I’ve been recently playing with using acrylic paint as water color.  This dripping technique is one of my favorites.

To create the look you just used heavily watered acrylic paint.  Paint a splotch near the top of your page and then spray with more water.  If the color isn’t strong enough, just add more paint.  Repeat with as many colors as desired.

Just me

Posted: February 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Did this one for a challenge at Scrapbook.com.  I just love how it turned out.

IMG_2369I printed the photo in black and white and color.  Then cut out and assembled the pieces.  I just did some doodling and stamping for the hair.  The butterflies are stamped on coordinating paper and hand cut.  I just stuck down their middles so the wings would provide texture.  The papers and stickers are from  a We R Memory makers kit .

I created this art journal page for a challenge over at Scrap mixers.  The challenge was to define scrapmixing using six different patterned papers.

Scrapmixers Challenge #1


  • to create the back ground I sprayed three different colors of dylusions  inkspray.  then added some water to mix and blotted with a paper towel
  • then i used a stencil to spray water through to remove some of the ink
  • I built up layers of texture by spraying through three diferent stencils with the same color of spray
  • I used matte medium to adhere the patterned papers.
  • For some additional texture I added some transparent texture paste with a Tim Holtz stencil.  then layered tissue paper over it and adhered with the matte medium
  • I stamped several image on the background using archival ink.
  • The girl at the bottom is my daughters artwork printed on thin cardstock and adhered with matte medium
  • The title was create with stickers, pen and diecuts.
  • I used a prima finnabair stamp to create a border around the edges
  • For some added dimension I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Heidi Swapp gold art screen ink

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my artwork.  I love comments so please let me know what you think.  Also head on over to scrapmixers and give this challenge a try!

I’d thought I’d take a break from the scrapbooking things to talk about one of my favorite things, essential oils.  In an attempt to be healthier and eliminate some nasty chemicals from our lives I’ve recently been dabbling in essential oils .  I went to a wonderful Young Living event today where I learned alot more about Green Cleaning with Essential oils and came home with a bottle of cleaner, carpet deodorizer and linen spray.  I had purchased a bottle of the condensed cleaner through a recent promotion but didn’t really know what to do with it.  IMG_2262

Here are a few recipes that I really want to try

Floor cleaner

  • 1 capful thieves all purpose cleaner
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 drops lemon oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

Oven cleaner

  • 1 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

These are just a few recipes I learned about today.  There are a million other uses.  Besides being better for you it is far more economical to buy one bottle of Thieves household cleaner and make all your cleaners than to buy them individually.  thank you to Jennifer and Jill for all the wonderful information.

When I got home from this event I found out that my son wasn’t feeling well.  Although I hate to see them sick I do like the opportunity to bust out my oils.  In his room I am currently diffusing this mixture. It seems to be helping him sleep and decreasing his headache.


I really like using essential oils as a first defense when the kids are sick.  I’ve also been using them to help with weight loss and managing my diabetes.  I am by no means anti medication but I find the oils are just another tool in my arsenal.  Feel free to drop me a line if you want any information or need any oils.  I am definitely not an expert but I have learned alot in the time I’ve been experimenting with Young Living.

IMG_2231Can I tell you a secret? I’m a little intimidated by gorgeous flower layouts.  Not sure why.  Maybe it’s some darkness in my soul but I never feel mine come out all that great.  That’s why I approached these photos of the gorgeous Washington D.C. cherry blossoms with trepidation.  In order to stall a little I cut every cherry blossom diecut file on my cricut explore.  Then I played with painting them, still not happy.  So as i final resort I dusted off my stamp drawer labeled “floral”.  I’m not kidding, there was an inch thick layer of dust on the handle. the the skies cleared and the angels sang and these amazing Technique Tuesday stamped jumped out! (disclaimer, this is not my photo.  I was too lazy to take a pic of my set so i stole it off ye old interweb).  flower stamps

The phenomenal little set allows you to stamp the image in color and then go back and create the outline.  Brilliant, no?!?!?  First i stamped a bunch of stems with Distress ink in walnut stain.  Then I dug out three different colors of pink distress ink and just stamped away. I stamped each color three times before reinking (a technique called generation stamping, I believe.  Then did the same with the outline in fossilized amber distress ink.  I wasn’t careful at all with the outline.  Just got it in the general area of each flower.  I still don’t love flower layouts but i kind of dig how this came out.


To add a little more interested I stamped a couple of different textures over the flowers.  to do this I used Tim Holtz mixed media stamps and the fossilized amber ink.  I inked the stamps without giving much care to covering the images completely.  Then stamped off one impression so that when I added the image to my layout it was alot lighter.

For dimension I added some white on white flowers to the layout using texture paste and a stencil.  Finally I inked sanded the edges of my photos and arranged them coming off the pages and trimmed them to fit the paper..  I just love how this technique looks and it’s kind of become my signature.

My journaling block is also a stamp.  I believe it’s from Impression Obsession.  I left some room because I knew I wanted to include my title.

For the “blossoms” part of the title i did the generational stamping with the same colors as the cherry blossoms.  The “cherry” part is a ctmh stamp set.

To finish it off I layered some of my diecut blossoms over the journaling block and my stamped flowers. The splatters were done using watered down ink and the Tim Holtz Splatter brush-A nifty little tool I never thought i’d use but ended up loving.

As alway,. thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog.  I love comments so please leave me some.


When I say this project over at scrapmixers I knew I had to create this sweet little seasonal clock.  I love spring and all thing whimsical so that’s what I went with. Spring just reminds me to be positive and that no matter how bad things get, change is on the way and inevitable.  Check it out yourself at Season clock.  It’s created using whatever you have around the house.  The body is a chicken can and the bells on top are medicine bottle caps.  Have fun with it and let me know what you think!


Here’s the project I hinted at in my last post.  I really love how it came out and it was alot of fun to do.  I designed it for a creative challenge at scrapmixers.  Head over there and check out the tutorial

scrapmixers blog


I have been whiled the day away working on a fun  project I am working on for the contest over at Scrapmixers.  Any guesses what it is? I’ll give you a hint, I borrowed my husband’s drill.



Check out the contest here


Surprise contest!!!

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Scrapbooking, Uncategorized
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Attention all papercrafters! things are heating up over at the scrapmixers blog. She is running a little contest. Head over there and leave a comment with my name then share having people leave your name! It’s all in good fun!