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Women In Business Show & Sale

Hello and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you moms out there.  Hope everyone had a great day.  Mine was fantastic, except I stepped on my blackberry in heals and the screen is toast.  Kind of feel like part of my arm has been chopped off.  I know, a tad dramatic, but I feel a little lost, haha.

I was in the Women in Business Show & Sale yesterday.  I had a great time and met some very fun people.  It was a little quieter then I had hoped but assume everyone was out enjoying the beautiful day.  My oldest daughter Milah came with me to keep me company which was nice.

Welcome to my new subscribers from the show by the way.  I took a couple of quick pictures of my booth.  Now that a I look at them, they are a little busy.  Maybe I need to rethink my set up :)

I just wanted to share a few other vendors that were there and that I loved.  The first was Kaelea at A Dash of Fab.  She was adorable and had the greatest purses.  She also had a mushroom wallet that was to die for.

Another was Lola Creations.  She had the coolest jewelry and all was so affordable.  Always so hard to not spend money at these events.

Milah and I had a yummy cupcake from Lori at Whyte Chocolate.  Look at her cute little guy.

The last vendor I wanted to mention is Shoebox Be Gone.  I just thought it was an amazing concept for all of us sole proprietors out there just starting out and not wanting to spend money on an accountant.  She has kits that help you sort out your financial stuff for taxes on your own.  Pretty great!

Now for the winner of the draw!!  The winner of an 8 person Peaberry Party is MELISSA NGUYEN.  Congrats Melissa!!!  I will be e-mailing you directly so we can sort out details of when and where.

Mixed Media Sunday!!

Hi there, I was the hostess for a Bridal Bunch Brunch today and the entertainment was of course, me, haha!  I decided to have the girls do a painting so I decided it was Mixed Media Sunday instead of Scrappy Sunday.

I had them all bring their favourite shoes.  They were all pretty intrigued, I am sure, and I was very curious to see what they chose.

I started off by taking pictures of the shoes.  While I converted the pictures to black and white and printed them off, I had them look through magazines to cut out words/pictures of things that described how they felt when they wore their shoes or why they were their favourites.

First let me show you the bride to be’s “shoe”.

Pretty adorable.  Which she then turned into this finished piece…

Next, the maid of honour.  These were her “shoes”.

I LOVE these boots, this is what she came up with…

Then, a bridesmaid.  Her favourite shoes, which are very similar to a pair I now own.

So very cool, If I do say so myself.  This is her little gem…

The last bridesmaid I am showing for today.  These were the shoes she chose.

Amazing,   Then this is what she came up with…

I had a great time watching them all through the process and was truly impressed with all of the pieces.  I will be using this class as a sample at the Women In Business Show & Sale on Saturday.  It will be from 10am to 3pm at the Nepean Sportsplex if anyone wants to check it out.  I am pretty excited to see all the other vendors/businesses.

I will finish my piece this week but for now, I am off to get my doily sets up in my Etsy shop as promised.  Good night all!!!

Plastic Doilies as Stencils

I purchased another stash of vintage plastic doilies from e-bay.  I was pretty excited about all the different varieties I received.  A couple were useless for my art as all the portions in between the designs were covered in clear plastic.  I like to use the plastic doilies as stencils and am currently working on a canvas series using them.  I did get enough to make it worth my while so I am pretty excited.

Check out all the detail…

I was kind of excited to see how they would work so I pulled out my art journal, different paints and inks.  This first one had lots of blank space in the design so it would have worked with anything but I tried a spray.

Here is what it looked like once I pulled it up.  Love it!!!

The next one had a bit finer detail and I tried it with a paint dabber.

That didn’t work out so well, haha!

 I stuck with sprays for the finer ones.  Although, it would have worked fine if I had of taken a small brush and paint to it.

I got this really cool, extremely long one that I will be using in my sign but I tried it out here with some paint and my finger.

The last one I tried was to finish a painting I have been working on.  I wanted to add some texture to an urn and used an oval shaped one.

Here is how it turned out.  Not sure yet if I like it as I got a little impatient and didn’t fill it all in entirely.

I am going to share the wealth and put some sets together to sell in my shop.  Last time I put some up they sold in days.  They should be up by the weekend :)

Sunny Scrappy Sunday!

The sun is back, WOOO!  So it is a Sunny Scrappy Sunday.  I didn’t have a lot of time to scrapbook today as it was Milah’s birthday party with her friends.  I had to cart a van full of hyper girls to Laser Quest and luckily my friend Steph saved my butt and took the rest of the crew.  I don’t know if kids are getting louder or I am just getting old but holy man it was noisy in there.

So, on my very lengthy to do list is “get my studio space sorted”.  When I do, I want to be surrounded by things that inspire me.  I pulled out a picture I took of the Eiffel Tower at night and decided to do a mini 8×8 page so I could have it out to look at it.  I didn’t want to over think it, as I have yet to do my Paris scrapbook and have been doing just that.  I believe I took the trip 4 years ago and yet all my pictures still sit on my Mac.  I attempted to start it a couple years ago but abandoned it for fear the pages weren’t special enough.  That trip meant so much to me, I just didn’t feel like I was doing it justice.  It was a trip I dreamed of doing since I was a little girl and my first trip out of the country since becoming a mom.

