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Joyeux Noël

All Sewn Up


...I will.

Len-trick-ular Treat

C[r]ackle Jack

Getting Organized

Today, I was starting to get things organized for an up-coming weekend away with the girls to make some cards. I keep most of my Inks, Paints, Stains, etc... in baskets which only allows me to see the products from the top down. As I was pulling these baskets from their shelves and drawers to put into tote bins, I was marking my mental list:  Mini Distress Inks, Check. Distress Paint, check. Distress Stain, check. Mini misters, check.  Bin of large silver lids, hmmmm...

Burning Leaves

Through & Through

Oxide Fresco

Bone Belle

Corinthian column with a flourish.  The Stamper’s Anonymous Classic #2 set is one of my favourite collections. Not that I need an excuse to pull this set from pile, when I saw the Vintage Journey challenge, I knew where my inspiration was going to start.



Damsel in Distress

I was inspired (again) by many of the techniques showcased in tim’s twelve tags of 2014 for July.

Summer Fun!  My garden is in bloom; damsel (and dragon) flies are flitting from flower to flower, life is good.

There are so many types of dies (and distress), I challenged myself to use as many different types as possible: Bigz Dies, Decorative Strip, Frameworks, Movers & Shapers, On Edge Dies; Embossing, Glitter, Ink, Markers, Paint, Stain…(sigh ~ having distress has never been so desirable)…

Wilderness Awaits

my blog is two years old today!

To my fellow inspirationalists & followers; for every comment, Pinterest - pin, shout-out on your blog, and for just peeking at my mostly pictorial posts, Thank-you all so very much!!  That you choose to take time from your day to participate in a piece of my world is something I appreciate beyond measure. 

2014 has been an amazing year thus far and I am excited to experience all that is still to come – letting everything unfold in its own time - not lingering too long on yesterdays or wishing for tomorrows at the expense of this moment (right now).

I decided as a challenge to myself and as a new blogaversary tradition (so sad I didn't think of this last year), that I would create a new tag using the same; stamp sets, colour pallet and materials (though these may get tricky - more creative - over time) as the ones I used on the very first tag and first post I created. 


Glassine Dreams & Mermaid (sighs)

Considering all the Tim Holtz opportunities to get some texture, the diversity of options is inspiring… I often think of him as a catalyst to “make everything new – old again”.  My take on texture is both about adding to a surface and (more importantly to me) the taking away what was inherently there.  I absolutely love the look and feel of Glassine paper; the slick impervious surface - both translucent and luminescent - pristine.  When handled (and over handled), every applied pressure, crease and crack marked with waxy opacity. This marred surface is made soft and handsome with the addition of monochromatically coloured adornments (each with their own texture and way of taking on pigment), punctuated with (more glassine) faux tea roses.

Friday, May 40th

Creative Chem 102

Creative Chemistry 102
once, twice, thrice & again (again)

Many of the techniques in this class took trial-and-error to get the effect I believed I was trying for - good thing I was making 4 of everything from the outset. For posterity, I've kept each attempt here; you will see that some are better than others. As a side note some went well the first time and I had difficulty replicating it, and some it took till the fourth (colour pallet) tag to feel a sense of mastery (the ability to replicate it again). 

Fortune Favours

This tag is inspired by Tim's May Tag Challenge showcasing tiled embellishments.  The theme for this piece comes via the man in my life.  He is my co-adventurers and partner in crime (reads like a pirate to me), this is "All About Him" and the [vintage] journey we share.

This Moment

Affiches de Cirque

fil Jardin

(Russell) Rabbit

Aunt Polly




Article - Affiches de Cirque

 My transforming tag project "Affiches de Cirque" is a special feature in this month's (March/April) issue of Somerset Studio magazine. You can sneak a peek at this month issue on the Stampington & Company website.  I would like to express my extreme thanks to Christen Olivarez for her special mention in the letter from the editor in this issue and to all those at Somerset Studio (Stampington & Company) for making this an absolutely amazing experience.



Hatter Hand-Me-Downs

Dear Friends



Creative Chem 101 (x4)

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