Planning for Fun with Echo Park

In The Studio

It’s time for another blog hop courtesy of Imagine, this time with an assist from Echo Park.


From the various collections I opted for the Creative Agenda kit and used a bit of this and that to put together this fun to-do list-inspired birthday card.


I used the Pennants die set to create a void in a piece of one of the patterned papers that was backed with some self-adhesive foam for dimension.


Then, on a sheet of white paper, I stamped the Circles acrylic stamp with Elderberry Memento ink, Dandelion Memento Luxe Ink, and the teal shade from the Tahiti Kaleidacolor ink pad applied randomly across the stamp with Ink Blushers.This became the background for the die cut sections in the front part of my card.


I decorated the card with stickers from the kit and a trimmed-out piece of a to-do list from one of the other Creative Agenda patterned papers. The list got a few check marks from the Creative Agenda Enamel Shapes and I did a fair amount of pen detailing with a Pitt Pen. I also sewed a bit of baker’s twine between the pennants to make it look more like a banner before matting the whole thing one a striped piece of patterned paper, also from the kit.


Once everything was secured, I filled in some of the circles in the background with StazOn Studio Glaze and Radiant Neon Amplify! to add a bit of dimension.


While this card is a lot busier than I usually would create, I think it’s loads of fun. And I’d be happy to check off those to-dos pretty much any day!

Here’s the full supply list used for this project:

Imagine: Memento Luxe (Dandelion), Memento (Elderberry), Kaleidacolor (Tahiti), InkBlushers, Radiant Neon Amplify! (Electric Coral, Electric Yellow), StazOn Studio Glaze (Cactus Green, Bahama Blue, Cotton White)

Echo Park: Creative Agenda Collection Kit, Enamel Shapes, Circles 4×6 Stamp, Pennants Die Set

Miscellaneous: Self-Adhesive Foam, Die Cutting Machine, Acrylic Block, White Cardstock, Black Pen, Baker’s Twine, Sewing Needle, Glue Stick

And now, if you’re hopping along from post to post, your next stop is Wendy Sue Anderson’s blog. But before you head out, don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop along the way. Both Imagine and Echo Park Paper will be giving away prizes to commenters!

Words of Worth for Gauche Alchemy

In The Studio

This month’s project for Gauche Alchemy is up on the blog today. I had fun getting back to some simple basics of paint and collage and I have to admit I’m itching to do more.


Right now The Abyss is in chaos, and the roller coaster of the house purchase is sapping a lot of my energy. Putting together a big canvas of words reminded me a bit of what’s important. This is just a hill, a wall to climb, and what’s on the other side may look a lot like where we are now, or it might look totally different. Experiences help shape us, if we let them (and I’m of the mind that that’s a good thing), but they don’t have to change our core.

Oh, and happy Pi(e) Day! Hope you have some tasty dessert lined up, and if not, maybe get into the kitchen and create a special treat for your loved ones?


Pruney Fingers Performance

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A few final lessons from the last few days attempts at something akin to music:

  • It’s really tough to tune these little suckers but it helps to have all the same shape and size of glass for each octave or progression of notes.
  • Fingers will get pruney with prolonged practice.
  • The sounds produced by an amateur aren’t so much music as a cross between a 1st year violin recital and whale’s calls.

I had a little fun with the audio file… Feel free to laugh–we did!

This performance was brought to you (unofficially) by Lay’s Honey Barbecue Chips and Doves Promises (the last one of which read “It’s okay to NOT do everything”… it’s like it KNEW I’d be the one to get it).

Now to finish my glass of ChocoVine.

(and if the player doesn’t want to work, click here for waterglasses)