Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This one has a photo of Johnny and Willie that I took with my new camera+ app on my iphone. I never get tired of seeing them snuggle together...
On this one, I just had to add my own two-cents to the knock knock joke! I used Golden Fluid Acrylics, Neocolor II Crayons, Stampin Up alpha stamps, and Poster Paint Sharpie markers...
A little page about our quiet thanksgiving. I am so in love with how Willie holds Michael's hand! Glad I captured it in a photo...
Speaking of in love, this horse is SOOOOO CUTE!!!! It's my favorite page in the whole book! I decided it was time for another "currently" check in...
Tomorrow is the last day of November - and the last day of this Smash Book! Now to decide what to use for December's journal...
Thanks for stopping by! Have an wonderful Wednesday my friends!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Anyhoo, I showed you the first day's progression of the following page in an earlier post
here. So here are the rest of the days entries...
November 21. I added neocolor II crayons for shading (I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE those things!), and a Sassafras Lass border stamp...
November 22. More neocolor II shading...
November 23. I added some marker for definition and tissue to knock the border stamp into the background a little more...
November 24. Finishing touches on the shading, and a quote with india ink. I must say I feel really good about how this spread turned out. I quite like my woman! :0)
So now, off we go onto the next spread! Here's the first day's progression. We are designing our own alphabet! Yeayyy!!!
That's it for today my friends! I will leave you with yesterday's photo of Willie and Johnny in the scraproom...
The three of us say bye for now, but we will be back soon!
Friday, November 25, 2011
This journal is amazing! I hope that I am able to win a piece of your work. You are awesome! :)
I'd love to have this to carry around with me everywhere I go!
November 19, 2011 7:28 PM
Congratulations Ashley! Please email your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get the journal right out to you!
Thank you so much to everyone who visits my blog and who entered the drawing! You truly make my world brighter! I appreciate you all!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's so much fun having a way to use up alot of my treasured, but older embellies!
This one was done using my new Cocoa Daisy kit! I especially loved working with the Balzer Designs Stencil that came with the kit! I sprayed it with October Afternoon Sprinklers. Have you tried those? They are wayyyyy cool! Different than regular spray ink/mist. More opaque. More like paint. And I love that they come in groovy retro colors...
Not the most attractive photo of me ever taken - HA. But hey, this is just the way it is sometimes! (grin)
I made a page to commemorate my latest blog milestone...
Oh, and p.s., that kraft colored chicken was on a different page in the Smashbook. I didn't want to cover him up, so I tore the page out, trimmed around him and added him in here. There are so many ways you can use the art in your Smashbooks!
and just miscellaneous tid bits of life here...
Don't forget - you've still got time to enter my handmade journal giveaway! You've got through Thursday night at midnight CST. I will pick a winner on Friday. To enter click here to go to the giveaway post.
Thanks so much for visiting!!! I really appreciate it! I will see you again soon!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
and now we are on to another new one! Here's my first day's progression...
I've had a china marker forever, and never used it til today. I must say I just love working with it! It made sketching the woman really fun! It's like you get the texture of a pencil, and the boldness of a marker, at the same time!
P.S. Thanks for all of the interest in winning my handmade Wizard of Oz journal! If you haven't entered the drawing, there's still plenty of time! Click here to go to the giveaway post.
I will be back next time with a Smashbook update. Take care and have a wonderful week!
Friday, November 18, 2011
It's size is 5.5" x 7.75," perfect for tossing in your tote bag!
It's got a hand-stitched binding...
and 114 pages of all different kinds of papers, including kraft paper, sheet music, scrapbook paper, envelopes, and some of the original pages from the book...
and including a map of Kansas! (where the story takes place)
If you would like to give this little journal a home, just leave a comment on this post. I will pick a random winner next Friday (November 25).
Thanks so much for visiting!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
For today, I am excited to share the beginnings of my next art journal page for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's class! Here's the start of my page - from November 15th. We are working on black this time...
The background is black acrylic paint; and I just love how my neocolor II crayons show up against it!
and here's the progression for November 16th...
I am doing my doodling and journaling with a white poster paint sharpie.
How is your week going? What creative projects are you working on?
I am off to work in my Smashbook now - I will see you soon (hopefully tomorrow) for the giveaway!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Here's my final page for November 11 - 14...
On the last day I added poster paint sharpies to fill in the circles, acrylic paint for the splatters, and Lumocolor pen for the doodling. This page was an absolute joy to create!
The next page we are working on is something totally different! Can't wait to share it with you!
I also finished another one of the Cocoa Daisy Fall Crop Challenges. This one was called "Home Baked." The rules were to follow this recipe:
FLOUR - Something white (I added white labels)
SUGAR - Something that sparkles (pink glitter across the top border)
BERRIES - Something red or pink (red gerbera daisy, pink watercolored piece behind photo)
AND LET IT RISE - Add some texture (orange fabric banner, turquoise pom pom trim)
I haven't done any challenges in a long time and I'm having so much fun! For this page in my daily record, I included leftover bits of patterned paper from my table, and a doodled flower and ladybug that I had done during a phone conversation. I love that I have somewhere to put these little bits of life. The photo was taken on my walk with Michael.
If you want to check out the Home Baked Challenge, there's still time - click here!
