Thursday, April 28, 2011

Where I create...

I thought I would share my Tattered Angels Design Team blog post. Our assignment this month was to highlight where we create along with ideas and suggestions for storing Tattered Angels paint mediums and supplies. So welcome to my world!!!
This month has been filled with such inspiration on how to organize and store all the lovely Tattered Angels paint mediums and accessories. Now it's my turn...I had to make a I make my studio look neat and tidy or show you a modified version...some where in between tidy or in the middle of working on projects...I went with the later. For the 1st time in my life of creating I have my very own separate room {lovingly called my CREATE CAVE} is the smallest of 4 bedrooms...probably a nursery in this 1920's American Four Square home. It is small but I have been able to squeeze a mixture of new and cast-offs in it.
My 1st big splurge was my project table from Pottery Barn. Here it is when it was brand spanking new.
This is what it looks like today...doesn't look quite the same...but that's OK as it gets a daily workout of creativity. I need this height of a project table because I stand when I create so this is perfect for me. One end of the table is for painting with my well worn Tattered Angels misting can see some of the bottles that I just finished a project with.
Here's a close up of how I store my Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Chalkboard. The top tray stores the new Chalkboard Colors while the middle tray holds the newest Ltd. Edition Colors of Glimmer Mist and also the Color Connection colors. The bottom tray is all Standard Colors stored in color families following the color wheel {ROYCBV}.
I store all my Glimmer Glam and Glimmer Glaze in these really cool fruit boxes that I fell in love with and kept after we finished eating the fruit. I actually have several and they are sturdy and stack and I smile when I see them ;)
I was very fortunate that the storage unit I have was free {thank you Sue & Lizzie}. It really is useful and I got all the plastic containers for a steal!! I store mainly by's how my brain visualizes projects. On the right side you will see extra Glimmer Mist, Glam & Glaze in plastic containers...these are duplicates of colors I use often. You will also find my assortment of Glimmer Chips, Fonts, Glimmer Glass, Bingo Cards and other Tattered Angels Accessories. On the left side you will see a shelf of stamps kept in various storage boxes {again purchased for  steal} and the large Tattered Angels stamp sets are kept on the bottom shelf. I know where everything is because I organized it by function and use.
I hang my Tattered Angels Screens from this hanging rack, either in original packaging or sheet protectors on a binder ring. This helps keeping them from tangling all up. I also keep my scissors and heat gun and other paint mediums here. If it is something I used often it is out and close at hand.
Last fall I realized that painting with all my TA paint products so close to my Mac probably wasn't the best idea so my 2nd investment was this project table/desk that now is command central...not only do I run my house from here but where I do my photo printing, going on FB, taking my online classes, checking in on FB, my inspiration corner and did I say FB yet...reading blogs, FB, ordering supplies, FB. LOL!
I love enjoying my projects before they get put in albums so I have this incredible 24" x 24" magnetic board. This is my inspiration corner.
I also am able to have my equipment out so I can use it when ever I want...this is one of the best things I have found in having my own dedication more pulling the sewing machine out of the closet. Of course my beloved Vagabond machine is plugged in and ready to use at a moments notice.
Finally at the end of my tour is one more storage space that I have carved out of this small room.
I hope you enjoyed my tour and to send you off on your merry way I would like to share a project that was inspired by a class I took with our very own Nathalie Kalbach. I had so much fun creating this canvas  and everytime I look at it I's a happy project!
Project Ingredients:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist {Dragon FlyKiwi Lime PieSun Sisters,  Marmalade,Puerto Rico & Trunk Bay}
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam { Mermaid & Chandelier}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

HELMAR Design Team Announced...

This so exciting...2 of my ANGEL FRIENDS are on the new 2011 HELMAR Adhesives Design Team...way to go Erika Taylor and Mandy Collins. Congrats to all the other fabulous artists that made the design team.

I found this quote today and I feel a blog coming from it as it really describes all the wonderful things that have happened to me this year but that will have to wait because it's time to celebrate Erika & Mandy's incredible talents!!

"We evolve at the rate of the tribe 
we are plugged into."
...Caroline Myss

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

HELMAR Guest Designers announced...

...and I'm one of them. I'm so excited. I learned about HELMAR Adhesives when I saw a project created by Erika Taylor {oh how I wish I could find that picture} and NEEDED to know about this"LIQUID SCRAP DOTS" she was raving about. Long story short I ordered several different HELMAR products and have not looked back. There are several more HELMAR products that I'm itching to try but I can say that almost all my projects are completed with the help of HELMAR...and I too think Liquid Scrap Dots is PURE MAGIC!!!

So here's a big, ol' THANK YOU to HELMAR Adhesives for this opportunity ;)

Everything thing on this canvas journal cover is done with HELMAR Adhesives...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Simon Says Stamp...

I'm so excited and honored to be featured today on Simon Says Stamp blog with 2 fabric projects I created for Tattered Angels. Here is the original post on the Tattered Angels blog. I would love for you to go visit SSS and tell them I sent you ;)

Speaking of blogs today is my day for posting on the Tattered Angels blog. I'm showcasing my studio and how I organize and store my Tattered Angels paint products.

I'm working on a new project that I'm hoping to turn into a class so I'm off to GET INKY!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and check back at the beginning of next week to learn how you can win a Tattered Angels gift bag to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day on Sat., May 1st.

A huge thank you to Simon Says Stamp for 
featuring my Tattered Angels projects.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Still time for Mouse, Paper, Scissors: Mom

I have taken so many great online classes lately and I feel like I increased my skills with these new techniques by ten-fold. I previously shared with you the canvas I made while taking "Free Your Creativity -Mixed Media Canvas Class" with Nathalie Kalbach through the fabulous site -

There is still time to sign up for a self-paced class at for Mouse, Paper, Scissors: Mom. I just finished a 5 week class called Mouse, Paper, Scissors...a collaboration between Heidi Swapp & Jessica Sprague. They  teamed up to bring a class "which combines the best of two beautiful, incredible worlds - the world of crafting using Photoshop, and the world of crafting with paper and scissors." It was fabulous and I highly recommend that you consider signing up for the new self-paced class. Let me show you the final project of the class...I REALLY loved doing this project! So run as fast as you can to sign starts tomorrow 4/18/11.

Photoshop designed paper: Quotes I Love {ME}
Paper: Pink Paisley Daily Junque
Stamps: Pink Paislee Daily Junque
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Pieces of Heart
Adhesive: Helmar 450 Quick Dry
       Helmar Scrap Dots
Mirror & Easel: Ikea

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Always act like....

you're wearing an INVISIBLE CROWN"...anonymous

Don't you love that...I do. I love this canvas and the saying. I enrolled in a class taught by Nathalie Kalbach "UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY"...a class being offered at Craft Edu. It was wonderful and I'm getting ready to start another canvas. I'm hoping that Nathalie will consider doing more classes. I'm so jealous because Nathalie is teaching all over Europe and Australia...wish we could get her to the States...just sayin'...until then I will have to be satisfied with online classes. Isn't this fun???

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Guess whose today's guest blogger @ Scrapbook-Trends

I'm so jazzed to be today's quest blogger at Nathalie Kalbach's blog Scrapbook-Trends. Check it out :) You may also want to check out Nat's newest online class at Craft Edu...Free Your Creativity-Mixed Media Canvas Class...let me tell you it is an awesome class and I will share my finished piece. 

Also while your checking out blogs head on over to Tattered Angels to see Vicki Chrisman's studio...lot of Tattered Angels eye candy!