Inspiration Wednesday - Triple Crescent Moon

Posted by Susan on Sunday, March 08, 2015 in ,
So this page started out as my Inspiration Wednesday Week 5 project. Now if you look at the project Donna Downey created for IW5 you're probably wondering how on earth I got from there to here. Well....it's a bit of a journey, so let me tell you.

I made my molding paste skins (the moons), but then they were just too small, and I didn't really have another stencil large enough that I could use for this technique. So I kept them. Now I could have added an inclusion to my page, but without skins large enough, the effect wouldn't work anyway, so I kept my page as is. I wanted to add a textured bottom, like Donna's, but I didn't want to re-create the "nest" idea, so.....I tried beads. Well, they sort of worked. They were larger than they should have been for what I was trying to achieve, but I rolled with it anyway.

From there however, I think the page began to take on a life of it's own and well, a bunch of ink spray, molding paste through a stencil, more seed beads, some stitching stamps and a tag later and voila!

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It's really interesting how this worked out though. I chose to use my three moon skins in the shape of the Triple Crescent Moon, which symbolizes the maiden, the mother and the crone. But what I didn't realize until I was almost finished the page was that today is International Women's Day. So all in all, I think it's a rather fitting layout for the day.

Thanks for reading!


Dylusions Art Journal
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Art Supplies - Molding Paste, Light Molding Paste, Gesso, Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Beads - Unknown
Stamps - Bo Bunny and Unknown Foam Stamps


Inspiration Wednesday - Passion for Spring

Posted by Susan on Saturday, March 07, 2015 in ,
Another fun week at Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. It's never too late to join and I admit I'm learning a lot of unique techniques.

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Dylusions Journal by Ranger
Paper - Bazzil Basics Antique Dictionary Print
Stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Stamps - Stampendous and Stampin' Up
Prima Flowers
Dylusions spray ink
Art Supplies - Gesso, Glazing Liquid, Light Molding Paste


Inspiration Wednesday - Shoot for the Moon

Posted by Susan on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in ,
I was apprehensive about this weeks Inspiration Wednesday because it is so far out of my comfort zone and style. But I stuck with it and honestly, I really enjoyed the process.

If you haven't already....consider joining up for Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey.

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Posted by Susan on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in , , , ,
I completed this layout for both the Sketchabilities Challenge #132 and the Let's Get Sketchy - January Week 2 Challenge. For this week I tried returning to my own style a bit more, but also tried a new technique I saw where the photo was layered up from underneath with ephemera. I'm not sure I got the result I was fully expecting, but I do like it. Perhaps some more practice in this area.....

And here is my interpretation. I hope you like it....comments are welcome, and if you would like to see more of my work, please don't forget to subscribe to my blog!

Again, the photo is one I found on pinterest that I just really liked and went so well with the "Anthem" paper line from Bo Bunny.


Paper, Ephemera and chipboard elements - Bo Bunny "Anthem"
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Stampin Up
Stampin Up Chipboard Letters
Stamps - Stampin Up and Heather's Stamping Haven by the Stamp Barn


Inspiration Wednesday - Go confidently in the direction of your dreams

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 26, 2015 in , ,
Another fabulous journal project for Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. Unlike my first IW project, I LOVE how this one turned out. It's an extravaganza of mixed media supplies and a whole lot of getting messy!

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Dylusions art journal
Super Heavy Gesso
Fluid Matte Medium
Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Stencils - Tim Holtz and Dina Wakely
Paper and Bits - Aitoh Company Origami Paper, Hot off the Press Stamps, Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Making Memories  Alphabet Stickers
Stamps and Ink - Stampin Up and Stazon
Various acrylic paints
Dylusions ink


Winter Queen

Posted by Susan on Monday, January 19, 2015 in , ,
So my second Sketchabilities challenge was based on this sketch:

I'm going to admit that I'm struggling a bit with the "Sketchabilities" style. There seems to be a lot of white space/area on the page that I'm not used to - probably doesn't help that a predominantly white layout was part of the challenge :D. I'm starting to think that maybe I should use the sketch as a guide but use my own style instead of trying to adopt the one shown in the sketch. I'm a big paper collection user so my preferences tend to lean more towards brighter, busier layouts. I'm not giving up....just trying to figure out the best approach.

Anyway, here's my take on Sketch 131. Comments are welcome, or please feel free to follow my blog.

The picture I printed from Pinterest, and I thought it was beautiful, and perfect for this "white+1" layout challenge. But I have a love-hate relationship with this layout. I like the left side...I think....but I think there's a design disconnect between it and the bottom right corner. I went wrong when the glitter ritz I used on the bottom layer was darker than I thought and the color blue didn't match up. And again, I'm new to this whole "spray splatter" idea. While I love the concept and a lot of people produce some beautiful work, I have yet to master the technique to my satisfaction.

Thanks for checking out my work!


Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny Powder Mountain and Hot off the Press Color Me Music
Martha Stewart Doilies
Metal Dies - Die-namics
Darice Embossing Folder
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Sapphire
Glitter Ritz - Canadian Blue
Molding Paste
Stencils, Mosaics and Ribbon - Unknown
Dollar store extra embellishments


Art Journal - Don't Let Life Ruffle Your Feathers

Posted by Susan on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in , , ,
This art journal page is for Mixed Media Place - Creative Gym #3 challenge. The goal was to use "Wings". Unlike my Inspiration Wednesday piece, I really like the way this one turned out, but I'm pretty new to this art journal work. The embellishments on the left side might prove to be a bit much - I'm still trying to balance the art journal/painting work with my scrapbooking tendencies.

Hope you like it, and I would welcome comments/feedback!

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Art Journal - Dylusions
Acrylic Paint - Accent and Americana
Stencil - Folkart
Flowers - Prima
Dylusions Spray Ink
Die - Die-namics
Hot off the press - stamp
Memento Black ink

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