Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love you to the moon and back...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you a mini canvas (2x2) I did a while back.  I love working on tiny surfaces, I love the detail work as you can see from the banner.  It is fiddly and a bit fussy but it calms me!  

For this little canvas I started with a wash for the background using Gelatos in a variety of pinks and purples.  I then added some drips of india ink straight from the bottle dropper and added some black gelatos around the side edges.  I cut out little triangles from some scrap designer paper and glued them to some scrappers floss and added some stickles.  A few more splatters, doodles and the added sentiment from Unity Stamps and it was all done!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Simple Thank-you...

Hi Everyone!  Check out the Design Memory Craft Blog today for a little tutorial on how I created this textured thank-you card!

Here's a little preview!


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A little mish mash....

So I've been down and out in bed for the past week with a not-so-nice cold and friends on fb were probably wondering what got into me with the influx of activity that was going on as I'm not a huge 'facebooker', but the good thing about it is I've caught up with some unfinished business in my blog world so stay tuned for a blast of posts coming your way.... ;)

I'm sharing with you today a journal page I did way back in April and a few favourite finds from my past shopping adventures!

This is the first journal page I finished in my smaller art journal (my favourite journal to use - Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley 5x8 by Ranger).  I was simply just playing around with some new stencils, paint, and india ink.  I know it looks so "dark" and "meaninful" with the black drips of ink pouring from the heart and the word love.....but it was really just me playing around with my new dropper tool and trying to write with different types of india ink - which I love by the way!!!

I picked up these super cool block-printing stamps by Blockwallah on a trip we made to New York City with some good friends way back in June.  We were only there for an extended weekend but the crafty minority of the bunch had our sights set on making it to The Ink Pad.  As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them!  Blockwallah Wooden Stamps are hand carved in India so each one is unique and speaks of the craftsmanship of its artist. Crafted in a range of contemporary and traditional designs these wooden stamps will give your art a truly unique quality. Blockwallah can be used on both fabric and paper. Blockwallah works closely with local artisans in India providing impoverished women with employment throughout the production process.

Stay tuned for upcoming projects featuring these stamps!

And lastly, my favourite thing that sits on my desk right now is this new pencil case by BlueQ.  I have a healthy collection of their tins, bags, zipper pouches and pencil cases that I keep my art supplies in and this one is by far my favourite!  It speaks for itself I think!  

Some of my favourite quotes:  (had to share today)

Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  ~Mother Teresa

Well there you have it!  A little catch up and a glimpse of what lies in my messy art space.  More coming your way!  Have a great weekend and as always thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You are as happy as you choose to be...

Hellllooooo!  Me again, back with another post and some happy news!  I will be designing again for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft design team this fall!  I'm so honoured and thankful to be picked again for this amazing team and to work with such a talented bunch of designers!  Cant wait to show you my creations!  

Here's a little 'teaser' using some Design Memory Craft Gelatos® on watercolour paper and paired with a fabulous sentiment stamp from Unity Stamps!

Such a fun and easy card to make!  The added sequins are a fun touch!  

Anyway, stay tuned for some Design Memory Craft goodness to come your way!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Yupo fun!!!

Here's another painting I did using my Peerless Watercolors and Koi Watercolors on Yupo paper!  Its so addictive!

More to come!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Yahoo for Yupo!!!

Hi everyone!  Summers are always super busy for me but I always manage to find some time to play around in my little studio. I know its been a while but I've got something super fun for you today!

I've been playing around with my watercolours on some Yupo paper!  Its so much fun to experiment and push the paint around the paper!  The results are super cool!

Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper, machine-made of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable.  

Here are my first two attempts just playing around.  I used a wax resist technique and drew in the subject before painting.

If you can get your hands on some Yupo you must try it!  It also works beautifully with alcohol inks as well as gouache.  

Until next time, happy creating!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No boys allowed! Hazel & Ruby stencil masks save the day again....

Sorry I've been missing in action lately.  Tennis season has started so I'm back teaching until the snow covers up the courts for another year!  But anyone who knows me knows I can't stay away from my art supplies!  I'm not going anywhere!

So my little one has been asking to make an artsy sign for her door with some of my Hazel & Ruby stencil masks.  She knew exactly what she wanted it to say:  'No boys allowed, except dads, brothers, cousins and any nice boys'.  We had to condense it a bit for the sake of

Here's how it turned out:

We used some PPA (matte) to adhere the pretty paper
to a 12x12 canvas.  (let dry completely - we did a whole bunch the night before)

Next, we simply added our letters to the canvas.

