Friday, August 4, 2017


Hi Everyone!
Today I'm showing your one of The Crafters Workshop new 2017 Summer Stencils called Canna Lilies designed by Carmen Medlin. It is one of my favorites this summer.

My favorite substrate to use is Yupo. It's a nice smooth surface and it also has its challenges too.  First I added the stencil to the Yupo with acrylic paints.
I continued to add the stencil to the Yupo. I used both the 12x12 and 6x6 size. I also flipped the stencil and used the other size so the flowers are going in different directions.
Here is a close up of all the layers.
I dropped a stamp on it which left a black mark. With the Spring time colors it was hard to cover up so I decided to had a few words with black archival inks.
This was my Design Team Post on August 1. You can see it here.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
August was also the start of a new Design Team. Head on over by clicking the link below to see what they've created. Don't forget to leave them a comment!! 
The new 2017 Summer stencils will be available by the end of August.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Travels in May: South Carolina

Hi Everyone
In May I traveled to South Carolina to see my goddaughter, Cassidy.  We both love photography and we took off for a day to take pictures.  We decided to go to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  Here are a few pictures of flowers in the gardens. I have tons so I'll be sharing them will you in a couple of posts.

That's it for now. I hope you enjoyed them.
I'll be off on new travels soon so look out for another finding art post!

If you love these pictures, please check out Cassidy's blog and see hers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 7, 2017

PLANNERS, Do you use one?

Hi Everyone!
Planners are so popular right now. For years I used planners then one day I switched to a hard covered notebook and just wrote down what I needed to do plus notes, art ideas, etc.
Then one day I felt completely overwhelmed with lists, planners, calendars, notes, etc. I loved that everything was in one spot but I wasn't getting anything done. I stopped cold turkey. If I really needed to remember an appointment/event, I just wrote it on the family calendar on the fridge.
With cell phones I tried using the calendar or an app but I never kept up with it. I'm not one to have my cell phone in my hand at all times. I have better things to do.
This year I started using a Hobonichi Techo Planner (1 page/day). It reminds me of a Bullet Journal. I love the idea of a Bullet Journal but it wasn't the right one for me until I found this one (Amazon). They are not cheap but for me worth the money because its the perfect one for me.

As you can tell it's not very big and I can throw it in my bag. You can buy planner covers for it but it will just add to the size.
The planner starts a yearly calendar for 2017 and 2018
A yearly index which I use for birthdays. My goal was to make a card for everyone's birthday. That happened once! I use a green tab to bookmark these pages.
A monthly calendar - I add my vacations and dates for design team posts. It also has free space on the left for any notes. Bookmark is Orange for calendar pages.
Before each month is a lined page for adding monthly goals, events, or notes.  I add two goals to complete by the end of the month.
Daily Pages - Pink Bookmark. The bookmarks are post-it notes so I can move them.  As for overwhelming lists, I only write down three items. The first item is always the gym. I realized that I don't have to write down a huge list. I do have a routine for things at home and I don't feel I need to write those down.  Once realizing that my lists aren't that big.
Also, I'm not consistent with daily art challenges. I start, get bored or just forget to do it. I want to do them but I never finish. So I challenged myself to write about my day even if it's only one line. So far, except for a few vacation days, I've been keeping with the challenge.
Each day there are quotes at the bottom of the pages.
A few dotted pages. I use these for light bulb moments when I think of an art idea and I have to write it down.

International Size Charts and Conversion Tables.

Japanese Plants and Animals by Season and A Guide to Japanese Tea.

After these pages are International Country Codes, National Holidays.  All these extra pages are interesting but I would love more dotted pages.
I did learn a few things about myself:
I like to write things down and I find I like to write in cursive.
Lists stress me out especially if they are long.
When I'm very overwhelmed I stop getting things done.
I don't have to put everything I have to do in my life on a list.
I still need a planner and it doesn't have to be pretty.
There are no rules.
Let me know what planners you use or why you don't use one. I would love to know.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flower Tiles

Hi Everyone!
I'm on vacation and I'm behind in posting here.
The last few weeks I've been playing catch up with sharing my design team posts for The Crafters Workshop.
I'm almost up to date! YAY!!!
This creation was made using this stencil. Right now it's one of my favorites.

I started out with black and white gesso plus a little crackle paint.

Added some yummy color.

Added more flower tiles with TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste.

I added a wash of black paint on the canvas and wiped it off.
It left the modeling paste black and highlighted all the nooks and crannies on the canvas.

I always do the sides too.

Here is the finished piece.



The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

You can see the full post at

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm not fond of cats!

When you're on a design team and one a member of team needs help with a post, I raised my hand and said I would.
That's what happened when Marlene from Art by Marlene wasn't able to do a post I offered to fill in for her. She is also one of the stencil designers for The Crafters Workshop and I asked her to pick out one of her stencils for me to use. A challenge!
I never thought in a million years should would pick her one stencil that would be more of a challenge than she knows.
You see I'm not fond of cats.
In fact they creep me out.
I thought I could handle this one since it's not alive. LOL
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
Here are the projects I created.  First a journal cover.
Keep Calm and Meow On!
The whiskers are made out of wire.
Next a canvas. I just used the eyes.
The last one is a catscape!
Can you tell how I made the city?
That's right! I made the city from the stripes on the cat.
It's a very old abandoned city I think.
BUT if I squint by eyes I think I see waves.
What do you see in the cat's stripes!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
You can see the full post at The Crafters Workshog Blog!