Did you see that the teachers lineup for the 2012 "21 Secrets" Art Journal Workshop has been posted! It looks like an AWESOME lineup! Check it out here!
I hope your week is going well! I will see you again soon!
Monday, November 14, 2011
and the additions on the 13th...
The butterflies are 7Gypsies rubons, and the image is from a thrifted photography book.
Tonight I'm working on finishing this page up. I will show you how it turns out tomorrow.
Thanks so much for visiting!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The first challenge was Vicki's Sketch Challenge. You can see the challenge by clicking here. Here's how my layout came out...
That's son Stevie this past summer when he met his little cousin Georgie for the first time. I just love these photos - so it was fun to have a chance to scrap them! I used my new Studio Calico Handmade kit.
I also did Lisa's "Creative Label" challenge. You can see the challenge here. Here's my take...
I did a smashbook page about my crop yesterday; and included the labels from our Jimmy John's lunch and our trip to Caribou Coffee. The girl in the gingham dress is a vintage valentine I've been saving. I thought she went with the smashbook background paper just perfectly!
I also have a couple more smashbook pages to share with you today. These were just daily pages - not for a challenge or anything. Here's the one for November 10...
p.s. I made the little kitten button (next to the felt apple) with the epiphany crafts shape maker. I love that thing!
and here's the one for November 11...
Today, as soon as I get myself woke up, I'm going back over to Cocoa Daisy to do some more challenges - the crop is still going on! Come on over and join the fun!
Thanks for visiting!!!
Friday, November 11, 2011
The kitten was already printed on the envelope - isn't she cute? I painted around her with orange and magenta acrylic paint and glued the whole envelope right on the page. Other things I added include:
Studio Calico journaling stamp
SiStv "Be Creative" sticker
7 Gypsies tissue tape
7 Gypsies #10
White poster-paint Sharpie for journaling.
If you want to see some of the other "30 Days In Your Art Journal" student's pages, check out the flickr group here. It's super inspiring!
Have you heard about the online crop over at Cocoa Daisy this weekend? There will be challenges, tutorials, games and other stuff. It sounds like great fun! I am planning to participate - how about you? Check it out here.
I wish you a wonderful weekend my friends! Thanks so much for visiting!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
You know a class is a good one when you can hardly wait for the next lesson! LOVE THAT!
I hope your week is going great! Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
And some closeups:
I wanted a little extra color on this page, so I backed the Smashbook paper with some Sass Lass.Other things used on this page include pink Amy Tangerine tape, stickers from Sass Lass and October Afternoon, and polkadot Smashbook tape.
More Sass Lass stickers. Plus I printed out the blog badge for Julie's art journal class, and included it with a photo of my first spread.
This page in the Smashbook had a fun retro picture of a guy on it. I hated to cover it up, but it didn't go with our week. Instead I put - you guessed it - more Sass Lass Paper - ha...
What I love about this page, is that I got Michael to contribute. I asked him to write down what he said to me about having the kids over, and he agreed! More Amy Tangerine tape here too.
I'm thinking I might start doing more than a spread per week in this Smashbook. I'd like to finish it this month, because after November is over I will be starting a December Daily, and I don't really think I need to do both at the same time. Not sure yet, just mulling it over.
Thanks so much for visiting! I will see you again soon!
This first one was for a baby shower for my niece...
It was fun making this one because everything I used was from my Sass Lass Grand Finale Box, which I just received! The only thing I added was the white and black doodling.
We also celebrated two family birthdays - son Stevie turned 20, and daughter Becca turned 22...
The chipboard 20 on Steve's card was also from my new Sass Lass box of goodies! The paper is from the American Crafts "Campy Trails" line; the arrow is a Sass Lass stamp which I shaded with colored pencils.
Finally we have Becca's card. She is our girly girl so I always try to include a little bling and/or glitter...
Most everything on this card is from the Pink Paislee Soiree and Daily Junque Collections. The velvet flower is from Maya Road.
I'm very excited because I received my Project Life Page Protectors today! I got the big variety pack, plus some extra A's and G's! And Speaking of Project Life, Lisa Truesdell has an awesome post about her Project Life process on her blog right now! It's full of tips and photos - check it out here!
I'm excited to be featured at the Smashbook blog today! I'd love it if you come on over and leave me a comment! Click here to go to the post.
That's all for today, but I will be back soon with more updates! Thanks so much for visiting!!!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Here's the final final page...
This time I added punchinella stenciling with pink and orange acrylic paint. I also managed to add another day's journaling right under the word "acceptance."
Tomorrow we start a new page! I'm so excited!
Thanks for visiting and I will be back again soon!
One fun thing that I am learning is that I don't need to preserve the ability to read my journaling. Just getting it down is the therapy. Once it is down sometimes I actually don't want to read it again; and other times, I just feel like doodling something over the top of it and I can go ahead and do that without thinking about it.
This time I added:
Black and Teal acrylic paint
More Neocolor II crayons
Misc. bits of tape
White Poster-Paint Sharpie
Aundria asked what type of journal this is. It's a new one for me and I just love it! It's a little bigger than 8"x10" and it's made by Global Art Materials...
Here's a link if you'd like to check it out.
I can hardly wait to see how we are going to start the next page!
I wish you a wonderful weekend my friends! Thanks for visiting!