Wow…….it has been awhile since I shared with you all!! Life has gotten in the way…..almost everything fun and relaxing has taken a back seat. One of the new additions to our family and farm…………KEELEY………..has taken up so much of our time. Training her has become almost a full time job, knowing it will be all worth while in the end.

About a month ago, Christy Strickler proposed a mixed media blog hop. Several incredibly talented ladies jumped on board. Of course, I also wanted to play and learn(along the way). The mixed media blog hop was formed. If you come upon my site first, you need to go to  Christy Strickler’s blog to start hopping. You will see several fantastic projects along the way!!!!!

With Valentine’s Day close, I had a “love” project in mind…………..but, it did not pan out as I have not been able to get my hands on old chicken and barb wire…………… it was put on hold.

A couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop at Life’s Memories and More in Palmer, Mass. Tanya operates a wonderful scrapbook store and offers many workshops. The workshop was instructed by no other than the very talented Jen Starr. She is a designer, instructor and mixed media artist. Oh my………… many “new” products………..ones head is spinning!!!! Colorful Concoctions did not disappoint!!! We learned image transfer, played with Colorburst and other new goodies. From this three hour workshop and several hours at home, finishing it up…………..came this wonderful piece.


This piece, a tribute to our passed friend(yes, she is a sheep but contributed so much to our farm and lives). I used shades of yellow, green, brown, burgundy and oranges as they are my favorite colors………….

Some techniques I used: diecutting and rusting soda cans, stamping, faux stitching,  inking, painting then shading, stenciling and image transfer.

I used gesso, Colorburst, Dylussions brown paint(I love this stuff), Adirondack espresso paint, yellow Stickles, chipboard, 12×12 canvas,black Enamel Accents, black Pitt pen, yellow thread, soda can, Dusty Attic rusting powder, button, heart and swirl dies, clear bobble, Perfect Pearls from Ranger, Viva Decor glitter paste and dimensional flakes.

Please hop along and check out the other fabulous projects from these talented ladies!!!

Christy Strickler:

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Making a Pine Wood Derby Car………………………hmmmmm, isn’t that for the Boy Scouts?? I remember my oldest making a couple of them and competing with them. That track was amazing!!! How fast did those little cars go………..WOW!!!! Now……….that was almost 12 years ago, yea, at least!!! With dad’s help, Tim had fun and did quite well competing!

Fast forward to today…………………………when asked who wanted to accept the challenge to make a mixed media car……………..guess who raised her hand??? YUP, that would be me!!! I love to explore the world of mixed media……even though I am still learning! What a way to combine the two………..mixed media and a Pine wood Derby Car. All the cars needed to start out  alike…………but, that is where the likeness stopped! After lots of thought, I decided I wanted to construct a pullin’ tractor…………….a mixed media pullin’ tractor!

Hubby cut both ends off to make the main part of the body with his chop saw. A first for me was forming the modeling clay to make fenders, seat and weights. While the clay was drying, The main part of the body was rotated so I could use the largest part as the hood of the tractor. I took to whittling down and rounding the hood. My paint job came out rough as I mixed together green gliitter and the Tim Holtz forest mass paint. Different but I like how it came out! I used a few pieces that came in the derby car kit……………the engine block, screws and muffler pipes. I altered these pieces by rusting them. I added the bling at the end to glitz it up, some! Of course, I needed to have a driver…………………the lambie fit the bill!!!


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      What a fun project!!! Hope you enjoyed checking out my Pullin’ Tractor.

Wanna see more fantastic cars???? Check out these blogs:

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I have been asked soooooo many times “how did you do that”?

Distressing……….hmmmm………it is not as easy as it looks! I have been perfecting it for five years, now and still am not able to do it like the pros. I am learning a little at a time, though.

