Good Decision...Good Times Ahead

I am excited! I am overwhelmed at what lies ahead! I hope I'm a quick learner!
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This is the push I need to reconstruct my blog (update it's features) in hopes that the new and improved blog will reflect ME and what I want to accomplish with my art.
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"So In Love" A Page For Great Maw Maw

One of the most beautiful photos my daughter has taken is of my husband's parents.  I tried my hand at mixed media on a layout. The happiest part of the layout is that no matter my trial and errors this photo of two amazing people shines through.

Their Golden Anniversary has come and gone many years ago.  They have worked hard side by side to farm the land, raise two wonderful children, experience sadness and great joy.  I have stories Mom as has shared with me.  Through her stories I have become more apart of their family's past.   I love her and Dad and respect the life they built together.  With my love ...

so in love
Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Classic Collection
Stamps Wendy Vecchi
Flowers Prima
Tim Holtz distress inks, stars, layered stencils,
Hobby Lobby Pocket Watch
Bo Bunny rub-on
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sunflower and Key Lime Pie
Connie Mercer, Vintage milk bottle cap
My background was prepped with white gesso, it should have been clear gesso.

For the first…

I'm Just A "Y"

My daughter and I embarked on a beautiful project several years ago.  It has become an amazing focal point for the kids in their playroom.  You might remember...
D's Paper Studio post ABC Completed for close-ups and more information.

The letters are held on the wall by 3M Command Velcro strips.  One thing we learned early was that yarn and adhesive like that is on 3M Command Velcro doesn't work.  That mean the "Y" gave us problems from the beginning.  Well, I finally gave up.

Time for a "Y" remake.

I loved remaking the "Y" in honor of our only grandboy who totally loves the beach.
I painted the sides with The Fine Touch acrylic paint Sky Blue.

-Added one of my favorite beach/ocean paper collections Graphic 45's By The Sea.
-Applied Rangers Glossy Accents over the "Y."
-Applied paper to the cardboard "Y."
-Let dry.
-Cut with x-acto knife.
-Ink the edges with Tim Holtz distress inks Mermaid Lagoon
Fussy cut the lighthouse, f…

Creating a Safari Adventure with Little

I am having fun capturing photos and creating layouts with Graphic 45's Safari Adventure collection.  I added a little mixed media, a little fussy cut, texture, a little magic with the computer/printer and a beautiful photo.

Little was about 3 years old in this photo.  She loves the lorikeets and adores feeding them even now at 6.
Mixed Media:  Gessoed my chipboard leaves (Wendy Vecchi), sprayed to cover with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist light green.  

After it dried I peeled off two of the layers...will use again...and curled up another small layer.  I painted the inside part of the leaves with Fine Touch paint, Grass Green.

Accented the chipboard leaves with a gold chain (trying to use up some of my products).

I made a "flick it" mix with Fine Touch white paint and Cracked Pistachio distress ink by inking my mat and mixing in the paint.  I added water to the mix and flicked the mixture onto the leaves and surrounding part of the page.

Using the bottom tip o…

You Are Here ... with Graphic 45's Safari Adventure

I saw this photo of Little (my granddaughter) and nearly died laughing.  I remembered I had a cool title from Heidi Swapp "you are here."  Doesn't it work?  I tired again to do a bit more mixed media on my layout...some success and some not so much.  I could not help but chuckle my way through the layout because of the photo.

(Excuse the lighting...I'll blame the sun, you can blame the timing of the photo on me.)

you are here
Graphic 45 Safari Adventure collection
Heidi Swapp "you are here"
Tim Holtz mini mask compass, distress ink vintage photo and hickory smoke, layering stencil, Thinlits Travel Words, clear stamps Big Numbers
Giraffe Stamp 
Fine Touch acrylic paint
I was trying to make a cloudy shadow around the top and bottom pieces.  It didn't work so I used Tim Holtz's layer stencil to create a giraffe-like background for the save. 
Due to lighting you can't see the stamped words on the "you are here" title.  It is…

It's A Zoo Out There! with Graphic 45

I am always on the lookout for zoo paper that matches my style.  The grands and I frequently go to the zoo to explore and learn about the animal world around us.  Because of that, I have a collection of zoo photos.  Graphic 45's Safari Adventure Collection is great match for my style and my photos.  

zoo magic
This is a photo of my grandgirl behind the scenes at our local zoo.  There she was given the opportunity to pet a Galapagos tortoise.  What a privilege.  She fearless with about every animal she comes across and this tortoise was no exception. 
Notables Graphic 45 Safari Adventure Bo Bunny film strip sticker Prima Flowers  Tim Holtz Distress Ink vintage photo, idea-ology star and arrow, chitchat words, Alpha Parts Newsprint With Graphic 45 and a pair of detail scissors (mine are Fiskars Micro-Tip scissors) you can create your own embellishments, titles and more.
The Bo Bunny sticker film has a design already printed on it.  I added the background  paper from Graphic 45.  I cut out…

She Is My "Serendipity" Moment...Layout- Bo Bunny

Hidden beneath this little Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Pokemon loving self is this beautiful, soft, gentle, kind and loving little girl.  She is my serendipity moment every time I am with her.  Full of unexpected surprises that delight my soul.  A gift from God.

What better paper collection than Bo Bunny's Serendipity to capture her 3rd birthday.  My daughter is the photographer.  Ali surprised us all with her gentle approach to her photo shoot.  Love it.

Important Notes
The frames are from Technique Tuesday.  I "catawamped" the frames.  I placed the frames down first then built the layout.  Probably, I would mark where I wanted the frames then create the layout without the frames saving them for last.  The frames caused my eyes to focus on the line of the frame instead of the line of the paper.  It was harder to see if the photo and other elements were straight on the page.  I used a ruler, measuring several times to make sure it was straight.
Fussy Cut:  the feathers a…
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. One of my goals is that anything I create will inspire you to springboard off what I do to create pages and projects for you. Let me know if you want to use my work directly and I'll be happy to help. Thanks