Sunday, August 6, 2017


After a couple months of chaos I was finally able to work on some art stuff. Deciding to get back to my weekly challenges with my mom I looked up the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this weeks theme, food or drink. I briefly panicked cause I knew I didn't really have anything laying around that fit that theme to work with. So I decided to peruse the nearest art store and see if anything spoke to me, and something did, well a few somethings, but I only ended up using one. I decided to use a 5x7 canvas I had laying around, and began the process of the background. Layers of gesso, spray stains, mulberry paper, modeling paste, and glitter glue. I loved it more and more after each layer. Once I was satisfied with how it looked and the way the colors matched to the awesome coffee cup I found I decided to stop before I over did it lol. I added two layers of foam mounting tape and glue and placed the coffee cup where I wanted it. Overall I love how it turned out!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


I had absolutely no ideas for this challenge when I started. I started going through paper stack after paper stack, ending up with a stack of about 10 papers or so. Then I started going through my stamps looking for a good quote, didn't find one but I stumbled onto the elephant you see above. Then the ideas started rolling.
I used a piece of Montana map paper, and stamped the elephant on it using sepia. I then glued that onto a standard bar style coaster. I tore off the excess paper from the coaster and then rubbed the edges on my sepia ink pad. Then I used a piece of thin cardboard and cut it to the size I wanted for my base card, covered that with one of the papers in my pile I pulled out. Then I used washi tape along the crease at the top. I took another of my bar coasters that had a cool quote on it already from a restaurant I like (Ted's Montana Grill, in case anyone was wondering), cut off the top and bottom. Then I glued everything together. I am thrilled with how well this came out. Hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Little Critters

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Little Critters was a lot of fun. I took monkey pictures out of a story in a highlights magazine and glued them down to start. I then used Distress Oxides in green and brown to fill in the background. I stamped all the various types of leaves, and the small caterpillar. Then I used a water pen with delusions spray in it to outline some with orange. I also used colored pencils to add color to the black leaves and to the caterpillar. Then I stamped the phrase. I had a lot of fun with this page and was very happy with how it turned out.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Family = Home

For this weeks Simon Says stamp Challenge: Home Sweet Home, I decided to do a canvas incorporating one of our new family pictures. I used liquid acrylic paint on the canvas, just streaking it on there, and then highlighting some extra orange around the edges. I then stuck the picture down. I used very this wood paper and snapped it off into frame sized pieces and created the wood frame of the house around the picture. I then used some homemade fiberous paper, overlayed on a cardboard triangle for the roof. The word family is black painted cardboard letters glued on. I layer together random paper flowers that fit the color pattern, using a brad to keep them together, also making the middle of the flower look more, well flower like. Then I stuck those down and allowed everything to dry overnight. I love my family!!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hip Hop

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Hip Hop! The first thing that popped into my head was frogs, which turned into rapping frogs as the week went on. I started with an old piece of background paper I had made years ago that had a good blue, yellow and green flow to it. Then I stamped the lily pads with my memento ink pad. I used sharpies to color in the lily pads (I LOVE Sharpies!!). I stamped the frog, also with memento ink, and colored it in, also with sharpies....did I mention I love sharpies!?!? Then I cut it out, fine scissor work is not something that I like or that I am particularly good at, but I think I managed to keep it looking like a frog :) I stuck him down and then added the little music note stickers. And that ladies and gentlemen is my hip hoppin rappin frog ATC! Hope you all enjoy him.

Make A Rainbow

Last weeks Simon Says challenge was make a rainbow, however, due to being sick I didn't get it done on time. I decided to do it anyway once I felt better cause I liked the challenge. I started with an ATC sized piece of cardstock and colored it with Tim Holtz crayons, then using my finger and a little water I washed it all together to make the rainbow background. I tore away the edges, added the little star brads and then stamped the quote on. Finally I layered it on a piece of purple burlap paper cut down to ATC size. Simple and bright. Then I sent it to my mother :)

Get Lucky

I did this two page spread for Saint Patrick's Day, just hadn't gotten around to blogging it. Dilussions paints made the background, then I used white distress ink through the texture stencil for the little bit of white variation. Stamped the checkered border around the end and then used black paint around that to give it the fade to black look. I stamped get lucky and then used a thin sharpie to add the dots and lines around the letters. The clovers are made of stamped hearts that have been cut out and put together. Added the lines coming off the clovers, then added the butterfly. I considered adding more but for this one I decided that less was more and I liked it that way.

Birthday Stamps

So, I'm a bit behind on my blogging, as evident by the fact that the card shown above I made for my father for his birthday...which was March 1st lol. The blue and orange background is made from distress oxides rubbed on and then sprayed with water. I stamped the postage stamps around and then added the white dots for a little more pop. Then I layered it up. Fairly simple card, but he liked it so that's all that matters to me. Happy birthday old man!