I am loving orange lately and the lights look orange so the background paper was a no-brainer.  I took my black ink pad to the corners to give it a bit of a distressed look.

What is Paris without bling so I added some to the center of all of the flowers.  Done, and in about 20 minutes flat.  That wasn’t too bad, but I will likely think of a million better things I could have done with it tomorrow, haha.

Garden Friend

I finished the piece, a garden friend, I was working on for the back yard.  I took this (plastic coated wire)…

and this (thanks Angelo & Brittany for your old window)…

and made this for the kids area in the back yard…

 Our new garden friend.  I know it seems a little inappropriate with the snow and temperatures and all but I am just trying to bring back the nice weather and think happy thoughts.  Just a heads up if you are thinking of making something similiar yourself.  The wire was a tad difficult to bend so you will have to be patient.  I also had to cover both sides of my pliers with scraps of fabric as it was ripping the plastic coating from the wire.

Scrappy Sunday – A Nice Spring Walk

This layout started with a nice spring walk.  This week is also loosely based on the same layout template as my previous one.  I had this gorgeous flower diecut from Webster’s Pages that was the same shape as the center piece I wanted to use.

Here is the double page layout of us taking a walk after dinner when we went to Peterborough for Easter.

One page at a time…

The “family” tag and journaling card are from Stampin Up!

The bird and swirlies are from Prima and are paper backed canvas pieces called “mistables”.  Here is a video with a few different types of mistables and what you can do with them.  They are pretty cool as they help bring my love of mixed media into my scrapbooking.  I used a Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist to spray them with but you could use ink in a spray bottle and just dilute it a little with water.

Some come with a pattern that resists the ink when you spray them.  Just like this bird piece.  I added a little pearl for his eye.

I am going to leave you with a link to a video with different mistables and some great ideas for other scrapbook layouts.

Time For An Art Journal – Part 2

A while back I started making my own art journal so I would have a place to try new techniques.  The first part of making the journal can be found here.  I finally managed to get it finished.  I gathered all of my papers for the inside, which were comprised of vintage book pages, maps and watercolour/mixed media sheets.  The papers were different sizes and I put them in different directions to add some interest.

I punched four holes through the cover with my cropodile to use as a guide.  Then came the pages, a few at a time. I found two thick blue elastics (on my broccoli, good recycling :) and ran one through the top two holes, going from back to front so the loops were at the top.  I did the same for the bottom two holes.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did break one the first time pulling it through.  I got a little over zealous, haha.  I would also recommend running it through a few sheets at a time so they don’t tear.  I then took a cool looking paint brush  and slide it through the loops to hold it all together.  You could use anything though, such as a stick for a more rustic look or an antique utensil for a vintage feel.

 

To finish it off I took out my Ranger Melting Pot

I love encaustic so I wanted to try to get the look without all of the work.  Since this journal is just for me, I thought I would experiment.  So, I melted some soy wax chips and applied it to the surface.  I think I put on about three layers with each layer going in the opposite direction.  I love the cloudy look it gave to the cover and not to mention the texture it added.

But after a day or two, once it had completely dried, it cracked a bit :(

For this purpose, I really don’t mind but if you were working on something special, it would likely be an issue.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts.  I still love the way it turned out, flaws and all.  Nobody is perfect, so neither should our art be.

MIA this week

It has been a little busy, so no Scrappy Sunday, sorry!!!  I have been MIA this week but I do have an excuse, or a few rather but the best one is that one of my bestest friends had her baby so I drove out to visit.  Introducing Gord Junior…

With mom and big sister Molly…

Isn’t he adorable?

With the nice weather on its way, we have started to clean up the back yard so I have been working on a piece for the kids area outside.  Almost done, just need to find the staple gun :)

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Collage Obsession Challenge – The Sun

This week’s challenge over on Collage Obesession was the sun.  I thought this little piece was appropriate as it seems to summarize all the good feelings that the sun can stir up.  The smell of fresh laundry drying, the sight of beautiful trees blooming and the sound of bees buzzing in the air.

 

I created this small 4X4 gem with a scrap piece of wood left over from building the baby’s room.  Hrm, I feel a tutorial coming on.  Stay tuned…

Scrappy Easter Sunday

Time for Scrappy Easter Sunday.  So, what are these paint chips for you ask? A few weeks ago my friend Brittany asked me to go to Rona with her to get paint for their new house which they are renovating.  I found these great large paint chips and knew there was something I could do with them.  I used them as background papers for Amelia’s 6 month layout.

The background paper with the stitched tree and house is from K & Company, isn’t it lovely??

The birds were made from my Stampin Up! paper punch.  One of them I punched from a multi-striped paint chip.

I rounded the corners of my background papers and my pictures because the paint chip corners were rounded.  I used an old Creative Memories Corner Maker that I have had for over a decade.  Still works like a charm.

The gorgeous flower is from Webster’s Pages.  I think I need to try making some of those on my own.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend and you get some time to yourself to create!!