Monday, March 2, 2015

The Documented Life Project- High Five

Good Morning! I must say that I am loving Art Journalling more and more each time I play!

I like the aspect of starting with a blank canvas, not really knowing where you're going to end up. I kind of liken that to a lazy Sunday drive; no destination in mind, just a tank full of gas, a camera for capturing moments and preferably a good travel companion.

That being said, I find that having a theme or prompt gives me a starting point.

This week at the Documented Life Project, the Theme was High Five

You had to have at least five layers on the project.

The Journal Prompt-High Five

My interpretation was to capture five high points in my life

Being on or near the water
and my Career of course, which I enjoy, but is also a necessity to allow me to enjoy all my leisure activities.

I thought I'd show you the process that led to the completion of the page

I really "get" the concept of layering now, after having worked on layered projects over the course of February

Here is my Pictorial of my "Sunday Drive".

I started with a double page canvas in my Dylusions Art Journal a roughly patched in with Black Gesso. I got my inspiration for the page after participating in Kate Crane's Journal Soup 2 workshop.

Layer two consisted of Random Bits of Book Paper adhered to the layout with Glaze Medium

Ahhhh Colour!!!! I used Tim Holtz Distress paint along with white acrylic paint to colour in a design, leaving some of the book paper showing through.

More layers, using acrylic, a stencil, a toilet paper roll and my little finger prints!!

In this layer, I added some shading to the turquoise rings with charcoal pencil.

I stamped the small triangles in with this fun new stamp from Balzer designs available at Impression Obsession. The stamp set is called really useful stamps-circles and you can find it HERE

And then, I built the house!!!!

I used a song sheet that I had from the Musical the Fantastiks to build the base of the house and the chimney. I inked over the paper with Cajun Craze ink and heat set it. The roof and door was handcut with some Graphic 45 Paper. I then base painted the windows in white, adding several coats of paint to cover.

Here I added some Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge Distress Paint to the windows to add warmth!

I added a little piece of the Designer Paper to the corner as I wanted to bring the pattern into the second page.  also added window and door frames with my Pitt Pen

This house needed a fence, so I used this fun Fence die coupled with Paper from Graphic 45.

The Die is called Large Fence and is available at Impression Obsession

It was about then that i cot the idea to journal my highlights into the circles. I also added some highlights in the circle with white gel pen and lastly, added some music note smoke, coming from my chimney! WAY better on the environment!

I am pleased with my destination and am looking forward to next week's prompts!

Have a great day,


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Don't stop 'til you get enough-Documented Life Project

Since I've been housebound this weekend, I spent some time playing in my Art Journal

I have been trying to keep up with the Documented Life Project Assignments

This wonderful group of Artists, share a Journal Prompt each Saturday, which gives you a technique as well as a journal prompt.

This week it was to create layers in your journal

I created oodles and oodles of layers

First I sprayed my pages with with Prima Bloom Spray in Glistening Waves

I then took a Dylusions Stencil and sprayed over in Bubblegum Pink (If you look closely, you can see the floral pattern underneath. I then used some Gesso To create some resist here and there and to tone it down a bit, I wiped on some vintage photo distress stain to tone down the brightness of the page.

I tore some shapes from some old book paper that I had laying around.

I then took Some Magicals and painted around the papers to bring some shadow and depth.

I created a custom ink pad using Dylusions Sprays in Grape and Bubblegum and stamped on the background with the following images from impression Obsession

Rose Leaf stamped in Gold
Heart Hug- The lady stamp- Stamped in Black and paper pieced
Splatter 1 (stamped in white acrylic paint)
Sketchy Chevron Border (stamped in Black)

The page was a little dark at that point, so I added some white paint dots and highlights

The sentiment reads:

The more you love your decisions, the less you need others' to love them

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Feeling Irie in Jamaica!

I just spent a wonderful week in Jamaica with my Mom and Good Friends Diana and Mary!

Thought I'd post a few pics to highlight our Vakay!

Although I wasn't feeling the greatest, I made the best of it and enjoyed the sunshine and the good company~

Being on the Water makes me very Happy! You'd never know that we were but minutes away from a torrential downpour. I was a little concerned that we'd end up as castaways, but our captain Ricardo brought us safely back to shore!

We had a fabulous tour of the Appleton Rum Factory!

Wastin' away at MargaritaVille Negril Beach!

Swimming in the natural pools at Y&S breathtaking!

The water was remarkable refreshing!

A gorgeous sunset enjoyed at Three Dives on the cliffs past Negril Beach. 
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner of Jerk Chicken, Callilou, Bammi, Festival and Rice and Peas! Yummy~

Bird Talk! I finally discovered where the early morning song was coming from!