She then painted over the entire canvas using acrylic paint.

Since acrylic paint dries pretty fast we didn't have to wait too long to peel off the letters.
(a heat gun also helps ;)  

We wanted to add a bit of distress to it so we added some strokes of Tim Holtz distress paint in Picket Fence.  We also took the bottom of paint bottle and dabbed it into some orange paint to make some random circles on the canvas.  Then I took my beloved india ink pens from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and added a bit of shading around the letters to help them stand out.

Such a fun project to do together with fabulous results!!!  The stencil masks from Hazel & Ruby make it super quick and easy even for kids!  Love it!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A big 'Thank You' and some more fun canvases....

I just wanted to give everyone who took a look at the #BringBackOurGirls Art Auction last week a big huge THANK YOU!!!  This wonderful group of artist raised almost $4000.00!  It was just an amazing turnout!!  I want to especially thank the two winners who won their bid on my pieces!  Such a wonderful cause and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution!  I hope you enjoy your new piece as much as I did creating it!

Which brings me to my next blog post....more canvases!  I created these a few month ago for The Scrapping Bug using Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks!  I had SO-MUCH-FUN making these!!! 

This wee little canvas was so fun to make! I used a 2x2 Stretched Natural Canvas (by Canvas Corp).  I applied a generous coat of gesso to the natural canvas to create a solid foundation for the layers of paper and paint that would follow!  After adhering the patterned paper to the primed canvas, 
(I wanted it to look old and 'vintage like') so I mixed some white and green acrylic paint together and let some of the designer paper show through.  I cut little triangles out of the same paper to create a little mini banner across the top, added some glitter and some natural linen trim around the outside to finish it off!  The Stencil Mask Peel away Alphabet letters are a dream to work with.  They don't stick at all and leave a really crisp finish once you lift them off (after applying the paint).

This is a nice and simple 12x12 canvas.  I used some designer paper from Cosmo Cricket (Alphabet soup) which I've been hoarding for ever and adhered it to the entire surface of the canvas.  Little tip - only use a small amount of liquid glue or else the paper will start to buckle.  Once completely dry, I added the banners, chevrons and heart from the Everyday Shapes Stencil Mask set and a few letters from the Brooklyn Alpha set.  I used some Golden fluid acrylic paint in Teal and covered the entire surface.  Once it started to dry I peeled away the masks and added a few sequins and some linen ribbon and it was done in a flash!

This next one was a bit of a labour of love....or pain...well lets say a bit of  Lots of layers and a few curse words later this is what I ended up with!  Some supplies used:  Gingham designer paper from Doodle Bug Designs, white acrylic paint, whipped spackle from Faber-Castell and stencils from The Crafters Workshop, sequins and I created the banner using Hazel and Ruby's fat roll washi tape.  The flowers were from randoms I had in my stash.  Despite the blood sweat and tears, I'm happy with the outcome!

These scream 'Spring' which is taking its sweet time to greet us here in Canada, so its nice just to look at them every now and them as a reminder of the nicer weather to come!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great week!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#bringbackourgirls Art Auction...starts today!

Hi everyone, the Art Auction is underway, already with an amazing amount of support!  Thank you to everyone for even just taking a look!  Also a big thank you to Jessica Sporn for organizing are amazing!

Here's a little recap of whats happening today!

Here are some important links:

(which is where the money raised from the auction will go) 

Art Auction: to participate in the auction. 

Here are the pieces I've donated to the auction:

This is a one of a kind mixed media 'she art' piece of artwork.  It is one of my favourite pieces, but couldn't help donate it for this important cause.  The saying "She knew she could count on a Friend" has been paper-pieced onto the canvas.  The girl was created using acrylic paint, gelatos, india inks, vintage papers, doilies & vintage book paper.  The background was created using gouache, acrylic paint, modeling paste, stencils, stamps, india inks, rub-ons, ephemera etc.  Sealed with a low-gloss finish.  Signed on bottom right.

Quote is a gentle reminder that even in the darkest times you know you can always count on a friend.

This one of a kind, 8.5x11 monoprint ready to be framed.  It was created using many many layers of acrylic paint & stencils.  I then added some painterly layers with more acrylic paint directly to the gelli plate to create an abstract image by building layers of brushstrokes and textures.  The sentiment 'She remained true to herself' is a Unity Stamp and reminds me to be confident and strong and to always do whats right in my heart!  You can never go wrong with that!  This piece will be signed before shipping.

