Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dipping into my Prima vault


I was on Skype with Limor this evening and decided I needed to create something while she cleaned her studio.  I decided to grab some of the yummy goodies I’d received in my Prima package I’d ordered and actually use them instead of hoarding them.   I started out with a couple of pieces of 12×12 paper from the Londonerry Collection called “Parlor Games’ and ‘Courier’.   I ripped a few pieces off the paper and adhered them kind of all over my page using my Golden Matte Medium.  Although you can’t really see those papers on the page anymore…..they add great texture.  I also opted not to Gesso this page before I started as I wanted my Lindy’s sprays to remain they’re bright colors and not look faded out.  I then took some……okay, a lot of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and used a couple from the Mad Hatter set along with a few other sprays as I went along and just started to spray.  I started with the Tea Pot Purple, the Cheshire Cat Cherry and the Mad Hatter Mint.  I really loved the look of the Tea Pot Purple and the Cheshire Cat Cherry…..wasn’t too keen on the look of the Mad Hatter Mint for this page.  I opted for one of my favorite Flat Fabio’s called Luscious Lime  and that gave me the pop I was looking for.  I applied layer after layer and dried between each one until I arrived at the intensity I was looking for.  I have a bunch of 12 x 12 papers that have been cut into different designs that I’ve been using as stencils.  I believe they’re intended purpose if to be an overlay of some sort on a page, but I could never see myself using them for that, so I just use them as stencils.  It had a flower design and I applied some Modeling paste to the page in a few random places and heat set it.  Some of the colors from the sprays ran through the paste and I was fine with that as I wanted more the texture than all the white paste look.  I took another stencil, a 6×6 one I’d made using my Cricut to cut it out, with a sort of little triangle shapes all over it and filled in a couple of the bare spaces.  Again, some of the sprays bled through.

I took my Stazon ink and a couple of my Kaisercraft stamps called Flutter and 36 and randomly stamped those images onto the page to give it a bit more depth.

Next I took some of my chipboard pieces and colored them with my Lindy’s sprays.  The tree branch with the bird I can’t remember where I got it from, and I used Dark Chocolate Truffle to color in the branch and used Cheshire Cat Cherry, Caribbean Blue and the Luscious Lime to color in the two birds.  The birdcage, which is from Dusty Attic, was colored using my Crow’s Nest Copper color shot.  I also used that same color shot to color in the medallion chipboard at the top of the page…..again, I’m not sure who makes that particular chipboard as I received it in a swap and can’t remember who she said had made it.  The little rose and bling clusters along the branches were from a Prima ‘Say It In Crystals’ set.  The three dangle charms are Prima Vintage Trinkets and the flower vines are also from Prima and were called Gracie Vine. (I cut it into two – a Limor trick) in order to use it in both corners.

I outlined the edge of the page, and around all the chipboard pieces with some black Gelato.  I’m really starting to love my black Gelato and rarely take my charcoal pencil out anymore.   I think this is the first Art Journal page where I didn’t journal anything on it!

So, here’s what the finished page looks like:


Here’s a few close-ups to show you some of the layers/colors on this  page!







So. there you have it…..I’m trying hard to use my favorite things on my pages instead of hoarding them forever.  It’s getting easier, but still a way to go!

I’m off now…..thanks for sticking with me through three posts in one day!!!  I feel better now.  😉



Broken Fence…..


I did another page this weekend while at the cabin as well.   I thought if I was doing one side I may as well do the other side too….lol.  I used a piece of paper from my BoBunny Back To Backs set and a page called Gabrielle Flight and adhered it to the page using my Golden Matte Medium.  I then took some of my Liquitex Basic’s Raw Siena acrylic paint and a dry brush and loosely painted around the edges and into the middle of the page to blend in the edges.  I then painted a sparse layer of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Crow’s Nest Copper Color Shot that I’d mixed with my Windsor & Newton Artists’ Acrylic Matt UV Varnish to. I’d also used the back of my stencil I’d used for the previous coffee page and turned it over and wiped off the excess spray onto this page to add that pop of teal.  I decided I’d try out one of the goodies I’d received in a recent Prima blow out sale package and used the Flocked Rub-Ons that we a kind of yellow color.  They added great texture and I decided to paint them to make them darker to match the page better using my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist.  I added my quote using my Faber Castell PITT pen brush and colored in the open spaces using my Uni-Bal Signo white gel pen.  I like the colors on this page and especially like the flocked outline of the two vintage girls at the bottom of the page.



