Monday, July 14, 2014

It's been too long! I'm back!

I'm such a bad blogger. I've been, well, busy. We all have these times that keep us from doing something we once enjoyed doing. These were some of those times. Also, I just wasn't feeling like blogging. I have never been what you would call a great blogger. I don't always word things right, and a lot of times I ramble. Writing has definitely never been a forte of mine. As I always tell you after not blogging for some time, I will try. I'm thinking that I don't set realistic goals for myself. Weekly posts might just be the way to go, and not focus them on just my artwork. How about I make the posts about what is going on in my world at the time? I'm thinking I can handle that a bit better. :)

Ok, now that my initial rambling is out of the way, I can share with you the full projects I created for the first issue of Scrap n' Art Online Magazine I contributed to. The April Issue was the debut issue for a few of us new designers. Here are my creations from the April Issue: 





I'm really enjoying being on this Design Team. Going down to one team was a good decision. Keeping up with team obligations is a lot easier with one team, and it's really organized to boot, so I'm very pleased.

As far as other news in my life, we have been doing a lot of hiking the past few months, and getting a lot of time in at various state parks within 60 miles or so. Keith and I are really loving exploring Missouri's natural beauty. There are some great parks near us, and after we went on some good hikes, we checked a hiking book out of the library. We found even more great hikes in it...


We kept it for the duration we could from the library and then checked it out again! Finally, we decided to buy it. If you are local to STL, and love the outdoors and hiking, then I highly suggest this book. It goes with us on all of our hikes that we do from it. We still haven't gotten to all of the hikes, which is nice. Not to mention that most of the parks and places listed have multiple trails anyway, so the book is going to take a long time to finish. If you are interested in the book, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Within-Miles-Including-Farmington/dp/0897328833 

Tomorrow I will share some photos from some of our recent hikes that we chose from the book. For now, I am off to bed! 



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sneak peeks from the April Issue of Scrap n' Art



I am so excited to share with you some sneak peeks of a couple of pieces I have in the current April issue of Scrap n' Art magazine. I've also included links to the articles. (Please keep in mind, you must have a subscription to the magazine in order to see the full article. A full years subscription is only $25 for a year!! That is something you really just can't pass up!) 

Click HERE to sign up for a subscription. 

And here are those sneaks.... 



Stop by and check out the April Issue! You will find tons of inspiration and ideas! 





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Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Journal Swap - My Book

Since discovering art journaling I've been fortunate enough to meet some more wonderful artists on my journey, and for the past couple of months have been participating in an art journal swap hosted by the awesome Frog Dog Studio.  We are each in a group with other participants, and are using our OLW for the year, or a favorite phrase which each participant in our group will use to make their spread in our respective journals. :) It's a lot of fun.

My OLW for the year is Faith. For myself, this isn't faith as in God, or the Bible. Personally, I need to have more faith in myself and the things that I can do. So many times I doubt myself and my ability to succeed and get things done. I need to stop worrying that I will fail and focus more on believing in myself. It's about having faith in oneself.

Here is my cover. I LOVE butterflies and wanted to have them incorporated in the album cover, as well as use Neocolor II crayons which are my current favorite art product to work with. This definitely incorporates my favorites. After I finished my cover, I wanted to make sure that I protected it somehow, so I used self leveling gel by Golden to cover the entire cover and back. 

I added an envelope to the back inside cover of my journal for my fellow swappers to leave notes, business cards, or anything else they want. I tried to keep the colors similar to my cover... but used acrylic paints this time. 

My first spread in the journal. I incorporated all of my favorite colors, textures and of course, a butterfly. 

Because the one page spread just wasn't enough for me, I had to do a two-page spread as well in the journal. I used some Pan Pastels, gelatos and paint pens along with my stencils.  

This journal swap has been a lot of fun thus far. I have worked on several journals already and can't wait to see all of the work that has been done in mine. I love seeing other peoples work, and I especially love seeing how others interpret someone else's word or ideas. 

As soon as the swap is over, I will be sure to share all of the work by the awesome artists in my group! 

See you soon! 


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Special Birthday

Today I have an adorable Birthday Card up on the Speedy Scrappers Blog using Crate Paper's Party Day collection.

Here is a sneak for you....


Want to see the whole thing? Head over to the Speedy Scrappers Blog

Thanks and have a great day!! 




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Friday, March 21, 2014

Woo hoo!! New Design Team!

I am a bit overdue in sharing this awesome news with you all... (it was shared on my Facebook page) but I was asked to be a part of the super talented, super awesome Scrap n' Art Magazine Design Team. 



What an honor to be a part of this team, is all I can say!! The magazine is always full of so much inspiration, information and more. I highly suggest subscribing if you don't already! Click HERE to subscribe. 

Look for my first projects in the April Issue which will be revealed on April 1st!! I'm so excited for you to see them! 

Thanks so much for stopping in and enjoying my wonderful news with me! 




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Monday, March 10, 2014

New Embellishment Kit Club Shout Out!


I am so happy to share with you something that I signed up for recently. It's an embellishment kit club that was just started by my wonderful friend and former Design Teammate, Scrappin' Madge!!

Madge always has some of the cutest stuff on her projects, and I LOVE embellishments, because you can never have enough, right? So of course I signed up for this three month trial run!

The first months kit was chalked full of yummy goodies.. and the pun was intended, because here is the full kit:


I had a blast playing with the kit! I needed to roll out some cards, so I put those awesome journaling blocks to work! 





I was also playing with Kaisercraft's Art of Life Collection that I had sitting just waiting to be played with. 

And believe it or not, I got a layout done!! 


