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Creating – What Have You Been Up To?


I’ll admit it.  Ever since I decided to temporarily “retire” from Design Teams (I was losing the “fun” out of creating with so many life stressors, my full-time job, raising small children that needed more attention – not to mention the insane amount of homework they pile onto kindergarteners and 2nd graders…and life just getting in the way) my posting and my creating has slowed WAY DOWN.  Not that I am not always creating in my mind…thinking of and planning new projects…..and now I run a ART CLASS at my work with my patients every week -( well actually I have been doing that for months now, but since I am always so laxed in posting new up-dates, how would any of my fellow peeps know that?)   So here is my latest up-date to all my latest creations:

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What have you been doing lately?



Well…a blog post has been long over-due… I know.   But I have been sooooo busy.   I have been through almost EVERY DRAWER and EVERY CLOSET in my house…..talk about a big clean-sweep.  A few rooms to go….a final round on the garage before a “scaredy-hole” gets installed and then maybe, just maybe, I can relax for a moment and focus back on what grounds my soul…CREATING.  But in the midst of all the cleaning and organizing and general mayhem of a house with 2 small kiddos and a full-time working mommy and daddy…..I have managed to pull off a few projects……and since I am finding the rare moment to actually up-date my blog….I would like to share the projects I have completed since my last “up-date” 🙂  This is going to be a rather long post…so skim through if you don’t have the time…or sit back and relax.  AND anyone who leaves a comment, and is a current blog follower (see the subscribe 2 section on the right hand column if not already),  will be put into a drawing to win a box of paper crafting goodies…and if you have ever seen my give-aways, then you know you will not be disappointed……I’ll blog the prize just as soon as I gather it all together…I plan on stuffing a box FULL of goodness 🙂   Here we go…

So I have had a couple family birthdays over the last couple of months and here are projects I created for the special days:

Above is the creation I made for my oldest sister’s b-day….I created this on a 40 x 40 pieced together canvas …. I had to photograph my just turned 5 year old in the photo to demonstrate just how huge this piece actually is.  I used some amazing 8 x 8 papers from DCWV….some black yarn decoupaged onto the piece…some title stamps from CTMH stamped and individually cut-out.   LOVE this paper!

Above is a 16 x 20 mixed-media canvas piece I created for one of my nephews for his 10th birthday.  I used a lot of 7 Gypsies papers, some CTMH stamps….I did a ton of inking, painting, misting, masking, collaging….I just couldn’t keep up with all the supplies I used on this.

The above project is a 11 x 20 canvas project…framed by this amazing frame I purchased at Michaels (hand-painted) for my dear cousin.  I was going for a “search-a-word” type feel here… Can you see the saying? 🙂  I used an Oklahoma state map for the background (I am obsessed with maps) and used map paper to create the flowers.

The next 2 projects are art journal type pages, both 12 x 12, that I created with my kits from www.scrapsofdarkness.com – I used some stuff from both my Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits.

Next is a photo of the cover I created for one of my art journals (my new obsession.)

I stitched the flourished on this book cover with yarn instead of thread … and I love the added texture and dimension!

The next project I would like to share is another mixed media canvas – 16 x 20.

here are some of my Art Journal pages:

I am creating an Art Journal book for both my kids…..full of my “personal wisdom” per se lol!

whew! lol…and lastly…here is my very latest 12 x 12 art-journal style page I created with my ver August Scraps of Darkness kit:

and a few up-close shots:

Thank you for taking the time to peruse my latest creations! I appreciate each and every one of you!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment to win a great prize! 🙂 Be in it to win it! 🙂 God Bless!





Make something GREAT out of something not so GREAT


I honestly cannot believe that it has been so long since I last made a post! I have been enjoying my break from Design Teams…creating projects here and there…completed a MAJOR studio rehaul… completed planting my flowers beds (which takes 22 bags of mulch if y0u can believe that)….CLEANED out the garage! yeah, it’s not perfect yet….but I am amazed at what I have accomplished….Well, I have a lot more home projects on my list to do…and I’m so motivated that I feel like I’m unstoppable! LOL! Well…I figure, if I could do what I did in our garage….really I can do ANYTHING! 🙂

Today I would like to share a project that I created for my baby girl…who will be turning 5 in just one week! Where did the time go?  I’m a little sad that I will now have both kiddos in all-day school (next Fall), but ready for it at the same time! 🙂

So, my mom stops by this Estate Sale…and picks up this lamp….well….given the right decor I’m sure it would have been lovely (maybe 🙂 ) – but it needed a complete make-over to live in my house!  AND since I broke Elizabeth’s lamp awhile back (I was cleaning her room and ooops) I thought it would be a perfect time to create her a special…..rather a magnificent lamp to fit her princess lifestyle ways! 🙂  So, that is exactly what I did!

