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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! 🙂



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