Boys Rule…Girls Too!

     Posted by Lisa on August 5, 2018

Happy August Long Weekend!  I hope everyone is taking some time to enjoy the extra day off and some sunny weather this weekend!

A couple weekends ago I headed to Winkler for a day crop, it was a very last minute decision and I’m so glad I went.  Got to spend the day visiting with friends and playing with new scrappy supplies!  What could possibly be better?!

While I was there I managed to pick up paper and embellishments for a new line called Boys Rule from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  We all know that boy themed lines are rare and ones suit teenage boys is even more rare.  Well this line is perfect and VERY popular!!  Lori does have more on order but it keeps selling out so fingers crossed she can get more soon!

I have two different projects to share with you today, a scrapbook page, something I haven’t made for a long time, and a 5×7 canvas.

Now that my boys are teens it’s not often they allow me to snap their picture, but with both them celebrating school graduations I finally got them in front of the camera!


Sean finished grade 8 this year and moves onto high school next month.  This line was an absolutely perfect match for this picture of him all ready for his graduation celebration!


I had so much fun digging through all the embellishments and die cuts that came with this line, I had to stop myself from trying to use them all on this one page!  Oh and the ‘Mr. Fantastic’ made me giggle, my Dad used to call my oldest son Mr. Perfect, so I thought why not call my youngest son Mr. Fantastic!!!


The scribble circle piece at the top right of the photo is one of the fabulous Laser Cut Chipboard pieces from the store!

This line can easily be used for girls too, the papers are fairly neutral in pattern which makes them so versatile!


This little canvas came together pretty quick!  I covered the canvas with one of the papers from the Boys Rule line and added some of the tags as well.


That cute camera peeking out is another piece that came in one of the die cut packages for this line.  And of course the ‘Love You Forever’ is one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces covered with white embossing powder!


I have to say it was fun playing with this line, I’ll be pulling it out again in the near future!  I do have some amazing photos of my oldest from his grad that are just waiting their turn!

Enjoy your weekend and try to get some creative time in!

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The BIG Project

     Posted by Lisa on July 22, 2018

Yesterday I spent a fantastic day at the stores day crop!  It’s always fun to head out to Winkler, visit & create!

This week I have something entirely different for you!  Let me say that this is a big project and very much outside my comfort zone.  Ok I admit I was totally intimidated, but I did it!

Last year I finally re-did my master bedroom, it hadn’t received any attention since we moved in, it was drab and tired looking.  With the new paint, a new brighter light (the old one was worse than a candle) and new bedding I decided it needed something more.  I was looking for artwork to add over my bed, but couldn’t find anything I liked.

SO….I picked up two 30×24 canvases….and stared at them for the last year scared to tackle the project!  I have never created large pieces, even in high school when my art teacher tried to encourage me to expand and challenge myself.

Last week I finally made myself go for it, it’s just paint right?!  Here are the results of my BIG adventure!


These were definitely an experience of trial and error as I tried different things.  I learned that my favorite paint tool is a regular kitchen sponge!


I added some texture to the paintings but kept it minimal wanting a look like I’ve never created before.


My family was quite surprised with the results…..they said these were ‘plain’ for me!  I agree they are not my normal style, but that was the point of the challenge.


I said to my husband had I filled these up with different embellishments etc it would’ve taken my entire stash at this size.  Yes I just lost the best shopping opportunity! LOL


I had fun creating these abstract pieces and love how they look in my room!  I can’t say I’ll be tackling another project like this anytime soon, but I will defiantly try again…maybe a smaller piece next time!


Oh and yes my 9 is backwards….oops! That’s ok it’s abstract right?!  The numbers aren’t random either, it is my wedding date!

Experimenting with different products and trying new things is something I encourage everyone to try!

Have fun with your art, regardless of your style!

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