Friday, January 31, 2014

Day 5 Smeared and Smudged art Journal DT challenge- stash

Today is day 5 of the Smeared and Smudged Art Journal DT challenge using stash. Check it out at:
So I found some tags and such that I have been holding onto of things that I enjoy. I also put a pic of my Halloween stash that I sprinkle on my table in my dining room sun room every year. I love little plastic and rubber rats, snakes, etc. Weird, I suppose but I do. I smeared two different colors of Tattered Angels Glam on the pages first.
The skeleton is actually a stamped image I have been holding onto. Why? I have no clue. My Halloween party invitations last year had skeletons hanging from a noose..this one I ripped the head off by accident and didn't throw away. (That is the moon child in me. Save it for a rainy day.)
Rachel Roy and Betsey Johnson are two of my favorite designers. I love Ralph Lauren too but could not find a tag. Of course I need my desire for my mocha lattes somewhere in there along with my occasional Corona and Coke. Hello Kitty is still a favorite of mine as well. I sweat anything 80s.
I am really enjoying this art journal and thankful for Smeared & Smudge for challenging me. Tomorrow I am so busy but hoping to get another page in for day6 challenge.
Thanks for stopping by. Remember to be good to yourself. You deserve it.

Day 4 Smeared and Smudged art journal challenge- growth

Day 4 of smeared and smudge challenge was to use the focus on growth. So here is my rendition for my art journal. I used tattered angels glimmer screen of tree and glimmer mists. I have old oak trees and other trees in my yard. Some trees over two hundred years old. They symbolize growth and life to me.
I punched some flowers from scraps and stickled the centers. I love glitter! I added some wood cat pieces by studio calico then painted them black with glitter glam. I stamped some acorns using a Stampendous stamp.
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I think as we get older we learn not to be afraid of who we are. To share ourselves with others creates beauty in life. Beauty does blossom from within.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Some Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe

“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Smeared & Smudged Art journal Everyday DT Challenge day 3

So today was the third day of the Smeared and Smudged art journal DT challenge. The challenge is to use easy found objects background technique. Well, I think I did it. For my background I used cotton swabs all over the page to apply Tattered Angels glam in dots. I also stitched the word "sassy" with floss and a needle on the top of my page. I used A Smeared Ink stamped image. Love it! She is so va va va voom! I used some Copic markers to color her. I put a little poem next to her about my day and my feelings.
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Today I went to the hair salon and got pink put back in my hair. I haven't had such pretty color since gaining weight after being a mommy. Now that I have lost the weight(finally), I decided to color it up again. I lost 80lbs in less than 9 months and am darn proud! I love my body again.
The biggest two perks are how I feel and to wear fashionable clothes again. Who says you can't be fabulous after 40?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day Two Smeared & Smudged Art Journal Everyday DT Challenge

Today the Smeared and Smudged Art Journal Everyday DT Challenge was to incorporate hearts. So I knew instantly I wanted to use one of my favorite stamps, the voodoo doll stamp by Smeared Ink. I have recently used this stamp on a few valentine cards I made too. I also used a stamp of dots by Artful Legacy. I painted the voodoo doll with Tattered Angels Glam. I used Smooch on the heart. I like a primitive look to my journal..obviously. I pulled out some of my old Creative pens and markers  to use on this page too. I love using stash.
I wrote the little poem about the voodoo doll in hopes my hubby will think more about expressing his love in perhaps a more romantic way. (A lady can dream, right?) He needs to think about what his lady needs to feel special sometimes. ( Though I probably have no right to complain, I have more than most.)
On the right side of the page I wrote what love is to me between two lovers.
I appreciate the comments and look forward to more. Art journaling is new to me but I like this    challenge because it brings me out of my comfort zone of cards and scrapbooks. Makes me express   myself in a more raw form.
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 I also entered this in the morbid romance challenge at:

Monday, January 27, 2014

Smeared and Smudged art journal Everyday Challenge entry

I have never done an art challenge so the Smeared and Smudged challenge inspired me. Today I was chatting with a friend about all kinds of things including the afterlife, past lives and psychics. So I thought why not do something in the journal about it. The stamped I used was from Smeared Ink. I belong to their monthly stamp club. I love it! I tried to stay with their rules of using primary colors today. To check out the challenge go to:
Please leave me a comment to inspire me to move on with this challenge this week. I am not into journaling bc I write so poorly. My handwriting is deplorable. I excelled in school always but my handwriting killed me. My mind just works too fast for my hands to catch up.
Have a great day/night! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Friday, January 10, 2014

John Newman - Love Me Again

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bon Jovi - It's My Life

I cried today because I exceeded my goals faster than expected. I cried tears of joy (at my Dr appt.). All my hard work and sacrifice are paying off. All my inner and outward struggles are having the impact I wanted on my body. I had a plan in my head and I stuck to it despite the opposition and lack of support from others. I had the courage to move ahead with my plan because I educated myself, prepared myself both physically and mentally ( detoxified my life of negativity as best I could- abusive job, ppl, etc). My goal was possible because of my immediate family's support- my daughters and my husband. They have been supportive, loving and gave me confidence when I really needed it. They gave me space when I needed it (quite often bc I am an introvert/chronic thinker/dreamer) too. They gave me compliments when I thought no one was noticing (goes ALONG WAY WITH ME). I think I would have reached this goal without them despite their support but it is sweeter because I get to enjoy it with them.
I was told I am glowing..I finally look on the outside like I always felt on the inside, but better. My body was unidentifiable for so long. I was mad at myself and disliked how I changed physically. Now, I love not just my inner self but my outer self again. No, I am not perfect. Imperfections make you, you.  (I have scars like most mothers with complications from bearing children; but, my scars tell my story of where I have been in my life. Shows the warrior I am when I need to fight.) Comfortable and truly happy with your self makes you beautiful.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)