Monday, February 3, 2014

How I Fell In Love With Painting Old Cars...


A few years back, I re-discovered a beautiful, roadside destination in the Alexander
Valley in the heart of the wine country, Sonoma County, California.  I used to stop 
there frequently when my kids were small, but it had been a while....


HOW it was that I forgot...?  I can't even explain...  LOOK at how adorable it is!
If you've never been, you should SEE the inside!  Yummy FOOD/darling vintage
collectibles and gifts..  Make a trip to the Jimtown Store an important item on 
your bucket list...  TRUST me, you'll love it! 


In addition to the wonderful ambiance and outstanding food, there's THIS classic,
 former firetruck, converted to be the perfect icon and mobile advertisement... 
and I HAD to paint it.  The above image is a photo of a painting that 
I completed a few summers back.  It all happened innocently enough...   
I'm no car fanatic, but how could you not fall in love with this baby?

Little did I know that it would lead to more....

 
I'm SO excited to share with you that I am the artist for 
Petaluma's Cruisin' the Boulevard, our town's salute to 
the iconic coming of age movie, American Graffiti
shot in our little corner of California over 40 years ago. 

It's a HUGE honor and a fabulous celebration.  If you have the
opportunity to be in this area, May 15th, 16th & 17th, I hope you'll
consider joining the immense fun when the entire downtown goes
back in time...  Where were YOU in '62?  LOL

More on this painting and my process to come...  

Thanks for cruisin' on through!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pet Portraits by Elise Durenberger



Testing, 1, 2....  Testing!  Hello!!!!  {Is this thing on?}


If I have ANY friends left in blogland, I have MANY amends to make.
I've been out in the world, having picked up and "old trail" and I forgot
to take you with me... My apologies!  I'm still the proud owner of FAR
too many stamps & paper crafty supplies {and DREAMS!}, but this is
me, 2.0 {or 40-something...!} stepping out, into the light of PAINTER
girl, woman.  Following a semester of "re-entry" education in Adobe 
classes, and a LOT of paint under my nails, I'm working to update my blog 
to feature my true calling, fine art painting.  This painting I have shared, 
above, is a commission piece I completed last month and delivered
 to the over-joyed kitty companion...  It was a great thrill and wonderful 
reminder of my mission, long pursued, but often taken for granted. 
 I look forward to sharing many of my recent pieces, some thoughts on
 how they were inspired & created, but also some exciting new projects, 
as they progress. Soon, I will be sharing a very exciting piece that was 
completed to mark a very cool, annual celebration we have in our area 
to commemorate a classic movie that was filmed right in the historic
 down town..



I hope you'll consider checking in with me as I update this blog to better 
reflect the art that is the most important to me at this time in my journey...  

{Not to say I won't pop out a crafty-driven project from time to time...!}

Thank you, with all of the gratitude of my heart!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!



Hello out there, crafty friends!  This is a GREAT day to be in the blog-a-verse!
It is with a jubilant heart, that I get to share with you, an  inkalicious goodie that I 
have created with some of the juiciest, western images I have seen in a LONG 
time...This one will get yer' spurs spinin'! LOOK at the chaps on THEM cowboys!


Oooooow, doggies!  I have struck it rich in STAMP country!  It is with my chest puffed 
up in pride, that I confess to y'all that I am participating in a super crafty event, represent
-ing this FABULOUS stamp company, 100 Proof Press...   Y'er WELCOME, if you've 
not heard of them before, and if you have...   LUCKY yooooooou!  I can't EVEN recount 
to you, with proper emphasis, HOW DAZZLING a shopping trip through their numerous
images and quality red rubber, options-a-plenty and CREATIVE opportunity beYOND 
your wildest imagination, it was for this here, lil' lady... { I'm in L-O-V-E!}  Anywhoo, a fist 
full of some SUPER nostalgic & perfectly rendered images MADE MY CRAFTY adventure 
the stuff-o-legends, babies.  I'm DElighted! But enough about MY enthusiasm...    


Blog Hop details, down yonder:

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The 
best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to 
create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts 
for the holidays 
during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to 
create something from the heart this holiday season as 
well as share how to use our products in fun, 
innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource 
to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from 

November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a 
brand new list of blogs to hop to. 
Comment on each blog, share your favorite 
posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter 
widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the 
Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from 
the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, 
share, and create – are you ready to hop?

