12 Jan 2015

Happy New Year

As timely as always.  lol

     Do you make New Year's resolutions?  I don't.  I've found that after about mid-February I fall off whatever wagon I jumped on and life goes back to normal.  I do, however, set goals for the year and one of those is a minimum of 52 blog posts.  Today is a good day to start. ;)

     Nathlie's JumpStart 2015 gets credit for inspiring this post.  I've been signed up every year since the first one and I believe this is the first time I've ever shared.  That really is sad because some of my most inspired ideas have started there.  Anyways, in her second video, she used a drawing pen and acrylic ink so I thought I would share my most recent art journal page, a mandala doodle, done with drawing pen and pink glitter ink.

I don't think the shine shows up very well in the main picture. It's a bit more visible in the detail view but only if you know it's there.

The process, dip, doodle, dip, doodle was relaxing and I enjoyed hours of play with it.

For any of you that have stuck around, thanks.  Here's a quick catch up for you, December's adventures included a couple of hundred hand-made cards and finishing the annual calendar project.  I may throw money at that one next year, I'm getting really tired of 'The Calendars' hanging over my head on the 1st of December.  There are better ways I suppose, but somehow I just can't get motivated earlier in the year.  Maybe it's because I don't have all the pictures in but whatever the problem is the looming deadline seems to be the only motivator that works.  People love them so much but I need  break. *sigh*

     The cards were lots of fun and I can now honestly say I have no Christmas specific supplies left.  Meaning I'm free to shop whatever offerings come out this year.  Hopefully there are some; I'm a bit worried but that is a whole 'nother topic.

     I got my hair restyled and, OMG, I've gone straight from single vision glasses to tri-focals.  I probably should update my picture.  ;)   I'm happy with the new glasses or I will be when I get used to them.  Picking them up and having them fitted was almost like the first pair when I exclaimed, "Trees have leaves!"  only this time it was, "I can read!"  (and see a computer screen and read my own handwriting and ...)

     In case you were wondering, I've been doing all detail work for the last 5 years, by perching my distance glasses on top of my head then almost pressing my nose into the paper.  Why did I not get new glasses sooner?  Oh right, vanity.  Really?!  I wonder about myself sometimes.

And Wilbur, needs electrical work, money pit!  Have you seen that movie?  (The Money Pit)  One of my all time faves.  Old but sill hilarious.

Have Fun

PS The hair is cute too.

5 Nov 2014


I know some of you are summer people and some of you love spring, well, you are entitled to your opinion. ;)   Myself, I'm an autumn person.  I love the crisp, clear air, the cool temperatures, the colours, the smells, even the rain.  It is the time of year when I feel most alive.

When I first saw the Chickaniddy collection "Scrumptious" I knew I had to have the whole thing.  Seriously, it captures how I feel about fall perfectly, cheerful colours, energetic images and best of all it covers all three months.  This icon from the sticker sheet sums it up

and yes I do identify with dancing in the leaves. lol

I contacted the most amazing Cassie at Paper Issues to see if she was going to get it and she did, every last piece!!!  Thanks Cassie. <3

When it arrived I went through the usual fondling admiring period.  You know that special time, when papers get shuffled around, embellies unpackaged, the die cuts spread out, before that first cut.  I'm not one to let that go on forever because if I did, I would have no room to store, well, anything else so I got to work on a plan to use it up.

First off, the odd paper that I just had to have,
'Aspen' from Heidi Swapp's September Skies Collection.

It reminds me of the Silver Birch from one of my childhood homes but I didn't use it for any of those pictures, instead I made this:

I may have to buy a couple of more pieces of this.  lol

There are many colours of distress ink, two stencils, texture paste, an old die cut, of course my dancing girl and other embellishments from the Scrumptious collection on it.  For the complete supply list click this link to my scrapbook.com gallery.

Most of the journalling is hidden but I talked about the diner across the street from this park.   In my senior year, I occasionally cut the first class after lunch (art usually, rofl) so I would have time to walk downtown for the best fries and gravy anywhere.  I ate them sitting on the amphitheatre steps overlooking the ruins.  I was a good girl though, and took my sketch book.  Unfortunately it's been lost so I can't show you my sketches of field stone walls, but trust me I did do some art during art class.

What's next on the plan, 30 days of thankfulness.  Now before you think I've gone all mushy, I'm pretty sure there are 30 good things in my life that I should document.  I've chosen to do it Project Life style, that is, grids on a cardstock base no special page protectors needed.  I'll post the first page on day six or seven depending on which day ends up filling the page.

