My Summer Vacation Album

My family and I had the chance to go home to Hawaii last summer for a family reunion with all my brothers and sisters.  I am the oldest of 7 kids. My dad rented a huge house right next to Sunset Beach.  The water was amazing-for those of you who don’t know the North Shore can get over 20 foot waves in the winter so you can really only go in the water near there in the summer.  Well, unless you are a surfer. The scuba diving was great too-visibility was about 75 ft-we saw lots of turtles and a small shark. Continue reading


Art Journal?

  This is the cover for my current art journal-I seem to have several of them going at any given time lately.  This one is a little more formal than my other books are as I am actually doing a project about myself.  Generally I seem to do projects with everyone else in them or about everyone else but I decided I needed to put myself in something so my posterity will remember something about me-if not at least what I looked like.  I used paper from several different lines that I really like  right now:

Portrait Collection from Crate Paper

Notations from Teresa Collins

Tres Elegant by We R Memory Keepers

I also used tissue from some patterns I no longer need for the ruffle and attached it the back of some white cardstock with Sticky Strips tape runner from Thermoweb but I wish they were refillable as I hate throwing it away.  I really like this tape runner as it works great and is easy to use.  I then put the Crate Paper to fit over the white cardstock and added the TC notations tag.  I stamped the word life . I also cut out some of the flowers I had stamped and embossed and colored with Twinking H20s-the edges were too white so I used a black Copic marker to color them in.

Mixed Media Canvas Board Wall Decor


I created this mixed media wall hanging using stamps I designed, inks, paint,gel medium,some old book papers, a few scraps of patterned paper and lots of drawing and my own handwriting.

Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorite standby tools-the Crop-A-dile by We R Memory Keepers-so easy to punch through these heavyweight canvas boards.  I have tendonitis in my wrist and this tool saves me every time.  I have about 4 other various punch tools but they all require too much pressure to punch through more than a few sheets of paper. (Yes, I have both the original pink one and the larger Big Bite!)

I thought I would share a few of my favorite paper crafting tools besides the Crop- A-Dile.

Wescott paper trimmer and the little teeny tiny Wescott scissors(I use these to trim all my stamps)-I do need to find somewhere that sells the refill blades for the trimmer.

Craft knife-I can actually use this now without a trip to the ER

metal edge ruler

Milwaukee Heat Gun

Huge Cutting mat and Tattered Angels large craft mat-the TA mat fits on top of the cutting mat.  I think they are each 2 ft by 3 ft and they sit on top of the 10ft’ countertop in my office/studio.

Assorted tags

 All these tags are number 8 shipping tags which is 3.125 X 6.25 and they are all cut out of my favorite thickstock from Canvas Corp.  It is a lot heavier than standard cardstock so it works well for tags, cards and minibooks.  I  really like the grey Versafine ink.



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3 Generations


I know Mother's Day was yesterday but I wanted to share this photo of my grandmother, my mom and myself.  My mom has been going through all her old family photos and I had to do some major work as it had turned completely green. I have always loved this picture.

Mixed Media Home Canvas

Homecanvas copy
After taking several online classes and doing a lot of research on mixed media and art journaling.  I decided I wanted to get back to creating things I love and meant something to me rather than just making random items because I had to. 

Starting out with a blank white canvas can be a rather daunting experience.  I glued the ledger paper (TCD Mr and Mrs Collection to the canvas with Golden matte gel medium and then used a large pallette knife to spread the teal and white paint to create the blue sky.  I tore some strips of old Making Memories paper and adhered them with the gel medium.  I used an old book page to create the house and glued it down so it would be behind the second layer of grass. I then tore a second strip of paper and used the Martha Stewart fringe scissors and slightly crumpled the piece.  I let it dry and painted in the grass using several green shades of Twinking H2Os-it makes the whole piece shimmer.  I added the roof (TCD Mr and Mrs Label paper) and painted the heart also with the H2Os.

I used Onyx Black ink from Tsukineko on the stamps.  In order to get a slightly distressed look I stamped them on a sheet of scratch paper first and then stamped them on the canvas without using an acrylic block.  I used some bubble wrap and white paint to add another layer.  I wrote out the quote and did the outlining with a PITT pen from Faber-Castell.  I stamped the word home on some canvas that was coated on the back so the H2Os wouldn’t bleed through. The writing and stamping looked a little too crisp so I lightly sanded all of the blue around the house.  I sprayed the whole piece with a finishing spray to protect it and am trying to decide whether to hang it in my office or in the front entryway.