BUT First, you must see the lamp in it’s original glory:

Well, what do you think? LOL! here is where you discover that anything is possible!

So I bought some spray paint in a lovely Robin Egg blue color….only took 1 can.  I taped the top of the lamp and the chord…took it out to the backyard….sat it on some kraft paper and voila!  Side note:  I buy kraft paper wrapping paper by the roll…and use it for all my messy projects…It works great spread out on your work table too!

I forgot to mention that I cleaned it up before I started 🙂

After I spray-painted the lamp base….I painted the detailed accents using Plaid acrylic paint in Pink Silk (I just adore the subtle pink hue to Pink Silk.)

Hopefully you can already see what a major transformation a little paint can make.  After that….I tried to come up with a solution to that hideous yellow/gold lamp shade…but to no avail…my efforts were futile.  So I had this lamp shade in my (newly clean) garage that I was saving to use for a card/chandelier project I had in mind…but it was destined for other greatness. It was time to get my flair on.  I went through all the Prima and Petaloo and Jolee and misc flowers I have been hoarding for FOREVER & my extensive buttons stash…and started getting busy with the glue gun.

I went to town with my buttons and flowers….added some pom-pom trim along the bottom….added a glittery butterfly I bought at Michaels ages ago, and adhered some of the beautiful rose trim by Webster’s Pages inside the top inside.

I also adhered some bling ribbon that I got at Walmart to “stripe” the shade.

I added some more bling to the lamp base….adhered some more of the rose trim from Webster’s Pages around the base….and there you go….my super FANCY Lamp! 🙂  I had so much fun creating this.  I used a lot of buttons and trims I have hoarded because who better to use them for but your baby girl! Now let’s just hope she doesn’t pull the “flair” off! 🙂

Well, I hope this has inspired you to create something AMAZING this weekend! and maybe see the potential in the less obvious!  Have a great weekend!  I have more projects I have completed to up-load in the coming days….but hubby has the memory card they exist on! 🙂 So stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by and taking a closer look! God Bless!


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No Day But Today – 12 x 12 canvas Mixed Media piece


Here is another mixed media piece that I created on a 12 x 12 canvas…I used both of my March Scraps of Darkness and March Scraps of Elegance kits together to create this.  My inspiration for this was from a gift bag that I unearthed in my great Studio clean-up of 2012 🙂 as well as an Owl based assignment from the on-line Art Journaling class that I am currently taking called The Art of Wild Abandonment!

the Scraps of Elegance March kit is full of beautiful BoBunny Country Garden papers (used one for the background here & the tree) and the Scraps of Darkness March kit is full of the amazing Graphic 45 Old Curiosity shoppe (used in my owl, some of the leaves, sun center, etc.) for complete kit ingredients please visit www.scrapsofdarkness.com or click on the links above.

Here are some up-close photos:

I made this piece for my son’s 1st grade teacher – she loves owls! I am so grateful for the amazing job she has done teaching my child this year! and most importantedly, he loves to read & he loves school!

I also used a bunch of my acrylic stamps and rub-ons that have been in my stash forever!  Projects like this are perfect to use up your stash and a great use for all those paper scraps that accumulate! TFL my friends and I hope you have a blessed and wonderful week!


Everybody Loves A Circus – Mixed Media Project


We are taking the kiddos to the Shrine Circus soon….and I have to admit…I love Circuses, Carnivals, and such.  With that in mind, here is a 12 x 12 canvas, mixed media project that I created – one of the three that I am planning in a Circus series, per se.   I also entered this in CSI’s #11 challenge.

My inspiration for my hand-pieced together clown was from an illustration out of last year’s Shrine circus program, artist unknown.  I used one of the 12 x 12 canvases that I picked up from my local Michael’s – I used a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper for the background…it is Ferris Wheel from Recollections.  All of the paper used for the clown was from scraps from my Scraps of Darkness kits. Here are some up-close photos:

in the above photo, I’m not sure if you can see…but I hand-stitched shoelaces onto the clown shoes…

I also used buttons and brads to embellish his outfit.

I used twine from my Pink Paislee stash for the balloon strings.

along with a plethora of my stamps, I also used a lot of rub-ons to create all the interest and texture

I also used some “Puffy” paint for extra dimension.

It’s taken me a bit to get this project up-loaded because I have just recently started the amazing Art Journaling class , The Art of Wild Abandonment…by Junelle Jacobsen via Scarlet Lime.  I have temporarily “retired” from Design Team work so that I can try out some new art and techniques….and isn’t it just the way it goes….I find that I am as busy as ever! 🙂  I really wouldn’t have it any other way!  I hope this has inspired you to create something today!!! God Bless!

Happy Birthday To Me!


