Dylusions first came to my attention watching the CHA videos on youtube (which I call utube or ytube - oy - so out of it my 14 year old says!) Don't even know how to work an ipod as he tells me about all the Olympians walking out to the swimming wearing their "ipods!"

Dyan Revealey is a genius! She has developed these amazing faces that epitomize, for me, the looks that feel JUST how I feel - sometimes caring, sometimes distressed, sometimes inadequate, sometimes afraid, sometimes hurt, sometimes ashames or lonely or left out or sometimes tender, exhilarated, euphiric, delighted, jovial, serene, perplexed or just downright "rotten"!

She's a master in mind and creation to capture it all - with the art of newsprint behind it where you can mix and match. Put a wing on her head, put frogs eyes on her head, or a toad stool...the list is endless...but what I know is that I can express the dozens and dozens of feelings I have inside.  Not to mention, this womyn has the artistic flare of fashion to beat all!

p.s. if anyone has read Journey from Betray to Trust, there is a section called The Vocabulary of Feelings and it lists feelings in the categories from Levels of Intensity from Strong, Moderate and Weak. This is a tool I had used in my Ministry in Psychiatry and Detox for years and I still keep with me to know what I am feeling. When I looked at Dyan's stamps - there was barely a stamp that didn't cover a feeling on that sheet and there must be 150 feelings on it! I HIGHLY recommend the book!!!! (seque - as you are used to my tangentially born mind to do.)

Having said all that: Here is my mixed piece - I hope you like it as much as I did creating it.

Much Love

The coloring is with SU ink and sponges just mushed and smeared any which way.

Memento ink and Glitter Pens

Sharpie has these new retractable extra-fine pens that are uber-cool!  I used them for all the black

all the shading on the outside and on the die cuts are from Ranger Ink

This white is a signo-uni ball white pen, bought from a gillion places and the lace is from a heritage sale

the coloring of the lips is tombow pens - eyes are dewitt inktensity pens and water

don't you love this washi tape at the top - yup - smash books - Michaels
I don't think Canada knows what washi tape is!

This is from EXPRESS YOUR ESSENCE on facebook - lovely isn't it...and so true!



  1. Hi Samara
    Beautiful piece! I keep looking at it and what springs to my mind is freedom, love, deep thoughts, colourful personality yet reserved
    at times. Your whole post is beautiful too. 150 feelings? I definitely would not want to have all of them surfacing at once.
    Michaela xx

  2. Hi Samara
    thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Craft Room Challenge, sadly due to those Pesky rules your entry doesn't qualify, as there's no reference or link to us, and our current theme is Buttons and Bows-and I can't see any :-( maybe you linked the wrong piece? Debi x

  3. What a wonderful price of art you have created here, thanks so much for sharing! Can you clarify is you meant to enter this in our DT call as I do not see it mentioned here? Just want to make sure it wasn't meant to be in our anything goes challenge this week as some others have posted in wrong place.

    The Stamping Boutique

  4. Hi Samara, this is fabulous and very mysterious and magical, I just noticed that you have linked up to the DT call and not the this weeks challenge and wanted to let you know so that you can link up to the challenge and don't miss out on the prize draws =)
    Lindsay xx

  5. What a fun mixed piece! And I agree with you on Dyan's faces. One for every mood!

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  6. This is a beautiful work of art! So happy you joined us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

  7. Oh my goodness! I ADORE this!I Those stamps are fabulous! I need to find them!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Shopping Our Stash this week!

  8. Thank you for entering the High Hopes challenge. Unfortunately you did not use a High Hopes stamp on your card so it does not qualify for the challenge. We will have a new challenge tomorrow if you would like to try to enter again using a High Hopes stamp.
    High Hopes Lead Designer

  9. fabby creation sweetie. Love this style. Looks amazing
    Big hugs
    Doreen xx

  10. This is captivating! Love what you've done with Dyan' stamps and I so hear you on how her sentiments resonate. Really glad to see your work!

  11. This is captivating! Love what you've done with Dyan' stamps and I so hear you on how her sentiments resonate. Really glad to see your work!

  12. Funky little piece!! Thank you for joining us at TioT, Cindy

  13. Great card! Love the glasses on that girl,lol. Great use of the colors.Thank you for joining us at LADYANNE'S PAPER CRAFTS.

  14. Looks like a lot of work went into creating this fantastic card. Thanks for joining us at Lady Anne's Paper Craft for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  15. Samara~I love Dyan's stamps & inks too. I have them but haven't tried to use them. You are much freer than me. I need to let go & just create. I love what you did & the colors are gorgeous. Thanks for joining in at Lady Anne's Paper Crafts Color Challenge #2. :) ~Patti

  16. Oh Samara, I love your work it is wonderfully inspiring but sadly it does not qualify for our challenge as you haven't linked it back to Lady Anne's I will leave it for the moment and see later if you have linked it up. Thank you so much for joining us and bringing your wonderful inspiring work to us all...
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

  17. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to join us at Lady Anne's properly sweetheart, your projects are stunning and I'm now one happy bunny *smiling*
    Lots of love ~ Lady Anne xx

  18. Fun, creative design.
    Blessing hugs,

  19. Fabulous mixed media creation you ahve made, I like all the little details and the colors! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  20. Gorgeous card , lots of work gone into this and it looks fabulous , well done ...Hugs Sue xx


My wish for you is a great day full of laughter! Samara x