Find Yourself Deep Within

Deep Within Full, SOD
I tend to be a very emotional person. I’m sensitive to a fault, and sometimes things get a little out of control in my head. I know these things make me good in the fine arts. I sing with deep passionate emotion, I make art that means something….that isn’t just something I want to impress people with. Sometimes I grow tired of just trying to capture attention for my talents, but at the same time, I do like to share it and be loved for what I’ve created. The older I’ve gotten, the more I like what I find inside, when I look deeply. As a young woman, I only saw faults, and really I had very few physical faults, but I was not what I am inside now. Difficult time have made me strong, and wise, and in touch with what I want from myself, and the rest of my life. So, I created this layout. Reminding myself to stop disliking what I have on the surface, and to look to my heart and soul. Much deeper inside is the good stuff. 🙂
title, deep within
I used this month’s Scraps of Darkness kit, Weathered and Worn. The colors in this kit are my jam. The honey in my tea. 🙂
flower cluster, deep within
I love the pale blues in the Fab Scraps papers in the kit. The birds in flight, the calmness. I grabbed those in my design and ran with them. I have discovered I can take any paper flower and scrunch it a bit, adding mists and paints for maximum happiness.
corner, deep within,
Most of all, this layout is about layers. It’s about the layers I peel back to reveal myself….to myself. Just like I do in my art.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and I hope you’re having a mystical, magical autumn.
~hugs from the gnome hole.


She Believed

Believe, Full, ALLassiter
Greetings, friends! 🙂 I am so behind in blogging my projects, mostly due to my crazee computer….which overheats so fast, I don’t have time to get a whole post finished. Sigh. Sadness. BUT….I’m sitting with a full sized fan focused on the hot part of the processor. I need to get these projects into the bloggosphere.
The project I’m sharing today, is one that I love so much. I made this using the Scraps off Darkness August kit, “Weathered and worn,” along with a lot of UmWowStudio goodies….swoops and swirls of prettiness. 🙂
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I created the layered background, but wanted a lot of the cool background paper with the painted wood background to shine through, so I kept things tightly toward to the middle, and layered papers from there..
believe top stenciling
I used an UmWowStudio stencil to give nice texture, and watercolor gave a wash of controlled vibrant colors, that worked with the feminine background. The flowers are also boosted with acrylic paint for color pop.
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The doily from the SOD kit, I cut in half, to add in sections. I loved how it gave movement, just like the umwowstudio flourishes. One of my favorite parts in the Ingvlid Bolme lightbulb that sits on a bit of stenciling….it looks so baroque and delicate, with a steampunk touch…which of course makes meeeeeeee happy.

Thanks for having a look today. 🙂 I will be back very soon with plenty of projects to share.



Dream Catching

Good afternoon! It’s so good to be back here blogging in the gnome hole, after another trip back to Kansas for some hard outdoor labor. 🙂 Today I’m thrilled to share a layout I made for Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo’s September challenge…which is simply one word….IMAGINE. 🙂 The prizes for the winners of the challenge are phenomenal. New and present 7 Dots Studio collections, sent to your door. I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to play!
But on to my layout.
Imagine cluster
For a long while, I was not fair to dream catchers. I liked the lovely thought of the native American tribe that created them, and their idea. I wasn’t too into making them, because I wasn’t all that crafty when dream catchers were big in the 90’s. But recently they’ve made a resurgence, and I have begun to love them for all they represent. For this page, I created the dream catcher using cheesecloth for the “frame,” doodled circles for the center, and twine and chipboard for the strings and embellishments. It’s funny that when my family first saw this, they didn’t even notice the photo of Ivy tucked inside the center of the dream catcher. haha.
Imagine dreamcatcher top
largechip feather, imagine
The gorgeous UmWowStudio chipboard feather was painted with acrylics to give it the rainbow of colors. I wanted it to look like the dream catcher was being blown by the wind, so I had the twine move across the page, tossing the feathers where they would be moving in my mind’s eye. The little feather is part of the feather trio, and it was also painted in acrylics. Both were wrapped in May Arts natural twine.

leaf, bottom imagine
I used this leaf from the 7 Dots Studio chipboard to add another floating bit.
metal sentiment, imagine
I sprinkled lots of UmWowStudio confetti throughout the project, as well as vintage watch parts and gears, hand wrote the “imagine” tag (and watercolored it), and finally added a metal sentiment from Tim Holtz to finish it out. Watercolor was also a big element to this project….it’s just so dreamy. You can never go wrong with watercolor. 🙂 The 7 Dots Studio “Dreamer” paper made the perfect background.
I’m so happy with how this came out, and hope maybe my readers will give a dream catcher a try? It was a freeing and very fun experience.
Thanks so much for having a look, and I’ll be back soon with a new tutorial video and project for 13 Arts!

foxy dude

be adventurous, VLVS, ALL

Good morning, and happy Friday!! 🙂 I just wanted to pop in really quickly to share this card I made for Viva Las VegaStamps! This is a redeemed art journal page, hehe. I had a page all set, and really messed it up, so I cut out the fox and the surrounding watercolor, and added some blendy watercolor pencil lines. I put him on a white card with some stamped and stenciled background, added a few embellishments…and voila…a cute card!!

