…channeling Mario and Lord of the Rings…

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It started with the sticker machines at the grocery store.  Then he asked for a “soft” Yoshi (aka, a Yoshi plush).  He also knew that Mario and Luigi were part of the “family”.  So after managing to procure the last small Mario plush at the toy store, he needed Luigi.  Once he had Luigi, he carried around the group all the time.  He loved them!  Still does, but I borrowed a little from LOTR for my title of “his PRECIOUS.”  Hee hee.

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Then there’s a lot of fussy cutting from patterned paper and journal cards.  I also added a metal clip holding some baker’s twine bits.  The background started as some Amy Tangerine Plus One paper (I mentioned this before, I love Amy Tangerine!).  Lots of people use white gesso before adding media, but I didn’t want to tone down the paper, just prep it for media.  So I went with some Matte Medium.

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Then I added some swaths of color, as well as some green through a Dylusions stencil, the did some stamping.  The tiny stars are a pattern stamp from a past Studio Calico kit.  Other words came from Citrus Twist kits, and “I Love You” is from 3rd Eye (a Polish company that sadly closed down, but you can still find stuff at other online stores).  I used a Citrus Twist sketch for this layout.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…homing in…

…on an old photo.

Sharing this layout from a challenge that I missed, but still very important, and I’m sharing the site anyway.  Lasting Memories had interesting challenges this month since not everyone celebrates Christmas.  Being in a multi-faith home, this really resonated with me.  The first challenge dealt with have a roof over your head, so this is what I scrapped.

“Hello new house”

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This isn’t my original background, but it worked out a lot better once I switched it.  Hubby and I moved back to New York after spending some time in Florida, and the muppet was still a baby, so we have this photo of hubby and monkey in front of our new home (with the in-laws).

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Lots of stuff from my stash, along with my paint pens, pen work, and spray splash.  The photo mat I cut into strips to mimic steps.  ANd most of my embellishments have to do with love, family, being thankful, and saying hello.

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The brackets are from some old alphas that I colored with my Moonlight pens and then black pen.

Happy scrapping!

…rockin the green…

…headphones, that is…

“Green Headphones”

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Entering this for the Citrus Twist Dec. 13 Sketch challenge.  I was in Target, not really looking for them, but finding cheap headphones.  I chose the green (I’m Scotch Irish).  At the time I was working in the city, walking to and from Penn Station to get to my office.  And dealing the street salespeople.

It’s amazing seeing these people dressed for an office but standing in the street, so it’s obvious what they’re up to.  However, I don’t blast my music (hearing problems in the family, too), so I can still hear these people trying to get my attention, calling on my green headphones.  Blargh.

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I drew by hand and fussy cut the “GREEN” for part of my title.

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That’s a golden doily that I folded in half and sprayed with some Dylusions.  I also used some stickers and stamps from my stash.  A lot of my layers and embellishments deal with the work week (days of the week, “daily grind”), the nature of NYC (the globe), and my feelings about being singled out for my green headphones.  The smiley faces were great!

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Happy scrapping!

…ending the year big…

With three (yep, you read right) layouts that I actualy finished earlier this month.

I’ve been quiet (looking for a job is so much fun 😦 blargh), but with one of the blogs I follow ending, and me wanting to do more scrapbooking, I went for it.

“Success at 6”

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The weather’s been gray and rainy, which does not make for nice photos.  I took these on my craft table, where the light is bright (if fluorescent).

This is for Scrap Around the World‘s December 2015 (and final) moodboard.

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I don’t normally go for glittery stuff, but I had some glitter stars from a past Citrus Twist kit that I thought worked great.  The background is also very different.  This month has had me start background, and try to make them work, and fail (at least for me).  And though December is time for the holidays, we’re multi-faith around here, and I wanted to use non-traditional colors for these photos.