Well………….I am going to try to show you how I  go about distressing. Remember….there is more than one way to get the look you want, you just have to give em’ a try. Practice makes perfect!!! I am sorry for the poor quality of the photos……….the youngest took these photos and is not that familiar with my camera………

Here are the tools I use to distress with: Tim Holtz distressing inks(I can not talk about how the other inks work as I only use the TH inks), distressor, Ranger blending tool and foam pads(there are two sizes….the one I have and a smaller round one…..I have that one coming), make up sponges, razor blade sandwiched between popsicle sticks.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.13.26 PM     1.) To ink the edges of the paper, I use a makeup sponge(wedge shaped). You can apply the ink pad directly to the edges but I find the sponge to be easier…………it also allows you to get a tiny bit of ink on the front of the paper.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.13.48 PM     2.) To give the paper a over all inked appearance, I use the Ranger blending tool and the sponge that fits it. Starting off the paper, you swirl in a circular motion…..onto the paper. This takes some time and practice to figure out how hard you need to press and how wide your swirls need to be.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.14.09 PM     3.) Tearing the paper is quite easy. I like to control my tears…………..keeping my fingers close to where I tear. Please note that if you tear the paper up with your right hand……………you will get the white or core of the paper facing up. You can ink the tears with the TH blending tool or leave them plain.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.14.32 PM     4.) Next up is distressing the edges. If you use the distressing tool, you will get a fuzzy look. I pull the tool toward me while holding the paper close to the edge. You can ink the underside and edges of the paper first to get a different look.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.14.54 PM    The youngest made me a tool that would tear the paper while I ran it along the edges. It is made from a razor blade and four popsicle sticks. I use it the same way as I do the distressing tool.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.15.15 PM     5.) The latest type of distressing I learned id rolling paper. This opened up a new world for me! To achieve the look of rolled paper…………….I tape the paper to the page…..running the tape about an inch from the edges. I get the paper slightly wet underneath( I use my finger and spit). Then I start rolling the edges…………I place the paper so I am rolling it towards me. I might tear the corners off or might roll them. To get that deep tear…………just rip towards the center. You can leave it there or completely remove it……then roll.

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This is a display page of all the ways I distress paper……………paper that will go on my LOs.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 7.16.30 PM     I want to thank you for joining me in this distressing tutorial. I hope you pick up something that you can use.

Have a great day!!!

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The dictionary describes layering as “a covering that is set between two levels.”  To me layering means many pieces of paper, lace, ribbons, embellishments, paint, inks or Washi placed on top of each other in a fashion that allows one to see a part of each element. I am going to try to teach you how I go about layering……..yes, there are many different ways to approach layering but this is how I do it.

1.) I collect everything that I might need for my project(putting together more than I really need). I will pick and choose the goodies  I want to use when I add the photos.

P10609152.) Next, I play with the paper…………………what pieces of pp or cardstock works with my photo/s. This is where I go to my scraps………..yea, use them up!  I just start placing(layering) the pieces in a pleasing order………..I have not started to create the shapes, yet. In this LO, I have decided to make thinner layers instead of using larger layers. Remember, you do not always have to use a square…………change it up and add rectangles, circles and triangles to your layers. If you have problems visualizing the different shapes you want to use……..make yourself some chipboard templates(keep them). Now start layering those templates till you are happy………….now cut out the paper.

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3.) Before you start placing the layers on your background……..let’s layer that background page. I love to stamp, ink, mist, use gesso or paint. It is all about adding one layer on top of another. So……let’s stencil on some gesso. Let it dry then stamp a pattern, lightly, around  the page. Add a few darker stamps on top of that. You wil probably want to color your gesso. Now lightly spritz some mist. Let all dry.


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4.) One thing I do is as you remove the layers…one by one…..mark a corner. Try to mark it under the photo or another layer…….that way you can not see the marks. I do this so the pieces are placed exactly where I want them.Screen shot 2015-03-10 at 12.43.38 PM5.) Now start to add the pieces one layer at a time…………..attaching them with your glue or tape. P1060939P1060942








6.) After I get the layers adhered, I add the photos. I usually use pop dots as my layers make parts of the photo stick up of the page.


7.) Now you can add your embellies and journaling………layer the journal behind the photo.

Here is my ending LO…………..complete with all the layers.

