bursting with excitement...

I really am such a lucky duck... the Summer issue of Somerset Studio Gallery is coming out soon and I have two features in it!

Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2016 — Available June 1st

Somerset Studio Gallery is filled with hundreds of samples of extraordinary artwork presented up close and in detail.
In this issue, Terri Kolte presents her 3-D collaged canvases full of texture, sparkle, and vintage charm. Juli Steel transforms her flea market finds into a quirky and altered bird assemblage, and Lisa Goodman’s canvases exude subtlety, minimalism, and texture. Read the tutorials for Cathy Bluteau’s wood block whimsical houses and Mary Walden’s repurposed Rolodex that showcases family memories. Also in this issue, Lisa Bebi shares her technique for mixing Karo Syrup and watercolors to create beautiful high gloss pieces of art.
Last week the editor sent the articles for proofing and as usual the photography was fantastic (I sure wish they could take all the photos for my blog. hahaha). I'm counting the days...

If you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it!



always and forever...

I made this card for someone special- my mom!
The base is made from several pieces of printed scrap and a vintage postcard image. Layered over the top of that are a couple die cuts from Tonic- an accent flourish from the Art Deco Collectables set plus a doily from the Celtic Dream set...
The awesome thing about this die set is that it's a set of concentric circles... which allows you to cut just about any size doily you'd ever need- 
OR you can cut a delicate lacy circle into your card stock where it will stay, without having to cut the circle out. Crinkled seam binding makes the best bows and you can always find it here in dozens of colors in my Etsy shop.
Thinking of you always Mom!
I love you.



wishes for you...

Today's post is a birthday card I made using mostly scraps and a beautiful new flourish die sent to me from Tonic.
The little girl is dressed in a clown suit that has been softly colored in pink & blue but I went ahead and mixed it with some bold stripes and polka dots.
A narrow strip of tickets turned into the base for a delicate border from the Filigree Flourish set... 
FYI- If you'd like to use a die strip but it's too long for the spot you want- cut it! Even if the design looks too complicated, if you take a good look at it I'll bet you can snip away just enough to make a perfect fit.

I can definitely see that I'll be using the dies in this set EVERYWHERE. They're simply lovely.



your own kind of beautiful...

'Real beauty is to be true to oneself. There is beauty in imperfection.'

Nothing is more true than that.
I had some fun making this card- those girls sitting all in a row make me laugh every time I see them all dressed up and looking ever so ladylike. The queen bee really needed a hat to identify to the others that SHE was clearly the one in charge.

Be your own kind of beautiful.



feeling blue...

For years I had an unconditional love for spray paint. That is... until chalk paint came along. Out went the cans and in came every color and brand of chalk paint I could get my hands on.
Latest obsession is this combo- Americana Decor chalk paint (comes in many colors and goes on oh-so-smooooothly) and Nuvo embellishment mousse (creamy and so very easy to work with).
I had a pair of plastic urns that needed to go but I just couldn't toss them out into the donation pile. Yet.
ONE coat of the prettiest blue chalk paint- yep, just one coat did the trick. Once it was completely dry I gave it a single coat of clear wax before using a tinted glaze over the top of the whole thing.
Final step was to lightly embellish the raised edges with a gorgeous platinum mousse from Nuvo... this time I just used my finger to apply but you can also use a brush if you want to. No need to give another coat of wax because once the mousse dries it's completely permanent and will not rub or wipe off. LOVE.
And... the plastic urn lives to see another day outside of the donation pile!

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