Sunday, September 20, 2015

Introducing... new Journal Buddy Tool.
I am so excited to share with you what I have had under wraps for a bit now. 
 It is a multipurpose tool. You can use it to create journal lines by tracing, inking, painting or spraying. The lines are 1/2 inch apart and by moving it down your page you can have consistent lines all the way down for journaling. You can also use the top edge to create the wavy journal lines you see in the magazines...You just trace, flip and trace and repeat as many times as you want there to be lines. Also, by using the right or left edge to line it up to whatever page you are working on it will keep it straight. Lastly there is a 9" ruler for measuring. Oh, it is made out of high quality stencil material and is see through so you can see where you are positioning! Also flexible so it can mold itself to journals that have a curve.  So...I will have them for sale later this week. They will be $8.00.  I will have them available to order within the next couple of days.  They are ready to ship now!!! So super excited! Hope you will love it! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Teaching here...

Hi there...
Very Excited to share that I am teaching at Scraporium in Lutz August 29.
I will be offering two classes.

Inky Art Journal
In this class we will be using a new type of Art Journal that has been designed specifically to accept Inks. You will learn many Distress Ink Techniques, create interactive pockets and flaps and places for hidden journaling. We will be working on the cover of the journal as well as many pages inside. We will be using my line of Quirky Girl Stamps to add many soulful and quirky sentiments throughout your journal.

The next one is. 
Ink Techniques
Prepare to enter the world of Distress. During this class you will learn many techniques using Distress Ink and paint and you will create art with depth, texture. Join me and learn how versatile this ink truly is. You will leave class with completed project which are cards and a 8x10 canvas.

Super excited to take this show on the road, hehehe. 
Hope to see you on the road! 
There are still a few seats left at Scraporium...
If you are interested on getting inky with me, give them a call there is a link on their name!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Hugs. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

a share....

Hello there!
I am honored and excited to share that I am a guest designer over at Simon Says Stamp today! 

Yvonne Blair tutorial10

I am sharing a tutorial to create a fun painty background.  
Hope you will check it out, wink. 
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #34

Hello everyone! 
Can you believe it is our last Compendium of Curiosities Challenge for Tim's third installment of his fabulous book?  It has been such an honor to be a part of this fabulous "crew" of women. 
It has been so fun to get to know some of you and see all the wonderful art that ALL of you have created! It's been a heck of a journey.  I have gained so much insight as I have traveled this creative road with the Curiosity Crew and all of you, tried things I wouldn't normally try, found new ways to create that I love, and discovered things about my creative process I hadn't noticed before. 
I want to thank Linda for asking me to be a part of this journey, part of a sisterhood of women who I have a profound respect and love for and part of an amazing artful journey that has brought new friends into my life that have a love of this art too! 
Thank you all for embracing me and my art and leaving such kind, sweet comments. 
This artsy world is pretty amazing! 

So here we are, our last challenge for CC3.  
(however we do have some fun things planned to continue our journey together!)
Let's take a moment and thank Tim and Mario
They donated a ton of goodies to be given aways to make this journey even more fun! 
Thank you Tim for creating these Compendium of Curiosities Books. 
You have inspired so many and helped us all discover new and fabulous ways to create! 
for sponsoring with generous gift certificates, I hope that you will continue to support them. 
They are both family run stores that truly care about their customers. 

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie along with Tim and Mario of course, wink. 

So, has anyone guessed what the challenge is? 
It is Layering Stencil Monoprint found of page 48.
Truly this is one of my favorites.  Love the way it works and the end result! 

I couldn't not use butterflies in this last challenge, wink. 
I also have a number 3 in there, hehehe. 
Can you see it? 
Fussy cutting is therapy for me.   It truly allows me to zone out and just be. 
Maybe it's weird or even a bit quirky, wink, but I love it!
I think Susan gets it too...she is another fussy cutter! 
While I can't give aways the technique, I can tell you I used 
Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. 

Pink and Orange are two of my favorite colors together...they just make me totally giddy. 
Do you have colors like that? 
If you haven't visited the rest of the Curiosity Crew what are you waiting for?
I absolutely love seeing the different pieces of's amazing how different we create using the same techniques. That's part of the fun for sure! 

Okay...don't forget to follow the rules to be entered for a chance to win. 
You can find them here

Now, just a bit of a teaser, hehehe.
We will be launching a new website on September 1, 2015. 
We will have lots of creative fun in store for you! 
I hope you will join us...stay tuned for more information coming very soon! 

Also, we will be flying to Costa Rica in September of 2016. 
We will be the Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints! 
We are so excited to be able to take this artful journey together and hope you will join us. 
There is a payment plan set up and all the information you can find here

Saturday, July 18, 2015

CC3 #33

Hi there!
So here we are Challenge #33...only one more to go after this one.
We do have some exciting things in the works...and I know we are all looking forward to sharing more fun and creative adventures with all of you!

As always, lets take a moment and thank our very generous sponsors. 
Inspiration Emporium has donated a very generous $50 gift certificate to be awarded to a lucky someone along with the stash of goodies Tim and Mario donated! 
Those guys are so very generous. 
Make sure when you play along that you follow the rules, they are really easy peasy.
Read about them here. 

