Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy 3rd Anniversary, PAO!!

PaperArtistsOnline turns 3 years old this month! I cannot believe how the time has flown! Seems like just yesterday we were all wandering around the new digs, wondering what would happen and hoping to feel at home. Now here it is 3 years later and I have a family of friends that I cannot imagine my life without!

You've heard that saying: in every family tree there are a few nuts... well, I think the nuttiness in each of us is what draws us together and makes us such fast friends. We come from all walks of life, have different experiences, different tastes and opinions, vastly different crafting styles, and yet we still come together as a harmonious whole, with the sum of the whole greater than its individul parts.

Our beloved Admin, aka Julie F., created this wonderful spot where we can go to be together, to share ideas, encourage each other, lift each other up and administer a 'doh' slap upside the head if necessary.... again, just like a family.

A big hug to all my PAO sisters... this one's for you!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

National Rett Syndrome Month

October is National Rett Syndrome Month, which kind of gets shunted to the side because it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have nothing against supporting our ta-tas, but I choose to support Rett Syndrome month instead because my youngest niece has Rett. Rett girls are also known as angels, and I buy her an angel ornament every year for Christmas because of this. Please support your local Rett Syndrome chapter, make a donation to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, or support one of the other worthy causes this month.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Revisiting some recent layouts

I decided to  quit Club Scrap for awhile in June and become a Swirly Savage (for those not in the know that means I joined the Swirlydoos club) in July. While I haven't gotten a ton of projects done with my gorgeous Swirlydoos kits thus far, I would like to share what I have done (and photographed).
This beauty started out as a piece of paper with clear embossed doilies that were simply begging to be used for a resist technique... and who am I to deny them that right? It just so happened that I'd picked up some of the Tim Holtz Distress stains shortly before receiving this kit, and they worked like a dream to color the paper. I layered with the cardstock option papers, some yellow organza from my (vast) stash of fibers, and dug out a Martha Stewart punch for the green punched border. A title and some tiny letters from the kit, along with some staples from my Tim Holtz tiny attacher, and we were in business! The picture was taken at the English Camp on San Juan Island, Washington.
This beautiful picture is my oldest niece and her boyfriend at their 8th grade dance/prom.... aren't they adorable? The kit I used for this was a Swirlydoos spotlight kit called Love Games, which coordinated perfectly with the photo and gave a nice formal look to the layout.
And, lastly.... the very first layout I made with a Swirlydoos kit showing my letter from Krissy welcoming me to the club! This marked a big change for me in transitioning from the Club Scrap kits to another kit club. While I still enjoy the Club Scrap stuff, especially those rockin' stamps!, I am thrilled to be a Swirly Savage and have the newest and best of the scrapping products in my monthly kits. We are only a day or two away from trying to snag the add-ons for November's kit, and my October kit should be here on Friday. Can't wait!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SwirlyHues challenge!

SwirlyHues challenge
Swirlydoos is having their very first Swirlyhues Challenge right now, with a really great prize! This lovely layout is my entry, using the September SwirlyDoos kit and a few pieces from my stash, along with some gesso stamping from the tutorials section of the Swirlydoos forum.

Fun with canvas and paint

I've discovered a new scrapbook surface... CANVAS! I buy various sizes of canvases on sale at my local craft store, create something fabulous and hang it on my wall. Viola! Instant wall art! My most recent canvas was painted with Claudine Hellmuth paints from Ranger (these are da bomb) to look like clouds in the sky, toned down a bit with random strokes of gesso, then covered in Tattered Angels' Glimmer Glam. I matted my photos with papers from Bo Bunny's Et Cetera line, added journaling pieces from the same line, and finished it off by using Distress Stains on two swirly pieces of canvas from Prima. It's the new focal point in my guest room and I love it!