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Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway

So exciting, new products!!! I know, I know, I am going on about them again but I thought I would let you know about a Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway over on their blog here. There isn’t much time left so head over and enter.  It is worth 500 beans worth of products.  Can you imagine how much yummy stuff you could purchase with that?????

Collage Challenge

So this very cool artist over on Itkupilli has a few blogs and one of them is Collage Obsession.  She puts out a weekly challenge for everyone and anyone in any medium you wish.  So this week, in honour of St. Paddy’s Day, the collage challenge was simply green.  So, this is what I came up with.

I entitled it “Sometimes we all need help to fly”.  With the lighting it is hard to see but all of the background papers have different tones of green in them.  This was fun, I think I shall try this collage challenge again :)

It’s Sunday, so you know what’s up… Ultrasound Layout

Scrappy Sunday is what is up.  I am not totally thrilled about my layout today, but it is what it is.  It is the second and third page to Amelia’s ultrasound pictures from when I was pregnant.  The first page I posted a while back here.

I used the same colour scheme and flowers as the first.  I wanted to use black to balance out the actual ultrasound pics again.  Here are the two pages together.  I included pictures of me at 3 and 6 months along with the ultrasound pictures.  I was a high risk pregnancy so I was lucky in that I got a lot of ultrasounds.  So, I got to see Amelia growing fairly regularly.  It was great!!!

I spread my title over the two pages and used one of my alphabet stamp sets and some rub-ons from Basic Grey to spruce it up a bit.  I even included a picture of the pregnancy test with the positive result…

And lots of flowers (with some brads and pearls for the centres) from my stash to make it girly…

 Almost finished my journal, so I shall post it soon!!

St. Elmos Fire

Thanks to my amazing man, I have gotten to do something I have been wanting to do for a while -take a mixed media workshop at St. Elmos Fire with the lovely Christina.  When I got there I was shocked that she knew who I was and flattered to find out that there had been some mutual stalking going on.  Here is Christina talking to one of the students…

The workshop space was gorgeous…

Check out this awesome chandelier Christina made, in Italy I believe…

I got to go with two of my bestest friends…                  STEPH (isn’t her painting so bright and cheery, just like her :)

and JEN, who’s birthday it was last week and who was a mixed media virgin (not to mention extremely pregnant)…

Then there was a mother daughter team (they even had matching aprons, how cute!) who I believe had been there before as their paintings turned out great…

She seemed like a bit of wild one, check out the bold use of paint, haha…

Now for my finished piece.  Which I wasn’t able to get done while I was there.  I got a little ambitious and upgraded the size of my canvas and had to finish it at home.  I knew I wanted something inspirational to possibly hang in my workshop space.

There were the most amazing vintage looking prints there, it was oh so hard to decide what to start with, but when I saw a random image of a swing and bike, I instantly was reminded of my childhood and choose the picture of the girl feeding a bird.

Sometimes it is good to be brought back to when you were a child and had no worries or stress and you could just be, maybe have a swing and feel the wind in your hair.

The entire experience was amazing, they even served me tea :)  I had forgotten how great it is to create with others.  So inspiring to see everyone else’s pieces evolve over the class.  I definitely must do this again.  I heard there is an encaustic workshop coming up soon.  Must sign up for that.

Scrappy Sunday – Baby Layout

It’s Scrappy Sunday time again and I am posting another baby layout!!

This week I went to a crop at the local Ottawa scrapbooking store The Scrapbox.  Jen, the owner, is always so sweet and helpful that I had been wanting to go for a while and just finally did.  Everyone was so friendly, it was great.  I worked on my art journal cover and got this baby layout done of Amelia when she was 3 months old.

I wanted the main colour scheme scheme to be teal and that vibrant pink.  As you can see, it is the colour of her dress and my shirt.

All of the metal embellishments are from the Ambrosia Trinkets set that I believe was just released at CHA by Bo Bunny.  Jen had just gotten her order in and they hadn’t even been put out yet.

I took a paper distresser to the picture frames and title circle, then applied some brown ink so you could see it a little better.

I then went through my stash of leftover papers to find some in the colour scheme and used different sized punches to make the circle border that runs along the bottom of the photos.  Such a great way to use up scraps.

The adorable pink rosette trim is called bloomers and is from Webster’s Pages.  I have it in a few different colours and have been dying to use them.  You would think I was sponsored by Webster’s the amount I mention them, haha.

Another layout done for the baby book.  YEY!!!

Time For An Art Journal

I am currently doing this fantastic on-line workshop given by Jeanne Oliver and in doing so I have finally been convinced that it’s time for an art journal.  Thought it might be a good place to practice some new techniques before committing an entire canvas to it.  Also, might be a good place for all of the ideas swimming around in my head.

I have combined a few of her techniques and thrown in some of my own.  This is what I have so far.  You will have to excuse the pictures as I wasn’t at home while I was working on this so I took them with my phone.  First, I cut the covers off an old book with an x-acto knife and modge podged (I am sure that is an official verb by now isn’t it?) some ephemera onto the front cover.  I even put an old map of Manhattan from a travel book.

