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?

Happily I Collage Away!

I am still doing some watercolor doodling and fiddling- especially when I am out and about and will have time between appointments and I won’t be somewhere where I can connect to the net and do some work. I love it as a quick way to get my creative time in!

My real love though- is mixed media and collaging etc. I think I am better at this too and I truly enjoy it. So here is what I have been working on lately…

This first one is in my sketch pad. Do you watch Downtown Abby? I LOVE the Dowager Duchess character! This is one of her quotes. I fell in love with the quote first- then created the page around it. I looked all over online for an image to use and ended up with this paper doll cutout! Sweet! I used a gelli plate with some clock pieces stamps on it for the background. The plate is smaller than the pad so I used masking tape around the edges and covered it with paint using bubble wrap for texture. I used Sharpie paint pens to do the lettering and added little sparkling touches with Stickles.

Dowager Duchess Quote

Dowager Duchess Quote

I made this one for my husband who asked for a piece for his office. (I love that he loved my work enough to want some at his office!) It is an 11X14 canvas. I painted the background with a baby wipe then collaged scrapbook papers all around the edges. I added a few images of old-fashioned photographs with couples on them into the collaged papers… and tore one of the book papers into a heart and outlined it with dried peas. 🙂 The couple is a cutout I had from a class I took and I cut out various papers to fit the shape. Lastly- I added the quote. I love to print on watercolor paper and cut them out for these types of pieces. I think the weight and texture really works.

I am addicted...

I am addicted…

This last piece is not a collage like the others above. It is way brighter and way more fun! LOL It is an 8X10 piece of wood. Thought I would try something new. I cut out the pieces of the flower from fabric remnants around the house. (Bottom of the curtain in my step-sons room and one of my husband’s old shirts!) I like the quote. I think it fits the image. I like that some of the doodling that I have been doing with the water colors has come into play in my “regular art.”



Now that The Boy has moved away and started college, we have room in our spare room. I closed my health coaching office and I have extra furniture- it seems like a good match! The problem is- with all that stuff AND my art stuff/table, there still doesn’t seem to be enough room! LOL But for now- it works… so instead of having all my art stuff in the living room- I have been trying to keep it all in here and working on it. It’s not as much fun as working in the middle of the activity of the house- and we still have not worked on our books together in there yet- but I think it will work for us for a while! I need to put up the three canvases my BFF and I made when I first moved here- they will be in that big blank area on the wall right there!

New Art Space

New Art Space

So that is it for now… Hope you are enjoying your creative time!! Keep on, keepin’ on!


Mixed Media

It’s been a while since I showed you (or even did) some Mixed Media stuff…

I LOVE the way these came out. They were just quick and easy too… everything just fell together.

I made this card first- we had a young friend of ours, Chantal one of the servers next door at our local bar, pass away- and this was the card I made for the rest of our friends at the bar. My Guy gave me the idea for the words- they are lyrics to a Jethro Tull song. They really seemed to fit.

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5X7 Mixed Media Page

Sympathy Card and 5X7 Mixed Media Page

So- the page- as well as this card are a tribute to our young friend- Chantal. Gone too soon at age 24. RIP

Me, Guy and the girls from the bar next door. Chantal is on the very left.

Me, Guy and the girls from the bar next door. Chantal is on the very left.

(Mixed Media page in my 5X7 album.)