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The inspiration for this LO comes from several places. A fabulous sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooking Magazine. Two mood boards………….the first from Creative Embellishments and then Scrap Around the World.

The fabulous sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooking Magazine:


Creative Embellishments had a fantastic mood board! I love so many elements to get inspiration from. The swirls and sparkles drew my attention. They love to add twists……….well, February’s twist was to use a ombre effect. I achieved this with the different shades of green matting the photo. I use the burlap background and the leafy swirl chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments. Of course, I altered them!!!


Scrap Around the World’s mood board really sparked my creative juices. I absolutely love the color green!!! But………….WOW…………..look at the ombre effects within!!!!


My LO a combination of all……………I am happy with the way it turned out!  I used all of my favorite scrappy goodness in this LO.


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Thank you for visiting my blog….I hope you have a terrific day!!!

A note to all…………..I am in the progress of updating my blog info…………please be patient as I work through this process.

Thank you in advance!!!!

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I love the look of rusted metal………….not sure why?  Maybe it is because  it means that piece has been around awhile…………..stood the test of time. Maybe because it reminds me of  someone that lived a time ago. Maybe because I love the aging process…………aged naturally. I have tons of rusted tools decorating my home and outside in the gardens. I especially love rusted milk cans, milk strainers and old buckets………yea, they do not hold liquid anymore but look good!

There is several ways to rust something but The method I am about to demonstrate is the easiest and quickest way. It takes me two days to rust soda cans and other pieces of metal. I only get to scrap in the evening, so I will apply the glue and powder then.

You will need: scissors(I use Fiscars Amplify for mixed media), Sizzix and the thick dies, exacto knife, softer paint brush, Rusting powder by Dusty Attic, spray bottle of regular vinegar, a catch tray or piece of paper to catch the powder and  decoupage glue.

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1.)Cut clean soda or beer cans using the exacto knife or scissors. You want to cut off the top and bottom. Discard both ends.

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2.) Wipe the inside and outside well to clean all surfaces. I use heavy duty baby wipes. BE CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING CUT METAL…………YOU CAN GET CUT!!!!!! Cut the piece of metal with the Sizzix or by hand to make your shapes.

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3.) Lightly sand the side you are going to rust. You want to just scratch the surface. Wipe down the surface again.

Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 7.30.19 AM     4.)Paint the sanded side with glue…………..covering the entire piece with a thick layer. I found that a softer paintbrush will not leave streaks on sanded metal.

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5.) Immediately sprinkle the piece with the rusting powder………covering the piece completely. Turn over the piece and gently tap to let extra powder to fall off.

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6.) Now spray the piece with vinegar. Be generous. Let set to dry. Within fifteen minutes, you will start to see the rusting effect take place. Let this dry for several hours.

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7.) After it has dried, seal the piece again with the decoupage glue. Let set till dry. You can now embellish it or use it as is on your work of art.

Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 7.32.21 AM       Here are some examples of the rusted pieces, I have made and used. The left LO has rusted hearts and the swirl is rusted. The swirl is chipboard. On the right LO, I used rusted stars and swirl………the swirl is also chipboard. I attach the rusted metal pieces with pop dots or Aleene’s No Sew, Tombow and Glossy Accents.

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If you have any questions………..feel free to get a hold of me!

Thank you for visiting my blog to learn a new technique! Have a great day!!!

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Where has the month gone?? I am not sure! It started out mild with a small amount of snow…….well, now we have endless freezing cold, wind and snow everywhere. I really love the snow but this cold and wind is getting old. Welcome to New England!!!

With the cold weather, you would think I have tons of scrappy time……..well, not really! I have been taking care of the animals, shoveling snow and trying to become more self sufficient when it comes to our food. I have started to make our own granola bars, breakfast bars and energy drinks. I finished canning pizza sauce, brown beer mustard and some more chicken. I, however, am still able to scrap in the evenings. I have finished a few LOs this month. My method to de stress!!

A couple of inspirational blogs, I follow, put out these fabulous January challenges. I was able to combine them as I loved the sketch and the inspirational photo!! I really loved this photo from Creative Embellishments…………… looks like a older house buried on the edge of the woods. My kinda living. I love the snowy look and pulled my inspiration from the it.