The bottom of the page has a flocked sentiment that says “The Best Moments”.



So, that’s it for what I created this past weekend.  I played with some new products that I love and had a blast.  Not sure if I’ll get anything accomplished this evening or not…..we’ll have to see.

Off to go make myself a cup of tea and relax for a bit.  Thanks for popping your heads in!



Coffee friend.


I played along with another one of Sunday’s With Sandee while I was at the cabin.   I thought I’d be spending more time creating, but you know how that happens.  I used some of my Tim Holtz Composer Tissue wrap for the background on the page and adhered it with my Golden Matte Medium, I used one of my home-made stencils for the chevron shapes for my table using my Liquitex Basics Raw Umber acrylic paint and then painted over it and the rest of the page with some of my Crow’s Nest Copper Color Shot that I’d mixed up with some Winsor & Newton Matt UV Varnish.  Love the color with a slight touch of shimmer it added to the page.  I then took my Crafter’s Workshop Mini Circle Grid stencil that I got in my November 2013 Mixed Media kit at the Frosted Desgins on-line store and sprayed some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Time Travel Teal that is also available in the Frosted Design’s on-line store in their Industrial Chic set.  I drew out the coffee mug, painted it with my Liquitex Basics Cadmium Red Medium Hue acrylic paint and did some doodling on and added some of my Crow’s Nest Copper Color Shot at the top of the mug for the coffee.  I found the coffee quote on Pinterest and away I went with my Faber Castell Pitt Pen brush and my Uni-Bal Signo White Gel pen!

Here’s the completed page…..which I did for my friend Tamiko who is a coffee guru…..enjoy!!!



I don’t like my coffee mug…..but it’s glued down and I’m not changing it now. LOL.  I never have developed a taste for coffee and never drink it.  I’m a tea body all the way!!  I have my Grandmother’s old tea pot with metal insulated tea cozy and all……along with instructions on how to make the perfect cup of tea.  Not that I always make it that way…..but I do know how!

Thanks for popping in… to do a second post.  (Don’t want Sandee to have to read too much in one sitting….LOL)




Things that make me smile….


It’s week three prompt over on Journal52 Facebook page.  Our prompt for this week was “You Always Make Me Smile”.  I was looking for something fun to do on this weeks page.  (not that my other pages weren’t fun!)  I joined Limor for her Ustream class last evening where she did a ton of Art Journaling techniques (check out the YouTube video for it here) and one of the techniques she used was to take some of her Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray bottles and put some of the dauber caps on them.  She then literally smashed them into her page to create these funky ink splatters all over the page.  I sooooo wanted to smash ink all over a page after watching her but I don’t have any dauber caps.  So….how does one do paint splatters without a dauber cap?  Easy!!  You take the sprayer off the bottle and dab the end of the tube onto your page and make a puddle of ink.  You then take a stray and hold it right above the ink puddle and then you blow through the straw really hard!!  Ink splatter!!  I had a blast….got a little light-headed from continually blowing through the straw…..but it was fun making the ink suddenly spray outward.  I did a few layers on top of each other to get a nice intense splatter.  When I was done I didn’t quite like the look so I added just a light spritz of water to the page.  Oooooo…..loved how the colors ran together.  I played a bit more and then heat set the page.  Wrote out the things that make me smile whenever I think of them and the page was done!!

Here it is….



A very simple…..nothing earth shattering page…..and I had a lot of fun creating it and it definitely made me smile when I was done.

I’m off to catch some zzzz’s.  Thanks for checking in…..till next post! 😉



Watercolor cards


Last night I was at Mixed Media Mondays with Tracey Weinzapfel  UStream class  and she decided to show us how easy it is to just wip up some simple doodled type water-color cards in under an hour and a half…..and she just talks for the first 15 minutes… basically in one hour.  You did catch the ‘just wip up some cards’.   I thought, this should be easy enough to follow along and do in an hour, so I cut up some water-color paper and filled my water reservoir for my brushes, and grabbed my water-color paints and sat down to paint along.   I was ready……ya…..not so much.

