Wednesday 15 February 2017

My Valentine-Bible Art Journaling

Hello darlings!
 It looks like I've gone from Halloween to Valentine's Day in a blink of an eye.
 Has it really been over a year and a half since I've last posted anything at all on my blog? 
Oh yeah, it's been 17 months.
 Do I still remember how to blog?!
Lets find out... 
We moved last year and it has taken me crazy long to unpack all of my art supplies and get my studio room set up. 
Ugh! Why would I leave that room for last? Obviously I didn't have my priorities right!
  It's all set up now though, so I can finally create again.
It's also been about that long since I've colored an image or made a card.
After all this time I felt like I thought I forgot how to color.
Thankfully it's a little bit like riding a bike.

Today I have something new to share with you so I will muddle through and give this blog post a whirl... far so good! I'll just quickly add a few pics here...

 (An hour of time goes by while I search for my watermark file somewhere in my hard drive of a zillion pictures.) (And then more time ticks away as I get Picmonkey to work properly)
While we're waiting...Happy Valentine's! I hope you found a little extra bit of Love today!
 I had an awesome day!
Friday night we started the celebration by going out to a Valentine's Dance Party at the German Canadian club with so many of our good friends.
We went there because our friend Bill and his band, Hudson Cruiser were playing live 
My friend Bill at the dance

Me and my friend, Tammy at the dance

Me and my friend, Sylvie at the dance

Today hubs made the day x-tra special by preparing a delicious Ukrainian lunch for us and he
  picked up Chinese takeout for dinner.
 He also bought me a giant bottle of French Vodka!
I know that's a a lot of culture I just 'talked' about right there! 
That's a lot of vodka
It's been so bitterly cold here all of last week, but today the sun was shining and the snow was melting, so we enjoyed a fun walk through the neighborhood with the dogs.
My good neighbor brought over a plate of delicious Valentine cookies.
Barry doesn't like delicious cookies so I don't even have to share.
One of our 9 grandchildren,Morgan celebrated her 8th Birthday today!
I got to color as much as I wanted to all day!
It was just a fabulous Valentine's day!

And now here's something you'll really like...

I've started Bible Art Jounaling!
 I've been gathering my supplies for a a couple of years now, and I guess I finally felt I had enough of the artsy stuff I needed to begin, so I began.
(I always have to have everything before I start....I'm working on it okay)  
I came across a youtube video by Rebekah R Jones in 2014.
She teaches a free Bible Journaling Challenge series.
Her new challenge series is called,
 Deeper Still
Adventures into the Depths of God
The page I created is inspired from her lesson.

I made my first bible art journal page today, and thought I had finished the first lesson of the challenge until I noticed I had stamped the wrong date on the bottom of the page. Ack!
 I had stamped the date, Feb 21 2017, a week into the future! Nice!
 Of course I had to fix it but I wasn't exactly sure how.
  I knew the end result was going to be better than what I had just imagined so I
 kept calm
and kept 
Really, I wasn't loving how the completed page looked, as nothing seemed to flow together for me. Something was missing!
 My mishaps in art always open up an opportunity for me to create something that I love even more than what I originally created. 
That's Grace!

There are no mistakes in Art
I would have called this page finished if I had stamped the proper date. Obviously it was not finished. 
  I had to fix,change or cover up the future date I stamped!
 So the experiment began...
First I took a very, too wet, water brush and dipped it into a yellow Distress ink pad, and onto my page...
 That was a mistake! 
A huge part of the page just bubbled from the water.
I don't really think I knew what I was doing...actually I'm pretty sure I didn't know what I was doing...
 There was a moment or two of panic at this point. How do you wreck a Bible page?! Everyone knows how unforgiving that paper is and that you have to be so careful with it!
And how do you fix a Bible page? The edges of the page looked like it just about had enough handling and I was pretty sure it was about to tear a few times.
 I was delightfully surprised that it didn't!
I blotted the page with paper towel, then dried it with the heat tool.
Now the page looked like it was going to roll up like a taquito.
 I had colored the image and words with Prisma pencil crayons. I guess a little too much pigment and water was applied to that thin,shiny piece of paper, because it was curly!
  I used Archival ink to stamp this fabulous, but discontinued rubber stamp image from Kraft'n Kimmie Stamps. Hannah Hearts. An image from one of my favorite artists,
 Annie Rodrigue.
I managed to ink a beautiful, dark, crisp image thankfully, but the ink bled through and I now have a reverse stamp on the back of the page. Not a big deal because I can white gesso that page if I need to. 
I'm not sure which kind of ink to try next. Distress ink or Memento? Perhaps I should have just prepped my page with clear Gesso. Next time!
Still learning as I go...
 I have a beautiful set of Staedtler porous point fine liner pens, in 20 different colors. I do not recommend using those at all in this kind of project. They don't dry over Prismacolor pencils. The black I used to do the outlining started to smear when I added more pigment over that ink. It was starting to make a mess out of my words around my heart so I just left it alone.
 I should have outlined everything with a Micron or Multiliner.
All good things I now know for next time.


