Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big News and Bigger News

First of all for the big new, I am happy and honored to have my Blackbird art journal published in the Spring Issue of Somerset's Art Journaling magazine. Find it at your favorite craft or book store April 1st.

Now for the bigger news...


Our daughter and son in law recently told us we were going to be grandparents for the first time and we couldn't be happier (and the cupcakes look good too)!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In Like a Lion

When March 1st rolled around I thought of this verse "In like a lion; out like a lamb".

March didn't exactly roar in like a lion for us in Minnesota; we didn't have a snowstorm or a blizzard. However it was far from lamb-like too! It has been sunny yet bitter cold - definitely more lion-like than lamb-like.

For my March journal page I came up with my version of "In Like a Lion" using the "feline" rubber stamp by Roc Nicholas along with the flower from her "daisyhead" rubber stamp.




You can find the complete line of Roc Nicholas' rubber stamps at www.stampotique.com.










Monday, March 10, 2014

I've come Full Circle

OK, I haven't really come Full Circle but I have finally finished one of the projects that I've been working on for Misty Mawn's Full Circle class.

The project was to turn an old book into a journal. The assignment was to not "over think" it. Slap some paint on each page then go back through and glue a bit of ephemera of some sort on each page and then finish the pages quickly; as I said, without over thinking the result.

First of all, I loved using up so much of the ephemera stash that I had been accumulating over time (like we all do).  As I was gluing the bits and pieces in the book I had a vague idea of what they would become but when I actually got to working on those pages most of the things turned into something completely different!

I also liked the challenge to work quickly and then move on. It was kind of a fun self-imposed challenge to see how many pages or spread I could complete in whatever time I had that day. Most of the pages could use some tweaking to make them more "finished" looking but that wasn't the point of this exercise.

Rather than post progress pictures along the way I made a flip-through video of the completed journal.






The main thing I learned about myself through this project is that I don't do subtle. No matter how hard I try to use subtle or subdued colors I always have to add a splash of brightness. I tried again and again to keep some of the spreads more neutral but very few actually ended up that way.

My new affirmation will have to be "don't fight it; embrace your splash of brightness".

As much fun as I had with this altered book I am ready to move on to the next lesson - stay tuned...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Egg-cited to share

Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio has just released a new image kit called "Dozens".

I got so inspired by the new kit that while grocery shopping I bought 2 packages of Easter egg dye and a fun little gadget called a DecorEgger Egg Holder. It looks like a little rotisserie for Easter eggs - can't wait to try it out.

Anyway, I digress... Here is my sample page for the new kit.


Find the new "Dozens" kit as well as so many others at www.deviantscrap.com