Thursday, February 4, 2016

Journal52 2016 Is Coming Along

Prompts 4 and 5
This was fun but challenging. I dry embossed the paper to give it some depth and mimic the surface of the moon. Then came a coating of paints and embossing powder. I think the gold was a good choice. Dawn gave me moon stickers in different phases, so that's when I got the idea about life having phases.

For Week 5, we had a choice between monochromatic or psychedelic. When given the chance, I'll always go with color. Besides, I wanted to use my new watercolor gel crayons I purchased at Target in the worst way! I love them! Go immediately to Target if you can for a set of your own. They're only $3.99 and are right up there with the Gellatos watercolor sticks. They can be found in the school supply section.



I'm loving how my little twinchies look in the binder!
It's especially cool because you can see the journaling on the other side without having to take them out of the sleeves.


Bonus, this smaller size has taken a lot of pressure off me. Making a full two-page spread was daunting last year, so I usually only did one. But this year I'm feeling more joy when I do my pages. Go me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coloring Harry Potter


Adult Coloring Line!

My daughter has been looking for gemstone stamps and found some great ones to try on Amazon! It's a brand we haven't used yet called Waffle Flower, Gemstone. I'll let you know how they work out.

Our household has gotten into adult coloring books like everyone else. One of our most exciting finds was that HARRY POTTER has a coloring book!

We just heard they came out with a Magical Creatures book as well! We can't wait to get our hands on it.

AND--there's more in the works!
(We're huge Harry Potter fans in our house!)

Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book, release date March 29th:

Harry Potter Artifacts Coloring Book, release date June 28th:


Harry Potter Poster Coloring Book, release date March 29th:

Harry Potter Postcard Coloring Book, release date March 29th:

Have you gotten into the adult coloring book fad? What are you favorites?


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Run, Molly, Run!

I love Molly so much!
Dawn took this video and I couldn't resist setting it to music.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fangirling Much!

THE Julie Nutting, designer of a Prima paper doll line, liked one of my posts on a paper doll Facebook group!!

I can't even tell you how excited I am by this. I'm about to hyperventilate. Not really, but really.
And I appreciate all of the love from my fellow craft peeps as well. I don't post on there for accolades, I post because I'm excited about these paper doll stamps and I love sharing and seeing everything about them. It encourages me to go that extra step with each one I make.





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OK Go

Journal 52, Week 3, Your Favorite Song/Lyrics
It's impossible for me to pick one favorite song, there's just too many that I love. I don't know why, but I get emotional when I watch the marching band version of "This Too Shall Pass," by OK Go. But the version where they get splattered with yellow, blue, red and green paint was more fun to work with, so I went with that. 

For the square, I used one of those fake credit card ads we get in the mail and cut it into a "2x"2 square and painted on a layer of gesso. Yellow, green, red and blue gelatos were used for the stripes. I wrote the title of the song in matching colors, but them into tiny squares, roughed up the edges and glued them in place. As usual, I journaled on the backside.

After I have the fourth prompt done, I'll post a photo of what they look like in the little binder. I love it.


It seems an unlikely song, but it's one I play to remind myself during times of trouble that this too shall indeed pass.





Friday, January 22, 2016

Green, Green of Home

GREEN!
It's so refreshing to look outside and not see dead grass. The rain we've been getting here California is maaaahvelous, dalink!

My daughters brought these oranges home from their grandparents' when they went up to see their Papaw after their Mamaw passed away. We remember when they planted the tree, bitter sweet.

What my craft desk usually looks like, organized chaos, but without the delicious salad and hot tea. We don't have cable, so I craft while watching Netflix, Acorn or Hulu. We recently signed up for Amazon Primetime as well, so I can really get into the craft zone while doing some serious binge watching.

My daughter Dawn and I opened our 2015 “Happy Jar” and took turns reading the notes aloud. This was the third year we’ve done this, and I highly recommend you try it. Throughout the year, when we remembered, we’d ask other people who were visiting to write a little something as well, so there were a few surprises. (I was so hoping my sister had snuck one in there, but January was a rough month for her and then she was gone.)

It was wonderful reading about the things we felt were important enough to put into writing. We decided to change things up, so Dawn renamed it the Journal Jar. Instead of being tied to one format, we’d like it to be more of a what’s on your mind at the moment sort of thing. I already can’t wait to read the things we’ll be writing about this year.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bird Crazy

These stamps, though!
I've been wanting these stamps for a long time. When my daughters brought them home to me I couldn't wait to try them out!
To purchase a set of these nifty stamps, see the link at the end of this post. (I'm trying out Amazon's affiliate program, so I do get a tiny reward if you purchase them after following the link from my blog.) There are also dies that go with this set, but honestly, they're quite easy to cut with scissors and a craft knife.

We interrupt this post for a moment of cute: Rarely does Molly show me outright affection, so when she rests her tiny head on my leg, I can hardly stand the cuteness!
I did some sketching! Using deli paper, I traced the general form of Molly by placing it over a photograph on my phone. It was tricky because every time the weight of the pencil touched the screen, it would change photos or enlarge the picture. So I had to barely make a mark on the paper and then do the real sketching on the table. It's okay to say she looks like an Ewok.
I was so pleased with Molly's sketch, I tried a self-portrait of sorts.



And then Molly fell asleep gazing up at me. My heart...


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Bird Crazy stamps by Stampers Anonymous





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