Thanks for stopping by,
See you soon

9 Oct 2014

Ack!!! I deleted my post

I must fix it quick like a bunny before a million people come to visit my blog. rofl

So I've been playing along with Tammy's Art Journal & Tactics Series and Tangent #08 is about texture with a stencil and acrylic paint.

I had carefully put down a layer acrylics and let them dry over night.  Then applied the paint and quickly lifted the stencil, so quickly in fact that some of my paint slumped.

The best laid plans ...  I too had some trouble with lifting the stencil, my paper shredded but that's OK. This exercise was about texture and those areas just gave me an excuse to add more.

The colours I choose reminded me of autumn leaves back home and so I dug through the stash of salvaged silk leaves, mulberry and confetti leaves to add more dimension on top.  Well, the best colours are in October and that led to thinking of Anne's "world of Octobers."  I reread the passage and what struck me from it was:
"and you know, one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things."
 How true is that!?

So, how did the texture work?  Here are a couple of detail shots for you to see.  I think it worked pretty well.

I don't very often do product plugs but I do love this stencil

It is this Stencil Girl stencil. There are so many unique designs in her shop it is worth taking a peak when you have some time.

Thanks for looking

18 Mar 2014


It's 3 third set I've completed since Tiffany started this last year(?) but I can honestly say I did this one without cheating.

I thought I would share a few of the highlights today.  Some of the pictures aren't great but ... oh well, time to move on.

starting with #50:

It started as a background I created during the Art Journaling Extravaganza and was finished with the change to Daylight Savings Time.  I'm still in denial about that.  Why oh, why can't they just leave the clocks alone?

Somewhere around #40 I had to clean up.  It was only organisational type project I did.  I indexed a few new stamps as well as clean and put away all of my stamps that have been lying around since sometime in *gasp* October. (126 of them to be exact - I was in a counting mood lol)  Here's what they looked like drying and yes some are stained. :(

This one was just pain fun.  It's an old picture from St. Catharines.  The giraffe was on top of a welding shop.  Isn't she cute?

It wouldn't have been an ABC challenge without Z, so I finally did a page about the zed problem.  13 packs of mostly used letter stickers went onto this (or into the garbage). I stuck the first layer of flat ones down with Perfect Paper Adhesive. Love that stuff.  Then a layer of gesso, more PPA, chipboard letters and then more gesso.  Loved how this worked.  A big shout out to SoapHOUSEmama for her inspiration in this blog post.

I finally made some progress on the epic mini from CKU way back when.  It's still not done, about half way I think.  Baby Steps. lol

And finally, what to do with the only picture I had of me on moving day.  It's accurate but a.w.f.u.l.

There's so many more and I'm really sorry I didn't load them as I did them.  I may post some more of them later or may not.

If you do facebook you can find the 50 Project project here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50projects/.  I don't do facebook but I hear it has turned into quite the active group.

Now what?  I'm starting to see a dent in some of my older things.  That makes me very happy.  Not because the stash, which isn't huge, is getting smaller but, because almost everything I've bought has been for an idea and those ideas are now getting onto the page.

I think I will do a bit of shopping, but, a small bit. I really don't need much but some cardstock since I'm now subscribed to Noel Mignon's kit.  It's my first experience with kits and, so far, I really love getting it.  It's nice to get a selection of scrappy goodies without having to buy up the store.  Her style seems to work pretty well with mine.  Hopefully I'll be able to use them up.  It's a change of direction for me.  I'm going to let the product drive which stories I'm going to tell for a while and throw in an older idea now and then.

I think I will do this again, in a few months. ;)  Honest it's fun!

Hope you are having a creative day.

8 Mar 2014

I succeeded

in crawling out from under my covers.

I have a whole lot to share now.  So much that I'm not really sure where to start.  Do I start with how I kicked myself into action?  Or should I skip that part and just go to the results?  Or do I finish last summer's adventures with Wilbur?  Or what about all the video I recorded with my Gelatos experiments?


long story but my computer died.  I have the video but can't edit it at the moment at least not without kicking him off of the desktop.  He's having so much fun playing Civilization (his birthday present) that I don't have the heart.

There's a ton of good videos on YouTube and really except for seeing the finished page and my demos on different paper types, I don't have much to add.  Trust me on this, the paper you use makes a huge difference.  None are bad, well the super high gloss wasn't to my liking, but it completely depends on what you are trying to achieve.  Experiment and have fun with it.