Okay….so, yes, I have been on a creative hiatus….BUT….that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! I have completed a major scrap room re-haul! Only now I fondly call it my “studio.”  A place all my own….a place that makes me so happy I could almost cry! We ALL need such a place!  I want to give a great big THANK YOU to my dear husband for traveling over 190 miles away to the nearest IKEA store and getting me one of the greatest birthday gifts a girl could ask for EVER! 🙂 You see…I don’t need diamonds…I just need stuff for my “studio” space. 🙂 I love your sweetie!

So….before I unveil my studio heaven! here are a few before photos….I must say…it was actually worse than this…but I forgot to take photos before I started to clean out the space in preparation for my great re-do! 🙂  It was a bit like “Clean Sweep” – I just moved everything into our “Library” which is actually intended to be a formal dining room…but a formal dining room is just NOT a working room for this family…so we decided on creating a “Library” slash/Computer Area  for the kiddos!

Anyway…here are some BEFORE photos: (prepare yourself 🙂 )

It is important to note here….this shot above is the actual wall that has been replaced with my new IKEA Expedite shelving! Woo HOO! 🙂

Above is a shot of my affectionately named “Leaning Tower of Paper” – so glad to be past this point!

AND drum-roll please….my newly remodeled and extremely inspiring (at least to me) studio space! 🙂

Remember that wall I mentioned above…well…this is the same wall….only now it holds 2 of my new “happy birthday” IKEA Expedite shelving units!!!!  SOOOOO worth the $….and a whole lot cheaper than buying the individual scrapbooking room storage shelves that are so popular….the best thing about these shelving units….each “cubicle” is 13 x 13 …the perfect size space for scrapbook paper!

and in case that first photo wasn’t enough…here is another…a photo taken just inside the door-way to my “studio.”

Here are some other shots of some organizing solutions I have come up with along the way:

above is a photo of the retro cassette tape holder that I have had FOREVER…..used for holding and organizing my ink pads.

the above photo is the section of my “studio” that I call Stamping Central…here I have  my stamps…acrylic and wood, separated by type (texture, etc.)….this is a shelf/peg board that I bought for $5 at an Estate Sale in my local area a while back…SCORE! 🙂

another great big PERK to these shelves is the space afforded by them at the top….above is a partial exhibit of my ribbon collection…..Yes, I am a ribbon junkie…..I used an over-the-door shoe rack (purchased from W for roughly $8) on it’s side, to store a lot of my ribbon spools…..my other solution for the smaller ribbon spools and smaller amounts of “loose” ribbon are as follows”

Above is a shot of my punch storage solution…I bought 2 very inexpensive, clear shoe holders that hang over-the-door to hold my punches…this one is behind the actual door to my studio…the next one is in the inside of one of the closet doors located inside my studio.

above is one of the Ikea Shelf cubicles close to my desk, that houses all my beloved Chalk Inks…..this is like CANDY to me!

above…some more “candy” to me….my glues, stickles, acrylic paints…a whole lot of joy! 🙂

above…another garage sale find…the white peg board..I hung this over the other closet door…on the outside…hung it from an over-the-door coat hanger (as to not leave any holes in the actual closet door 🙂 ) ….

above…my mists

Here is a photo of my actual work desk…purchased from Target.com by my dear husband a couple of birthdays ago…and the black self-healing mat on top is Ingvild’s newest Prima self-healing mat…the other side is turquoise!!! I put it on the black side as to not mar the gorgeous turquoise side! 🙂

Thank you for sharing on my little photo tour of where I actually create! hopefully something I have shared here has inspired the organization of your own creative candy!  It sure inspires me to have a clean, organized space…..I actually completed a new mixed media piece….but now I am off to practice some spelling words with my 1st grader! 🙂 Thank you for looking!



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Butterflies – Make Your Life Great – Scraps of Darkness Jan (Escape) & Feb (Victoriana) kits


This is a 16 x 20 canvas piece that I created using my January “Escape” kit and February “Victoriana” kit from www.scrapsofdarkness.com ! I really LOVE butterfly boards and have been wanting to create one for quite some time….my ultimate inspiration for this creation was this image here:

I was inspired by this page in the latest issue of ScrapbooksEtc magazine (April 2012 edition.)

and here is my creation:

I am planning on doing a basic video tutorial on the creation of this project just as soon as I can fit it into my LIFE.  🙂  This is my birthday weekend…and I have some Birthday Plans 🙂 So hopefully,  at the latest, this up-coming week!

In the meantime, here are some up-close photos….this project has A LOT of dimension that just doesn’t come through on this presentation photo!

Above photo taken in some in-direct sun-light.

for a complete list of supplies on the Scraps of Darkness kits click HERE.  Other supplies used here are:

ModPodge matte, Butterly Rub-Ons from Hobby Lobby, AdTech Glue gun and extra long glue sticks, Plaid acrylic paint in various colors, bubble wrap, shelf liner, tons of various stamps,  Staz-on black ink pad. various colored ink pads from Close T0 My Heart, color-box chalk ink, printed sticker words from the Girls Paperie.

