Thursday, March 31, 2016

30 Days of Lists - Fin


Another month has come to a close and with it my favorite challenge.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing my lists and were inspired to join in the fun.  In case you missed this go-round there is always September.  Be sure to set a reminder, check my blog, or sign up for e-mails from 30daysoflists.com so you don't miss it again!


 I Can't Wait to:

  • Hear about TCW DT Call
  • Go to Memphis
  • Get my Round Robin Journal back
  • Get to the end of the school year

 My Plans for Next Month:

  • Send Kate to Atlanta - Band Trip
  • Paint lots
  • Get outside more
  • Enjoy some beautiful spring days



That's the end of March's 30 Days of Lists challenge.  I'm finishing with the back cover of my journal which is stamped with Grungy Stars and Silhouette stamps by Dina Wakley.


I hope you've enjoyed reading my lists and seeing my concertina journal.  Maybe next time you'll join me in listing!

The next opportunity to participate in this challenge will be in September so be on the lookout for it!

Have a great day everyone!





Until next time,




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

30 Days of Lists - Week Four


I can see the very end of March now!  With the end also comes the end of this fun challenge.  We're not there yet, so let's keep going...

Remember, follow my on Instagram to see my daily lists!  Still haven't checked out 30daysoflists.com?  You really should get on that, you know!


 Time Flies When:

  • I'm busy
  • I'm painting
  • I'm reading
  • I'm spending time with my craft besties!
  • I'm playing on the computer
  • I'm spending time with my babies

 Important Qualities in a Friend:

  • Open Mind
  • Loyalty
  • Generosity
  • Laughter
  • Sense of Humor
  • Quick Wit
  • Intelligence
  • Compassion

 My "Me Time" Consists of:

  • Art time in my studio
  • Reading a book
  • Long hot bath/shower
  • A nap
  • A long walk
 Things I'd Like to do Every Day:

  • Kiss my girls
  • Kiss my hubby
  • Paint
  • Eat something good
  • Create something
  • Make a beautiful mess
  • Go for a walk
  • Take time to appreciate blessings

 My Favorite Places to Eat:

  • My own kitchen
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • Dicky's BBQ
  • Great Wall
  • Panera
  • Krilakis
  • Hungry Howies
 Ten Years from Now:

  • I'll be 42
  • Kate will be in her 20's and out of college
  • Piper will be in JR High
  • I will still be painting
  • The rest is simply too unknown
What my Google History Says About Me:

  • I look up a lot of odd things
  • Spend lots of time researching art techniques
  • Have a definite routine online
  • I'm interested in History, art, places, odd words, and I can't spell










That's the last full week of the month!  I can see the end of this challenge racing up very quickly.  Looking back at some of my lists this month I can see what I did get to accomplished and things that I just had to let slide.  That's life, isn't it?  Sometimes we can get it all done and other times we just have to let it go.

I'll be back at the end of the month to share my last two lists.

Until then,

Friday, March 25, 2016

Documented Life Project - the unPlanner - Week 12


Welcome back for another peek at my DLP unPlanner!  It wasn't much of a week - I've had other things going on but I did get some fun things created.

My Weekly View is full of doodles, stamping, and funky holidays.  The stamps are by Dylusions and are part of a clear stamp and stencil set only found at Michael's.

link here

The back of this week I used a resist pen (found at Michael's) to doodle a little bit.  I sprayed Dylusions Ink Sprays over the resist and while the yellow doesn't show up very well on the kraft paper it is still very fun.


The PAC challenge this week was to use arrows.  I sprayed an ATC base with Dylusions Ink Sprays in Bubblegum Pink and Vibrant Turquoise and ghosted a brick design (Tim Holtz stencil).  I then used gesso through the same Tim Holtz stencil.

I'm going to have to take photos of these stamp and stencil sets for y'all.  The Arrow stamps are from an Art C Stamp and Cut set called "Feathers" while the word "Inspire" and the compass are from the Tim Holtz set that came with the stencil.




I'd seen Dyan Reavely's video using black and pink dylusions ink to create a journal page.  I decided to do something similar on a large manila tag.

The small sized girl is a Dylusions stamp from a set exclusively at Michael's.

Yes, I kinda went a little crazy buying new supplies a couple of weeks in a row as Michael's was getting new things.  I'll take just have to make a special post about the (apparently) exclusive items.




I love how bright and colorful my List Ten is!  I printed it on white cardstock and then sprayed it with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I know I'm addicted to my Dylusions but I can't help it.  The vibrancy really just can't be beat!

I used another exclusive-to-Michael's Tim Holtz stamp set - I swear you'll be seeing a post about this in April! - and black archival ink to stamp the map and plane.  I used my favorite white pen to doodle and create my list.

