Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 1 Beacon of Light

Last week I showed the warm up project from Lifebook 2015 week 1.  Tamara Laporte always does a lot the first week and it usually takes me a couple of weeks to get the first week done.  Week 1 this year even has more then in previous years.

In the introduction Tam gave a synopsis of the first is a lot!  
 1. An introductory video in which you get to meet myself and Gracie (please watch it, I go over some important Life Book related things).
2. A Guided Meditation (Releasing Fears/ Worries + Welcoming in the New)  
3. Art Bites for Newbies & Beginners
4. An introduction to Colour Theory  
5. A Warm Up Exercise  
6. A Main project (creating our Beacon of Light)

What I like best about Lifebook is that is more then a art course it is also using art to help you heal and find yourself.  Tam isn't a shrink or therapist so she warns you not to do the various projects if it might influence you negatively.   If you are interested in learning some art and having fun check it out at Lifebook 2015.   It is self paced and you can do as much or as little as you want to do.

Okay that said I would like to share the main lesson from week 1.  The Beacon of Light...
I really had some problems getting it to  photograph appropriately because of the shiny paints and glitter on her hair and dress.  

Making the head and face was really hard for me and it is a little off but hey I am new to this stuff and a work in progress as I like to say.  I love glitter and there is some glitter on the hair rays and on the left side of her dress.   I also used some Dylusions stamps on the background and Glossy Accents on the eyes and charms dangling from her hands.  I used mainly paints from Michaels, watercolor crayons and ink pads from Stampin' Up!, scrap papers from the bin.

Hope you like her!  If you like to see my warm up page see the previous post!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WOYWW, LifeBook, Art Journal Calendar Challenge

I decided to get a jump on WOYWW this week and I am doing my post at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night.  If I don't do it now I will probably forget and not get around to it again this week.  I don't know where the time goes!  If you want to find out what WOYWW is go visit Julia at Stamping Ground and she will fill you in about all that goes on! 

Here is a picture of my desk this week.  Not a lot going on right now because I am trying to keep it clean so I can get caught up with some of the classes and challenges I am going to try to do this year.
 My desk has a lot of fun things on it and my watercolor paper pad that I am starting a drawing on for Lifebook 2015.  The beginning of the month marked a new start to Lifebook called Lifebook 2015 with a host of new teachers and new things to learn.  If you haven't ever heard of Lifebook go check it out!  I have been a member of the Lifebook group since the first class started 3 years ago and even if I don't do each and every lesson I always learn a lot by watching the videos!  

This is the warm up lesson by Tamara Laporte and I had a lot of fun playing with paints, inks, and loads of other stuff making this painting in my book.  Tam always starts the first week off with a lot of videos and PDF so it takes a while to get through it.  The first lesson...a warm up
 The warm up was multi faceted to get you to think about what you want to do this year and get you in a frame of mind to get it done.  Tam does more then just teach art of paper and paint she is using art as a therapy to get you in touch with yourself.  We were to think of a special word or words and goals we wanted to achieve this year.  My words are take time, relax, be happy.  These are my goals for this year.  they are in the folded envelope on the piece.   I tend to over do with multimedia but I am a work in progress so that's okay!
The project on my desk is the second art part to the first week called "the Beacon of Light" that I will be working on later tonight. 

Another project I have been working on is for the Art Journal Calendar Challenge on Facebook.  The challenge group is headed by Kate Crane of The Kathryn Wheel blog.  I had seen loads of people doing this challenge each month and I decided I just had to give it a try myself. 
My very first art journal calendar but it won't be my last.   I am in kind of a dilemma though cause I like grunge and I like bright colors and I seem to be over doing things somewhat.  Oh well I am a work in progress and it will eventually iron itself out. 

I am bordering on a long post here and Julia likes them kept short and sweet so I am going to call a halt to this post.  Go check out the blogs and sites I linked here.  Lots of fun and lots of good things to learn and see.  Have a great week.

The first post of 2015!!

HD background Happy New Year 2015
I am alive and well but have just been busy with all sorts of things and not doing much in the way of crafting or blogging.    Just wanted to say Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!  Sorry I am so late and I promise to try and do better in 2015! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WOYWW #290 and Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve and I am a little late but I am here!  My Grandfather Maurice (Reece for short) was a very colorful character and used to have sayings to explain all sorts of circumstances!  The one about a one legged man in a butt kicking contest comes to mind today...  I haven't posted to WOYWW since WOYWW #285 in November...OMG!  Time flies when you are having so much fun and traveling about like I have been doing.  Check out Julia's blog for more info on WOYWW!

We spent Thanksgiving visiting with our son and his family in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The 2 day (20 hour drive) took all the starch out of my sails and I spent the week after we got home trying to recover and recoup before my daughter and I took off on a weeks cruise of the Caribbean. Thought I would share some pictures of both trips and forget my desk today cause it is a horrible mess....oh well if you insist!!!
I know!  Super Scary with capitol letters!  I have been doing a lot of crafting but I can't find much in the way of photography.  I was in a couple of swaps and sent those off without even thinking of taking pictures!!  The snowman you see in the desk is part of a 6"x6" calendar page swap that I made two pages for.  Here is a better look at them...

I will do a post and post pictures of all the year later.  That's it for WOYWW and the following is family pictures if you are interested read on...

We went to Virginia Beach for a week over Thanksgiving driving there with Heather and Michael.  We got to spend some quality time with our grand daughters and got to meet our new grandson Charlie. 
l-r back row  me, our son Chad, our daughter Heather and her husband Michael, my husband Chuck, sitting is Candice, Charlie, Miss Wiggleworm otherwise known as Hannah, and Teresa.  I took a ton of pictures but I think this captures the holiday.  We enjoyed being with our families!

