Sunday, April 29, 2012

"then I believe we've arrived at another quintessential rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock moment"

I've been watching playoff hockey.  
Nevermind that I didn't really watch all season AND 
my beloved Los Tiburones went OUT (again) in the first round.  
(And the Penguins, and the Red Wings, the Sharks were in good company.)  
I guess I do care about who wins ultimately.  
I am notorious for watching the final things of things.  

I know, I still haven't posted my Texas vacation photos, 
but I didn't get my butterfly pixs off my Dad's camera and 
I really really want to show you those.  

Things have been much the same, me trying to maintain my grip. 
I need to work harder to be here now, instead of waiting for a future that may not come;
And, I need to remember things...I have become really absent-minded lately.  

I have been making it to work, 
getting in those workouts, doing some art, 
memorizing one-liners from the Big Bang Theory

I've been working on DT stuff which I can't show yet, 
but here are some other things I've been working on.  
Getting ideas from my head to paper is difficult, 
especially since what comes out wasn't what I pictured.  
I end up not finishing a lot of those things...

Embellished warm-up tags...

Art journal pages.  
I need to try to get away from doing work that is tone-on-tone, 
it gets too washed out.  
I need to be brave and use more color.  
I really like tone-on-tone tho'   : .)  
This is made from security envelopes and other junk mail that I was gonna recycle.

I hope I didn't use language, or expose too much in these journal pages, heh!

Done in Texas of course...

Eee-ar-th day inspo!

Just a random page.

And can I say that tents & blanket forts are really really cool!  

: .)

Friday, April 20, 2012


Here's a piece I did for a Frantic Stamper design team project using the Authentique Loyal Collection over in the shop.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the layout, I wanted to use at least one of each of the pieces in the collection.  These papers have a myriad of patterns using great greens and nice blues, I think they complimented the photos well.  I also wanted to use those banners, as they are so popular at the moment!!!

And of course, since the shots were taken at Disneyland, I had to include those Mickey Mouse icon heads!  My favorite representation of Disney! Can you also see the "MAGIC"?!  (Confetti!)

This has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces, not only because of the product and composition, but also for the great memories it evokes!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scrapping the Music - Rolling in the Deep

Am I the only person in the universe who doesn't like Adele???  heh.  

Still chuckling!

Ok that said...This week's music challenge is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

Don't forget that the new format at Scrapping the Music has two parts, the music challenge and a prompt.

The prompt for this challenge is "What was the first album or song you purchased? Was it on vinyl, tape, CD, or downloaded

I went with the prompt : .) 

Ironically, I can't remember the first record album I ever bought, but I do remember the first album my Mom bought for herself.

She loved Queen's We Are the Champions & We Will Rock You.

So, I have great memories associated with these songs.  We Will Rock You has become my running anthem... I have to listen to it for motivation and inspiration before every.single.race : .)

Of course, I'm not doing very many races these days, but I still have the song on my iPod!!!

There's also a new sketch up at the Frantic Stamper blog...
I used scraps from this Authentique Loyal line over at Frantic Stamper.  I would probably use this as an anniversary card : .)

I have photos from my Texas trip, I haven't been organized enough to get a post together!  Maybe later in the week...

Happy Sunday!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Scrapping the Music - The Time Song

Scrapping the Music has a new format!!!

Here's how it works:

The first challenge is a song - just like it used to be. The second challenge is a prompt. You can choose to create something based on the song or the prompt! Or, if you are feeling ambitious - please do both! Please go here to get the original details!

We're also switching back to the bi-weekly format, so the challenges will be posted on the 1st and the 15th.

This round's challenge song is The Time Song by Matt Urmy

If the prompt concept inspires you...Please create a piece (scrapped, journaled or your choice) about a concert you've gone to. It could be recent or a long time ago. It could be one you loved or one you hated. Or it could be one that you've always wanted to go to!

Please post your pieces to the STM site by April 12th to have the opportunity to have your piece in the Scrapping the Music Hall of Fame!!!  

We would love for you to come on over and play along!!!

As for me...I chose to do a traditional scrapped page using some of the lyrics in the song!  I couldn't get into it at first, but the more I listened and read the lyrics, the more I was inspired and made this!

Keep it Light!

I scraplifted my bloggy friend Julie Tucker-Wolek's awesome layout!

I know Aldien is gonna be thrilled that I've highlighted her on another one of my pages!!!  This is the two of us on top of Black Hill, which I made her hike early one morning during our weekend excursion last fall to Morro Bay.  At the top, there's a most excellent view of Morro Rock and the surrounding area.  When its not socked in with fog.  That morning, all of our pictures were greyed out.  heh.  Except for the 15-20 that we took of the two of us to get just the right shot.  We did "drive" up on our last day and got really, really good pixs.

(And Michelle, you might recognize the papers & embellishments, I bought them after I saw them on your blog awhile back, DCWV - The Colorful Life.)

: .) 

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Wanna Make a Decoupage Egg?!

I did a little technique write up for Frantic Stamper.

It all started with Michael's Arts & Crafts store stocking the Easter craft product immediately after Valentine's Day.  

I saw these kraft eggs, started brainstorming, and came up with this project which reminds me of Japanese washi eggs.

I first prepped the eggs by painting them with gesso.  They were easier to handle skewered onto bamboo skewers (the insides of these particular eggs are hollow styro).  I let them dry.

I stamped and embossed the Frantic Stamper Cling-Mounted Rubber Stamp - Lace Background with pigment ink and different embossing powder colors on white tissue paper.

I cut the embossed image into strips and applied the strips to the egg with or Mod Podge.  You could also use diluted white glue.

The tissue adheres best with a generous application of the glue on the egg first, and then a gentle application of glue over the top of the tissue. 

I allowed the glue to dry, then removed the egg from the skewer.

For my arrangement, I used a glass egg cup I borrowed from Aldien.   I stuffed the cup with iridescent Easter grass, glued a decorative Easter spray also from Michael's directly onto the egg (since the egg cup isn't mine), added a tiny chiffon ribbon bow, and a K& Co. butterfly sticker. 

I think these would also be pretty in a handle basket with Easter grass.