Monthly Archives: September 2012

Highlights of Week 35

I’m so excited to bring you another amazing collection of pages from the Art Journal Caravan!  Seeing all these beautiful pages and only choosing a handful of them to highlight can really be a challenge, but it’s one that I really enjoy because it means I’m combing through all the goodness the gallery has to offer.  If you’re looking for a little inspiration take a moment to stop by and see what these folks are up to.


Panache by Bush Girl
I thought this was such a fun combination of realistic elements (with the tacks) and paper.  What a fun combination.


Lachrymose by tam65
I ♥ pages with loads of journaling!  It can be so therapeutic to just get it all out on paper (or pixels)


Follow-Your-Heart-and-Intuition by ArmyGrl
What a great idea to use just a portion of a quote.  This page is pure genius.


Week 32, with all my heart by Yvonne55
Ohhh look at all those hearts.  They’re gorgeous!


April quest by suslyn
This is so creative.  I love the idea of stepping into the unknown.


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.


VIP Tour #7 Interview with Joy

Every few months I do VIP Tours of the backstage of  “Studio Tangie”. These special passes allow guests get all new products for one low price, a very special guest appearance here on our blog and sneak peeks of what is going on behind the scenes at Studio Tangie! Make sure you join the newsletter for info on when the next tour will be available.

1. Name (any story behind your name)?
I was suppose to be named Catherine Jean after a relative, but my cousin Cathy was born before me (thank goodness! I just don’t see myself as a Cathy). My parents had to scramble to come up with a name. Being it was the middle of December they were inspired to call me “Joy”.

2. What was your favorite subject in school?
I loved History.  My senior year of high school I even took a freshman Western Civ class that wasn’t offered at my previous high school.

3. Do you have any animals? What kind?
We have a German Shepherd puppy not quite two years that creates lots of excitement in our house, an older mixed breed that is deaf and will turn her head so she can’t see you when it’s time to come in from a morning run and the ruler of us all, Ashley the Cat.

4. Do you buy cookies or things from kids that knock on your door?
I do!  We are a scout family and know what its like to have to do fundraisers.

5. What is your favorite book of all time, and why? “Yargo” by Jacqueline Susann.  Its an unusual love story that tells of a woman who discovers that though she thinks herself an average person, she is unique and necessary to the dynamic of the universe.

6. Where is your dream vacation?
Anywhere there are white sands, blue-green water, 2 beach chairs and an umbrella.

7. Which is your favorite genre of movies ? (Comedy/ Romance/Suspense/Action/Horror)
I love all kinds of movies except slasher flicks.   I like to listen to movies while I’m working so they have to have interesting dialogue, I love clever dialogue.

8. Which is your favorite time of the day, are you a morning person or a night person?
I love the dawn hour.  Waking up in the dark and slowly watching the world reveal itself as the sun rises.  Plus it is one of the few times it is quiet in our home.

9. What is your idea of fun?
If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day?
In my craft room :), it’s my happy place.

10. If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?
I would love to be a teacher and help to inspire children to follow their dreams.

Thank you so much Joy, it’s so wonderful to have you with us on VIP Tour #7!

Hot off the press: The Gypsy Diaries Mixed-Media Workshop, Gypsy Rhapsody, and AJC Provisions {Parcel 36}

Deep in the firefly lit woods,
where a fire burns hot with its amber flames
live the gypsies of my dreams.
Dancing through a thousand ages
they sing their songs and
hold close to their hearts the value of family,
freedom, love and being true to your spirit.
Blessed are you, oh curious one,
for wanting to explore the gypsy spirit in us all.

Get inspired by all things Gypsy!

A new Workshop in the store.

The Gypsy Diaries Mixed-Media Workshop

*25 Gypsy inspired prompts & 12 quotes
*7 Mixed-media tutorial videos  hosted on a site EXCLUSIVELY for this class
*10 Hand Painted Papers in 12×12 Digital Format
*9  Printable collage sheets
*Link to google document with current updated supply list and
other fabulous links to resources
*Exclusive invitation to join the beta testing of the NEW “Connect @SBG” classroom site
(Optional, participation is not required to get class materials)

All that is included:

Instructional files with lots of photos

Instructional videos


Supply list

Digital backgrounds

And an invitation to access the NEW “Connect @SBG” classroom site!

