Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harmony Garden Girl and Laundry Girl Journal Page

A journal page of one living in harmony, this past weeks LifeBook workshop. This is also my first so called real watercolor. Using the Prang watercolors. I have been so inspired by Alisa Burke from her beautiful watercolors and sketches. It just kinda fell into the LifeBook class. At first there was only a PDF on the drawings from a tutorial from Bonnie Rose Bryan well I printed them off and yes there was a video on shaving cream marbling which I have done for many many years. Then I went back and there were videos, so perhaps I would have done better if I had watched the videos first??? Anyways it is what it is....

I love sunflowers, so I drew this one

Here is the sketch before the painting and there are some black pen highlights in this photo


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Say It With Letter's You & Me So Happy Together w/ a Tutorial

Are you thinking of Valentine's Day?? If not then you need to.....it is less than 24 days away...and you know how fast that will come!! So start thinking of that special one......by making them this wonderful MDF cut-out of You & Me found at Say It With Letter's Etsy Store I have these sitting above my bed which is a brand new painted headboard that my husband made and is so beautiful. Just perfect! I love how they turned out....I cut the little couple out with the Silhouette SD and the tiny heart. The tutorial below will explain some of the easy steps to create this same look. Photoshop brushes used to edit picture.

Photo 1 Gather supplies, I used Wilton parchment paper to keep the gel medium from sticking, you could use your craft mat or wax paper. Golden Gel Medium, Tim Holtz tissue paper (ok I'm lovin that stuff) once again Thanks to Tim and Idea-ology. I also used a cheap black tissue paper found from Wal-Mart just to add texture under the paint this was used on the &
Photo 2 Using the Tim Holt tissue wrap begin placing the Golden Gel medium down than adding the tissue paper, cover again with gel medium...I am using the matte gel medium you can use gloss or whatever you like.
Photo 3 I found it easier to cut the whole amount of tissue paper out to cover each letter, then wrapped and cut excess, you will need to coats of tissue paper for the light colored papers. The black covered in one coat.
Photo 4 You can use small pieces to cover any missing spots.

Photo 1 Here the & is covered with the black tissue paper, since it was so dull looking but added great texture Photo 2 I then added a coat of Tattered Angels Glam Glitter Paint in Stiletto this stuff is great if you haven't tried it...you should. It coats great and dries quick and covers well.

Photo1 Here while the Glam was still wet I sprinkled silver hearts just to add that "Bling"  Photo2 Now take the music covered letters outside and spray the Krylon Webbing Spray in Silver (this needs a well ventilated area) This stuff is fabulous....it makes the coolest texture and is so easy to use just make sure you are at least 8-10 inches away from your item you are spraying. I have used this in Halloween cards...etc.

You can see here is where I added all the little embellies....of your choice. I cut the SO HAPPY TOGETHER from the Silhouette SD. To make the glitter paper I use regular smooth white cardstock spray with Krylon Super Qucik Spray adhesive then sprinkle on ultra fine silver glitter, allow to dry then sprinkle off excess glitter.

The little couple and heart were also cut from the Silhouette SD

You & Me

These ready to craft letters are available at Say It With Letters you will find wonderful shapes for any and all arts and crafts. These make awesome mosaic bases.....so go check it out! Also please check out all the inspiration offered at the Say It With Letters Blog

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, it is raining here.....the boys are not so happy about that but I told them it would be a great day to catch up on their school projects. Have a good one! Hugs to all, Dawn Gallop

Monday, January 9, 2012

Celebrating Your Inner Goddess Superpowers Week One of LifeBook

Celebrating my goddess superpowers, a year long journey of Life Book by the very talented and wonderful Tamara Laporte. She has amazing classes, and so very talented. Look I was able to paint this portrait for the first time while watching her video, which I have drawn things but just doing not really knowing what I was doing.....trust me you learn quick when your kids have what seems like a million projects....LOL!!!

The theme is great and as she put it very uplifting.....and therapeutic. I had a ball making it and I was proud of myself!! Thanks to TAM!!! The hearts are Ice Resin Paper from vintage music sheets.
I used several stamps and KaiserKraft rub-ons.


My husband was so proud of me...LOL!

