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I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a best friend a daughter, and artist.

If there was a way I could spend as much time in my studio creating as I do working my regular 40 hour job I would do it in a heartbeat. I am loving discovering myself through art and I can't wait to see where the journey takes me.



Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio 
January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album.  Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost?  Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list! 
We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you!  Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following: 
1.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2.  ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate  from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.  
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you've won.
Let's get hopping!

Here is my version of the Phone Booth...I had so much fun making this. Superman and Wonder Woman bear great significance to my husband and I so I had to fit them in...that's a long story though so I won't go into it LOL...


Some pictures of the process...I printed out the British flag and glued it to the 3 sides of the phone booth.I doodled over the black and white scrapbooking paper with my white signo pen...I love graffitti... I painted the clear beads that came in the mixed media kit with black and used them as the feet on the phone booth...

I really wanted to utilize the stamps as much as possible so I made this tag to send to my son as a reminder to CALL ME, and not always text me. Love how it turned out.


 Have fun hopping and good luck!!!!

Frog Dog Studio (http://frogdogstudio.blogspot.com/)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/) (you are here)


Genuinely Jane Studios Design Team project...Hot Air Balloons

Hey everyone...Monica here...

So I'm super excited to show you all my first project for Genuinely Jane Studio's Design Team.

I used the Hot Air Balloon album to make these 3 air balloons.

The first one is Journey.

I didn't have to do anything to prepare the album. It is nice and smooth and I knew I would be gluing the paper on the wood.

I started by tracing the shape of the Air Balloon onto printer paper. I then drew out the lines and bottom part.

I had some paper I had picked up at Hobby Lobby (the blue/greenish paper) and I traced the basic shape of the balloon then cut it out.

I then cut each individual ruffle of the top part of the balloon from a border paper by Crate Paper. I layered the cut paper onto the blue paper, then cut the edges away. I then just used mod podge to adhere it to the wood base.I picked up some chain at Walmart in their craft section and I used the for the oval above the basket and the chains on the balloon. I then glued Tim Holtz gears above the chains. I used a scrap piece of burlap and created the basket  then glued a couple of gears and a charm to that. I used my dymo labeler and put JOURNEY under the Tim Holtz metal piece at the top of the balloon.

The second balloon I did is Love.

I used papers from a paper pad I have had for a long time. I used a spray adhesive to adhere this paper as it was thinner and I didn't want it to buckle. I then used some open weave mesh and applied it to the top part of the balloon, and a scrap piece of a brown mesh for the edging and started layering the rose and floral cutouts on top of that. I used a cotton ribbon for the balloon wires and the same metal chain for the ring.The roses along the trim are from The Paper Studio. The charm and chain are Tim Holtz. I created the basket from a scrap piece of raw canvas and some lace.

The third balloon I did is SOAR.

All of the butterflies are hand cut by me. The background paper is from loose stock at hobby lobby. I adhered this paper with spray adhesive as well. I then just started layering the butterflies. Had so much fun. I used the chain from Walmart, then created the basket from burlap and some crochet trim. The butterfly charm is actually a piece of Jewelry from the Journey collection at Hobby Lobby.

The back of each balloon has lined scrap paper and I am going to journal about Journey, Love and what makes me Soar, then they will hang from the ceiling in my studio. 

I will be doing the 4th balloon as well and it will be Dream. I will post pictures when I get that done.

I hope this project inspires you to go make a beautiful mess...