And the perfect companion to this workshop

Gypsy Rhapsody

BONUS! Gilded Gold Accents

With over 125 Elements and 18 12×12 Papers

A closer look at the papers

The alpha

And the BONUS gilded gold accents

Add some extra accents with these coordinating packs

Gypsy Rhapsody Glass Glitter Lace

12 lace, each in 2 colors

Gypsy Rhapsody Textured Brushes

15 stamps/brushes (in .png and .abr formats)

And for this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 36}

26 “cut” word art papers

FAB FAB FABULOUS inspiration

by Julie Ann

by sparklyduck

by sbpoet

even a FB Timeline cover
by anniesmom

Happy scrapping!

Friday Freebie #05

How has your Friday been so far? Do you have any plans this weekend for creative projects? Maybe this will get you started or you can always try a new workshop too! And without further ado here is freebie five for you!

You can download these lovely ladies {here}.


Highlights of Week 34

Wow, Sunday slipped right by without my even noticing, so I’m a day late… AGAIN.  Sorry folks.

It’s been a really nice long weekend here in the US, it’s Labor Day weekend, which means most people got Monday off.  Here in the Pacific Northwest we consider this our last HoooRah.  Kids start school soon and the rain is on it’s way so the campers have been out in full force.  As the holiday winds down people will start to settle in and get those creative juices flowing again… hopefully the selection I have for you will inspire you.  As always, remember these are only a few of the many fantastic pages posted in the Art Journal Caravan Gallery this week, make sure to stop by there for even more inspiration.


Home by lmgdonahue
All I can say about this one is WOW!!!


Woebegone by BamBoo07
I thought this was wild!  I like the colors and I like that it’s shadowless, reminds me of a graphics art poster


~insatiable~ by tarthur
I thought this page really hit home… and who doesn’t love a pieced together face?


Woebegone by sbpoet
I LOVE all the collage pieces in this one


art journal caravan #34 by strawberryredhead
This page is so soft and sweet it drew me in immediately


Thanks for joining me for another week of highlights.  Don’t forget to check in next Sunday for more great inspiration.  Until then… I’ll see ya on the trail.



VIP Tour #7 Interview with Rain K

Every few months I do VIP Tours of the backstage of  “Studio Tangie”. These special passes allow guests get all new products for one low price, a very special guest appearance here on our blog and sneak peeks of what is going on behind the scenes at Studio Tangie! Make sure you join the newsletter for info on when the next tour will be available.

(Love the way she sent me the answers to the questions…like a story!)

My full name at birth was Mary Elizabeth Rain Olympia Christine Crowe….whew! I was the last child and got both grandmother’s names, the Irish/Scottish half and the Italian half. I shortened it all up after graduating from chiropractic school to Rain Olympia Crowe, then married Gary almost 20 years ago now and became a Klepper. My father was 52 when I was born, and called me “punkin” my entire life, eventually student doctor punkin, then Dr. Punkin. He died when I was in my early 20′s, I’m 54 now, so I cherish all my memories of him, and do have a deep affection for pumpkins!

I live in a teeny town in western Colorado, the “western slope” of the Rocky Mtns. We bought this 14 acres with a 110 year old mess of a house back in 2002, spent almost a year remodeling and building, and have been happily here since. I am an avid organic gardener, and produce the majority of our vegetables for the entire year in the warmer months. Our neighbors trade and sell the rest, fruits of all kinds, including 17 varieties of heirloom apples, meat, poultry, and sheep’s milk. I became a cheesemaker a few years ago and have conquered both soft and hard cheeses with sheep dairy, as I am horribly allergic to cow’s milk since birth. Gary and I practice together, both chiropractors and naturopaths for more than 30 years, he is also an acupuncturist and cranial osteopath. We work with very ill folks, supporting patients going through cancer and autoimmune treatments, as well as complicated neurological disorders. I have been a textile artist for many years, spinning, knitting, weaving, quilting, surface design, embroidery and then 6 years ago began to seriously enjoy painting and art and design, as relief from dealing with illness. Probably also the reason I have glorious flower gardens.  I am brand new to digital art, and the blog pages and journal anthology gallery pages are my first art journal adventures digitally.

