Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone 🙂

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

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This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album. Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost? Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you! Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following:
1. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Let’s get hopping!

Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.blogspot.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (https://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Tina Walker (http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)
Amy Lassiter (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)
Kim Hutchinson (http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com/)
Madge Gillen (http://www.thescrappinlounge.com/)
Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)
Ildiko Miskell (http://thecraftinmama.blogspot.com/)
Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)

First of all I would like to thank Genuinely Jane Studios for their generosity–there were several really cool wooden albums to choose from, it was hard to decide which one I wanted to use first! For my project, I opted for the 8 x 8 Barn Door album. I added lots of texture with modeling paste, modeling creme, and different stencils. I also added many elements from my January Frog Dog kit, like the tissue paper for collage in the background, the Limited Edition stamps, and lots of bits from the ephemera pack! I also used lots of my favorite old standbys: cut up Gelli prints, Silks, letter stamps, spray inks, and alcohol inks. Can’t forget some gold glitter paste also! 🙂

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Thanks for hopping with us! As an added bonus, I will be offering a mini bundle of mixed media goodies to any new subscribers from the hop. (Sorry, US only) Simply click the button on the top right in the sidebar to subscribe, and leave a comment saying that you did. Winner will be announced at the end of the hop!

And now, on to my very talented friend’s blog: Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com). Enjoy! 🙂

Art Journaling on my Gelli Prints

Good morning! I have managed to amass quite a collection of Gelli prints at this point and decided to start using some of them. The obvious place for me to start is in my art journal. I bought a Strathmore Mixed Media journal specifically for Gelli printing. This way I have a whole book of backgrounds ready to go whenever I am!

The first journal page is using a Gelli print background, to which I added a sketched face. Yes, I am still working on drawing faces. I think they are finally showing some improvement. I did this one fast and loose, just working loosely with a graphite pencil and a couple of Prismacolor pencils. I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape around the edges, just because there was a lot of white space that didn’t get printed on and I wanted this page full of color.

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On the next page, I drew this cute owl-inspired by a new book I just bought: Craft A Doodle by Jenny Doh. I colored him in using my Letraset Aqua Markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white. I also added a few rub ons and this cute new stamped sentiment that I picked up at Stamp Antonio Arts.

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The next page I actually worked on with my five year old daughter, Sophie. I started with the Gelli print, and looked for any shapes or patterns that stood out to me. I saw the body of a bird, so I started creating one out of the yellow spot. Sophie suggested that I create a little bird next to the big one, to represent her. So I did 🙂 I used the Aqua markers again for some extra color and shading, as well as a small Pitt pen.

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Thanks for stopping by, I will be back later this week with my second Frog Dog Studio project for August!

I’m Dylusional!! :)

When I get obsessed I go all out…and that is exactly what happened when I discovered the awesome stamp sets by Dyan Reaveley!! I’ve been using the Dylusions spray inks for quite a while now, but never looked into any of her other products. Don’t ask me why, I can’t believe it took me so long 🙂 So I had myself a mini spending spree and ordered several stamp sets and stencils, as well as her Art Journal. Let me just say that I have quite a number of art journals with all different types of papers, etc., but this one takes the cake! The size is perfect and the papers are just made for mixed media. They hold up really well to all of the spraying, layering, and stamping. No buckling or curling at all. I am in love 🙂 With that said, I’d like to share a few pages that I whipped up using the stamps, inks, stencils, and magazine bits. I also used the Silks by Luminarte, which I am also in love with. The colors are really vibrant and I love playing with them!
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I have another journal that is small (5 x 7) filled with a kraft colored paper that I occasionally work in. I am using a heart theme throughout this one. I thought I’d share a few pages of this one also. It is still a work in progress 🙂
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Well, that is all for now. Stay tuned though, I have some really big and exciting news to share with everyone later this month. I can’t wait! 🙂

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly—and Quirky Birds :)

This week I was able to play catch up with my LifeBook 2013 lessons. I can’t say enough about this experience, I have already learned so much!! The teachers are amazing and the work that everyone is putting up is truly inspiring. This week I was able to complete the lesson from Week 11-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral (also known as Misti B).This lesson was so liberating. The whole purpose is just to celebrate and embrace the good, bad, and ugly side of ourselves. We were encouraged to let our ugly out. Well, I feel like I certainly did. This piece is pretty hideous, but I finally felt something in myself just let go–I think for the first time ever. I usually worry over what people will think about my art and feel like it always has to be perfect, but not this time. Here it is, in all of it’s hideousness…
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Pretty ugly, eh? 🙂
Now this week’s lesson was a total blast. We made “quirky birds” and used song lyrics that help to ground us and help us celebrate the “now”. Everytime I hear the song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds I think of my husband. It’s a really beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it you should check it out. We made this as a really cool fold out accordion booklet. I may go back and do the back side with some more fun birds later on.
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I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

LifeBook Week 10 and 12–I Painted a Face!

