Saturday, June 27, 2015


The two photos are of my grandson, Taylor, and as you can see the pic on the left was when he was a youngster and the pic on the right shows him at 18 years of age.  And, if I do say so myself - he was adorable when he was little and is quite handsome now.

I am entering the layout in 7 Dots Studio's June challenge - Time Flies - and wow, how true is that!

Below is the 7 Dots Studio's Time Flies graphic and directly below it is the link that will take you over to that challenge.

Layout Details:

Paper:  7 Dots Studio Love is in the Air
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso, Prima/Finnabair Art Extravagance Copper Crackle Paste
Ink/Mists:  Prima Bloom Glistening Waves and Gold Foil; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo; Inka Gold Copper Paste; Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Stain
Beads:  Finnabair Glass Beads - Turquoise and Plum
Stencil:  13 Arts Mental Vacation Tattered Grid Stencil
Misc.:  Tim Holtz Clock Die and Tim Holtz Cogs Dies

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


This is a set of journal pages I had started some time ago and it was in a pile of "to be finished eventually" - so I pulled it out and finished it up.  The solitude of the beach is a happy place - but unfortunately, unless I travel some distance - all that is around here are lakes and rivers - nothing tropical.  I used some napkins cut apart and split apart and decoupaged them down with Finnabair Art Basic Soft Matte Gel.  Here are a few details:

Scenes - napkins 
Background:  Tim Holtz Distress Paints Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Antique Bronze
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso and Soft Matte Gel; 13 Arts Sand Grit
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Worn Text

Thanks for taking a peek.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


This layout titled Adventure is my entry for this week's Mojo Monday challenge at The Flying Unicorn.

Here is Alda's sketch for this week, with a link to the challenge directly underneath the graphic:

Layout Details:

Paper:  13 Arts Virgo
Ink/Mists:  13 Arts Splash Paint Turquoise; 13 Arts Ayeeda Mist Chalk Indigo
Stamps:  Bo Bunny Stitches and Finnabair Bubbles;
Beads:  Prima/Finnabair Turquoise Glass Beads
Stencil:  MFT Fish Net
Chipboard:  UmWow
Flowers:  Unknown - Huge bag of unknowns in my stash - gift from a friend.
Mediums:  Art Basics Clear Gesso; Art Basics Soft Matte Gel; Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso (diluted with water for splats); Art Extravagance Texture Paste
Blue Gems/Black Pearls: Zva

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Last week I did a layout about our oldest cat, Chewey, who is 18 years old - and still agile and spry.  Our other cat, Ms. Bit, is 15 years old and such a diva!

This is a second entry for Scrap Around the World and 13 Arts challenges.  There will be a link directly under each graphic which will take you directly to the site of each challenge.

(The Scrap Around the World Challenge inspired me with the shades of pink - as my Ms. Bit cat is a diva)

Layout Details:

Paper:  13 Arts Starlight Collection - 2 pages - Sagitarius and Virgo
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Texture Paste; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Inks/Mists/Paints:  13 Arts Splash Paint Pink; 13 Arts Faded Pink Fine Grained Grit; Lindy's Stamp Gang Raspberry Lemonade Embossing Powder; Lindy's Stamp Gang Bonjour Butter Embossing Powder; Staz-On Black Ink
Stencil:  MFT Fishnet Stencil
Flowers:  Prima Avante Berry; A few stash flowers
Stamp:  Bo Bunny Stitches
Chipboard:  Sa Crafters
Crystals:  Prima Say It With Crystals - Hearts

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


This layout features Chewey, one of my two cats.  I will create another layout soon with Missy.  Chewey believes he is a guard cat - and walks the sun room/porch back and forth in nice weather - chattering at bunnies and birds.

This layout will cover three challenges, as follows:
Scrap Around the World;
13 Arts; and
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

The information and links for these 3 challenges follow.
The links are directly below the graphic for each challenge.



