Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Letters to Lauren

I have a four month old granddaughter. Even though she lives in Phoenix and I live in Michigan, I have been traveling to see her almost every month. She is growing so quickly! Thank goodness for facetime when we are not there.

I had seen a story on line where a grandfather kept a journal for his granddaughter. I thought that was an amazing idea so I started Letters to Lauren. After each visit, I  write her a letter. I share how much she has grown, what she has learned, what we did and more. I wanted some place special to keep these letters so I decorated a plain pencil box.

I had the perfect papers to use - Mix and Match Sugar and Spice Pad from CanvasCorpBrands 

Mix & Match Pad - Sugar & Spice

First I gave the box two coats of paint. I also added a thin coat of Vanilla over the Pink.

I started building the layers on the top, beginning with the  Baby Girl Quotes and a banner from the It's a Girl Sampler 

Baby Girl Quotes on Ivory PaperBaby Girl: It's A Girl Sampler on Ivory Paper

Ribbon added texture and I cut out her initials from the Pink and Ivory Baby Girl Alpha
 and backed it with black corrugated paper

Baby Girl: Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha Paper

To finish it, I created a cluster around one of the quotes in the paper pad

I could not leave the inside plain. I again used the quote paper, ribbon and another quote.  Pink Polka Dot paper finishes the inside.

I included a tag which is titled "What I Want For You" which sums up my feelings perfectly. 

I have three letters in here so far and will be adding another at the end of August.

I am not including a photo of my adorable granddaughter because I am honoring my daughter's wishes not to post any baby photos on line. You will just have to believe me when I say she is the cutest!

I you have enjoyed this special project! I cannot wait to give it to Lauren when she is older!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Keeping Cool

Our air conditioner broke last night, so I am trying to keep cool but doing winter crafts! Not sure it is working:)

I saw a challenge over at Mixed Up Blog

The challenge was to create a mixed media project  using cork. I remembered I had a 4 x 4 inch piece of cork in my stash. So I grabbed it and made a snowman ornament.

I used texture paste for his face. His hat is made from sheet music. I stenciled his nose and mouth using punchinella. I added embossing and stamping to the background which has a faint layer of gelatos. 

Thanks for such a fun challenge!
Thank you for visiting and your kind words!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wishing You

A freind in our art group was having a birthday so I painted this for him. 
Saw the image online but I did not save the information to reference it. My apologies to about that.

Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Out of my Comfort Zone

This mixed media piece really had me thinking and took me right out of my comfort zone.

I am participating in a Facebook challenge at AALL $& CREATES. The first challenge is Europe.  I saw this great quote "Visit Europe to see the living past"  and was taken back to our tour of Italy two years ago. All I could think as I looked at the important buildings, ruins, gardens was of the people who lived here - the great philosophers, the writers, the artists and more. They stood where we did. They looked out at the country side like we did.  The depth of their history is hit me like a ton of bricks. America is so young in comparison.

I knew my focal point would be the Architextures Treasurers Weathered Lady Statue from Canvas Corp Brands
Treasures - Weathered Lady Statue
This was the exact feel I wanted.

I collaged pages from a book of Shakespeare's plays. To this I added layers of washi tape, texture paste, stenciling, mist and more. At one point I washed it off and started over.  I have learned to step back, take a breath and keep at it. I finally had a composition I liked so finished it up.

Challenge 1 - Europe

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Sharing this with Paint Party Friday!

 Supplies used include  7 Gypsies Wanderlust Paper, Simply Sheer Vintage Blue, Glimmer Mist Tattered Leather - CanvasCorpBrands

My thanks to each of you for inspiring me!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beach Babes

Our granddaughter LOVES the pool. Was happy to watch her and my daughter together enjoying the water!

Joining in on CSI

Here is my layout

I always enjoy these challenges which seem to make me think outside the box!

I flipped the sketch.

I have blurred the baby's face to follow my daughter's wishes of not posting baby photos on line.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! You should check out CSI!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crawling is for Babies

When we last saw our granddaughter in July, she was only 3 months old. Even then she was rolling all over the floor, sitting in her activity chair, and standing on her feet. She wanted to take steps as my husband held her. We laughed about it and said "crawling is for babies" I knbew those were photos I would have to scrap.

I used this sketch from over at Sketchnscrap
Layout Sketches due August 31st

And here is my layout

Per my daughter's wishes, I have blurred the baby's face. 

Thanks for visiting and checking out all of my scrapping of the baby! I appreciate your kind words. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Red White & You

I was able to be with my granddaughter for her first 4th of July. We had a fun day just her parents, her and I. Of course, we had to take pics! I wanted to scrap it and am using this sketch

from StuckSketches.

Here is my layout

I pulled out some very old Little Yellow Bicycle papers for this! (Per my daughter's wishes, her face is blurred out. Thank you for understanding)

She had on a shirt titled Little Miss Independence.

Making Embellishments

I am up today at Helmar sharing how to make your own embellishments - in this case flowers!


Would love for you to visit me there!

Beyond Excited

In my last post I talked about finding my niche as I experiment and try to find an artistic style that I feel comfortable in. Well, at the last minute, I completed a painting for an art call by Clearprint. The challenge was for layers, so I made my string art flowers on the top side of the paper and painted underneath.

LOOK ------ I was one of the top 5 chosen!!!

It is on Facebook as well!

While I still may not be sure of my niche this has given a small boost of confidence. 

