Tag: Marty Bound

Weekend in NYC + Project Life Video

August 9, 2014 at 6:46 pmCategory:Project Life 2014

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Where have I been?! I wish I could say that it’s because it’s Summer and I have been super busy having fun. BUT, that’s not it all. I have spent most of the Summer completing THREE courses for education. They were time consuming and tedious (especially for my Summer brain) but once I get the raise in my salary, it will be worth it.

I have been getting back into Project Life over the last 2-3 days and have SO much to get caught up on. I have missed creating and blogging but the courses needed to take priority or I would have put those off until the last minute. And, who needs the stress, right?!

Here are some pages that I completed pretty recently. They don’t need a ton of explanation because I talked a bunch about my process in the video. Hope you will take a moment and check it out!

Shopping Your Stash for Project Life

June 9, 2014 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014

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These pages are from the end of March when the sun was just starting to peek out! It FINALLY started feeling like Spring in New York City. I think you can tell by the colors that I picked. As I look at this layout, there are SO many goodies from my stash. It has been so much fun looking through things that I have had forever and giving them LIFE in my Project Life album. See that “FOREVER” word? That, my friend, has been in my stash for almost 10 years. UNREAL! All of little flowers that are scattered all over the pages are from Jolee’s Boutique and have been growing (flowers, get it?!) in my art studio for a very, very long time. So, go digging in your creative stash. I am sure especially for Project Life that you have tons of tons of great things just itching to jump onto your pages.

Swimming in Atlantic City Layout

September 9, 2013 at 8:00 amCategory:Your Memories Here

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I have been scrapbooking like crazy this summer! This post is going live on the first day of school here in New York City. My scrappy/artsy time will quickly become less but I still strive to make time for it daily. A friend told me that it’s important to always have a work in progress on my desk. That way I can pop into my art studio and work on it even for a few minutes.

I made a goal for myself to get up to date with my 2013 pictures and my scrapbooking. Well, that didn’t happen! I could say that I failed but I don’t feel that way. I spent a ton of time creating new memories (& yes, more photos) during a zillion cool things this Summer. So, my goal will have to change but at least having one keeps me focused on scrapbooking the pictures, right?!

These pages follow my usual “formula” for scrapbooking! (I did mention I would write about that sometime-add that to my list of goals!) The gorgeous flowers are Prima and are from Your Memories Here. I have really been into bright pops of color lately! I used to scrap mostly in soft, very vintage colors. Somehow that changed-maybe it was when I started exploring art journaling. So, check out Your Memories Here & leave a little love in the comments. I would be thrilled to hear from you!

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Flippin’ Pages Art Journal Video!

August 20, 2013 at 10:18 pmCategory:Art Journal

I have been getting a lot of requests to make videos of my art journaling. Honesty, I rarely sit down and make a page from start to finish. Instead, I am always flipping through 3-4 journals adding layers, ephemera and eventually finishing touches.

This video is the first in a continuous series of my art journaling process. Each time I post a Flippin’ Pages Art Journal video, I will share 5 flips of the pages through my journals. I hope you enjoy the process!

Music By: Vanessa Trouble & The Red Hot Swing (My love Marty Bound is playing trumpet) http://theredhotswing.com This is their NEW HOT CD!

Macy’s NYC Flower Show

April 2, 2013 at 10:36 amCategory:New York City Adventures

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New York City is constantly changing. I know you hear that but it’s actually true! Marty and I set out for the Herald Square area of the city yesterday. He had a rehearsal and I was going to do some shopping. I usually window shop but I love the energy of the stores in the city. They are also always changing!

As we were roaming around for a bit before his rehearsal, stumbled upon this huge “tent” outside of the Macy’s store. It was the Macy’s Flower Show! I didn’t even know they had one but I was instantly intrigued! We went in and were instantly inspired by the gorgeous colors and decor. In true Macy’s fashion, it was beautiful and over the top. The fragrances and mix of flowers were beyond amazing. The show is only going for a few more days so if you are in the city, don’t miss it! As an artist, THIS is where I find my inspiration. Those unexpected moments can provide an equally unexpected muse-I can’t wait to combine colors and use (even more) flowers in my art!