Layout Details:

Paper:  13 Arts Forever Skies and 13 Arts Polaris 2 from the Starlight Collection
Ink/Mists:  13 Arts Ayeeda Mist Chalk - Indigo; Tim Holtz Vintage Photo for trim
Flowers:  (Unknown - have some loose flowers in a bag - not identified)
Stencil:  13 Arts Mental Vacation Tattered Grid Stencil
Metal Adornment:  The Flying Unicorn - My Garden
Bird:  Prima
Textures:  13 Arts Blue Light Line Grained Grit and 23 Arts Gold Microspheres
Mediums:  Craft Smart Satin Acrylic Paint - Steel Blue mixed with Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Texture Paste; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Flaming Heart Ex Votos I from the Relics and Artifacts Collection

Hi, I've been working on this project for about 4 days.  It probably doesn't look like it took 4 days to complete, however, I would put one layer of texture paste on and let it dry for 24 hours before applying the next layer.  There are 3 layers of built-up texture paste on the wooden tag.  (I also added two more tag layers behind the first tag to hold the weight of the texture paste).

I learned this technique from a tutorial by Barbara at (along with so many other techniques - just haven't had time to try them all out). She used one of Tim Holtz's books to create a gorgeous look - as if the heart and wings (Relics & Artifacts pieces) are emerging from within the plaster/texture paste and are a part thereof.  This is a link to that tutorial and a picture of her most gorgeous completed book on

  Worn Cover Transformed with Ex Votos

Be sure and check out Barbara's tutorials - she does an awesome job.  And, her shop, - is really awesome as well. 

Anyway, I decided to try out a large tag before going onto another larger project - to make sure I enjoyed the end result - which I did. I will use this technique on another project and probably use one of the Relics & Artifacts sets with wings as well.  The Relics & Artifacts line is by Sandra Everston for Prima - very cool pieces.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Prima's June 2015 Build-A-Page Challenge

This is for Prima Marketing's Build-A-Page Challenge for June.  

Below is the sketch and link to this month's Prima challenge.


Paper:  Prima's Butterfly Collection / Pages: Wood Hollow and Vintage ATC
Prima Flowers:  Cabriole White (sprayed with Prima Color Bloom Gold Foil); Pura Adelitas (sprayed with Gold Foil) and Prima Fancies
Color Blooms:  Gold Foil
Beads:  Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients Plum Glass Beads
Mediums: Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Splatters with Gold Foil
Rings:  Vintage Photo

Thanks for taking a peek.


This is a 5x7 canvas that I created for the Lindy's Stamp Gang June 2015 challenge.  I really like the soft colors this month and used several Lindy sprays and embossing powders.

The link to the challenge is right above here!
The colors included in this set are the following:
Pirate's Plunder Gold
Steel Shimmer
Shabby Turbine Teal
Cheshira Cat Cherry
Twinkling Tinsel

I used Steel Shimmer, Shabby Turbine Teal and Twinkling Tinsel from the June Limited Edition Set.  I also used the following sprays and embossing powders (and under each color is the link to the shop for that product):

5x7 Canvas Board:

Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays:  Steel Shimmer, Twinkling Tinsel, Shabby Turbine Teal, Golden Doubloon and Rizzo's Rowdy Red (mixed with water to lighten it up a bit); Lindy's Embossing Powders:  Morning Glory Azure, Hollyhock Scarlet Plum and Golden Angel Wings
Fairy Chipboard:  Dusty Attic Small Garden Fairy 2
Stencil:  Tim  Holtz Gothic Stencil
Flowers:  Petaloo Darjeeling Teal Dahlias; Petaloo Double Delphiniums and Prima Isabella Rosalia
Ink:  Versa Mark
Beads:  Finnabair/Prima Turquoise Glass Beads
Misc.:  Pearl Wires
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Prima/Finnabair Canvas

Meet Doc!  Doc is a Fallen and even though he has a shiny key to salvation - he can't use it!  Really, Doc is from the Sandra Everston Relics and Artifacts line for Prima Marketing and he is from the Ancient Soul series.  Doc's package was out on my desk for a few days and I didn't know if I wanted to go light or dark with him - well dark won.  

I wanted to give this a try - because in August Finn will be in Springfield, IL for classes - and guess who is going to be attending both days??!!  Yep, I can't wait.  I know I will learn so much!

