Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Blog Tour Nomination!

I was nominated as a creative blogger by one of my beautiful scrapbook friends Lisa Gregory. We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours where so many of us will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. This hop is sure to get your mojo going!

I was so blessed to have been nominated by my friend Lizzy Wurmann last week so this week I'll keep it short and sweet!

Here are my 4 questions that need to be answered before I pass along my nominations. I'll give you my answers then lead you to 3 amazing artists you will love visiting!

1. What am I working on?
Right now I am working on my two August projects for BoBunny, a custom order for my etsy shop and I need to be working on a dress form for a swap I am participating in with our Scraps of Darkness Community Swap.

I can only give you a sneak peek of one of BoBunny projects! Stay tuned for the full reveal on August 14th.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I love to layer and mix patterns in my work. When I begin my designs I work with the pattern papers and layering first and then add in mixed media elements. I notice most artists that consider themselves mixed media start with creating their backgrounds from different mediums. I enjoy working with the paper patterns and colors and having those be the main focus of my design. The mixed media portion is more the "icing on the cake" than the cake itself.

3. Why do I create what I do?

When I am working on design team projects I create based on my assignment. When I create on my own it really just depends on what i am working with and what inspires me.

4. How does your creative process work?

My creative process comes in bursts! I'll have tons of ideas and everything wants to show itself at once. Then I'll need time off to recharge that battery. I'm not an artist who creates every day or feels I should. I actually need breaks for my creative energy to restore itself.

Now onto these next 3 ladies who are all amazing artists in their own right.

1. Juliana Michaels is my incredibly patient design team coordinator at BoBunny. She does an amazing job keeping our team organized and answering our endless questions without ever missing a beat! She is on several major manufacturer design teams and creates beautiful cutting files that she shares for free on her blog! She has a wonderful traditional scrap style and I know you will be inspired by her!

2. Karolina Stopyra is a multi talented mixed media artist and designer. She has launched the wonderful stamp company 3rd Eye . Some of you may know it. If not you must check it out! I have had the great pleasure to work with Karolina on our Scraps of Darkness team. I love her interesting, innovative quirky style and I know you will too!

3. Laura Gilhuly is our social media director at Scraps of Darkness and a huge asset to our little family. She always goes out of her way to contribute whatever she can to make our community a little brighter and fun! Laura has a wonderful shabby grunge style and pulls it off beautifully with her flair for cvombing mixed media with distressing. I know you will find loads of inspiration on her blog! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Scraps of Darkness July Reveal

"Believe Kit"

Our July Kit is here! Let us take you to a magical land with our "Believe" kit. Don't forget to check out our add on's! They coordinate beautifully with our Main Kit!

You can find our 
Scraps of Darkness kits 

Main Kit

Pattern Paper

Coordinating Paper

Cardstock Add On

Floral Add On

Embellishment Add On

Color Add On

Creativity Add On

Don't forget to stop by and join our facebook community here!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bellelive Blog Tour Nomination

Hey All! It's very exciting here today in blog land! I have been nominated by one of my wonderful artsy friend Lizzy Wurmann to join this creative blog hop! Lizzy is an educator on our Scraps of Darkness Design Team and has become a close friend of mine. I love her style and her creative inspiration.

With this blog hop we have the opportunity to get to know new artsy bloggers we might not otherwise have found- see their styles, learn about their techniques and create new experiences.

Check out my dear friend Lizzy Wurmann's blog post and her unique quirky style which a true favorite of mine.

There are four questions all participants need to answer before they nominate three other bloggers to continue the tour. I will answer my questions before leading you to three other talented artists I've selected who are more than worthy of this nomination.

1. What are you working on?

I'm currently taking a few workshops one being Jamie Dougherty's "Blooming Through The Seasons" where I just completed my first lesson (July's Bloom Girl)
Here is a closer look at her!

Another project I am working on is a combined design team project for Scraps of Elegance with a custom order for my etsy shop. I am the "Chasing Rabbits" kit for July. You can find it here.

This is a shabby dress form frame. This is a work in progress. Still playing around with placement and finishes. Nothing is glued down yet. :)

One more thing I am up to is making clay embellishments for my etsy shop.
You can find my shop here.

Here are a couple of new clay items I will be listing.

