Thursday, June 27, 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge #188

Time for this week's challenge! Here's a look at the color story:

 And here's my art journal page using the colors:

This week, our sponsor is Close to my Heart consultant Elizabeth Mindemann.

If you are inspired and want to join our challenge, visit The Play Date Cafe Challenge Blog

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Winner! and a Mixed Media Challenge #1

First of all, as promised, I picked a winner today from my blog hop last week. Here it is:

That means the winner is Nicole Doiran!  Congrats! I will be in touch soon.

And, it has been awhile since I made something "just for me". I ran across this challenge entry on Mona's blog for A Mixed Media Challenge and was inspired. Here are the colors:

As I was making this layout, I remembered why I don't do mixed media layouts (but will do art journals, canvases, etc)'s because even though it feels like you are allowed to be messy with one, it has to be a certain kind of messy. Sometimes you can be too messy (like I hate all of the smudges on here, they were not intentional). With an art journal or canvas, you can cover up mistakes or parts you don't like with gesso and start over.  Anyways, here's the final result, I think it turned out ok.

Play Date Cafe Challenge #187

First of all, I have to apologize for not posting a winner from my giveaway yet. I will do that tomorrow!

And now I have a new color challenge to share with you, from The Play Date Cafe.

Here's my project, an art journal page. It is my first result of my experiments with my new Gelli Plate! I like it, but I will have to play around some more to really get the hang of it.

 Our sponsor this week is Avery Elle. You could win a prize from them, so be sure to check out The Play Date Cafe blog for complete challenge info!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Play Date Cafe Challenge #186

First of all, I want to welcome all of the new followers to my blog. Thank you so much! I will try to visit all of your blogs in the next few weeks as well :) I always love finding new online inspiration!

If you didn't know, I am having a giveaway that is open for a short while longer, until tonight at 11:59pm EST. Good luck to all!

And now, it is time for this week's new color challenge at The Play Date Cafe. I am pleased to be a part of the design team there! This week, we have a special "color splash":

And here is what I created:

 I used Tim Holtz printed tissue paper in the background, and a stamp from Paper Bag Studios for the heart.

This week's challenge sponsor is Simon Says Stamp. Be sure to stop by The Play Date Cafe Challenge blog for complete challenge rules and information. You can win a gift certificate!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paper Haus Blog Hop - Day 6

Welcome to the PaperHaus Magazine Summer Delight Blog Hop! We are celebrating the release of the Summer Issue of PaperHaus Magazine. I am particularly excited about this issue, as the focus is mixed media, and we have exclusive projects and interviews with two of my favorite artists, Tim Holtz and Anna Dabrowska!

Below is the link to the summer issue, simply click on the cover to go there now! BUT Come back as we want to show you some amazing Summer projects!

Welcome back! We hope you were inspired, and here is some more inspiration too. Every day of June on the PaperHaus Blog ( there will be amazing inspiration and tutorials so be sure to stop on by everyday!

Here's a look at a mixed media tag I made just for this hop:
This was my first time using UTEE (I used this method with shrink plastic, demonstrated by Tim himself to make the gears).  I will definitely be using UTEE again in the future! So many possibilities.

If you like my work, be sure to stop by this post at The Paper Haus blog, where you can see more of my mixed media creations! Here's a peek:
Click here for the full project.

Now check out the rest of the Day 6 Blog Hop

1. PaperHaus Magazine
2. Dina Wakley -
3. Cathi O'Neill -
4. Lynn Adams - RAK - you are here
5. Jelissa Mei -
6. Trudi Harrison - RAK

RAK time

Have you made it this far? If so, now it's time for the real fun! I have a huge stash of stuff, and so I have decided to part with some of it for your sake.  Take a look:

-Unopened Kraft glassine envelopes, chipboard album, brand-new paper pad, and vintage doily (to use as a mask-this is the hardest one to give up, but it is a duplicate, so I know someone out there will put it to good use!)

-PLUS several flowers and other assorted ephemera (perfect for mixed media!):

-PLUS  assorted Ribbons, twine, etc (I may throw in more than what's pictured):

If you look to the right, you can see that I don't have very many followers :( This makes me sad! So for a chance to win, please
1)Become a follower of my blog AND
2) Leave a comment below
 (Not required, but nice to do if you want  - follow me on Pinterest)

I will choose one winner to win it all! Deadline to enter is June 13, 11:59 EST.

Play Date Cafe Challenge #185

This week, we have a very chic color story:

And here's a look at my card for the week.

The stamps for this week were provided by our generous sponsor for the week, Great Impressions!    I just love this detailed house image, it is very versatile and goes great with lots of different sentiments.

I hope that you are inspired to play along with us this week, we would love to have you! Find all the challenge information at The Play Date Cafe Blog!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New PaperHaus Issue!

Have you seen the newest edition of The Paper Haus magazine? It is seriously my favorite is jam-packed with mixed media goodness, including exclusive inspiration and interviews with the incomparable Anna Dabrowska and Tim Holtz!  Here it is:

You will also definitely want to check out the huge blog hop we have going on all week - and stop back here later in the week because I will have a RAK!