Monday, May 25, 2015


Okay everyone...I have been anxiously waiting to share this excited news.  

sisterhood of the traveling paints, Costa Rica, Mixed Media

There was tons of squealing as you can guess...lots of hopping around, happy dancing and well just lots of giggles and happiness! 

It is in September of 2016 and I believe registration is open now! 
You can read all about it here.
Okay...the most awesome part of this is that some of MY very ARTSY sisters who you might recognize from among many other things The Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge 3 are going to be taking this trip! YES...all of us together...teaching...being together and most of all hopefully inspiring you with our own styles of art! 
We have dubbed ourselves the SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PAINTS! 
and a traveling we will go...hehehe. 

and Me. 

This trip not only includes SEVEN different projects but a day sightseeing the Doka Coffee Plantation including a BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY (be still my heart!), a Craft village tour of Sarchi, dinners and more! 
You will also be personally escorted by Craftours founder Jim West who is a master organizer of such events! 
 You can read all about what the package includes here....and for a very limited time the airfare is FREE!!! SO...why not just go ahead and book it today! wink wink. 

One thing...all questions related to the trip need to be addressed to Craftours..they are the ones who have the answers! 

If you are not currently subscribed to the fabulous Craftposium Magazine you should click on over and do that...why not I ask's free, wink.  It is filled with GREAT articles! 
Check out Craftposiums May 2015 issue...
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints are featured on pages 6-7 with a beautiful spread announcing our fantastic trip to COSTA RICA!!! insert squeal here!!!! 
Hope you all have a fabulous week! 
I surely hope to meet lots of you on this amazing adventure! 
We are all so excited to be able to share our art, our passions and most of all hopefully inspire you to live a creative life!!! BIG HUGS!!! 


Saturday, May 23, 2015

CC3C #29

Welcome back for another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge! 
Here we are on challenge #29...can you believe it? 
We are well into a year of challenges and I can tell you that these challenges have pushed me, made me try things and definitely challenged me at times, hehehe. 
I hope you will join us and play along. 
Just make sure to follow the rules laid out here for you...they are really easy peasy! 
It certainly has been an amazing journey that I am thankful for and thankful for the people that it has brought into my life! 

As always let's take care of housekeeping, shall we?
A HUGE thank you to our sponsors....
Inspiration Emporium has donated a very generous gift certificate and of course Tim and Mario who donated a HUGE assortment of goodies to be given away throughout the challenge! 
I hope you have a copy of the book by now, but if you don't you can still order it from Tim and Mario and it will even be a signed copy! Heck yeah! today's challenge can be found on page 44 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.
It is called Eroded Metallic...oh do I love this one. 
I have actually never done it before making the piece for this challenge, but I think I fell in love, wink.

 I used a 5 x 7 canvas as my background. 
Applied said technique to three tags and then cut them to size. 
I also tried the technique on Tim's Butterfly Die...I LOVE it. 
It is whimsy and fun. It was really hard to photograph and get the honest to goodness feel of it, but let's just say I did a very awkward happy dance with a hurt back, lol.  Not a good thing hehehe. 

 Added some embellishments and a sentiment and there you have it. 
I chose some of Tim's chit chat to put on the left side of the canvas that I thought went along with the sentiment. 
Trust and Soar ticket stubs because I just love them, wink. 
The corked vial is filled with gold glitter.  Just to add a little sparkle. hehehe. 

Okay...I'm off to check out what the rest of the Curiosity Crew has been up to. 
I hope you will make your way around...and make sure and check out what your fellow challengers are up to as well! It is amazing to see the same technique always so different and diverse! 
Have a great week! HUGS...and no awkward happy dancing for you, wink. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Guest Designer at OCC

Hi everybody! 
Really really excited to share with you that I am a guest designer
 over on the Our Creative Corner today! 
I hope you will go over and check out the tutorial! 
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back here real soon! 
Have a great day! Hugs.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CC3Challenge #28

Welcome back for challenge #28!!!
Hello there everyone! 
Today's challenge is Alcohol Ink Ombre. 
Who doesn't like a little Ombre in their life, wink....I love it! 
You can find the challenge on page 57 of Tim's 
Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.
The challenge this week is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie who has donated a very generous gift certificate as well as Tim and Mario who donated a ton of goodies to be given away! 
So let's definitely give them a shout out and a huge thank you! 
AND as always we hope you decide to join in the fun and challenge yourself and see where the creativity takes you! WE LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU DO! Just make sure to follow the rules, k? 
In case you don't know you can find them here.