2. How does your work differ from others in this genre?

Hmmm.... always a tough question. I don't like to box myself in with a definition. Right now I am enjoying work that is heavily layered, mixing patterns of papers, stamps and mixed media techniques. I am working more in a collage style fashion both in an artsy and shabby chic style depending on what papers I'm working with.

I'm taking many workshops this year and working on my drawing and painting skills. I love to draw. It's a big passion of mine and right now I see myself wanting to grow in this genre. It is a dream to take it to a higher level. Not sure if I will get there as life has a way happening while you are making other plans but we shall see. :)

3. Why do you create what you do?

I am on several design teams. The work I do for the kit clubs are to showcase the kits. Melinda the owner of Scraps of Darkness and Elegance gives us complete creative freedom. When I create for her it is whatever comes from within. It's not something I can explain. I can visualize a scrapbook page, tag, mini album or altered item from the kit contents. They speak to me- they really do- and tell me what they want to be.
Manufacturer work is always given as assignments to showcase their products. I work with the assignment I have been given.

Drawing and painting really come from my soul. I really consider my drawing to be my soul speaking.

Now on with our blog tour:

Meet my 3 ever so talented nominees:

Lisa Gregory - I met Lisa in cyber world when I first got involved with scrapbooking and she has a been a mentor and a friend ever since. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person several years ago on a scrap retreat and hope to meet up with her again someday. Lisa's work is extraordinary and I am sure you all know her as she is a popular gal! Her flowers are her signature and try as might I can never get mine quite as beautiful as hers.

Renea Harrison - Renea is my design team sister on the SOD and SOE kit clubs and we have known each other in this way for a long time. She is one of the sweetest people I know and has become a good friend over the years. I love her vintage, romantic shabby style. I admire her ability to make anything into a shabby delight.

Michelle Phillips - Michelle is also a design team sister on the Scraps of Darkness team. I adore Michelles fun and witty personality and her artsy grunge style of artwork. She is one of those people who can brighten up even the cloudiest day. She has no idea how many times she has made me laugh out loud at my computer!

I know you will be greatly inspired by these gals. Please have a peek and they will be up with their own nominations on the 28th.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BoBunny Lemonade Stand

I had a great time this month creating cards with the beautiful "Lemonade Stand" collection! How can you not love the fun bright summer colors and fresh squeezed designs? You won't soon forget the lime greens, lemon yellows and peony pinks in this collection.
Along with those glorious colors are tones of reddish orange. Another big fave of mine.

 Take a peek at what I did with it!

I used "Squeeze Me" as my card base and embossed a plain white piece of cardstock die cut with a Spellbinders Die. I splattered mists (Lindys) on the embossed piece and then ran some chalk ink along the edges.

 My butterflies are a Cheery Lynn Die and I used the same "Squeeze Me" paper for the top butterflies. Then bottom ones were die cut with "Daydream." 

I actually did a lot of die cutting for these cards. I seem to have gotten out of using my dies and now "I'm back baby" on a die cutting binge. More Spellbinders dies were used under the butterflies with lime green side of "Squeeze Me."
I achieved texture and softness by tearing up cheesecloth and placing it beneath the title and butterflies.

 This card is a favorite of mine too. I love the color combo. I have always loved blue and orange together. It is just a stunner! Here I used another Spellbinders Die for the card base and did some mixed media work with modeling paste and sprays.

 The edges were stamped with the new BoBunny Stamps "Stitches" and my flowers and leaves are Heartfelt Creations.

I tucked in some twine and misted cheesecloth along with BoBunny wooden embellishments "Kraft Wood Shapes Elegant."

You know you don't want to miss what my other design team sisters have done with this collection. Stop by the BoBunny Blog for more inspiration!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bloom Girls Guest Designer!!!!

I have some exciting news to share today. I've been chosen to be one of the Guest Designers for the new Jamie Dougherty Bloom Girls Design Team! Congrats to all the Design Team and Guest Design Team!

Many thanks to Jamie for this opportunity! I'm looking forward to working with her beautiful "Bloom Girls" collection!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

BoBunny Enchanted Garden

Hi Everyone! The designers are up on the BoBunny Blog today sharing "Enchanted Garden" layouts. Be sure to stop by the blog to check out todays inspiration!

 Don't you just love the gorgeous lavender and green tones of these papers?

 I backed my layout with cardstock- double dot in the lavender tones.