I also feel in love with this sketch from the Canadian Scrapbookers Magazine.  I loved the fact you could make it your easily. I really did not have much trouble reducing it to my 81/2×11 pages. Ahhh then there is the snow flakes!

10888823_1020587201291605_4966997119760056653_n          Now, my LO…………I found this photo on line and fell in love with it. A spider web frozen in time!!! Hence the title. I used snowflake and evergreen tree chipboard from Creative Embellishments, altering them to match my LO. I whitewashed the top part of the wood paper adding splotches of gesso and glitter to make it look snowy. The icicles are Glossy Accents.



Thank you all for looking at my LO! Enjoy your day!!

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WOOHOO………………..I finally was able to get a LO done for Shirley’s sketch challenge!!! It has been a couple of months since I was able to finish it on time!  I love her sketches……..they  are so easy to adapt and have fun playing with!! December’s sketch proved different……………….man, it was different! I actually was challenged to complete this LO!!! It is not my style………oh, no it was not! As hard as I tried to encompass my style into it………I could not. Here is the sketch for December:

10806395_765996120142943_8261583273989056461_nIt took me awhile to decide what to do……………….yea, I decided to copy the sketch but add my twist. I inked, misted, tore paper and used straight lines. I used journal strips to help the journaling stand out against the background. The black squares will contain the photos…………….my printer broke and I am awaiting the new one to arrive on my doorstep. It will not come any to soon!!!! Here is my take on this sketch:

P1060587Thank you for looking……hope you have a terrific New Year!!!!

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Wow…….where has the year gone??? It flew by so fast………….accomplished tons but there is still more to do. Guess, there is always next year! I do not set goals in my scrapbooking……………why??? I enjoy scrappin’ and would not like it if I feel pressured to construct a page or two. I am a slow scrapper………not to mention the fact I love to play with mixed media/texture.

Speaking of mixed media………………here is another creation of mine. The inspiration came from this fabulous photo:


Creative Embellishments offered up this inspirational piece! WOW!!! There is so much to draw from………….since I make all-natural Christmas wreaths and other decorations, I decided to scrap some of my wreaths I constructed this year. I also drew from the red and green in the photo. I used the chicken wire stencil to add modeling paste and different colors of ink.

I want to thank the folks at Creative Embellishments for going out of their way to get these holly chipboard pieces to me!!!!!

Here is my LO: sorry there are no photos……….my Kodak printer died and I had to order a new printer. It has not came in yet…………I am really bummed!



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Welcome to another fabulous post! I am bringing you a project I had fun creating…….

A dear friend tagged me with this new challenge blog……WORDS and PAINTERY.  Must I say WOW!! I am fairly new to mixed media but………….am having tons of fun with it!!! I use it on my scrapbooking pages………….find it adds dimension and texture. I have not delved into canvasses, yet. but am planning two canvases as Christmas presents. In October, Words and Paintery presented us with this color challenge.


I love these colors…………..they remind me of the colors I use on my winter layouts but I found this inspirational piece on Pinterest…………..fell in love with it!  I decided to combine the two pieces.


Soooooooooooo, I came up with this version: STRUTTIN’


I started out with a off white canvas. I added the hexagon stencils using modeling paste. Adding layers upon layers of light and medium blue paint, yellow mist, midnight blue mist and green mist. I painted the plastic covered chicken wire with hunter green spray paint. I then decided to use fall colored leaves but they were to bright so I inked them with TH frayed burlap distressing ink. I also cut out other leaves with my Big Shot. I clustered the leaves and attached to the page. I added the dark brown burlap under the leaves. After matting the fantastic photo of our chicken, I wrapped the bottom of it with gold/brown/white twine and tied a bow………..leaving tails. I journalled on the computer(Dakota handwriting) and printed it on the blue. After tearing it out, I inked it with TH mustard seed and Prima pastel brown.

Thank you for joining me while I reveal this fabulous piece of art.

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