Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm into this week. You know, I've been working on this post for weeks now. I think I was originally planning to post it on 11/15. *face palm* Anyhoo, let's GO!

1. American Horror Story: Coven

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As a rule, I do NOT like horror movies. Seriously, even the cheesy ones scare me. BUT since the first season I have been fascinated with American Horror Story. Not sure why but I love the "one off" format they do (and I really think American TV needs to start doing all shows this way, let people create one season of a great show and then let it go instead of beating dead horses all over the networks or cancelling shows 2 episodes in before they even get a chance to get started...Wow, where did that soap box come from?)

2. Swiffer Sweeper Vac

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I freaking HATE to clean the house. Add pets with their hair flying all over the place and it just gets worse. lol I used to have to sweep my kitchen floor, then vacuum, then sweep again and THEN mop. It.Sucked. A couple of years ago I discovered this Sweeper Vac thing and omg it is FANTASTIC. I'd make out with it if I could.

3. Dylusions White Linen ink spray

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I've talked about Dylusions ink sprays them! But this White Linen is awesome, it gives the other color sprays a pastel tone which means I now have twice as many ink colors without spending more money. DOUBLE LOVE.

4. Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn

This is a little something I'm hooking up in my spare time (HA!) and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee how this yarn is working up. Gorgeous!

5. Tissue Box Bakery

If you've been around for a while, then you already know how much I, love Twinkie Chan. Well now she's started the Tissue Box Bakery where you can crochet tissue box covers and send it in to be sold with proceeds going to charity. Very cool!

And there you have it! Another Friday Night Fab Five that should have been posted weeks ago! LOL

What are your favorites this week?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Art Journaling: We All Shared

Hi everyone!

All this month on the Gauche Alchemy blog, we're talking about art journaling. Finished pages, processes, tutorials and tips, everything you need to either get started or maybe add something new to your journaling arsenal. :D

Recently it seems like all I've been working on is varying stages of my art journals, lol, so I'm going to share a finished page today!

This page actually started as a challenge: in using ink mists to start on the backgrounds, some of the ink bleed through from the other side. Don't mind me, I have a heavy ink trigger finger apparently. lol So my gorgeous red background went blech. Bummer!

So here's an easy way to work with it: cover it up with paper. In your FACE, mistake!

Now, it just so happened that I had this page of ephemera that was one whole article so I ripped it all up horizontally and then pasted it down with Mod Podge in crooked strips, using part of the article title as the focal point for my page.

I took some various colors of Dylusions ink sprays, opened the bottles and tapped on some splatter on the background. I stamped through the light bulb mask from UmWowStudio but upside down and only half of it to make a sort of sun-looking shape.

And then I....well...actually I let it sit there for days as I had no clue where the heck to go from here. Usually when that happens, I start adding on a crap ton of washi tape. LOL I just picked according to colors and started layering. Then I remembered I had the super cute UmWowStudio layered clouds so I finger painted some gesso on them and then sprayed with some Dylusions blues.

And that's pretty much where I stopped! lol

Thanks for taking a peek! Make sure to head over to the Gauche Alchemy blog for some art journaling inspiration all this month! It really is SO MUCH FUN!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Don't Be Shy

Hello everyone!

I've got an opening page to an art journal I'm (slowwwwwwly) working on. It's actually a cheap souvenir album I got on a beach trip years ago. lol But the pages are this really thick pulp paper stuff so I knew it would be perfect for holding lots of paints and glues.

The funny thing is: whether it's a new notebook, journal, blank book, artsy book, whatever, I always leave the first page undone. I've been automatically doing that for years and I'm not sure why. lol I think it's because I thought that I couldn't do the "title" page till the rest of the book was finished because how would I know what the title should be? And somehow that habit made its way to notepads and list pads as well. lol

Anyhoo, I took a chance this time and went ahead and played on the title page:

I left some blank space on the left hand side to maybe write in something later. So it's still sort of undone, right? lol

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Toot!

Hi everyone!

Well, here we are again! Today, is Toot's birthday and she's 5 years old. *faint*

Happy birthday to my favorite first child!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Let the Birthday Hooking...BEGIN!

