Saturday, July 28, 2012

July Dare with Tracy Weinzapfel

 Our dear Tracy over at gave us a dare and it's not only been fun figuring out my word for the rest of the year but also trying something new.  I decided to create on an actual canvas and not just the flat canvas boards.  I started out with spray mists and paint mixed with water in a spray bottle.  Then I loved the page that Tracy did this past Monday 
so much that I thought I'd try something similar with my flowers.  I used chipboard type flowers as a mask because the stamps I had just weren't what I wanted.  I splattered paint and then gessoed my flowers.  I was going to try to post what I used to make this canvas but.........I wound up mixing a little of this, a little of that, a little of the other, and so on that I'd probably confuse you as much as I would myself.  lol
Above is where I had just started painting my gessoed flowers.

After I got them all painted and some details.....I wasn't happy with the colors so did some more mixing.  lol

 Here I was finally done with the flowers and adding some detail.

 Above is my completed canvas. I died the jean strip, the flowers, and the tulle. I actually changed the color of the key and darkened the chipboard, too. I stray so far from what I think I'm gonna do sometimes winds up making me happy.  :-)
 Serenity is my word for the year and putting it on here large just didn't work for me so I just used it in my quote. "Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.   

This short video shows the colors the truest.
Thank you so much, Tracy, and I feel like a broken record but you are such a blessing and the group of friends you have introduced into my life are blessings, too.  To have never met me but to be so concerned about me with all of the things I've went through lately!  You gals are the bomb-diggedy!  lol <3<3<3

Sunday, July 1, 2012


I can still iron!!!  lol  It just took my bestie buying me this cute little iron to make it fun.  Ok, so if I had to iron shirts and such with it, it wouldn't be so fun but I was just ironing the hem into a banquet dress for Alyssa.  :-)  Love my little iron and it'll be fun to use in my crafting. 

I also had a lot of fun a few days before making an xbox cake for the 8th graders at Salem Park Academy. The best part of both of these projects......I got to spend lots time with Lisa and Alyssa!  Love, love, love those girls! (Can't leave out my boy, Jared, whose dry humor totally makes me smile! :-)