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Friday, November 4, 2016

Time Flies!

Wow time flies when your not feeling well.  It's been quite awhile since my last post and I apologize.  I'm going through some health issues right now, and have been struggling getting anything done.  Art has always been my therapy.  I've had many health issues, and live with chronic pain.  It's not a life I chose, but a life that was forced on me by an inexperienced surgeon.  After 16 years, I'm still struggling.  I guess we all struggle, some different than others.  Creating art has been my salvation.  It continues to pull me through tough times, and sometimes you just have to force yourself to do it.  Even if I have no idea what to create, I force myself to at least add some paint to paper, or just doodle some designs.  Every little effort releases stress.  Give yourself permission to play.

Were all so worried that we have to make something that looks beautiful.  Something that others will judge, and hopefully come away liking what we do.  I'm here to say "so what"!  Who cares if anyone likes it?  Who cares if anyone sees what I create from my heart.  I don't create for others, I create for myself.  I blog for myself.  I don't care that I don't have very many followers on my blog, I'm just thrilled that I have more than 1!  It means the world to me that someone out there might relate to what I'm experiencing,  or that someone enjoys my artwork.  I hope some of you can relate, and I'll now get off my soap box.  Thanks for listening.  On to the art!

This is a piece that I created through the Brave Girls website at bravegirls.com. I was taking a class called Soul Restoration.  This is such a healing course.  Check it out if you could use a little help dealing with old, lingering issues holding you back.  I used a 5"x7" canvas panel I got at Michaels.  I then sprayed Ranger Dylusion's ink onto the canvas.  I like to take the lid off the spray and drop little drops of ink onto the canvas.  I then took modeling paste and swirled it on with my finger to look like flowers.  I let that dry, then applied purple acrylic paint to the swirls.   I then applied white acrylic paint to my finger and just brushed over the top of the flowers to highlight them.  I used a Martha Stewart stencil to apply the doilies. 

I  cut out the birds and butterfly, and applied them on top of the swirled flowers.  I applied washi tape to the top and bottom.  The course offered sayings to print and cutout, and I chose three that applied to me.  I attached these with glue.  I hope you all enjoy my latest creation.  Thanks for letting me share, and happy crafting!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Crafting Heaven

Hi everyone!!!!  Today I wanted to share a very cute collage that I did recently.  Of course I used my Julie Nutting stamps by Prima.  I think if you've seen any of my other blogs, you'll realize just how much I love those stamps!  Today I did something a little different, a steampunk theme.  Not everyone is into steampunk, but I definitely am.  My project started out with a 5x7 canvas mat board. I put a stencil down onto the canvas panel,and then used Ranger dye inks to spray onto the canvas.  Peel off the stencil, and bam!  Beautiful background.   I found these canvas panels at Michaels. 

I used an embossing folder with clocks on them to emboss onto yellow plastic.  Then I took brown chalk ink and highlighted the clocks with the ink.  It makes the clocks pop off the page.  I also embossed plain purple cardstock, which I then used ink again to bring out the definition.  Then I rubberstamped my image onto cardstock.  I colored her in with Copic markers.  I attached foam dots onto the back, in order to raise the image off the page.  Then I glued down some metal cogs, and a metal watch onto the right hand corner.  I sprayed a white flower with purple spray ink to help it match my design.  Then I applied Stickles glitter on the edges. I glued on a butterfly that I also added Stickles glitter to.  The word sayings are from Tim Holtz, that I used pop dots on.   I hope you all enjoy my latest creation, as I enjoyed sharing with you.  Thanks everyone!   Happy crafting!!!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!

I know I'm a little early, but not sure if I will have time to post this weekend.  I thought I'd share with you guys the cards that I made for the grandkids.  I've got four grandchildren, and every holiday I send them handmade cards.  They love to get their own mail, and I know their Mama has a special box for each one of them to save all their special cards in.  I love thinking that long after I'm gone they'll have a little piece of my heart with them forever.  I know that may sound corny, but I do put a lot of my feelings and love into my handmade cards.  Especially for the very, very special people in my life.  On with the sharing.

The first card has made a boy stamp made by Prima, by Julie Nutting. All the other children stamps were purchased from HSN, (I think)  For some reason I didn't write down the name of the company who manufactures these stamps.  I always write down the names, so I don't know why I didn't write it down this time.  Sorry guys.  If I can figure out who makes them, then I'll post it back on here later.  I'm sure some of you can relate to my brain fart!  Oh well.  Hope you like these cards, I know I enjoyed sharing them with you.  Happy crafting!!















Thursday, June 9, 2016

Heated Hello!

