Shabby Peonies

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

An Angel On My Lap

She'll soon be 5 years old but already these precious moments are getting fewer and further between, so when she fell asleep all snuggled up on my lap I had to grab my phone and snap a picture.

I fell in love with the Julie Nutting C'est la Vie papers which I used in layers over the background paper from the Prima Vintage Emporium collection

I layered some pretty Prima flowers with some brads and chipboard pieces from the C'est la Vie collection, added a couple of print patterned leaves and a few stamens.

On top of the scalloped half-circle at top right corner I layered some pretty polkadot dresses on foam dots and added the "Belle Vie" logo and tiny butterflies that I glittered with Stickles. I also added some brads from the Julie Nutting collection, some glittered fussy-cut butterflies and a Strasbourg vintage trinket clock piece from Prima, alongside a "This makes me so happy" sticker.

I fussy cut a piece from the paper collection with a quote that reads "Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time." which is revealed to me every chance I get to spend time with my precious granddaughter.

 I just love the overall flow of this lovely layout which I have entered in the monthly contest at My Creative Sketches

Monday, February 29, 2016

Cherish - 12" X 12" Prima Royal Menagerie Layout

I couldn't resist using this photo for this layout, those golden tresses provided the perfect focal point, staggered over three round doilies. I used some Gabrielle Pollaco stamps on the background to add some depth, and splattered some Prima Frost Pearl Spray to this paper from the Prima Royal Menagerie collection.

Using a Prima Stencil I added some Golden Molding Paste which I coloured with some Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry  Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
 I sprayed some chipboard pieces with Blue Fern Studios Cotton Candy Spray Mist to add as embellishments along with some blue flat back pearls and clear irridescent sequins.

I also sprayed the word Cherish with the Blue Fern Studios Cotton Candy Spray Mist and topped it with some Rangers Glossy Accents and added some pretty Prima flowers for a finishing touch.

Be A Mermaid - 12" X 12" Blue Fern Studios Timeless Layout

It's that least to a 4-year-old little girl. You want to be happy, just be a mermaid! Laila loves to play dress-up, and I love the photo opportunities!

In this layout I used the beautiful Blue Fern Studios Timeless paper collection as well as a couple of calling cards from the collection. I didn't want to completely cover the lovely graphics of the paper so all I added to the background was some Stampendous Shabby Pink Frantage Embossing Enamel.

I accented the layout with some chipboard pieces that I covered  with some Shimmerz PaintsTexturez in Crushed Coral, some Prima flowers and a few tiny bling strips.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Adore - Altered Frame

The title says it all! This is my 4-year-old granddaughter's first school picture, she started Pre-K this year, and she's growing up way too fast!

I prepped my frame with some Deco Arts Americana Oak Gel Stain and added a single layer of  Americana Dura Clear Polyeurathane Gloss Varnish. I didn't want a super glossy surface but wanted a layer of protection so I can easily wipe the frame clean.
Once the frame was dry I added some Prima Adhesive Rub-Ons and Holographic Dreams Rub-On Foil. They are so simple and fun to use, and adhered quite easily to the wooden frame.

I added the chipboard word piece "adore" that I painted with some Jaquard Lumiere Metallic Bronze Paint, it coordinated well with the tones of the stained frame and the lovey rub-ons. 

 A small Prima flower vine adorns the bottom left side of the frame to add some colour and compliment the overall classy look of the frame.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Poppa's Girl

I wanted to do a layout that had accented both the feminine and masculin sides of this picture of our granddaughter with her Poppa, she loves riding with him in the back yard on the ATV every chance she gets, she's been doing so since she was a baby. 

I used some papers from the Sanctuary collection by Blue Fern Studios for both the background and to fussy cut to use on the top and bottom left-hand side of this layout. 

I splattered some white paint and added a beautiful doily as a base for the photo. I used some Pearl Ex  powdered pigment in Interferance Red to pain the lovely chipboard corner pieces that frame the photo so beautifully. 


The various Prima flowers add a soft touch and really pop against the dark background, as do the cut birdcage and flower pieces.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Sue Coccia's Woodland Critters "Adult Colouring Book" is printed on 80-lb watercolour paper. It takes watercolor well, but you do still have to be careful, especially when you're doing a wash, but overall I quickly learned the limitations of paint/water ratio this paper is capable of withstanding, and practice is what it takes to get familiar with your art supplies.

Here are some of the other prints I have completed from this Aboriginal artist's collection, I absolutely LOVE working with this book and have already purchased others.

Check out her website


Le Chevreuil

Le Renard
(a little too much water on the tail here made things a tad messy)

Le Colibris

Le Pic-bois
(I absolutely LOVE the colours I was able to bring out on that log!)

 Le Lievre
Le Ratton-Laveur
(doesn't he look like he's ready for mischief? Look at that face!)

Le Papillon Lune
(The green tones in this one are stunning!)

There are so many more colouring books AND watercolour books (and various art supplies) that I'd love to get as I get more comfortable with watercolours, so I thought I'd share my Amazon "wish list" so you can see what I've got my sights set on ;)

I'll be posting a tutorial on how I use the Distress Inks to colour these images soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

A New Passion

I am in love with colouring books, addicted even!! LOL I have amassed a sizeable collection thus far, which I will share at some point.

Some of the things I love about them is that I can use any and every imaginable medium to colour them and learn a lot about them in the process.

I've tried watercolour pencils, watercolour markers, water soluble coulour pencils, professional watercolour pans, pigment markers, pastel pencils....basically anything and everything I have in my art supply arsenal.

It's very relaxing and therapeutic as well as educational in way of getting to stretch the limitations of these different mediums.

I have recently stumbled across these absolutely wonderful books from Aboriginal Artist Sue Coccia. They're so expressive and lively not to mention how they're so down-to-earth and appeal to my nature-loving, tree-hugging nature. I mean this book even has a sasquatch!! LOL

The first night I got this book I stayed up colouring till 2 a.m. Here's a picture I took with my phone, I really like how this, my first attempt, turned out.

(My first Watercolored Sketch)

What I love about this particular book one is that the artist is Canadian, Aboriginal and that the images are printed on 140lb cold press watercolour paper!

Check them out here:

12" X 12" Prima Vintage Christmas Layout - Laila & Santa

My baby granddaughter is growing up way too fast! So when I get my hands on some beautiful photos I want to preserve these beautiful memories of her childhood with the perfect layout. When I got a copy of her with Santa, I immediately knew I wanted to use the photo for this month's layout challenge at My Creative Sketch

The papers I chose for this layout are Magical, Wonderland and Greeting Card from the Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas collection, as well as several patterned papers from the Prima Vintage Christmas collection. 
Also from Prima I used some Vintage Christmas chipboard pieces, flowers and alphas.
Added embellishments include gold color sequins, a gold Websters Pages Ribbon and Prima Color Bloom Sprays in Empress Gold and Antique Gold.