The Breathtaking Cliffs by Negril 

The Girls with our Beautiful Tour Guide Lenore! She was sweet and Sassy and gave us a great feel for Jamaica!

We had a visit with our friends Stephanie and Pat! Enjoyed their little piece of Heaven! I offered to come and work for them! Their place is peaceful, serene and beautiful! Steph was happy to see Mom as she gave her a haircut! They toured us around the island and showed us some remarkeable views from the hills and then treated us to the most succulent Jerk Pork at Scotchies!

This is one of the beauties we encountered on our tour of the mangroves on the Black River!

A view from the pool!

But I much preferred our intimate but beautiful Beach!

A Beautiful Jamaican Sunset

Sadly, all good things must come to an end!!!

  Farewell Jamaica~
Thursday, February 5, 2015

It must be love!! IO Thursday Challenge

Holy Mackeral! I can't believe it's been so long since I posted! I guess I better be doing something about that!!!!

Welcome to Impression Obsession Thursday Challenge

Create a Love Themed card

for my card, I used several fun stamps!

Be sure to head on over to the IO stamps Blog to get all the details for the challenge and to enter your submission. Follow the links on my sidebar to see the great DT creations!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, January 17, 2015


 I came across a cool Sketch Blog this week called Stuck?! Sketches

I love working from a sketch as it makes scrapping so easy!

I whipped this layout up as I was waiting for my Vintage Layout Students to arrive.

I had some extra packages of Bo Bunny Somewhere in time Noteworthy, so I thought it would be perfect to create the layers in the Sketch, which you can find

I showed Jon my layout, of which I was proud. I love this picture of he and Dad, working on a project together. It looked to me as if they were observing something, thus the title.

Jon indicates that it was the day he was learning to use the cement saw and that they weren't observing anything at all. Observations, he said, is not a good title. When I asked him what I could title it, he indicated  a "time when Jon and Grandpa were working together and not at each other's throats"...hmmmm that would be a long title and besides, I don't have rub on's that reflect that! lol

I'm going to stick with observing the two of them working together cooperatively and just happening to capture the moment.

to add a little extra dimension the to craft cardstock, I sponged over with a stencil.
To finish off the page. I used some vintage metal embellies from Prima Marketing.
I thinkg the "timeless" metal is from CTMH

I've been in a bit of a scrapping mood lately........well actually, just in creative mode in general. It's wonderful to have my mojo back!

It's pretty chilly here today. I've been flat out on my back since Wed night,  so my first venture out into the cold weather to take Syd for a brief walk was crispy to say the least!

Looking forward to some indoor recreation tomorrow at Yoga Class

Happy Scrappin' and enjoy the rest of your weekend~


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Impression Obsession Thursday Challenge-Sparkle and Shine

How are you all today! We're back after last weeks HUGE Blog hop with our regular Thursday Challenge. This week, your challenge is to Sparkle and Shine!

My card is Very Simple, but it is sparkly~ I love this sweet sentiment and wanted it to really be the focal point on this card, so rather than having it as an add on to a main image, it IS the main image. What do you think? My sparkle was to add some Rhinestone Hearts to imitate the hearts in the sentiment. I didn't really want ribbon as I felt that the Bakers Twine would keep the card CAS

You can find this fun Sentiment  here:

Be sure to head on over to the IO Blog to find out who's playing today and to add your project!

Don't forget that if you don't play, you can't win!

Happy Stamping~

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

That memory becomes a Treasure-Prima January BAP Challenge

Good Morning! 

This morning I'm sharing my Prima BAP challenge. A small page indeed as it is a 6x6 card.

Our lovely neighbour lost her husband suddenly last week and I wanted to create a special card for her. I loved the look of the sketch and thought that it had elements that would work perfectly with my card. I started with a base of Designer paper from the Time Traveller Collection. I then used a stencil and some Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo to create the Chevrons.

I misted the paper with Antique Gold colour Bloom Spray and "spot stamped" here and there with a couple of Prima Stamps that I had, using dark ink to reconstruct the shape in the bottom right hand corner of the sketch.

I stamped the sentiment in Espresso Ink using the Treasured Memories set from
Impression Obsession. I love this sentiment. When we lose someone, the memories that we have certainly do become treasures, because that is all that remains. The treasured memories give us a sense of closeness to those that have gone before us as well as a reminder that as long as we have our loved one in our heart, they will never truly be far away.

Lastly, I added some floral , metal and wooden embellies, all from Prima Marketing

I really like the way the card turned out and I hope that it will bring our neighbour a little bit of comfort at this sad, sad time in her life

Remember the importance of treasuring each moment while you're in it; memories are treasures, but moments are meant to be enjoyed in the present.