Monday, August 31, 2015


My 4 kits from The Flying Unicorn preorder arrived just this last Saturday - it really is like Christmas opening the big box with all 4 kits.  There are so many wonderful items included!

I made this little card using some of the elements from the September kits.

Card Details:

Paper:  Nature's Garden by Docraft and a decoupage bird from the Nature's Garden collection as well (from the September Small Art Big Passion kit)
Flowers:  Prima Cabriole Blue Moon (from the September Mixed Passion kit)
Blue hemp twine from a previous Flying Unicorn kit
Ivory lace from a previous Flying Unicorn kit
Prima Say it with Crystals from a previous Flying Unicorn kit
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo (around edgings)
Tools:  Prima's Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool

I only used a few elements from 2 of the 4 September kits.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Steampunk Debutante Triptych

I've developed a fondness for anything steampunkish.  When Graphic 45 came out with the new Steampunk Debutante series - I ordered 2 sets of it all - to keep it in reserve.  I purchased the triptych panels from The Retro Cafe Art shop and just waited until my preorders arrived to put it together.  I have another planned - but will be using metal adornments on the next one as well.  Just a "for fun" project - no reason - which is the best kind of project.  Thanks for taking a peek.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Been a couple of crazy weeks, but I finally finished this layout.  It is of my husband in our boat on Kentucky Lake - he is checking the screen - looking to see where the fish are.  At the bottom of my layout, I "borrowed" a couple of his little fishing lures from one of his tackle boxes - he has so many tackle boxes and lures - he'll never know these little ones are missing.

I am going to enter this layout in the 7 Dots Studio challenge for August-September 2015 - and the theme is vacation.  Below is the graphic for the challenge and a link under the graphic will take you to the challenge page.

Layout Details:

Paper:  7 Dots Studio - Sea Foam - 9th Wave; Cold Country - Freezing Tears; Love is in the Air - Thunder of the Sea
Mediums:  Art Basics Heavy White Gesso; Art Basics Light Paste (mixed with teal mica powder for the stenciling); Soft Matte Gel; Heavy Black Gesso
Stencils:  Stencil Girl  Small Grid Lines and Waves
Inks:  Lumiere Pearl Teal used on the waves; Black Staz On
Stamps:  Finnabair Bubbles Stamp
Beads:  Finnabair Black Licorice glass beads
Misc.:  Dyed Cheese Cloth; Finnabair metal elements; 2 lures (borrowed) from one of my husband's tackle boxes
Splatters:  Black Gesso and White Gesso

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, August 21, 2015

August 2015 Prima Build A Page and Prima Product Pick Challenges

I almost forgot to post this one - I've had it done for a few days, but haven't had time to load it until now.

This page is for Prima's Build A Page and Prima's Product Pick Challenges for August 2015.  

Here are the graphics for this month's challenges:

You can click on the link under each challenge graphic and it will take you to the site.

Layout Recipe:

Paper:  Prima's Seashore Collection 12x12 and Prima's Seashore Collection A8; Prima's Seashore Collection 3x4 Journal Notes; Prima's Seashore Collection 4x6 Journal Notes
Ink:  Staz On Black
Sprays:  Prima Blooms Gold Foil and Glistening Waves
Other Prima Products:  Prima's Seashore Paper Clips; Prima's Seashore Flair
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear White Gesso; Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel; Prima/Finnabair's Art Basics Light Opaque Paste
[Glistening Waves was mixed with Prima/Finnabair's Art Basics Light Opaque Paste before spreading through a stencil]
More Prima Products Used:  Finnabair's Art Ingredients Turquoise and Crystal Glass Beads; Prima's Say it in Crystals
Misc. Items:  Brown netting; Blue Metallic Thread (learned this technique from Helen Tilbury); Sea Shell stash

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a great week-end!

Steampunk Box

What a day - can I just say I'm glad it's over!

Anyway - onto the post - I had purchased 8 wooden cigar boxes on ebay and this is the first one I've altered.  I took it all apart, applied black gesso, G45 papers, and metal pieces on the top and a clock key for the handle - and 2 new hinges on the back side.

This box will hold some odds and ends - just have to find a place for this new box!

Box Recipe:

Box:  Wooden Cigar Box from Ebay
Mediums:  Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso; Finnabair Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Papers:  Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Collection Papers and Chipboards
Misc.:  Tim Holtz Clock Key; Tim Holtz Vial
Metals:  Finnabair and Flying Unicorn

Thanks for taking a peek!  Have a great week-end.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


This set of journal pages is "just because."  I think as we get older and realize that life can take you in a different direction that you had originally planned - that's when  you take a stand and take Fate's path or your own path.  This journal pages remind me of that exact thing.

Journal Details:

Mediums:  Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso, Finnabair Art Basics Light Paste
Paint:  TH Distress Paints:  Picked Raspberries, Work Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord Seedless Preserves and Picket Fence
Ink:  Black Staz On
Stencils:  Stencil Girl Talaya Goddess of Rain and Urban Ink Stencils
Misc.:  Ranger Orchid Liquid Pearls

Thanks for taking a peek!


I'm sharing my journal pages for the August 2015 Scrap Around the World challenge.  I usually do a layout, but had this little idea in the back of my head and used my art journal instead.  I'll put the link to the challenge under the graphic and you should also check out the work of the first wave of designers' work and also the second wave of designers which appeared on their challenge blog today - there is so much talent over there - it really is intimidating!

For my inspiration on my journal pages, I used the picture with the luggage and the sign post.  

