Friday, August 16, 2013

Working hard for Square 1 Masterpiece!

Recently I told you about working with a new company, Square 1 Masterpiece.

Square1 is the #1 safe alternative to vinyl. It's completely PVC free and raved as the easiest product to use even over vinyl.  This adhesive backed fabric allows you to create easy simple projects that can be as simple as print and stick, print, die cut and stick, or just cut by hand and place it almost anywhere!

There are so many uses for this product ideas are limitless and bound only by your imagination!  Now here's the cool thing - we have JUST introduced our brand new creative team that is going to help provide you with even more inspiration and ideas to create party decor, simple home decor, wall art projects, cards and scrapbook layouts, glass blocks, and things you haven't even imagined yet!

Make sure you follow us on Facebook to receive the full value of this team and keep checking your inbox for our weekly newsletters with all the latest and greatest!

I'm working on the wedding of my #1 son and his fiance, so you know what many of my projects will be about, right?

Big kickoff will be around September 15th, so BOLO (be on the lookout)! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Take the 30 Day Marriage Challenge!

If you'd like to be a better wife you may want to join me in a 30 day Marriage Challenge I'm found over at  There's even a printable for you, too!

 Take the 30 Day Marriage Challenge and commit to doing a little bit, each day, for a better marriage. Every day of the month, find the corresponding number and follow the tip. So, if you begin the challenge on November 9; start with tip 9 and move on from there. You can repeat the list every month!

Now you  might think..well, what about HIM?? What about him? You work on yourself and I bet you'll see a difference. If not in him, then certainly in yourself! :-)

Are you up for the challenge?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Square 1 Masterpiece Creative Team anounced!

The Creative Team for Square 1 Masterpiece was just announced. And guess what? I, and a handful of other waaaay talented gals, are a part of it! Woo-Hoo.  Check us out HERE!

What is Square 1 Masterpiece? The first completely cleanly removable, repositionable, restickable, acid and PVC free adhesive backed fabric that will take all your home decor, DIY and crafting to new levels! Not only are the impressive wall graphic adhesive backed fabric available in amazing color collections, we now offer two size packs for use right on your home inkjet printer. When utilized with any number of personal digital die-cutters, crafting ideas are endless…and it all begins at SQUARE1

 Have you worked with vinyl in your die cutters? If you have a Cricut, like me, you know how you need to use a transfer tape to add the vinyl cut to your project? And you know how you have to be very careful or it will stretch? And it is a bear (if not impossible) to get it back in shape? Well, with Square 1 Masterpiece those days are over!

The website is going through a transition and the new Creative Team is working hard to prepare project kits for purchase. These will have full color photos with step-by-step instructions to make beautiful items for your friends, yourself and your home.

Make sure to sign up for the Square 1 Masterpiece newsletter so you're "in-the-know" about all the upcoming specials...and maybe a blog hop, too!! :-)

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of projects and more great crafty info!

Quick and easy cards

For some reason I don't like making cards. I don't know why. They are small and a quick fix for a creative itch. But they have never been a fave thing of mine to create. Why? I'm not sure....  I do appreciate a handmade card and when I do make them my family notes that it is handmade and is thankful. Maybe I'll change my mind eventually...??

Here is a card I made recently for my Dad's 80th birthday. Easy peasy!!

and my Mom's 77th birthday:

I love the chalkboard stamp from Our Daily Bread. It is a fabulous stamp but I had quite a time finding a good ink pad. All of mine are old and need to be replaced or refreshed with ink. But I finally got a good impression. It also helps to check out the company website and blog to see if they advise a certain ink. I also found that their stamps require a little conditioning before stamping. ;-)

Happy Card Making to you!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reverse painting...sort of!

I've been working on this journal page for a while now (mostly in my mind!!). Usually when I go to create something I think about it sooo long that I don't DO I just THINK.  Well, I finally dove in and decided not to think any longer. The end result is not perfect and that's OK. The message is very significant. :-)

First, I painted a rough background with three colors of Tim Holtz' Distress Paint by Ranger. Another product that I have one of each color. I can't help myself!!   Next, with a pencil I drew letters for the verse and added painter's tape in a diagonal stripe.

Add white paint around each of the letters allowing the background color to show through in the letters.

Keep going....

Take off the tape to reveal the words. Add black marker detail around the letters.

Lastly, add some charcoal pencil for shading.

I may add a bit more in the white diagonal lines. Maybe stenciled or doodled lines??

What did I learn by creating this page? First of all I learned that you can take a mediocre paint job and create over it. A background is just that...a background that will be added to.

I also learned that if I want perfection I need to have perfect lettering. But I really don't care about that. I care about making that I like not art that has to be submitted for anyone's approval. So that means I'm OK with the way this looks.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The lollipop journal page

It's really funny how much I am learning by working in an art journal. First of all, I've always wanted to create one but never took the time. I have such a need for everything to be perfect the first time that I don't let things germinate and work themselves out. And you definitely need to be able to allow time for that in an art least I do. Take this spread for instance. I create it in my Dylusions Journal.

The background is sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays by Ranger. I have one of every color and LOVE THEM!! Circles were cut from some "really old" Basic Grey...I can't even remember the name of it. I don't think I have any more of it.

Washi tape for the "stems", doodling around the periphery, and at the bottom...collaged papers for the grassy area. I glued torn paper scraps with gel medium.

I really didn't like this before I started playing with it. But the best part??? The shadows made such a big difference.

I used Sketch & Wash pencils. A pretty cheap set, but it makes a big impact. I wish I had taken a before and after shot.