Wednesday, October 02, 2013

October FALL Card Class

Fall Card Class

Join me as we create these beautiful Fall Cards.  We will use a watercolor technique to create these beautiful master pieces.  If you haven't watercolored before...don't worry!  I will walk you through it step by step showing you many tips and tricks along the way!

When: Friday, October 11, 2013
Where: My hom
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $25

Please bring the following to class: assorted paint brushes of your liking, foam tape, adhesive tape runner, and a basic tool kit.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hi Everyone!

Here to share some creative crafty goodness with you.  I love participating in challenges because they often take me outside my creative box.  Hope you join in!
Here what I came up with for the Whatever's -Two:
Click here-----> Click to find out more about this challenge
A 9 x 12 art journal page

Creators of The Whatever's websites:
Catherine Scanlon
Martha Richardson
Vicki Chrisman 
Nat Kalbach
Cuchy Sanchez


altered Idea-ology clock

For the two little children I did a image transfer on sticky back canvas for my art journal page.  You may notice that they are sitting in a different direction.  So if you look closely, you will see the fraying edges of the canvas on the page.  I like the different texture it adds to the picture.  I freehanded some lettering to say, "As Time Passes we learn from our mistakes and grow stronger."  This quote is just what I was feeling at the moment when I was creating the journal page.  I like the non traditional way I wrote the quote around the outside of the paper, leaving the children as the main focal point.  The hearts around are meant to represent love between these two and are cut on out vintage music paper and colored with Gelatos and then topped with Distress Stickles. 

  The clock has so many little goodies!  I love this vintage style assembly of ribbons that hang off the side of the clock.  Great way to display ribbon you just love and have a hard time parting with!  This gives you the opportunity to enjoy it and use your product so your don't end up a collector!

The clock has a sentiment on the front from rub-ons.  It is more of an inspirational quote that tells the story of these two little ones.  It says, "time after time.....always and regrets....stand boldly."  I just like the message it passes on . I used flowers along the bottom.  The back of the clock has some vintage book text adhered to it and there is a hanging lite lantern hanging from the top of the clock.  I love this element!!!

The main quote is around the edges as I mentioned before, but here is my personal journaling.  I wrote something from my heart.  I just write....whatever comes to mind is meant to be there! :)  I added some dimension to the art journal page with embossing some wildflowers in white embossing powder.  I love how it came out and popped a somewhat drab page. 

 Here are my completed projects.  Comments are always welcomed....isn't that what we live for??  LOL and feel free to click to link on the right to follow my blow!  Hope you enjoy my version of the Whatever's and I look forward to seeing what you came up with also. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pretty Poppies Class
Saturday, June 22th, 2013, 11:00AM
Come and celebrate  Spring with these beautiful Poppy Cards!
Join me in my home just like the good 'ole days! 
My monthly card club is being revived!
We will be creating 5 beautiful cards using dry embossing, two step stamping, masking, and distressing!
Space is limited so sign up quickly!
You can reserve you spot with the button in the left-hand column. 
Payment is required to reserve a spot.
Stamp & Die-namic Orders are due by June 9th
E-mail me at with any questions. 
On the 22nd I will have the samples of cards for my next months class 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From Start to Finish

This is a 5x7 canvas that I just loved the background texture so much I stared at it for weeks before actually continuing working on it.....the work I had all completed in my mind!  :)  

So here is the completed piece:

I chose to use three different types of backgrounds for my rectangles; canvas, metal, and vintage book text. All of those are mounted on chipboard.  For the canvas I used acrylic paints, and edged them with Distress Inks.  On the metal I ran it through my Sizzix in an embossing folder.  Then used several colors of Alcohol Inks to make them look so pretty.  The book text is just edged in Distress Ink-Tea Dye (my favorite). Then on went on the hunt in my "stash" to find all sorts of little trinkets to complete the project.  I embossed some metal shapes with embossing folders, I finally used a bottle cap .....I've only been hoarding about 50 thousand of them.....finally parted with one! :) I used rub-on's as well.  The one thing I can't explain about this piece is the yellow flower.  It just belongs there.  It is it's place to shine and stand out.  I contemplated it over and over because it wasn't in the color palette I had chosen, belonged there. So it is.

Quote inspired by my little yellow flower:
Adversity causes some men to break; other to break records. -William Ward

Leave a comment and tell me what you like best about this canvas!

Peace & Hugs,

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Beautiful Blossom Class
Saturday, May 18th, 2013, 11:00AM
Come and celebrate Spring!
Join me in my home just like the good 'ole days! 
My monthly card club is being revived!
We will be creating 5 beautiful cards using a simple water-coloring technique!
We will talking about water-coloring, embossing, and a couple of other
ways to make your cards extra special!
Space is limited so sign up quickly!
E-mail me at to reserve your spot.
On the 18th I will have the samples of cards for my next months class.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Look at what I found popping out of the ground today!  Mother Nature evidently doesn't know that spring is around the corner but my daffodil and hyacinth bulbs do! I thought this was a perfect picture for my blog post today. 

