Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Wednesday . . . for Challenge YOUrself and Art Journal Journey Monthly!

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Challenge YOUrself their second challenge of 2024!

Challenge YOUrself #122 opened today:


The theme for this month's challenge is A Favorite Memory from 2023!  They would like you to create a project about one of your favorite memories from last year.

Here is the mixed media page that I created for the challenge:

The background paper is from my new Heidi Swapp "Fun Chasers" paper pad (I received this as part of a Secret Santa swap gift.) and I thought it was perfect for this page.  It wasn't easy choosing a favorite memory from 2023.  I feel very blessed to be able to say that there were so many great memories from last year.   I chose to make a project about my sister's 2023 Halloween Party because it was just so much fun!  Patty dressed up as Morticia and I picked Wednesday Addams.  (Also, I have to mention that my husband, who unfortunately isn't pictured here, was Pugsley Addams.  LOL!)  I heat embossed a chipboard tree with sparkly black embossing powder from my Blue Fern Studios stash.  All the rest of the paper and embellishments are from the Simple Stories "Boo Crew" collection.

You can check out Challenge YOUrself #122 on Facebook and their blog.  And the fun part is that each month you have a random chance to win a 12 x 12 scrapbooking kit.

I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at  Challenge YOUrself this month.


I am also linking my project up to Art Journal Journey Monthly's February challenge.  

This month's theme is hosted by Vicki Parson from stampedsmile.com  Here theme is "LIGHT."  Vicki says "Light can have so many different meanings and so many different ways to interpret it.  For example: 
sun, moon, stars, candle, lantern, bulb, illuminate  
colors(subtle or subdued tones or shades) 
an idea(shedding some light on a subject) 
interpretations (light as a feather, light snowflakes, let your heart be light, let your light shine, etc)"  

As you can see, there are spooky candles on my page, and subtle bat lights in the photo of Patty and Me!  I can also say that this party was "light-hearted" fun!

Thank you, Vicki and Art Journal Journey for your inspiration this month!

And thank YOU, so much, for stopping by my blog today.  Happy February everyone!  

Keep Love in Your Heart . . . for ArtStacks!

Hi everyone!  It's my turn to share a project for the  ArtStacks Artist Team as I am up on their blog!

 

I created a mixed media, 12 x 12 scrapbook page using Shana Bebeklis’ “Happy Scraps” pack: 

 Here is my page:  


I started by using a 12 x 12 watercolor background from 49 and Market.  I added some texture using distress paste and a stencil that I had in my stash.  Next I added the hearts from the "Happy Scraps" pack and some thread to give it some interest.  And I added some black paint splats, too. Finally, I adhered my title: "Keep LOVE in your heart" to continue with my One Little Word (which is Love) theme for 2024.

I enjoyed making this project using Artstacks products and hope that I inspired you to create one, too!


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Owl You Need Is Love . . . for ArtStacks!

Hi everyone!  It's my turn to share a project for the  ArtStacks Artist Team as I am up on their blog today!

 

I created a mixed media, 12 x 12 art journal page using 2 different Artist Series packs:
Shana Bebeklis’Happy Scraps” pack:

and Tamara Laporte’s “Artsy Animals” pack:

Here is my page:

I started by using a watercolor background from Vicki Boutin's Mixed Media Paper pad.  I added some texture using distress paste and a lace stencil that I had in my stash.  Next I added the owls from the "Artsy Animals" pack and the hearts and tissue paper scribbling from the "Happy Scraps" pack.  Finally, I added some paper flowers and my title:  "Owl You Need Is Love" in keeping with my One Little Word (which is Love) for 2024.

I enjoyed making this project using Artstacks products and hope that I inspired you to create one, too!


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

LOVE . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Challenge YOUrself their first challenge of 2024!

Challenge YOUrself #121 opened today:


The theme for this month's challenge is One Little Word!  We would like you to create a layout that celebrates your chosen One Little Word for 2024.  If you are new to Ali Edwards' One Little Word concept, you can learn more about it here.

Here is the page that I created for the challenge:

The background paper is from an old pack of Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper.  And the images are from my NIQUEA.D Magic & Wonder 2023 Wall Calendar. The artwork is by Becky Kelly.

With all of the turmoil going on in our country and the world these days, I couldn't think of a better word than LOVE! I used the Bible verse from 1 Corinthians, which is one of my favorites, too. ( The photo was taken in January of 1990!) 

