Saturday, July 30, 2011

Once a Raider - Always a Raider!

My sister, Sherri, and I recently took to trip to Lubbock, Texas where we were born and later went to college at Texas Tech University. We drove through the! What a change! Of course it has been a decade or two since we both graduated from there. :)

The well-known Will Rogers statue greets you as you enter the campus from University Drive.
(Photo from Texas Tech website.)

The Education building where I took so many of my upper class classes. After a few changes of my major - first Architecture (I wanted to be an architect and design schools and homes)...then after realizing that required a lot of math I switched to Interior Design. I got married along the way - had my beautiful daughter, Jenn - and eventually graduated with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Art Ed. I was convinced by my parents and then-husband that education was a field in which one could always get a job. And of course quite well-suited for a female of the times.

(Photo from Texas Tech website.)

Sherri graduated with a degree in business and computer science after beginning with a major in Communication. Our parents convinced her there was no $$$ to be made in that field though. Funny how others can have such an influence on our career paths - isn't it?
(Photo from Texas Tech website.)

We stopped by the Alumni Association Building. It is gorgeous with rooms full of wonderful Texas Tech history and memorabalia.

And since I was not able to afford a senior ring at graduation, I had to take my photo with this BiG ring! Go Raiders!

To memories of years long ago...and those of just yesterday. Cherish them all - big or small.
denise :D

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I Feel Special...

I was just reading some of my favorite blogs when I came across a post by Debby Schuh. Debby wrote about My Lil Memory Book from Creative Escape 2009 on her blog The Memory Bee on 6.3.11 titled "A Little Share". (You'll have to scroll down to read the post.) I feel like a real celebrity!

I love taking classes with Debby. She is such an inspiration with an amazing passion for what she does. A blessing to the memory makers of the world! :)

Check it out...won't you, please?

Thank you, Debby, for making my day!

denise :D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Happiness is Cross-Stitching" Blog Giveaway

Check out this cute cross-stitch blog that I have discovered...Happiness is Cross Stitching.

Lynn from the UK is having a blog giveaway is celebration of having 1300 followers! She is a very talented stitcher.

Check her out...I think you'll like what she has to offer. I know I sure have. :D

Sunday Blessings to you all, denise :D

Saturday, July 16, 2011


tim holtz...that is! What an inspiration this man is to so many people. He is genuine and generous beyond measure.

I have been most fortunate to attend four classes taught by Tim. Let me share...

This is a book he taught in one of the classes in Dallas, Texas sponsored by Stamp Asylum. We learned so many distress ink tips and got to work with his awesome grunge board and Idealogy line of embellishments.

That same day in the afternoon we then made this "Creative Blocks" project. This is my version of the project. We learned to do wax encaustics and used some little miniature canvases to add even more dimension. We all got one of the little black hearts - handmade by Mario using Utee. We could then paint it and decorate it however we were inspired.

Tim and his awesome assistant, Mario, are always willing to stop and pose for a photo with the class participants. He is never ever too busy for us! :)

The second day of classes Tim taught us to make a Configurations Box. He had tons...I mean tons...of goodies for us to choose from to create our own special memory cabinet. He really is the most generous person I have ever met.

Here he is again...taking time for another photo op!

I tell you...these boys are the best! Luv 'em both!

In a previous post from yesterday I mentioned that I had the opportunity to attend Creative Escape in August 2009. Tim was one of the instructors at that event. He was the fav!

In the class at Creative Escape Tim taught us how to make this oh-so-cute travel journal complete with photo holders. It sits in this darling little bitty suitcase. His imagination is simply amazing...and never ending!

I am now a member of the Yahoo group All Things Tim. It is a wonderful copy of ladies...and a few men...who love tim and his talent. We have super swaps and exciting exchanges, we trade tips and share ideas. Won't you check us out at

Thanks for joining in my little tribute to T!m.

Blessings, denise :D

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Year = More Art

My birthday is Monday...July 18th. Just 3 days away - if you count today. And today counts...everyday counts.

So I'm making a commitment...a real commitment. I'll be committed - to creating every day. [Not to the local psych ward...] I'll make everyday count.

So I began by going back through some of the photos I have on my computer. Photos of artist/creatist that I have been fortunate to meet and/or take classes from. Kinda to get some inspiration going on here!

Just wanted to share a few with you...

A couple of months back I had the pleasure of taking two classes from Debby Schuh at one of our LSS, Pizzaz. In this class we created a book entitled "Recipe of Me". So cute!

In the other class we made this wonderful piece using a 7Gypies Receipt Holder and various papers, rub-ons, and embellishments.

In 2009 I was fortunate enough to attend Creative Escape in Phoenix, AZ. Talk about inspiration happening! So much talent there!

This is Marah Johnson. She taught us some wonderful techniques using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Inside this darling lil' box are miniature books for journaling.

Oh, I just love this artist's style. What a classy lady - Heather Bailey. Besides scrapbooking, she also designs fabrics. Yummy fabrics!

These two lovely ladies are Paula Cheney and Deb Crouse. They are part of the 7 Gypsies Team. In this class we made this wonderful wallhanging featuring a family photo and a door that opens for journaling.

That same Summer 2009 I also had the opportunity to attend Art Unraveled. Talk about talent galore. What a wonderful experience.

After hearing a presentation by Someguy (Kevin Kelly) who did the 1,000 Journals Project, we were able to contribute to one of several journals that he made available to us. This is my contribution. The lil' bird is something I created and brought to the event to exchange with fellow participants.

This is the man behind the 1,00o Journals Project, Someguy.

Also at Art Unraveled I was so lucky to meet Jenn Mason. Jenn is now the editor of Cloth, Papers, Scissors magazine. We were able to preview some of her wonderful jewelry the night prior to the Vendor Extravaganza. I purchased 3 of her gorgeous necklaces made from repurposed jewelry.

One of the classes that I took was art journaling taught by Leighanna Light. This class was my first experience with book making. I was in such awe of all the other artists is the class. There was sooo much to learn.

I have always admired soldered jewelry. This was the best class ever with the most gracious woman I have ever met...Rebecca Brooks. Her husband was her churpa during the class.

In the class we created this two-sided piece. This is actually before I did the soldering on it.

Prior to the class we were instructed to create two collages. This is the other side of my piece. The charms eventually were soldered to hang from the bottom of the piece.

So now that I have renewed my inspiration...uplifted my artistic spirit...cleaned out the cobwebs in my soul...I am ready to CrEaTe EvErY DaY! Won't you join me in the journey?

Blessings to you each and every day, denise :D