Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Today, Altered Pages and Bombshell Stamps are getting together and having a good ole fashioned Blog Hop!!   It is so exciting for me because I know some of the Bombshell's and it will be awesome to visit them!!  It has been far too long, my friends!!

Here are the rules as I know them.  Start at Bombshell's blog and hop to every member on the list.  Like their blogs (IF they have a followers gadget, I don't have one) and leave a comment on every participant's blog.  There will be prizes!  Altered Pages is offering some paint, a stencil and other assorted goodies!!  Have fun and good luck!!

Bombshell gave Altered Pages a choice of digital stamps.  I picked the "Indian Princess".  It has been a loooooong time since I colored so I had a blast coloring her in!! 

Here is the Hop List:

Start at

and then hop onto our Design Teams Blogs

Kathi Rerek

Gia Lau

and finish back here at

Altered Pages Blog

Have an awesome Hop!!

Monday, August 26, 2013


Hi everyone!  Today I want to share a swatch book I made for Sin City Stamps.  I was trying to think of something to make and then I had a brilliant idea!  At least I thought it was brilliant.  I have a tall drawer thing that I keep my stamps in.  As much as I try to be organized, they are still a mess in there!!  So I thought what if I just start cataloging my stamps in a book, so when I am looking for something all I have to do is look in the book, and not through all of the drawers!  And the Sin City Stamps swatch book was born!!
I won't be embellishing all the pages.  I embellished these because it was a design team project.  But look!  Every stamp in the Rosette Hearts Set  is on these pages!!  The right has the background stamp and 3 small stamps and the left has the border stamp, word stamps and 3 more smaller stamps. 

Is this an awesome idea or what?  I hope to do this for all of my stamps and while I do it I will  make a pile of stamps I don't want and give them to someone who really wants them!!

Thanks for visiting!  If you want to see my full tutorial, go to Sin City Stamps Blog and check it out!!
Have an awesome day!!

* FTC Declaration: In the spirit of full disclosure, I am currently working as a freelance designer in some capacity for Sin City Stamps.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Hello desk hoppers!  Thanks for visiting my blog today!!  You want to join us and know what the letters stand for?  Visit Julia and she will hook you up!!

I am showing my small desk and my wall organizer today.
This is the whole area.  My small desk, my wall organizer, and my Hello Kitty clock on the wall at the top.

My small desk is cluttered, as usual.  It has my new Cuttlebug, my little sewing machine, and my box of Alcohol Ink pens on top of the mini Cricut.  In the front is my art journal that is unfinished, some ribbon and lace, papers and paper frames.

I LOVE my wall organizer!  *click to enlarge* It has 5 shelves.  I will start at the top on shelf 1.  It has 4 dividers.  From left to right I have some spray inks, next is Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, next are Ranger spray inks and last are Dylusions.  Shelf  2 is all glitter, micro beads and all of my Stickles.  Shelf 3 is Distress Stains and Distress Paint and other Ranger Paint Daubers.  Shelf 4 has Stewart Superior inks, Alcohol inks and Blending Soloution, Distress Crackle paint and embossing powders.  Shelf 5 is Ranger Distress Inks, Reinkers, dye inks, Archival Ink, Staz On Ink and Versamark ink.  The bottom holds spools of ribbon.

There it is.  A detailed explanation of my shelf!  And it seems like I am so organized but I am not :(  I have drawers and closets filled with so much stuff it would be impossible to use it all in my lifetime!  I will, eventually, go through it all and donate it to the library or the elementary school.  But not yet!!  I'm not ready to let go!  And the sickest part of this is I keep buying stuff!!  Don't we all?  At least I hope I'm not the only one!! LOL!!
Enjoy the desks!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hello Hoppers!  Thanks so much for visiting me for WOYWW!!  If you don't know what I'm talking about HURRY UP AND CLICK THE LINK!!

Here is my desk this week.
I am still taking the class with Claudine Hellmuth.  It has been so amazing!  She shows us one technique a day for 25 days.  5 weeks!  And she is "there" for us the whole time to answer questions and to comment on our photos.  She is so nice!!  The 2 tags on the table, by my badge, are from the "stenciling with gesso" and "gesso etching" techniques.   I am really enjoying this class!