Thanks to everyone for your support!
Have a wonderful day!

Here is a list of all the amazing artist involved and a link to their websites:

Marjie Kemper
Lisa Pace
France Papillon
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Marybeth Shaw
Jill Meyer
Kerry C. Mitchell
Barbara Lanza

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Call To art auction for #bringbackourgirls

Hi Everyone, please find information below on an important art auction I'm involved in starting tomorrow where I'll be raising some "artsy noise" in support of the rights of girls around the world to have an education without fear of violence.  May 15 is the one month anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls who were in school.

On May 15th, we're hosting an online auction at  All of our proceeds will be donated to Girl Rising, to support the worldwide struggle for safe education for all girls and women.

to get involved see fb link below:

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you tomorrow!


Friday, May 9, 2014

A new release over at BLD...

Happy Friday everyone!  Just wanted to quickly share that there's a brand new release happening over at By Lori Designs Today!  A few new artists to share as well so you will definitely want to check out the blog!

Here's a little peek at what Miss Ella has in store for you!  Too cute!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Watercolour Journal Cover...

Hey there crafty peeps!  Today I've got a fun watercolour journal cover project to share from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.   I've used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, some Gelatos® and Glaze to create this fun Journal cover. 

Check out the Design Memory Craft Blog for the full post.

Also they are having a design team call, you will LOVE this opportunity so check out all the details {HERE} if you're up for the challenge!

I've also used a Unity Stamp (enjoy.explore.believe) and some fun sequins from Pretty Pink Posh! #prettypinkposh

My funny little girl I drew with pink glittery hair...

Here's the video!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Addicted to Gelli? yep....

The Gelli Plate that is!  If you don't already have one you must treat yourself to one of these amazing art printing plates!  Using this plate is like instant gratification!  Once you pull one print, you'll just want to keep layering and adding etc...Even my 6yo daughter has fun with it!  Here are a few of my 'playing around' prints I've made.  Seriously, I have no idea how I lived without this before!  :)

This one turned out to be my favourite.  I used acrylic paints, a bunch of The Crafters Workshop Stencils and a Unity Stamps sentiment stamp.  

This is a simple print using some iridescent acrylic paints by Pebeo!  Love that stencil from TCW!!!

And this is a 'ghost' print (the second print from the one above)

These beautiful prints can be made into cards, used as art journal backgrounds, or simply framed as is!  
For more info about the Gelli Plate check out their Youtube channel.  I have more projects to post, they'll be coming soon!   

Thanks for stoppng by today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BLD April Release Blog Hop!!!

Hello Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  The weather here was gorgeous, no searching for easter eggs in the snow - yay!

Today at By Lori Designs, we've got a fun Blog Hop for you.  There's a brand new release happening today and Lori has outdone herself this time on the cuteness scale!  

I'm featuring a new Puddle Jumper - 'Big Bubble Girl (with words)' which can be found HERE!  Too cute! 

I coloured her up with my copic markers and added some glossy accents to the bubble gum machine.  

The hop will run until Saturday 4/26 at Midnight (EST) -You will have a chance to win a prize (3 images of your choice from the new April Release)  Just for commenting! Winner will be announced on 4/27!  Good Luck!  Thanks for stopping by!

Your next stop is Rosemary - Enjoy the hop!

Here's the entire hop list just in case you get taken off the path...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chalkboard tag with Gelatos®!

Hello Everyone!  I'm on deck again over at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog.  I've got another little slideshow video tutorial to share on how I created the above tag.  I used some of the Textural Accents (Chalkboard Paint and Gesso) to create the chalkboard background and then discovered that drops of gelato; when dry, really 'pop' off the paint creating an amazing contrast of colours!  

Head over to the Design Memory Craft Blog and check out the video!
Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the blogosphere today!
Have a good one!

Playing along with:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bring on Spring!!!

TGIF!!!!  (insert giant happy face here)
I'm sooo happy its finally Friday!  I'm totally exhausted but its Scrapfest weekend and I'm ready to hit the floor running!

Just wanted to share with you a cute little card featuring an adorable Puddle Jumper called 

Check out the By Lori Designs Blog for some more inspiration!  
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have an awesome weekend!!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

I {heart} your smile...