The phrase “the future is bright” really resonated with me for these photos.  We’ve had issues in the past with Santa photos.  As a baby, my little guy was fine, but then he was most certainly not.  He’s also special in his own right, and the past few years I’ve let him watch other kids go up and see Santa before he did so he’d know what to do.  This year we couldn’t do that (they changed the layout at the place we normally go), and he was TOTALLY okay.  I was so proud of him, and not only did he tell Santa what he wanted, he gave him both a high five and a hug.  Fabulous!  I also liked the colors and circle theme, with a touch of glitter 🙂

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Happy scrapping!

…recycling…

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So I planned on entering this for the Kraft + November challenge, which was to be inspired by P!nk, the musician, not the color 😛

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Now using kraft is a challenge for me, but I’ve seen some awesome interpretations, and I love P!nk, so I thought I’d give it a go.  Loving mixed media the way that I do, I had to art up my kraft background.

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I also tried to do a die-cut background, which forced me to cut my kraft paper in half to run them through my Cuttlebug.

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Unfortunately, with the holiday, and me trying to do too many things at once, I missed the deadline.

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However, I combined that challenge with the Off the Rails November moodboard.

I really liked the color scheme, and the recycling aspect, as I’ve always been into being green (I was super excited when they finally introduced paper recycling in my hometown :P)

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So my recycling on this layout comes from a clothing tag that I arted up.  I kept the word in keeping with the P!nk song “So What?”

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The main point of the layout is the number.  I started doing a local walk(Sounds of Silence, hence: SOS) to raise money and awareness about postpartum mood disorders (which I dealt with and in some senses, still do).

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When you register, the computer generates a random race number for you to wear.  You get your race number the day of the walk.  Now some people would probably get upset at the number that I ended up getting.  However, I’m not of that persuasion and simply found it hilarious (I’m weird like that).  And so thus the title of my layout, hee hee.

Happy scrapping!

…looking fabulous…

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I was trying to work out my background a few different times.  I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

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I used the main November kit from Citrus Twist along with some thing from my stash.  My mother-in-law gets her nails done regularly.  I can imagine so many people saying that being around girls makes my son girly.

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Well, for one, I’m not girly.  For two, the boys outnumber the girls in our house.  So Grandma came back wth her nails done and little guy decided he needed his nails done.  Fingers and toes.  Oh yes.

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I used gesso through a stencil that is all about being who you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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I also used some orange paint through a Dylusions number jumble stencil, as well as the “BORN TO STAND OUT” stamp from the kit.

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All the stamp and ink is Tim Holtz (distress stain, distress ink, archival ink) except the red, which is Liquitex liquid red ink.

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I used my TCW Cloud stencil and a Dylusions stencil to cut clouds and the number “10” from some of the patterned paper.

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I grabbed some journal cards from my stash, along with a manila tag sprayed with Dylusions through Dina Wakley’s dot stencil, and a planner divider from BoBunny’s Zip-a-Dee-Doodle collection (LOVE that collection).

Entering his for Citrus Twist’s Nov. 8th sketch.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…getting in by the skin of her teeth…

I’m really sorry for this photo not being the best quality.  I’m off the bed and wanted to get this in before the deadline for Scrap Around the World’s March moodboard challenge.  I’m also entering this into Sketchabilities #136

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Here’s the moodboard:

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(I typed this all out before, so I just cut and pasted it here).  Is that moodboard awesome or what!  I’m not the girly, pink, flowery type, so this moodboard was very awesome for me.  My fave color is yellow, so that grabbed my attention.  Everything else, however, did too.  The turquoise chevrons, thread (I try to include it on most of my layouts), lego man (not scientifically minded, but Legos rock!), and I do like horses.  I’ve gone horseback riding before, and loved it every time.  So when choosing my background paper, I went with a SC sheet that looks like turquoise thread running across it.  For me, many thing bring sunshine to my soul.  One big thing is art, scrapbooking, etc.  And I like mixed media, a lot.  And art gets my mind running, it’s always looking at stuff from an art perspective.  A bag, design on a building, colors, all make my artsy heart squeal 🙂  So I scrapped a couple photos I’d taken of my inky, painty fingers 🙂

I used gloss gel through a chevron stencil in bits all over the page.  I searched my stash for yellow and turquoise, which included spraying some wood plus signs with Color Shine Teal, and some chipboard stars with Color Shine Yellow and Dylusions Lemon Zest (I warned you I liked yellow :D).

