a little OM in my life

Happy Thursday everyone!!

today I am quite excited to share with you the ATB I created using the new line of paints by Dyan Revealey. i had the greatest opportunity to take a class from her in February and i absolutely loved it!!

so i started with brayering three colours onto my mat boardIMG_8043

i followed this up with using the same three colours and a blending tool along with a few of my favourite Stencil Girl Stencils

IMG_8048 IMG_8049 and this is what i ended with….IMG_8052

oh and a pile of beautifully coloured stencils too i might add!!

and here is what i ended up with once it was dried and put together!

the perfect spot to store my little quote cards and project cards

thanks for stopping by!! do let me know what you think and if you have been doing any playing with Eileen Hulls dies, do share!!!


DLP – week twelve

whole lotta fun going on in my art room but today i am here just quickly to show you my Documented Life Project (http://www NULL.arttothe5th NULL.com/journal/2015/2/1/the-original-documented-life-project-march-21-challenge) for this coming week.

i used my much loved Dylusions paints and Stencil Gir (http://www NULL.stencilgirltalk NULL.com)l stencils  to create this page along with a black and white pen..

IMG_8241what are you working on this week?


Leave no one behind

hello everyone!!

i am here to share with you a special project i have been working on for a running friend.  I had met Kim as my coach for the learn to run program I took the summer of 2014. she had asked me to create a piece for her to hang above her running medals. she had also given me a quote and then free reign on what i wanted to create. she trusted me she said!!!! oh my!!!

so i started out on a wooden piece… not a canvas but sized like a canvas…. and sprayed the entire thing using  various distress ink sprays

distress stain spray on wood

I loved the vibrancy on the wood but it was a bit too bright for the project I had in mind as I had dug around and figured out what a nice colour palette may be for her based on some of her favourite characters/books…. and i found the perfect scheme

so I added a couple of splats of gesso which I spread using my brayer

distress spray stain on wood/gessoI then added some more distress stain spray to the piece

distress stain spray marbledin between each layer I sanded.  I wanted to ensure I had a very smooth service for my next steps
tim holtz sander on wood

I loved how this was turning out. the gold distress stain spray made such a unique pattern on this piece… one of my favorite effects ever!

gold distres stain spray brilliant

so once I was happy with the background  it was now time to let it dry completely prior to laying  out the letters/numbers.  I wanted the quote to be it centered so out came my tim holtz rulers….

measuring with tim rulersthey are absolutely the best for measuring accurate centers on anything.. brilliant

once the stencil bits were all laid out it was now time to paint the piece.. yes, after all that beautiful stain I was going to cover the majority of it with paint. and what better paint then the Ranger Dylusions paint. I used only the two paints and I worked them into the panel  using melted chocolate in the center and the black marble  around the outside

I then blended and added and blended the two together

until I was happy with how the back ground colour turned out

melted chocolate and black marble dylusions

now it was time for the big reveal of the underneath colours… I was hoping not too much bleeding happened and it didn’t!!

close up of distress spray and dylusions paint

yuppers.. I am liking this!

the only thing left to do was to finish the outside of the frame. I wanted it to have meaning.. everything I do has to have some kind of meaning….for instance the colours I chose and completed the background was the colours from a favorite book of Kim’s from when she was little…. so the frame needed to have that something just as special.

and lo and behold what did I have in my stash of washi tapes.. a full roll of street map type washi!!! it was absolutely perfect!! so I attached it to the back of the frame and the sides using my Ranger glue
ranger glue stick and washi

absolutely love it!

and now here is the finished piece

leave no one behind plaque

this piece is now in the hands of my friend. I think she likes it!!! it’s hard creating for someone something that they will be hanging in their house for hopefully a long time. Kim, my friend, is such a great inspirational, motivational, sensational being. I am blessed to have found her through running. I am ending today’s post in words we all and know to come from Kim just at the exact moments we need to hear them

WOO HOO!!!!!


Art with a Heart Challenge – go green

hello everyone!!!!

It’s a new month and new theme for the Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com). This month is all about Going Green.

1484679_10204153235727864_3443497472523219618_nso for my take on this challenge i chose to do the whole recycle portion of ‘green’

i started with cutting the packing I save from my monthly stencil girl stencils shipment. I am in need of a box or a basket you see to hold my hair products all nice and pretty like and I figured why buy when I can make.

so I started of first cutting out 3 sets of the mini album die, which i pieced together into a box after painting the inside black and then taped them together using, oh yes i did, hockey tape!!

IMG_6691 then it was time to decide what / how i was going to decorate it. that is when i decided the Garden Gate Album die and my studio calico paper for many moons ago would come into play.


so after covering mat board with my paper i proceeded to cut out 4 gates plus i cut out 4 sets of the center of the mini album to reinforce the corners of my box


and then i also recut two sets of the mini album just with the studio calico paper for the outside and inside of my box… the black was nice but didn’t really go with the whole cleanness of my box

IMG_6697i am loving how it turned out and it is the perfect size for my products!

IMG_8153don’t forget to play along and link up to the Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com).   there is this month and always a great prize to be had!!



DLP – week ten

hello there you!
i am back for a share of my 11th weekly layout based off this weeks challenge over at  Art to the 5th (http://www NULL.arttothe5th NULL.com/)

a little story first:

i begin my weeks on a Sunday….and Sunday’s happen to be my long runs and this week’s long  run was to be 12km….. i have to say it was my worse run yet…. i am not sure if it was because i have been injured and not running, whether it was a lack of proper fuel/water or a lack of sleep.. no matter what it was it was a sucky run!!

why am i telling you all that.. well in doing my page, which I had started on Saturday right after the challenge was posted,  i had started by using a Stencil Girl stencil and some texture paste. I then sprayed with dylusions followed by inking through various stencils using the new line of dylusions paint and then I added a layer of white distress spray through a dina wakley stencil…..and realized that right there in the middle of my pages are the numbers 1 and 8.. which are really the bases of my favourite number in the world, 811118 (a combination of very important dates)


and why the lengthy story to go with the picture… my Sunday run ended up being 11.18km… kind of a message to me that it was okay and meant to be exactly what it was meant to be.

so I am pulling up my big girl panties and continuing on with my training!

hope you are being creative out there in your world!

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