Now that you've seen what you get, are you interested? If you are, you can contact Madge via email at  madge@thescrappinlounge.com to get put on the waiting list! Oh, and I almost forgot, the price is FANTASTIC!! At least this current price is. Let's just say this, you won't be spending $20 and it's less than $15 WITH shipping! Now keep in mind, that is the current price, I am not sure if it will change in the future or not, but I know Madge will keep everyone happy! 

If you get a chance, stop by The Scrappin' Lounge to learn more about Madge and her kits!! 





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Monday, March 3, 2014

Talk is Cheap - Art Journal Page

Thought I would pop in and share a page from my journal today.

We had a bit of a storm yesterday, and had enough ice and snow that school was called off. So, the kiddos are home with me today, well at least starting in the afternoon, since they were at their dad's this weekend. I miss them when they aren't here for a few days. This momma gets a bit lonely for her little ones. :) So I am definitely looking forward to seeing them.

The quote on my page today is from one of my favorite songs by Nanci Griffith, "Outbound Plane." It's such a great song. Country singer Suzi Bogguss covered it and made it pretty famous. However, I am partial to the original. Truth be  told, I messed up this particular lyric. The line should actually be "talk is cheap so we COULD talk all night long." I used can instead of could. A mistake that I feel I should share, especially since I do love the song so much.

Since the last time I blogged, things have gotten a bit better in my world. I'm still pretty down about some things, but it will pass with time. Acknowledging that I am going through this was the first step. I'm spending as much time with my family as possible, and not putting myself in situations where I am super uncomfortable. I would rather not have to take medication when I feel like this, but sometimes it can't be avoided.

Austin had a presentation on Friday on his Famous Missourian. All of the kids in his grade each had a famous person from Missouri, or affiliated with Missouri who they did research on so that they could create a three minute presentation. They dressed up as their famous person and pretended they were a living wax figure in a wax museum. It was so much fun so see the kids give their speeches. Austin did so well! I was such a proud momma!!


Austin was Harry S. Truman. Doesn't he look adorable?? We took some of Keith's old glasses and took out the lenses. He even wore his suit!! Love it!

I will see you all soon! Have a wonderful Monday!! 


The elements in my page are from Deviant Scrap. I used the Just Go With It Kit from Crowabout StudioB by Nancy Baumiller  for my girl. The background is Dylusions. The girl's head is from Dyan Reavely's class I took last October. 




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Monday, February 24, 2014

Home is my Happy Place - Journal52

These days I've not been in a mood to go many places. I just feel like staying close to home. I've been going through some things personally that I have to work through. The ever ongoing internal struggles that I have. They have come back full-force and aren't allowing me to be in the best frame of mind. I have made the decision to let go of certain things in my life that were adding to my stress and internal turmoil. It hurts that I had to do this, but it was really necessary. 

My home is the one place I feel completely safe. It makes me happy when I am sad, and I can truly be myself when I am at home with my family. When I'm out, I feel as though I am acting to a degree. I'm faking my way through the outside world. :/  

My 2nd journal page for Journal52 was done on my feelings about home. It is my happy place. It's my safe place. 



Using some patterned papers, paints, Neocolors, gesso and Modeling Paste, I created this colorful page. Home for me is warm and inviting, which is how I wanted to convey it on my page. 

Now if only I could feel better when I am outside of my home. I need to work on that. 

Best wishes! 




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandma

Happy Birthday wherever you are.... we miss you more than you could ever know. Love you... 














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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Losing you

When you lose someone and you are in that immediate moment of hurting, it doesn't always hit you how losing them will forever impact the remainder of your life. I remember when I lost my grandparents... but I don't remember ever thinking, "They aren't going to meet my children." I just took the fact that they had been alive for me for granted. Now, as a 30 something year old adult, I DO think about what my grandparents have missed. I wish my kids could have met them. Would they still be alive today? I couldn't say. But I do believe they left us too soon, yet made a huge impact on many while they were alive. And that, I am grateful for. 

Whenever I visit my parents, I visit my grandparents. I am one of those people who does take photos of the stones, and I do take photos of my children with them. It is as close to having a photo of them with their great-grandparents as I will ever get. Maybe it is morbid to some, but it is comforting for me. And the kids like it too. They enjoy going to visit their Great-Papa and Grandma Fulton. 


 There is another family member beside my grandparents who left our lives all too soon. My Uncle Jimmy. He is my mom's baby brother. Unfortunately, his mental illness consumed him and he took his own life. Losing him really changed my parents, because my dad was close to his brother-in-law too. For a long time after he died, depression consumed me. I was close to my uncle. Jimmy was the cool Uncle. :) 



When Jimmy died, Austin was only a few months old. I never had a chance to take Austin to meet his Great-Uncle. For a long time, it really upset me that I never did. When Jimmy died, I went through a long lasting depression. It was really where the depression for me got bad. I wasn't sure that I wanted to continue with my own life. I kept thinking if this man who had a good life with two beautiful kids and a good job couldn't do it, why should I? I WAS WRONG. After ending up in the hospital, and getting help, things got better. I've had some bad moments since, but never as bad as that. I let my depression consume me. I let it ruin everything around me, and almost allowed it to take my life. Never again. I have too much to live for.  Jimmy dying really only brought the depression I already had to light... his dying didn't cause it. My family has always had depression and anxiety issues... it's just about when they come out for each person. 

I bring all of this up, because the months of January through the beginning of April are always hardest for me. Of course it is the dead of winter which doesn't help, but as you can see, it's also the time of year where I lost people I loved.  I know, just like years past, I will make it through. It's not easy, but I will.  





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