Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Have heART Journal Page

I'm participating in Wanderlust 2019.  I can't share the details of the first lesson, but I can tell you it involved my initials--HH--, dictionary pages consisting of "h" words, words describing me that start with the letter "h", acrylic paint and watercolor crayons in a color that was calling my name (my favorite color is blue), and stencils.

This month at Art Journal Journaling, the prompt is geometric shapes.  I have rectangular blue strips of paper and white circles from a stencil.  Then there's that heart that mysteriously showed up in the background which led to the title.  


More Mixed Media Challenge:  Anything Goes With Optional Blue   I'm #19

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook Challenge Group:  January--Bookmark or Journal Page.  I used the artist from the Edwardian Beauties digital collage sheet

OUTLAWZ challenge:  site wide #102
Twisted Thursday Jan 3-16: Anything Goes
Festive Friday January:  Anything Goes

We Love 2 Create: January #1 Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes I'm  #36

613 Avenue Create Challenge #217 Anything Goes--Optional Twist Water Colors--- I used water color crayons as one of my mediums.  I'm #81

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Pop Up Box Cards

My art group met to play with the Lawn Fawn pop up box die.  Those who had used the die showed the rest of us how to assemble the box.  They also brought us some previously die cut inserts.  

It was a great learning experience for me.  Since then I've watched the Lawn Fawn video on their latest die, the mini pop up box and am very tempted to buy it.

Here is the box card I made using PhotoPlay Paper's Flannel Shirt two-sided scrapbook paper from their Ocanada Christmas collection.

Entering this card here:

Pile It On Challenge #149 Shaped Card til Jan 5 I'm #36 x

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Anything as long as it's Christmas Challenge #418 til Jan 4  I'm #70 x

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #562 Anything Goes I'm #110 x

Winter Wonderland End Of Year Anything Christmas Goes Challenge til Jan 3 I'm #228 x

OUTLAWZ site wide January I'm #5
                    Festive Friday Anything Goes or Christmas  til Jan 10
                    Twisted Thursday Anything Goes til Jan 3

Monday, December 31, 2018

Spring is My Favorite Season

Over at Art Journal Journey, this month's prompt is My Favorite Season hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. 

Even though I have seasonal allergies, my favorite season is spring,  After the holiday lights have dimmed, I hate the dull drabness of winter.  My spirits soar with the colorful first blooms of spring.

I used acrylic paints for the grey winter background and a generic stencil at the bottom of the pages.  Digital images were printed and cut from Vera Lane Studio.  The girl and rabbit were handcolored by me using Copics.  The flowers are precolored on a digital collage sheet which I fussy cut and pasted onto my page.  I used a white Signo pen and black Pitt pen around the flowers. I found an appropriate quote on the internet and printed it out.


That's Crafty Challenge BlogAnything Goes   I'm #138  x

More Mixed Media ChallengeAnything Goes with optional white  I'm #38--I made the Top 5

We Love to Create Challenge #15  Anything Goes Mixed Media I'm #82  I made the Top 3

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Angel Tags

May you always believe in angels.

Here are some angels I made using  Clintine Steele's templates and Dina Wakley stamped images along with washi tape and a few bits and bobs from my stash.  I put my winged angels on Julie Nutting tags.  Two faces are from Jane Davenport napkin art.  One face I hand drew. The last face I left blank, letting the washi tape design create the look.

The idea comes from a Stampington publication: Somerset Studio Sept/Oct  2018: Angels With Attitude by Clintine Steele. 


613 Avenue Create   Challenge #216 Anything Goes Optional Twist Washi Tape #141

Take A Word Challenge:  Joyful #12 x
Creative Artiste Anything Goes Mixed Media #45  I'm #35 x
OUTLAWZ site wide #246
OUTLAWZ Festive Friday: Inspirational/Spiritual or Christmas or Anything Goes

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Tag

A digital hybrid gift tag.


Imagine That! digital blank label and digital snowflake paper
Craftin Desert Divas: freebie PRE-COLORED Frost-Tea digital image from super sponsor for Blog Hop.

Martha Stewart snowflake punch
DCWV glitter cardstock
pink ribbon from stash
red glitter pen on berries

Entering this tag here: 

Fall-Winter Coffee Lovers Blog HopMy second entry in the hop coming in at #694

OUTLAWZ site-wide #65
Saturday Paper A La Mode:  snowflakes or tag PAM12012018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Owl Card

Here's a digital composition made into a card for my friend who collects owls.

I used the following digital files:

JessicaLyn Original:  Brentwood owl digital stamp which is a freebie from this super sponsor for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Imagine That! digital papers

Hero Arts: steam at top of cup

Verve Stamps:  holiday cup.