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LOVE of my Life Layout

October 6, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:Scrapbooking

I know I am not the only one with a huge collection of awesome scrapbooking kits. I have been scrapbooking like CRAZY lately due to giving up all the deadlines. Back to the topic, I have been grabbing kits left & right and using up the WHOLE kit to get pages ready. I have been using my Close To My Heart scrapbook page books and setting up the pages for future layouts. I have a HUGE stack of pages that are all ready minus the pictures & embellishments. On days when I am ready to sit and scrap 12X12 pages, I simply print out the pictures that are listed in the books. OH-one tip: when you get scrap pages ready, write the name of the sources (and the page numbers) of your page map on the back of the layout. A few pics and altered embellishments and you can create a bunch of pages in one weekend afternoon.

These pages are so happy and bright! These are a few pictures of my FAB hubby, Marty, on our trip to The Hamptons this summer. What a wonderful mini vaca-we even took the pomeranians. I love scrappin’ pics of Marty-he is always so happy and fun to be around and it shows in the pictures!

Masculine LOVE Layout

September 11, 2011 at 2:51 pmCategory:Scrapbooking


Do you struggle with masculine layouts and cards? So many of the beautiful scrappy items on the market are very feminine, right? I love flowers, sparkles and butterflies and get excited to cut the papers, spray the shimmery mists and add the bling. When I scrap pics of my amazing hubby, Marty, I have to think a little outside of my comfort zone. I am loving the Flying Unicorn Kit of the Month and wanted to push myself to use it for a layout of my sweet love. The papers had several sheets covered in pinks and girly designs. There were others that had beautiful blues, greens & creams. I guess it’s about looking at your supplies through a different “lens” to make them work for your art. Even the pink papers can be altered with a few sprays of Glimmer Mist or brush strokes of paint.
How about those awesome letters for the title? I recently bought a Pink Paislee Warehouse grab bag box. I haven’t always had the best of luck when I bought grab bags in the past. BUT-this was AWESOME! I got well over $200 worth of current, useable, FAB goodies for about $50! I think I got more than 50 bucks just in paper. The letters came in the box and I altered the heck out of them. Glimmer Mist, tearing and Crackle Accents made the perfect title for this page.

I picked out some very neutral flowers and embellishments for the layout. See that fabric trim-that is muslin from the KOM which I sprayed with Glimmer Mist. Once it was dry, I sewed it to the layout! So, think outside the box and don’t be afraid to use your stash for manly layouts & cards.

Marty’s Masterpiece August Sketch

August 22, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

Heidi Bound

Marty’s sketch was perfect for this month! We have spent time relaxing and traveling this month. Our trip to Montauk, NY-part of The Hamptons was the focus of my project. I love that picture of Marty looking out into the distance of the ocean. I saw these great tutorial on a blog using tissue paper and Matte Medium to make the background. Do you love the patterned paper? That is the Riddersholm paper that can be found on the Flying Unicorn Store site. I used a sketch created by Flying Unicorn Founder, Alda Stevens but turned it as a way to feature the vertical picture of my love.



Eileen Bellomo New York City
Eileen’s Blog Art Saves Lives


I was inspired by Marty’s sketch to do a 6×6 wall hanging. I interpreted the sketch pretty literally, as I wanted to do a summer-themed
piece for a friend.
I used Adirondack colorwash (denim) for the background, and everything else is either stamped images, carefully cut and positioned, or cut from
various papers and pieced together. All the details will be on my blog.

Nancy Brokaw Forest Hill, Maryland

Cruise on the Beach with the Plant Hope and Loads of Love stamp sets and a touch of surf boards from the Summer Mini catalog Summper Splash stamp set. My beach is actualy sand glued to the card stock – could use sand paper, but then you would not have the fun of the beach while making this project!