Good afternoon crafty friends!  I've been busy creating some cute guy cards lately, so I thought I'd share a couple.  I know it's been awhile since I posted, so I decided to show you a couple of cards today.  The first is one that I made for my grandson.  He turned 3, and is into monster trucks.  This card has a digital stamp from Kenny K designs.  One of the problems with digital stamps is that if you use your ink jet printer to print them out, then sometimes when you color them in they can tend to run.  I solve this by spraying them with a workable fixative by Grumbacher.  I found this at Aaron Brother's and used my 50% off coupon.  Then I colored the design in with copic markers.  The patterned paper is from Tim Holtz.  I used an embossing folder from Hot off the Press, to get the diamond plate design on grey cardstock.    The piston cup sticker is from a Cars sticker set that I found at Michaels.  The happy birthday stamp is from Anna Griffin and HSN.  I try and use very little embellishments with young children.  I put tons of glue on them, so in case they try and pull them off, they'll have a hard time.  I hope you enjoy this card, I know my grandson did!



Next is a card that I made for my son.  He's an avid dirt bike rider, and this is one of my favorite cards that I've made for him.  The  dirt bike sticker is from a sticker set I found in Michaels.  It was one that I've had for many years, so I'm not sure if they still have them or not, but I'm sure you can find something similar.  I hope you all enjoy these cards, and try and create some version of it yourselves!  Keep cool and happy crafting!!!!!





Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Crafting!

Hello!  Hope your all doing fantastic today!  I'm excited to share a cute card that I made for my Grandson for his birthday.  My passion is making crafts, but one of my ultimate favorites is card making.  I just love to give handmade cards to family and friends.  Everyone is always telling me that they hang onto every card I've made them, and that makes me feel good.  I love knowing that someone that I love and care about has a little piece of my heart to remind them of me.

Of course my other favorite is the paper doll stamps from Prima, which are made by Julie Nutting.  If you've seen my blog you'll know that I'm obsessed with these stamps.  It's very hard to make cards for guys, let alone young ones.  That's why I love these stamps.  They can apply to all ages and whether your male or female, there is a paper doll stamp that can relate.

The paper is from Hot off the Press.  The gears are from a die from Tim Holtz.  I cut out the gears out of silver glitter paper, then I backed the black gears with the glitter paper as well.  I colored in the boy stamp with Copic markers.  I'm still learning how to color with these special artist markers, but I do love the way they look.  They give so much dimension to your coloring.  I applied all this to a card blank that I got through a craft company that has shows on dishnetwork called Create and Craft.  I love their shows!  I have to stop myself from watching, because it never fails that I find something else that I can't live without.  Check them out, their from London and have only been on in the U.S. for a little over a year.  Just beware, you'll become addicted to their show very easily.  Now onto sharing my card.  Hope you all love it, and happy crafting!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Hi everyone!!  Hope all's well with all of you!  I'm doing good.  Better now that my arm is finally healed.  I've been busy working on a lot of various crafts.  I've been learning how to do draw whimsical ladies.  I've been taking online classes by Christy Tomlinson, Cathy Bluteau, Jane Davenport, and Tamara Laporte.  One of these days I'll post some pictures of my latest creations.  I've been practicing for about a year now.  I hear all the time from people that they could never do that.  Believe me when I say that I NEVER thought I could draw.  I just started watching youtube videos, and practicing a lot.  Low and behold I started to get a little better.  Not much, but a little.  At least twice a week I try and draw.  It's made such a difference.  All you need to do is practice!  I'm so proud of myself for trying.  I have to get that negative voice in my head to be quiet, because I'm my own worst critic.

On to the crafts!  Today I wanted to share another village collage that I did recently.  This is in the same style as another collage I did here a couple of months ago.  I took a class from Cathy Bluteau, called It Takes a Village.  She even has a free class once a month.  Love that!  I love her style.  You can find her at Cathyb.typepad.com.  My collage is done with a shabby chic look.  Most of the paper is from Die Cuts With a View.  Some of the pieces I used foam dots to add some dimension.  Then I highlighted everything with a black pen, and added extra doodling with a white pen.  I hope you like it!  Happy crafting!!!!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hello everyone!!!  Just a quick note to let you all see what I've been working on.  This is a lovely card that I made recently.  I'm not sure who makes the stamp, it is packed away in a box, and I have no desire to try and find it right now.  I'm pretty sure the umbrella is from K&Co.  I hope you all enjoy it.  Happy Crafting!!!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time sure flies.  Someday's I can't believe that all this time has passed.  Hope you all had great holidays.  Mine could have been better.  My son was in the hospital for a solid month throughout  all of the holidays in December, and January.  He was in intensive care for six days, and  it was terrifying.  Your life can change in an instant.  We all go about our days assuming that everyone that we love will be there tomorrow, and they just might not be.  Luckily my son pulled through.  He's in for a long rehab, but thank God it didn't turn out differently.  I did manage to do my homemade Christmas cards while balancing them on my lap.   I know in times of stress I don't know what I'd do without my artistic endeavors.  It is such a stress reliever.  It's how I've managed to stay sane throughout any stress, and throughout all my chronic pain issues.  Well on to crafting!

I know it's late, but I thought I'd share my Christmas card.  I'm a huge snoopy fan.  I saw this stamp and couldn't resist.  Hope you all like it!  I'll try and blog again in a couple of days.  Happy crafting!!