Scrapbook News and Review.  You'll see my name in that section quite often nowadays!!!!  I'd love to share my MM adventures with you. 

Now I'm proud to consider myself a mixed media artist!


p.s.  Check out my sketch this week on Sketchy Thursdays!  I'm rather proud of it.  ~grin~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Next Sketchy Thursdays Design Team

I can't believe how quickly six months flies by.  It's already time for Diana & I to introduce our next Sketchy Thursdays Design Team! 

Check out the announcement HERE.

You'll see a few returning faces and a whole group of newbies.  We are so excited to have each and every one of them with us for the next six months!  Including Diana & I that's TWENTY DT members!!!!  So that's a whole lotta inspiration for everyone every week! 


So, yesterday was the reason I started scrapbooking's birthday.

I can't believe my little man is EIGHT. 

I mean, that's half way to driving.


THAT's a sobering thought.  LOL!


So, tonight is the Studio Calico event on the Scrapbook News and Review forum.  Be sure to check it out as I've not only made a few layouts and cards for it using Studio Calico's Countryside collection but I've also made a mixed media plaque that I'm pretty proud of and have a class for you to show you exactly how I made it! 

Also, the September issue of SNR is live!!!  Check it out!!!

Be sure to check back with me tomorrow for this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch and layout!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays - and a blog hop!

This week Sketchy Thursdays is partnering with the challenge blog ScrapFIT for a fun blog hop. 

Supplies Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Glitter Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Paint: Creative Inspirations; Pen: Faber-Castell; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Punch: EK Success; Other: Thread

I just had to show you the yummy detail of both the Creative Inspirations sparkly paint I used to color in the letters in "friends" and also the gorgeous Starbursts mists from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Both of these are my current faves.  I just loves me some sparkle!!!!

This week we're all making layouts based on my Sketchy Thursdays' sketch:


ScrapFIT's Workout (prompt/challenge) #52: F Is For Friendship

Friends are the family members we pick out by hand. Let's dedicate this week's layout to a special friend(s). Show us who you hang out with or call when you need to vent!

Because we're having a fun blog hop we've got LOTS of chances to win prizes this week!!!! 

1.  There's our regular sketch prize, this week a HUGE kit from Burlap & Buttercups

2.   There's also ScrapFIT's Workout prize courtesy of Paper Issues

3.  Leave a comment on the Sketchy Thursdays post for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Diana's Etsy store Design by Diana.

4.  Leave a comment on the ScrapFIT girls' blog hop for an additional prize.  (See the ScrapFIT site for more details.)
We'd love to have you join us for the blog hop and play along with us!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Can You Help a Girl Out???

I am woefully bored with my current Pandora music channels.  The only time I listen to Pandora is in my crafting room and I'm afraid the repetition of the same old music is affecting my crafty mojo! 

Can you help a girl out and give me some suggestions for channels with upbeat, rockin good music??  I want to WANT to get up and dance around while I'm making stuff.  I want my head to bob.  I want to sing along at the top of my lungs.  (Luckily I'm usually home alone when this is going on, lol.)

And even if you don't listen to Pandora, just tell me some of your fave crafting music.  I can still get ideas from that. 

I'm thinking maybe I should clarify my "kind" of music, too.  I was recently asked if I was DJ Jazzy Jeff and I had to come up with my Top 5 list of rock the house songs what would they be and I answered:

One Step Beyond by Madness

Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas

Freedom! '90 by George Michael

I'm Not Okay (I Promise) by My Chemical Romance

Vasoline by Stone Temple Pilots

So, can you help a girl out?  I'll trade you a card for your suggestions.  ;0D

Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review June 2011

This one is chock full of yummy painty techniques and I love the way it came out. 

OK, back to my craft room with my same ol' same ol' music.  LOL!


Thursday, September 8, 2011


Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Recollections; Flowers: Precocious Paper; Brad: Imaginisce; Flower Center: Prima; Glitter Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels; Pen: Zig; Other: Thread

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Tessa's Precocious Paper flowers?  I especially love the ones I can recolor.  Case in point, these luscious dress pattern flowers.  They started here:

Typewriter Keys - White - Sewing Pattern Petals

And with the magic of Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts in these scrumptious colors:

Image 1


You get this:

Seriously, the pictures don't do the Lindy's mists justice.  They are so shimmery, rich and vibrant. 

