"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" by Marianne Williamson

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spiral Journal

I've been wanting to alter a spiral bound notebook for a while. Yesterday my daughter and I were in the store and saw all the school supplies on sale so I picked up a couple to play with. I am planning to send this one to my Aunt. She likes to sew and I saw this paper in Michael's and thought it would be perfect. This is from Tim Holtz's Ideaology line. The paper is Kraft Resist. I colored the lovely lady with colored pencils and metallic crayons. Also used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and the Distress Markers in Faded Jeans and Mustard Seed. The tag was punched out of Me&My Big Idea's Coastal Venice paper pack. I also glued some plastic pearls and a piece from a sewing kit. 

I hope she will like it. It was fun to make!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thinking about the Holidays

September is upon us and even if I am not quite ready to give up on Summer, I must start thinking about the upcoming holidays. This is a card I was excited to make. I wanted to work with circles and this is the end result. Unfortunately it takes an hour to make each card! I really wanted to make more for my family and friends, but I may have to think of something less time consuming. I've only made two of these.  I do love them though!

The papers are from a coordinating pack. I don't know the name. And I used a Burgundy pigment ink from Color Box, Black pigment ink from Studio G, Ranger Stickles in Burgundy and Goldenrod and acrylic paint by Folk Art in Gold and Burgundy.  The stamp is from Inkadinkado. I used a one inch circle punch to punch the paper and punched them so they fit together snuggly. This is the time consuming part.  Everything else is kinda random.

Holiday items are all over the internet right now!  I'll get in the swing of things soon, but for now I am going to hold on to Summer as long as I can. :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Don't be afraid to sparkle!

I saw this quote a little while back and thought it would be perfect on an ATC. This ATC is my contribution to my ARTHaven group swap. I've been in a monochrome mood lately. I printed out the words and glued them to the ATC blank, then just chose a color and just went with it. I recently received an order of  Tim Holtz Distress Ink and this one is called Faded Jeans. Then I used black paint to make the squiggly lines and stamped the little flowers. I used Ranger Stickles in Crystal and Silver to make the flowers sparkle!

I like the quote. It has helped me in my everyday life lately. At work I tend to try not to be noticed and after seeing this, I thought maybe I should not be afraid to sparkle and shine at work. Maybe it will lead to bigger and better things! Or, if not, at least I'll be myself and will be happy. :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New In my Shop!

Check out these new listings!!!  I've been making paper like crazy (when I can) over the last few months. I've finally finished all of the rainbow colors and will be working to place them in sets and get them listed and to also make journals.  Next goal is to make about 1000 white junk mail sheets! Fun! Fun! (Really, it is! I love it!)

A Sympathy Card

Had the need to make a Sympathy Card last weekend. Will be giving this to a co-worker tomorrow.  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beginning of a Rainbow

I am working through the rainbow again. Started with Red and Pink. I have Red-Orange and Light Red-Orange drying on the racks now.  Someday I'll have more time and more room for drying the sheets but for now, I'll do what I can when I can. Hoping to have the whole rainbow done by June 1 so I can put together more rainbow packs. I also have a local shop interested in selling my papers so I need to get packs together for that as well!

I am so enjoying making paper!  It's the perfect craft for me. And I recently reorganized my ART Studio so now it is easier to work. And easier to sort the paper scraps.  

Enjoy your day everyone!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Getting Messy

We had some cooler weather this morning and I really needed to make some covers for my journals so I made paper outside today. Just a few sheets. I had water all over the place!

This is a 5 x 7 sheet made from the leftover pulp that I had after making 3 covers for my journals. This paper is nice and chunky!

Friday, April 20, 2012


UPDATE!   I am extending the coupon code below until 10pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2012!!!

Once again it has been months since I posted anything. I think that winter put my creative mojo into hibernation. Now that spring has arrived, I have been motivated and inspired. Sometimes ideas hit you on the head so hard you can't ignore them and sometimes they tap you on the shoulder a few times, wait for a response, then tap again when you ignore them. This idea just kept tapping because I was not making a move. Until last week, when it got tired of being ignored and slapped me right upside the head!!! I really don't know what took me so long in making this journal. I've been mulling it around for a while now. I have to say though that I am super excited! I've got a few other types of journals I will be making soon, however, I really want to go ahead and show you this one.

It is an Art Journal made using my handmade recycled papers on the inside and also on the outside covers. This is bound with a 3/4" O Ring binder (Bind-it-All). The cover is brown and the inside pages are a rainbow of color! 

What do you think?  Like I said, I am excited. I've made 2 so far of this size (5 x 7 inch sheets) and one smaller one (3.5 x 5 inch sheets). Tonight I made enough junk mail papers to fill 2 of the larger books as well as 2 thick covers to go with them. Can't wait until they dry so I can put the books together!  

And, I've decided that since Earth Day is this weekend, I would have a pre-sale in my Etsy Shop for these journals. Starting Friday, April 20 at 10pm Eastern Time, I will offer 20% off when you pre-order an Art Journal (5 x 7 inches).  You will be able to use Coupon Code "EARTHDAY2012" at the time of purchase. You can choose to have the inside pages be Junk Mail papers or a Rainbow of color. Each Art Journal will have 20 sheets inside. You can also choose either Brown or Junk Mail covers.  This is a pre-order. I will only have 10 pre-orders available and will make the Art Journals on a first come, first serve basis. 

If you don't want to purchase an Art Journal but would like to purchase some handmade recycled paper sets, you can also use the Coupon Code to receive 20% off.  The Coupon Code (and Art Journal pre-sale) will expire at 5pm Eastern Time on Sunday, April 22.

So.... Now that I've shared my new Art Journals, let me just say "Thank You" for taking the time to check out my blog and for having patience with me for not posting regularly. :)  

Until next time! I promise to post again before September!