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I am happy that my sweet fox found a purpose, and my work wasn’t in vein.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and have a lovely start to your weekend. ❤

Inspire Happiness- 100 Proof Press

Hello all and good morning! I’m excited to share a little piece I made using 100 Proof Press stamps, as a new design team member! I am pretty sure I have ink on my heart, stamped with red rubber stamps. 100 Proof has some lovely vintage and unique images that make my heart flutter with happiness.
inspire happiness full, allassiter 100proof

I made this little piece using a stack of vintage book pages that I just stapled into a mini canvas. I created a mixed media background, with lots of paint, and then added some stenciling, as well as background stamping with the Profit and Loss stamp. I stamped the Danita Angel, coloring her hair and areas I wanted to stamp black, with a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush Pen. The rest I used a mixed media ink on, from IMAGINE Crafts. To add her to the page, and give her focus, I used foam adhesive.
angel happiness, 100 proof
To complete my mini canvas, I created a bit of a layered assemblage, using metals and some UmWowStudio chipboard stars from the confetti….which are oh so adorable, as well as a bit of a flourish. 🙂 They are oh so lovely left “naked” too.
inspire happiness top

I also used washi tape to secure the edges, and it was complete!

Thanks so much for having a look today! 🙂 I’m very happy you stopped by, and I hope my little angel made you smile!


1948- Mixed Media Layout {Background Tutorial}

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Welcome back to the gnome home, friends! I’m excited to share a layout with you today, that I created using the Scraps of Darkness Weathered and Worn kit. This kit brought to mind my dad (not that he’s weathered and worn), because he loves all things “fix it,” antiques, seeing the potential in something run down, farm life, and everything this kit encompasses. 🙂
1948 full cropped, allassiter
Because I knew I was going to make a very textural mixed media background, I decided to film the process, as many of you have asked me to “teach you!” Hehe. Until I can come and teach at a store near you (like I dream of), maybe this will suffice?

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The photo is of my daddy at 5 years old, as he started first grade. His little smile is so adorable, he was just as sweet and good hearted then as now.
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My biggest challenge in creating this layout, was staying masculine. With all these females in my life, I’m so used to adding a feminine touch to nearly everything! I think I did alright….but it was something I had to constantly keep in mind.
Thanks so much for having a look today, and I hope you enjoy the inspiration and video.
Big hugs,

Viva Las VegaStamps! and Stencil Girl


Hello and welcome to The Sparkling Gnome, and to the Viva Las VegaStamps! and Stencil Girl blog hop! You should have arrived from Karen’s blog. Today we’re hopping along to share inspiration with stamps and stencils, and leaving a comment (like little happy bread crumbs that makes our bloggers smile) can give you the chance to win a fantastic prize!
Here is my offering for you today:

Secret Garden, FULL, SG VLVS BH

I created this little mixed media bingo card canvas, I call “The Secret Garden.” The background is created using several different mists and paints, all smoothed together using a brayer.
moon sneak peek, sg, vlvs

For the little mandala/halo around the happy moon, I stenciled using StencilGirl seeds, with 13 Arts modeling paste, gesso, and paints. I liked the gradient/ombre effect.
I used several Viva Las VegaStamps! background stamps-checkerboard, cursive writing, and washi grid as well as the inside out  stencil.

flower swirl, girl, SG, VLVS
I created the little garden vignette with the line of grass , and girl in princess costume, which I watercolored for a dreamy effect.
The papers and embellishments came from the Scraps of Darkness July kit “believe”, except for that fabulous chipboard flourish, which is from UmWowStudio. 🙂
I hope maybe you were inspired by your visit to the gnome hole today, and maybe you’ll become a follower! For sure, if you leave me a comment, you will be entered to win this fabulous prize:
Next, you will be hopping to the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog…so hop skip and jump! If you need to go back and see the other lovely projects from the participants, here is the list:
Linda Kittmer:
Karen Knight:
Amy Lassiter (you are here):
Viva Las VegaStamps!:

From Previous Days:
Mary Beth Shaw:
Mary Nasser:
DeeDee Catron:
Glenda Tkalac:
Viva Las VegaStamps!:

Stencil Girl:
Janet Joehlin:
Julia Kellogg:
Tina Walker:
Natasha Serova:

Stencil Girl:
Gwen Lafleur:
Kristin Reed: