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July 2013

Gelli Print Quilted Paper Wall Art

I love, love, love my gelli plate for making mono-prints!  I have a big box of papers that I went to town on painting so now I have a ton of fodder for collages and other mixed media projects. I dug through my box to find a couple of sheets to use to make a paper quilt and then cut them into 1/5" strips.  I then adhered them to a sheet of 12" x 12" paper.

Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

I put them down in a patchwork like fashion so that it would look quilt like.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

Then I did zig-zag stitches down every row.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5

And then framed it.  I initially hung it up here, but I think it's too small to go there so I'm moving it to another wall...but I really like how it turned out.
Gelli Plate Wall Art 5
Ignore all the dog stuff in this's a real life photo. ;)

Oh, and the frame & mat are from Ikea.  



Good Health Giveaway!!!

Back in 2009 I had lower spine surgery to correct my herniated discs...not a fun period in my life, however I am very, very, very thankful for the ThermaCare®  wraps I used then and I still use today....which made me very happy that they wanted to sponsor a giveaway here on my blog!  ThermaCare®, has advanced technology that is designed to deliver effective relief and promotes healing, so you don’t have to worry about pain anymore. Say goodbye to pain and hello to healing!

ThermaCare Giveaway
My favorite products is the ThermaCare® HeatWraps...I totally lived in them back then! ThermaCare® is designed to work differently.  Unlike other topical pain relievers, ThermaCare® HeatWraps have patented heat cells that penetrate deep to the source of pain for long-lasting pain relief + faster healing. Therapeutic heat soothes, relaxes and unlocks tight muscles & joints for up to 16 hours of relief.  While the patented heat cells send heat deep into the tissue to increase blood flow and accelerate healing.

They also just came out with ThermaCare® Cold Wraps which are designed with TargetTemp Insulation TechnologyTM to deliver a constant, comfortable cold so you can wear them continuously.  Giving you effective relief without the icy shock that’s often accompanied by traditional ice packs.  ThermaCare® Cold Wraps can be reused and refrozen for up to ten times. 

And in more ThermaCare® news, they have launched a Wheel of Heal Facebook game and contest for the chance to win ThermaCare coupons, instant prizes and a Hot or Cold Relief Getaway! The Grand prizes include HOT vacations to Marco Island, Napa Valley or Santa Cruz, or COLD escapes to Mt. Ranier, Anchorage and Banff, Canada! Through out the rest of the year you can visit for your chance to play – and win!

Ok, here's the scoop on how you can win the ThermaCare® relief giveaway package which will include:

  • Samples of ThermaCare HeatWraps and ThermaCare Cold Wraps® – constant, comfortable relief for sore muscles and joints 
  • Hot / Cold Coffee mug – to kick back and relax with a warm (or cold!) treat 
  • Hot / Cold Gel Eye Mask – for those nights when you just need a little extra TLC 


Enter to win here:

(Need help on how to enter? Watch this video.)


Sponsor: ThermaCare/Ketchum


Art Journal Swap

I finished my June art journal swap pages just in the nick of time! Here they are...

Paint Used: DecoArt - Pumpkin, Cherry Red, Razzle Berry, Golden Straw, Dioxazine Purple, Desert Turquoise, Foliage Green; Golden - Chromium Oxide Green; Liquitex - Titanium White


Here's a close up...

FJSWAP - June 1Such a fun one to create! I love how it turned out too & I think I'll do a similar one of these in my own art journal (...which of course I'll film so you can see my process). Search the hashtag "FJSWAP" on Instagram to see all the journal pages we've swapped so far!  There are some awesome one...oh, and a whole lot of cool artsy envelopes too.  I unfortunately didn't jazz up my envelope this time, but I usually do.


Xmas In July Sale



Oh, and speaking of art journaling...did you know that you can get all 21 workshops at 21 Secrets of Art Journaling for only $49 during the Christmas in July sale???  Such an AWESOME deal!!  But it's only for July, so hurry!!






In other news, I've been busy, busy, busy working on some top secret stuff!  I'm hurrying to get it all done before my niece arrives next week so I can just live in the moment & have fun with her without work stuff hanging over my head.  I can't wait to share my news though, it's good stuff!!

Erin Bassett - Summer Hair Cut
Oh, and I got a MAJOR hair was actually a couple of weeks ago and I just never had the time to write about it here.  In my adult life I've never had short hair before and I wish I had done this sooner!!!  Why didn't all of my short-hair friends tell me how awesome it is to not spend so much time doing your hair???  Oh, AND, it's cute!!  Which was an answer to prayer, because my greatest fear was that it wouldn't be.

PS - Follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my day-to-day life....I post there more frequently then here.  


Sponsor - DecoArt


I love getting new glasses

The most awaited part of the years- S-U-M-M-E-R has finally come. Aren't you excited to go to the beach, and just have some down time?! Well I definitely am! I'm super excited that my niece will be staying with us again this summer and we have so many ideas floating through our heads about what to do.  FUN!!  

Now, most of you know I wear prescription glasses a lot of the time. Well, what is summer without a new pair of eye-wear? I'm so thankful the is allowing me to get some glasses over there!  You too can pick up a free pair of glasses so that you won't miss a moment this summer. The new summer glasses are part of the First-Pair-Free-Program, so go get yours for FREE!

* Looking for Retro Style Glasses?

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* Looking for Fashion Tinted Sunglasses?

These two pairs of retro-style sunglasses are somewhat different from traditional wraparound sunglasses I met before. It is of traditional frame shape with sunglasses lenses, which make you look more fashionable and elegant in this hot summer season.


Still have no idea about how to style your pairs? Check out a few ladies modeling their favorite Firmoo eye-wear.

(The above model photos are all derived from Firmoo+.)

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Oh, and as soon as my new glasses arrive I will be sure to post pics!


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