Pinewood Derby Car Make Over Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to my blog and the Pinewood Derby Car Make Over Blog Hop!
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A couple of months ago, my good friend Tina Walker got a group of ladies together to do a Pinewood Derby Car makeover. I was immediately on board!

I haven’t done a project like this in a while, but I was inspired to created something really girly and glamourous. The exact opposite of what you would expect a pinewood derby car to look like. So I went all out. This baby is covered in bright colors, ribbon, flowers, bling, and GLITTER (oh yes, I did!).

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To view the other awesome pinewood derby car makeovers, be sure the follow along by clicking HERE

Mixed Media Vintage Fabric Book

Good afternoon! Today I am sharing a quick (heavy on the pictures) post on my latest project–a mixed media fabric prayer book featuring vintage and antique ephemera, lace, and papers.

It started when I was browsing Etsy in search of vintage fabric. Somehow I ended up finding these beautiful prayer cards from ThisOldCouch and immediately was inspired to create something with them.

This originally wasn’t intended to be a book. I was just playing around with some muslin and thinking I might make a banner or prayer flags, but after I finished several pieces they seemed to work together nicely as a pretty little book.

Here is the finished book, with some close ups. This was such a fun and meaningful project for me!

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Catching Up!

Good morning everyone! It’s been a while…..

In personal news, things around here have been pretty busy! One of my daughters is on the high school dance team and competition season has kept us pretty busy. DSC_2108
State Champs!!

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My favorite dancer!

In art news, I have been working on a few projects. I joined the Amazing Casting Products Creative Team and have produced a few pieces for them.

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Upcycled art journal made from mail order catalog

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Follow Your Heart mixed media canvas

(you can view the tutorial for the mixed media canvas HERE)

I created this art journal spread for an art journal swap with my good friend, Tina Walker.
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I’ve also received word that I will have four of my digital art journal pages published in Stampington’s Art Journal magazine in April, I will keep you posted on when that hits the shelves! :)
In the meantime, I have a few other projects that I am working on including a brand new website!!! Hopefully that will be making it’s debut here pretty soon.

Have a beautiful day!!

Art Journal Kickstarter is in the House!

Good morning everyone! I am so excited to announce that the book Art Journal Kickstarter is out and available for purchase. You can see my work in the book on page 82 and 83. The book is really beautifully done, featuring some really amazing talent and great tips on art journaling. If you’d like to order a copy you can find it directly from the publisher, North Light Books HERE or from Amazon HERE.
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I am so thrilled to be a part of such a cool collaboration! :)

In other news I’ve been busy in my messy (as usual) art area.
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Between work and sick kids, I haven’t done as much as I’d like, but I have completed a few art journal pages.
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I’ve also been working on a collaborative project with a few fellow Facebook artist friends. As soon as that is done I will be sharing a few pics of that project.

I hope you all have a great day! :)

Here’s to 2015!!

Hi everyone! I’ve been a bit bad again neglecting my blog. With so much going on in the last few weeks it’s been hard to find some creative time. 2014 was pretty good to me. At the beginning of last year when I sat down and prepared my goals for the year, and meditated on my “one little word” for the year to tie in with my goals, I came up with the word GROW. And I did a lot of personal, as well as creative growing.
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One of my goals for the year was to be published, a dream that I had for a while, but never had the courage to pursue. During the year, that dream was realized when I was contacted by North Light Books to have two art journal pages published in Art Journal Kickstarter. Soon after, I had a piece I submitted to Somerset Studios also picked up for publication.
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I was also lucky to be a part of Frog Dog Studio mixed media kit club, as well as attend CHA for the first time!
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All in all, a pretty great year creatively! Looking ahead to 2015 I will have an announcement to make later this month once all the details are finalized and I’m setting my biggest art goal yet–to have a series of pieces in a gallery. In thinking over this year, I’ve settled on FOCUS for my word. I have a bad habit on not focusing completely on one certain thing, I tend to bounce around a lot and get easily distracted. Knowing that, I’m giving myself permission to FULLY FOCUS on the task at hand (something I am constantly telling my daughter, who has the same problem LOL). I am hoping that in doing this I can put all my energy into my work and really make a breakthrough!

Wishing you all a creative, and joyful 2015!!!

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Artsy Things!

Good morning everyone! I have been a busy little bee lately and have been neglecting my blog a bit…

I wanted to share with you some of the artsy goodness that I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. There is a whole mish-mash of things here so bear with me! I have a tendency to jump around in a lot of different projects…..

First up I wanted to share with you some of the fall decor that I put up around the house. Trying to get myself into a festive fall mood here in Texas despite the 90 degree temps!

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The dining room is all set to go, except I’m still looking for my darn napkin rings! I suspect they could have been used as bracelets by my youngest….I used a burlap table runner with a vintage doily underneath. Weston had fun putting those little pumpkins around the large centerpiece. :)

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I found this gorgeous red vintage tablecloth at an antique store in downtown Smithville. I loved the color and embroidery! I layered one of my great grandmother’s doilies on top.

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Decorated the cabinet in our front entry way with some fall goodness and loaded up my Scentsy with some yummy fall smells-pumpkin and apple spice!

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My whole front porch set up…please pay no attention to the creepy little face in the front door :)

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And a detail shot….

In the dining room I created a cute fall banner from burlap, vintage lace, and ribbon. I added some burlap and paper flowers and sewed on the letter stickers. This was for the October New Issue: You’re Sew Cute, You Keep Me In Stitches with May Arts Ribbon at Paper Issues. Here are a few detail shots!

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I’ve also been helping re-do my teen’s bedroom a little bit. Natalie proudly shows off her “N” collection. Or as Macie calls it “her wall of domination!”

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While shopping in Warrenton, I found a seller of a massive amount of vintage saris. Jackpot! I bought a bunch of them, cut them up, and sewed them into curtain panels. Here is one of the panels. Now I just need to hang them….will post another pic of them hanging if that curtain rod I ordered two weeks ago from Amazon ever comes in!

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I also have the privilege of being Guest Designer for Hydrangea Hippo for this month. I created this cute little Halloween house canvas using items from the October kit.

Whew! That was a LOT of projects! As a side note, I’m working on my scrapbooking again. I have realized over the past few weeks how much I have missed memory keeping. Want to see what I’ve been up to on that front? Check out my somewhat revived scrapbooking blog :)

Have any special projects you’ve been working on? I’d love to see them! Feel free to leave a link in the comments section.

Making a Fall Picture Frame-Using the Hydrangea Hippo BOOtiful October kit

Good morning!

This morning I wanted to share a quick Snapguide I created on a project that I created using the awesome Hydrangea Hippo “BOOtiful” kit. As a guest designer for October, I received a huge kit full of goodies to work with. This kit includes: papers, TONS of ribbons and trims, and an assortment of beads, sequins, and baubles. Plenty of material to create multiple projects and layouts!

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Check out How to Make a Fall Picture Frame by Melissa Johnson on Snapguide.

To learn more about purchasing the kit I used to create this project, click HERE.