Introducing Pixie ...

For anyone who loves digi stamps you have got to check out  My dear friend Susie sent me the link for Pixie Dust Studio and I was blown away with all they have to offer.  Offered here is a wide variety of digi stamps & this little Pixie is incredibly cute. 
I colored Pixie at her lemonade stand using my copic markers and outlined the image with a glaze pen.  Just to give it a little more depth and texture I used Teresa Collins' light-yellow pearls and stamped the flourish on the top right.  Needing still just a little more something -- I broke out the stickles.   I loved playing with this digi stamp and can't wait to go back for more. 
Happy craftin' ....


Birthday Banner

Erin's 5th birthday was this past Friday and below is a picture of the birthday banner made to be a part of the big celebration.  The inspiration for this came from the Monday morning show Creative Juice & I was drawn to it because it was made with fabric and embellishments, two of my very favorites to play with.  Now, this looked very easy on the show but in reality was much more tedious.  For instance, I wanted to use fabric but I wanted the fabric to have the stiffness of cardstock.  It took SIX hours for the fabric stiffiner to accomplish that little transition.
I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut two different sized pennants, one at 8" and the other 7".  I used two different decorative fabric patterns for the pennants, black vinyl letters and then I just added whatever hodge-podge I could find here and there, and finally anchored it using black grosgrain ribbon.
I love the way it turned out and can't wait to make another.  However, the next time I will use thin cotton fabric to cut down on the drying time for the stiffiner & also I'll wrap the ribbon over the top of the letters to make it even more stable. 
Thanks for looking & Happy craftin' ... 
Happy craftin' ....

Totally "Lifted"

I am absolutely ga-ga over Teresa Collins' Sophistocated cricut cartridge. It's pretty much my go-to cartridge every chance I get, so when I spotted what Colette Nederhoff created with this cartridge I just had to try and create this myself.  I found her gem published in the May 2012 issue of Cricut Magazine.  By all means, get this magazine and also check out Colette Nederhoff's blog
So ... here is the totally lifted version of Colette's Bless Our Home.  What doesn't show up in this picture is that the project hangs from a wooden hanger painted white.  Mine doesn't come close to being as well-done as Colette's but I sure had a great time working with it.  Happy craftin'....

Here's a picture that shows part of the hanger.  (Please ignore the mixer in the background ....ugh)

Canvas & Quotes

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
~Pablo Picasso
I've always loved this quote.  From the first time I saw Erin with a crayon in her hand, I began to think of this quote almost daily.  Being so careful not to "interfere" with any art project she's working on, even more careful not to get overly excited about every little piece of art --the last thing in the world I want to do is stifle her creativity or give the impression that art is something extraordinary.  I want Erin to view art as essential as the air we breathe.

Inspired by Claudine Hellmuth, this is canvas art I put together several months back.  It sits on top of my craft cabinet in the dining craft room.   I think my next canvas will have this Picasso quote as its focal point.
Certainly canvas and quotes are a perfect match.


So my style...

Earlier today I was going through all of the toys I have in my craft dining room.  OK it probably is the craft room.  I'm just not ready to admit that my hobby took over an entire room, especially when it's the room my family should be sitting at a table to eat meals.  Oh well...  that'll help plan better for the next house.  Anyway I came across this card that I made with my Atlanta/Woodstock gals using Teresa Collins paper and a sentiment stamp.  I love the look of this card and it's awesome how using a few pop dots really makes this card stand out.  I also used a few pearls for added dimension and I'm pretty sure I free handed those with my pearl pen.  And of course any stamped sentiment is not complete with being outlined with a glossy/white pen. 
Thanks for looking and happy craftin' --- hmmm, do I dare enter any of these into a challenge???
Oh BREAKING NEWS -- UPS just showed up at my door with my Anna Griffin monogram stamp kit!  OMG HSN ships so quick.  Makes me just want to order anything so I get that feeling of euphoria when Dwight (the ups man) shows up! 

The "Big" Day...

I so love the title of my blog -- life and mixed media -- because there's not a time that I sit down to collage, paint, make a card, or even color digi stamps that I don't find myself deep in thought about life issues, especially as they relate to the second half of life.  I often wonder who besides myself has mixed emotions regarding mother's day.  On the one hand, I love spouting out what mother's day means to ME and how I want to spend my day.  On the other hand, it's a huge reminder of how much I long to have a loving relationship with my eldest.  Bittersweet for sure ... deep love and deep hurt.  But, hey isn't deep love and deep hurt what makes our relationships the richest, the ones we cherish the most?   
Now, to lighten things up a bit HERE'S what I really came to post.  I love this girlfriends line of stamps.  I colored the ladies with my copics and then added a little purse in the corner of the front of the card and the inside of the card just to make it a little more fun. 
And the sentiment says it all.  Girls really do just wanna have fun! 

Spread your wings ....

and fly right on out of your comfort zone.  This is another card I made at the last crop I attended.  Again I used the Tim Holtz distressed inks (can you tell I'm a Tim fan???).  The butterfly stamp is another Gina K and is embossed with an iridescent powder.  The sentiment stamp is of course from my growing collection of Close to My Heart
It had been such a long time since I used my heat gun for embossing it felt like a brand new technique for me.  Hence right on out of my comfort zone.  Enjoy and happy craftin'!!

Stamp of the Month...

Wishing everyone a fun-filled Cinco de Mayo.  Just wanted to post this quick special being offered by Close to My Heart for the month of May.  The Friendship Bouquet Set is made up of 8 gorgeous sunflower images and sentiments.  Purchase this set of 8 for $5 when placing a minimum $50 order.  If you just want to be sure you don't miss out on this stamp set you can purchase it without a minimum order for $17.95. 

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Friendship Bouquet, set of 8
Recommended Blocks
1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
4" × 5" (Y1012)
May 2012: Friendship Bouquet (S1205)

Have a great weekend!!

WILD about you!!

This past weekend I attended a local crop & had a blast crafting with 40 other women.  As a group we are people who might not normally mix (at least not all of us), but the coming together in the spirit of community, sharing our passion for crafting, creates an incredibly tight bond.  As we come in the door of the venue loaded down with every kind of craft tool and tote imagineable to "set up shop" the magic happens.  We happily throw off and leave the responsibilities/concens of everyday life at the door & are drawn into the present moment of creativity where we thrive.  Many of the women strictly scrapbook their family memories.  Others, like myself, enjoy working on anything from a mixed media project to card making.
This particular event provided classes teaching a variety of different techniques.  I took a class that taught the technique of masking for card making.  This card was made using Tim Holtz Distrssed Inks.  The sentiment stamp and the elephant are from Gina K Designs.  The elephant was actually stamped on a piece of cardstock, colored with colored pencils, cut out and glued down to add a little dimension.  I enjoyed making this and hope you enjoy it as well.
Happy Craftin'