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This one’s for Paula

If you’re reading this and you are not my dear friend Paula – you should be thankful for her – she is the one who nags me to post, who questions when I don’t and is generally the reason I don’t give it up completely.

I was lucky enough to squirrel away some time with her awhile back, I got to watch her work her professional development magic with a bunch of school leaders and then we spent the afternoon window shopping in Vail.  She found a friend outside one of the shops. It made for a pretty perfect day.

Most of these goodies come from the October Cocoa Daisy kit “Farmer’s Market”.  I have to admit, I was not in love with these felt leaves, but they fell out as I was pulling out another embellishment and landed on the layout – ended up being the perfect embellishment for this page.

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January Tattered Angles Projects

This month our assigned surface was Canvas…In my world there’s nothing that makes me feel more like an artist than staring at a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless, especially when you combine with all of the fabulous products from Tattered Angels.

First up, my version of a subway sign.  I love the graphic design of these prints and decided to create my own.

To create this look, I first used Blue Skies, Turquoise Blue and Meadow Green mists to put a variegated foundation of color. I so love these colors together. They remind me of the beach.  I cut some random letters with the Slice, stuck them down and dry brushed over them with white paint.  It’s such a fun experience to pull up the letters after the paint was dry and see the bright colors underneath.

Next up a smaller canvas…this one was all about experimenting and playing with layers. Originally I made this with the intention it would go in my craft room, but I took it into the bedroom to find some light and I think it might just stay there.  Good think canvas is on sale at Michael’s this week and I can buy more for other rooms.

To start I glued some dictionary scraps and then sprayed with Jack Frost.  While the mist was still wet I swirled on some Big Apple glimmer glam.  Then a few layers of textured stamps and a diecut of more dictionary paper spritzed with Silver Sugar mist.

Finally, my favorite project of the month. I have had these Maya Road banners in my stash since last spring, just waiting for the inspiration to hit.  Finally it did!  And a bonus I finally found a project to use this lovely ribbon I bought in NYC a year ago. 

 

To started I used some paper doilies as a stencil and sprayed with Tattered Leather which I watered down just a bit for a lighter color.  I then sprayed more doilies with Olive Vine.  On top some chipboard letters that were painted with Pink Lipstick Glitter Glam and Penny Loafer Glitter Glaze.

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My favorite part of the project was ‘discovering’ that a new Studio Calico stamp that arrived just the day before was the perfect circumference for the doily outlines.

What have you done with Canvas lately?  Need more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Tattered Angels blog for all sorts of wonderful canvas creations.

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Aah Spring in the Rockies…

The past few days have definitely felt like spring, lots of sun and warm-ish temps like this…

it has girls like me breaking out the flip-flops, capris and making appointments for pedicures…

which probably makes me responsible for the what’s coming tomorrow…

Yes you’re reading that right… a WINTER STORM WATCH will be posted for Denver and the front range late tonight through late Friday night for the potential for 5-10″ of wet snow possible by early Saturday morning.

Nothing says spring in Colorado quite like a wet snow storm that dumps a foot of snow on the ground, good thing my winter coat, gloves and boots are still close at hand.

In other news…we’re taking advantage of the longer days by working later and still having time to fit in a good game of fetch and make a layout or two before the sun goes down. Here’s one about Mr.Fetch himself…

The journaling on the card inside reads

Yes, he wakes up way to early
Yes, he has digestive issues
Yes, he eats unmentionables
But he brings me infinite joy and happiness and I love him more each day.

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Thrive…

I admit it…I didn’t pick a 2010 word, nor did I pick one in 2009 or 2008 or 2007 when it became scrappy chic to do so. Selecting a word seemed to fall dangerously close to positive affirmations, self-help type stuff that works marvelously well for others but just seems to make my head hurt.

I was content to carry on throughout the year with a word to focus on — until— January’s studio calico kit arrived full of scrappy goodness including a maya road scallop chipboard album.  Since I’m still in the phase that has me running from mini-albums like Apollo Ono on the short track, I immediately thought of making a banner to spruce up the winter decorating hum-drum.  After all I really loved my fall banner and the mantel just hasn’t been the same since I took it down.

Enter the problem of not having a chosen a word, I was without something to make a banner about.  Yes, I guess I could have just decorated with pretties, but that seemed silly, or my name except that my name has more letters than I had banner pieces and it might be a touch egomaniacish to hang a banner with my name on it in the middle of the living room -even if the only person that sees it is the dog – it’s not like I need reminded of my name.  So without an idea, the coasters sat, and sat, and this week February kit arrived and still nothing done in the banner area.  I guess it’s time to think about a word after all.

And so I did, and did some more when several others with more than 6 letters came into my head.  Surely this is not the methodology power bloggers like Ali E and Christina Kane would recommend when selecting the word that will define your life for the next year, pretty sure their inspirational ideas did not include ‘must be able to fit on a banner made of chipboard to be displayed in your living room’  although it makes this blogger wonder what words others would choose if there were such a requirement.

So with the six letter limit in mind, I thought and I thought and then it hit me…THRIVE.  I think there is still a little NYC lingering in me,  when I’m there I feel like I’m thriving and I want to remember what that feels like when I’m back in my cozy simple life.

A visual reminder that eating girl scout cookies and getting a high score on bejeweled blitz is not thriving (even though they both feel pretty good).  It will take some work to define what thriving really means, but until I figure that part out, I have something pretty to look at.

so to make this lovely I combined various bits and pieces from the kit, with things I had lying around

to make the letter pieces and then alternated them with some lovely embellishment squares from the Artsy Urban line from GCD.  I’ve eyed these babies for some time so glad to have a project to justify buying them.

and a little letter detail…for the base I painted all the coasters white and on the second coat I pounced a wadded up section of tissue paper to give it dimension and then added some Tattered Angels Mists in Blue Skies, Tattered Leather and Coffee.I love that this project had me digging through my stash to find goodies like the prima transparency, making memories stick pins and misc flowers.

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