Saturday, February 6, 2016

Advice from a snowman

I just love the IndigoBlu FlitterGlu kits and just love how well it did on the Rain Droplets stamp, which in my case I used it as snow...yes, we have snow again in the forecast....wheeee....lol...I have snow on the brain, have I mentioned I love snow?

One of my friends, however, does not, so that means I love sending her snow cards, lol

Advice from a snowman:
Be a jolly, happy soul
Spend time outdoors
Stay cool
It's OK to be a little bottom heavy
Be well rounded
Avoid meltdowns
Embrace change


Entering my card in IndigoBlu's January Anything Goes Challenge ( using stamps )

Friday, February 5, 2016

March Hare

Today starts the Alice Through the Looking Glass video art crawl on youtube. I am honored to be amongst some fabulous artists over there and I do hope you join us. Pour yourself a cup of tea and watch our videos. 
Now the Alice in Wonderland people will immediately get the cup of tea reference, especially with the March Hare who loves his tea time with the Mad Hatter! I will admit to you my blog readers that I did not...and I also was confused with the March Hare and the White Rabbit! Seriously, I didn't realize that there were 2 rabbits in the story but after my research I do now!! lol

...and yes, I got the craziest one.....
lol


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sending sunshine is easy

Entering my card in


 I love beautiful papers like this one from the Indigoblu Floral Vignettes - Mixed Media Paper Pad because all I had to do was sew some french knots in the sunflowers for some dimension.  I also added some pen work around the edges of the card with my Signo Uniball pen and my Micron pen. The sentiment was printed out on my computer and then cut out.
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I love easy! Don't you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Birthday Pierson!

My grand nephew turned 2...Happy birthday Pierson!
I made him a special birthday card to coordinate with his under the sea theme birthday party that he had...more pictures to come of that later but for now, you can pop over to the Helmar blog today to check out his card. 


Book lovers magnet

Hey ya'll, this is my first post up over on the Creative Paperclay blog!
I do hope you get a chance to pop over there and see my project, especially if you were thinking of getting into Creative Paperclay for the first time and wondered how hard can it be to use. Well, I am the ULTRA beginner and if I can do it then you can too!

Here's a sneak peek and I have a video step out tutorial for those with any questions!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gelli newsprint

We had a major (for us anyway) snowstorm...I guesstimated 14 inches here, that was done by standing in the snow and then coming back inside to measure how tall my UGH boots are, where the snow came over my boots and how much I probably compressed the snow...very scientific process. Would have been easier had I bought out my ruler with me but this seemed to be ...more me... since I don't measure anything anyway...lol

And what's the best thing to do on a snowy day? Make art of course!
 I am playing today with
 Carolyn Dube's Use Something that would be thrown away January challenge.
For a mixed media artist and anyone that practices recycling means it's not hard to find something to use. I chose newsprint because 1. it's a recyclable item and 2. I've never used it with my Gelli plate. 

I also made a stamp to use ( I love making Gelli plate stamps and stencils, don't you?
This one I created by drawing a flower on some corrugated cardboard and then carved away some of the areas with my exacto knife. I also lifted up that first layer in some areas to show the corrugation pattern and used my Silent Setter to punch some holes through the middle of the flower.

I figured I should get 2 entries since I also used Cardboard which would have been thrown away....what do you think Carolyn? lol

I knew going into this project that the newspaper was very thin and might stick but was happily surprised that it didn't tear on me. I did pull it off slowly and gently so keep that in mind if you decide to try it. Personally, I loved how it looked with the text peeping through the painted layer.

Awesome, right? Here is a close up of the square print that I made.

I took this sheet and used it to cover the back to my journal, you can see the front of my journal here in this post. I think the black go well together.

One tip, let the paper dry thoroughly before using your exacto knife to cut around the eyelet so your paper doesn't tear.

And my favorite view of my journal...lol 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pantones colors of the year

Wow, I've never heard so much uproar over Pantones color choices as I did this year. Pantone always defends their color choices and this year you have 2 reasons why to use this palette.
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#1
"As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace"
or choose this one... 

#2
"Pantone hopes to shatter stereotypes and promote gender equality. We get it: Pantone probably thinks that by presenting two colors with such culturally ingrained associations,  it’s giving people the chance to challenge those norms. Pink razors for men! Blue razors for women! And fair enough—it’s an admirable goal, if a little derivative ."

Whatever the reason you choose and whether or not to choose to create anything in this color range it totally up to you, but our group - Creative Arts Collaboration has a slew of art videos to watch of artists creating something from this particular palette. Hundreds of artists will come together to create a video art festival showcasing winter art themed in every visual and craft media.
Come and watch!
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