 So yada, yada, yada, After I blotted my page and used a heat tool to dry it completely,it was crazy wrinkled, and rolly! 
I used my finger to dab some white Gesso over the wrongly stamped date,
 all over the bubbly part,
 above the image,
 and around the edges of the page.
 Thankfully the pages didn't rip, and I was starting to like what was happening. Once the Gesso was heat dried I added a little more color with Distress inks and a foam applicator. Very gently!
This page has a lot of wrinkly texture and I don't think it will ever completely  lay flat.
 It may need to be ironed out a bit perhaps.
  After the bible was closed for a while I was surprised and pleased with how much the page actually did flatten.
I think the gesso part is perfect on there, it reminds me of Holy Spirit's presence.
I inked up the correct date stamp with Distress ink and finished off the journaling page again.
I highlighted verse 10-13 to connect the Word with the Artwork. 
 Thank You. Jesus for creating a clean heart in me. I know I will always find restoration with You, just like King David did; for You, God are merciful and nothing, not even guilt can separate me from Your love. 
I love this promise!

I love how it turned out so much more than how I thought it had turned out! Haha!
-Relationship not Religion-
-Psalm 51
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm,when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba. Psalm 51
A Prayer for Restoration

Thanks for the love!  
B U-nique! Hugs!

Monday 28 September 2015

Hallowen Bingo-DT Card For The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is Halloween Bingo!
Use any three in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) on your creation!   
How fun is that!
Our sponsor is  Ppinkydolls.
 I've chosen to work with this fabulous image called, "Maybe..."
My bingo is Bat, FREE, Moon
The paper is from a Bo Bunny 6x6 pack, Fright Delight.
The moon filled with bats is paper from a Martha Stewart paper pack.
The sentiment, 
 A friend is a gift you give yourself" 
 is a KaiserCraft Rubons.
The ribbons I used are from Celebrate It-Halloween(Michaels')
As always a generous sprinkling of Recollections Bling.
I covered this little batty girl's hat with Black Diamond Stickles and then placed two micro clay hearts, from my stash onto the bat hat.
She is stylin'
There's a little gloss on her eyes and I added tiny 3D purple acrylic dots to the kitty's eyes.
I painted the background scene with my Sennelier Water Colors.
I never know how it's going to start out when I begin, but every time I use them I'm delightfully surprised.
I'm so happy that I finally found a new white Sharpie water based fine tip marker!
The two I had were all used up a couple months ago and all I could find when I was out and about shopping was an oil based Sharpie.
Whenever I'm looking for something very specific I love to shop online at
If Rhea doesn't have it she will get it for you. She's hunted down many a discontinued paper packs for me. I should have checked with her first!

 be sure to link up and play along with us at TCCB
Thanks for the love!  
B U-nique! Hugs!

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Fairy with Mask-DT Card For The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm finally sharing the card I made for the ongoing challenge at 
The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Just a week and a half late...but better late than never?
I was having a few printer issues the last couple of weeks, but after a little bit of hair pulling I was able to get this beautiful image, "Fairy with Mask" printed out.
(My daughter, Ashley said the image looks like me! She's so sweet!)
The challenge this fortnight is Head Shots.
Use a close cropped, closeup, or head shot image on your project. 
Our sponsor is SLSlines.
You can find the SLSlines Etsy shop here, and the challenge blog here.
The lucky winner will receive three single digi images from the SLS Lines store.

The black and white paper is Bo Bunny Enchanted Dots.
The purple background paper is a left over tag I made for a tag swap.
The sentiment, "Be you the world will adjust" is a rubber stamp from Dylusions-Laugh 'till ya leak.
Die cuts are TH ornate frame, and a Spellbinders ornate label.
There's a liberal sprinkling of pearls, rhinestones, and sugar dots.
If you've created a project with a "Head Shot" be sure to play along and link up with us at TCCB.
B-U nique! Hugs! 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SLSlines Summer holidays

Saturday 1 August 2015

Best Wishes Fairy-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello my darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our challenge this fortnight is Perfectly Purple.
Use purple on your project to play along.
Our sponsor is artby Miran 

Badge 01 
I've chosen to work with this lovely fairy image called Shaylee 
You can find more inspiration on the artby Miran fb page here and on the artby Miran blog.
The paper is from my favorite Prima paper stack called Firefly(disc)
The multi colored dimensional butterfly is also Prima, and the rhinestone cluster is from Recollections.
I added a little cheese cloth and some purple ribbon as well as a generous amount of Stardust Stickles.
Just keeping it simple today.
The sentiment," It's your special day Best Wishes on your birthday" is from a Kraftin Kimmie Birthday Trinkets set.
I'm keeping this blog post short and sweet as I'm scrambling to get ready for the long weekend out at the glamper! Always so many lists to make and things to do.
 I hope everything in your world is right side up too!
B-U nique! Hugs!


