Wednesday, September 28, 2011

JBS Mercantile Oct Sneaks Anyone?




Tune in to JBS Mercantile on Friday night, midnight central time, to get the goods! Jenni has put together a kit full of lovely fall colors with a few pops of blue and aqua - such a cool color combo! If you haven't been getting antiquarian, this is a really good month to try it out - you have got to see that kit! And you can ;), part of it anyway, right here on my last peekie.

Also, if you love the month of October and fall in general, please join us at the Mercantile on the message board where we're chatting about making October Daily mini albums.  I almost competed a Dec. Daily once. but that's just a crazy time of year and October is still full of goodness but just a little slower, just a bit less pressure, for me anyway so this is perfect! We're going to post updates on our progress all month. It's going to be fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mixing JBS Goodies for Fall


Good late morning, ladies! I have this page up on the JBS Inspiration blog today. If you would like to check out the detail shots, the product list, and how I did the journaling, click on over ; ) Now I have to get to work on my JBS Mercantile project kit for October - lots of yummy golden yellow! And some glitter. And some polka dots. And some flowers. Intrigued yet?

Family photo by Anthony Butler Photography

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gone Junkin'



I had the best time last Saturday. It's been so long since I've been to an auction, maybe a year? It seems like the good ones are getting harder and harder to come by. I'll never forget the time I got a mannequin and the plaster was all cracked and had this great patina and the stand was silver with wooden appliques of bows and swags. And it was out in some kind of tin garage! Oh, just makes me so happy, never know what you'll find. When we moved into our house, after about a year, I finally had it acceptable in terms of decorating then kind of took a break. I'm ready to get back into decorating and fixing a few more things up like the back splash tile. And that means I'm ready to get back into the swing of hitting the auctions. We really do have great rural auctions all over Southwest Oklahoma.




At this particular auction I got three milk glass pieces, two lamps, and a set of etched glasses and plates. I missed a carved frame by eating lunch. I was also outbid on a pair of busts (the statue kind, not the "other" kind, ha!) from the 70s I think. I was thinking they might look cool painted black but I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money to find out about that experiment. Adam was there with me and he was handy for moral support ; ) and to carry stuff to the car. I sent him in the house to bid on one lamp and he came out with two. It's easy to get the auction fever in the heat of the moment!





After we were done at the auction we went to Weatherford to my favorite antique store. I don't think I've been there for nearly two years. How can that be? The owner has the best sense of style. She amazes me how she thinks to use old stuff. At the antique mall I got ribbons, paper Christmas place mats, a black clock, a box full of type card from the American Printer's Association, an old Chic-O-Line poultry feed sign, the most amazing metal postcard/card stand, some Oklahoma car license plates, a red, cream, and blue floral tablecloth, and an oval, carved gilded mirror. I also got a fabric subway art/street sign thing. It looks old but it's not - it just fabric and it was 42.00 dollars and not a couple hundred dollars had it been canvas.



















This reminds me of the Jenni Bowlin Studio seal stamp that I love so much. I can't wait to put this sign over my mantle and decorate around it for fall. After doing a little online research, I found out this was from a grain mill in Chickasha, OK.


Did I make a haul or what? I hope to go again next weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 16, 2011

I Could Not Ask For More












 Hey ladies, I made this page using the September JBS Mercantile Kit. I volunteered to do the double page layout and article for the Gazette. This page, I love. I'm very happy with the way it turned out because I was able to get a thought, an emotion, down on paper and all the photos that illustrate my thoughts, all in a pleasing, colorful design. To find out more about my inspiration and how I did it and one of the photo templates I used, check out the Mercantile Gazette right HERE



There are many fun features in the Gazette! Doris shares tips for masking and painting and her design process, Betsy does a sketch and shares the inspiration, there's a feature on our guest, Karen Grunberg, Jill shares her insight about journaling, Lisa shares a multi photo design, and I have the double page. You have to check it out! Lisa, Blue Star Graphics, does a beautiful job designing the newsletter!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Oh yes, even more pages with JBS Mercantile

Ladies, can you believe I made 9 pages with this kit?? Doris and I had a little competition going to see who could do more and I'm happy to say we tied (cause I really thought she would beat me)! Betsy has vowed to give us a run for it next month so the competition is going to be tough. Anyhow, without further ado, I bring you . . .




