Live Your Passion- {VLVS! and TCW blog hop}

Good Morning, and welcome to the Viva Las VegaStamps! and The Crafter’s Workshop blog hop! Today I am sharing a layout with both of these amazing products.
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know I’m all about the layers! With both stenciling and stamps, it’s easy to create layers of ink and paint, for sure. I began with a piece of 7 Dots Studio cold country paper, and added top and bottom paper layers from the dreamer collection. I then layered on paint, using The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil 439, Retrobursts.. Next I layered on some paint splashes and splatters, and then used the Love Post stencil with black ink, as well as distress inks in rust and olive. I used the stencil randomly, and it created the look I was wanting around my photo.
I next stamped using the VLVS! image “paint brushes in jar”, creating a gradient with rust and black inks, and coloring the inside with blue distress ink for a water illusion.
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live corner
I layered up fussy cut bits from the dreamer papers, along with some gorgeous specialty papers and trims I picked up in Chicago. When that was complete, along with embellishing, I added stamping in random areas near my cluster, using the checkerboard and grunge 1787 background stamps from VLVS!
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Finally, I stenciled a phrase from the TCW Live, Love, Laugh stencil, mixing up the phrases a bit to create “Live your passion”. This was stenciled on a heavy piece of cardstock using distress inks, and fussy cut along the top.

I really like my latest creation, and I hope you did too? Maybe you were inspired to create with stencils and stamps? I know I am always grateful to be a part of the Viva Las VegaStamps! team, and working with The Crafter’s Workshop has been fantastic…a big thank you to them!
Have a great Halloween, friends!
Lots of gnome kisses~


No one really knew Agnes….

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This…is Agnes. She’s my muse today. Not a beautiful woman, but deeply interesting. I created a whole story for her, using my imagination, a vintage photo from my Etsy shop, a 9×13 canvas, the newest Scraps of Darkness kit, Transitions, and stuffs from my stash. I created a collage of papers, vintage style and the beautiful fall themed papers from the SOD kit. I also used a copper paint wash around the edges, and stamping with Viva Las VegaStamps checkerboard stamp. The photo has been altered to include a body for Agnes, and she has been embellished with really cheap faux leaves from Michaels ($1 for 10), feathers, and the beautiful embellishments in the kit. She is my first “muse,” there will be more for different seasons. 🙂
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Here is Agnes’ story:
Agnes Mary Stone had grown up in a small village in the newly established American Northwest. Her grandparents had arrived from Ireland two decades previous, after suffering religious and financial hardship. Agnes was a sullen girl….and married off with a healthy dowry to a man who cared very little for her, but was involved in the logging industry. She bore 5 children to him, and they lived in a small log home with a thatched roof, deep in the woods. Now that she was a matronly older woman, and their children had grown and left for the city, Agnes was alone very frequently.
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One day Agnes was looking through a trunk of things that had belonged to her ancestors. Inside the truck was an old book, bound in leather and the pages were so old, they were falling apart. Agnes then discovered her family had been more than she ever understood.
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Alone on the night of Samhain, Agnes decided to make an offering, using a spell within the book. With a fire lit in the yard, blazing hot….Agnes became something else. Something at one with the nature surrounding her. She became something mystical, magical, and powerful. Agnes…was someone no one had ever understood, someone no one had ever imagined was more than meets the eye. But now….Agnes was someone who would forever be remembered.
As the witch of Seneca forest.
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Thanks for having a look today. Agnes and I are grateful. 😉 Have a splendid week ahead.

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.
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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.

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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:

Abandoned to Nature

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I’m back to share another layout created for Scraps of Darkness! The “Believe” kit is just so perfect for this colorful summer: savoring the bright sun, blue skies, colorful flowers, swimming pools, and graceful butterflies. I was inspired to use a photo I had taken of a rural abandoned house, that has always been such a haunting presence for me. There were purple thistles and long grasses in the yard, and as the sun set, it was a perfect setting to photograph. I decided to create my piece around the Scraps of Darkness mood board once again, while pulling colors from the photo as well. I am not used to creating around a photo of something other than a person….so this was a challenge for me.
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The butterflies in the BoBunny Enchanted Garden papers, printed on what look like old book pages, were perfect for layering up. The dragonflies from Renea Bouquets are just divine, and add a delicate and unique bit of color and life to the page. I also misted some of the Blue Fern chipboard, as well as a piece of UmWowStudio chip, to give a pop of contrasting color.

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The background is many layers of paint, with quite a bit of not so obvious stenciling. 🙂 I used the Tim Holtz rub ons to give some vintage touches to areas around the 12×12 piece.

