Sunday, February 10, 2019


I just had to share this easy peasy Heart Journal I purchased from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. It is the Chipboard Heart Journal with four chipboard hearts, 8 sides to create on and held together by two metal ring binders. The really great thing about this one is that you can choose to keep it a journal or you can use the hearts individually, string some ribbon or wire and design 8 different hanging hearts.
Some of my favorite supplies were used in this Heart Journal. 
Papers from Jane Davenport's Paper Pad (altered and embellished with Love), Repetition Stencil from StencilGirl by Rae Missigman 
Dina Wakely Washi Tape, Vintage Victorian Die Cuts, Acrylic paints, Gesso, White Gel Pen, Black Pit Pens, Pencil, Rubber Stamps and Chipboard Heart Book From Retro Cafe Art Gallery.
I started by using white gesso on all hearts, then tearing and adding paper from Jane's Paper Pad. Next I added water color and acrylic paint to the exposed areas. Then I went back after all was dry and added my Victorian Rose Die Cuts, more layers of paint, Stencil marks, wording, Stamps, and Washi Tape. Lastly, I added gold around the edges to finish off the hearts.
Below are the fronts and backs of the hearts:

The last thing is to insert your metal binder rings that holds them altogether.
Add some ribbon and some glitter netting and you have a fabulous Heart Journal that is sure to steal someone's heart.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019


Yes, I did from the ground up and I got my cottage supplies from Retro Cafe Art Gallery if you want to build one too. Seriously, these are the cutest little houses and so versatile. Each time, I make one I find another sweet use for it.
The design for this house took a huge turn around in direction and it all happened with I was digging through my supplies and found this cute little wood piece I rescued from an old clock. It resembles a steeple that a little country church might have or an architectural design on an old house. At any rate, that was going on the roof of my cottage. With the change of design, I also found in my stash this little arch windows that did not come with the house kit, but did come from Retro. The steeple and the arch windows threw my previous design right out the window, but how could not use them! 
A great thing about these little houses is that you can really go to town creating with them or you can leave them simple. You don't have to know a lot of techniques or have a lot of supplies,either way, they are crazy cute and you can't go wrong with them!

Add some Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Doll Cut Outs and a mini bird nest with dried flowers and herbs and the adorable meter just keeps growing.

This is my third cottage to make, (you can see the other two in different posts) and I have tried different approaches in assembling them. The last two I made, I applied gesso to all the pieces, let dry and then assembled them. This time, I assembled all the pieces without applying anything first. Once the glue was dry and the house felt sturdy, I then applied my gesso. For me, it was easier to assemble the house first and gesso second. One reason being is that you have to be very careful with the gesso and or paint. If some of it dries in the slots you need to assemble, then you are in for some extra work. Applying gesso after also seems to really seal the cracks of the house, making it extra sturdy.

Over the gesso, I painted acrylic paint, a mixture of white and beige over the entire house and fence. Then I applied the same a second time. Because I work fast and I am messy, I took a sanding sponge and lightly sanded the house to make it really smooth.

Next, I painted the entire roof brown along with the windows.
While that was drying, I began selecting my paper, tearing pieces from copies of my older artwork and adding other bits from my paper stash. I really liked it plain on front and back with the brown and white contrast, but the color muse in me would not leave it alone so I added some color to the bottom of windows.

You definitely don't have to add paper or paint inside but for me, it's hard to leave blank spaces and yes, I even create under the roof, and on the bottom of the house.

So now that the house is finished, it is perfect for adding ATC cards, ATC Coins, (both fit in the house and the fenced area perfectly).

Remove the roof and you can add pens, brushes, markers, washi tape etc. However, if you are low on supplies and your house is empty, you an always put a little battery operated candle inside, display it in your happy place, pour yourself some tea and think about how you are going to design your second house,because trust me, you will want to make more than one.

In the shop now you can find the stand alone houses without the fenced areas.. I am thinking personalized houses and a village of my favorite places..... see you there!

 White Tacky Glue
Acrylic Paint
Artist papers
Found Vintage Pieces
Battery Operated Candle

Saturday, February 2, 2019


Whenever I list a piece of art in my Etsy shop that really requires more than 10 photos, I list them here so anyone interested can see more of my artwork.

This mixed media art journal was just recently published in the February 2019 issue of Somerset Studio Magazine by Stampington and Company. It is fat and packed full with 60 art journal pages.
Although not all, below are some additional pages not shown on Etsy. 
If you pick up a copy of the new Somerset Studio Magazine out now on news stands now, you can read the article of how it came to be and also view some fabulous art by some amazing artists. There are also interactive pages in this issue and pull out art pages.

AND MORE................ 

In my Etsy Shop.....

Create and Inspire,