Happy collages

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Hello everyone! Happy Hump day. We are in the middle of our spring break here in Wisconsin. Truly it doesn’t seem like spring at all…on Monday we got snow and it’s been cold ever since. Currently it is 28 degrees. We are sooooo ready for some warm weather but I guess we have to wait on that.

Anyways, we are doing lots of fun happy things on Spring break. The first thing we did was go to a Milwaukee Brewers game . This is the best Happy video.  I am not going to share all the happy things we are doing on Spring break until the end of the week. I am going to show you this one project the boys and I did. I am so proud of them.

3 x 3 collages on wood. We stated by doing this presses on the gelli art plate then adding collages to them. Both boys have a great time and their projects turned out awesome.

First up is Ben’s:

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and Mine:

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Did you miss my tunnel vision book to BE HAPPY over at GJS. Check it out, Here!

Thanks for stopping in to visit. Enjoy your day!



Needle Punch

Things have been really hectic here….so I have not had a lot of time to spend down in my studio. Plus, I have hit allergy season…spring and I are not BFF’s :(

So, I have been doing some more needle punching.  It’s so fun and relaxing. So, of course I went all crazy researching all about needle punch. Ordered good supplies. I am still waiting on the gripper frame. Fingers crossed it comes tomorrow!



Of course Ben, had to give it a try too! He likes doing it!


A button jar- I used hot glue and melted a little of the string on the B…oh well live and learn.


A little love jar to put candy in


A tulip to put on a journal cover.

What is everyone else working on…I am finally heading back to my studio today. Monday, I will have a new project for you using Genuinely Jane Studios. I also got my beads from my bead soup partner so I will be sharing that real soon as well!

Bead Journal Project



Here is my piece for January’s Bead Journal Project.

What this piece means to me. First, I did an oval (egg) shape since it means new starts. Nothing more perfect for a first clean start for the new year. I did a collage under a piece of glass. On the collage is the word bright. Which means to give out a lot of light, vibrant, and luminously. I am so hoping to have my soul be so vibrant this year. Next on the collage, I used a butterfly (okay half a butterfly). Butterflies symbolize  a powerful transformation. Which is one of the many things I am working on this year. To be okay being me. Last is the color of the beads I choose and what they mean. Blue beads, mean trust and peace. Green beads, balance and growth. Silver beads, soothing and calm. Gold beads, success and achievements.  These are all the things I want for myself this year!


Thanks for stopping in to see my piece.



Art Journal Page

The last couple of days, I’ve been working on a art journal page in the same Alena Hennessy style. I’m a planner, plan and simple. So, this style of just paint from the heart and it will come I thought would be really hard for me. Turns out I was wrong. I enjoy the process so much more.

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I have learned a lot of things with this journal page. Plus, it just felt good!

Next thing, I will be posting is my Bead Journal Project….almost finished with it!

Thanks for stopping in! Enjoy your Friday!



Child’s play painting

So, I have been busy working on my Life Book lesson for this week. The Joy of Intention with Alena Hennessy. I have to admit before this week, I have never heard of Alena. But, I can tell you that I am smitten with her work and style. I’m going to admit some of these weeks of Life Book have been difficult for me and some just not my think. Alena lesson made me feel so free and happy! Some how when I take classes I get lost in WHO I AM…and I hate that. Feeling like I have lost my style. Painting by intuition, without a plan was awesome.

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Thanks for popping in to visit.  Enjoy your day!



GJS- Triangle wooden book

Hello everyone, I’m  here with a new project using the Triangle book from GJS. I wanted to do a project that I could hang on my wall (in my studio) to remind me of my word of the year. My word this year is focus.

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Okay, here is the 411 on my project.

1.  Covered each triangle with random bits of paper. I love to use my boys old school work and book pages.

2. Gesso over each triangle.

3. Used 3 colors of acrylics to paint the triangles.

4. Used 2 stencils. One with black paint and one with white paint.

5. I drew and painted a swan (but you could use clip art or anything else you want for your image).

6. I took all 4 triangles and put them in a row. I laid my swan (image) on top of the row of triangles to find out the place to cut the swan apart to put on each page.

7. I glued the swan parts down with gel medium.

8. Printed off my words on the computer, cut, colored and glued them down.

9. I took a permeant ball point pen and added in small details and doodles.

10. I then used a spray to seal it.

I know you are thinking!  How am I going to hang this on my wall? I use Command Poster Strips. Works like a charm. One of the things,  I love about these books is they are light weight but so sturdy.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping in!



Frog Dog Studio and GJS blog hop- London Telephone Booth

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop! This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album. Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost? Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you! Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following:

1. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.


2. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store


You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.

Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

So,  here is my little phone booth. I added some hinges and pom pom’s otherwise  everything is from the Frog Dog Studio kit. I made it like a little screen.



Here it is in my living room with my little wooden London set by it.


Let’s get hopping!

Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.com)

Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)

Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)

Melissa Johnson (http://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)

Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)

Tina Walker (http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com)

Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)

Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)

Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)

Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)

Amy Lassiter (http://sparklinggnome.com/)

Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)

Madge Gillen (http://www.thescrappinlounge.com/)

Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)

Ildiko Miskell (http://thecraftinmama.blogspot.com/)

Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)

Thanks for stopping in..Enjoy the hop