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90-day Blog Challenge!!!

90-day Blog Challenge!!!

Really?!!  What have I gotten myself into??!!  So I’ve agreed to join 4 or so friends from a Facebook group called Mixing It Up Everyday where one of the members, Tamiko McCurry, challenged herself to 90 days of blog posting.  Not very long after, more and more of us joined in.  I’m off to a good start as I’m already a day late in starting….lol.  So I’m just going to say my start date was May 2nd.  My blog is something I haven’t been paying too much attention to lately and I’d love to grow my followers and that’s pretty hard to do when you’re only posting once a month!!  So, needless to say I have a ‘few’ projects that have never been posted and it’s time to get caught up.

This particular page takes me all the way back to Sept of 2014.  I’d gone to Edmonton to visit Limor Webber of Limor Webber Designs and take a small class by her and the following day we spent creating. This page was done using some Dina Wakely acrylic paints and I’m not even sure of the names of them.  I started out by adhering strips of paper randomly to the page and then started to apply the paint using my fingers.  Fun process!!  I added some whipped spackle through one of Limor’s stencils, some background stamps.  I stamped the quote out on some cardstock, cut it out and added it to the page.  Love the color combo!!




So…..post #1 done.  I think I’m going to try and figure out how to post date some more…..give me some breathing room!!  LOL

As always, I appreciate any comments and thank you so much for stopping by.

Here are the links to the other blogs who are also participating in this challenge.

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Sandy Beach 

Donna Leuders

Sharon Estes



Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

It’s challenge time over on the Mixing It Up Everyday Facebook group.  My friend Sandee is the creator of this page and we do have allot of fun.  I actually won the October challenge and won a gift certificate to Stampendous.  I was pretty excited about that!  This month’s challenge is to do a project around the theme of being thankful.  I decided to take a bit of a different twist to the thankful theme…..I have some napkins I’ve been wanting to try on a page for some time and this just seemed to be the time…..and the quote just sort of fit in to this month’s theme…..well, at least in my mind it did.  ;o)

I used my up cycled encyclopedia again for this double page journal page.  I’m seriously loving this book. I started out by putting a light wash over the pages using my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Shot from the Under the Boardwalk collection called Pop Rock Purple.  I then put a light coat of the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso over as it’s a thinner Gesso and works very well for a wash look.  I took my Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen in Cold Grey III and one of my Stampers Anonymous background stamps from the Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped on both pages.  I really like the subtle look the Cold Grey pen gives to the background stamps.  I then took my napkin and adhered it to the pages using my Faber Castell Gel Medium.


Next I took my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and my  homemade brick stencil and my Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and applied it randomly to the page.  I shaded the bricks in and around the napkin pieces with my Stabilo All pencil and blended it out.

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Added my quote using my Signo white gel pen, some Faber Castell Gelato in black around the edges of the pages and done!


Thank you for the challenges Sandee and for keeping the group in order…..or trying to at least!

Thank you also for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you next time as well.  Please feel free to leave me any comments.  Enjoy your day!



Products used:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Shot – Pop Rock Purple

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Stamper’s Anonymous Graph & Croc background stamp – my stash

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Tim Holtz Stencil – Dot Fade

Homemade brick stencil

Stabilo All pencil

White Uni-Ball Signo  gel pen

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelato – Black Licorice

Dreaming Paint Blots…

Dreaming Paint Blots…

After two pages of paint blots I think I’ll be dreaming about blots!! I had some paint left over from the previous journal page I did and decided I couldn’t waist it and grabbed my mega Art Journal and decided to try another paint blotting page.  This time I wasn’t as pleased with the results and I ran out of paint.  I didn’t want to mix more, so I grabbed a sheet of sewing pattern tissue paper and covered both pages with the tissue paper.  Still wasn’t real happy with it so I grabbed my trusted Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and went to town!  I used Hibisous Rose and Luscious Lime and sprayed each page and let it drip…..dried it and then sprayed some more.  Yup…..in love!!  Background was completed so I took a sheet of the Madeline Collection by Prima and began fussy cutting out flowers…..and flowers….and MORE flowers!!  Added some bricks with my home-made brick stencil, sprayed it with some Steampunk Sepia, Rusty Lantern Lime and a touch of Time Travel Teal, glued down the flowers with some ModPodge, outlined them in black and stamped my quote.  Done!!



I really, really like how this turned out!!  Here’s a close up of each page….

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This may be one of my new favorite pages!

Thanks for checking out my post……I appreciate it!!



Continuing to ‘Let It Go’


My friend Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos has sent me and my creativity into a tailspin the past couple of months.  And I say that in a loving way as it’s kick-started me to head back into my ‘Therapy Room’ and create again.  Then she challenged me to “Let It Go’.  Little did she know what she was asking me to do!! Learning to love what you create and to just let it go and not try to be someone else is turning out to be more of a challenge than I’d originally thought.  Loving all the other artist’s work around me and thinking I had to create just like them in order to have a project turn out right.  Soooo  much pressure on myself to not make a mistake, to create something everyone else would love.  Really?!  I’ve been slowly learning that what I create isn’t for everyone else…..it’s for me.  And at the end of the day…..truly….the ONLY person who really has to LOVE it, is me.  Such a simple concept….but why so hard to carry through with?  It just keeps coming back to those three little, yet such powerful words….”Let It Go”.  I love to share what I do and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking for some sort of pat on the back for what I create.  I think that’s basic human nature to have that need to be recognized and supported in what you do.  What I am learning however, is the pats on the back and the recognition don’t define me.  They don’t make me a better person or a more creative person.  I’ve learned to really start appreciating what I create and for the most part, I’ve loved every page or canvas….almost.  And I’ve also learned that the ones I don’t so much care for are okay too as it usually led to me learning something in that process.