I was outside photographing my birdhouses when I looked down and saw the green popping out of the ground. 

Some of my crafty friends may remember this birdhouse I created when I was in a monthly club at RAH.  It is so beautiful and honestly one of my favorite pieces of mixed media art I have ever created.  Every angle of the house shows something different and inviting.  You can look at it for hours and always see something you didn't see previously.  I love to alter birdhouses.  Over the past couple of years I have had a few of them on display at RAH and they always caused such a stir.  I thought it was time to create a new one with SPRING in the AIR!
The details of the crackle pain makes me soooo happy!  Nothing like a good c.r.a.c.k.l.e  I used spun sugar DISTRESS CRACKLE and then used tattered rose DISTRESS STAIN to bring out the depth of crackle.  Many MFT Die-namics were used to make the flowers and the flourish.  I love the nest and the new green bird.  I stamped the fence with a damask stamp to add texture. Home Sweet Home stickers make you realize this is just what it reads.
 I used Echo Parks Everyday Eclectic papers for this project and I love how using two different patterned papers make this flower so dimensional.  I used Glossy Accents to make the effect of early morning dew drops.  sweet huh??!

The patterned paper for the roof was so perfect.  It looks like I stenciled it but it is only paper, doused with biscotti perfect pearls.  I sanded the edges and  used nice chocolate chalk ink to add dimensions.  I used a flourish on both sides of the roof to add visual effect.  Its so pretty in person, I tried to capture some of the glimmer on the "shingles" on film. 
Love all the details together and think this one came out so sweet!  Hope you enjoy it too!
These wooden birdhouse can be picked up at Michael's for $3.50 with a coupon.  Makes a great gift!
hugs! k.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Back to Blogging

Hi Everyone!

With life being uncontrollably busy and with me getting sucked into that busy....blogging has gotten away from me.  I recently realized I began blogging during my divorce way back in 2007 and it had become a place for me to vent, share things I love,  to share the creative side of my soul, things that make me happy, and, also, a place to show off my beautiful daughters who are my heartbeat. So, needless to say, I have missed it immensely.
In January I pick a theme song of the year. This is what I chose this January, 2013

This video helped me realize my priorities weren't in order, including for me personally and I wanted to change it.
The last couple of years have been a blurr to me. Something which does not sit well with me. I hate the busy lifestyle that our lives have become and honestly we have all gotten sucked into and have trouble slowing down. Well last summer I had decided to STOP and take a self inventory of my priorities, where I was, where I wanted to be, and to make the scary first step towards where I wanted to be. I remember the day vividly.  I was at my job, which I did love at the time, and I kept hearing a commercial on the radio over and over throughout the was from JWU and was advertising their Master's program.  Their catch phrase was, "its never to late."  And ya know wasn't for me.  So the decision became reality after some further inquiries and today I find myself dead smack in the middle of the program and couldn't be happier.  At that point I continued to work at my job.

My experience being an artist & designer, a teacher, as well as a salesperson, and then add the knowledge of running a business on top of that sometimes the artist & designer got lost in the mix. Having all those qualities is honestly a rarity.   At the end of my job at RAH this is where I found myself....lost as an artist.  Nothing I created was holistic anymore.  It was contrived to fit the "standard" so to speak.  The freedoms of designing get lost, the focus changes, it is no longer your authentic work, but, rather someone elses idea with your expertise sprinkled on top.  It got stale.  So one day I decided it wasn't fun anymore and decided it was time to part ways.  Scary. Very. but life somehow works out.....and for me right now, its much better.  Of all the things I loved about my job the things I hated were usually my weekends being consumed by work rather than family.  Last season I was only able to attend two of Olivia and Sophia's high school soccer games which I love to be at! That sucked.  I had a choice.....and I made it.  Weekend time with my family this past couple of months has been so rewarding and I am grateful I was able to see the change needed to be made and had the courage enough to do it.

I've been spending time with my parents which had become to say the least, scarce.  I have had more coffee dates and lunches with friends recently.... it is like a new life. 
Then I was able to get a job at the college which not only offered me more time with family and friends but also got me some nice scholarship money! Cha-ching. An unexpected perk but very welcomed one. 
With less stress and anxiety I feel like someone turned on the color in my world again.  I have been able to stop and smell the roses so to speak.  Oh yeah...and find time to shop!  It's becoming a problem!

So that is what is going on with me these days!
I hope this finds you well and you begin enjoying my posts again.

I have a new project which will post tomorrow and on Monday there will be samples and sign up information of my new in-home classes.  I will give explanations on how this will stay tuned!!