1985.  There's probably something from all three kits here but the main things are the Julie Balzer chevron stencil and the Jenni Bowlin Studio foam seal stamp, which are both from the Artisan Add On, which is still available (the main has sold out). I just couldn't let this kit get by me without doing something messy and paint-y with that stencil. I loved loved that thing! I used it on several pages. On this one I wanted to use it in all it's glory as the full background. I masked off part of it with easy release tape. Some of the paint is just plain acrylic and some of it has modeling paste mixed in. The modeling paste gives you more texture and makes the lines more crisp where the plain acrylic seeps a little and gives you a more messy look. I spread all the paint with a palette knife and let the colors mix a bit on top of the stencil while spreading. After it dried I misted a little with white mist and splattered some green paint. Gosh, I love this one. And I'm so proud of myself for using kraft! Kraft is hard for me, I don't know why, I adore the way it looks when my fave scrapbookers use it. Maybe this layout is the the beginning on the road to recovery of my lack of kraft usage. 

That there sweet little girl with a mullet is me! Ain't that sweet? Just precious, I tell ya. LOL. That's my grandpa and I outside my great grandparents house at my Grandma Kate's birthday party in Eakly, Oklahoma. My grandpa and I were very close, I've probably already told you he and my grandma raised me. Notice my shirt has a chevron on it . . perfect, I didn't even plan that.

Oh, one more thing, that background paper with the text is from a Feb. '09 kit, I think. But really, any old paper with writing will work just as well. The cream ric rac is also from my stash. 




Now I bring you, Sunday Lovely. This was just a regular Sunday on the way to church. The kids looked so cute and were acting so silly so I just whipped out my handy point and shoot from my handbag and snapped some pics. Notice my man carrying my bag while I snapped pics - real men carry Coach dontcha know? Zane's expression in the middle photo cracks me up, he looks so proud to be takin' a pic with his mama.

I suppose this one is a bit self explanatory but the first thing I did was take an exacto and cut out the embossed area of the paper and scoot it over to reveal patterned paper beneath. I used JBS seed packet and lemon drops mist on the foam seal stamp. And when I say mist I mean I used Jenni's re-inkers mixed with a small amount of water in little sprtiz bottles from Hobby Lobby (back in the paint supplies section). Did you know the foam stamps would take mist so well?? I used chili powder for the seal stamp in the 1985 layout. Man, it does a great job! You can mist it and stamp or you can mist it then take your finger and spread the mist out evenly for a really solid image. I suppose the foam's so dense the mist doesn't really soak in.

So, I still have a double to share with you at some point but I want to wait until after it's been featured in Issue 2 of the Mercantile Gazette where I'll share with you the inspiration for the page and some tips on how I did it. So be on the look out for that sometime later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jenni Bowlin Studio Wall Alphabet Home Decor




Hey ladies! This is a project I made using all Jenni Bowlin Studio papers from present and past releases. The paper mache letters came from Hobby Lobby. I painted the sides of each letter to match the patterned paper that coordinated on the top. They're hung on the wall with poster putty. To read more about how I did it please visit the INSPIRATION BLOG. Thanks and I hope you like it! I'm just crazy about them and right now they're hanging in my dining room. So many possibilities with this project.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A few more JBS September kit layouts


I must say, I am proud of myself for using Halloween paper on this everyday page. I think it works! I'm not sure why it feels so good to stretch your supplies like that but it does to me! Plus it's a little unexpected and I like that. This is my son from 5 years ago. I can't believe I just wrote 5 years ago!


This was inspired by the design on her shirt. Cute, huh? Ha! Julie Balzer stencil in action here, I just cut a strip from my paper. Made using the MAIN KIT and ARTISAN add on


And lastly, a Halloween page made using Jenni's PROJECT KIT. I covered one of my houses with the vintage label paper like Jenni did from her project piece. I also cut one into a tag and made a banner out of some of them. I added a few black banner stickers from the dime store kit. 

And I'm worn out from weeding almost my entire front flower bed and then dragging bags of mulch and putting it all down nice and OCD like ; ) So, that's all she wrote for tonight!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

JBS Mercantile September Kits!




Hey ladies, the kits are on sale today! This kit is so versatile as seen by my pages above plus I still have more to make! We got the kits a little later because Jenni got so much brand new stuff at CHA for this kit so look forward to much more from the DT in the next few days.  The main kit is so pretty! The main colors are pink, red, aqua, and green. You also get these little wooden spool ends and the new cream little plastic doilies. If you can, you must get the artisan add on because it's got one of Julie Balzer's stencils! The chevron stencil! It's a full page size but you can cut it up any way you like (the results, not the stencil ; ) ). Julie has some tutorials on her blog. And I love the Antiquarian Kit this month too! I used mostly antiquarian for the second page above about my home town but the ruler paper is from the main. I could have used about 3 more sheets of that ruler paper from Crate Paper - I LOVED that piece. Thanks for stopping by!