By the time she was done one card and helped her Dad also finish his card, I was still painting mine.  She was onto the second card already, so I tossed the first one aside and decided I’d just finish it after the show.  I grabbed the second card and started following along.  I was still filling in the background as she was stamping on her sentiment and inking up the edges of the second card.   Onto the third card she went….so I tossed my second one to the side and thought, I may as well finish two while I’m at it.  Ya, the show was over and I was still once again painting in my background color on the third card.  How she ‘wips up’ three cards in an hour…..and I mean completed and ready to glue onto a card front and mail, I have no idea.  I probably painted for another half hour or so after the show just to finish.  Now, in all fairness to my, I’m still learning how to even use water colors and am prob too anal about getting them ‘just right’, but I do kinda like the end result.  Very simple doodled cards that actually look pretty darn good.

Here’s my three cards…



I followed along and did what Tracy did so these aren’t my own designs.  I thought I was probably in enough over my head without coming up with a new idea of my own to complete in an hour!  lol

Here’s a close up of each card….





I have to say I did learn allot.  Messy doodling looks pretty darn good on a card……leave some white space between your background and your flowers or the water-color paint will pool together……just let it go and don’t aim for perfection with this technique.  (that was the hardest one…..I kept wanting to go in a fixed the ‘out of the lines’ stuff….lol.

This evening I’m off to catch Limor 1278 Mixed Media  on UStream and I can’t wait!  She’s been away for a few weeks now and I’ve missed her shows too.

Thanks for dropping by. Till next time!



Somewhere, someplace…


For our second week’s over on the Journal52 Facebook group, we were given the prompt “Somewhere, someplace”.  I chose to do a sort of outdoor theme as I truly feel the most relaxed when I’m enjoying the beauty of the outdoors….whether it be actually sitting outside or viewing it from the comfort and warmth of my front window.   My camera and files are full of pictures of wildlife, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, flowers, trees, water…..sunrises and sunsets.

I fussy cut out the corner piece from one of my BoBunny Gabrielle Flight sheets of paper.  It’s one of my many lines of paper in my hoard…..I mean stash, that I’ve had for a long time and have never used.  I also fussy cut out three more butterflies from a second sheet.  Yup, that’s right….I cut into TWO pieces of that paper line!  I know I’ll recover soon… may just take a little bit of time.

I painted the background very loosely with some of my new Liquitex Basic’s acrylic paints.  I used the Bright Aqua Green, some Raw Siena, Ivory Black and Mars Black.  I used one of my Crafters Workshop stencils called  Mini Well Rounded that I purchased from the Frosted Designs on-line store  I edged the three smaller butterflies with some black Gelato as well as put some around the border of the page.  I also added some white Gelato around those same three butterflies to give them a sort of halo effect to help them pop off the page a bit.  My did my journalling in the circle in the corner piece and it says, “and I think to myself….what a wonderful world”.  Around the edge of the circle there is a phrase repeated over and over which also says, “There is beauty all around”.



Nothing like leaving this page to the last minute…..our next prompt comes out tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by…..till next time!



Pay It Forward 2014!!!


Pay It Forward 2014


On one of the blogs I follow called Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer, she had a post for the Pay It Forward 2014 the other day.  The whole concept behind it is based on the movie Pay It Forward.  This is one of my all time favorite movies and I was happy to be part of Kate’s 5!!  So, how does this work??  Well, let me share with you!

The first five people to comment on this blog post, that have agreed to play along, will receive sometime throughout this calendar year a random gift from me.  Now it could be craft related…..or stationary related….who knows what I may come up with!!!

I’m not going to share with you when I’ll be sending it…..or what I’ll be sending.  This is open to anyone, no matter where you live.


If you decide to participate, you MUST make this same offer on your blog, Facebook page  or other social media and randomly send a gift to five other people.

  • If you are one of my  first five people commenting, I will need to ask for your postal address – I will post the list of my 5 people as soon as I have them.
  • If you are on the list you will need to email me your address –  please DO NOT post it here on my blog for the world to see.
  • If you’re not going to follow through and send five gifts of your own, then please don’t comment as it’s not fair to others.
  • This is supposed to be fun, and give us a treat in the mailbox instead of just bills and junk mail.
  • No I am NOT collecting your email and postal address for evil purposes, I will ONLY be using the information to post your surprise!