Thanks for taking a peek.

Canvas Details:

8x10 white canvas
Mediums:  Finnabair/Prima Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso; Finnabair/Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Paint:  Plaid Black Acrylic Paint; Craft Smart Silver Metallic Acrylic Paint; Silver Rub 'N Buff
Ink:  Lumiere Pearlescent Blue; Lumiere Pearlescent Magenta
Casts:  Sandra Everston Relics and Artifacts for Prima Marketing - Ancient Soul
Metal Adornments:  Prima/Finnabair Vintage Trinkets; Prima/Finnabair Mechanicals; Misc. Pieces, tap top, bottle cap, button and keys from Flying Unicorn
and; Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients Turquoise Beads; Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients Platinum Glass Glitter
Adhesives:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel; Beacons Fabri Tac

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


This layout is for The Flying Unicorn's Mojo Monday challenge. I've posted a picture of Alda's sketch for this week along with a link in case you want to check it out.

As you can see, Alda (the owner of The Flying Unicorn) creates a gorgeous sketch each month and there is always a prize to the winner.


Paper:  13 Arts Starlight Collection - Polaris and Virgo (in the June Main Kit of the Month)
Stencil:  13 Arts Starlight Collection - Stars (in the June Main Kit of the Month)
Metal Adornments:  The Flying Unicorn
Mulberry Heart (from a previous kit of the month)
Ink:  13 Arts - Ayeeda Splash Turquoise Ink (in the June Mixed Art Kit of the Month); Ranger Tea Dye Distressed Ink on the stitch stamp; Ranger Vintage Photo around the edges of the backer page
Stamp:  Bo Bunny Stitches (in the Mixed Passion Kit of the Month)
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Texture Paste (mixed with a touch of the Splash Turquoise Ink)
Tags:  Stash
Misc.: SU Punch
Adhesives:  Beacon's Fabri Tac

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Second Project with Flying Unicorn June Kit

Another project to share that I whipped up today - and it's also from the June Flying Unicorn Kits of the Month.  I simply cut one of the postcard images from the Bo Bunny Garden Journal papers, used Bo Bunny chipboard, stickers and a Prima flower, as well as a 13 Arts Starlight (Stars) stencil and a few other items, listed below:

Postcard Details:

Paper:  Bo Bunny Garden Journal Notebook (from the Small Art, Big Passion kit)
Chipboard:  Bo Bunny Garden Journal chipboard (from the Small Art, Big Passion kit)
Stickers:  Bo Bunny Garden Journal combo stickers (from the Main kit)
Stamp: Bo Bunny Stitches stamp set (used tiny star) (from the Mixed Passion kit)
Stencil:  13 Arts Starlight Collection - Star Stencil (from the Main kit)
Flower:  Prima Flower (from the Main Kit)
Bling:  Want to Scrap package of self-adhesive gems (from the Small Art, Big Passion kit)
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Modeling Paste (mixed with a drop of 13 Arts - Ayeeda Splash Pink Ink (ink from the Mixed Art kit); Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Misc.:  Cheesecloth and pink microbeads

Thanks for taking a peek.


Seriously, I love my Flying Unicorn kits each month - there are 4 different alternatives in the monthly kit - but I always end up loving each one - so - yep, I have to have them all.  I am not part of the Flying Unicorn - but they really do have the most wonderful kits.

Anyway, back to my layout - it is from the June Flying Unicorn kit and there really is no mixed media involved in this one - just a layout.

Layout Details:

Paper:  Bo Bunny Back to Basics (in the Small Art, Big Passion kit);Bo Bunny Garden Basics Notebook (in the Small Art, Big Passion kit)
Bo Bunny Garden Journal Combo Stickers (in the Main Kit)
Bo Bunny Garden Journal Chipboard (in the Main Kit)
Flowers:  Prima Fancies Flowers (in the Mixed Passion kit); Prima Isabella Rosalia Flowers (in the Main kit)
Flying Unicorn Butterfly (in the Mixed Art kit)
Adhesives:  Beacons Fabri Tac

Thanks for taking a peek!