Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mixed Media Monday's April Challenge

Once again Tracy has given us a great challenge that so often makes us work outside of our comfort zone and then.....we are so glad that we did.  :-)  April's Challenge was to create a page and come up with 5 words that we would want someone to think of when they remembered us.   I put a lot of thought into some of my words....others just came easy. 
My first word "Faith"Definition of FAITH
a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
(1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
(1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God 
I hope that my faith is one that will leave footprints to lead others straight to God.  God, who is so full of mercy, love and forgiveness that they realize they "can" overcome things that they thought impossible and be the amazing person God made them.
"True" -


 adjective \ˈtrü\
a : steadfastloyal
b : honestjust
I want them to remember that I was true to God, true to my family, true to my friends.
: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it
I truly care about others, sometimes I kind of wish I didn't so much :-), but I want to always have compassion and do what I can to ease the load.
Wow, was this an emotional word.  :-) I have always been a happy person.  I love to have fun and I love to laugh. I don't have a soft, quiet laugh. No matter how hard I try....if it's funny or I'm just bubbles out. 99% of people enjoy my laugh and have told me so, but that 1% can sometimes be so cruel whether alone or in a crowd of people. I wish I didn't care and it didn't bother me does.  So, I thought....I'll just put the word "Fun".  I explained the challenge to my daughter and that I needed to have 5 words to be remembered by and her reply.....your laugh. She did not like it that I wanted to put fun because of some not liking that I laugh lots and I laugh loud. She loves me "for me".  Do you know how much that meant to me? Needless to say.....for those that love me "as is".....For you......remember my laughter.  :-) 
"Creative" -  someone who is creative has a lot of imagination and new ideas
And I "love" to get inspiration from other people creativity. Tracy has not only inspired me in more ways than she could ever know but has given me a whole group of inspiring, caring friends that I will be ever grateful for.  Thank you, Tracy, for how much you give of your time and yourself to all of us! We are truly blessed because of you! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Faux Gelli Plate :-)

So many of us have found the gelli plate printing so interesting and would love to try it, but gets in the way of us spending the extra money for "just fun" things.  The company my husband works for decided to save money on insurance and make higher deductibles, dr visit fees, etc. so after 3 surgeries since last August and another coming up.........I can't justify the extra money for too many of those things right now. I know Von is just one who would like a gelli plate....but is patiently waiting.  :-)  Well, I saw something online that gave me the idea to try this and since it worked....I thought I'd share it for Von and anyone else who would be interested. 
After trying it with one sheet of craft foam/fun foam I realized that it really needed to be 2 thick or buy the thicker foam. Since I already had the thin I glued 2 together.

I used one of the plastic sheets you use for your oven on top, put 3 different colors of paint on, used my brayer worked.  :-)

 I should have used more paint but I actually like the way it came out.  This was the first page.

This page was after I sprayed on some water and used what was left. I'm anxious to try this with stencils, masks, and whatever else I can think of.  

By the way.....I met Von through Tracy Weinzapfel Burgos and we have so much fun on our Mixed Media Monday Nights at 6pm PST. We'd love for you to join us.  :-)