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Keeping it Simple Part 2

Count Me In!

Really, this is more an attempt be lighthearted than keeping it simple. Bright colors, fun image, and a … saying that couldn’t possibly less me! I am not fabulous in the sense of being elegant or classy, but I do love life, my family and my friends.

I created this card specifically for  a challenge that  had to include numbers. I’m guessing the numbers theme relates to April 15th and everyone crunching numbers to meet the deadline.

Using a numbers stencil, I created the numbers using black pan pastel chalk. From there, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to add the bright colors. (Rusty Lantern Lime, Blue Hawaiian Blue, and High Maintenance Magenta) The stamped image of the girl comes from Carabelle Stamps. I enjoyed coloring the image and adding the jewel and feathers to the headband. The “humorous” words come from Dyan Reaveley.

I’m entering this card in the Count Me In! challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Brightening it up


Keep It Simple Judy

We love to buy scrapbooking paper. We are drawn to the designs, the style, and the colors. Often we find a paper pack or pad with a theme that speaks to us, but once home, we find we don’t know what to do. We flip through the pages and we see journaling cards and border strips.

Nothing compares to the beautiful, vibrant colors and designs in Graphic 45 paper.  A few weeks ago, I bought the incredibly detailed Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood paper pad from The Funkie Junkie. The pad has twenty-four pages of deep vibrant, images. The paper features intricate artwork of Hollywood images and movie posters in the art deco period and style.

It feels sooo wrong to cover up such beautiful artwork. How do I justify purchasing paper that I won’t use because covering up the art seems shameful? What could I do with this paper that would preserve the beauty yet allow me to create something? Here’s my answer. Trim out an image, choose a coordinating paper to create a calming frame around the image, and add a couple of die cuts from Southern Ridge Trading Company I purchased from The Funkie Junkie. Here’s my finished card.

To create a little extra interest, I painted the die cuts using Paper Artsy Fresco paints, the flowers are Autumn Fire, a rusty orange that matched the flowers on the paper. The leaf is painted with Sage and Winter Green. The star got its pop using Prima Art Sugar in antiqued silver.

It may have taken me a few weeks to ponder the possibilities, but once I had the direction, the card came together in a few minutes.

We buy paper and supplies to make things and enjoy the giving feeling. Don’t feel bad about using your “pretty paper”. Not using your pretty paper is like never using the “good china” except on special occasions.



You don’t have to have a ton of supplies to make a beautiful card.

I’ve entered this card in the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring challenge. The vibrant oranges, yellows and greens are a part of Spring. Colors we love to see after a cold winter.

I love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.


Red – Inspired

Too much freedom can be a problem at times. So many directions, so many choices. Information overload. Thinking it would help me do a quick and easy project, I decided to limit myself to hearts and the shades of red. Here is the first result. I will follow with the second project in a few days.  I want to get these posted in honor of Valentine’s Day and February.

February Love

I want to give credit to Prima Manufacturing’s Finnabair rubber stamp line for the beautiful and interesting images. The images in this project are from Finnabair’s Now is the Time set. I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays for the color. The Rizzo’s Rowdy Red spray makes the hearts pop.

Finnabair stamp sets can be purchased at one of my favorite shops, The Funkie Junkie.

I’m entering this project in the Frilly and Funky Challenge. Wish me luck.

Please leave comments below. I do love hearing from you.


5 – 8 Weeks

Hubby and I headed home from his company Christmas party. I drove. It was a freezing 25 degrees with a wind chill of I don’t know how low. It was cold. Real cold. When we got home, I pushed the button on my wheelchair lift to lower me out of the truck. Quite possibly the worst noise I’ve ever heard come out of anything mechanical filled the air. The wheelchair lift on my truck was grinding and going nowhere. OK, it went out far enough that cold air-filled the truck cab and the wind was cutting through my coat but that was only about 18 inches out. I was stuck in mid-air.

… Enough details about the breakage. Here is the important part. Due to the timing, the holidays and a part that had to be custom manufactured in another state, NO vehicle for 5 – 8 weeks. I had two choices – do nothing or do something.

My choice was to dig into my art supplies, rubber stamps, ink and paper and make the best of my unfortunate home incarceration.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the art and cards I’ve been making. I would not have chosen to be stuck at home, but I did choose to do something and make the best of the situation. I’m pretty sure the upcoming winter weather will force me to remain at home a few more days or weeks and I intend to make the best of those days as well. I can’t choose what happens to me, but I can choose how I handle it.

I love vintage. Vintage fabric, vintage stamps, vintage photographs, anything vintage. Black and brown are the colors often associated with vintage. For this card, I challenged myself to brighten the palette and throw in a little sunshine.  The stamps are from The Outpost, made by one of my favorite companies, the Artistic Outpost division of Our Daily Bread Designs.  The Outpost stamp set reminds my hubby of his home state, Kansas.

Hope you enjoy my card. Please click on the comments link below and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.

