Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You're how old???

White, blue vellum cardstocks

Stampers Anonymous:  CMS266 Newsprint & Type, CMS288 Hipster

Ranger:  archival inks (Shadow Grey, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot); distress inks (Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass, Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen); distress markers (Abandoned Coral, Faded Jeans)

Sizzix: Hipster Goat 662249, 3/4" circle punch 661852

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thinking of you

watercolor, blue, white, purple cardstocks

Art Impressions images (Garden Wagon Mini - 4875, Flower Set 2 - 4868, Foliage Set 1 - 4051) (colored with Tombow markers and a waterbrush)

Sizzix: Lattice on the edge die

Stampers Anonymous: Leaf Prints CMS273

Stampendous: sentiment

Finnabair: text stamp (over the lattice die)

Ranger:  archival inks (Sky Blue, Leaf Green, Black Soot)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's all about the happy

Parakeet Bazzill cardstock; watercolor, black cardstocks

Art Impressions 3323 image (colored with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush)

Hope your days are happy and life is good & all is well in your neighborhood.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy 5th birthday!

Mixed media, white cardstocks

Packaging insert as brown layer; candle punch

Sizzix:  Layering stencil 072; Framelits 661593

Stampers Anonymous:  CMS 271 Crazy Dogs

Ranger:  distress inks; distress oxide inks (Vintage Photo, Broken China); Espresso, Hickory Smoke archival inks; Glossy Accents

Charlie is an uber-active chocolate lab that I know.  The layering stencil pattern fits his personality...crazy and all over the place!   lol

Monday, June 12, 2017

Living room makeover - showing off my creativity and colorful spirit

This month marks the 10th anniversary of being in this house and our 30th wedding anniversary.  Sadly, Walt passed away the end of March and didn't get to be a part of our gift to each other.  We figured this was the perfect year to makeover the living room. 

The carpet was oatmeal and from the previous owner.  Our furniture was from the early 90s.  All looked okay but the carpet color wouldn't have been our choice and the furniture was breaking down internally.  The carpet, sofa, chair, recliner and 2 end tables were given away. 

I wish I had been able to take before photos of the room and furniture but because of Walt's health and the need to make room for a hospital bed, etc., I didn't.  Afterwards I was too grief stricken to think of photos.  But after a few weeks I decided to continue with our plan.  It was the first time in over 30 years I had to make important decisions on my own. 

I'll start the tour outside as that was part of the plan.  New pillow and entry mat.

Hard to see the true color with the storm door closed. 

Hotel St. Francis Spirit Blue by Valspar

Front door, south end of living room, hall

Window wall: Ivory Brown by Valspar
Hallway: Stone Manor by Valspar
North end of living room

Warm Putty by Valspar
Flooring is 7" wide hickory by Bruce (Flooring Surfaces in Champaign)

Casey is checking out the new smells.

Pine bookcase.  I cut baseboard, quarter round molding and crown molding myself (seated on the floor of the garage using a dull -sheesh- saw.  From drab to...
...to fab!

Chalky Paint, Sealing Wax, Dark Antique Wax system by Valspar (tinted Stone Manor)
School desk I picked up for $15.  Had been royal blue and red.  I sanded the desk top and the rough bits on the metal frame.  Dark walnut stain and a clear sating sealer (both Minwax) for the wood top.  Red spray paint as a base coat oversprayed with orange spray paint then another misting with the red spray paint.  The red was too pinkish-red and the orange too yellow on their own. 
I sanded this down a bit; I was afraid 2 coats of the top color wouldn't cover the stenciled areas.
Chalky Paint, Sealing Wax, Dark Antique Wax system by Valspar.  The legs are the same as the shelf unit (tinted Stone Manor) while the top was tinted Fire Orange by Valspar.

The northern end of the room at night.  The lamp base is walnut and was made by my dad.

The northern end of the room at night.
The reading corner...furniture from Stahl's in Mount Pulaski.  LOVE the fun fabrics!

The relaxing station...sofa is Flexsteel and also from Stahl's.  Love the denim blue fabric with off-white nubbins on it.  I'm using a toolbox tray on top of a strip of burlap to hold the tv remote, a pair of glasses, etc.  Sheers from Lowe's and less expensive than Bed Bath & Beyond - with a coupon - (also in the size I wanted).

I am extremely happy, pleased, satisfied, etc. with the way the room has come together.  I will take my time adding wall art and putting things on the shelf unit.  Lots of sweat equity but worth every ache.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Black, white cardstocks; twine

Ranger:  woodgrain cardstock; Hickory Smoke archival ink; distress crayons; distress oxide inks (Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo)

Sizzix: Handwritten Love 660218; Feather Duo (die & embossing folder) 660237

Vellum (used negative as stencil on envelope - right photo).  Did the same for the word.  I don't send out naked envelopes.

Monday, June 5, 2017

She's a bulldog now!

My niece/goddaughter just landed a new position...teaching art at a local high school.  She had been teaching the younger students at another area grade/middle school but with insurance costs sky-rocketing and not as much of a challenge she found a super spot here in Mahomet.  Not only that, but her commute will be much, much shorter.  A complete win-win situation for her.  Yay!!!

Mixed media, navy, white cardstocks

White Sharpie; Chit Chat Stickers

Ranger:  white enamel accents; Spiced Marmalade distress oxide ink; adhesive-backed fabric; distress inks; Jet Black archival ink

Stampers Anonymous: Crazy Dogs CMS271

Sizzix Crazy Dogs thinlits dies 661593; mini scallop/pinking on the edge die

Friday, June 2, 2017

Out in the barn

Art Impressions (all images: Old Barn Mini Set - 4807) and colored with Tombow markers

Sentiment by Jody Poesy and stamped in Black Soot archival ink

White, purple, watercolor cardstocks

Thursday, June 1, 2017

With sympathy

All images are from the Art Impressions watercolor series (Foliage Set - 4051, WC Series 6 Set 1 - 3497, Blooming Birdhouse - 4603, WC Foliage Set 2 New - 4867) (colored with Tombow markers and a waterbrush)

Sentiment is from Jody Poesy (Black Soot archival ink - Ranger)

Watercolor, purple, white cardstocks