For more details, check out the MOTHERSHIP of stamps, 100 Proof Press and their BLOG!  
*Bonus!  You can read MORE about these lovely ladies...   {And tell 'em I sent ya!}

But wait: THERE'S MORE! 

Before you ride off into the sunset, just a few quick tips on my LOVE AFFAIR use of 
these great stamps and some tips on how to make a delightfully cloudy, masked sky!


1) Stamp first image {cowboys} onto vanilla cardstock.  Stamp again, with
 same image onto post-it note.  Cut out image and place it over original stamped
image.  Stamp sun burst image, slightly above cowboys.  Stamp again, onto new
post-it.  Fussy cut and place on original as shown in #1.

2) Create clouds by cutting cloud shapes from sticky panel of post-it note.  Place
as desired over stamped sun and cowboy scene.  With ColorBox® die ink, sponge
blue sky background over entire stamped surface, concentrating densest use of ink
across clouds and upper sky.  

3) Remove cloud masks.

4) Replace cloud masks, slightly lower and skewed to one side, then lightly sponge
 more blue or grey ink across where the mask and the white cloud meet.  Remove cloud
mask, once again, and then sponge with small dabs across the bottom of the cloud, trying to 
leave a small white rim. This gives the illusion of sunlight shining through and around
the cloud - the results are WORTH the effort.  Don't be afraid to do a practice piece! 
It's SO worth it!


Rafflecopter Details: 


I sure HOPE you'll think so, anyway...  But for NOW, I must mosey down the 
blog hop trail...  SURE HOPE you'll join me!  THANK you, so MUCH!  It was
great gettin' inky with ya'll!  Enjoy the view and HAPPY TRAILS!


Friday, October 25, 2013


My dearest blog friends... 

HOW I have missed you!  While I have recently stepped away from a lot of regular
design team obligations {*sob!} I am in NO way about to quit blogging!  Just wanted 
to share a joyful response to some of your KIND emails...  I'm STILL here!


Just been masquerading as a student in some INTENSELY fun and extremely challenging
Adobe classes at my local Junior college...   And HERE is some of the CRAZY fun I've 
been partaking in...   Yee Haw!  I'm NOT leaving the blog world, NOR my friends 
(as long as you can forgive my extreme lapse in commenting.....!?!}

I'm working hard to gain some skills to improve my blog and begin a new
creative chapter to share with y'all.  I hope you'll still have ME!  

Love and crafty thoughts to ALL-O-YOU!





Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just Us Girls and a FOND farewell....


I have been EXTREMELY blessed to be a member of Just Us Girls for a LONG time!
In case you've never enjoyed the fruits of their revolving challenges, YOU have been
missing out!  Me?  I've been an inspired participant, a THRILLED chic of the week, a
SUPER delighted guest designer, and for a good three years now, an ECSTATIC 
design team member...  {WHERE, oh where, has the time gone!?!} 


It's been a GREAT ride!  

                      
 I am FILLED with gratitude!  - AND a whole lot of crafty memories...  
THIS is my last post as a JUG-ster, and my last week as a hostess for all 
the fun and SUPER sonic inspiration...  A super fallish photo collage is 
my parting gift...  I hope you'll consider playing along!

Also, my dear team mate, Tangii, has also decided to step down from
Just Us Girls...  My special salute to you, Tangii, and your brilliant color
skills and all around crafty TALENT!  YOU will be greatly missed!
THANK YOU for gracing us with your brilliant work! *Mwah!*


On to some crafty BUSINESS.....

You might know that I am a lover of the "scene" card....  So this happened
quite naturally.  This background was created with STAMP pads, and a 
smattering of water color with stamp ink!  {It was INKALICIOUS, babies!}
 

But then I pretty much covered the whole thing up with delicious stampy
elements and precious pretty bits and baubles...  But HEY!  That's how
the stamp bounces...   IT'S THE JOURNEY!  {Says the girl with VERY 
inky fingers!} Worth all the effort, as far as I'm concerned!


{Autumn is my FAVORITE season for stamping!}

But speaking of stamping!  Ack!  Do you KNOW these ladies...  the fabby force of
JUST US GIRLS!  They took this photo montage ALL THE WAY to AMAZING!


Please, TREAT YOURSELF to a very Juggified version of PUMPKIN SPICE!
It's a cornucopia-o-inspiration! 