Julia Smith Midlands, UK
Julia’s Blog Stray Dreams Blog

Jumbled Up: For this month’s sketch I have used a whole mixture of techniques. I use a lot of sprays, not the branded type but my own acrylic mix of sprays. The background uses different masks and sprays. The sun element uses tissue sprayed over. There are two magazine picture elements, painted, sprayed and drawn over. The crab and tree are images that are printed and acrylic paint transferred. All of the elements don’t quite blend but they kindof do, so it is all jumbled up! But I like it how it turned out. Another great sketch Marty, thank you.

Michele Luxenberg New York City
Michele’s Blog Little Bird Creations Co.

Truth be told, I CAN’T STAND SUMMER! I don’t like the heat & the humidity. I don’t like being in constant air-conditioning but I have no choice! Oh, and i don’t like the beach, either.
So, as i was contemplating this month’s sketch and going through my stamp sets, I came across this Magenta stamp that I recently bought for myself. I love the promise of Fall that it brings! I love the look of the bare branches and birds. I can literally feel the cool Fall air when I look at this stamp! But in order to have a little “summer” in it (i don’t want to be a complete hum-bug), i used some watercolor crayons to create some sky and grass. I kept this card “clean and simple” as embellishments seem to take away from the images.
I stamped with Staz-On ink onto glossy cardstock and matted with Close To My Heart’s black cardstock. The card itself is made from Close To My Heart’s Colonial White cardstock.

Karen Patton Central Florida
Karen’s Blog Fiber Art Gram

This month’s sketch made me think of the colors of summer and heat. The Background paper came from a Stampington Mag. It’s called “Fearless on the Page-Artist’s Paper by Mallory Fisher w/art elements courtesy of Erin Kenepp”. The palm tree and crystals are from Big Memories Ideas – Soft Spoken embellishments. I used Archival Vintage Sepia to distress edges and on some of the paper. Also, rubbed gold Stickles and white and yellow Studio G Glitter Glue into the background. I know my card is very simple this month but it just didn’t seem to want anything more done to it. Enjoy!

Marty’s Masterpiece-July

July 24, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

Let me first tell you the story about Marty’s July Sketch…
Most of you know that my dad passed away at the end of November after a two month battle with brain cancer. Marty’s dad passed almost 11 years ago. Father’s Day for us was bittersweet-bitter for the obvious reasons, sweet because it was Marty’s 40th birthday. (ironic, eh?!) Since Father’s Day, this white bird sits on a window outside of our NYC apartment around 9:15pm every night. That little bird remains there all night long and by morning he is gone. It is not often that you see an all-white bird in NYC. My friend Corris has lived here all her life and said that she doesn’t remember seeing any. This sketch is out of love for that little bird of peace…hope you enjoy the design team’s creations!

Heidi Bound
New York City

The white bird really inspires me. I wanted to keep with a very clean, simple color palette for this card so used creamy white colors. I had that resin bird in my stash for quite some time and this project seemed like the perfect time to use it.

Michele Luxenberg
New York City
Michele’s Blog
Little Bird Creations Co.

The stamp is from Magenta’s new collection and was stamped with black StazOn on glossy cardstock. I smooshed Distress Ink Pads onto my craft sheet (Tumbled Glass, Forest Moss, Red Rose, Pumice Stone and Spiced Marmalade) and used them with water and a small paintbrush to color the image. The image was then mounted onto black CTMH cardstock and then onto a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card using “Vanilla Creme” CTMH cardstock.

(Michele has a little bird outside of her window, too)—And, for your “enjoyment”, I also included a picture of the little bird on my window sill. She’s BACK! And sitting on the same eggs…

Julia Smith
Midlands, UK
Julia’s Blog
Stray Dreams Blog

A Whole New Outlook – I have been drawing a lot lately, I have always wanted to draw more but never plucked up the courage or had the mind space til now, so this is one of the first face that I drew that just seemed to fit perfect in that setting of the windows against the building. She’s not trapped by any means she is just looking at a whole new outlook which is what drawing has done for me. I have used some text paper inked in the background, brown stazon for the Tando brick background stamp which is the first thing I thought of when I saw Marty’s sketch this month. The window frames are lollipop (popsicle) sticks, inks, painted and distressed. I even had a go a drawing the little birdie myself !!!! Another great sketch Marty.


