Love canvas

Hey there, everybody!

I worked on this canvas a few months back and couldn’t decide how to put the word “love” on there – vinyl, paint, cardstock, etc. Inspiration struck in the form of black matte board! I hand drew and cut the letters with my exacto knife. And here is the result:


I just love the way it turned out. It’s the largest canvas I’ve ever made – it is 24 x 36 and is the perfect size on the shelf next to our fireplace.

I started out with the blank canvas. I adhered some Tim Holtz newsprint tissue paper using Mod Podge. It was the perfect size to do 2 stips (it’s a full 12 inches wide). I knew I wanted the background to be pretty neutral so the hearts would just pop off the canvas.

So…the hearts. I parted with most of my Basic Grey “solid” color paper – it was hard (I’ve been hoarding it for YEARS!!) but knowing I’d see it everyday on my wall helped :). I cut the hearts out on my Silhouette and arranged them in a rainbow pattern and adhered adhered them with Mod Podge. Once dry, I used my Faber Castell Big Brush markers to add shading and shadowing to each heart:

heart-detail6Can you see the yellow marker in the inside of the hearts and they grey marker on the outside of the hearts? LOVE this added texture and dimensions the markers add. The layer of Mod Podge allows the markers to go on smoothly – and while they are still wet you can blend them a little more with your fingers. However, once they are dry they are permanent (love these markers!).

The next step was to add some paint and outline each heart with my Studio Calico detail pen. I added quite a bit of doodling with the pen work. I also added some detail stickers, more marker and pen work, and more paint to make all the bits and pieces cohesive. The final detail step was adding Christy Tomlinson rubons and some stamp/ink detail. I used both Tim Holtz texture stamps and Christy Tomlinson doodle stamps. This last detail gives the work such a great look and some much-needed pops of white.

heart-detail5heart-detail1Hope you enjoyed the post today – thanks for stopping by!!


Hello again.

It’s been a VERY busy Spring in Louisville. I’ve had to travel for work, Mike has traveled for work, we’ve had cheer competitions, Passover, Spring Break and my niece’s Bat Mitzvah in Detroit. Life has happened – in a good, and BIG way. No complaints. Not one.

And yet…:) there has been little time for me to play in my craft room. A few weeks ago I found time to play with my friend Amy at a local scrap store and I was able to get 3 weeks done – and once I can get those photos taken, I will post them. My hope is to do that mid-week this week as well as upload some new freebies!! For now, I’d like to share a project I created in just a few short hours on Wednesday night. It was a gift for my niece who has a belief that art can change the word. I couldn’t agree more. The sentiment is “She set out to change the world” – and I believe my niece has already – and will continue to to just that.IMG_1736

It’s all in the details. I had the bulk of the project complete – and then I went in and added all the details. Using my archival inks in black and timber brown, I began stamping using Christy Tomlinson’s doodle stamps. Holy Cow. These things are AWESOME!!! Look at this incredible detail!IMG_1737I also used some of her rub-ons and then doodled the heck out of the piece with my Scarlet Lime journal pen (love this too). My project wouldn’t have been complete without the Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pens – I always use these to add shading/dimension. Just when I thought I was “done” I decided to add in some Stuido Calico wooden butterflies – coated in Mr. Huey’s, doodling and rub-ons. This one I added a tiny bit of bling to:IMG_1740Thanks so much for stopping by. I will make a concerted effort to getting back to bringing you my Project Life stories and freebies later this week. Have THE BEST day.

She Lived a Happy Life

Sooo….I am so excited to share my latest project *It’s so cute!* Since my birthday this year, I’ve been dabbling in Christy Tomlinson‘s She Art Workshops. Her classes are simply phenomenal — if you ever have an opportunity to take her online classes: treat yourself. She’s so full of inspiration — and fills her classes to the brink. Totally worth it!

So here’s the quick project I used with Scarlet Lime’s March Mixed Media kit. Christy had her “paper doll cut-outs” in the kit — so I used the girl on the canvas (how easy is that??), and a stash of scrap paper to create my scene. Playing with paint, ink, stamps, masks and doodling is so much FUN! I am really excited about getting in to mixed media…next up? Art journaling…

Thanks for stopping by!

Basically Bare

Hey all! Happy Friday.

I was reading my latest edition of Creating Keepsakes and on page 40, I found the cutest little accessories from Basically Bare. I hopped online to find out where I could get my little hands on them — and found out they were having a design team call. I thought, “Why not?” My order came in just one week ago today, and I loved every single piece! I’ve spent every spare moment in my craft room working on these projects. Take a look! (Click on the images for a larger view)

Love Canvas

I made this for my mom, who lives entirely too far away. We had an awesome day about a year and a half ago making homemade apple cider at her friends’ home. It was a great day – and Emily had such an awesome time making the cider – she loved every step of the process. I snapped this one photo of Em and mom together and wish I had taken more. I don’t have nearly enough of the two of them together.

