SCRAPBOOKERS BLOG TOUR

Hi ya’ll……………………..and welcome to my little world of scrappy heaven!

To get things started, I need to explain the header photo…………….sheep’s rear ends. We show our sheep in 4-H and open(adult) at many of the local fairs. When you show a group(this group is called a flock), you need to have the rear ends of the group facing the judge. The judge will walk around the front to check the heads. The owner of the sheep does not have a hold of any head, either. He/she is responsible for setting the back feet and taking the heads of the middle sheep…….when the judge looks at them. This photo was taken at our last fair and shows our Reserve Champion Over-all-Breeds Flock. We were honored to achieve this placing!!!

Now off to check out what makes me tick……………..in the scrap room!! I want to thank Shirley for tagging me…………….you can check out her blog to see how inspirational she is. She hosts monthly sketch challenges  and is incredible using mixed media!!!  I was real honored to have been asked to participate in the Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour!!!!

1.) WHAT AM I WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I just pulled a bunch of “fall” type goodies to work on a beautiful foliage photo. The photo was taken on a recent  weekend trip to Pittsfield, Vt. Although the foliage was past peak………………..I was able to find some fantastic scenery.

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My desk is kept clean from LO to LO as that is all I have room for. Most of my tools, mists and paints are kept in front of me…………back of desk.

2.) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE A PROJECT?

I usually have a couple of hours at night to scrap……….well, maybe a rainy day would be an exception. I never get a LO done in one setting! The type of techniques I use determines how long the LO will take.  No mixed media technique will take two to four hours. A LO that has some sort of mixed media, on it, will take time to dry………………………usually four to eight hours. I also love making my own embellishments and letters. During the summer months…………………it might take me a week or more to complete a LO. To many factors are working against me………………no time, ambition or creative energy!!!

3.) WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE THINGS TO CREATE WITH AT THE MOMENT?

Tools would be my Sizzix, Cricut and disrtressor. I love to use distressing inks, modeling paste, gesso, mists, twine,  distressing paints, markers, flowers, wood, natural fibers, metal pieces and my punches. I love to make my own embellishments!  My latest love is punching out shapes from soda cans. I then prep the aluminum shape to rust it.

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4.) HOW DOES MY WRITING/CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?

Most of the time I have a sketch or inspirational LO first. My inspiration selection process includes do I love it and can I down-size the original(to my 81/2×11 pages). Then I decide upon a photo or series of photos. Once I have the photo…………………..I select paper, burlap, twine/ribbon, embellies, borders, stencils and whatever I need for mixed media……………I make a kit. Of course, goodies will be added or taken away as I proceed with my LO…………………it is always  evolving. 85% of the time……………my LO does not look exactly like the original. You will be able to see the main elements, though!

5.)HOW DO I BECOME INSPIRED AND STAY INSPIRED?

My creativeness depends upon the seasons. When I am real busy………………I am not very creative. When it slows down………………I start scanning blogs to find sketches and will pull upon other “peeps” work. I love to look at others LOs to become inspired………….how can I make it my own, what do I love about it or just look at the elements or techniques.

6.) WHAT IS MY SIGNATURE STYLE?

My style is MINE!!!  Someone once told me that I should never “nail” my style down. Yes, when you see one of my LOs……………….you can tell its mine, or so I’ve been told. I do tend to gravitate towards the distressed……country look. I stay away from bright colors……….will use them but always mute them. I have started to use white background……………..mainly due to the fact it is a clean canvas to start with. I am playing around with mixed media and love it. I love to reserve the right to try new techniques………….to find out if I like or love it! If I love it…………..that technique will make its way on my pages. I am known to use “flowers” on my guy’s pages………….but I mix them with metal embellies.

Here is a example of a LO I just finished:

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THANK YOU ALL FOR VISITING MY BLOG…………………I HOPE YOU  LEARNED SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT MAKES ME TICK!!!!!

To keep this tour going, I have tagged one other mixed media/scrapbooker.

Help me welcome CHRISTINE MIKKLOA to the world of blog tours.

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Christine is a incredibly artistic person! She has some fabulous tutorials(at which I have learned from) on her blog. I love her clean and simple style but she is not afraid to add mixed media. She loves to use bright colors………….using them well.

