OBSESSION – Mini Paper Butterflies

If you follow my instagram I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of pictures showcasing my newest, most favorite toy in my studio: my butterfly paper punch! I bought it on clearance at Michaels and it is by far one of the most satisfying art gadgets I’ve ever purchased.

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The punch has three different shapes built in and with very little effort I can generate hundreds of beautiful one of a kind works of art. Inspired by my purchase I quickly generated a pile of painted papers using slap dash applications of acrylic paint, blended serendipitously with my brayer and gelli plate. Once the paint was dry I punched away and now I have this stunning pile of little gems that I can’t wait to integrate into even more delightful paintings. Stay tuned for even more butterfly madness.

 

Card Making for Valentine's Day

If you're my friend and read my blog one of these cards might be in your mailbox next month.

If you’re my friend and read my blog one of these cards might be in your mailbox next month.

Last night I went to a cardmaking workshop at Paper-Source where I bought paper scraps for the collage I blogged about a few days ago. All the materials were provided, along with numerous innovative and specialized scrapbooking tools. One of the coolest tools messed around with was called a Xyron. It turned anything  you put through it (that was flat) into a sticker. Amazing! We also played with heat emboss glitter and funky shaped punches.  I have come to the conclusion that I need some more paper punches. They are extremely versatile.

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This was the first card I made. It had the best result with the heat emboss.

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The glitter hearts were punched out of paper that already had an adhesive backing. I also used washi tape and a corner punch.

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Ombre Hearts were created using the heart shaped punch. This is my favorite of the cards I made, and it is also the simplest.

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This was the most complicated card we made. The little banners were super difficult to make, but in the end it turned out well nonetheless.

photo 2To get the glitter to stick to the heart we turned it into a sticker with the Xyron. So sparkle!!

8 Years!

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Colored Pencils, Pen

Colored Pencils, Pen

8 years ago today me and my loving husband started dating. Now we are happily married and about to embark on a grand adventure to Chicago together.

I drew this picture for one of the many Valentine’s days we celebrated WAY back in High School. I stumbled upon it again while packing for our trip and I think it has always captured the somewhat magical nature of realizing you love somebody.