My husband really likes this one (which is so fun!) and so do I. It was nice to just sit down on a weekend and do some creating!



I started it with just a light watercolor background… I knew it would not stay all bright and cheery (not that many of my pieces are bright!) I made the background in the middle of the week- actually did it on the bus on my way running a few errands last week. (Gotta love water brushes and watercolor crayons!)

Then the other night- I woke up around 2am and couldn’t fall back asleep- so at 3am I decided to just get up and work on this piece. I had been thinking about it while I was trying to sleep! LOL So with some yummy leftovers (why was I HUNGRY at 3am?!) and Jimmy Fallon on the DVR I added the branches and then the molding paste to the bird stencil and voila!

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So yesterday all I had to do was to “grunge” it up a little. I didn’t use any paintbrushes (Well except for the white lines in the corners at the very end!) Thanks Tracy W for showing us the “baby-wipes” painting technique! I used baby wipes, and that small piece of bubble wrap and lots of smaller movements to get the color I wanted… I even employed my own body parts! (Just a finger! What were YOU thinking?!) The final step was gluing the piece of twine I found in my “box of goodies” to make the branches have more texture. 🙂


Supplies! (Totally going crazy using that stamp on everything these days!) 

And again- here is the finished product… Just enjoying the process… Already have an idea- it’s an old one resurfaced- for my next piece. It’s kind of large- so it could be a while in the making! We’ll see!

Finished Product!

Finished Product!


Did you create this weekend?


Word of the Year- One Little Word

So- I know it’s already February… but hey! Cut a girl some slack…  So I have done One Little Word every year for quite a while. I started with my scrapbooking and as my art has evolved- so have my Word of the Year projects… One year it was just the word- cut out with my Cricut- and taped to the bathroom mirror! But hey- it got the job done! If you are not familiar with One Little Word- here is a link- http://aliedwards.com/blog/one-little-word

So- my word? EMBRACE! There is so many things I want to embrace this year- the journey- all the good all the bad and the path I am on!

So here is the project I created to remind me to EMBRACE my life in 2014!

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I love using my Gelli Plate- even when the size is smaller than the canvas- you can make it all work out. So the background is gelli plate, baby wipe painting and copper ink and stamps.

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Do you pick a word of your year? How are you doing keeping it in the front of your mind?



Getting Back into the Swing of Things

YAY! I am back.. I have been creating again. Boy I hate those times when I just am not feeling it. Of course, all the life stressors will sometimes sap your “mojo” but I know that creating through it usually keeps me sane… I will do better! I promise! LOL

So this was my first project of the new year- I JUST realized I didn’t post it yet! (What a slacker!)



I totally just grabbed a piece of cardboard, leftover from some Christmas packaging and started painting! I wish I had taken a photo of the first version. It was bright yellow and green and looked like a kindergartener had made it! LOL

I left it sitting there overnight and the next day went in and “grunged” it up! Now- I love it! I LOVE LOVE my Sakura white, gold and black pens!

Closer up!

Closer up!

I used this cross-hatch stamp that I got YEARS and YEARS ago? Do any of you remember the scrapbook club.. Club Scrap? This cross-hatch stamp is from way back then! Boy did I LOVE getting those big “pizza boxes” of goodies! Would you believe I still have at least one that I keep paper in to this day??

Are you getting creative?