Kathy Vargas
Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of the original Hideaway Pizza, Red Dirt Music scene and Oklahoma State University (OSU)
Kathy’s Blog
Creating the Hive

What I got from Marty’s inspiration this month was the images of brick, which are man made in contrast to the bird which is nature. Bricks have straight lines and hard material in comparison to the curve lines of the bird and soft feathers. I had some crochet flowers that I had made earlier this year in my stash and embellished them with silver grey sequins. The crochet flower centers are from Melody Ross. Pink flowers are tissue paper that I hand molded and Glimmer misted. The centers are frayed fibers from canvas wall hanging. Paper cutouts, leaves are from the Mariposa collection. Text border is Melody Ross. My mom had gave me a zip lock bag of miscellaneous jewelry pieces which I wanted to put on a project instead of just laying in a drawer. Little details of contrast were the pink eraser dowels for the top and a little wooden clothes pin at the earring trim bottom edging. This will probably an on going project as I find other small and sentimental pieces of jewelry to attach to the canvas wall hanging.



Connie Deibler Harrisburg, PA
Connie’s Blog
Connie Stamps

I really liked Marty’s sketch and thought of creating a design very similar to the actual sketch (bricks and a window) but ended up with this design. I have vintage on my mind a lot lately so I used my scallop punch in the center of the top and bottom and threaded a piece of ‘First Edition’ dictionary picture through it. I added a black daisy made with the daisy Big Shot die and added some Very Vanilla Seam Binding and an antique brad. Thanks for looking!

Nancy Brokaw Forest Hill, Maryland

This card feature’s Stampin’ Up in color Poppy Parade card stock and Designer Series Paper and the fabulous Herb Expressions stamp set. A little white ribbon and flower for accent. The Designer Series paper reminds me of a vintage wallpaper in a victorian home. I love the simple lines of this card. Enjoy!

Marty’s Masterpiece May Sketch

May 16, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

This is Marty’s MAY Sketch which was inspired by Heidi’s love of butterflies and the water. It was so exciting to see how this sketch inspired our talented design team. Please enjoy the creations & our thoughts about our art. Also, hope you will check out the blogs of our wonderful artists to see all of the beautiful work that they have featured.


Heidi Bound Gotham City Stampers

Marty’s sketch was full of so many of my favorite things! Butterflies, the beach, warm days and SUMMER VACATION! I love any excuse to use that Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch. I punched a scrap from my stash and added a little sparkle with Glimmer Mist. The sun was cut from my Cricut and the cloud is from Webster’s Pages. I LOVE the sand! I have a few different tubs of different colors-it is this cool sand that is mixed with adhesive. Hope you enjoy and look forward to warm Summer days ahead!


Eileen Bellomo Art Saves Lives


It was the sun in Marty’s sketch that really caught my eye, and inspired a very graphic notecard, which is a 5 1/2″ square. All the elements I used to create the sun were found in my scrap pile. I cut everything out by hand and then stitched it all together on my sewing machine. All I had to do then was layer some cardstock underneath, and of course, I couldn’t resist the final Prima flower embellishment in the center!

The card was such a quick project I had time to do another! This time I interpreted Marty’s sketch more literally, and did a summertime scene which includes the sun, the chair and the butterfly. Absolutely everything on this piece came from my scrap pile again. Even the background was a background “reject” which I repurposed with gesso, paint, tissue paper and stamping. Collage and paper piecing are among my favorite techniques, so I really enjoyed this one.


Michele Luxenberg Little Bird Creations Co.


Marty’s sketch brought me back to my previous trips to Aruba, Mexico and Hawaii.  It reminded me of how relaxing and worryfree Matt and I were while just laying by the ocean…
and the wonderful smells of the ocean, the sand and the surf….
The beautiful sunsets that Matt and I used to stay on the beach and wait for.. that’s what this scene is supposed to depict.
For this card, I kept it simple– I only used:
Sakura Koi Watercolors
Stampin’ Up watercolor paper
Orange Cardstock (I think from Papertrey Ink but I can’t remember for sure!)