Happy Monday morning!  
Its my turn to post over on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog.  Pop on over to see the video slideshow tutorial I made on how I created this single page scrapbook layout below.    

I just know my scrapbooking gals will be so proud of me.  Thanks Jayne for the 'nudge'!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Check out this website called:  Off the Rails Scrapbooking...they have a challenge going on right now called 'Anything Goes'!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Smiles For Life - Alex Boye' (An Anthem Song for 2014)

Happy Friday everyone!  This is something different but I had to share this video, (I love Alex Boye') it just makes me happy!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Washi tape card....

So I whipped up this card the other day and at first I wasn't crazy about it but the more I look at it, the more I like how it turned out!  You know how sometimes you walk away from something and when you come back it looks different?  This is one of those times...

So I used 3 rolls of my new Fat Roll Washi Tape from one of my favourite new companies, Hazel and Ruby (thanks to the Bug).  I'm in love with their new 'quote' rolls.  I'm a quote junkie - if you've ever checked out my Pinterest board you'll know that one of my favourite boards is called 'Quotes to Note'...I love quotes!  I add them to my art journal pages, canvases, cards, or just read them for inspiration or a 'pick me up' when I need it!   (Please excuse the photo, was taken with my IPhone on the fly...)
I used Fat Roll Washi Tape 'Define It' for the entire background (the black and white).  Then I popped up a panel of the 'Colorblock Quotes' across the middle.  Then I added a strip of the 'Quote Me' washi tape to a white piece of cards stock and cut out some fun single quotes and staggered them across the panel.  It needed a little 'bling' so I added a few strips of that sparkly white ribbon behind the panel and some of those cool green candy dots to the corners.  A big thank you to Carola for the dots and the blingy ribbon!  She's always got your back when you need that extra something to finish off a project!  
Well that's it for today, its different from my usual copic coloured cards.  Just a different option if your in a jam for a quick card...pull out your washi tape!

Check out the challenge over at Little Red Wagon too - Bling it Up!  (I've got some bling on there, its subtle, but its

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Having a little fun with Faber-Castell Art GRIP® Watercolor Pencils...

Hey everyone, just popping on to share a quick little video.  This is just for fun, still getting the hang of taking video on a tablet and editing etc....but I just wanted to show you how awesome these Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils are! 

Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils allow you to add watercolor painting effects to your projects. Simply use a wet paintbrush (included) to brush over your design and the richly pigmented water-soluble leads turn into permanent, waterproof and lightfast watercolor. Apply a wash of color to stamped images or create beautiful backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages.

They are super fun to use and the quality is awesome!

Thanks for watching!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dina is in da house!!!

Well, not the actual human version lol (how cool would that be?), but I finally have her amazing new stamps now so I'll settle with that!  I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd show you another one of my favourite moments from CHA, meeting Dina Wakley!  This amazingly talented and inspirational woman was one of my favourite peeps to meet walking around the floor!  Its so much fun meeting the people who's work you admire and inspires you!  I asked her if she wouldn't mind signing my art journal...She said 'absolutely', took my journal opened it to a blank page and LOOK WHAT SHE DID!  Omg I was thrilled, (and just may have gasped with excitement along with some of the other ladies at the table).  It was amazing how effortless she made it look, seriously people, she did this page in only a few minutes!  Now I have an original signed!  Not only was she a doll to talk to she's also very down to earth, she's one cool chick!!!  Thanks Dina, you made my day!!!

So the Ranger order from CHA finally came in at The Scrapping Bug and I just couldn't wait to get my hands on them and play!  These stamps make me so happy!!!  For the giant tag below I used Dina's new Media stamp set 'Face in the Crowd'...and lots of Tim Holtz distress paint and Crafters Workshop stencils etc...

I was really just playing around with a bunch of new paints and stamps, no plan in mind, I just cut loose and had fun!  The tag below was made using a Unity Stamp, some TCW Balzer Bits and the same Face in the Crowd set by Dina and my new Silk Acrylic Glaze paints.....they are so dreamy!  I loooove them!  

The Scribbly Bird stamp set from Dina is probably one of my favourite sets....because you just have to 'put a bird on it'!  

 I used some acrylic paints, glossy accents (for the branch) and just played around!  So much FUN!

Well there you have it, my Dina post!  lol...I'll post some other pics soon where I've coloured up some faces with the 'All the Gals' stamp set using copics!  These stamps are very versatile and can be used with any medium!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

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