Altered Canvas – Helmar December Challenge

Most Monday nights, Tracy hosts a Ustream show for Helmar and demonstates the different Helmar products. During this process, she’s also sharing a bit of herself, her favorite techniques and we all have a blast. Her vivacious personality and creativity have been an major inspiration to me in 2011 and I’m sure will continue to push me out of my comfort zone in 2012. 😀 For the Helmar December sketch challenge, I decided to create a canvas…my first…using Melody Ross pp and chipboard, watercolor crayons, Tattered Angels glimmer mists and glimmer glam and a touch of acrylic paint, along with some Helmar Decoupage paste and a few dabs of 450 Quick Dry. It’s an adaptation of a no-photo layout I’ll be posting here tomorrow. Here’s what I came up with based on the December sketch:

To see the awesome sketch by Lydell Quinn that I used for inspiraiton, CLICK HERE.



Love Nest layout – Pencillines sketch challenge entry

This is the nest that love built. This is the porch that houses the nest that love built. This is the woman that puts up with the unpainted porch that houses the nest that love built. 😀 Each year doves build a nest in this one corner of our porch. One year, they nested twice. Now, I don’t know if my dh is being sentimental or just using it as an excuse, but he claims that he will not repaint this section of the porch until they stop coming back, because he doesn’t want to risk causing them to nest elsewhere. Not sure how well you can see, but in these photos, the chicks have hatched and have their beaks open, chirping for food.

I created this layout based on the sketch provided on Pencillines for their sketch#228 challenge. Here’s what I came up with:


Basic Grey Phoebe “Angel Island” cardstock base
BG Blush “Be Mine” cardstock
BG Blush “Charmed” cardstock
BG Blush “Double Dark” cardstock
Little Yellow Bicycle Twig Chipboard Shapes
LYB Twig Chipboard Sticker
LYB Canvas Stickers – Borders
Pink Paislee Cushies alphas
October Afternoon Mini Market sticker alphas
Distress Ink


Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
American Crafts This to That foam Dots

If you’d like to take a look at the sketch I used for this layout or would like to enter your own project for the challenge, CLICK HERE.

I am also entering this layout into 2 other challenges. On sketches for all, the challenge is to create a layout using either photos of animals or no photos at all. To enter this challenge, CLICK HERE.

On Back Porch Memories, the challenge is to complete a layout (single or double, any size) using ONLY Basic Grey papers. You can use any cardstock or other embellishments, but the patterned paper must all be Basic Grey. You can mix and match paper between Basic Grey lines. If you’d like to enter this challenge, CLICK HERE.

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