Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas Canvas

Hi everyone!  I know it is a busy time of the year for a lot of us.  Hard to get some crafty time in.  My shopping is done and I'm half way through wrapping.  I still have Christmas cards to send out and cookie baking, which will have to wait until the weekend.  I wanted to share a canvas with you today that I created using the new December Mixed Media Paper Kit from Frosted Designs.

I love the kit which is packed with goodies:
You can check out all of the contents here and place an order here in the Frosted Designs Online Store.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Holidays!
. . . Debbie

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

JOY Canvas

When I first saw the December challenge at Scrap Around The World, I was so taken by the beautiful images in the mood board by design team member Zaneta Glowa aka Zanka  that I knew instantly that I had to make room in my busy schedule to participate this month. I was inspired by the colors, frames and touches of gold.  A perfect mix to create a 8 x 8 canvas which will be a Christmas present to someone special to me.

Here is the mood board/sketch:

I used a lot of mixed media on my canvas, including some masking, stamping, inking, mists and glitter.   I had a gold frame in my stash which I covered with some modeling past and then inked and added some touches of  textured modeling paste.  I used lots of bits and pieces from my stash and found the beautiful angel image online.

I really enjoyed working on this canvas and want to thank Zanka for hosting the challenge this month and inspiring me to be creative!

. . . Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Love Notes

Sharing a canvas today that I made using the November Mixed Media/Paper kit from Frosted Designs.

Loved working with the Cosmo Cricket Creative Girl papers and embellishments.  For more details check out my post at Frosted Designs!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Simply Lovely

I'm glad it's the weekend!  Lots to do in a couple of days that always see to fly by, but I appreciate the weekends now that I am back working again.  I've got a layout to share that I created using the November kit and layout sketch from Artful Delight, along with the November #4 challenge board at 1 2 3 Get Scrappy.  I went diagonal with their board and incorporated a stencil/mask, circles and leaves.  I created this layout for my dear friend and best hairdresser ever.  A sweet picture of her and her husband.  

For more details on the Artful Delight November scrapbook kit you can check out the details here.

I'm working on another project, a canvas which I will share with you later on this week.  Seems like I've gotten my mojo back and am excited to be back into my hobby!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Life's Journey

My poor neglected blog and hobby. . . As most of you know it's been a rough couple of years for me and so many changes in my life with my Mom's illness.  I've traveled a path of pain and sorrow for the losses in my Mom and have now embraced where she is at and realize that it is all in God's hands.  I miss the Mom I had terribly and there isn't a day that goes by that I would give anything to sit down and talk to her. To hear her say I love you.  All that made my Mom the wonderful loving and caring person she was is gone.  All that is left is a shell that holds a lost person.  I've learned that the brain is so powerful and when it doesn't work as it should it takes so much away from a person.  I am not the same person I was a year ago and am painfully working to find myself.  I struggle with my creativity and I worry that it's lost.  I don't want to give up, but struggle with how I hold on.  I've neglected so many of you and for that I am sorry.  I always felt like my blog friends were my second family.  I thought about taking some time off but fear if I do that I will never come back.  I am fortunate that the design teams I am currently on are understanding of me and understand where I am  in life.  A big thanks to Leeanne and Barb for being there for me.   I realized the other day that I had created a layout for the October sketch challenge at Purple Pumpkin that I never posted on my blog.  I guess better late then never.

I am working on a couple of projects.  What use to take me a matter of hours to complete now can take days.  I am hoping to get them completed and posted this month.

Thanks to all of you that understand where I am at in life.  You never know where the path will take you or what it may hold.  One day at a time . . .


Monday, October 21, 2013

"Nature is the art of God."

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!  I sure did but gosh it went by too fast!  I've got a canvas to share with you today that I created for Marivic's "Autumn Is In The Air" challenge at Berry71bleu.  Our sponsors for the month of October are Speedball Art Products and Gelli Arts.  

