Hello and Happy Holidays.

This week finds me finishing things up on one hand, and getting ready to EXPLORE 2015. JOY was my word for 2014, and EXPLORE is for 2015.  If you are interested in the WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday) blog hop then check out Julia Dunnit and her Stamping Ground blog.

Finishing Up

SMASHING my weekend in Beverly Hills. We went to Into the Woods, and it was absolutely awesome. And on the way back to the airport discovered the Artist and Craftsman Supply store. The Farmer’s Market is wonderful for lunch, but the ACS is like being in a candy store.

SMASH Into The Woods

SMASH Into The Woods

Beverly Hills Weekend

Beverly Hills Weekend

Getting Ready for 2015

I am planning on some structure for my studio next year. I will be participating in a number of exciting online learning. Oh yes and I will be getting a new desk to reconfigure my space and make it more like a studio and less like an office.

2015 Journals

2015 Journals

DLP couch tote

DLP couch tote

My Favorite Thing This Week

Tearing paper. As you can see as the shapes change from left to right, I started out measuring, then I added fancy scissors, but the fun really began when I got right into it and just started tearing the paper. Oh what a feeling. And then I collaged over one of the pages in my SMASH practice book. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.

Tearing it up

Tearing it up

The shape of things to come

The shape of things to come



WOYWW – What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday is the brilliant idea of Julia Dunnit. Check out her blog for more information and to participate.

SMASHING Into The Woods 

SMASHing weekend

SMASHing weekend

Michael and I spent the weekend in Beverly Hills to see the OSF production of Into the Woods at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Yes I did see it 5 times this summer, and even got to be a brown cow on stage. Inside, on a much smaller stage, meant that everything was more intimate and crystal clear. Congratulations to everyone.  So what you see on my desk this week is my collection of memories to be SMASHed into my 2014 this is my life, smash book. Adhesive at the ready….

Current Projects

Last week I was working on two “challenges”.

The first was a Hamsa mandala from my class with the amazing Julie Gibbons. I used my “personality” mandala colors and a lot of circular imagery. According to a FB quiz today, I am 70% female/30% male in my “thinking”. This looks pretty feminine to me. I did not use glitter, (I really held back) but did use Liquid Pearls and Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble pastels that I waxed on about last week. (tee hee)

Hamsa Mandala

Hamsa Mandala

The second was Ink blotting with Jennibellie. Quick and fun, I think I will add these pages to my now do something else with this pile of beautiful things. Basically add paint on one side of the page and then slap them together Rorschach like.

Ink blotting

Ink blotting

My Favorite Thing this Week

Shopping! While in BH we stopped by the Farmer’s Market and a newly discovered employee-owned, Artist & Craftsman Supply store.  You might call it crafters’ seventh heaven.

BH haul

BH haul


WOYWW What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday, actually seems to be the beginning of my creative week. I am one of many who join in on the blog hop each week to peek into other lands and creative minds. Making new pals and getting lots of inspiration.

Hamsa Mandala

I am finishing up a very fun Mandala Magic workshop with Julie Gibbons. The Hamsa circle frames the basis of my own hand. I did the rough sketch and now I’m ready for the fun part. As part of her work she provides a mandala personality assessment, and no surprize the colours I am generally attracted to appear. So for my large SMASH book, I decorated the front with Sharpies in appropriate hues.

With all my fav colours

With all my fav colours

Next up will be the December challenge “Ink blotting” with the lovely Jennibellie. Promise to show you the results next week. Fun, fun, fun.

My favorite thing this week

OMG the Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble wax pastels, (and of course liquid pearls) gives me the freedom of spirit to really play. Not as messy as somethings, (especially when the Newton is not sleeping) I feel like that wonderful grade two art girl.  Hurrah.


WOYWW Wednesday finds me “finished” 3 journal pages. Do we ever know if they are really finished? Don’t know what WOYWW is, then check out  Stamping Ground for full details.

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State of my desk: Weekly Challenge items, 3 journal pages in 7 days using at least 7 different kinds of products.

Bold Moves

Bold Moves

Bold Moves

Quote: On life’s journey, attitude is everything.
Materials: collage, stencils, gelatos, paint pens, ribbon, paper, 3D paint.


Make bold choices and make mistakes.

Make bold choices and make mistakes.

Make Bold Choices

Quote: Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.  Angelina Jolie

Materials: printed paper, paint pens, chalk pens, stencils, washi tape, glimmer mist, stamp, ephemera

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Be Unexpected

Materials: printed paper, paint pens, stencils, collage, washi tape, doodles, glitter,  chipboard alphas.

Favourite thing of the week

Chalk pens. I recently purchased a set of American Crafts seasonal chalk markers. The 5 piece set included Red, Green, Silver and Gold chalk markers and a white Galaxy Marker paint-like ink for dark & light paper. WOWIE.



A grand good morning to everyone. I think I’m getting the hang of WOYWW fun and sharing. For additional information check out Stamping Ground and join in on the blog hopping.

Bold Moves is the topic of today. I am working on a Mid Month Challenge at Journal Workshops with Jennibellie. Very similar to the 7 backgrounds in 7 days from earlier this month, we are now doing 3 journal pages in 7 days using the same format. Each day we do a different technique: paper, paint, stamps, stencils, ephemera, collage, markers, etc.

Jennibellie workshop

Bold Moves - be unexpected  Bold Moves Angelina Bold Moves

5 days of Mandala magic with Julie Gibbons is the other fun and games for this week. More on this next week.

I also wanted to share/ask about one of my recent journal finds.  Bookmans is our local “entertainment exchange” and while in Phoenix last weekend Michael and I dropped by.

Journal finds

Hand crafted by The Natural Paper Company Fountain Valley, California. Bookmans find at an incredible $3.00

Hand crafted photo album by The Natural Paper Company Fountain Valley, California. This is absolutely beautiful (even if it did live in a smoking home). Any suggestions regarding care and use of this type of paper?

Wishing everyone a terrific day.

Newton & Socrates

Newton & Socrates Napping


I’m taking part in my second  WOYWW (what’s on you workdesk Wednesday) desk hop today. In case you’re wondering what it’s all about, just follow this link to the Stamping Ground. This is what my desk looked like this morning.


A glimmer of an idea on being thankful for, yes, coffee. I had this page in my SMASH book and I knew I had to do something special with my Gelly Roll Moonlight (luminous best on dark paper) pens. I was also playing with chip board letters, a new stencil, Distress paints, Candy Rock glitter and Silk glaze. (ohhh ahhhh) And I had cut out the coffee mug just last week knowing it was speaking to me.

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When finished I added a real cinnamon stick just for fun. I am thankful for many things in my life, and today I was thinking about drinking coffee as an activity that goes with the people, pets and pursuits I am thankful for. I don’t know if you can see the glitter in the modeling paste to provide real dimension for the whipped cream.

Oh yes, the other item on my desk this morning was Socrates. He may slow me down, but then I was enjoying a cup of coffee at the time.

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WOYWW. what’s on your work desk Wednesday.

so this is my first WOYWW

I am working on 2 challenges this week.

7 pages in 7 days backgrounds. Jennibellie  November Challenge

5 golden lettering with The Art Of Whimsical Lettering with Joanne Sharpe 5 golden lettering.

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