I have to be honest here...Alcohol ink is very challenging for me. 
But sometimes we have to push ourselves and see what we can do, right?
This was definitely one of those for me, wink. 
I decided (since I was so challenged and all) to keep it pretty simple. 
Here's my tag...
Now, I did make it into a pocket, so if I decide to use it on say a gift bag or some such thing as that, I can stick a gift card or a message in the little pocket. 
It is where I tucked the paperclip that says 'life'.
Perfect place to stash a Starbucks card, hehehe. 
Oops...back to the challenge. know I cannot spill the beans, but the glossy paper that said secret technique is on is adhered to a regular manila tag.  It is one of the 4x8 size this size. 
Once the glossy paper was all finished with said technique and adhered down I simply folded up the bottom of the tag to create the pocket. 
 I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the background tag itself and the fabulous new 
Fossilized Amber on the ribbon and little tag with the sentiment. I love this color...I think it's my favorite of the yellows. 
Then just added the embellies that you see and there you have it.
Pretty easy peasy after the aforementioned CHALLENGE part, lol. 
I sure hope you decide to play along! 
It really does create a cool background effect, wink. if you haven't yet visited the other members of the Curiosity Crew what are you waiting for...they have blown my mind with their creative selves! 
 I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with! 
Thanks for stopping by and as always thank you so much for all the kind and sweet comments. 
YOU are why we do what we do! 
YOU are what makes the late nights and these challenges so fun for us! 
Have a great weekend and hope to see you back here soon! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

CC3C #27

Hello there again!  How is everyone??? 
I hope you are enjoying your day and having fun skipping around to each of the Curiosity Crew's blogs to check out the new challenge
This week's challenge is to use the Embossing Defuser on page 61 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III....which you can still get from Tim and Mario
To be completely honest I had bought these when they first came out and they had never been out of their package.  I think we all do that, wink.  Have to have it...and it goes in a pile or a drawer and it's forgotten.  That is one of the reasons I LOVE doing these challenges.  
It makes us use those stashed items, or things we might not ordinarily try. 
That is a beautiful thing!

So today I am sharing a tag that I will use as a tag on a package or actually frame and give as a gift. 
The colors of Distress Ink used on the back tag are:
Gathered Twigs
Seedless Preserves
Ripe Persimmon
They blend into this beautiful warm color.  LOVE those colors together. 
I stamped Tim's wood grain stamp on another tag with Gathered Twigs and then blended the same over the stamped image. 
The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Coordinations and then the "technique" from CC3. 

 The blue butterfly sends the message to be yourself...
Don't be afraid to be yourself.  
Stand out. 
This is so very important! 
That is one of the reason's I love this quote! 
Of course, I love to get that number "THREE" in there! 
Three tags adhered together, three butterflies and the three clip.  
 Here is a little closeup so you can see the technique up close and personal, wink. 
So make sure and read the rules listed here and join us! 
We love to see your art!!!
You guys have been so inspiring and it is so fun to hop around and see what y'all do too! 

Let's say a big thank you to our sponsors:
Inspiration Emporium who donated a generous gift certificate...and of course Tim and Mario who donated so many goodies for the participants!!! 

Okay...of to see what the rest of the Curiosity Crew did! 
Marjie Kemper
Have a great weekend...hugs till next time! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Quirky Girl Stamps!

Hi there...
I just got back from The Collins Group Trade Show in Boston where Impression Obsession introduced their mid release.  

 I am so excited to share some of that with you, but first I want to give you a little background on how Quirky Girl Stamps came to be.   I have always been a quote girl.  I have collected them since I was a teenager, I scribble them everywhere.  I cannot even tell you how many journals I have filled with quotes, sentiments and words that touch me.  
It is something I do when I feel lost, sad, overwhelmed but also when I want to be inspired.  
My daughter and I used to lay on the end of the bed and go through magazines and books to collect our own quotes.  It was a great way to spend time together, laugh and giggle and just talk about our days...and life in general.  