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YOU & ME

Every once and a while, I love to get a little frilly. This sketch from C’est Magnifique provided the inspiration to do so!!!

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I love how the straight lines are paired with circular swirls. I decided to do a LO with depth, straight lines and many swirls……………not in a circle but outlining the sides of the photo. I also kept the photo B&W so it would stand out against all the light colors. The photo is of our son, Tim and his fiance. They are leaning against our locust arbor. With all the weeds………….I thought it looked rustic!

YOU & ME

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I hope you enjoy taking a peek at some of my LOs!! Come back soon!!! Thank you………..

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ALL STAR

Inspiration boards provide me with that needed kick in the butt to get a LO started! Check out the inspiration board over at Scrapstuffz…………..amazing!!

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My oh my…………what does this photo remind you of???? Me………………it reminds me of a fair. This is the time of the year that we are busy showing our sheep at many of the local fairs. Yes, we do see ferris wheels and all the rides but do not take the time to ride on them! Showing sheep usually takes all day then it is time to go home!!! The last two fairs proved to be incredible for us!  We came out on top even with competition! These photos were taken at our last show. Daniel took second in showmanship, grand and reserve champion ram and ewe, Icelandic sheep. He even came in second when it came to champion over all breeds flock…………………NOW, THAT IS A FEAT IN ITS SELF!!!!!

ALL STAR

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Thank you for visiting my blog and looking into a bit of our lives!!!

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100% COUNTRY

Imagine how elated I was to find out we were going to have “family” photos taken. With everyone’s schedule, I figured it would not happen. Tim and Kayla gave Dennis and I a family photo shoot for our 25th wedding anniversary…………….WOOHOO!!! It is going to happen!!! Jessica, the lady taking our photos……………………thought it was time I had some photos taken of myself. Now, this is new to me as I am the one behind the camera…………….WOW a novelty!  So, naturally, I hammed up to the camera.

This LO was a combination of several inspirations. The first, a sketch, from Scrapbook Challenges……………….I loved this sketch so much. I could take it any way I wanted.

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The other inspiration came from Butterfly Reflections Ink,  letsgetinspired2.blogspot.com and gauchealchemy.com. I love mood boards…………………..there is so many inspirations to draw from………………..I decided to use the tree canopy and the fall colors. Oh, yea………..then there is cowboy boots!!! My dream shoe………yea, I own a pair that I treasure!!!! I love nature and everything that is in nature! I used wood paper as the background(tree trunks) and yellows, greens, browns, rusts and oranges. Some fall colored leaves made their way onto my LO, too.

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“100% COUNTRY”

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We love to take our Jeep out into our woods and just drive around. It was natural I pose on the hood……………in no place other than the woods!

Here is a close up of the embellishment cluster.

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I purchased the flower cluster….it is hand made. I love using raffia to drape in circles. The oak leaves are punched out then I added black veins. I also used orange silk flowers to back the cluster.

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog to check out this LO! Thank you  for stopping by!!!!

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just a little glimpse DOWN UNDER

This is going to be a short post as a storm is bearing down on us!

Check out Shirley’s blog……….she has terrific sketches and challenges! Here is July’s fabulous sketch:

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I decided to make this sketch a double pager as I had the photos. It is of us shearing our sheep’s bellies. We take the wool from the bellies as we have found it makes the sheep look taller.

“just a little glimpse DOWN UNDER”

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CAMP IWANNASCRAP BLOG HOP WINNER

WOOHOO……………..we have a winner of ScrappinPeeps Camp IWANNASCRAP!!!!!!  ScrappinPeeps is a private board but welcomes new scrappers……….much inspiration can be found there…..come join us!

Now, the moment you all have been waiting for…………..the winner of the blog hop is……………….LYNN!  Congtrats Lynn!!! Get a hold of me with you addy, likes and dislikes and I will get your RAK out ASAP!!!!!

Stay tuned to a new post today………it is sheepish!!!!

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CAMP IWANNASCRAP BLOG HOP

Welcome to the Scrappin’ Peeps summer Camp Iwannascrap blog hop. I am pleased to be a part of  this fun hop! You will see several fantastic projects! If you have arrived here by accident…..great!!! Start you hop along at Mandi’s blog. You should have came from Stella’s blog…..if not check her out.