Friday, March 31, 2017


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Things With Wings

I started with an 8x10 canvas board, using a piece of plastic netting from an onion bag I sprayed some of Tim Holtz spray stain through the netting. Put strips of washi tape across the back. The steam punk paper I layered on a piece of random lettered paper, then I used a piece of string mesh paper with the frayed edges under that. I added the small orange raven staring into the face of the girl, the black raven coming off the page, and the word nevermore was done with Tim Holtz letter tiles, an honor to my love for Edgar Allan Poe. The wooden butterfly added nice depth. I put the brass gears and clock up the side, colored a flower for the bottom gear, and used a metal flower in the second one up. I am not usually a fan of using humans in my art, but I absolutely love how this turned out! Might just have to keep it for myself.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

When The Last Petal Falls

Simon Says : Layer It Up. My wonderful partner took me on a date Monday night to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. In honor of that amazing date and movie I decided that for this weeks art journal spread I was doing Beauty and the Beast. The background started with old dictionary pages (hard to see through the photos, but slightly noticeable in person). I went over them with distress oxide inks, sprayed the page and let it dry. Then I went over it with soft body blue acrylic that had been slightly watered down. I added the random french book pages, went over the whole thing with a muddy gray dirty wash. Then I used the Inky Blue Vivid ink pad and stenciled some random clocks and shapes. Finally I took some watered down white gesso and splattered the page. I layered all the photos onto a rose patterned card stock. I tucked our movie tickets into little windows. Then printed the words "Until the last petal falls" tore them out and used a red permanent marker to highlight the edges in red. I used some red musical tape under the top right picture just for the effect, then I put it all together. I am very happy with how it turned out and am looking forward to having this tangible piece of memory from this amazing movie and date for years to come.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


 This week Simon Says: Make Your Own Background. So at the center it started with a piece of mixed media paper torn from a dilusions journal. Dilusions paints were applied with a sponge, then using the same colors again I applied them through stencils. Using black dilusions paint through word stencils added fun to the already bright background. I then layered it on black, orange, black, pink, and black again lol. I took an 8x10 canvas board and painted it black. Then over it I used a random rectangles stencil and put transparent glass bead gel through it. Then I waited, a painstakingly long time, which ended up being overnight, for it to dry. I then used ultra heavy gel medium to attatch the matted piece onto the canvas board. I took a boring wooden framed and painted it black, removed the glass and placed my canvas board inside. I am very impressed with how it turned out, and can't wait to see the face of the friend who is going to recieve it.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dante's Inferno

 This weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Based On A Book. I was very excited about this challenge and immediately wanted to do Dante's Inferno. I went to our "local" half price books for a cheap copy of the book to use as part of my layout. This may be my favorite art journal page yet!!! Hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Star Trek

This weeks Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Transport It, provided me with the perfect oportunity to finally do a Star Trek layout. I love it, and hope you all will too.
The background was fun. Black gesso mixed with DecoArt pearlizing medium at the base. Tim Holtz blue watercolor crayon was scribbled over it next and then washed out to provide just a hint of blue. Then white and blue soft body acrylic splattered over that. After that it was a mash up of stenciling with paste, cardboard cutouts, letters, embellishments and gems with some photos of the Starship Enterprise.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


 This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Young At Heart. I had random ideas floating through my head and then I came across this set of photos of my family and decided that since my family keeps me young at heart it would be perfect. The background started with pink and orange dillusions paint, once dried I used clear embossing paste through a flowery stencil. I loved the texture it provided but unless you were staring at it you couldn't really see it so I used Tim Holtz purple spray stain, sprayed over where I stenciled and then buffed it with a paper towel leaving a light trace of purple where the flower voids were from the stencil. I then used thinned down acrylic white paint and splattered it on the pages, sprinkled silver heart confetti and black glitter over the wet paint. I layered the photos on textured white cardstock that I had stuck down where I wanted it. I used the same purple spray stain on cardboard letters for the word family and then used extra heavy gel medium to stick it down. I used black lava paint through a stencil for the LOVE and MEMORIES. Used metal embellishments next to the pictures of the kids. I'm really proud of the way this turned out. I love my family!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017


This weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Pets Corner. So I of course got excited at the prospect of the number of journal pages I could do, given the whole plethora of pets in my house. However when we got down to it I only had enough time to complete one. So this little guy is my wife's Chihuahua, Xander, he is about 10 weeks old in these pictures of him and weights roughly 1.5 pounds. He is now four years old and weights a whole total of 6 pounds, but he looks and acts just like he did back then.

The background is archival reinkers mixed with rubbing alcohol in spray bottles, then I used ink through gear stenciles, and the light spots are where i used addition rubbing alcohol through the same stencils. The raised gears on the right side are made with fiber paste through a different gear stencil. I used water downed black paint to splatter on the background. I layered up the two pictures of Xander with matching textured cardstock. Added the paw print ribbons, stuck down the pictures. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out and added it over the top. Found some fun letters to put his name at the bottom which added the finishing touches.

Friday, January 27, 2017


This weeks theme for the Simon Says Challenge is Spread Your Wings. My very first thought was the word S.O.A.R, the title of one of my favorite songs by the band Devour the Day. The meaning of the acronym is Suffer, Overcome, And Recover. So I flipped to a background page in my art journal and went to work. I love how it turned out, and I hope you all will too.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Duck, Duck, Goose!!

While I was out playing Pokemon Go this morning I stumbled upon this meeting of the minds. I love how both ducks and geese, male and female, can all hang out together like this. I don't know if they talk and laugh and have a good time, or if they are simply co-existing in the enviroment they both enjoy. This scene just made me stop and think of how happy the world would be if everyone could get along like these water fowl.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Be Square

I found a 3x3 inch box, spray painted one half black as the base. In the bottom of the box I laid in the stripes of colored card stock to make my rainbow. The quote is stamped on vellum and the flower brads just put through punched holes in the corner. I then glued it down using the space behind the brads so it didn't show oddly through the vellum. The small paper flower on the right I made by taking 1/2in square pieces of the same card stock I used for the rainbow, stacking them with glue dots in between for a little more depth, then slowly working in all the corners until it resembled a flower, craft wire made the stem. Small sticky gems were placed on the opposite side to make it seem more balanced.

This piece was done for: Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Be Square


My most recent completion in my art journal was this two page spread in honor of my hedgehog, Doyle, who passed in October. It took me a lot longer than I was planning to finish it, but I am very happy with the way that it turned out.