Monthly Archives: March 2016

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March Madness – Art Journal Page

I am a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I graduated from the University of Kentucky. I bleed blue. So, how in the world did I end up using LSU (Louisiana State University) colors in my art journal? 
I spent the day trying to come up with colors for my art journal. I had an idea of a couple of elements I wanted to use, a window frame die cut, some sand texture paste, and a picture of the desert. I was listening to the pre-game show on the radio as I pondered. Kentucky’s opponent – LSU. LSU colors, purple, gold white. Painted desert. The LSU colors fit perfectly. 

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I used my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blackberry Cordial and Fully Purple), Chalkboard (Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold), and Plain Jane Baseboard (Gravel) sprays to create the background. I mixed a little of the Plain Jane Baseboard Gravel in to the modeling paste and used a stencil to create more texture to the pages. I used the Bittersweet and Pot o’ Gold to dye the crinkle ribbon and hand stitched the ribbon on to a piece of burlap scrap. 

The doodling in the right corner is original, something I started as a part of the Wanderlust classes I’m taking. The other images sprinkled around are a rubber stamp from my collection. 
I covered the window die cut in sand texture paste. After the texture paste dried, I added a little color to the sand with the Gravel spray. Glued the window to my picture. 

It felt disloyal to use an opposing team’s colors, but on this night, UK beat LSU to clinch the second seed in the SEC tournament. Go Big Blue! And LSU, thanks for inspiring me to use your school colors. 

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March, Oh How You Challenge Me

I’ve started March off with some extra focus on my art. In some ways, the yucky weather helps me be creative. I know that I don’t want to be outside and the house is a little dark so I don’t see the dirt and dust. If I can see the dirt and dust, then I think I have to do something about it! If I can’t see the dust and dirt, then it’s not there, right? Hmm, writing that out absolutely makes me like gloomy, cold, rainy days are made for creating. Today is a gloomy, cold, day, that makes today a good day for creating, right. So, before I head off to enjoy a guilt-free day in my workshop, here’s something I created using Artistic Outpost stamps for a friend that enjoys memories of the good old days. 

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A Gift to Be Simple – Steam The stamps I used are from two different Artistic Outpost sets.The gentleman, train station and train are from the Steampunk set. The Kudzu Boy and the words are from Kudzu Kafe.

Hope you enjoy this creation. Please leave a comment below, especially if you like this card. If you have any questions about techniques or where to get Artistic Outpost stamps, leave your question in the comments and I’ll get back to you! 
I entered this card in the Frilly and Funkie Boy oh Boy! challenge. Wish me luck.
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New Year, New Attitude

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I don’t make New Year Resolutions. I have made resolutions in the past, but it was more of a nod to peer pressure, an answer to “What are your New Year Resolutions?” So I made a few frivolous resolutions that even though weren’t really serious, I still felt like a failure when I didn’t follow through. 

This year is different. No, I’m not making New Year Resolutions but I am copping a new attitude. 
 
I’ve been in a pretty low place most of 2015 and especially since early November. I’ve let things get under my skin. I’ve let negativity invade my life. I’ve been angry about things that were out of my control. 

Some things I won’t be able to change. I’ve been a paraplegic for 39 years. Aching shoulders and lower back pain make using my wheelchair more difficult. Things don’t come as easy for me as they did 15 years ago. Simply picking something up off the floor is a three-step-process. Getting a shower and dressing take about 30 minutes longer than it did 3 or 4 years ago. The thing that bothers me the most, I’M NOT THAT OLD. I can’t de-age and I can’t stand the thought of any more surgeries. 

2016 is a time for me take control of my thoughts. Time to find the courage I seem to have misplaced. To find the positive attitude that evaded me for most of 2015. It is a time for a new attitude.  
 
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. And to myself, “Welcome back Judy! You may have momentary setbacks or even days of lapsing in to frustration, but you will find your way.”  

I created this tag using a combination of Artistic Outpost stamps (Picture Star set), Prima flowers, and Tim Holtz die cuts and embossing folders. 

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Small but Mighty

This is a small (5 x 7 inch) canvas I’ve named Queen Bee. The base layer is crumpled tissue paper. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to color the tissue paper after the tissue paper was applied to the canvas. From there, I added bits and baubles and a few flowers I tinted using more Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays. Look closely and you will see some repurposed items from my junk drawer.