I thank you very much for visiting me today!  Enjoy the desks!


This month at the Altered Pages Challenge Blog the challenge is GREEN! 

I made an altered tin/accordion album.  Green, of course!
I painted the tin with green paint.  Then,  I used a manila tag that has a glue marbling technique I learned at my Claudine Hellmuth Class.  The pretty lady image is from Altered Pages.  So are the 3 epoxy covered buttons on the lower right.  They are from the "Bottle Cap Script" collage sheet.  The top left has gauze, of course, and a piece of a broken bracelet with 3 mini roses on top.

Inside I accordion pleated green cardstock so pictures can be put in!  I love how this came out!!  

Now, who will I give it to????

Have an awesome day and please join us at the challenge blog!!

Monday, August 12, 2013


Hello everyone!!  Today I want to show you how I used Sin City Stamps in my art journal.  I have been following along with Terri Sproul's Art Journal Group on Facebook.  Click the link to join us!!

This week. Terri showed us texture and a mistake on her live feed on Youtube.  Because of that good mistake, she used good mistake quote.

I started with my favorite journal, the old encyclopedia.
I used Gesso to prime the pages....

Then I used my Gelatos in yellow, gold and pink.  After I used water and a paint brush to blend them I....

Used my Splash Inks of course!  I love to use them in spray bottles!  In fact....

I keep them mixed and ready to go on my desk!  Right in between my Hello Kitty stapler and Hello Kitty head that has markers inside.

Where was I?  OH YES!  My art journal page!  I don't have any texture paste (it's in the mail) so I had to think of something.  Then I had a brilliant idea!  What about gesso?

I laid down thick areas of gesso on my pages.  First, I used my "Love of Butterflies" set to put the butterflies in the upper corners.  Then, I used my Art Journaling with Terri Sproul stamps, and used the numbers, flowers and diamonds. I inked my stamps with Stewart Superior pigment Ink in "Regal Burgundy".  I pushed them into the partially dry gesso and got that tactile texture!  And I love how the ink stayed on the gesso even though it was still a little wet!

When the gesso was dry I put some yellow Gelato on it.  Then I used the brick stamp from Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 on parts of the pages to give it visual texture too.  My quote is "Remind yourself that it's OK to NOT be perfect".  I think I need to remember that more often!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget Sin City has  a scratch off coupon for up to 40% off!
Have an awesome day!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


And I am on the team!!  I am so excited to create with the amazing products they have!!  I have been telling everyone about "Splash Ink" for a long time now, but there is so much more!!  Their website is  Please check them out!!

And the announcement is on their Blog right now!!  The rest of the team is:

Lea Cioci
Jenny Cochran Lee
Tuki Fujisaki
Diana Gonzalez
Daniella Hayes
Marie Z. Johansen
Quinn Mc Donald
Tessa McSorley
Swarup Murthy
Rebecca Price
Terri Sproul
So many talented artists!  I am honored to be working with them!!  We officially start next month and we will be contributing projects on the blog using Yasutomo products.  I hope you will join me there!!  I am so excited for this opportunity!!
Have an awesome day!!!  I know I will!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Everyone knows I design for Sin City Stamps.  And most of you know I loved their stamps and used them before I designed for them.  They are just amazing designs in deeply etched rubber and they have so many different designs, who wouldn't love them!!

This month, we are having a really fun sale! 

 You go to the store (click the link above) and you will see a tab on the right that says "Coupons".  Go there and you will see a "Scratch off" coupon!  You rub your mouse all over the 3 scratch off areas and you will find a coupon code for a percentage off!!  It goes from 10% up to 40%!   That is amazing!!  Up to 40% off!  AND, you can use the coupon for the entire month, not just one purchase!  I think it is a fun interactive way to get money off your stamps!  And you can use it all month, not just once. Totally amazing!!

I hope you play scratch off and enjoy your coupon!!