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!!! 


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!