Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jane Davenport Mixed Media Line @ Michael's

Let me just say, I've been to Michael's 5 times in the last 2 days in search of the Jane Davenport mixed media line.
This is the cover I painted on her blank canvas butterfly notebook. Of course, you can see my style inspired by two of my favorite artist: Mindy Lacefield and Roben Marie Smith.
Pictured below are some of the products I purchased from Jane's line...
And here are some photos of my work in progress...
Back cover
And some photos of my inside pages...

Love the washi tape holder

And her pocket inserts

I re-purposed a Kate Spade folder into one of my inserts - love that script print

I had lots of fun playing with these products! I can't wait to start using my new notebook.

Have a great week!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dina Wakley Small Face Stamps

I just picked up some small Dina Walkey face stamps at Michael's. I've seen them before, but finally decided to take the plunge and buy another set of stamps.
I love the sketchy look, because it allows you to be a bit more abstract with the coloring. These will be fun to add to tags, cards, journal pages, etc.

This is how it started. I first just painted some random water color splotches on paper. Be sure to leave some white areas.
Then I stamped the faces over the paint. I like to have the face image cover at least two colors of paint.
Then roughly cut out the images...
Add additional color, black lines and stamp on black marks/texts.
I also stamped a set of faces onto some of my left over scrap painted background paper.
These are some of the supplies I used for the embellishments. Stamps from Ashley Goldberg, Dina Wakley, Rubber Moon and Donna Downey.
Fun stamps to play with, I hope I've inspired you to use some of your supplies to create something different.
The background paper is from Michael's Recollection collection - Twinkle twinkle little star...love that script.

This is last minute, but if you're interested in a short mini workshop to create some of these images this Thursday, Jan 26th 10:30-12:30 $15 message me, I'll send you the details.

Happy New Years!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

I made this holiday pin out of a match box. I love making things with small boxes. The small china doll fit perfectly inside.
I added Sculpey around her legs in the shape of a full skirt and baked it for 15 min. and then wrapped mini garland around her.
I lined the inside of the matchbox with some red paper and then glued glitter around the outside. I added other embellishments: gold bow filigree, twine bow, black striped border and pearl drop.  I think I might have to make more things out of small boxes.

And lastly, pictured below is my Christmas cards for this year. I only made a few of them this year, as I got a late start and ran out of time to make more.
Thanks to Catherine Moore for designing the beautiful stamp from her Paris Flea collection.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Artful Box Girl

This morning I decided to make this girl made from a small box.
I used random pieces of scrap paper that was sitting on my desk and glued the box to an old tag.
 The face is taken from an old doll making book.
I found like 50 of these mini boxes at East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse about 2 years ago and today I finally made something from one of them.
It would make a great way to wrap something very small like a charm or ring in one of these boxes. I can't wait to make more...or it could be an activity to make at our next family gathering. :-)

Happy Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

I Won Best In Show - Annual Cookie Contest

Our office has an annual cookie contest during the holidays and this year I won best in show! I made these cookies, I called: "Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice".
I adapted the recipe from a cookie I found on-line called: Laura Bush's Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies. Although, I don't personally like coconut or cranberries, I do love these cookies.
 Mix the dry ingredients.
 Chop the dried cranberries into small bits.
Mix the dry ingredients with the butter, sugar mixture.
Flatten the dough slightly before putting them in the oven, if you like to have cookies on the thinner side.
Important tip is to let your cookies cool on the baking sheet before removing them to cooling rack. Enjoy, I hope you try them!

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1 T baking soda
1 T cinnamon
1 t salt
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown Sugar
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
3 Cups chocolate chips
3 Cups old-fashion oatmeal
1 Cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 Cup chopped dried cranberries
2 Cups chopped pecans

Preheat over to 350 F

In a large bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture, blending just until combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut, cranberries and pecans.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes.
They make great little gifts to give to your family and friends.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Handmade Envelopes for Sale

If you've been following me lately, you know I've been into making colorful background paper. I've turned the paper into envelopes/pockets - great for holding coupons, receipts or gift cards.

I made a few extra envelopes to sell, if you're interested - $8 each.
Three of them have sold already, it's kinda hard to tell, but they say "Sold" over the image (in the second row).
They're approximately 7" x 4". They have various patterns inside, but you can tell from the cover if you look close at the border edge. Just message me if you would like to buy one and let me know the row and column of the one you want. 

Thanks!

Monday, November 21, 2016

My Artful Envelopes

I've been having fun playing with paint and creating background papers. I decided to turn some of them into envelopes/pouches.
They're approximately 6" x 4", each one unique and hand painted. Below is a picture of the back side.
Next are a few pictures of the one I made for my sister, Diana as part of her bday gift.
I put an elastic closure around them
They have a shallow pocket for coupons or maybe receipts. 
I think these could make great little stocking stuffers or a cute pouch to tuck in a gift card.
I'm in the process of making more. If you're interested in purchasing one, I'm thinking of selling them for $8 each + shipping (sorry, paper dolls not included). Message me if you'd like to buy one and I can keep you posted once I have them done.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thanksgiving!