I used my photoshop elements software to digitally color Brentwood and the coffee cup.  
After printing the composition onto cardstock, I scored and cut the paper to make a card.
Then I added some glitter to the holly berries.


Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:  my first entry coming in at #604

Cupcake Inspirations CIC459 That center cupcake with the stripes is like Brentwood's striped jersey which I digitally colored. I'm #98

OUTLAWZ sitewide #50
Monday Greetings Challenge Theme: Christmas Colors GCC120318 
Twisted Thursday Challenge:  Anything Goes TT112918
Festive Fridays:  Christmas FF113018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Renaissance Girlfriend and On-Line Published

Here is a journal page featuring my Renaissance Girlfriend that I made for a Wanderlust 2018 lesson hosted by Eliza. Background is a Gelli Plate pull using gold with a stencil. The two brads indicate her legs move.  

I went with a cup to represent my daily coffee and tea rituals, and leggings with tennis shoes which are my daily wear now that I'm retired.  I fussy cut the design of the pillow from a magazine ad for her skirt.  It reminds me of the Polish paper cut work from my heritage.

Sharing this with Art Journal Journey where hostess Yvonne has chosen  The World of Fantasy as the theme for September.  


Gecko Galz just debuted their quarterly on-line inspiration magazine.  They asked if they could include my work in the GECKO GALZ Fall Inspirations issue----of course I said yes!  They chose my Day of the Dead card I made when I was on their design team.  It's in the Halloween Tricks and Treats section.  

Because it comes as an email, I can't give you a link.  But I copied for you some information:
If you enjoyed our publication and would like to receive the next issue email us at to get placed on the list and in the subject line put "Subscribe"
See you in December!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Encouragement Tag

I started with a digital composition, printed it out and made it into a tag.
Gecko Galz Lemonade digital Paper Pack and Woman's Work digital collage sheet.
PSE2018 photo mat and black labels --added words in white
Ribbon from stash


Gecko Galz Papercrafting FaceBook: September: Make a Tag

OUTLAWZ site wide #28
Festive Friday August 31:  Anything Goes 

The Paper Players PP408 Lunch Box Love Notes Words of Encouragement #3 x

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lavender Journal Page

I'm taking a few classes in medicinal herbs.    In addition to my class notes, I decided to add some art journal pages.

The first one is on lavender.

I started with The Graphics Fairy free digital images of a lavender plant and a lavender seed packet (the packet was distressed with Ranger ink and propped up with foam tape).

I tea dyed a teabag, then cut a piece for the top left corner and added some washi tape.  Looking incomplete, I randomly stamped with small acrylic stamps from STAMPlorations and 7 Gypsies. 

To the bottom right seed packet, I wrapped around it a tea bag string and label.  I placed behind it a torn dictionary page.  In front of it, I added some dried lavender buds from the class and a stamped bird from Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps Love Birds set.

Entering this journal page here:

Frilly and Funkie Challenge Back to Nature til Aug 28 #2 x
Let's Craft and Create #140 Anything Goes and Lots of Layers (I did do the twist)  #59 x
613 Avenue Create Challenge: #212 Anything Goes (didn't do optional twist) #93x
Rubber Dance Blog August theme Nature #14 (feeling guilty I didn't use one of their stamps because I own several) #14

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Beach BINGO digital composition

Today I'm a happy camper.  When I upgraded to Windows 10, my PhotoShopElements 7 no longer was compatible. I was without my program for over 7 months.  I finally bought PSE 2018 and, after many hours of tech support, I am back in the business of creating digital compositions!

I played with cropping, layering, color, erasing, and shadowing.

Composition is 5x7 for my journal page and a card topper.

Digital files:

Gecko Galz BINGO card, female figure from Splish Splash college sheet, cropped crab from Seaside Memories collage sheet, brown strip from La Isla Bonita paper pack

PSE2018: letters to spell BEACH, beach ball, background paper


Gecko Galz August Customer Challenge (until Aug 30) Beach Blanket Bingo #4
Designers' Choice Winner!!!!

OUTLAWZ site-wide #150 WINNER!!!
Twisted Thursday challenge:  Anything Goes (did not do twist)  TT080918
Festive Friday: Summer  FF081018
Saturday Paper A La Mode: Summer PAM08112018

Back to Basics and Beyond: #9 Use a Digital Image #54 x

Creativ Fusion Arts and Crafts (fairly new site) Challenge 3 Four Seasons x

Country View ChallengesSun, Sea and Sand #43 x

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