Thank YOU, for the YEARS of gushing and swooning that you
indulged me in...  {I LOVE those GIRLS!} I am humbled by
ALL that I see, learn from and am inspired by, in the crafty blog
world.  You have NO idea how much healing, hand holding and
friendship making has occurred here...  EVEN WHEN I HAVEN'T
been 1/10th of the friend I mean to be, this place has continued
to take care of me!  I am VERY, very blessed.

Thank you, again, for your love and inspiration!

Supplies - 

C/S - Wplus9 Design Studio
Stamps - Wplus9 Deisgn Studio (Sentiment and Pumpkins)
               Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous (Truck)
Designer Elements - October Afternoon
Button - Buttons Galore & More
Twine - Jillibean Soup








Friday, September 20, 2013

Color Challenge with Just Us Girls!

Hellooooooooooo, my friends!  There are RAINDROPS outside my window,
and I just MADE SOMETHING super fun, so WELCOME, welcome, welcome!
It's a GREAT day to get your INK onnnnnnn, with Just Us Girls!


WHO doesn't love a little extra color in their world, am I right?


Darling as EVER, Nancy, is hostessing all the fun over at Just Us Girls headquarters...

(Have you been by the shop lately?  LOTS going on!  Hope you'll pop in)



Aside from an exciting DT call!  {Whoop!  Whoop!} The FANTASTIC JugHEADS are
all crafty and colorful this week...   Hope you'll check out their inspiration and SHOW them
the love, love, LOVE they deserve!  {I sure LOVE 'em!} So MUCH color!!!!!


AND....   I adore YOU {U}, too!


Thanks for visiting - you REALLY are just MY type!  

Yee Haw!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Just Us Girls Technique Challenge



Please don't hate me, because I'm bustin' out the Halloween goodness, already...


~ I LOVES me my HALLOWEEN craft supplies! ~

 

Especially, MIXED with SCRUMPTIOUS technique fun....!


We're using this FAB technique to REMIND you to LOVE YOUR SCOREBOARD!  
Of course, all the details are on the JUST US GIRLS blog, including an exciting
announcement and a link to a great tutorial, so pleeeeeease!  Check it OUT!

 
 I threw in some of my FAVORITE Halloween stamps, EVEEEEERRRRRRRR!

And some fun use of resist with clear embossing...  Can you tell????


STARS created with this technique!  Fo-gitaboud-it!


Resist + GRID technique + FAVORITE skelly stamp and JUST US GIRLS....  


GHOUSHLY good fun!  That's what I'm talkin' about!!!!!

Plus, my sweet DARLING Jug-heads are makin' this technique SHINE!  
I hope you'll visit them, MAKE SOMETHING and share it with Just Us Girls!


Do NOT be frightened! 

{Trust ME!}

Supplies -

C/S - Wplus9 Design Studio; S/U!
Stamps - Tim Holtz & Stampers Anonymous; Wplus9 Design Studio (tiny STARS!)
Ink - Tim Holtz & Ranger; S/U!
Tule - Joanne's
Embossing Powder - S/U!




Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wplus9 Design Studio, NEW RELEASE and some news!


Wplus9 Design Studio has the MOST innovative and quality stamps on the market... PERIOD. 

 
I should KNOW...  I've been designing with them since their inception, back in February, 2010!


I'll admit, I was a little slow to embrace the clear polymer.  Not to mention, parting with the familiarity of a good, old fashioned wood mounted stamps.  BUT, Wplus9 enlightened me...  
With the finest quality of polymer, as well as Dawn's immaculate standards in manufacturing...  
YOU can always count on these babies to accept ink and DELIVER outstanding results!  
This season's release, punctuates the innovation and vision of the company's founder, 
Her fun, juicy, eye-candilicious and SUPER easy to maneuver stamps and dies are ONE of a kind!  
I hope THIS card portrays exactly what I'm referring to: have you SEEN the dies???? 
 Nautical Notions Die ('Nuff said!)


The exquisite detail in this life preserver???  C'mon!  I don't need NO savin' from this tool...  LOL
I just want to make sure that YOUR crafting is safe, so CHECK it all out!  Every stampy bit and 
bauble from this release, requires some SERIOUS contemplation: 
you can CHART your course from right HERE!


For all the glorious details on how this sea worthy scene was inked, 
check out the details, from a similar creation, here!

