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Five Backgrounds......Endless Possibilities!

September 27, 2016

Challenge #27: Favorite Images

I am one who believes challenges are a good thing.  They push you outside your comfort zone and that is where we learn who we really are and see the heights of what we can become.

I love a good challenge.  BUT, I also enjoy the warmth and love of what is comfortable.  An old shirt, or worn blanket, my favorite Sunday meal or funny movie.

This week our challenge is to work with our favorite images.  Read on to learn more about my project.

September 26, 2016

New Big Book of Backgrounds-Fun with Splatters

You know why I love making mixed media backgrounds?  Cuz I get to pull out stamps, ink and other fun tools/products and I get to play.....just play.  It makes my heart happy.

Read on to find out about the latest addition to the Big Book of Backgrounds.

September 20, 2016

Challenge #26.....Favorite Colors

For much of my crafty/artsy life I have been in love with the grungy, vintage look.  I have tons of paper, stamps and ink that fit the grungy style.  But lately it has felt like a worn out coat.

You know, the one at the back of your closet.  It kinda fits and the style is ok, but it is just not working for you.  (Admit it, we all have clothes like that in our closet.)

Time for a wardrobe change.  Time to brighten things up a bit.  My NEW love/obsession is bright, bold colors.

Your challenge this week is to use colors your LOVE!  Read on to learn how I created this bright and fun ATC.

September 16, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-September

Whoop Whoop!  I am now caught up with my 12 Tags of 2016.  And once again I did not have most of the products Tim Holtz used.

I almost caved and purchased some Yupo paper.  I still might, but I really wanted to make all the tags with the products I have on hand.

Instead, I focused on the overall design and techniques he used.

Read on to learn more about my September tag.

September 14, 2016

New Workshop: Artfully Yours....Enroll today and save!

Artfully Yours

In Artfully Yous we will take popular watercolor, acrylic and mixed media techniques and turn them into one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Time to pull out the paint, ink, Gesso, stencils, stamps and more. Time to get messy and take you cards to the next level.

Read on to learn more.

September 13, 2016

Challenge #25: Favorite Coloring Mediums....Plus a new Background Tutorial

Have you ever taken a break (a.k.a. life gets in the way) and then you struggle to find the zone again?  Or do you jump right in?

For me absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I am always full of new ideas and excitement after I take a creative break.

It is sooooooo great to be back. :)  And I have a brand new challenge for you.  During the month of September we will be focusing on our favorites.  This week it is favorite coloring mediums.  Read on to learn which is my favorite.

September 09, 2016

Extraordinary Outcomes....August Tim Holtz Tag Challenge

Today we continue my catch-up posts, this time I am sharing my August tag.  I was so excited to do this tag because I had many of the supplies he used.  (Seriously, I thought I had a lot of Tim Holtz products until I started doing the tags each month...I am so lacking.)

What seemed to be an easy project, did not turn out that way.

Read on to learn more about my tag.

September 07, 2016

Discovering Home.....Tim Holtz July Tag Challenge

I had hopes for a fun and quiet summer....but alas that was not to be.  So this week I am catching up on my monthly tags, today is July.  You can see the original Tim Holtz July tag here.

As I created this piece I complicated what home means.  This summer we traveled home (the state where we grew up) for a family funeral.  We stayed in my husband's childhood home now owned by my parents (that's a story or another time).  And by the end I was anxious to return to our home in Texas.  Which makes me wonder.....what does the word home mean?

I have lived in 13 different houses.  Some of them felt like home and some of them did not.  So I am not sure 'home is where the heart is is', is correct.  I am pretty sure my heart was in each of those houses.  Yet, some I never connected with.  They were just structures I spent time in.  I can tell you it was NOT the people or the things in the house that made it feel like a home.  So maybe having a 'home' is kinda like failing in love.  You know it when it happens....but it is hard to define why it happens.  Read on for tag details and instructions.

September 05, 2016

Two brand new workshops from Craft Classes Online

Artfully Yours
Fall is here!  Now that the kids have gone back to school it is time for a little crafting fun.

Artfully Yours
In Artfully Yous we will take popular watercolor, acrylic and mixed media techniques and turn them into one-of-a-kind greeting cards.  Time to pull out the paint, ink, Gesso, stencils, stamps and more.  Time to get messy and take you cards to the next level.

 Start Date: Sept 15th
Click here to learn more.

Colored PencilsColor Inspiration: Colored Pencils
The next stop on our Color Inspiration journey is colored pencils.  Chances are you have them in your stash.....maybe for a very long time.  Colored pencils are far from a new hot item, they have been around for decades.  As new mediums (a.k.a. fun) become available, old ones get pushed to the back, left to gather dust.  Time to pull them out and see just how versatile they are.

Start Date:  Oct 6th
Click here to learn more.

July 18, 2016

Blog Vacation

One of things I love about my job is that I have flexibility. Sometimes life gets in the way and I need to step back for a bit. 'Life' reared its ugly head this week as we are dealing with a family illness.

So we will be taking a blog break until the fall. We will still be posting challenges on our Facebook page for you to work on and maybe a blog post here and there, but no regular posting. We look forward to seeing you on the flip side.

Jeri and Shirley