Thursday, September 22, 2011


I always get in these cycles of purging my scrap stuff and re decorating my studio... whenever I do this, I come across the most fun goodies... I found this pack of K and Co embellishments and this Prima gem set. Ha... Guess I should organize more often... I love finding the treasures though. Sometimes I think the dis organization actually inspires me more.. Do you need to have the perfectly clean space to create or can you create amongst disruption and artsy messes?
I am curious to find out what works for everyone?


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Want 2 Scrap

Hello again. We are half way through September !  I am bringing you another project today using the fabulous Want 2 Scrap goodies . Can I tell you how excited I am to have some bling bling in my possession.

 I can never line them up evenly, so having them pre sticky and pre shaped to match Donna's fab o designs is just amazing for me!
They also carry some fun shapes in a chipboard that matches the Nestabilities Lacey Ovals dies from Spellbinders... perfection! and not having to put adhesive on those bitty openings... can you hear me squealing with delight! ;)
First I started with some of the Want to Scrap nestaboard in the Lacey Ovals shapes... yes.. that's right.. they are already PRE cut to the lacey ovals board!!!
Its a great weight of chipboard. These could also be used as is but I decided to distress it a bit... after all....I am a Donna Salazar Designs girl ;)  I added two new colors of Smooch Spritz to these puppies coating them front and back in my color catcher.

These colors are Ginger Ale and Candle Glow.... so pretty.... combined it was a gorgeous creamy gold shimmer. 

Next I took the Truffle MIx'd Media Inx and slathered the ink directly over the front. It allowed the shimmer to shine through even though the ink is so beautifully rich and dark.

Set the sprayed nestaboard piece aside to allow it to dry. I love the distressed look so while it was wet I began "scratching" the surface with my nail to flick off some of the top layer... the colors, wetness of the board and the kraft color gives it a slightly faux wood look... really simple to achieve!

I tried the same technique here on this corrugated cardboard piece... love how the ink didn't cover the entire surface but the smooch was able to coat it completely.

Then I layered my card with pattern papers from Antiquities line. I added some Fall silk flowers and topped the nestaboard piece off with the gems for a complete card

Here is another little project I made using the same Smooch Spritz colors and mix'd media inx. You can see how the background piece came out so matte and artsy.

See you next time!
my blog:

Pattern papers, Antiquities, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Smooch Spritz, Ginger Snap and Candle Glow, Donna Salazar, Clearsnap
Mix'd Media Inx, Donna Salazar Designs, Clearsnap
Lacey Ovals Nestaboard, Want2Scrap
 Lacey Ovals Nestabling, black rhinestones Want2Scrap
Organza ribbon, May Art
Fall silk flowers, Michaels
corrugated cardboard
Carnation Creations dies, Donna Salazar, Spellbinder
chipboard letters, American Crafts, Studio Calico

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Foster Failure

We have begun the process of adopting a dog from a rescue and as I have been visiting their page and Facebook posts, I came across this term ... Foster Failure... lol I chuckled because even though I am not a dog foster... I know exactly what that term means.
I always have the best intentions with things I volunteer for. I have a hard time saying no to most people. I like to put people in the spotlight but shy away from any attention on myself... including my artwork etc and this makes it very difficult to be "noticed" in a very competitive industry.
Luckily, I enjoy everything about my life... being a mother is truly the best job I have ever had and still has the worst parts I have ever experienced. It truly has tested me as  person and yet I have grown the most and learned the most from my children.
I volunteer as  a Girl scout leader and after 5 years, now take care of membership for Barrington. We have 20 troops in our little town... with an average of 12 girls each.. .thats a lot of leaders, girls and forms... sometimes I wonder what Im thinking but then as I recruit and bring on a new leader and see her excitement and enthusiasm, it makes me smile and validates the work .

I try and get time to blog, post on Facebook, update my store and "just create" but being an art student takes all my creativity and I find I just don't have interest in the "other" stuff like I used to.
Its okay... as long as I still enjoy creating.. who says I have to share my work with the world?

I love that I would be a Foster Failure... as I look through those little faces of available dogs and hop around the shelters and other rescue groups... I want to save them all and know I cannot.  I will not allow it to get the best of me . Knowing that Foster Failures are the good ones that want to commit the extra love and support to another life truly warms my heart at the thought and I will take the label any day.



Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Monday and a giveaway

to you all.... we officially begin the school year tomorrow... with Erin going into 5th grade!!! Yikes... how did that happen? ;)  
Follow up with my 6th grade boy Ryan Wednesday... and then momma and daddy have some time to actually go on our day dates again.... yay!!!!!
My classes begin next week and I am very excited. 
I wanted to share a couple little tags I made with some scraps laying around my desk. I am also looking forward to a few uninterrupted studio time when life gets back and running here!! ;)

Now... to let you know about a very cool new kit  (or at least.... new to me ;)  ) called Pixie Dust Paperie. They have gorgeous supplies, kits and inspiration with a line up of great artists and designers...
You can have a chance to win a kit .... check out the details here . Scroll down for 2 ways you can win!


Sunday, September 04, 2011

Simon Says

Simon Says STamp tember blog hop is underway. After viewing all the gorgeous inspiration that was featured on their blogs... I had to get in on the action!!!

I created this using my Studio Calico image of woodgrain.. love it so much!!! I doubled it up... then added my flowers to the seam so you couldn't see the line! Ha.. tricky ;) 
I also used some Prima flowers, twine, Hero arts pearls and layers of fun cardstock
I ran a piece through my Sizzix using my Cuttlebug embossing folder and also used the machine to cut out a tag from Nestabilities lacey circles from Spell binders...
Lots of fun and a simple thank you to add to the never enough pile of thank you cards...

Thanks for the inpspiration Simon Says....