Continuing on my LifeBook journey, I’ve completed Weeks 10 and 12. Week 10 we celebrated heart connections with Tam. We filled in our heart with rolled paper containing short messages to our heart connections. I wish the picture could convey the cool 3D look of this heart. What a beautiful lesson this was, and a great reminder of how important people are in our lives.
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Week 12 was Celebration and Connection with Mindy Lacefield. I’ve always enjoyed her style of art and wondered how she painted her adorable, whimsical faces. This was a great lesson for me, especially learning how to shade and create the faces. I’ve never been really good with faces, but she made this seem so easy. I like the primitive style of their faces. I realized when I finished the painting that I subconsciously ended up painting me and my son. This wasn’t my original intention, but I love how that’s how it turned out.
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I am hoping this weekend to possibly get to Week 11, which is about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral. I’m looking forward to it, but there were a few supplies I needed before I could start this one.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Catching up on LifeBook 2013

First of all, I have some exciting news! I will be teaching my first ever art journaling class at Seton Home. Seton Home is a nonprofit organization that supports teenage mothers and their children. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the girls.
I fell far behind with my posts (and my classes) over the past few weeks for LifeBook 2013. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for all of the things I’d like to do 🙂 I’m trying to get caught up with everything now. I think I’m only 2 weeks behind in my lessons. I wanted to share the last few projects that were done. Week 4 was a lesson in scales of light with Dion Dior. What a fun lesson, and very educational. I have a lot to learn about shading!
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Next up was Week 5-Game Piece & Game Board with Kelly Hoernig. This was a great exercise relating to our goals for this year. I can’t say I was very happy with my gameboard. It’s pretty ugly, but I do like the way the little cards came out. I would like to alter more playing cards to use in the future for my journal.
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Week 6 brought us a lesson from Tam herself–Celebration and Courage. I really liked this one! First of all, I learned how to draw an entire body. I’ve never done that before. Tam has a wonderful way of breaking it down and making it seem so easy. I was amazed at just how easy it really was. The second thing I loved about this lesson was she introduced us to masking fluid, which I have never used before or even heard of. You can bet that I will be using it plenty in the future. That stuff is awesome!!
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Week 7 was an interesting interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She is just amazing!! Week 8 was a lesson that I haven’t completed yet. I’m not sure if I will do it or not. I think it may be one that I will come back to later on. And finally Week 9-Painting over a Printed Image with Danita. This was a really fun technique. After finished this assignment, I realized I had done something similar before in my art journal. I enjoyed this lesson, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. I couldn’t get one side of her face the way I wanted and the paper ended up bubbling and just getting messy so I gessoed that whole side and added some journaling instead.
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All in all, I can say that I am enjoying the LifeBook class. I don’t feel like I’ve created anything outstanding, but I am really enjoying learning so many different techniques and meeting so many wonderful teachers. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting caught up over the weekend in time for the newest lesson on Monday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Have a great weekend!

LifeBook Week 2 and 3

Hi everyone! Continuing on my LifeBook 2013 journey with a post this week on my projects from Week 2 and Week 3. Week 2 we had a bonus assignment from Monica Zuniga in which she is encouraging us to ‘set our True Intentions’ for the year. I’ve created a mixed media girl out of stamps that I had in my stash and a copyright free image I found (the face) online. These are words that I hope to remain mindful of throughout this year.
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Week 3’s lesson is from Christy Tomlinson, who is one of my most favorite artists. I was having a discussion with one of the ladies on LifeBook earlier today and she was talking about sell out artists and remaining true to yourself. I think that Christy is definitely someone who remains true to her style and I appreciate that about her. I also realized that I need to stay true to myself and my style as well. For a while I had it in my head that I when I’m taking these classes my stuff needs to be in the same style as the teacher. While I’ve enjoyed dabbling in watercolors and sketching, I truly know now that my real style is bold and bright and colorful. And that I can translate that style into the assignments and lessons. I’m not trying to make pretty, perfectly drawn pastel colored art. It’s just not who I am. It feels good to finally understand that and embrace it! So with that in mind, we learned a really cool foil and coffee filter technique to make a bloom. Here is what I did with that:
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Well, off to feed the kids some lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful day! 🙂

Off and Running!

With Lifebook 2013 off to a great start, I am feeling excited again about creating. Stress is not very conducive to being creative and there has been plenty of that in the last few months. Not bad stress necessarily, just the stress of everyday life in a busy household of 6 (7 when Ashley is home from college 🙂 ) Over the past week I have been plugging away bit by bit on our second assignment. It was a really fun little page, just documenting what we are grateful for now, and a few goals for the future. I’m really big on setting goals, so this was a fun way to interpret that rather than my boring notebook paper list that I usually do.

