Monthly Archives: September 2014

Together Shadowbox

Together Shadowbox

Last month our older son was married to his sweetheart, so we were all together In Ohio for the occasion. His brother and sister were in the wedding party (best man and pianist/bridesmaid), so they were all looking sharp and enjoying the occasion. My very favorite photo from the weekend was a shot I took of the three of them the morning of the wedding. They are each so different, but their affection for one another was evident, and what warms a mom’s heart like that?

I picked up a 7 Gypsies shadow box on sale recently and realized it would be perfect for showcasing this picture.


I haven’t done a project like this, and I really had fun with it. The shadowbox was white, so I started by painting it (I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints by Ranger). Then I hunted through my 6 x 6 paper stash for colors that would work in the little boxes on the right. I had also picked up the wooden button (part of a set by Prima) and the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts on sale. So the whole thing came together pretty easily and inexpensively.

Here a few close-ups:




I really liked how the painted alpha parts ended up. I used the same Distress Paints on them and wiped paint off here and there to get a slightly distressed look after watching Tim do something similar on a video. Pretty cool!

I’m thinking there may be some grandparents who might like something like this come Christmas… But no promises!

Wedding Card

Wedding Card



Something about doilies and kraft paper just makes me happy. White heat embossing on kraft makes me happy. Witnessing a couple exchange marriage vows makes me happier. Such a privilege to be present and part of the celebration!

That classy script sentiment is from the Friendship Messages stamp set at Simon Says Stamp, a fabulously useful set.

In My Planner

In My Planner

DLP b&w spread

“Black & white” was the prompt from Art to the 5th for the Documented Life Planner project, week 36. I love working in black and white. I used paint on deli paper, then added washi tapes and Tim Holtz rub ons and a phrase sticker: Be brave and do it. That was what my week was like, every day just picking myself up and doing the next thing, even when it was hard.

Here’s a detail image:

DLP b&w detail


New Art in My Etsy Shop

New Art in My Etsy Shop

This morning I listed a couple items that I had had in a local brick-and-mortar shop, which has since gone out of business.

First up is a favorite of mine, this Peace Be Still mixed-media piece:


It’s 12″ by 12″, and I hope you can tell from the photos how highly textured it is. The wild sea and bronze frame bits shimmer in the light. It’s just cool, if I do say so myself.

Here are a couple detail shots:

PeaceBeStill Detail 1

PeaceBeStill detail 2


This next piece is smaller and less flashy and maybe a little esoteric. Or not. Anyway:


This canvas panel measures 7″ tall and 5″ wide. It’s a collage piece with acrylics. What do you see? You can buy it on Etsy here.


Hey There.

Hey There.

heythere Card

The card-making bug hit again this past week.  This “hey there” card uses a fun stamp set by Mama Elephant, which I had out to make a birthday card for a friend.

happy bday

This is the birthday card my friend will get in the mail tomorrow if she hasn’t already gotten it.

These next three are all made from the September Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. I’m in love with the patterned papers in this kit, and the stamps are pretty fun to mess around with. I’m a reader, so the book images and the book-themed stickers that come with the kit are right up my alley. I think I’ll be making some bookmarks from the kit too…

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