Fast forward to 2014...I knew I was going to be an empty nester soon and it was time to start pursuing my dreams.  I had tucked them away nice and safe where they lived while I was focusing on being a mom, wife and working,  but they were there pulling at me to do something and my husband was constantly 'fussing' at me to go for give it a try.   Things were falling into place even though I didn't realize it at the time.  I guess you could say the stars were aligning, hehehe.  Usually I am not one to ask for things of someone  but I knew I needed to put myself out there and take a chance.  Yes, that's scary...but what I found was scaring me even more was the thought of not trying and always wondering "what if".  
I had a meeting with Impression Obsession's Owner and I walked away stunned and GIDDY!
Quirky Girl Stamps were going to be launched at the CHA Mega Show 2015 in California! 
Which they were and thankfully were well received.  HUGE blessing. 
 Which brings us to April and I'm over the top excited to share with the second release of my Quirky Girls Stamps with Impression Obsession. 

I snapped some pictures of the mid-release Supplement pages that had my designs on them to share with you.   Hopefully I will have some real stamps to share soon...I know they are busy busy at Impression Obsession filling all the orders that were written at the show.  

You know...the reason I shared any of this story is because I am just a girl with dreams like so many others out there.  Never in a million years did I think that I would be sitting here sharing with anyone this story.  I really struggled most of my adult life with self confidence and self worth.  
When I learned to embrace the fact that I am a quirky girl and to be proud of that, that is when the light bulb went off for me...we are all here living our lives, trying to find where we belong.  
We all struggle, we all have doubts.  
BUT we have to take chances.

I have found my passion in the Papercrafting Industry. 
I have found a place where I can be myself and hopefully inspire others.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

CC3Challenge #26

This weeks challenge is found on page 42 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III. 
Smudge Stamping. 
Who new? Tim...that's who! 
Pretty cool I found that I really like! 
I absolutely know I will be using this one again, wink. 
You still have time to get the book if you need it.  
You can order it from Tim and Mario and you would get the autographed version! 
 Let's take a minute and thank our sponsors, The Funkie Junkie who has donated a generous gift certificate and of course Tim and Mario who donated a ton of cool supplies to be awarded as prizes! 
All you have to do is follow the rules listed here...easy peasy! 

This week it had to be quick and easy for me.   
I am on the run literally, wink. 
I needed to add some cards to my emergency stash so I went with a card. 
I really can't say much as the technique is pretty much the whole background of the card. 
But, if you own the book all you have to do is turn to page 42 and you will find the magic! hehehe. 

I did dye some seam binding.  LOVE doing that.  
Not only do my fingers get all inky, but I can customize the ribbon to the color I need. 
How fun is that! 

I sure hope you enjoy this weeks challenge and find some time yourselves to get your creative on! 
 I know all of us on the Curiosity Crew can't wait to hop around and see your magic! 
Don't forget to visit the Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave them some love.  
I can't wait to see what they did either, wink. 
Have a great week and hope to see you back here next time! 
Thank you for all the lovely girls are the sweetest and I love reading your comments! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #25

 Welcome to Challenge #25 of CC3C!!! 
It's hard to believe we are this far along, but we are.
It has been quite the adventure. 
I am so thankful to the friends I have made and the art I have gotten to see that you each share and really put your heart and souls in to creating! 
This community we have is really special! 
I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you and all the sweet comments you leave. 
I love to read them and visit your blogs and see what you are up too! 
You continue to blow me away with your just astounds me. just keeps getting better and better, wink. 
So once again...thank you.  Thank you for visiting and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I wish I could reply to all of you but right now life is moving at light speed and I am hanging on my the tips of my fingers, wink. 

This weeks Challenge can be found on page 64 of Compendium Of Curiosities Vol. III. 
It would make a great gift if you already have yours and you can still order them from Tim and Mario and it will even be autographed. How cool is that! 
Our Sponsor this week Inspiration Emporium, they have donated a generous gift certificate. 
We also have Tim and Mario sponsoring who donated a ton of things to be given away as prizes. 
Fun stuff.  All you have to do is follow the rules listed on the CC3Challenge blog as well as each new challenge post. Easy peasy. 

Okay...this weeks Challenge is using Tim's Frameworks Dies.
I LOVE these dies! They are quite simply the bomb, hehehe. 
I still lack one I believe, but it will be mine before long! 