A local craft store, Dee’s, had a canvas hanging on their walls covered in burlap. I knew I wanted to scraplift that idea — but I also knew I wanted to add pictures (which they didn’t have on theirs.) I absolutely love the way this turned out. I masked the letters LOVE and painted the canvas hearts with some Claudine Helmuth paints and then stamped swirls with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I also used the doors from the houses set to make a few of the small banners.

I covered the sun in paper and added a chipboard button. I left the clouds plain — because I think they look really cute just the way they are.

Sailboat Canvases

Right from the start, I knew I wanted to make a sailboat out of the banner. On the sail, I used my gelattos, when the paint dried, I outlined it with my Micron. For the boat, I cut the shape out of one of the corrugated hearts and painted that as well. I made one fish from the leaves from the flower set and I painted it with my gelattos. The felt fish I stamped with ink. On the third canvas, I used one of each of the three shapes and materials from the banners. For the straight-edged triangle I cut off the scallops – I didn’t want it to look too much like the sail. I used Angel Mist on the white felt banner.

Cupcake Gift Card Box

A while ago, I saved this little Laughing Cow cheese box — figuring someday I’d have the need to alter it into something. I thought it would be cute to put a little mini-album inside. However, when I got the Basically Bare cupcakes (HOW CUTE ARE THEY???) and my sister-in-laws birthday loomed in sight, I was inspired to turn it into a gift card holder. All of the relatives pooled their money together to buy her gift cards at her favorite restaurants and movie theaters. I made the box and inside “pages” and that’s what we gave her for her birthday. She loved it! I always look at packaging now before I recycle it — because you can create SUCH cute things out of what would be waste. Love it!

Heart Canvas

I’ve seen similar canvases on Pinterest — and when I was ordering my Basically Bare (from, by the way!), I bought a few different packages of hearts because I wanted to try it out. I knew I wanted to use each material — canvas, felt, chipboard, and corrugated paper in two ways. That gave me 8 spots, and clearly the canvas would have 9 holes. So, I bought the houses and turned it into a canvas about our “home” — the W for Waterman, 1999 for the year we got married, etc. I love the overall effect.

I can’t tell you which surface I liked best! On the canvas I used rub-ons which I loved because the beauty of the canvas was left in tact. I also used my gelattos on the other canvas — and LOVED the painterly effect once I blended the blue and green with a bit of water. I think this was my favorite technique with the canvas (I used the gelattos on the sailboat sail, too)

I also really like the distressed look of the corrugated paper, as I used it on the “W” heart. I painted it with acrylic paint, stamped the W and outlined it with my Pitt Artist brush pen, then I ripped back some of the surface to show that awesome corrugated texture.

The felt really likes to be spritzed! I used a stencil on this heart.

Altered Starbucks Box and Bottles

This is an oldie-but-goodie way to present a little gift for a teacher, hostess or a good friend in need of a pick me up. I used the flowers here in conjunction with a random Basic Grey felt flower on the front of this case. I love how perfect they look together. I used the large felt flower with a chipboard one on top of it. And, a smaller chipboard flower covered with paper. Buttons added to all really pulled the Basically Bare flowers together with the Basic Grey one.

Owl Notepad Box

Here’s a quick one I made with the owls — I used the canvas leaves from the flower set — they are the same size and shape of the wings, and I really liked using all the different textures on this one owl. I have about 6 more projects I want to make with this owl — he’s just so stinkin’ cute — but I ran out of time!!

Home is Where the Heart Is banner

I had originally thought I’d use these homes as a standing-up mini-album. But, once I started playing with them, I decided to turn it into a banner. I doodled all around everything — and had so much fun putting this together. This is an old Close to My Heart paper packet that I LOVE — and it looks so cute with the houses — so warm and cozy. Love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cherish – altered canvas

So I’ve completed my first canvas and I am super excited to share. It was a ton of fun to make and I can’t wait to make more. I’m taking a class over at Scarlet Lime with Christy Tomlinson and I’m having a blast. She is so full of energy, ideas and inspiration – she puts so much energy into her classes, it’s amazing. If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend you check her classes out.

Here it is — a 6×6 canvas. I used pink and red in honor of the Girlie Grunge February challenge — used sheet music from the University of Louisville Music Library (thanks to my friend Leslie!) and the Donna Salazar Spellbinders Roses die. It’s the first time I’ve used it — and I LOVE it!!! Such cute flowers — so many options and possibilities. There’s a bit of glitter on the flowers. And a bubble in the little file folder. I suspect I will be able to make art without bubbles once I get the hang it and play a little more. But, bubble and all: I am happy with it! All in all, it’s a project full of firsts and it just feels right. Thanks for stopping by.

Just Be You

Here’s a project I made a while back using a 7 Gypsies tray. I altered it using so many wonderful patterned papers and embellishments — which is a bit out of my box. I usually stick to 1 paper line when I work, but here I incorporated all sorts of products and companies. It was really fun! I also love all these photos of Emily — it was one of the first times she actually LET me take her photo — and she actually LOOKED at the camera. Just an all around great day!

7 Gypsies Altered Tray