Taking a Break

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Well my lovelies, it appears it's time for me to scale things back for a while. You haven't seen much from me lately have you?

I have recently been diagnosed with my third auto-immune disease.  So it's time to focus on my health.  Lots of rest, physiotherapy, massages, meditation and just basically taking care of me.  I'll be spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking everything from scratch.  Did you know there are some amazing auto-immune cookbooks out there?  My research has led me to a few wonderful ones.  And luckily I have a very support hubby who will be with me every step of the way.

Since I'll be doing all that...my time in my studio will be limited.  This isn't permanent...just wanted you to know that my posts will be very sporadic over the next while.  You'll see the odd post and next month I have a fund-raiser I committed to a while ago.

Shery has very graciously offered to give me a leave from the STAMPlorations/ARTplorations team and I've gratefully accepted. Isn't she the best?

Back in a while with more my friends...

May Mixed Media Challenge and Stencil Sunday

Hello!  I'm so happy to be back with another Stencil Sunday project and mixed media challenge.

Would love to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month.  As always, it's an anything goes challenge that must be a mixed media piece...tags, art journal pages, home decor, etc....anything but a card.  The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice. 

Playing in my small art journal again.  After covering the page in gesso, I stamped several images from Mixed Media Elements around the edges in Cobalt Archival Ink. Next came some light modelling paste through my Retro Circles stencil.  When that was dry, I blended two shades of Distress Crayons on the page.  Then I added some Distress Ink through my Square Links stencil.  

The sentiment from Subway Art Builders Create was stamped on some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and adhered to the page with a matte medium.  My final step was to smudge some Stabilo pencil randomly around the edges and blend with water.

Cannot wait to see what you make!  Just a gentle reminder...this is not a card challenge...it's anything BUT a card.  To ensure that you're eligible for the prizes each month, simply create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and show the challenge graphic...it's as easy as that!

Back soon with more my sweet friends...