I used the new Floral Stamps that were released at CHA in January. 
Oh these are so fun.  I just stamp them on a large tag and blend ink right on to them. 
Of course you could definitely "watercolor" them using Distress Ink as well. 
I used to have these flowers growing wild in my back yard and it brought back so many memories when I was creating this tag. 
I have full intentions of putting it on a card foundation but I just ran out of time. 
 And...yes you HAVE to have a little sparkle! Right??? 
Well, I do anyway...So I added some stickles to the flower. 
I am not going to give away the technique so you will have to find the deets for that listed on page 64.  I also used some of Tim's new Chit Chat sentences...These are so fun...I am still hoarding 
the regular chit chat and this will undoubtedly be another one added to the hoard! 
Okay...I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. 
If you haven't made your way to the rest of the Curiosity Crew be sure to do so. 
The Crew continues to inspire me, blow me away and leave me picking my chin up. 
I will be perusing their blogs first thing Saturday Morning! 
Have a great weekend and happy creating! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CC3Challenge #24

Hi everyone! 
I am happy to be back once again! 
Life has gotten so in the way of my crafty time lately...
I hope that I have a handle on things now as I do not want to miss anymore challenges!!! wink. 

So let's get on with it shall we? 
Okay...we are on challenge #24...Remnant Rub Resist. 
You can find the challenge and the directions on page 51. 
I'm sure you have your copy by now, but just in case you don't you can order one from Tim and Mario and they will get a signed copy shipped right out to you! 
Let's also take a moment to thank Tim and Mario for the lovely goodies they donated as prizes.
They are such generous guys. The best I tell you! 
And a very big thank you to our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie 
who had donated a generous gift certificate! 

Okay, on to the challenge.
I really love this technique....never tried it before, so it was new to me. 
I love the effect. I can tell you I used the new Cracked Pistachio with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. 
Love those two together!  Of course I had to throw in a bit of Gathered Twigs...
still my favorite brown.  

I hope you enjoyed....make sure you stop by all the other Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave them some love...and follow the rules listed here
Thank you to Linda Ledbetter who runs this challenge and keeps us all together and on task! hehehe. 
Okay...I'm off to check out what the rest of the Crew did! 
Till next time...and thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CC3 Challenge #22

Well hello there! 
It's been awhile...I am so so happy to be back and I would like to say thank you so much for all the sweet thoughtful messages.  You girls touched my heart!  It truly lifted my spirits when I was sick.  
So happy to be over that bad stuff and hope to never have it again, wink. 

So...Can you believe we are on Challenge #22? 
We only have about 12 more to go...seams unreal it is that close.  
The Compendium of Curiosities Challenges have inspired me so much. 
The Curiosity Crew and seeing what each and everyone of you create is amazing. 
It is so interesting to me that one technique can take you in so many directions. 
This weeks Challenge is to use the Dimensional Cutting Pad and the directions can be found on page 62 in the Compendium of Curiosities book III. 
Before we get started remember to make sure and follow the rules listed with the challenge on the home page of the CC3Challenge blog.  
Next...thanks again to Tim and Mario for their huge hearts and generosity! They donated such fun prizes to be given away during these challenges! AND...this weeks generous sponsor The Funkie Junkie who donated a generous gift certificate! 

With this challenge I had to go with a butterfly! 
Anyone shocked??? No...I didn't think so, wink. 
I am so drawn to the blues right now.
I guess it's really the earth tones. 
Just can't get enough of them as of late.

 Now I cannot tell how the butterfly was done as that would give away Tim's technique,
but I can share that I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and just a bit of Gathered Twigs.  I stamped Tim's flourish stamp and embossed it with sticky embossing powder and foiled it with Ranger's foil.  I LOVE this stuff! 
(more will be bought...hoarded....hehehe)
It was very hard to photograph it but trust me, you want to to your computer or store and buy the foil! 
I ran out of my number 3's so I moved on to my second favorite number FIVE....I need some more three's though.  I wonder if I could talk Tim into just doing packs of individual numbers? hmmmm. above you can see how the butterfly wings are lifted.  
I added three layers...just love the dimension of that.  The corked vial has extra fine glitter and the cork stoppers kind of crumbled as I was poking the wire, but then I like it so I decided to just add more and leave it.  
I hope you enjoyed my "free to fly" Canvas.
If you haven't checked out the rest of the Curiosity Crew's blogs...I am sure you will be blown away!
I am anxiously awaiting Saturday morning so I can get back into the thick of things! 
Thanks for stopping by and thank you again for all the get well wishes!!! 
I am so happy to be back!!! Hugs and have a great weekend!