Live in the Sunshine

As you can see from my other posts, I’m a pretty big Artistic Outpost fan. I see the owners of Artistic Outpost and Our Daily Bread stamps at the annual rubber stamp show in Sevierville, TN.


Lovin’ Lindy’s Stamp Gang

Here’s a little notebook I decorated and personalized a couple of weeks ago.

I cut two covers from a thick cardstock. I used black modeling paste and the Composition Book stencil from Prima to create the texture on the covers. Using Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (pirate’s plunder moon shadow mist, screamin’ banshee blackscintillating silver and sweet violet purple teal), I gave the covers some color and a little shimmer.

Using sprays allows you to create your own color palette and use that palette to color your embellishments using the same sprays.

To decorate the premade tag, I used the Evidence Label rubber stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamp company and the Shenanigans stamp comes from Stampotique Originals. I stamped the heart using the Evidence Label and Twilight Blue Slate embossing powder, also from Lindy’s.  The metal closure came from my jar of vintage buttons.

I’m entering this decorated notebook in the Lindy’s Stamp Gang monthly challenge. Wish me luck please.

Lindy's Color Challenge



December Color Challenge

Concentrated on using the colors from the December Color Challenge for Lindy’s Stamp Gang. The stamped images are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Lindy’s and Viva Las Vegas Stamps

This is a two-page mixed media journal spread. Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays make creating backgrounds so easy. I used Rudolf’s Red Nose and Golden Sleigh Bells as the two primary color sprays. Supporting colors were Ponderosa Pine Olive, Mystic Malachite, and Twinkling Tinsel.

The image of the cat and bunny are from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. After coloring them using watercolor pencils, I cut them out. The cat image got a little extra treatment. He was a small piece to color, but surprisingly, I was able to create several different patterns. It was way more fun than I thought it would be, large enough for variety, but small enough that I didn’t lose interest and patience.

The absLindy's Color Challengetract squares stamp from VLVS really popped when embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Bougainvillea Red Teal, Scotch Broom yellow, and Fiddlehead Fern Green.  The Stencil Girl Products hand stencil was a great way to add extra interest and texture.

Enjoy the end of the year and hope to see you here again soon.

I’m entering the Lindy’s Stamp Gang December color challenge! Wish me luck.



Cowgirl at the Kudzu Cafe

Can’t help but love the Artistic Outpost line of stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. To make this card, I used a stencil to create the textured background along with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays for the color. I stamped the cowgirl from the Cowgirl Strength set, then cut her out so she could be popped up to make her stand out. The little girl and the depression era woman are from the Kudzu Cafe set.

I’m so glad I have an opportunity to show Artistic Outpost my creations.

Strong Women
Strong Women

I’m entering this card in the July Challenge. Wish me luck.


Baby You’re a Star

The Picture Star stamp set from Artistic Outpost continues to inspire me. This time, I took that gorgeous baby and stamped him on a rolodex card. Colored him using watercolor pencils and of course, he had to have a red beret. I used two dots of glossy gel to make his sunglasses pop. The ever handsome, Fred Astaire, needed a little pop, so I gave him a small black bow. I stamped other images from the set as background and added a couple of stars cut from mirror and silver papers. I just can’t get enough of this set and I’m already planning one more project that focuses on the movie starlet from the set. I’m thinking she’s going to have to have some sort of a boa!! Check out the set from Artistic Outpost which also owns Our Daily Bread designs.


I just can’t get enough of this set and I’m already planning one more project that focuses on the movie starlet from the set. I’m thinking she’s going to have to have some sort of a boa!! Check out the set from Artistic Outpost which also owns Our Daily Bread designs.


Art from Recycled Objects

Earth Day is coming up soon. Earth Day encourages us to stop and think about how pollution, litter, waste, and overuse affects our planet. This is not a political day nor should it be. This day is about the little things we learned in kindergarten, don’t litter, don’t dump your trash in creeks and rivers and don’t be wasteful with natural resources.

The words reduce, reuse, recycle can be applied to art. For some of us, our art is completely based on reusing and upcycling. Here is my nod to reusing and upcycling an old metal tray. The ferns were taken from an old flower arrangement. The seashells were gathering dust in our bookcase. The light blue glass came from the burnt out ruins of an old house. The gears and sprockets were salvaged from old watches. The chain on the diving helmet came from an old ceiling fan and I used some sort of metal washer to make the faceplate on the diving helmet stand out. upcyclemermaid

Thanks for looking and as always, comments are welcome.

I’ve entered this piece in a contest over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.


New Beginning

I’m transitioning to a new hosting website. Please be patient as I learn to customize and create new posts. My plan to is branch out a little and create some tutorials and product reviews to explain my journey as a wannabee artist.

Thanks so much for your patience. Here is an altered Altoid tin for all the fairy lovers out there. I used a fairy and small mulberry paper flowers from Prima Marketing.


Hope you like her. She was a lot of fun to create.