Hi everyone!

I actually got some crocheting stuff done that does not involve dolls in any way! lol Once October rolls around, it's like Birthday/Holiday Central Station around here so I've got to get started on gifts! I got this shawl finished over the weekend:

I used a pattern from the September/October 2013 issue of Crochet Today. So many little time!

Monday, September 30, 2013


Hi everyone!

Wait, is it REALLY already October tomorrow??? YIKES. 2013 is just barreling on through, isn't it?

Anyhoo, I've got this new art journal page hanging out over on the Gauche Alchemy blog today. Remember that green page I shared last week? Well, this is the right hand side that I had started first, it's now finished too! lol

I started with one of my previously misted backgrounds and decided to use this vintage hair net envelope that I've had forever. The vintage stars came from a magazine (I love ripping out interesting pages and pictures before recycling magazines!)

I used a bunch of washi tapes from Gauche Alchemy: newspaper collage, black scrolling vine, black bold floral and black architectural flower.

I actually did quite a bit of stamping on this page, which if you know me, you know that stamps and all that are not my strong suit and I tend to back away from them in terror. That being said, ever since I started doing more art journaling, stamping has become something I automatically do...go stamps! :P

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm obsessed with for the week. I think I'll go slightly "crafty" for this five. What do you think? Yes? No? Oh, what the heck, let's do this!

1. UmWowStudio


UmWowStudio has really awesome chipboard, like this viewfinder reel. They also have masks and whatnots, very cool store and I loveeeeeeeeeeeee using their stuff!

2. Yummy You


Yummy You is the delicious brainchild of Twinkie Chan. You can find her crochet patterns online and in her book but if you're more of a "Why make it when I can buy it?" sort of person, then Yummy You is the place to be! P.S.-I just bought the sushi scarf for myself today. :D

3. Blair Somerville

Blair Somerville is an "organic mechanic" and this short video about him is fascinating! Talk about using found objects on your projects! I'm currently obsessed with something he said in the video, which is Fab Five #5. :D

4. Dylusions Ink Sprays


Dylusions Ink Sprays are my current favorite. Lots of bright color on the page, plus a good RANGE of colors which is always nice. :)

5. This quote from Blair Somerville

"I get asked where I get my inspiration from a lot. And it seems such a redundant question when you're alive to be asked that. Because there's so much going on everywhere. There's so many things to react to...just life's inspiring. You know, you've got this chance to do stuff, be creative and experiment."

And there you have it, my Fab Five for this week and beyond! What are your favorites this week?

Monday, September 23, 2013

That's Life

Hi everyone!

I'm sort of on an art journal roll here lately, got another finished page to show you today. :D The funny thing about this page is: I was actually working on the right hand side of the two page spread but while I was waiting for some ink to dry on the right side, I started fiddling with the left side and ended up finishing that one instead of the other. lol

I started with one of my already misted backgrounds (this one was a couple of greens) and added some stenciling using chalk inks and various sizes of round punchinella. (A trick I got from Peg, thanks Peg!) I also took a 50s background stamp and added a little more to the background.

The vintage picture was a gift from Julie and all of the green-y doodads came from Gauche Alchemy's Envy Mixed Media Color Kit. It still felt a little "blank" to me so I added some washi tape.

I'm having a lot of fun with this journal. Especially with most of the backgrounds already being sprayed down, it makes it a lot easier to pick up, glue some stuff and come back later to finish. :D

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm digging this week. Yay, Fab Five!

1. Katy Perry the Movie: Part of Me


I've always liked Katy Perry's music and funky style and this movie is definitely worth a watch. Great story about how she got her start and became the Katy she is today.

2. Oreo Fudge Cremes


Oreo is doing all sorts of awesome things lately but their Fudge Cremes are CRAZY AWESOME OMG GIMME! *ahem* Yes, they are that good. :P

3. Sunny


Sunny is a Korean film about a group of girls that were friends in school, now grown up with lives of their own that are brought together when one of them falls ill. This is such a great movie, funny, sad, with something for just about anyone. As of this writing, it is still available for streaming on Netflix US.