Connie Deibler Connie Stamps

Working from a sketch was a challenge since I’ve not ever done it before let alone for a design team!  I loved the idea of the sun in the corner and I just discovered glass glitter and sticky sheets and thought it would be an appropriate medium.  The glitter sort of reminded me of a gilded cage and the phrase all that glitters isn’t gold.  The bird is looking at the cage and in my mind, was aware of the phrase as well.  I hope you enjoy.


Nancy Brokaw

I used at SU Retired set Seaside Sketches - love this set!
Stamps – Retired Seaside Sketches, Retired Seaside and current set Farm Life (who knew, wheat sort of looks like sea oats!)
Paper - crumb cake card base, Chocolate chip, water color
Ink - black stazon, crumb cake, marina mist


Julia Smith Stray Dreams Blog

An A5 landscape card with an A5 front panel displaying the design.  This is my interpretation, there were others but this is the one I have chosen to submit.  Using scrapbooking papers from Basic Grey and Cosmos Cricket, they not current papers as I don’t buy many current paperpacks.  These are chosen from my paper stash.  In the background the papers are torn and distressed roughly, edged in distress ink and raised from the page.  From the sketch I saw an umbrella, a boat but mainly a toadstool or mushroom!!  For the right section of the sketch I acutally saw a person but my interpretation of that didn’t work out too well.  So my sun became this lined drawing flower by Anita’s stamps, an old stamp I have had quite some time and the images on the right were fussy cut from Basic Grey Flavorful collection.  The butterfly was also fussy cut and the whole impression left me feeling quite mellow!!



Sarah Rentz Polkadotrentz

When I saw the sketch I automatically thought of the beach and summer!


Kathy Vargas Creating the Hive

For the memory box I wanted to include a sand color with the summer colors.
The memory box decorated with acrylic paints, glitter misted the frame and attached baby’s name initial  and Mariposa paper in the frames. Embellished with felt flowers.


I was thinking of summer, bright and yellow. I created a card for daughter’s baby shower this week. I wanted to create something bright and summery. Butterflies are my favorite motifs to add to my projects so adding butterflies was a natural choice for this card.

Inside pages of baby girl card.


Karen Patton Fiber Art Gram

Using Marty’s sketch I created a realistic card with a folded 8 1/2×5 1/2 piece of light blue Stampin’ Up cardstock. The beaches were torn from beige cardstock from Michaels, embellished with real sand and edged with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger. The beach chair and it’s “sand”, and three shells are from Jolee’s Boutique with added real sand. Flipflops and starfish are Citronella. Ocean water was created with daubers, Tim’s Broken china Distress Ink and Stampabilities White Pigment Ink. The sun, seagull, sailboat and girl are Susan Branch Seashore Sticker pack. Butterfly is Studio 112. I cut the clouds freehand from white cardstock and textured it using Frosted Lace Stickles. The card ws edged in Tim’s Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhesives used are Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Scotch Quick Dry Glue and a Stampin’ Up taperunner.

The scrapbook page was made using colors inspired by Marty’s sketch. The yellow/orange paper from Memories Forever-Scrapbooking, light blue Creative Memories-Photo Mounting and navy blue paper from Michaels. I used the Creative Memories Borderlines to make the scalloped edges on the light blue papers. The water drops are Raindrops by Cloud 9 Design. Butterflies were made with the Martha Stewart Butterfly punch and embellished with Stampin’ Up Hologram Embossing Powder. I stamped the shells from the Stampin’ Up Beautiful Beach set with Archival Ink Sepia on light tan Creative Memories paper and colored them with Derwent Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pencils. Adhesives are Scotch taperunner and Quick Dry Glue and Stampin’ Up taperunner. I edged the page with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger. The photos are of my first grandchild taken in March of 1997 when she was 16 months old.