Tuesday, June 19, 2012

End of the School Year... or is it???

Exciting things are happening!  I can't believe it is true but I've been chosen as one of Prima's Educators!!  I can hardly believe it myself and am so beyond EXCITED!!!  I feel so honored to be among the talented ladies of this team!  This is truly a dream come true! It's really true (I had to pinch myself to be sure... OW!) and it says so here and here! WOW!

I'll be joining the following girls on this journey:
Cari Fennell 
Jamie Lynn Dougherty
Jen Matott
Julie Nutting
Marion Smith
Nathalie Kalbach
Nic Howard
Sherry Mendoza
Stephanie Miller
Trina McClune
Sharon Laakkonen
Janine Koczwara

ALL of them are talented and wonderful teachers and some I know personally (one I live right around the corner from!).  I'm humbled and honored to be able to have the opportunity to teach using some of my FAVORITE products!  I promise to create fun and unique projects for my classes and hope I can inspire you all to have fun with art media along with Prima goodies! 

If you are interested in arranging a class, just email me!  You can find my email under "About Me" in the upper right corner.  

The school year is almost over for my kids and my day job, but the summer is just starting and I hope many opportunities are going to keep me busy!  I am so very excited!

Sunday, June 10, 2012


This month is all about TRUTH at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out kits... This kit is awesome!  I say that every month but this one is full of some of my favorite things... a template, hexagons, blues and greens, and the spark of truth... yep, it's one of my favs!  Here is one of the projects that I completed with this kit!
 Be True To You
I loved the chevron paper and cut out a few zig zags to use on the page.  I also loved the speech bubble journaling tags from Pink Paislee... so great for my journaling here:
Am I really a good artist? Do I have what it takes to make me happy? Those tiny lies in my head try to deter me from the truth. Often I find myself seeking inside myself for confirmation that I am indeed enough. There's a mean voice that yells over the gentle reminders. I've always sought to fit in, to be accepted and it's that part that cringes away from the different and strange. I know that I should embrace my unique thoughts but all those doubts hold me back... I am good enough!!! I have to stop over-thinking things. Let it flow... just be me. It's really control I crave. Someday I'll be comfortable in my own skin. I'll be happy to exist and be proud of all I've accomplished and learned. I will be content with being me...
 I wanted to tell of my doubts in my idea, my mean voice that tells me I'm not good enough... and how I am good enough. I'm good enough for me.  I love my work and I feel good every time I finish a page.  Do I love more pages than others, of course! But ultimately, they make me happy and I NEED to create them!  I love the products I use and if I love those and I have an idea that inspires me, then I have all I need! I am my own worst critic!!
 Some doodling on the page!  I did alot of doodling this month... I'll post a few others soon!
If you haven't subscribed to this kit, you should run right over to Scrapbooking From the Inside Out and get it! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We're Hopping again!

Welcome to The Rubber Cafe/Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop! If you've just joined us today and would like to start the blog hop from the beginning, simply click on The Rubber Cafe blog to begin. If you've come here from Cherry Nelson's blog, you are in the right place!

For this blog hop, we will be showcasing project ideas, inspiration, and tutorials featuring fabulous products you won't want to miss!  Hop along with us as we work with products from these great companies:

The Rubber Cafe

The Rubber Cafe is a stamp manufacturer of high quality, deeply etched stamps and other fine paper crafting tools and accessories. All of our beautiful stamps are made right here in the USA in sunny San Diego, California! Visit http://www.therubbercafe.com today to view their complete product line!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Faber-Castell was founded more than 240 years ago in Germany as a pencil manufacturer. Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, innovative products. Too see Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft’s complete product line, visit http://www.designmemorycraft.com  today!

Here's my project using both company's products!
"Fly" canvas
I knew I wanted to create a mixed media canvas for this project.  The stamps inspired me to create with wings in mind (aren't they always showing up in my work?).  I used a variety of Faber-Castell's products in this project.
 Close up of the Prima canvas page that I colored with Gelatos and stamped with the Big Brush Markers.
 This is a sneak peek of a new product that DMC is releasing at the Summer CHA.  New crayons and watercolors!  I used the crayons as a resist with the watercolors over them.
 Gelato stamped butterflies!  I drew on the stamp with a silver and black Gelato and stamped!  Every other one, I misted with water to create a more intense version.
 Drippage and Jellie Dots create lots of color and texture from the coffee sleeve.
 See the birdie?  I used my template that I drew (from the Prima tote class) over a stamped file folder.  I used the Big Brush Marker and 18th Century Proclamation stamp.  I created a mist with black and silver and used it over the template.  Once dry, I outlined with a PITT artist pen.

 Supplies used:
The Rubber Cafe stamps: 18th Century Proclamation & Vintage Treasures
Jellie Dots- Pearl, Cotton Candy, and Terrifically Teal
Faber-Castell products: Gelatos (blues, yellows, black, and silver), PITT Artist Pen in small Black, Big Brush Artist Pen in black, crayons, watercolors
Canvas refill page: Prima/ Donna Downey
Ribbon: May Arts
Mini File folders
sheet music

Coffee Sleeve

I totally enjoyed using The Rubber Cafe's products in making this canvas!

For your next stop on the hop, you'll be visiting  Melissa  http://stamping-queen.blogspot.com

Don't forget to leave a comment on each manufacturer and designer's blog for a chance to win great prizes such as:  

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $50 prize pack, and The Rubber Cafe will be giving away TWO $25 gift certificates!

The blog hop contest will be open until midnight June 10th and the winners will be announced on June 12th on the company's blogs.