Jul 22

Live Gratefully~ Mixed Media Art

Meet Phoebe

Meet Phoebe

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.~ Marcel Proust

Just for today be grateful~ Rebecca

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Jul 20

Facing Forty~ Scrapbook Page

Facing FortyThis week challenge at Simon Says Stamp is ‘About a Face’. It was time to create a scrapbook page about this face (me) that just turned forty. I want to create a journaling letter to be placed in an envelope, something that can be read later. Maybe a special surprise memory for my kids.

Scrapbooking 40

I was layering up and grabbing for washi tape….BANG! SPLASH! UGH! My water jar for my paint brushes fell and ruined my page, luckily I was able to save the photo..

scrapbook page ruined

Shall we start over…yes we should, new paper, new envelope, new color palette

Starting over

Layering up and adding Washi tape to the envelope seal, this is in case moisture happens down the line, I do not want it sticking and unable to open

Adding layers and washi

Oh YES! Happy clouds

happy clouds

I really wanted to add this girl cut from a vintage pattern, but does she look out of place? hum, I love her so on the page she goes

vintage pattern girl

I add color to her dress to bring her and the hot air balloon together

Adding Red

Here we have it, a special message inserted into the envelope, not to be read until 2054! ha!

Facing Forty

Just for today, keeping going. ~ Rebecca

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Jul 18

Never Giving Up~ Number 50

Never Give UpWow! What a week of learning more than what  I ever thought I would need to about computer, wi-fi and hot spots. My phone line and internet service has been out all week and it’s AMAZING how much I depend on the internet EVERYDAY. BUT perseverance took charge and help from my husband and now I learned how to use my phone as a hot spot. Speaking of perseverance, I am at my halfway mark for my 100 canvases challenge for 2014. Just a reminder NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE-UP (Quote from Winston Churchill)

Happy Friday! I’m ready for the weekend! Rebecca

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Jul 15

Dress Form Makeover using 1960′s Newspaper

I have had this dress form probably for about twelve years, I remember seeing it at a Goodwill in Austin as a bid item. I showed up at 2 pm for the auction and won it for $15. YAY!!! It has been with me through several moves and homes. She was in dire need of a makeover.

Before dress form

So away with the purple cloth And out came vintage newspapers from the 1960′s

Vintage papers

I started out by covering the entire form with newsprint “word’s

Decoupage

Using the same newspaper from the 60′s, I added the beautiful ladies from the department store ads.

Finished form

I do love her new look, isn’t she fabulous?

Hoot!~ Rebecca

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Jul 13

Tags and Junque Bows

TagsThis week’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp is ‘Making it from Scratch’, so I started out with watercolor paper and some water colors

Watercolor paper

Then I added acrylic paint using stencils

Stencil Power

and I thought I would put my Sizzix to work using a “new to me” diecut of a TAG. I like the way these turned out!

Tag Diecuts

Stamped several images of this hot air balloon stamp to create a mixed pattern balloon

Hot Air Balloon Stamp

More Sizzix dollie dicuts to add to the tags

More diecuts

Now it’s adding JUNQUE bows, these just consist of lace, ribbon and thread pinched together

tag set 2

These fun tags can be added to a gift bag, scrapbook page, or mini journal…

Tag set one

It was fun making something from scratch… Great challenge! Hoot! Rebecca

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Jul 10

Touristy Thursday~ Black’s Bar-B-Que Lockhart, Texas

Blacks BBQA couple of weeks ago we took a fun little outing over to Lockhart Texas. Lockhart  is about 40 minutes South of Austin and being that my husband wanted some bar-b-que this was the place to be. Even though Lockhart is a fairly small town they have a variety of bar-b-que restaurants to choose from. We decided on Black’s BBQ

Black's BBQ

The first thing you do is grab a plate and pick out your sides, there were cold sides such as coleslaw, potato salad, and deviled eggs. Ten there were hot sides, pinto beans, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Oh and yes of course desserts like apple cobbler, peach cobbler and pies

Blacks BBQ Sides

Next you pick your meats which are weighed. At this time you will pay for your plate

Blacks BBQ Meats

Pick your seat and enjoy

Blacks BBQ

Of Course we had to drive by the courthouse and take a photo, isn’t it gorgeous? My daughter called it a castle.

Lockhart's Courthouse

In the mood for Bar-B-Que? Head over to Lockhart and enjoy Black’s.~ Rebecca

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Jul 09

Mixed Media SunShine Summertime~ Meet Lucy

Lucy in the Sun

Lucy~ Summer Fun

*Sunshine* Happy*Love*

Yes it’s definitely summer here, but we have been REALLY fortunate not to be in the 100 degree weather EVERY SINGLE DAY. I do love summer’s perks: school’s out, pool time, lazy days, fresh fruit, Bar-B-Ques and longer days… but sometimes the HEAT here is Texas is a killer. And if I may make one teeny tiny confession…I’m ALREADY dreaming of Fall and just maybe I thought about decorating for Christmas today!! I know I know CRAZY!!! but it’s true. BUT for now I’m embracing Lucy and her summer fun!

This is an 8″ x 10″ Canvas and is number 49 in my 100 canvases challenge for 2014.

Dreaming but Embracing~ Rebecca

 

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Jul 08

Create With Rebecca Etsy Shop~ Now OPEN!

I bring you very exciting news today, my shop is opened on ETSY,

you can check it out HERE

Etsy Shop Open

These are NOTECARDS made from prints of an original mixed media canvas which I created using paper, glue, paint, inks, colored pencils and different ephemera. Each has been scanned and professionally printed on 4 inch x 5.5 inch matted cardstock stationery.  Inside of the card is blank for your own lovely message.

Hello Sweet Cupcake Girls! There are of 5 different colorful mixed media designs that can be purchased as a group of five or each design individually.

Cupcake Girls

How about a set of my FABULOUS Girls each with her own personality?! These lovely ladies comes in a set of SIX notecards or can be purchased individually

Fabulous girls

Feeling THANKFUL, this lovely lady is ready to give someone thanks

Thank you card

And we have The Cat’s Meow Notecard series. These are ready to send someone the PURRRFECT message. This stationery set comes in FOUR of each design or can be purchased separately

The Cat's Meow

Create Joy, encourage others, send snail mail. Tell someone how sweet, fabulous and purrfect they are through a handwritten note. It’s good for the soul.

~ Rebecca

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