Thursday, January 19, 2012

Love You Card

Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review, September 2011

I love this card.  It's simple but it's a demo of a really cool technique.

I custom colored a bunch of UTEE with alcohol inks.  I am really impressed with how well it came out. 

I love the way the color is variegated.  It's so pretty. 

I did a tutorial in the September issue of Scrapbook News and Review on how to color your own UTEE with alcohol inks. 

That's the kind of good stuff you get in SNR. 

And coming SOON we'll be debuting our new forum and magazine formats.  And lots of new awesome features including lots of great new tutorials, print AND video. 

You HAVE TO check us out.


Today was a bit sad because there wasn't a Sketchy Thursdays challenge.  We've officially closed the blog.


But we'll keep in touch.  Keep up with our Facebook page for updates. 

And I'll be bringing you a sketch before the end of January in Scrapbook News and Review, in case you're have Sketchy Thursdays withdrawal. 


Friday, January 13, 2012



Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will be debuting new magazine and site formats! 

I can't WAIT for you all to see it. 

It's sooooo exciting!!!! 

You are going to LOVE it!!!!!!

(There're going to be video tutorials!  Woohoo!)

Stay tuned.


In the meantime, here's a little Valentine-y card:

Originally published in Scrapbook News and Review, August 2011

Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thank You - Sketchy Thursdays

Supplies Cardstock: The Paper Company; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Stickers: Doodlebug; Journaling Spots: K&Company; Cord: Stampin Up; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Pen: Faber-Castell; Punch: Fiskars; Sketch: Sketchy Thursdays 01/12/12

I'm feeling a bit melancholy today so bear with me. 

I'm so thankful to have such a great family who loves me.  I love them with all my heart. 

Today's layout is based on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch:

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that today's is the last Sketchy Thursdays sketch on the blog as we know it. 

Diana put it best on the Sketchy Thursdays post today:  "Finding sponsors, keeping up this pace for two and a half years and overwhelming lives for all three of us has found us with a decision we needed to make...there is no secret agenda—just three very tired, overwhelmed ladies that feel we have hit a threshold for this part of our adventures."

I will continue to make sketches for Scrapbook News and Review, Diana will be making them for various companies and blogs and we'll keep the Sketchy Thursdays Facebook page going with ocassional sketches. 

Thank you Diana, Julie, every one of our Design Team Members, past, present and guest and most of all, thank you to all those who played along over the years
 and made Sketchy Thursdays THE place to be.  It has been an honor.

Please stop by the Sketchy Thursdays blog and play along with us this week.  We'd love to have you.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012: Reclaim

Supplies Art Journal: Canson; Stamps: EK Success; Ink: Tsukineko; Acrylic Ink: Liquitex; Paint: Creative Inspirations; Gelato, Pen: Faber-Castell; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Sketch: Sketchy Thursdays 01/05/12

I'm feeling a shift for 2012. 

I'm feeling my creativity shift more toward what I want to do.  It doesn't have to conform to what everyone else is doing.  (OK, so I've been inching down this path for a while now but I'm giving myself full permission to sprint down that path now.  Or even blaze my own!)

I'm feeling a shift toward refocusing on MY body, MY health, MY mind.  I'm not going to make any grand New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, curb my potty mouth or reorganize and clean my whole house.  I'm just going to let it happen if it happens.  (I'm just hoping it does, lol.)

I'm not going to formerly participate in any "One Little Word" or similar projects but I do like the idea of setting the focus. 

I'm going to focus on the word RECLAIM.

I'm liking the idea of exploring my journey in an art journal and I'm starting with this spread. 

It's based on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch:

This week's sketch is sponsored by Scrappy Chics and is accompanied by a color prompt: blue & silver.

We'd love to have you play along with us!!!

Looking forward to an awesome 2012!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scrapbook News and Review February Calls

The February call descriptions are up over on Scrapbook News and Review

All submissions are due by January 24.

See THIS LINK for full call descriptions.


Free For All (formerly Strut Your Stuff)
6x12 pages
Forever Family
Life is Good
All About Me: What I Believe In
Color of the Month: Red
KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart)
One Word Title: Possibilities
Recipe Challenge (1 piece of ribbon/fiber, 2 photos, 3 rub-ons, 4 patterned papers, 5 flowers)
Scrap Your Stash: Ribbon
Sketch of the Month

Cards & Stamping

Friendship/Sweet of You
Frilly & Feminine
One Layer
Product Focus: Bo Bunny
Recipe Challenge (1 sentiment, 2 stamped images, 3 buttons or brads, 4 patterned papers, 5 buttons or brads)
Sketch of the Month
Technique of the Month: Mists & Mica Powders

Digital Scrapbooking

Free For All (Formerly Strut Your Stuff)
Instagram Photos
Splatters & Sprays
Style: Modern & Graphic

Mixed Media

Please note:  All mixed media calls are for artists of all styles and categories including traditional paper, hybrid or digital.

Arch: Girl Power
ATC: Asian Inspired
ATC: Free For All
Inchies: Grid of 9

Come play along with us!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hope 2012 brings you lots of love...


and childlike wonder in your world...

Happy New Year!