You can check out Challenge YOUrself #121 on Facebook and their blog.  Each month you have a random chance to win a 12 x 12 scrapbooking kit!


I hope you get a chance to play along with us at  Challenge YOUrself this month!


Thank YOU, so much, for stopping by my blog today.  Happy 2024 everyone!  

Friday, December 8, 2023

Alone We Can Do So Little . . . for ArtStacks!

 Hi everyone!  It's my turn to share a project that I made for ArtStacks:

 

I am up on ArtStacks' blog today!  I created a mixed media,  Scrapbook page using one of ArtStacks' Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts packs.  

I was drawn to the art of Laurel Malenke: 


This page is included in ArtStacks "Art and Life" pack:


I absolutely loved working with Laurel's art and couldn't wait to create this page . . .


Seeing her art brought to mind this quote by Helen Keller, which is one of my favorites!

You can see more of Laurel Malenke's art here:  Instagram    Etsy

I enjoyed making this project and hope that I inspired you to create one using the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts packs, too.



Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  I really appreciate all of YOU! Have a wonderful holiday season!! 

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Happy Moments . . . for Challenge YOUrself and Art Journal Journey Monthly!

 Hi everyone.  It's time for a new challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

Challenge YOUrself #120 opens today:


This month's theme is ANYTHING GOES!  You can make your project about anything you like and in any format that you want, but don't forget to include a photo with YOU on your layout.  And don't forget, it's not just a scrapbook challenge. Art Journal pages, Project Life pages, Digital Scrapbook pages are all accepted for Challenge YOUrself. They love creativity!

Here is the page that I created for the challenge:

I was on the Blue Fern Studios' design team a few years ago and still had this gorgeous paper in my stash:

So I decided to use it to make my scrapbook page for the challenge.  Because the paper is so beautiful, I had little to do but to add some extras:  snowflakes in the December sky, chipboard, ehpemera, and my vintage photo from 1961. I absolutely LOVE this photo of my twin sister(Karen), my older sister(Cathy), and me playing in the snow right in front of our house. What a wonderful memory.  It's amazing how scrapbooking can bring back such awesome memories!!

I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month and play along with us!

I am also linking my page to Art Journal Journey Monthly's theme for December.   


This month is hosted by Wendy K, whose blog is Wendy's Craft Journal . Her theme for December is "Above us only sky," which is a line from a Beatles song.
 
Wendy says: "This give you loads of scope.  You could do night skies, sunny or moonlit ones.  Rainy or dull, snowy, cloudy or hazy skies.  The possibilities are endless." 

And as you can see, the centerpiece of my page is the great big December sky with all of the added snowflakes!

I want to thank Wendy and Art Journal Journey for this wonderful challenge. I also want to encourage you to participate in their challenge this month.  You will get a chance to meet so many talented and friendly artists from around the world!!

Thank YOU, so much, for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! 

Friday, December 1, 2023

Spring Time . . . for More Than Words and Art Journal Journey!

Hi everyone!   It's December and time for some new challenges.

The December Challenge at More Than Words opens this month:

For those of you who don't know, More Than Words is an art journaling challenge blog with one main theme to inspire you each month.   (And the winners have a chance to win fabulous prizes!)

Here is December's Challenge:



This month's theme is all about SEASONS!  Be inspired by the current season (no matter where you live), or your favorite season, the Christmas season, etc. It's up to you!

And here's my art journal page:


I decided to make my page about Spring because I love the suggestion of new beginnings that Spring brings!  I love new flowers, sprouting green grass, the beautiful light blue color of the sky, and everything about Spring.  I took this photo of the daffodil a few years ago in early spring and it's still one of my favs!

I really enjoyed making this page and I hope you can play along with us this month at More Than Words!

 
I am also linking my page up to July's Art Journal Journey Monthly challenge:
 

This month is hosted by Wendy K, whose blog is Wendy's Craft Journal . Her theme for December is "Above us only sky," which is a line from a Beatles song.
 
Wendy says: "This give you loads of scope.  You could do night skies, sunny or moonlit ones.  Rainy or dull, snowy, cloudy or hazy skies.  The possibilities are endless." 

And as you can see, the centerpiece of my page is the photo which shows the beautiful blue sky of Spring!

I want to thank Wendy and Art Journal Journey for this awesome challenge. 

And thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you enjoy the hustle and bustle of December but also get a chance to take part in some challenges!