I added brown eyes to match mine. If I could only have her lips.
Well hello again, I have a busy week.....well back after Crystal's party the end of Oct. 2011 we started painting the house....well its three stories and the bottom floor has like 16 ft high ceiling in places...alot of paint! We have just finished the second floor and now are going back and adding carpet...etc...hardwood floors, etc....well we are replacing the tile floors for hardwood and some of the existing hardwood floors with carpet...which before now we have not had carpet in this house. We are excited and trust me it has been a journey and a half. Right now as I type this I have two guys in my kitchen tearing up the whole floor and is it noisy!! When my husband builds something it is solid and that porcelain floor has cement backboard too, wow what a mess, but it will be all worth it in the end. I am pretty much confined to one room in the house because we have the rooms covered with plastic....so much dust!!!! Can't wait to share the picture with you guys. Have a good day, cyber hugs, Dawn Gallop

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Recipe for Chicken and Cheese Rotini

Chicken and Cheese Rotini an easy nutritious meal for feeding the large family, although the recipe can be cut in half to feed the smaller family, or you can use this recipe and have left overs and even lunches the next day. So easy and quick using basically four ingredients five if ya include the olive oil, six the salt!! LOL!

The ingredients are as followed:
2lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast
Barilla Whole Grain Rotini
Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme Italian Cheese and Herb
Live Smart California Blend Vegetable mix from Schwans (you can use any mixed vegetable blend)

Fill your large pot half with water and a few sprinkles of salt allow to boil and then turn down the heat to medium pour in the entire box of Barilla Rotini Noodles

Mean while cut the boneless skinless chicken into bite sized pieces

Spray your large skillet with olive oil (I pump my own with the sprayer from Bed Bath and Beyond)
turning on the burner on medium high heat

cook chicken on medium high heat until white

Now that the water is boiling in go the noodles cooking until desired tenderness (my family likes theirs firm not mushy) approx. 7-9 minutes

You can cover the chicken if you like and may add a 1/4 cup of water if sticking

continue cooking until done see next pic

here the chicken is done

add mixed vegetables, I add my Live Smart Schwans vegetables at this time the whole bag

the noodles are cooked now drain in your sink allow to sit until vegetables are cooked

Here the vegetables are cooked and ready to add noodles

Now add the noodles
Now add the Philadelphia Italian Cream Cheese and Herb containers both of them.

ENJOY!!!! Dusty sure did!!
 Chicken and Cheese Rotini
2lbs of skinless boneless chicken breast
One large bag of  frozen mixed vegetables
2 containers of Kraft Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb
One 13.25oz box of Barilla Whole Grain Rotini
Olive Oil for skillet and salt for noodle water (optional)

Fill your large pot half with water and a few sprinkles of salt allow to boil and then turn down the heat to medium pour in the entire box of Barilla Rotini Noodles. Mean while cut the boneless skinless chicken into bite sized pieces.
Spray your large skillet with olive oil (I pump my own with the sprayer from Bed Bath and Beyond)
turning on the burner on medium high heat. Cook chicken on medium high heat until white. Now that the water is boiling in go the noodles cooking until desired tenderness (my family likes theirs firm not mushy) approx. 7-9 minutes. You can cover the chicken if you like and may add a 1/4 cup of water if sticking. Add mixed vegetables, I add my Live Smart Schwans vegetables at this time the whole bag. Once the noodles are cooked , drain in your sink allow to sit until vegetables are cooked. Add the noodles when vegetables are ready. Then add the two containers of Kraft Philidelphia Italian cheese and herb, turn of the heat cover and serve when ready. ENJOY!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tutorial On Making A Clover Pom Pom and A Happy New Year 2012

Yarn Pom Pom using the Clover Pom Pom Maker click HERE
I had decided I wanted to have a Christmas tree next year that is black and white so in order to make the ornaments I have to start now......LOL!! Yeah or it will never happen.......I had bought a cheapo tree from Roses and was hoping to get it done before the holidays but yeah you know what happened....it didn't get done. So now I am gonna start making ornaments all year.


Here are the supplies, these are so flipping simple that you can make them while watching TV riding in the car, etc. I even put them on my packages this year.

The Pom Pom Maker from Clover USA they come in many sizes and are a great price.

Open the sides of the maker

start wrapping the yarn around

Wrap the yarn around both sides

Here the yarn is around both sides

Now start cutting

Cut both sides keeping closed while cutting

When both sides are cut wrap a piece of yarn around the tie with making a knot and save yourself some yarn for hanging

Now open both sides

Pull apart and trim any extra long pieces and you now have this simple ornament

Abigail on New Years Eve

Dale and Amanda on New Years Eve

Colby on New Years Eve

Crystal Christmas Day she wouldn't leave the voice changer alone and was even calling people on the phone with it...LOL!!!

Amanda and Crystal Christmas Day
Just wanted to wish everyone in Blog Land a Happy New Year 2012. Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and Inspired New Year!!! I have made it one of my resolutions to make more post on the blog....so I'm gonna try real hard!! LOL!!! Wanted to share a few pics and a super simple ornament to start on my black and white tree.I purchased the pom-pom makers when I went to the Donna Downey weekend and Donna showed us how fun and easy they are, and I have been making them every since....I will share more pics later.....Have a Wonderful night! Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop
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