The All Girl Cruise was a Mother/Daughter cruise with my daughters best friend Julie and her daughter Caitlin.  Heather and Julie became friends in the SCA and introduced her to me.  I consider Julie a bestie also. 

1st Formal night...doesn't this look like trouble on the hoof! l-r Heather, Me, Julie and Caitlin!
I love this picture of us!
The cruise left Galveston on December 14 and went to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel and back to Galveston on December 21.  We had a blast and like before there are a ton of pictures but I will only share a couple here and maybe do a post on the trip later.   Merry Christmas everyone!  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOYWW # 285

I have a new picture of the Grandies this week.  My dear daughter-in-law and son have been so good about posting and sending us pictures of the grandkids.  The girls have been so sick with croup and upper airway infections Mom and Dad have had their hands full trying to keep them away from the new baby a bit.  A couple days ago they finally got to hold their precious brother and as you can tell they were so happy!   Grandma and Grandpa will be so happy to be able to hug and hold all the Grandbabies when we travel out for a visit and Thanksgiving holiday next week…more pictures then.
Teresa is 5 years old and Hannah just turned 3 years old  this fall.  Charlie at 2 weeks old.

I guess I should get on with my WOYWW post and the state of my desks and my craft room this week.  I have been busy doing a lot of different things so check back on previous posts to see some of the cards and fun stuff I have been making.  Okay this is the corner/window desk today.  I know I was asked if I ever used that desk and the response is yes I do!  Today (or tonight cause it is dark outside) I have some inks, stamps, and other stuff on the desk I am using.  I keep my Project Life cards/paper stored on the other side of the ink pad rack.  The two altered sewing boxes (ones a house) hold various ephemera and decorative bits for tags, cards etc.  
This is the center desk.  There is a 3 feet walkway on either side of the desk so it really isn't as junked up as it looks.  Actually it is fairly neat tonight considering…I really need to find a better way to store all those little iron looking craft ink pads and the roundy round storage and clip it up take up a lot of room so I am using the corner desks more today.
The other half of the corner desk.  The desk has some crochet I am doing.  I am making my youngest granddaughter Hannah a cat scoodie complete with ears and pockets.  Check it out at mooglyblog!  The closet is a mess and I spent some time today trying to organize things a bit.  The cases at the edge of the desk house my Christmas papers.  Yes I know I have way too much paper but…Those rolling stands behind are loaded with stamps too.  I don't know how many stamps set and individual but there are a lot of those too!
Another picture of my "junque" wall.  I am a big fan of Kelly Rae Roberts! as you can tell.  I love the way she portrays women and the whimsy of her art.  See the wood blocks and the DVD/CD's sitting on the sewing machine cabinet?  My son in law was going to throw the blocks away and I claimed them…any ideas what to do with them?  The CD's are from my husbands efforts to clean up his office. I have a lot of plans of things to do with them!!  As you can tell I love those little suit cases.  I have them loaded up with all sorts of fun things.
Okay that's it for my desks this week.  I will probably not have a picture of my desk's to post next week so I wanted to make sure I got them in this week.  Have a good look around cause there is a lot to see in my room!  

Wanted to share a close up of a black and white card I made for the swap on Paper Crafting Swap on Facebook.  I still have one card and one tag to get in the mail this week so will probably work on those tomorrow and get them mailed out.  
If you are wondering what all this desk stuff is about go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she has a length there that will fill you in on the details of what this is all about!  

That is it for me and my desks this week.  I hope everyone is staying warm and safe this week.  We are having some of the coldest weather for November I have ever seen in Oklahoma.  It snowed on Sunday resulting in about 2inches of the white fluffy stuff and lows in the lower teens….brr!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This is a card making week for me I guess.  I joined another swap group on Facebook called Paper Crafting Swappers and cards is primarily what they swap.  I still have a couple cards to make to share with my swap partners but since none of them look at this blog I will post what I have made so far.

 Have you ever heard of an explosion or squash fold card?  I made the card using Stampin' Up! (SU) card stock and BoBunny print paper.  The stamps are from Day of Gratitude stamp set SU put out a few years ago. 

The card is made from an 8"x 8" piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock fold as shown below.
Card opened out flat.  You score at 4" then turn and score at 4" again.  Turn the piece diagonal and score the length.  Fold the card so that the diagonal fold folds inside the card.  It was a lot easier then I thought it was going to be but it still took some thinking to get it to fold right.  

Shelly's Images Blog has an awesome tutorial on how to make the Squash card.  Check it out. 

The second card I have made is made using Stampin' UP! cardstock, BoBunny print papers, SU punches, stamps and dies from Stamps of Life.
I think Mr Snowman is cuter in real life cause you can see the glitter on his hat and scarf and I couldn't get it to photograph well at all.

More to come!  Hope you like these cards!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day of Gratitude cards

Heather and I attended a Stampin' Up! Regional meeting in Ft. Worth, Texas several years ago where we received a stamp set called Day of Gratitude.   One of the items we created using this set was a card called the Cajun Craze Gratitude Card.
 Cajun Craze because that was the rusty red color of one of the cardstocks and ink we used.  Other colors were River Rock, Old Olive, Whisper White.  I made these cards this week using Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and River Rock cardstock, markers, and inks.  I love the rich colors! 

I uploaded the tutorial so if you want to make some cards here it is. Several years ago SU quite making these little tutorial sheets for the public that the Demo's could had out now the Demo's have to print off their own.  What's up with that SU?
You may have to click on it to enlarge it and print it out!