4. Instagram

New phone means I can finally get back on Instagram. lol You can find me hanging around HERE taking pics of who knows what.

5. Now and Forever


I was going to save, Now and Forever for another Fab Five but I happen to be watching it as I'm blogging this right now and it's so sweet, I just had to add it in. Sad but sweet. Give it a watch it's available for streaming on Netflix US as of today. :D BTW: do you know how hard it is to blog and watch a movie with subtitles at the same time?!

And there you have it, another Friday Night Fab Five for the ages! What are your favorites this week?

Monday, September 16, 2013

You Are Fabulous

Hi everyone!

Been working in my art journal lately, got another page all finished and here it is!

This page is pretty simple. I started by spraying some Dylusions Ink Sprays, then used the stars confetti mask from UmWowStudio. I actually used this mask a couple of different ways: first by spraying through it and then by taking a white pen and randomly tracing some stars here and there.

I stamped "You Are Fabulous" after adding one of my Blythe pictures. :D I'm still working on the backgrounds for this particular journal but it's fun to actually complete a page here and there. :D

Friday, July 26, 2013

금요일 밤 Fab Five: Movie Night!

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm obsessed with and this week it's ALL about foreign films which I've become addicted to hardcore lately. lol You can stream a lot of excellent international movies on Netflix, here's my current top 5:

1. Castaway on the Moon (South Korea)


Castaway on the Moon is an excellent, super fun movie about a guy who tries to kill himself by jumping off a bridge (just trust me, it gets fun) but instead of dying, he ends up washed up on the shore of a conservation island thingie in the middle of the Han River.

2. Love in Space (Hong Kong)


Love in Space is an adorable romantic movie about three sisters and their love lives, one of which actually does happen in space. :D

3. Baby and Me (South Korea) *called Baby and I in some versions*


Okay so in Baby and Me, this 18 year old boy turns around to discover a baby in his shopping cart. Very funny, very sweet and this baby is the cutest baby I've ever seen. Seriously, don't tell my kids, that's how cute.

4. Sad Movie (South Korea)


Don't kid yourselves, this movie is exactly what it says it is: Sad Movie. Don't be like me and forget halfway through that they call it "Sad Movie" or you will be blindsided when it's over and be depressed for a week. *sniff* Still worth watching though. :D

5. Boys Over Flowers (South Korea)


Okay so this is not a movie but I HAVE to mention Boys Over Flowers. This is a manga series that was made into a couple different TV versions in different countries along with an anime series and a couple of movies. The Korean TV version is my favorite adaptation. Loved loved loved watching this show about a middle class girl sent to a rich exclusive high school.

And that's it! Another Fab Five for the ages! It occurred to me while writing this that with the exception of Love in Space, everything is from Korea so maybe I should have just made this Korea's Fab Five. lol At any rate, all these are available for streaming on Netflix (at least in the US at the time of this writing they are) so I encourage you to check them out! Or if you have a favorite foreign film, let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for a good movie! :D

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Day with the Girls

Hi everyone!

Took a break from spraying backgrounds in my Dylusions art journal to complete a page! Way back when, my friend Carmen sent me a set of postcards with reproductions of vintage photographs on them. Super cool! So I used one and did a sort of fake scrapbook page in my art journal:

So I had this postcard and on the back it said that it was taken in Eastbourne in July of 1957. So I wrote that under the picture with a title of, "A Day with the Girls!" to make it look like someone had scrapped it. :D Of course the background is a little on the messy side (just the way I like it, lol) with a collection of Dylusions ink sprays and some chalk inking through some heart punchinella (P.S.-thanks for that tip, Peg!)