Journal Page Details:

Mediums:  Finnbair's Art Basics Clear Gesso and Finnabair's Art Basics Light Texture Paste
First layer on pages:  Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Paper
Paints:  Tim Holtz Distress Paints:  Walnut Stain, Peeled Pain, Faded Jeans; Faber Castell Big Brush Blue Pen
Ink:  Black Staz On and TH Vintage Photo
Stencils:  Folkart Animal Coat and Dylusions Letter Jumble
Stamps:  Finnabair Crackles and Bubbles
Misc.:  7 Gypsies Travel Tags

Thanks for having a look!


Good Sunday Morning!  Today, I'm sharing a piece made from two Dollar Store frames which I have had finished for a few days, but hadn't had time to get it up on  my blog or Facebook.  As I keep moving it around, I decided it was time to share it and then move it to a shelf. 

This piece was inspired by Marta Lapkowska - again!!  Poor Marta - she must think I am her shadow.  In any event, she did a piece that is gorgeous and I am attaching links to her blog/YouTube on this project:

Check out her amazing works!

Frames Details:

2 Dollar Store frames - one 5x7 and one 4x6
Tons of Finnabair Metals and also a ton of Flying Unicorn metals
Mediums:  Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso; Finnabair Art Basics 3D Matte Gel; Finnabair Art Basics Heavy White Gesso (dry brushed on the piece)
Finnabair Licorice Glass Beads
Colors:  Lumiere Metallics:  Halo Violet Gold; Pearlescent Magenta; Pearl Turquoise and a bit of Emerald Green
Chipboard by Sa Crafters and Creative Embellishments
Misc.:  Paper Flowers for fillers

And, it's a good thing the frame has a stand on the back - because it now weighs a ton!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 2015 - Lindy's Color Challenge

In the center of this layout, is a picture of my beautiful sister, Barb - who passed away at the end of January of this year.  I borrowed some pictures from my two nieces and scanned some of the photos and saved them - and decided to use this one for Lindy's challenge this month - I may frame this one - as I really like this photo - even though whoever took the photo cropped off the uppermost part of her head.

The colors this month are:

Poincianna Red Flame

Luscious Lime
French Lilac
Ramblin Rose

Caribbean Blue

The embossing colors this month are:

Poinsettia Red
Ghouly Goblin Green
Venus Violet Blue
Geranium Coral
Hyacinth Blue Green

The links under each graphic - will take you to that site.

Layout Details:

Paper:  Heavy White 12x12 Cardstock
Mediums:  Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear White Gesso and Heavy White Gesso; Light Paste (the Light Paste was mixed with French Lilac) and 3D Matte Gel
Ink:  Staz-On for stamping; VersaMark to emboss leaves
Lindy's Colors Used:  Poincianna Red Flame; Luscious Lime; French Lilac; Ramblin Rose; and Caribbean Blue
Lindy's Embossing Powders Used:  Ghouly Goblin Green and Hyacinth Blue Green
Chiboard:  Swag Leaves - Creative Embellishments; Background Grid: Sa Crafters
Other Elements:  Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients Turquoise Glass Beads; Stamp:  Finnabair Don't Forget to Fly

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, August 10, 2015


This layout was done just for fun.  I pulled out my packet of Prima Timeless Memories papers, chipboard, sequins and feathers.  For the background, I used Prima/Finnabair Art Basics Clear Gesso, Texture Paste and a 13 Arts stencil.  For the colors, I used Prima Color Blooms Glistening Waves and Gold Foil.  No flowers since it is a masculine layout.  

Thanks for taking a peek!


These are a couple of tags I did a few weeks ago.  The top tag used a little bird die; Petaloo flowers; Stencil Girl stencil; Flying Unicorn metal adornments and TH rub-ons.  The hanger is a soda pop-top and I used a few pieces of chain to hoop the bottom piece to the top piece.  The colors are Tim Holtz Distress Paints.  The second tag I used a Prima Relics & Artifacts piece as the focal piece with a Flying Unicorn large metal adornment behind it.  I embossed it with a Prima stencil and trimmed it with some lace.  Little Prima flowers and some cheesecloth on the side as a filler.

Again, can't find all the elements used - but those listed above are the basics!

Thanks for taking a peek!


This is a set of journal pages (the left page is suppose to resemble a waterfall - not overly successful in that endeavor) that I did recently using a technique shown by Marta Lapkowska (Maremi's Small Art).  Below are some links wherein she used the decoupage/napkin technique which is where I first saw it - I have miles to go before I improve where it looks seamless - as does Marta's work.  Marta is so very, very talented and I have learned many things from watching her videos on YouTube!

Check out Marta's blog and her YouTube channel and you'll see what I mean.

Some of the projects I am  posting were done a few weeks ago and I cannot remember all the elements used.  On these pages - two different tropical-type napkins; Tim Holtz distress inks; Hot glue to create the waterfall behind the birds are the basic elements.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Two great days with the awesome Finnabair in classes on August 4th and 5th of last week.  Life's been a bit hectic lately and just now able to get some of my projects loaded up.

First let me say that Finn is the most down to earth individual ever and has a bit of a hard time accepting many compliments.  And, she is just as pretty as her pictures!  Further, she is a great teacher and explains things in an awesome manner and showed us all each step before we tried it ourselves.  It was an amazing 2 days!

August 4th, Tuesday, our first class - we did the 10x10 canvas.  I originally had a photo of myself on the canvas - but some of my drips - dripped down my face - so, I switched out with another black/white photo - and will probably replace that with one of my family.

The second canvas - the 10x20 inch canvas was the most fun!  Most everyone used a photo of themselves, their pets or family.  I found this awesome photo of a black panther growling and decided I would use that for my canvas.  Finn gave some wonderful and helpful tips about how to do metal clusters and proportions, etc.

It was fun and amazing.

Thanks for having a peek!