Friday, March 30, 2012


Welcome to the Colorful Creations Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Thanks for playing along in our “Spring Fling”.  My project is called Pick 3.  You will need to pick at least 3 items from the list below with at least one of them coming from Column A. You will be playing for a RAK from me.  If you are able to use more than 3 items you will get 2 extra entries for additional Column A choices and 1 additional entry for Column B choices. I will give an extra entry for being or becoming a follower on my blog.  Please be sure to list your items and following status in your comments.

Column A
Texture Medium (molding paste, gel medium, coarse pumice gel)
wet or dry embossing
hand or machine stitching
stemcils, templates or masks

Column B
inking, painting or misting
fussy cutting
punches or diecuts
distressing or sanding
velum, mulberry, transparency or corrugate
ribbon, lace, buttons

After you completed your project, post it in the Colorful Creations gallery and tag it DT PAULA Spring Fling.  Your layout, card or project must be newly created as of March 30th, and cannot be combined with any other CC challenges. You have until Saturday April 8th midnight MST to complete challenges!

Be sure to post your project in the Colorful Creations Gallery and to link it back to this post.

Here is my sample:

I had two from Column A which were wet or dry embossing (dry), stencils, templates, masks (Crafters Workshop template.).  I had 3 from Column B which were inking, painting, misting (inking), distressing, sanding (distressing) and monochromatic.

Can't wait to see your beautiful creations! 

Now It’s time to do a bit of Spring Cleaning of your stash! Each DT member will give you a product from your stash to be combined into a layout for our “Spring  Fling” challenge" page. Make sure to use 7 of the 10 products in your page then post a link in the Spring Fling Challenge Event! 

For your "Spring Fling Challenge" my product is to raid your stash and use LACE on your layout or project!

Leave a comment so we can leave you some love on your blog when you post your projects
 and be entered into RAK's offered for the DT blog challenges!

Here is the hop line-up:



Last night I discovered another sketch challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  There are two wonderful prizes being offered one of which is an opportunity to attend Ashes to Beauty with Nana Campana.  I immediately got to work on my submission.  Here is the sketch you had to work with.  The first thing I did was to rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to accommodate the photo I chose.

and here is my submission:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 29, 2012


This one is over at a blog called 'My Creative Scrapbook'.  Their contest for March was to use this sketch to inspire you.

and here is what I came up with:

Hope you have enjoyed taking a look!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fun with Quotes 2

Here are a few more Art Journal pages I have done using quotes for inspiration:

What was fun about these pages is that they all have tested out different techniques or products I haven't used before or are used in different ways.  There is acrylic paint, alcohol inks, watercolor washes, stamping, embossing, crayon resist, coarse pumic gel, some cutting and pasting, colored pencils, stencils and more.  I love trying different things or using things together that I ordinarily wouldn't.  Sometimes the quote will inspire something particular and other times I just do a fun background to showcase the quote as nothing else comes to me for it.  I enjoy working with the quotes because it gets me creating nearly every day.

You may also like to check out my previous post of art journaling here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Yesterday was the first challenge for The Second Floor by Julie Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach.  The challenge was to use golden acrylic paint.  You can do this in any creative form you like so I decided the best place to play would be in my art journal.  I took my gold Adirondack paint dabber and colored my pages in a streaky fashion.  Then I took a foam brush in water and went over it to spread it out.  I was not totally happy with this as the spreading areas actually now appeared yellow instead of metallic gold.  My intent was for it to show through the other layers and although the pages appear yellow you can see bits of metallic gold showing through.  I chose the quote "There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice" -John Calvin.  I added color in various forms and mediums to my page - re-inkers, alcohol inks, chalk inks, Distress inks.  I smeared them, I wet my pages and rubbed them together.  I added glimmer mists and finally I took White Picket Fence stain and a stencil and added some design on the top.  I had hoped for more of the metallic to show but my intent was to have a wide variety of color with some of the metallic gold to give it a royal or rejoicing feel to it.  I then took my Pitt pen and added the quote.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Today on ScrapScene it is WIP Monday and I decided to show off what I have been working on.  I'm in a swap over at OutlawWomen Scrapbooking Emporium to make a chunky ATC.  I am totally new to this but had a lot of fun working on it...  I used Steampunk Debutante by Graphic 45, a wood block and some parts from the hardware store, some paint and alcohol inks.




I also just completed a layout for Let's Get Sketchy.  This was their 2nd official sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch I worked with:

and here is the layout I created:

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my recent creations!
Have a great week!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


The first official sketch from 'Let's Get Sketchy' is here!  and it's due by Friday 3-9!  This is the sketch I had to work with:

and here I chose another photo from the Battle of the Bulge re-enactment 2010 of my youngest son.  Don't you love all the texture?  I've been distressing everything for this album to give it a more rugged masculine look and for this layout I chose banana skin paper for the background page.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 5, 2012


A Walk Down Memory Lane is celebrating their 9th Birthday this month with a great sketch contest.  Here is the sketch they chose:
and here is the layout I am submitting from my eldest son's 10th Birthday party in the classroom.

Happy Birthday A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hopping along with some Pumpkin Spice!

I found a great blog hop today with the theme "boy crazy" focusing on all creative endeavors involving anything male.  First I hopped through and saw some wonderful cards and projects and then when you complete the hop you are invited to submit a project.  I have been working on some photos from the 'Battle of the Bulge' re-enactment Thomas and I went to back in January 2010 and decided that this would be a great time to knock out another page.  The only criteria for the project is that it be male oriented and contain at least one circle, at least one button and use twine.

For my circles I chose some great paper from the Tim Holtz Retro Grunge stack.  I distressed my photos and all paper elements with my distressing tool and then inked with distress ink.  I added my twine and stacked two buttons.  Hope you (and everyone from Pumpkin Spice) enjoy viewing it!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Latest Design Team Challenges!

For my first challenge for Colorful Creations this month I decided to 'Get Back to Basics' and do a page on a plain white sheet of cardstock.  I kept my layout monochromatic and only used stains, inks, pens, stamps and some grungeboard letters to embellish it.  Here is what I came up with:

I also design for Paper Thrills Challenge Blog and the latest challenge there was in honor of Leap Year.  We were asked to do a layout that involved leaping.  I didn't have any leaping photos on hand and decided that for me leaping would be in the techniques I used.  For those of you that are not familiar with my work I often only use a one word title or even just a date so I decided to go with a long title using a few different fonts.  And for my real big leap, I am new to mixed media and have been testing out different mediums in my art journal and I decided to take a leap and use some molding paste on a layout.  For the ice cream cones I used a Sizzix die.  I used an embossing folder and some distress stain for the waffle cone and molding paste to make the ice cream.  As it was drying I added some Beadies for sprinkles.  I was really happy with the way they came out.  So here's my leap-

Hope you have enjoyed my DT work.  Come back again as there will be 2 more challenges in 2 weeks.  (and some other posts in between about various other projects I'm involved in!)