 Jasper and Isabella...Jasper is not impressed that I had to make a card today instead of holding him for hours 

An impromptu Summer Tea Party with four of my grandbabies.
I always use the good dishes for my sweeties!

Sunday 19 July 2015

Skeletons In Your Closet-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at the Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is To "Die" For
Use one or more die cuts on your project.
Our sponsor is Oddball Art Stamps.
For this challenge I'm working with Dancing Girl Hunni.
 Such a fun image, and it comes with three different sentiments! Awesome!
I've chosen to use these cheeky words of wisdom.
 "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet you best teach it to dance!"
Papers are from a Prima Art Journal pad, and I used my favorite glitter cardstock, Fruit Punch.
The amazing Alice's Clock corner die is from SCACD .
The circle die cuts are from Spellbinders.
I attached some ruffled tulle and some clear glass bead paste for a little more texture.
Not all the paste was dry when I took the pictures, thus some white splotches, which will all dry clear and look fabulous!
That's it for me, I'm getting ready for a lovely weekend at the lake. 
It's pouring rain right now but I'm hoping it will start to clear up soon.
I'm packing an umbrella just in case. 
If you have die cuts on your creation be sure to link up and play along with us at TCCB, and check out our new DT members!
Thanks for the love!  
B U-nique! Hugs!

Sunday 5 July 2015

Kenny K Policeman-DT card for The Corrosive Challenge Blog

Hello darlings!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is Hot,Hot, Hot!
Get your sexy on and/or use "warm" colors (red, orange, yellow)
Our sponsor is one of my favorites, Kenny K Digis.

 KennyK shop badge
I've used this sexy Policeman image.
The paper is from a 6x6 Prima pad, Craftsman.
The sentiments read, 'The trouble with trouble is it starts out fun" is a rubber Funny Bones stamp from Riley and Company.
 The sentiment, "You Are The TICKET My Friend is a Kraftin Kimmie stamp.
I adhered the sentiment with a pop dot and added a 7 gypsies acrylic dome over top with diamond glaze.

I used this sketch #252 from
The Sweetest Sketch
for my layout inspiration.
Link up and play along with us and you could be the random winner of
Winners choice of 2 clear stamp sets OR 4 digis.

Hope you're enjoying Summer!
B-U ni

Sunday 21 June 2015

Lady bug and Me-DT Card for The Corrosive Challenge BLog

Hello darlings!
Happy 1st day of Summer!
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our challenge this fortnight is:
Leave a little sparkle everywhere you go!
To play along just
show us some Sparkle and Glitz!
Glitter, Gems, and all things Shiny apply.
Our sponsor is A Day For Daisies

I've used this sweet image called Lady bug and Me
The background paper is a vintage sheet of Diamond Dust paper.
Lots of sparkle!

The lucky winner will receive a $12 gift voucher to the shop
There are so many wonderful images to choose from, it's hard to narrow it down.  
 I'm looking forward to seeing your sparkly creations!
B U-nique! Hugs!

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Aurora Wings-Woman in Masquerade Owl Mask- DT card for TCCB


Hello darlings! 
Today I'm sharing the card I made for the new challenge at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.
Our theme this fortnight is "Pile It On"
Meaning, more is more! 
Or sponsor is one of my favorites, Aurora Wings!!
I love Mitzi's artwork!

The image I've chosen to work with is Woman With Masquerade Owl Mask In Lilly Garden.
 It's one of my favorite images and I've been wanting to color it up for so long!
With all that vibrant color, I decided the black and white harlequin  background papers would suit the image the best.
The sentiment,"Beauty is A Light In The Heart" is from a Kraftin Kimmie stamp set.
I piled on the Bling here!
Be sure to play along and link up  at TCCB with your Pile It On creation!

 Mitzi was kind enough to let the team select some images to work with and is offering our winner a $15 gift voucher to her shop!  You can find her on Etsy and on her website.  Aurora Wings also has a Facebook group and a challenge blog.

Sweet and short this time as the pups are keeping me very busy!
Jasper in flip flops
B-U nique! Hugs