I drew my colors from the October Challenge mood board:

We'd love to see how this mood board inspires you.  Link up your projects by the end of the month for your chance to win one of two fantastic prize packages! Check out all of the details here.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shadow Box

I know it been a few weeks since I've posted a project and paid everyone a visit.  I've been busy, busy, busy.  I'm delighted to say that after being out of work for 2 1/2 years I finally got a job!  It has been a hugh adjustment for me.  So  . .  between work, home and my mom, my free time is very limited.  I'm excited to share my project with you today.  Frosted Designs now offers a monthly Mixed Media/Paper kit.  I'm the kit coordinator and had a a lot of fun picking out the contents for our very first kit.  The kit's mixed media product is paint. 

You can find more details about the kit here along with the kit subscriptions.

I knew when I received my kit that I was going to make a shadow box to 
give as a gift to a special friend of mine.

I love all of the little details and the pops of pink.  To see more of my kit reveal please 
stop by Frosted Designs.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Friday, September 27, 2013

Berry71Bleu Design Team Call!

The Berry71Bleu Challenge Blog is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, self-sufficient, friendly, and trust-worthy new DT members.

We are a drama-free team, we take pride in what we do and we all work well together. We’re looking for altered, mixed media artists, card makers, and scrapbookers and versatile crafters that would like to play with products from our generous sponsors and one-of-a-kind tags from the owner.

As a DT member you will be required to create 1 monthly project. You will be assigned certain days of the month in which you will post your completed projects on the Berry71Bleu blog. During your term, you are required to share 1 tutorial and host 1 challenge. You are also required to comment on assigned entries.

You must have a blog, a facebook page for communication and good photography skills. You will also help promote Berry71Bleu challenges and our sponsors in social media platforms and scrapbook galleries wherever it is allowed.

As compensation, you will receive free products from sponsors and handmade tags. As a DT member you will get 30% off any products from Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop. You will also have the opportunity to work with amazing designers! 

To be considered for this team, send at least 4 of your best projects and both current and past DT commitments. Also include something about yourself and why you would want to be considered for the design team.

This call is open to anyone. International applicants are encouraged to apply! As part of this design team, members are required to pay for all shipping costs.

Email berry71bleu@att.net with all the information requested with the subject "BERRY71BLEU DT CALL." If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.

Applications must be received by 10/14/13. This is a 6-month term beginning in January 2014. Have a look around the blog,http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com, and check out our DT and GDT projects to get an idea of what you will be working with.

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Always Follow Your Heart . . . Guest Designer at 13 Arts!

I'm so excited to be guest designing today at 13 Arts!  Back in June I won their monthly challenge and Ayeeda sent me a package full of 13 Arts products to work with.  I worked with the beautiful All Is Collection along with some pretty flowers and some amazing mists.  I love their mists!  So rich and vibrant.

My layout was created using their current September challenge.  There are still a couple of days left to enter the challenge.  You can find all the details here!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Just The 2 Of Us

Lots of new things have been happening over at Frosted Designs!  They have opened an online store with lots of great products.   You find all the details here and enter for a chance to win one of two prizes.  It's my turn today on their blog and I am sharing a layout I created using  products from their online store.

I chose to work with the beautiful collection Shabbylicious by Fabscraps.  Love these papers!  They are perfect for any type of picture, but I decided to go with an old photo of my Mom and her brother.

Here I have added a cluster and used products from Kaisercraft Paper Blooms , an Um Wow Flair and a Fabscraps sticker.

I added some circles using the Heidi Swapp Confetti Stencil and some Golden Molding Paste.

What I love about the Heidi Swapp Confetti Stencil is that it has scattering of circles, stars and hearts on it.  Here I have added some hearts.

Please make sure you head on over to Frosted Designs and enter for a chance to win a prize.  While you are there make sure you sign up for their newsletter.

Starting in October they will be offering two kits for sale.  A Scrapbook Kit and a Mixed Media Paper Kit.  I'm thrilled to announce that I am the Mixed Media Paper Kit Coordinator.  I have been putting together some unique kits that offer products for those of you that are new to mixed media, as well as seasoned mixed media artists.  I can't wait to share the first kit with you next month.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I Love Your Smile

I decided to go through a box of old pictures of my kids, as it seems like ages since I used any of them on my layouts and came across one of my son.  He was so little and so darn cute.  He still has the sweetest smile and dimples that I am sure will melt the heart of any girl and has grown into a  handsome young man.  I used my September kit from Artful Delight along with their September Layout sketch.