TFL! and I hope I have inspired you to create something today! and BTW, I think this looks AMAZING in my Den/Playroom! 🙂


Lucas – Scraps of Darkness February “Victoriana” kit


I have been taking a bit of a creative break….organizing….cleaning…getting my house in order so to speak!  BUT, in the midst of all the work I have accomplished, organizing “My So-Called “life” (loved that show btw) –  I cleaned and organized my creating space…well, after that,  I had to stop and create!  Nothing really inspires me more than organizing my crafty stuff! and with that said…here is a layout I created in the midst of all the work, using the exquisite February kit from www.scrapsofdarkness.com called,  “Victoriana.” I was totally inspired by the Color Room’s Sketch/color palette #97  for the creation of this!

 This is my sweet nephew Lucas…back in 2005 when we went to Washington State for my grandpa’s funeral.   This photo was taken at the top of Mt. Rainier….in the parking lot of the resort hotel.  Lucas has always been the sweetest child….wise, way-beyond his age!

Here are some up-close detailed photos:

Thanks for looking!

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Blog Give-away Winner


In case you haven’t heard the lucky winner to the Scraps of Elegance kit club 3 months subscription is JENNAROO! Congrats!!!

AND NOW, the winner of my blog give-away…..using Random.org….the lucky winner of the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge is

DRUMROLL, please…..


Denayc, please send me an e-mail at nancola@msn.com with your address so I can get this cartridge sent right out to you.  If you do not have a Cricut and would like an alternate prize, please let me know!  Super Congrats girl! And thank you to everyone for playing along on this Blog-Hop and signing up to follow my blog.  I love having give-aways, and I’m planning on another one real soon!!!! Happy Sunday!!!!

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The Reveal of Scraps of Elegance!


Today marks the reveal of the gorgeous new sister scrapbook kit club to www.scrapsofdarkness.comScraps of Elegance! And to celebrate in style…Scraps of Elegance is having a blog hop with chances to win some GREAT prizes! If you are already in the midst of the blog hop then you should have come from Scraps of Darkness’ Design Team member Karolina Stopyra’s blog.  If not…then you can start the Blog Hop HERE.  I will post your next hop at the end of my post…so hang in there 🙂

You may know Scraps of Darkness  kit club already, she is on the edgy and daring side and is always the “pushing the envelope” kit of diversity.
Now we would like to introduce you to her new sister—
“Scraps of Elegance”  the alter ego of her sister club.
Her style is more on the sweet and romantic side… a true classic beauty and
Today is the reveal of the first ever kit!
The carefully chosen beautiful papers from Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings, Websters Pages Western Romance and Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection along with the  wonderful embellishments and unique vintage items
are the perfect mix for you to create something beautiful to compliment your most treasured photos.
You can see the full list of kit ingredients at  http://scrapsofdarkness.com/ScrapsOfElegance.html .
And as if that wasn’t  enough….Scraps of Elegance kit club is so proud and honored, and well, I’m downright EXCITED,  to introduce one of the most coveted designers in the industry helping to show off this enchanting new line of kits….drum-roll please!

You won’t want to miss the gorgeous work she’s done with this kit!

Scraps of Elegance will be awarding a THREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB on this blog-hop to one lucky winner!!!!
You win not one, not two, but THREE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KITS!
The subscription will begin with the March kit and end with the May kit.
Many of our designers are giving away their own prizes on their blogs so there are many chances to win.
I am giving away the Cricut cartridge FLOWER SHOPPE (international entries welcome) BUT if you don’t have a Cricut, I will have an alternate prize!
Just look at the beautiful, dimensional flowers this cartridge can cut….out of any paper you want! It is a fave and a must-have in my opinion!  All you have to do to win my blog-hop give-away is to leave a comment under this post…and be sure and subscribe to my blog (see Subscribe 2 link in the right hand column!)
  To win the Scraps of Elegance subscription prize all you have to do is become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog. Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blogs. When you have completed the hop come back to Scraps of Elegance and leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop and are a follower. You have until midnight (pacific time) on Feb 4th to leave a comment. The winner will be announced Feb 5th on the Scraps of Elegance blog .International entries are welcome to participate. All international entries are responsible for shipping costs in excess of 15.00.
(The designers will address the eligibility of international participants individually on each of their blogs)
Here is a 15 x 20 canvas piece I created with this gorgeous new kit for Valentine’s Day!
I hope this has inspired you to create something beautiful today…AND to check out this exquisite new Kit and Kit club!
Okay…so now you are off to your next stop on this blog-hop… Escape Kitty’s blog!
Good Luck!!!! I will also be announcing the winner of for my part of the blog-hop on SUNDAY!!!
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