Yesterday I was able to do a quick digital layout using the first two days of the Here We Come A Caroling kit at Pixels & Co. (Don't forget to check back each day until the 18th for a free download to help complete your kit!)
While I was home with my family for Thanksgiving, Rick and Erin set up my mom's tree and then I was able to decorate it for her. We had a great time and it turned out beautiful!
Now, I'm freaking out because I realized how close Christmas actually is and I've done practically NO shopping! Argh... time to get busy, huh?
Just wanted to pop in with a cool promotion for all the digi scrappers out there... I'm a bit late to the party since I was traveling on this one, but Pixels & Co is doing a cool advent celebration where you can download part of a free kit every day. You can still get day 2 today, and get part of the kit every day until the 18th. When you're finished, this is what you'll have:
Pretty sweet deal, huh? It's an awesome kit, and I can't wait until I get all of the pieces! Enjoy!
I was going to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up my Christmas decorations, but I was talking to my mom on Sunday and she reminded me how little time there is for me to enjoy them if I wait that long. So during my evenings this week I've been putting up all my decorations.
I finished the tree last night and put the finishing touches on everything else tonight. I'm so glad I did that. Now everything is ready for December!
This was my view this morning... since so many people were out of the office today, I just worked at home... reading email and enjoying a really fantastic cup of hot chocolate in front of my tree while I listened to the rain pattering on the roof. It was quite cozy and enjoyable!
And to kick off the Christmas pre-season (kind of like hockey? lol) I wanted to do a digi layout using a kit that Gennifer Bursett just released over at Pixels and Company called Naughty Christmas. So naturally, who did I think of when I looked at that kit? Adorable-Nephew-William. Of course in all fairness, I really could have used any / all of the kids for this one, but William seems to get shafted on the layout front (totally unintentional, I swear!), so I wanted to do one of just him. Besides... I had these super cute photos that just begged to be used!
So that's it! Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
I haven't had a lot of time to do a whole lot lately, but I do have one canvas and several art journal pages I've never gotten around to sharing, as well as a few pages that I've finished recently.
First, a canvas that I did in the first half of October - another one redoing the old ones that I had. In this case I kept the original background but repainted the design with better paint so that it looks nicer, then added the flowers.
Then five art journal pages from the last 6 weeks...
It's not a whole lot, but I'm trying to get back into it. I have one page started right now and also another cardboard art journal in the works. Or the cover, at least... it's a start! Anyway, I'll take a break for Thanksgiving but then I should get back to it - I'd love to do some holiday themed stuff going into December. We'll see... more busy-ness is on the horizon, but I'm hoping to keep a bit more balance over the next few months.
I've taken a lot of classes lately... and done a little teaching too!
In October Patty and I got to go up to Mass. to spend a weekend taking classes from Dyan Reavley. It was so much fun, and I learned a ton! We took Writing in your Journal, Stamping in your Journal, and Art Journal Extravaganza.
I'm so glad I got the chance to do that!
Then we had our October mixed media club where Debbie Mac taught us about doing faces.
We started out drawing, working on the different proportions. Mine looks okay, except for the fact that she looks like she's stuck up and bored.
We also worked with acrylic paint and some of Donna Downey's new face stamps:
Then at the end of October, I taught my cardboard art journal class. We had a great group and I think everyone had a good time. I've heard about a few people still working on those, and Sue showed me what she had done at our club meeting this last week - they all turned out great!
So that was October... then into November. I was in Chicago for the first week, and then the following weekend I met Patty at The Inspiration Station up in Stafford Springs for a day of advanced Zentangle classes. We took tangling in color, where we learned about drawing and coloring as well as using colored backgrounds.
And that afternoon we took a class on organic tangles on toned paper. That was also super fun.
After classes, Patty took me to Stew Leonard's - it's a grocery store, but a very cool one. Probably as close as I've come to finding something similar to a Wegman's... not quite, but still pretty good. They sell a really good boulognese sauce and they had these killer corn popper thingies on their hot bar... lots of fun! Close enough that I'd go back, but not so close that I'd be there a lot. Which is a good thing!
Finally, this last week we had our November mixed media club - Mac and I taught water soluble crayons - Lyra and Neocolor II. It was a smaller group, but that made it so we did lots of techniques and projects. I think the real hit of the night was using them with gesso and stamping with them.
Here are some of the projects we did... I had made a sample coloring and then using water to make the circle design, so a lot of people did something similar in their books.
Whew! That's it for the classes... big update, but lots of fun over the last 6 weeks or so.
All right, so I've been told that I need to post because my blog has gotten boring (ahem... thanks Patty and Tracie!) So, I'm trying... things got super busy for a month and then predictibly, just as I was starting to have some time, I got sick. So now it's been another two weeks and I'm finally feeling like myself again, so I thought I'd try and post a few things.
First up, I did this layout a month or so ago but didn't post because the kit wasn't out yet. So this is using a new (relatively... lol) kit from Gennifer Bursett called More Cowbell (how do you not love that?)
This is a series of pictures I took of Adorable-Niece-Aubrey while they were up visiting me over Columbus Day weekend. We were having breakfast and she was just too funny - they worked well with the kit so I grabbed them to use... they capture her personality perfectly.
Next is a paper layout that I did last week using a few pictures of the kids playing together at a park. Just a simple one while I worked on getting my mojo back. This uses bits and pieces of several recent Studio Calico kits.
Second is using another awesome new kit called Far and Away (and if you get over there fast, it's free with purchase!) This one is a self-portrait of William and I when we were in Virginia in August.
I have some more, but I can't post them yet, so I'll probably share those next week.
In the meantime, can we say SPECTACULAR mail day today?
My Studio Calico December Daily kit came today, and it's so awesome... I love the handbook, and the kit goodies are fabulous. I tucked it away from now, but it won't be long before it's time to pull it back out! (Maybe by then I'll actually break down and buy more printer ink. I think that's going to be a requirement for me to be successful with this project. lol.)
Also, a Michael's gift card and an absolutely AMAZING box full of chocolate goodness from Jacques Torres. I've never tried any of his chocolate, but always wanted to - I drool over it every time I see him on TV.
It was all so pretty that I didn't want to muss anything by eating it! But I decided to at least have a taste... I started with the 60% dark chocolate bar - just a little bit. And it.was.amazing. My mom is trying to convince me that the box needs to stay like this until she comes to visit. Dare to dream mom. Dare to dream. lol.
Anyway, I have to be at work early tomorrow for meetings, so I'm signing off.