 

This entire set, Dockside, will be keeping me stamping for YEARS!  It is a lifer!
SUCH beautifully drawn images and all purpose sentiments, I'll NEVER let go! {Ja-ack!}



 Dawn's vast education and experience with Graphic Design, means that she's apt to 
create backgrounds and elements that work together in ways that boggle the imagination.
If you're a math phobe, like me, you might be a little nervous when "registering" images.
NO stamp-a-majig required!  THESE babies are SO easy to line up - I CAN DO IT! 


 Lookee at the background stamping - I DID that!  {I know right!?!} No, seriously, you probably
already know how beautifully the Wplus9 stamps work together, but in case your at all skeptical, 
my card from YESTERDAY, was stamped with ONE line of a chevron stamp, to make that back-
ground!  Yup, one line at a time!  It was easy and soooooooooo satisfying!  Hope you'll put 
Borders and Backgrounds in your cart, directly!  That's another one, you're GONNA NEEEEED!
I love the ability to customize a monogram! What a great way for my TEENAGE son to get
caught up on Thank You cards!  {Guess I'll be making about a million of these!} LOL


{I'm not really sorry.  Enabling you, is part of my job description!} Don't be CRABBY

 

...  But THIS is another reason you'll need the Nautical Notions die...  Crabs for ANY season!


{See what I mean?}
 

Oh, and one more thing to apologize for...  You're gonna need this ALPHABET, too.
Appropriately, named, Monogrammed,  it lives up to its name and THEN some!  

 Whaddya think?  LOTS of stampy, papery delightful fun!

I know, I'VE HAD A BLAST! Sure hope you have, too!

This release with Wplus9 Design Studio marks the end of a WONDERFUL journey, 
as I have decided to step down from the Wplus9-ettes, after 3 and 1/2 glorious years! 
It's an emotional decision, as I have grown to think of the Wplus9 crew as family 
and VERY dear friends...   But, this is me, being a "grown up." :oP 

Because of Wplus9 Design Studio, I have friends across the WORLD!  
How could it get any better than that!?!  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to 
Darling Dawn: she invited me to join her for a SPECTACULAR ride!  
I'll always be a fan and a huge supporter of Wplus9 products... and the 
spectacular vision of it's creator and friends!  Thank you, Dawn, and
everyone who has supported me...  What a GREAT time!

You can bet that my creations will ALWAYS be heavy in Wplus9 products...

Thanks, so much, for sticking by me!


Supplies -

C/S - Wplus9; Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Wplus9 Design Studio
Ink - Wplus9 Design Studio; Versafine; S/U!
All die cut shapes - Wplus9 Design Studio
Bling - Want2Scrap®
Google Eyes - Darice
Baker's Twine - Paper Treats




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wplus9 Design Studio August/September Release


I'm having SO much inky fun with the NEWEST stamps, dies and accessories from Wplus9:

 
 Shocking, right?

 
 {Can you hear me, purring!}

Just LOOK at the detail in these nautical images!  Stamps & dies GALORE!


Don't you LOVE this chevron?  This HUGELY inkable and AMAZING look is SO 
easy to create...  and it's one of MANY!  Check out Borders & Backgrounds 2!


The sentiment AND rope/circle are from my VERY favorite stamp set of this release, Dockside.
Explore every image for yourself, but I guarantee you'll see EXACTLY why this one, is the set
YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!  You'll be stamping in every kind of condition with this collection!



So, if you haven't checked out the creative blog for Wplus9 in a while...  THIS, my friends, 
is your TICKET to ride!  EACH of the lovely Wplus9-ettes is having a go at inspiration, one
at a time, so don't forget to scroll back and get the ENTIRE adventure!  Just checking in for
Dawn's videos, mood boards and release designs, is MORE than enough creative fodder for just
about ANYONE, but I know how "we" are, and SOME inspiration is NEVER enough.... 
So make sure you check out Dawn's blog OFTEN! 

But since you're here, NOW...  THANKS!  I'm DELIGHTED you stopped by! 
Sure hope you'll check back in TOMORROW, as I have MULTIPLE projects, to 
punctuate my final day of this release!  Hope to see you, THEN!


Supplies - 

C/S - Wplus9 Design Studio
Stamps - Wplus9 Design Studio
Ink - Wplus9 Design Studio; Stampin 'Up!
Dies - Wplus9 Design Studio
Metal Star - Joanne's
Twine - My stash
Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!