When given the summer camp idea and asked to run with it……………….I decided, well, thought on it. What should I do??? I could do anything!!! A recent event, here at our place, is the engagement of Tim to his fiance’ Kayla. While he asked her to marry him last August, they are working hard to get the wedding preparations done. They decided to ask a good friend’s mother to marry them. She is the Justice of the Peace or so they thought! Kayla wanted to do something different to ask her. Since she has chickens and Kayla’s family just bought chicks…………..Kayla decided to “dress” up two chicks………….in a box………….to ask her. Kayla’s grandmother helped with the bow tie and veil. I helped turn a shoe box into a work of art. They soon found out that their friend’s mom was not a Justice of the Peace but she was thinking of becoming one……………this was the “push” for her.

Kayla wanted something simple………….the box will ask her to marry them. We decided to use nothing other than wood……….yes, paper. I pieced the wood paper together so it looked like one whole piece of paper. Some of the seams are covered with a natural colored cording………….mostly on the bottom. We picked the paper for the die cuts and Kayla cut them out with my Cricut. We put them together and enhanced them. The wood picket fence was painted white. I had the grass border, we just added dimension to it. I cut the letters out with my Sizzix and Vintage Marketplace die. Since Kayla loves sunflowers……….we put a couple on the box. I sent Kayla home with all the pieces and she put it together. Although this project seems simple…………………It took us three hours to complete.  Check out the bow tie and veil on those cute chicks!!!!

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Oh yea, if you leave a comment and tell me what “big” event has happened so far this summer……………….you will be entered for a RAK customized to you!!!!!

Here is a list of all of us participating in the blog hop:

Mandi: mjskraze.blogspot.com

Stella: myscrapbliss.blogspot.com

Robyn: cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com

Christine: terrapincreekdesignstudio.blogspot.com

Your next stop is Christine’s blog…………enjoy the hop!!!!!

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WOW….another month has come to a end!! Where has it gone??? Where is that fabulous spring weather? Not quite sure!

May was a fabulous month…………..spring flowers have shown their beautiful faces and all our babies have been born!! Dennis and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Fared pretty well………..two ewe(girl) lambs and four ram(boy) lambs. One girl goat and a boy goat. We are keeping the girl goat(posted in the photo above), both baby ewe lambs and two of the ram lambs. These boys will be joining our flock as breeding stock(next year’s fathers).

I did get a few spare moments to play in the scrap room! It always relaxes me and gets those creative juices flowing!! Shirley, over at her blog is celebrating her second year anniversary. She offered three different challenges: Single page LO, double page LO and a card. Fantastic!!! I was able to get the double page and single page done…………WOOHOO!! Her sketches are fantastic! This double pager really drew me in…………..AAAHAAA! I have a series of photos for it!

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I love chicks…………….they are so fluffy and their peeps are music to my ears! I decided to take photos of them growing up…………sure does not take long! The background paper is colored with watercolor gel crayons…….my oh my they are fun to play with!!! I also used distressing ink and stamps to create special effects. My LO:

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Thank you for stopping by and giving me the opportunity to share my work!!!

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happy

A tender moment between mom, Cassie and daughter, Isis.

Inspiration for this LO came from a variety of places. First, April’s Child’s Play challenges wanted us to use these beach sand bottles. Lovely!!! But, the colors really did not appeal to me so I decided to use the real thing………….sand. I stenciled a stone wall as my back layer.

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The month of April brought Child’s Play blog and Scrapstuffz blog together. Scrapstuffz blog issued a sketch challenge using this fabulous sketch by Laura Whitaker.

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It just happen that C’est Magnifique’s sketch was similar. Sooooooo, i tied the two sketches together to give the Lo a added umph.

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Now……….combining all these fabulous inspiration pieces, I came up with this LO:

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I used a variety of different medias to come up with this LO. I stenciled with gesso then sprinkled sand on top, misting, painting and cotton gauze. Tons of fun!!!!!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!! Have a great day!

 

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WINNER…………..WINNER….

A winner was chosen randomly for the Skrapnchat spring blog hop! What a fun time! Hope you all enjoyed the projects……I know I did!

Without further ado……………the winner of my RAK is:  MCBUFF(JANET)!!!!

Contact me and I will get the custom prize put together!!!!

 

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