I looked through some fashion magazines and found an image that appealed to me and took down the colour a bit with silver polish. Watered down white acrylic paint was applied to cover the ephemera.  I then needed to add some texture so I took out modelling paste (which is white) and added some teal ink to it and used one of my plastic doilies as a stencil to apply it.  I also took the end of a toilet paper roll and dipped it into the excess to make the circles on the upper left side.

I put colour back in by painting over the girl.  More texture was added with stamps, rub-ons and the felt butterfly.

I shall keep you posted on my progress.  I have some interesting ideas on how to bind it all together.  TO BE CONTINUED…

**UPDATE** See the completed journal here.

Scrappy Sunday – Circus Themed Birthday

Circus Themed Birthday

Our little Amelia just turned a year old last week and I decided to do a circus theme.  My inspiration for the colours came from this Lion Coffee which was given to us by my sister in law.

I made a circus banner out of cardstock…

and some tissue paper balls (for which I have found a quick Youtube tutorial here for you).  I only used 5 sheets of tissue and then cut it in half once I had folded it all up.  I also just used fishing line to tie them up so they looked like they were floating.







I got some old school popcorn and hot dog containers from the dollar store.

Along with some plastic animals to decorate the cupcakes and cake with.

I used some scrapbook paper to create the cones for the home made sweet potatoe and regular fries.

Circus Themed Scrapbook Layout

As this was such a big event I decided to dedicate three pages to it instead of the usual two.  I printed my photos at home onto matte paper and they don’t seem as nice.  Maybe I need to try a new brand.

  I used the decor from the party for accents in the layouts.  I also tried to tone down the colour a bit with a little black scattered throughout.  I even took my new chicken wire stamp and applied it to the background in some areas and did a little doodling.

Boy, lots of pics today.  Have a great week!!!!

Texture Technique – More Ways To Use Sludge

Texture Technique – Sludge as paint

The next thing I did with sludge is use it as paint.  I was preparing a painting for my man’s birthday and wasn’t using any papers or anything of the sort.  So, I knew it needed some kind of texture and Sludge instantly popped into my head.

I used it for one of the stripes, otherwise it would been too flat for my liking.

Deer painting using Sludge

Figured this was the closest thing to a deer head he would get into the house (not a huge fan of animal carcasses).

Deer painting using Sludge

Sludge with stencil

For the last piece I used one of my awesome old school plastic doilies as a stencil.  I saw Christy Tomlinson use one in a tutorial and I just had to get my hands on one. I just set the doily down on the painting and applied quite a bit of Sludge to the top of it, making sure I got into every crack and crevice.

 When I carefully lifted it I was totally happy with the chunky remnants it left.  So, I had to do it again, haha.

The finished piece entitled “Home Tweet Home“.  Isn’t that doily image SO darn cute!!!!

Texture Technique – Impressions in Sludge

Anyone who knows me artistically knows I love, love, love texture.  I could just eat it up.  Hey, maybe that is why I love it, because it looks like you could eat it up.  Maybe this relates to my love of food, haha!  I digress. Anyway, I have found this amazing stuff called Sludge.  It is this awesome environmentally friendly product which is basically a by-product of acrylic paint manufacturing.  Just want to give a virtual pat on the back to Tri-Art for producing it since it essentially costs them more to put out then paint.  I picked mine up at Wallack’s in Ottawa, but if you check their website you might find it in your local art shop.  I have a couple extra bottles so I have put some up in my etsy shop here for those who don’t have access to any and would like to try it out.

I am totally loving this stuff, it is so much fun.  It comes in a thin or thick consistency and is made in batches so is usually different colours.  I, of course, love the thick stuff.  It is even a little grainy which I think is brilliant.  I tried a few different things with it so I am doing this post in two parts.

Impressions in Sludge

   The first piece I did with it was a tree for little Molly (a good friend’s daughter). I took a canvas and drew an outline of where I was going to add the paper trunk to later.  I wanted to make sure not to add texture under where the trunk or leaves were going to be because it makes it difficult to adhere the paper to the canvas.

I then applied some sludge quite thickly to the canvas in a few layers.  You have to work kind of quickly without letting it dry so that the texture technique will work properly…



Then I took a wooden stamp (b-day gift, from Tibet, isn’t it cool?) which has quite deep grooves in it, directly into the thick layers of sludge.  I continued to do this all over the canvas.



Until it looked like this.

Sludge Texture Technique

I then let it dry and applied my trunk and leaves with Modge Podge.  I took my Faber Castell PITT pens to outline the leaves a little.  Here is the finished piece.  Don’t the colours remind you of the menu from Le Hibou in my Wakefield post?

I shall be posting a couple more techniques soon ;)

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Visit to Wakefield

What a beautiful day!! I took a drive out to one of my favourite places, Wakefield, Quebec.  One day I shall live there.   I went to two of my most loved pit stops.  The first was the covered bridge.


There is something so orderly and beautiful about the ceiling…

Then to Le Hibou (which means “The Owl”)for a drink.  It was too busy to have time for nibbles but everything on the menu looked delish.  The staff and atmosphere are all so welcoming and comfy.  I love the black and white damask wallpaper on the upper half of the wall.

Check out this cute seating area.  I so wanted to sit there but it was occupied when we arrived.

Finally their awesome menu cover, which has totally inspired me to paint.

Off I go, check back in a few days to see what I have come up with.