Friday, May 18, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #43

YES! Friday is here! Are you going to watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow? I probably won't watch the whole thing, but will definitely take a peek.

This has been a busy week. It's also been a fabulous one! So this week I'm thankful that I inherited a giving heart. I was raised in a household where giving/sharing/helping others was something very normal. I never really thought much about it until this week.

Monday, I assisted my friend's graduating daughter in completing a decorated graduation cap - she was so excited!
Tuesday & Wednesday, I sat and helped my future Daughter-In-Law with a mini scrapbook album for two of her students. (Used a lot of my older stash too!)
This morning - while at Starbucks, I decided to perform a Random Act of Kindness to the person behind me in the drive thru.

I am not tooting my own horn, I'm just mentioning all these things because I feel so good today! It surely is a blessing when you are able to GIVE without expecting anything back.

I hope you get a chance to perform some kind of Random Act of Kindness this week!
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Share what you're thankful for this week. I'd love to hear all about it. Maybe you were the recipient of a RAK - maybe you were the blond lady behind me at Starbucks this morning! LOL

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

QQ and San Antonio Again

I had so much fun finishing the layouts for my San Antonio trip. I used patterned paper from the Secret Garden collection from Quick Quotes.  This collections is so perfect for my photos since it has a Tex-Mex feel to it (or at least I think so). Before putting these layouts together, I inked the edges of all the cut paper pieces using PowderPuff Chalk Inks. The inks I used are Deep Sea, Lipstick, Cactus, Light Moss, Bermuda, Vanilla Cream and Island Orange.

I used my Cricut and the Ole cartridge to cut out the margarita, skeleton, photo mat and the piƱatas. With the exception of the solid cardstocks (except the light green which is the back side of GN101), all the papers are from the Secret Garden collection. I just love the bright colors and color scheme of this paper collection.

I’m sharing three different fun and colorful layouts I made using this collection.

The first layout was made by using the back sides of GN102 and GN104. The light green paper is the backside of GN101. I started by inking with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk Ink and it just looked too dark so I swiped Island Orange ink over the Lipstick and gave it just the right amount of color and grunginess. The light green strip is inked with Light Moss PowderPuff Chalk Ink. I used both Light Moss and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Inks for the margarita. I love the contrast between the orange and light green papers and by adding the green strip to the left, it balances the page.




I used GN102 for the base of this layout and a strip of teal cardstock inked with Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk Ink. The red/yellow mats are inked with Lipstick and Vanilla Cream PowderPuff Chalk Inks. I layered different labels from my stash to create a base for my skeleton. Added some enamel dots and words/quote that I created myself using sticker paper and my computer. Don’t you just love that skeleton! He’s so perfect for this page!


This last layout was inked with Deep Sea around the striped base paper and Cactus PowderPuff Chalk Ink around the photo mats. I also used Deep Sea along the edges of the Texas paper.


I had a lot of fun creating these layouts for our San Antonio trip. Using the Secret Garden paper collection really made it easy. All the papers coordinate and they are so pretty! Secret Garden is the featured paper collection in May’s Club Q.

Quick Quote Products:
Secret Garden Paper Collection

Other Products Used:
Enamel Dots by Queen and Company
Cork Arrow by Fun Stampers Journey
Solid Cardstock from my stash
Various Labels from my stash
Fine Point Sharpie

Monday, May 14, 2018

Junk Journal Project #12; Love Us

If you watched my last YouTube video, you saw a quick view of this layout made in my junk journal.  This page was another ink spray mop up and some white acrylic ink. The left side is a copy of an older art journal page. I cropped it into a thinner piece and printed it on a clear label. I've been doing a lot of that lately. I didn't do much else to the "label" except add white paint to the petals and draw a wonky border around it using a fine point Sharpie pen.

On the right side, I used yellow acrylic paint and a stencil and then used the Sharpie to better define the shapes since I obviously used too much paint with the stencil - it seeped through much more than I wanted it to.

Then I added the heart doily that was gifted to me from Rubber Paws and the picture of my daughter and I over it.

I finished the page by writing the sentiment, drawing black hearts and flicking some gold Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey. Have I told you how much I love the Color Silk product? If you haven't tried it, I strongly recommend them. Splattering is so much fun and these little bottles help the control when doing it.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Paper Bag Album Fun

Hey there! I made another paper bag album and decided to film it. I started out by placing some of my gelli prints to the album pages, front and back covers. If you have ever played with the gelli plate, you know that it's so easy to get a little carried away and make a ton of sheets. Not that I'm complaining. They are great starting points for all kinds of projects...including this one!

Once I covered all ten inside pages and both covers, I continued the mixed media fun and decorated/embellished/mixed media'd each page. The following video shows how I did it.

Take a look:

It's still not done since I need to include photos, quotes, etc. to complete the "Things I Love" mini album.

I really like how it's turning out! I may need to make more of these.

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Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 11, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #42

Is it Friday already? Whew! This week went by so fast. Not that I'm complaining, but wow!

This week I'm thankful for a busy schedule. Last week I brought a box of cards to work to sell. I call it a Pop Up Sale and sold quite a few, but the thing I'm mostly excited about is that many people outside of work contacted me to purchase some.

I don't necessarily do it for the money - my card rack was getting full so I knew it was time - and a few extra bucks is always nice!

Right now I've got these projects for the month:
  1. Taylor Swift concert t-shirt for my granddaughter
  2. Mother's Day gift
  3. Commissioned canvas for a friend's son
  4. Baby shower centerpieces (baby Minnie Mouse)
  5. Two DT projects for Quick Quotes

I'm super busy and thankful to be busy!




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Junk Journal Project #11

I messed around with my Junk Journal again this weekend.  I added some new splash sprays that I purchased from Fun Stampers Journey to the gelli printed paper in the journal.  The colors are so fun and bright. I added some white thick bodied acrylic paint that I purchased from Hobby Lobby on clearance (how does paint go on clearance?) and a handmade stencil. Then used some black (clearance) acrylic paint stripes on the upper right side. Hand wrote the words with a fine point Sharpie pen.

Added some color silk splatters in gold and cool pool to complete the project.




I’m telling you, if you haven’t started a junk journal yet, you just gotta! It’s so fun since there’s no pressure - I mean it’s all junk!

If you’re interested in Fun Stampers Journey products, go to their website and be sure to select me as your Journey Coach. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

Don't forget to check out my new YouTube channel. It’s under my name “Dorlene Durham” and I’m really trying to post videos at least two times a month. FUN! If there’s anything you’d like to see me do, please let me know.

Have an amazing day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #41

I know, I know, it's already Monday, but I missed my Friday post but I didn't want to stop being thankful.

I am thankful for my baby girl, Gracie. She's our border collie mix and she's a spaz! I really mean it, she is hilarious and nutty but also so smart and loving. It's so amazing how much personality dogs can have. I'm thankful for her because she brightens my day when I come home from work because she's so super excited to see me. She does her stretches when I'm doing mine. She wants to eat when I eat. (yeah, she's a chunkster just like me) She's my road trip partner when driving around town and now that hubby's home, she's his full time buddy.