Today's challenge is Altered Surfaces on page 45 in the third volume of
Compendium of Curiosities. 
I have been absolutely in love with blues lately.  Can't seem to get enough of them, wink. 
I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Broken China Distress Ink 
along with some Picket Fence Distress Paint. 
 To create the background I put some of all the colors of Distress Ink onto a non stick craft sheet. 
Spritzed it with water,  stamped a clear block into the puddles to pick up color. 
Then over and over again stamped that on to a tag. Once the color was the way I wanted it I smeared some Picket Fence Paint onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and did the same technique with the acrylic block.  Dry with a heating tool, once it's dry I blended on Salty Ocean with a blending tool to just even it out a bit.  
Really fun technique...hope you might give it a try! 
It creates so much texture in the background.
I took some of Tim's arrows and the number three (hehehe)
and used the technique you will find on page 45...this is one of my faves. 
Love the vintage worn feel you get. 
 So that about covers it I think.  
If you haven't already make sure and check out what the rest of the Curiosity Crew created.
It is so fun to see what everyone is up too...I LOVE being able to hop from blog to blog and soak up all that lovely inspiration! 

Also I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for all your sweet and kind comments. 
You, ALL of you have made this journey so fun, special and inspirational! 
Sometimes I am just sitting with my mouth hanging open at what you all come up with! 
Hope you have a great weekend! 
Big hugs...until next time. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Excited sharing...

Hello everyone!!!
So super excited to be able to share with you my newest collection of stamps with Impression Obsession! This is truly a dream come true and I want to thank everyone for the support, sweet messages and the amazing response to these stamps! I am so grateful that I can share some of my passions in this amazing paper crafting world with you! I still have a that giddy, butterfly in you tummy feeling over this amazing opportunity...I don't think that will ever go away, wink. 
I also would like to send a big Thank you to Mitra for helping me make my dreams come true with this opportunity.  

Thanks again and I have something else to share very soon, so I hope you come back and check that out! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by! 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CC3Challenge #31

Hello everyone! 
It's that time again...Challenge Saturday!
Today's challenge is Layering Stencil Paint Resist found on page 47 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.  I hope you have the book, but if you don't you can still get an autographed copy from Tim and Mario
This week's sponsors are Inspiration Emporium. They have donated a generous $50 gift certificate as well as Tim and Mario who donated a bunch of goodies to be awarded! 
Thank you to both our sponsors this week! 

So on to the challenge. 
Layering Stencil Paint resist...boy is that a mouthful, hehehe. 
I can't give away the details but I can tell you I used Tim's Flourish Stencil, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 
Yes! The PINK is back! lol. 
 I fussy cut the flowers and popped them with foam tape and of course they had to get a bit of Stardust Stickles to make them pop just a bit. 
 The Crinkle Ribbon is colored with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. 
Those colors are just scrumptious together, don't you think??? hehehe. 
If you haven't gotten to the other Curiosity Crew's blogs yet, hop on over and see what they have created! I will be checking them out first thing Saturday morning.  

I can't wait to see what you all create either! We only have three more challenges after this one...can you believe it??? Thanks for stopping by.  
Oh and make sure and follow the rules when you can find them listed here. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CC3Challenge #30...

Hello CC3er's! Nice to be back for Challenge #30! 
This week's challenge is Faux Cracked Glass...and let me say I LOVE it, hehehe. 
You will find the challenge on page 54 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III and if you don't have the book, well, you can still get a signed copy here from Tim and Mario. 

You know we have to shout out to our sponsors Tim and Mario who donated a ton of goodies to be given away and also The Funkie Junkie who donated a very nice gift certificate! 
And all you have to do to be in the running for some of those lovely prizes is follow the rules you will find here. It's pretty easy peasy...

So let's get on with the challenge...
I decided to make a piece of jewelry.
I have been wanting to do this since the beginning of the challenge and I haven't felt the inspiration until now. I thought this was the perfect challenge to bring that goal in to the picture! wink. 
The "challenge" piece is the focal point of the necklace. 
I also put some fun things in the corked vial that would be interesting if you saw it up close. 
It was hard to photograph that part of it, but you could really put anything you like in it. 
I added some glitter, a pen nib, a wish bone and a rolled up piece of parchment that has a message on it that I can remember when I wear this piece.  
It says:
Let your faith be bigger then your fear. 
I just hand wrote it and it is personal to me. 
Sometimes it's good to have a little reminder close by, don't you think? 

 Now, you know I can't spill the beans on the technique but below is a close up of the effect!
It is pretty hardy to I must say! 
I banged it about just a bit to make sure it would stay and it does, wink.
This way I knew it would be safe to actually wear it, lol. 

So there you have it.  
I hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge.  
Make sure to visit each of the Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave them some love! 
We love to read your comments but we really LOVE to see what you guys create! 
I hope you will be inspired to join the fun! We only have a handful of challenges left.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Just because

You know in life we all have different kinds of people that cross our paths. 
There are those that come and stay and some that are here for a short time and then move on. 
There are also those who will be a light in your life and then there are those that will
be a drain or a dark shadow so to speak. 
It is so easy to believe the ones that say 'you could never do that' or 
'I don't want to see you get hurt so don't try' or the ones that are just negative. 
I want to surround myself with friends who push me to be better, who believe in my crazy schemes and will cheer me on, who will say things like 'why not' or 'yes you can'. 
When I saw this quote on Pinterest I knew I had to share it. 
It is so important.  It is so true. 
Surround yourself with those will help you shine your light and you can help them as well. 
I love this.  
I hope you do too! 
Have a great day! 

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!!!