Sooooo my wonderful blog family………who’s in?!  This is going to be fun!

On your mark…..get set…..GO!!!!!


Yvonne  :o)

Whimsical birds and white space

Whimsical birds and white space

I know!!!  ANOTHER blog post?!  It’s been such a great weekend in my studio and I spent some much-needed ‘therapy’ time down there till the wee hours of the morning.  This room is feeling like my refuge once again and it feels great.

It’s another Sunday’s with Sandee over on the Frosted Designs blog!  This weeks page is awesome and she challenges us to leave some white space!  Gasp!!  Sandee and I were just talking the other day about how we each struggle with white space on our pages and the urge to fill it all in.  As I honestly couldn’t think of a thing to do on my own, I pretty much just followed along with what Sandee created…..just different colors and I added a few Zendangles.  I did have a lot of fun creating this page though and I think I may continue to challenge myself to continue to incorporate more white space into my projects…..maybe….it could happen!!!  I colored in my bird and my leaves and circles with some watered down Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals.  I love the shimmer these mica powders leave…..soooo yummy!!  Here’s my page for the challenge:



This was a fun page to do.  Head on over to the FD blog to read about this technique.  Check out her YouTube video as well!

Thanks so much for sticking it out with me all weekend!!  I luv you guys.  ❤




The sky is the limit…


I decided after my last journal page looked like my butterflies were pooping blue to do another page for my Journal52 workshop.  I decided I’d stick with my same paper line as I really do like it.  I used a lot of products on this page that I picked up at the on-line store called Frosted Designs.

For this page I took two of the sheets from the October Mixed Media kit and tore some strips from it and just laid them every which way on my blank page for texture and some background color.  I grabbed a piece of tissue paper and wrinkled it all up and then adhered it to the page with ModPodge to add more texture.  Next, I took one of my new Crafters Workshop stencils I just got from the store called Mini Well Rounded and some wall repair compound and used one of the designs to add a bit more texture….notice a texture theme happening here….lol.  Once that was dry I sprayed the page with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Jack In the Pulpit Teal.  Then I decided I wanted some feathers on the page using my new TCW Fancy Feathers stencil and wanted to use some colored texture paste (which is my wall repair compound).  I scooped out a little of each and added some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals in Autumn Maple Crimson, Shabby Turbine Teal and Time Travel Teal.   I typed out my quote on some ordinary printer paper and sprayed it with some Lindy’s Shabby Turbine Teal (because I’d written it out and didn’t like the look of it and needed to cover it up….shhhhh.  😉 ), from the Lindy’s Industrial Chic set (as you know, one of my fave’s!!).  I added some black ‘splotches’ using the Mini Well Rounded stencil and my Donna Salazah Designs Mix’d Media Inx in Black, inked the edge and lightly on the front of my quote and around the edges of the whole page.  I also decided I needed a pop of color for the page so I took my Autumn Maple Crimson Magical and some water and my TCW Mini Circle Grid Stencil that was included in my November Mixed Media kit from the store and applied some random dots to the page.  A bit of washi tape and I was done!  Here’s what I ended up with…


Now I’m ready for Sandee’s next technique on her Sunday’s With Sandee over on the Frosted Design blog.

Thanks for sticking with me….until next time!!



Up, Up and Away…


Over in the Facebook Group Journal52, our first weeks journal prompt was Up, Up and Away!!  I decided to pull out one of my mixed media kits I purchased from the Frosted Designs on-line store for this page.  I absolutely love the fun whimsical feel to this kit!!  There’s still a couple left and best of all…’s on sale right now so head on over and get one of these ordered!  I chose a page from the kit that had this cool little cloud type thing with a great saying in it.  I decided to build on that theme and go with it!  I did a bunch of doodling…..added some more butterflies….some drippage (which I don’t particularly like now….lol).  I’m using some watercolor paper for this journal and we’ll see how that works.  I sprayed the paper down with some Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray called Mad hatter Mint which is one of the colors from the Mad Hatter set and it matches the colors in the paper just about bang on!  The drippage and splatters were added using another spray from the Mad Hatter set called Tweedle Dee Denim.



So, week one journal prompt is finished.  I believe we get our next prompt on Sunday, so we’ll see what that one brings!

Thanks for coming to check out page one…..I hope to see you again soon!