I also used my Lemon Zest spray on some mistable letters for the word “soul”.  I initially grabbed what I thought was an “O” but turned out to be a geotag.  Since the sunshine phrase tells about a “place”, as in there is sunshine in my soul, I though the geotag would be a really cool addition.  I used some Amy Tangerine Plus One, and die-cut more letters out of a doodlel pattern paper that I splattered with Dylusions teal, lemon zest, and my homemade orange mist (orange paint and water in a spray bottle).

Happy scrapping!

…in her happy place…

 

 

…and on a side note….it’s my birfday!  *sing-song* It’s my birfday, it’s my birfday. *cough* Anyway, so I turned 35 as of about 2AM this morning (apparently I was born a night owl :P).  It’s raining today, which I don’t mind, but I’m hoping to have some good arty crafty fun this weekend.  IN the meantime, I’ll present you with another spread from my little travel art journal.

“Art is my happy place”

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So I took advantage of some scrappy sales recently and got a bunch of scrap goodies 😀  One is an Amy Tangerine rubber wood-mounted stamp set.  These stamps are a good size and the wood block is huge!  I’ve got a fair amount of wood-mounted rubber stamps, but the wood part is quite a bit thicker on these Amy Tangerine stamps.  Oh, and have I mentioned I love these stamps!  There’s a square frame and then some brush script images and ths brush script phrase you see above,

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You’ll remember from my previous post that I made the backgrounds already with my Dylusions color sprays and some stencils.  I had actually stamped the “happy place” stamp before I did a lot of the other stuff, and worked around it.  I used the striped cloud and sun from a dollar bin Studio G stamp set with my blue and orange dye ink cubes from Rubber Stampede.  I’ve had these dye ink cubes forever, and they’re nice bright colors and they dry fast.

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So of course, I had to add brackets and arrows 🙂  I used a yellow pen to fill in the open letter spaces, as well as some other doodling.  I also used a Marcy Uchida brush marker in Peacock, a calligraphy marker in yellow, and my black pen for more doodling.

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I also splurged and bought a starter paint pen set, wihch came with the primaries (red, blue, yellow), green, black, and white.  I used the white paint pen to outline the stamped text.

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I had added some green chevron and multi-colored star washi tape and doodled the words.

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You can also see my other cloud stamp peeking out underneath.  I love how the random placing ot the clouds and text stamp made a kind of heart in the lower loop of the “y”.  Happy accident!  And just for a little scale, I snapped a photo of my journal next to my TH Distress Ink pad.

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Compass Key Blog Tour

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Swords will clash and spells will fly in the newest adventure of young warrior Luke Callindor, Nyx the magic-flinging caster, and their friends.

With Sari captured by their enemies, the champions of Windemere are determined to get her back and destroy the Lich’s castle. Little do they realize, their battles in the Caster Swamp are only the beginning of this adventure. Trinity and her Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a relic called the Compass Key. Rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari from a magical island, our heroes are in a race to find the mysterious artifact.

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

Cover Art by Jason Pedersen

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Enjoy the adventure!

Mr. Williams – My Childhood Thanks You

This post speaks for itself. A truly original soul that made me laugh and cry. Mr. Williams, you will be forever missed and keep shining your light on us.

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Robin Williams. A beautiful soul who’s life was cut far too short.

His roles helped to shape the childhoods of many, mine own included.

Take the Genie, for example.

truthAlthough, selfish at times, so many lessons can be pulled from this phenomenal cosmic power trapped in that itty bitty living space.

  • Feeling sheepish?  Learn to say “I’m sorry”.
  • Tell..her…the…truth! Heartache and trouble can be avoided if you just tell the truth from the get go.
  • Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck! Relax. Get up & stretch the feet a little. Don’t get so busy slaving away that you forget to chill out.
  • Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.

Or how about Patch…

patch-adams-quoteA heartwarming movie that truly shows what it means to provide exceptional customer service and have sincere compassion. Some of my favorite lessons:

  • If you focus on the problem, you can’t…

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