I’d never created a one picture, multi-layered, mixed media scrapbook layout before.  I’ve admired MANY others creations and was so overwhelmed with where to start and how to make it work, I just never even tried.  This past weekend I decided enough was enough and it was time.  I love the look of them and just needed to grab some paper and see what I could do.  This page, like so many other things I create, took me a couple of days to put together.  And that’s okay.  I took my very wise mothers advice and took some time to step away from time to time when things just weren’t sitting right for me or I felt something was missing.  And each time I’d come back I’d usually find that one thing to tweak to make me happy.  I was Skyping with another Mixed Media friend last night, Limor Webber, and asked her for her opinion a couple of times as we organized our craft spaces and I worked on the layout.  She does amazing layouts and gave me a couple of ideas when I was stuck on why something didn’t quite look right.  She never told me to change anything on the layout…..she gave me good advice on how to turn it into what I was seeing in  my head.  At the end of the evening, I had my first layout completed….and I love it!!


I did a lot of fussy cutting, layers of paper, added some home-made texture paste, some sprays, ink…..yup, it’s done!  I love how the bricks turned out.  The stencil I made up myself on my Cricut and it worked perfect!  I used some of my new Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays I just got….Limor’s Industrial Chic set which is sooooo amazing!  The colors are fantastic and I’m loving this set!  At first I’d left the bricks white and then took my Shabby Turbine Teal Starburst spray lid, and with just the tube from the spray bottle I traced around each brick to simulate the grout.  Although I loved the color I wasn’t so loving the look I ended up with.  So I thought, I need to darken up the bricks or something, so I grabbed the Steel Shimmer Glitz Spritz and gave the bricks a couple of shots/layers of that spray,  Although it did bring out the texture within the bricks, there was still something I didn’t like.  This is where Limor came in…..just take some Tim Holtz ink and grunge up the bricks….it’s the white that’s throwing you off.  Ding, ding, ding…..yup.  Out came the Vintage Photo ink pad (my go to stamp pad) and I grunged  up the bricks, the edges of the paper layers and the whole edge of the page.  What a difference it made!!  I still wasn’t loving the teal grout look, so I took the Steampunk Sepia tube and traced over the teal and love how the bricks turned out!!  The little bit of shimmer and shading on the bricks is still visible even after the ink was blended in and just adds to the depth of the bricks.  Check them out!!


So, with the help of two of my friends, I cranked out my first layered, mixed media layout and Let It Go.  You two ladies rock…..I continue to grow as an artist because of your influence and I can’t thank each of you enough.  You both come to the table each week and share your very different styles and challenge me to step out of my comfort zone and just create…..and purge my crafting stuff……..mercilessly.   Huggss to you both!  Mwahhh!  Click on the links to check out their pages!


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Facebook:  Mixed Media Monday’s with Tracy Weinzapfel

Limor1278 Mixed Media Art Group

Blogs:  Limor Webber Designs

Tracy Weinzapfel Studios

Once again, thank you to those who read through my ramblings sometimes. I do sooo appreciate each of you, truly I do.



Monday Night LIVE with Tracy Weinzapfel creation!!


Hello my blogging family…..I’m back to the Mixed Media again!  I often spend my Monday evenings with the very talented Tracy Weinzapfel on her Ustream classes.  For the month of September she is taking us on a shared journey as we create and complete a wonderful canvas art journal that she sewed together for us.  This past Monday we worked on the front and back covers.  I don’t have my canvas journal yet so I played along on a piece of canvas I have.  If you’re looking for some Mixed Media inspiration, check out her channel here

As I started to work on this canvas I was actually glad I didn’t have my actual canvas journal yet!  Sometimes the creative process for me is a lesson in frustration and this was one of those times.  I don’t have a lot of stencils to choose from and the one I chose to use didn’t transfer well to  my canvas with the spray I chose to use.  So, out came the turquoise paint and a sponge instead.  Not bad, but still wasn’t happy with it……so out came the paint brush.  It didn’t cover the original sprayed transfer completely so I decided to use my white to outline the stencil pattern.  It was better…..sort of……lol.

This was my first choice for a flower.  It wasn’t quite working for me…..I don’t know if it was the blue color or what it was, but I just didn’t like it.  Back to my stash of silk flowers I went and came up with a much better choice I think!

So??…….what do you think?  I like the green flower better…..it’s bigger and I think just fits into the page better.  I’m still not happy with the background and wish it were more muted, but learning curve it was.  Now, hopefully I have all the kinks worked out by the time my canvas journal gets here and I do the real cover…..lol. 

I just love this flower.  I’ve had these beauties in my stash for a while now just waiting for the right project to put them on…..I think this fits the bill!!

Thanks once again for popping in……as always, let me know you stopped by.  I’m off to post a link to this on Tracy’s blog.

Till next time friends!!


Yvonne  🙂