I added some red gingham washi tape and stamped "Smile" on the bottom of the page. The little frame around "Smile" was all white but I sprayed it and then inked it a little so it would stand out more. This page is pretty simple and it's hard for me to not just keeping adding and adding and adding but I restrained myself. Go me. lol :D

Smile! :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Creating in Stages

Hi everyone! Hope y'all had a great weekend! We saw "Pacific Rim" yesterday, pretty entertaining if you like super ginormous monsters fighting super ginormous robots...which we do. :P Anyhoo, nothing finished to show off today BUT I'm getting some layers done. :D

At the end of the week I got a package that was COVERED in stamps, apparently the postage meter thingie was busted which is an AWESOME score for a creative scavenger like myself. :D So I immediately cut all the stamps off of the box and since it was still sticky on the back, I just grabbed my art journal and stuck them down on one of the inked up pages I did earlier:

I left it for a while, not sure if I wanted to finish ink spraying all of the other pages first or what. But in the end, I got bored and decided just to start layering on this background a bit. I slapped on a little gesso and when I realized I had used too much (of course), I scraped some off (which I then turned around and mooshed onto another art journal page in a different book, nothing goes to waste! LOL) and then used a baby wipe to thin out some areas so the yellow on the stamps would show through again.

Then I took a bit of orange and gold paints and stencilled using PVC punchinella. I'm nowhere near finished with this spread but it's a lot fun to just stick stuff down in the moment and come back later. :D

Thursday, July 11, 2013

And That Was All There Was To It

Hi everyone! I've got another 4x4 wood plaque for you today, this time it's round. Oooooooooo fancy!

So I started just by slapping on some gesso and spraying it down with 3 different Dylusions Ink Sprays in Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest and Squeezed Orange. Which was fine except that with the wood color and the gesso, it muted the color of the inks which is no good for Maggi cause Maggi likes BRIGHT COLORS THAT ARE TOTALLY IN YOUR FACE...

So I just kept layering the gesso and spraying it down till I got a good (to me) color base. On the plus side, I smooshed the plaque into my art journal to use up the excess gesso and ink. Having your art journal handy while you're working on something else is a great way to use up supplies you might have otherwise wiped up or washed off.

Anyhoo, back to this plaque. I thought I was doing pretty good, decided to add some Mail Art washi tape AND tried stamping again. I was in the ZONE! Slinging inks around, making gesso my slave, stamping like nobody's business. Then I looked up from my artistic frenzy to see what I hath brought forth and saw this:

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. No, no way, we are NOT leaving this! Luckily the ink was still wet so I just took a paper towel and wiped it. It left some behind but that's cool as it adds interest. That's what I told myself anyway. :P So I walked away and watched some Doctor Who (which is actually the reason I'm blogging about this today and not yesterday) and when I came back, decided to change some things around...

and that was all there was to it. :D

Monday, July 8, 2013

Girl on Film

Hi everyone! I've got a project to show you today and not just any project but a FINISHED project. Say WHAT?! That's right, it's a finished project. *gasp*

Okay so yeah, I started with this 4x4 blank wood plaque. I picked this up from a craft store for $1, I love finding these little cheap things to alter (okay fine, I put them in a box and think to myself, "I should alter this sometime" and it usually sits there forever but my point is, I love finding these things. :P)

Then I started just sticking stuff down, I really didn't have a direction. I put on some pieces of newspaper washi tape and a teeny piece of ephemera, then slapped on some gesso and spritzed it down with some Art Anthology Colorations matte spray in Heart. After that, I did some punchinella stenciling. And then I...well, I had no clue what to do at this point. I like to call this step: "Maggi Doesn't Know What the Hell She's Doing With This":

Sooooooo yeah...hmmm...let's see...Well, I did the easy thing first, I painted the edges of the plaque with some Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional paint (Red Velvet, I think?) And then I did something I rarely do: I used stamps. Yes, you read correctly! (I rarely use stamps, not because they're not awesome, I just feel like I suck at using them. But this time it turned out pretty good! These stamps are from 100 Proof Press.) Then I add a little Heidi Swapp rub-on flower corner thingie:

Well, that's better at least! So I got stuck again until I found this little wood camera cut out (from a Gauche Alchemy kit) and thought, "Well, I got a bird, I got a girl and a camera, done and done". So I took a white pen and added a little detail to the bird to make it stand out some more and wrote, "Smile at the birdie".

Little projects are fun to do! :D