This layout is my lament of how grown up my itty bitty baby girlie looks in her Kindergarten photo:

And how skinny!!!!  She takes after her daddy, luckily.  ;oD

The layouts is based on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch.  Diana, this one's a keeper!!!  I'll be using it over and over.

Remember, you only have 2 more days to submit for the next Sketchy Thursdays Design Team term

Hope you are having a great week!!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Make a Wish card

Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review, June 2011

I thought I'd share a card with you today that I made for Scrapbook News and Review a few months back. 

The butterflies and everything from the flowers down to the green checked bottom border are from a napkin.  I love the way you can still see background through the napkin. 

Here in the States it's a holiday, Labor Day, and lots of people have the day off.  Hope you're having a great time!!!!


p.s.  Don't forget we'd love to have you contribute to SNR!!!  Check out the deets HERE.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Share What You Know

I think my favorite part of working for Scrapbook News and Review is all the tutorials I get to create.  I love the step-by-step, the closer examination of a technique I love to do, the sharing of aha! and oops! moments alike. 

Well, guess what?  SNR would love to end the year with a bang and have YOU contribute to our magazine, to Share What You Know.


We want to end the year with a BANG and the best way we know how to do that is to make it all about YOU! This means that a part of the October/November 2011 Double Issue (our largest issue of the year) will be from our readers.

So, if you love to create and you want to share and teach something that is near and dear to your heart, then we want to hear from you!

Are you known for a certain style or can people spot your projects out in a line-up? Do you have a favorite go-to technique or a “quirk” that you just have to do on everything you create? What’s the one thing that people ask you the most, “How did you do that?”
 For this very special call, we’re looking for paper crafters of all kinds – paper and digital scrapbookers, card makers, stampers, altered art and mixed media artists and even those who enjoy making home d├ęcor, handmade jewelry and gifts!

Here are the details:

Choose a Style or Technique

1) Style – Share and teach something that is important to what makes your style unique, for example, distressing for Shabby Chic or working on a grid pattern for Modern and Graphic.

2) Technique – Share and teach a technique that you knock out of the park and may even be your “signature” technique.

Submit a Tutorial via Our Automatic Submissions Form

1) Tutorial must have at least four steps to be considered.

2) The tutorial must have step-by-step instructions.

3) The tutorial must include photos for each step in the instructions.

Other Info

1) The deadline is October 1, 2011.

2) The tutorial must be original and cannot be currently posted or found anywhere on the internet. For example, it cannot be content taken from a previous post on your blog or a design team or challenge blog you may be a part of.

3) The tutorial can be about any subject, topic or theme you desire. It can be based on any existing trend or technique available so long as it is your own work, created by you, and you give proper credit to anyone you may have learned it from or been inspired from. We do not discourage “scraplifting” as it is a great way for all paper crafters to learn new things and hone their skills, but we strongly encourage everyone to give credit where credit is due. It’s the honorable thing to do.

More details will be available on the automatic submission form.

The automatic submission form will be available as of September 6, 2011, so put your thinking caps on and get creating. We can’t wait to see your amazing artwork and showcase it in the October/November issue!

If you have any questions before the form is posted, please feel free to e-mail us at anytime. 

P.S. Nervous about writing a tutorial for a magazine? It’s completely understandable but don’t worry about it. That’s what editors are for. Just do your very best and if your project is chosen for publication, we’ll walk you through it and make you look fabulous!

C' know you wanna!!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Play - Sketchy Thursdays

Supplies Cardstock: Stampin Up; Journaling Spot: Advantus; Packaging: Prima; Acrylic Ink: Liquitex; Glitter Mist; Tattered Angels; Mask: The Crafter's Workshop; Gel Medium: Golden; Pens: Faber-Castell, Sakura; Other: Tape, thread

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for Tessa's 30th Birthday Precocious Paper Blog Hop!  Such awesome displays of creativity using Tessa's gorgeous flowers.  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating for it!

Here's another inky fun creation, this time based on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch:

I'm so glad to see a few new friends along for my little creative ride!  I hope I don't disappoint.  ;oD

I'd love to see all of you stop by Sketchy Thursdays and play along with us this week!