Animals: two very beloved Shiba Inu dogs, 9 and 15 yrs. old. 3 parrots, a yellow naped Amazon, a red lored Amazon, both 29 years old, and a 30 year old African grey with a 360 word vocabulary. Outside, we have made this land a wildlife sanctuary, last winter I counted 42 different species of birds at our feeders. Now we have 25-30 hummingbirds daily as cheap rural entertainment! Plus nesting pair of eagles, many hawks, wild turkeys, bobcats, garden snakes, bull snakes, and this year, about a thousand grasshoppers.

My favorite book, this is a hard one, as I am a reader. Pride and Prejudice…I re-read it every year, and have visited Jane Austen’s home in Bath, and in Winchester. I have held a pen and touched her handwritten notes from Persuasion in a behind-the-scenes tour at the British library in London. Sigh. On the same trip, I held Elizabeth I’s common book of prayer with a cover that she embroidered herself. I was weak-kneed and giddy for about a year after that. Why is it my favorite? Probably the hilarious and acidic characterization Jane Austen wrote in all her books. Darcy. Elizabeth Bennett. Oh sigh. Love your kit by the way!

When I hear rain outside, all I can think is, “mushrooms!”. We love to hunt edible porcini, chanterelles, boletes, hawkwings, and hedgehogs here. We built a lab and grow room last summer and are growing lots of oysters and lion’s manes, and shiitake.

I love to sing opera in the shower, or bluegrass tunes.

To spend a day playing hooky from work…painting, photographing, making rubbings of tree bark, getting lost in a bookstore, tea with a friend. Baking beautiful French breads or hamburger buns.  Playing mandolin. Sewing something new to wear.

I dance with abandon even if they are looking.

I also wear violet and red violet and red orange, even if I’m not in my 80′s.

I love to experience foreign places, though I don’t enjoy air travel much these days, and yes, I buy things from kids, just can’t help myself.

I would love to see you make a kit with tree bark textures, rust, embroidery over entire papers, velvet, shells and coral patterns, antique kitchen items, fruits and vegetables. Musical instruments, like harp, mandolin, guitar. Architectural elements. Art tools, pens, paints, etc. Textured anything. New Mexican santos, milagros, or other folk art objects. Medieval tiles. Anything Da Vinci. tassels, kumihimo braids, quilt blocks. Japanese crest patterns. Orchids, bonsai. Book of Kells.

and she sent a photo of her Studio too!

Thank you so much Rain, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you with us on VIP Tour #7!

Hot off the press: Cartography Sets, Conversed Grunge, Quickity Split’N Print and AJC Provisions {Parcel 35}

It’s weekend, so it is time to have a look at what’s new at Studio Tangie!

** NEW ** Cartography sets

The Art of Map Making

A new exploration in art journaling

Cartography Set #36 Cartouche Collection

7 carefully restored, extracted cartouche and banners

Cartography Set #37 Drawn Map Fills

6 hand drawn map fills
.ASL, .PAT, .ABR and .PNG formats are included
plus BONUS video on how to use them

Cartography Set #38 Drawn Map Makers

69 Hand Drawn Map Makers in .png files

Quickity Split’N Print Vol. 8

Comes in 12×12 & 8.5×11

Journal pages already started for you, just print and go!
Digital artist only? Use them as a background already built for quick journaling!
Great for use as cards, ATC’s, collage sheets, clipping masks and more!

Conversed Grunge 7

On the Record & Official Explanation:
Contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition.
Converse is used when the elements of a proposition are reversed.
Opposite pertains to that which is diametrically opposed to a proposition.
Reverse can mean each of those.

Off the Record & Unofficial Explanation:
Wickedly cool new brushes that will bring grunge to a whole new level in your art.

This set comes with 5 Xlarge Lace Doily Splatters
PLUS BONUS .abr files for PS users

And for this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 35}

24 artsy brushes (in .png and .abr)

That’s it for this week, till next time!


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