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All in all, I am very pleased with this page. I think it is free and easy looking, with an art journal page type feel. 🙂

Have a fabulous day, and I’ll be back again soon, blogging from the gnome hole. 😉

One Moment in Time {13 Arts}

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I’m so happy to share a project I created for 13 Arts as a guest designer for the months of August-October. I am so honored to be able to design with such fascinating and beautiful products. I adore the mediums, they are absolutely amazing to work with. This project is created for the August challenge, which uses this beautiful mood board:
13 arts mood board

For this challenge, I was to take inspiration from one of the 4 photos. I used the bottom right photo as my choice. 🙂 I loved the color palette. I used the grey tones in the paper, as well as the flowers, the gorgeous turquoise of the chandelier, and the square small photos in the background.
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I added layers of gesso and modeling paste through UmWowStudio stencils, and added many layers of fantastic 13 Arts mists and paints. I loved how I could add water and combine the mediums into a unique and striking look.
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This photo is of a gate I saw leading to a very overgrown and interesting looking garden, I saw and photographed while we were vacationing at the lake last year. I thought it was intriguing…and had so much interest with the different colored vines growing around.
Thanks for dropping by and having a look today. I hope you’re join in on the challenge…and share your project with me, if you do. 🙂
Have a great week ahead.
Gnome Kisses,

Supply List:
13 Arts Products-
Fly Away Papers
Timeless Stickers

Ayeeda Paint-Metallic Blue

Mist Pastel-Pastel Black

Acrylic Ink-Splash! Black

Mist-Chalk Blue Light

Ayeeda Gesso-White

Modeling Paste

Other Products Used:
UmWowStudio chipboard
Prima Flowers
Vintage trims

Dharma Bum

Dharma Bum, ALLassiter, SOD
Good morning! I’m so excited to pop in for just a few minutes, before I resume packing for our move (gulp, on Thursday!!) I’ve been absent, because I’ve been so involved with getting things ready to ship off, I’ve not had any time to create. Yesterday, I’d reached the antithesis of stress, and decided I had to do something to release creative steam. So, I sat down and made two layouts (while doing laundry; I couldn’t be that relaxed while moving). This one is my favorite, so it is being shared first. hehe.
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I used the fabulous Scraps of Darkness “Perfectly Stunning” kit. It has so much steampunky, grungy goodness in one place, that it was more than a delight to create with. Click here to see more.

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I focused on something I’m constantly in search of lately….Dharma…which translates to many things: “path of righteousness”, “behaviors that are considered to be in accord with order that makes life and universe possible”, basically the search for the right fit in the universe. No, I’m not Buddhist or Hindu, but am doing so much soul searching….sometimes I’m a bum in everything else. It’s both good and bad. It’s a fight against what is expected of me (the steampunk wheels of industry/society), and what my soul wants (freedom and knowledge). Yeah, it’s a way too deep explanation of a scrapbook page…but it’s where I am right now. 🙂
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Thanks for having a look today. 🙂 I can’t wait to have more time to settle in and create……..and it’s on its way soooo soon!


Expanding Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to my blog, if you haven’t visited before. I was asked by my LOVELY friend Julie (check out her blog HERE) to participate in this hop that started a long time ago. It’s sort of like a digital chain letter among artsy friends, I’d like to think…getting to know each other, and passing on the love.  I met Julie through Shimelle’s classes a few years ago, and she’s been a lovely friend and encourager. She does great work, as well. Make sure to check it out.

Here are my answers to the questions. 🙂

What are you working on?

Well, most of my creations these days are done in a frenzy. We’re getting ready to move in a few weeks, and things are all in disarray in my home. Most of the disarray is in my studio. There are at least 10 projects worth of mess (paints, mists, papers, photos, paintbrushes, embellishments….the list goes on) on my entire table. It’s really very disheartening. I dig through the disaster to find supplies to make a layout or ATC (I’ve loved making those lately), and create in my zone. That’s so nice.

One thing I’ve been learning lately, is drawing faces. I can do this in a hotel room while house hunting, on the couch after crashing from cleaning out for hours…really anytime. I used to draw all the time as a kid. I made elaborate covers for stories I wrote. I drew mostly horses, because I was obsessed. Now, I have been inspired to hone my drawing skills to add to my mixed media work, by artists like Stephanie Schutze, Tamara LaPorte, and others.  The first few faces I drew were hideous. I decided to watch a new tutorial every day.  I’ve gotten a little better.

Recently, I made a mixed media background, and was going to add this self portrait that I drew. I used watercolor pencil, and was adding the water. I touched it to a part that I had outlined in black (I was unaware) water soluble pen. boo. It was ruined.  But luckily I had copied it. So you may see it sometime soon on another project.

photo(1)How does your work differ from others in the genre?

Well, I think my work has a distinctive style. I believe that my work is truly very different from others in the mixed media scrapbook industry. Sometimes, what defines me (and my work is very much an expression of my personality) keeps me from “fitting in” sometimes. My style is very “punk rock” in nature. I don’t like rules, I don’t want to do what’s trendy for the sake of being liked. Though I do want to have people like my work….I just want them to like it because it’s genuine. It can be difficult to not be “popular,” but for me, it’s better to be authentic.

Why do I create what I do?

Well, I create because it’s the ultimate form of self-expression. As a singer, I can pour fourth myself in song. I can release emotion, and convey something through music. Through art, I release all of that visually. I feel as if my spirit is uncaged.

How does your creative process work?

I always start with a blank canvas or 12×12 page of paper/ ATC card. The primary beginning is paint. I start with swirls of paint in different colors either directly on the page, or on my gelli plate (lately). I use a brayer and combine them. I will then add stenciling, more paint, and paint splatter……..which is my calling card. I love the look and feel of natural and random movement in paint. I want it to be free. I then add stamping, layers of paper and fibers, and finally chipboard, metal, etc.

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Well, I think that’s it for me. I will have the next few bloggers soon. I think the pool is pretty much getting very dry….but I will persist! hehe. Have a lovely Monday, and be on the lookout for some new creations soon.