I've used a lot of misting, masking with modeling paste and splatters in the background. I had the idea to carry my inked masking across my photo to keep your moving.

I enjoy cutting up and punching 
heavily patterned papers and tucking them in so you see the variations in color but the patterns then become less overpowering.

The little butterflies are clay 
with gold inka gold and are available in my etsy shop!

I love the pop of blue here on the BoBunny Zinnia blossoms. I pull my flowers apart to get a variety of sizes from the packs!

You can see where I used modeling paste and masking with mist here.

BoBunny Supplies:

Pattern Paper- Moonlight, Romance, Periodical, Fairies/ Enchanted Garden
Double Dot- Lavender Dot, Decaf Vintage
Doilies- Medium
Noteworthy- The Avenues
12 x 12 Chipboard- The Avenues
Blossoms- Plum Purple Zinnia, Denim Blue Zinnia
Jewels- Family Is
Kraft -Wood Flourishes

Thanks a bunch for visiting me today! I hope you feel inspired!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Chasing Rabbits" July Scraps of Elegance Kit

The Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are"

We were certainly mad about Marion Smith Designs' Mad Tea Party collection, and just knew it would be perfect in one of our kits! We hope you will love it as much as we do...

Hello Everyone!
I'm sharing my first layout with July Scraps of Elegance Kit!

I just love the beautiful pinks, greens and blues on these papers. I mixed a few patterns along with punching and some mixed media work.

My favorite thing is to layer and I try to mix and layer papers along with the layering of stamps, paint splatters, drips and modeling paste.

Some beautiful washi tape and stamps were in this kit. I simply tear them up and layer them.
I used a piece of Dusty Attic and sprayed it with one of the Lindys' mists that came in our color add on. A little bit of crackle medium over it to finish it off.

I also used the gorgeous stamps in our kit to stamp over the wooden Prima leaves.

 Lots of fussy cutting! You know Websters Pages you just can't resist cutting those beautiful images apart.

Don't forget to stop by Scraps of Elegance and grab a kit for yourself!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scraps of Elegance Kit Reveal

July Scraps of Elegance Kit
"Chasing Rabbits"

The Mad Hatter: "Have I gone mad?"
Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are"
We were certainly mad about Marion Smith Designs' Mad Tea Party collection, and just knew it would be perfect in one of our kits! We hope you will love it as much as we do...

This is such a beautiful kit filled with Marion Smith, Websters and Kaisercraft!

Visit Scraps of Elegance Kit Club to purchase this beautiful kit!

Main Kit

Pattern Paper

Coordinating Paper





Friday, June 27, 2014

Somewhere In Time- BoBunny

Helloo There Crafty Friends!
Thanks so much for stopping in today to take a peek at my "Somewhere In Time" project featuring this gorgeous collection by BoBunny!
You know you can find more inspiration from our other design team gals on the BoBunny blog.

I've chosen to use this fabulous photo from Deviant Art by luria_xxii_d6yycvs.

The background work on this page is composed of misting, inking and stamping. I'm loving the grungy look lately and especially stitching with lots of loose strings!

Some of the fun things I did here were to cut gears out on my Cameo and punch strips of paper and then tear them up and tuck them in here and there.

I used BoBunny's wooden embellishments- this one is the butterfly and I painted it with Lindy's and used crackle over it.

I also mixed in a little of the Zip a Dee Doodle Noteworthy pieces. They worked really well with my design and I loved the black and white to pick up the black and white of the photo.

More detailing here...

I wanted to throw in some orange accents so I picked the chipboard leaves from the Autumn Song collection and added some crackle to them then lightly inked over it to show off the crackle better.

The little wooden circle is more of the wooden embellishments in the Kraft collection. These were the glasses and I just broke them apart. 

I had a lot of fun with this page as I am sure you tell! 

BoBunny Supplies:

Pattern Paper: Momento, Balloons/ Somewhere In Time
Cardstock: Double Dot Licorice Flourish, Almond Dot
Combo Sticker: Somewhere In Time
Noteworthy: Zip A Dee Doodle
12 x 12 Chipboard: Autumn Song, Head Over Heels
Kraft: Wood Keys and Butterflies, Patterned Washi
Blossoms: Harvest Orange Daisy, Dahlia Denim Blue
Stamps: New Stitches, Stained Textures