You can find all the details of the kit contents here as well as the sketch layout challenge.  We also are having a detail call.  All the details can be found in the link above.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Walking In The Forest

Happy September 1st!  
Can't believe how fast this year has flown by.  I am hosting the September Challenge at Berry71bleu this month.  It's a sketch challenge.  I designed the sketch and in addition to using it I ask that you incorporate some mixed media into your project.  We have two great sponsors this month, Maja Design and The Porkchop Show.  Each member of the DT was given the Walking In The Forest collection by Maja Design to work with this month.  Here is the layout I created.
Love this photo of my Grandmother combined with the pretty papers from the Walking In The Forest Collection.

Here I have used some chipboard from Scrapiniec, who sponsored our DT.  I also used the new Prima mask Lace Doily #1 by Finnabair.  Love this mask!

I incorporated a lot of stamping in my layout using Kaisercraft stamps and inks.

Please come by Berry71bleu here to check out of the details for the September challenge and then create a project for a chance to win on of our prizes this month.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Monday, August 26, 2013

Life Is Good

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  
Today I have a layout to share using the August kit from Artful Delight.  
There are still a few kits left.  If you would like to purchase one you can find them here.
I've been on a outline kick lately with my black zig writer pen.  Love the clean and crisp look!

Wish me luck today.  I've got a job interview and am really hoping for the best.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Guest Designing at Scraptown Lady . . .

I'm guest designing today at Scraptown Lady!   I guest designed for Cheryl at Scraptown Lady last month with products from Prima's Fairy Belle Collection.  This time I created a canvas using the gorgeous detailed papers from Prima's Fairy Belle.
Along with the Prima Fairy Belle Papers and flowers from Cheryl's store I used  some Faber Castell Gelatos in Guava, Peach, Pistachio and Gold,  along with some Tattered Angels Blue Skies Glimmer Mist, Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold and Mister Huey's Color Mist First Kiss.  Toss in some stickles in Frosted Lace and Pink, some white tulle and a few Martha Stewart gold butterflies, Dusty Attic Chipboard and my new Crafters Workshop Mini Halftone Borders mask.  Love this new mask!!

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Thursday, August 22, 2013

One That Almost Got Away - Purple Pumpkin August Sketch Challenge

I want to share a layout with you that I created for the August sketch challenge at Purple Pumpkin.  I should have posted this the beginning of the month, but better late then never.
I used some Crate Paper Acorn Avenue (another forgotten purchase), along with some UmWow Studio chipboard and some Purple Pumpkin embellishments.

There is still plenty of time to enter the Purple Pumpkin August sketch challenge.  You can check out all of the details here along with the August sketch which I designed.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mixed Media Canvas

This month at Berry71bleu our challenge is hosted by Norma and it's a fun one, "Get Creative With Textiles."  Our DT is sponsored by Inkido with papers from their Beautiful Memories collection and Scrapiniec, a Polish manufacturer of gorgeous chipboard along with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft who sent the DT lots of products to work with.  I decided to step out of my comfort zone and create a mixed media canvas for Norma's challenge.
I really enjoyed working with the gelatos from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.  Love the rich colors and various ways you can use them.

Here I used a Prima Mask and applied some modeling paste.  After the paste dried I used various colors of gelatos, Guava, Butter Cream, Chocolate, Metallic Blueberry and Earl Grey on the modeling paste.

I  applied some Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Gesso on a metal heart and once it dried I dabbed on some Chocolate gelatos.  I also dabbed my flowers with the Chocolate gelatos.

 I covered the Scrapiniec chipboards with gelatos, using Chocolate on one and a mixture of Earl Grey and Metallic Blueberry on the other one.  Love the details of the Scrapiniec chipboard!

I would love for you to join in on the fun and create a project for our August Challenge!  Check out Norma's post here and check out the wonderful prizes we have from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft.

Thanks for stopping by!
. . . Debbie