One little thing I picked up at CKU was that just a spritz of water - super fine mist - will set them so that they don't smear any more. Done - unless you ask for more.


was last seen on a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha. (isn't that a line in a Bob Seger song?)  Anyways, I'll get back to those stories.  Yes,  they all true and there is a point to my ramblings but for now that is all on the subject except to say that I promise to finish them before this season starts.

On that note, I'd best get writing because I saw my first Robin last week.  He's apparently been around for a while because he was too fat to fly away.  Silly me didn't have a camera though.  The robins don't stay for long.  They come. They fatten up and they carry on.  So if you are north of me, I promise they are on their way.

Get your duff in gear Carolyn 

Sid's sleep issues are a chronic problem and in the winter I find it hard to keep up his pace.  I mean really getting up in the dark and having no sun after 4:30 is hard enough, right?!  Come the 15th of January, when the days start to get longer, I start to be able to keep up with his crazy hours and have a little energy for me so this year ...

Yes, that's me at a Dyan Reaveley class!!! (notice me jumping up and down!!!)She came to Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley after CHA.  I stayed for the whole weekend.  A little motel room just for me.  Bliss!  I had a chance, in the evening,  to work on the epic file folder album from last summer.  Not done yet but much closer. OK would have been better with a tub but it was clean and withing walking distance.  Once upon a time it would have seemed like the Ritz.  WOW, am I spoiled now! lol

I really can't tell you how wonderful the experience was!!  I had a great time playing, learned a ton, shared the table with some fabulous women who put up with my incessant chatter and best of all  her energy was contagious.  She really is as high an energy person as in her videos.  Thanks Dyan! (and if you happen to read this I really hope I wasn't too disruptive - get well soon!)

Here's her post if you would like to see some more pictures.  I was a bit busy spraying ink and dropping my camera to get many good ones.
Escape to Alcatraz


well never one to start with baby steps, I decided to do a layout a day in February with the scrapnyap girls. How hard can that be?  I bet I do an average of a layout a day, figuring in calendar mayhem in November/December.  Correct - I average one a day but I do not complete one a day.  More learning!

To give you a taste, the prompts were alphabetical and J is for journal of course. ;)

A little Dyan, a little Carolyn, a little Pinterest inspiration, and a pretty nice cover came out.  It's how I felt about that journal because when I got back it was back to, you know, same old ...

No promises but I'll try to post more often.

youtube friends, I'm not leaving comments 'cause I'm not joining Google+ but I'm still watching and liking. 

Take Care

10 Jan 2014

Crawling out of my covers

In my usual timely fashion, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you the best for the New Year.

So what's been happening, probably about the same as around your place, decorating, shopping, eating, drinking, shopping, wrapping, unwrapping, staying up to late, packing the decorations .... and now that the excitement is over sleeping again.  Hopefully I will have some energy to post something.  That would require actually doing something to post. lol

Every January, well it starts a little earlier, about the time that I finish the calendars and cards, I suffer from complete lack of interest in crafting.  Burn out I think is what it is and every year when this apathy strikes I think, 'this year will be different, I won't wait until the last minute.'  We'll see if I can make it happen this year.

Until Later

24 Oct 2013

Really quick post

I've been terribly negligent in updating my blog.  It's sad but what can I say, I've been busy and by the time things are settled here it's 11:00 pm.  Well, there's only one thing to do at that hour; SLEEP. 

So what's new?  The calendars are in production.  I've got a bit of journaling left on the layouts and all of the calendar part.  I start with 12x12 blank calendars, make the layouts and then go back stamping days, months and numbers as well as holidays, lunar cycles ... All the stuff you would find on a store bought one.  Lastly, I glue in the layouts.  I don't want to post the pictures of those since they are Christmas gifts.

Wilbur is finally back from the mechanic and is better than ever.  The child has decided that 5:30 AM is a good time to get up.  The husband is grumpy, something about 5:30 AM wake up calls to play train. lol

I did manage to squeeze one in just for fun.  You might remember the picture. ;)

There's nothing really fancy going on here just paper layering.  The last of my BG Soleil  collection was sitting in a page protector in one of the boxes.  It isn't now.  And the project count is up one.  I should add one of those tickers here so I can remember where I'm at.

So, I'm still plugging away at my next 50 projects. it's actually amazing how fast stuff gets used like this.  I haven't been completely purchase free.  I guess I don't have the discipline but it feels fantastic to start seeing less stuff.

I can't remember if I said this or not but this round I'm completing UFOs.  If those boxes were out of the closet . . .  *sigh*

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it's back to work I go.

Have a wonderful weekend!
~ Carolyn