On this page I am still working with the Neocolor watercolor crayons, which I am learning how to work with better now. I find that I really enjoy blending these using my fingers. Maybe it’s just because I like getting my hands dirty when being creative? Anyway, after creating the background entirely with watercolor, I went to my one of my favorite background creators: the spray ink and stencils. I went easy with it, and was pleased at how it blended in with the watercolors. It added that boldness of color that I was looking for from the first assignment. I’m really trying to think about what I like and incorporate that into the lessons to try and make each piece my own. I feel like I’m getting there and it makes me happy 🙂 This piece is little bit cartoonish I think, and not my most favorite but I’m ok with that. I think it’s the whole “drawing” thing that’s throwing me for a loop.

Anyway, here is my second piece:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Fall Mixed Media Projects

Hi Everyone! I feel like I’ve neglected this blog for a little bit and this will be pretty quick since I have a cold and am not feeling so great. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider workshop for the past few weeks. What a blast!! I adore Christy and her courses are always so much fun and inspiring. I created a few really cute Halloween character canvases, but am waiting to show those, as I’m using them as part of my DT reveal in a few weeks at Frosted Designs. I will feature them here as well right before Halloween. They are super cute! What I CAN share with you right now, however, is my fall pumpkin canvas. This canvas is full of texture! Check it out:



In addition to that cute canvas, I went to Goodwill last week and had myself a treasure hunt. I found this super heavy plaster plaque thingie that had all of this ugly fruit on it. When I saw it though, I could totally see it as a tombstone. So I covered it in gesso and went to work on creating a background for this haunted house. My daughter doesn’t like scary Halloween stuff (and to be honest neither do I) so we made it a little bit more of a fun and whimsical kind of project.



I should also add that I bought the stand that it’s sitting in at Goodwill also. It was a hideous brass thing that I just sprayed down with some glossy black spray paint. I love spray paint! I also picked up a ceramic bowl for a dollar, painted it hot pink, and threw all of my washi tapes in there. So cool!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get some more journal pages cranked out since we are in the middle of the month now and that is my best opportunity for creating. Now I’m off to make some hot tea for this throat!!!

Altering a Paintbrush!!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you today a post about a paintbrush that I altered for the Donna Downey Altered Paintbrush Project. This was a really fun idea, and I spent several days daydreaming about my paintbrush before I actually decided on exactly what I wanted to do. I tossed several ideas around in my head and on paper, but in the end (as always) I was inspired by my children. My dancer daughter Natalie, in particular. I kept staring at the lines of the brush and suddenly it hit me that the top angle of the handle reminded me of Fifth Position in Ballet. I know this because Natalie is constantly dancing around the house!! So I decided to turn this big fat paintbrush into an elegant dancer.

This is what I had to start out with:


The second phase involved the construction of the tutu. I gathered up a bunch of tulle I had leftover from a tutu wreath I had made for Sophie and some pretty fibers that I’ve had in my stash forever. I used one of the kids old hair ties to make it into a skirt that could be slipped down the handle of the brush, instead of trying to glue all of the pieces to the brush itself.
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After the skirt was complete, I went to work painting the brush itself. I used a combination of acrylic paint and acrylic ink for the wood parts and the brush. I used Ranger alcohol ink in Cranberry for the metal part. While the paint was still wet on the bristles I went ahead and dumped some glitter on there. My dancer was slowly morphing into a fairy!! (As a sidenote I should add that I’m not really into using glitter on my projects, but I AM into details and I wanted there to be little hidden design details of the brush that people could look for) I also broke out the old iRock tool and gave her a bit of metallic bling.


Now for the scary part, to paint the body onto the brush. I carefully sketched out the body shape lightly with a pencil, then I mixed up some flesh toned paint and went to work. When the body was painted I went around the shape with a fine tip black marker just to help it stand out a bit. When that was done and dry I realized that she needed a top of some sort. I rummaged through my ribbon stash and found a piece of Prima trim that I had tried to use on several layouts with no success. For this, it was perfect! It even had the rhinestones on it, which I thought gave my girly a bit of glam 🙂 I also added some feathers just for a fun touch. I wanted her dress to be very tactile. I’m one of those people who has to touch everything!!


At this point she was looking pretty good, but something was kind of funky to me and I couldn’t figure it out. Then I realized it was her top. It was too big and bunchy looking. So I cut the sides and folded them down and hot glued them in place. Better. I showed her to my youngest daughter and she loved it! She named her the “Flying Fairy Dancer”. Hmmm. Faries have wings. My brush suddenly needed wings. I went off to Michaels and bought these pretty white butterflies. I turned it around backwards, hot glued it to the back of the brush and TA DA…wings!! Now she was complete 🙂


The final step was to create a tag, or a calling card to hang from her so people will know where she came from. I just cut a piece of cardstock down to size, used a few different inks, red Pan Pastel, and some $1 stamps. This is my tag:


All dressed and ready to ship:


I can’t wait to see her up on the wall in Donna’s studio!!!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