Monday, May 24, 2010

Some videos about me!

Here are some links to videos about me! Rather--they are videos about some of my projects and products that I sell!

Check it out!

Yolanda Fast forward to 4:50!
Denise Fast forward to 5:38!

Also, if you haven't seen my YouTube videos, check them out! They are terrible and I am a dork! But they will get better, I promise! I am currently trying to do some tehnique videos--art journaling, tag making and perhaps some scrapbooking. Keep an eye out for those! I've already had a few requests for videos. If you have any other requests let me know.

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

National Geographic and Art Journaling

This is MY Son

This is my son.  He brings home these little books from school that he's supposed to read.  They are so stupid! "Pam and Pat take a nap in the pot." Shoot me now!  

The other night I walked past his room and this is what I see: 

Yeah, that's my boy.  Straight to the good stuff.
He's 6, by the way.

(On a side note, we had a great time Monday night watching Nova together.  We are both fascinated by Tornados!)

My username on YouTube and Etsy is BlackSunJamie.  I've been looking for a sun stamp that I could use to "sign" my projects and things.  I could never find one that wasn't cartoonish with a smiley face.  So I carved my own.  I see a lot of mistakes, but it works for me.  I may eventually end up with a collection of sun stamps.  I LOVE carving stamps.  It's so fun!

Here are some bits from the art journal page I worked on the other day.  The page I chose was painted with grey acrylics to begin with.  Then I sprayed it with Haunted Shadows Glimmer Mist.  I dabbed some off then sprayed again.  This drip in the corner was done with watered down black acrylic paint.  I again dabbed some of the wetness off, dripped some more, dabbed some off etc to get the layered look.

The shiny crackle was done with Ranger Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint.

I really love the way the background turned out.  I seem to gravitate toward framing my pages with a darker color and then gather images and text within those borders.  You can see the random stamping.  I was just trying out some stamps.

Stamping layered over the paint and a photo.

Some more of the distress crackle paint in the other corner.  All the edges of the photos and text are torn.  I love the look and it is symbolic. 

More stamping, the edge of a photo etc.   I love my stamps to sort of make a place for something to go.  For instance the mesh seems to frame the corner of the photo.

Anyway-I hope you enjoyed that peek.  There will be more art journal goodness to come!

PS-I totally sold out of all my paper bags this last week (like within 5 days!).  A new shipment of Newsprint paper bags arrived today so there will be an Etsy update early next week! Keep an eye out! 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A post with no photo

Here is a post with no photo. I do not have access to iPhoto right now, but I really wanted to post this.
A great quote from "Harriet the Spy":
"There are as many ways to live as there are people in the world. And each one deserves a closer look."
I have no time for people who shut others out and judge without reason.
I hate cliques.


Update on yesterday's post

Let me tell you a little about my life.  I have 3 kids (obviously) and I rarely get to do something from start to finish.  It usually happens in small chunks.  

So yesterday, it took me about 3 hours to get that post written and posted.  By the time I was done, it was sunny and warm.  I didn't want to change the whole theme of my post, so I published it.  Some of you  may have been confused as you read about rain and saw only sunshine outside.  That is why!

R-Jay said it just goes to show that things will turn around if you just wait long enough.  So true.

In the end it turned out to be a pretty good day.

Since I don't really like posts with no photos, 
here are just a couple cute photos for you to enjoy.

Addison and her cousin who is only 2 months younger than her.

My cute boys!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010



is cloudy and trying to rain.

I had a sad dream about a lost friend that I haven't seen in years and still love tremendously.  

Today is kind of a down day.
Because of that, I will be doing some work in my art journal.  I will be working on some personal topics so I probably won't share the pages.  Perhaps there will be pieces that I can share. We'll see.

Right now, I'll share some of the things that make me happy these days.

This is what I got for my birthday from my sweet family: 
a block of watercolor paper
a BUNCH of carving blocks (I've been without any for many months so I am excited!)

My first painting
Remember--I am not a professional!!
But I'm proud of it.

A cute page of Addison

Addison's Room

A very simple page about a trip to Bear Lake.  I love all the kids lined up like that!

The other day, R-Jay had Addison in the backpack.  He said she started fussing and crying and when he looked back he saw her feet! She had gotten her legs out of the leg holes and gotten into a "V" position.  Then, of course, she couldn't get out.  When he showed me I just started laughing and instead of helping her I got my camera (of course!).  She is quite rambunctious!

Here is a link to one of my favorite YouTube movies.  It makes me smile and sometimes cry a little (Shhh, don't tell anyone!).  I like to think that we would be friends with these people. 

Have a wonderful day everyone!