On the back of my List Ten, I sprayed Dylusions again and used a small paint brush dipped in white india ink to write my quote.  Whipped Spackle through a stencil and painty reinforcers finished it off.


That's my week leading up to Easter!  I hope you were able to spend an enjoyable holiday with your family.

I'll be back next week for the last of March!

Until then,






Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gelli Printing Shenanigans

Hello dears!  I have a fun project share with y'all today.  About a month ago I got up to some serious shenanigans with lots of paints and my Gelli Arts® Printing Plates.  I had so much fun that I littered my entire studio space with prints of all shapes, sizes, and of course colors!

I am absolutely in love with the whole monoprinting process.  I love how simple it is, how quick, and how versatile it is.  I really like Gelli® printing when I'm waiting on things to dry or as a quick warm up to other projects.  As such, I have tons of printed papers and tags lying about.  Most girls go for shoes, or maybe purses, but this girl goes in for lots of funky Gelli® prints and art supplies.  It's all about your priorities!  Am I right?

Here's what I got up to...



I know - I totally went to town with my prints!  It's just so much fun and so addictive that it is hard to put it down and actually stop.  I have no idea what I'm really going to use all of these things for but I have a feeling quite a few of them will end up in my Documented Life Project unPlanner this year.  

Craft paint is still some of the best paint to use with a Gelli® Plate but I had a whole box full of fabulous DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to try out.  Perfect excuse to make a mess!  I think I used every single color I had.  Maybe.  Probably.  I really enjoyed using these paints to print.  They are so fluid that it only takes a few drops and they are really very transparent.  That makes layering easy, fun, and a little challenging.  I used a set of texture combs by Faber-Castell, bubble wrap, a brayer, and loads of stencils.  I'm a huge stencil fanatic!  I mostly used stencils and masks by The Crafter's Workshop and Dina Wakley but there are a few others thrown in.  I think I even used a hand carved foam stamp or two.  Oh - and I used both my plates... the 8x10 and 3x5.  If you're new to monoprinting or aren't sure which size plate to get, I highly recommend either or both of these sizes.  They're easy to work with and accommodate most anything you want to print!

Anyway, here are the videos I made.  I hope you enjoy watching them!








I hope you enjoyed watching.  Now that I've seen the videos again I am ready to go have another printing session.  I honestly don't have the time today but I truly wish I did.  I really ought to figure out how to use these (and the oodles more) prints soon.  I think I'll just go do that now!

If you haven't pulled out and dusted off your Gelli® Plate in a while (or ever), go do so this weekend.  I know a lot of people are really intimidated by it but it's a super easy way to just play and have fun.  Prints don't have to be super elaborate or fancy.  They are supposed to be fun.  And they make a great starting point for a journal page or little piece of art to just display some where.  I like to cut them up into strips or circles and use them as accents in my DLP unPlanner.  Go make something!

I'll see you next time.

Until then,


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

30 Days of Lists - Week Three


March is speeding by and with it my lists!  We're over halfway through the month.  Have you jumped on the listing band wagon yet?  If not, head over to 30daysoflists.com to find out more about it.  It's never to late to start listing!

 Remember to....

  • Breathe
  • Finish both SUPER important projects by tomorrow
  • Photograph and blog said projects
  • Enjoy the small parts of the day
  • Laugh!

 Things that Energize Me:

  • Coffee first thing
  • Beautiful sunny spring days
  • A new project
  • New art supplies
  • Play day in the park

 My Family Can Best Be Described As:

  • Crazy
  • Fun
  • Full of laughter
  • Up for anything
  • Silly/Goofy
  • Creative
  • MINE!

 I Always Forget to Pack:

  • Enough socks
  • Enough of my favorite pens
  • A hairbrush
  • Truly comfy walking shoes
  • A Backpack for toting treasures
  • An umbrella

 Favorite Historical Figures:

  • Elizabeth I
  • Cleopatra
  • Jane - Duchess of Gordon
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Claude Monet
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Jean Lafitte
  • Queen Victoria
  • Marie Antoinette

 I Would Like to Learn More About:

  • Gelli Printing
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Cooking
  • the Dark Ages
  • Pre History
  • Making Videos
  • Photography

 How I Feel this Week:

  • Anxious
  • Nervous
  • Rushed
  • Behind
  • Pumped 
  • Excited








This is a big week full of rushing and finishing.  I'm so glad I have a few moments each day to take a break and just think about these fun little lists. 

I'll be back next week with another set of lists.  Remember to follow me on Instagram to see my daily lists and other creations!

See you next week!

Until then,


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