Thank you to all who are journeying with me and for all of you who have inspired me!  You may not know it, but I learn and grow from all of you!

Thank you for letting me share! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Finding my Niche

This all begins with a long story................................

Two years ago I lost my job as the result of a downsizing. I wasn't sure what the next steps would be for me career wise as I was not too far from retirement. I ended up taking a beginning painting class through the local community education. For all my life, I have been the non artistic twin. My mom, who painted beautiful oil paintings, passed the art gene to my twin. I got math and science from my dad. All my life I struggled whenever anything involved paint or drawing. But, I had seen something called mixed media and thought maybe with this art class class, that is something I could do.

The class was actually not all that helpful but I did start creating mixed media canvases. I was encouraged to join the local art group and attended my first show/sale. To my surprise I sold some! I have continued making and selling for the past year. But, I am still struggling with being a "real" artist. I keep experimenting and playing with mediums to find something that I feel is me.

So I saw this online and decided to try. It is string art which apparently is actually a very old technique. But, new to me. I played, experimented, and wasted a lot of paper. I had this canvas which I had covered with paint (another failed experiment) and took the string to it.

So what do you think? I kind of like this technique. And it is something different from my mixed media. The fun part is every time I do it, the design changes. I will be bringing some of these canvases and paintings to the next show/sale.

Thank you for letting me share and for visiting! I appreciate your kind words more than you know. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thank you for being so sweet

A little thank you card. Tis the season for watermelon!
A great way to use scraps!I painted the seeds.

Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge - Food or Drink.
Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Toes in the Water

My ATC for Grumbacher's 53rd ATC exchange. The theme is Song Interpretation.

I tend to over think my projects and still struggle trying to find my niche. I guess more practice is the key!
Adding this to PaintPartyFriday.

I used Sakura Koi Watercolors available here at Oriental Trading. I am a beginner painter and these paints are very good for me. I used a palette and added dabs of each color. I rewet as needed. The colors are vibrant and spread easily.   

Disclosure - these paints were provided to me by Oriental Trading but the opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thank you

One type of card I make quite a few of  is Thank You cards. My go to lately has been any kind using watercolors.

I received this set of Watercolors from Oriental Trading

Sakura Koi Watercolor Set of 12

I decided to make my own set of watercolors using this palette which I had. This way the paints can be more easily available. The dollop of watercolor on the tray will dry. To use at another time just spritz with water to reactivate.

Here are two different cards I made using my set of Watercolors.

I generously applied paint to the paper. Once I had it the way I wanted, I covered the paper with cling wrap and let it dry. The result is this gorgeous pattern.

For the second card, I stamped the image and then filled in with the watercolor paints. I purposely kept it loose. 

Adding these to PaintPartyFriday.

Stay tuned as I work more with these paints! 

Disclosure - the Paints were provided to me by Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To the Moon and Back

For those who don't know, and I don't know how you could have missed this, but I have a new granddaughter! She is 3 months old. Unfortunately she lives far away in Phoenix but I am lucky enough to get out to see her every month or so.

I love creating home decor projects for her room. When I saw this canvas, I knew it was something I would like to do for her.

Here is a link to it at Oriental Trading

 Image result for american crafts love you to the moon

These canvases have a design already on them. Once you apply your paint , the design shows through.

Working with Koi Watercolors, I started the background with a soft layer of blue.

I continued adding blues and then some purples. Yellow and gold for the stars.

I thought the finished canvas needed some embellishments before hanging. Here is my finished canvas. Perfect for my granddaughter's room!

 Here is a close up. These canvases are such a joy to work with! I have learned not to use too much water and not to overwork the canvas. But it is really fun and I love the results!

 Thank you for visiting! I appreciate your kind words!

If you are interested in these products or any of the other 40,000 items available at Oriental Trading, here is where you can shop!

Disclosure - products were provided for my review. All opinions are my own!

Adding this to SimonSays Work it Wednesday!

Friday, July 14, 2017

At the Lake

I will be selling my canvases at the Rogue River Artists Summer Market tomorrow.

Here is one of my new ones

I painted the background then added layers of paper, stamps, texturepaste. etc.

Adding this to Paintpartyfriday

Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your kind words!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Color Reveal Frame

It has been a busy year for me because my daughter was pregnant and had a baby! I have been back and forth to Phoenix visiting them. One special event was for her baby shower. I had a lovely photo of her that I wanted to frame.

I saw a frame at Oriental Trading that I thought would be perfect. It is a Marble Watercolor frame from American Crafts. There is a masked and gold design on the paper. You add your own watercolor to create the frame you want.

I started with a light application of red.

I decided that was too light so waited until it dried and added darker tones. I continued the process until I got the effect I wanted.

 I also added flowers and a tag to complete the project. I love the way it came out!

Here is a close up.

I had fun personalizing this to the colors I wanted. I did learn that you need to be careful not to get the product too wet and it is best to let it dry between layers.

Want to give this a try? Head on over to Oriental Trading to shop for frames, watercolors and so much more!

Disclosure - I was sent this product to review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Projects in the works.

Have you ever heard of Oriental Trading Company?

I am partnering with them and here is the unboxing of what I will be working with.

My apologies for the sideways video!
So stay tune as I put these products to use! Here is a link to Oriental Trading which I hope you will visit and check out their wonderful catalog of products!

Disclosure - Oriental Trading has sent me products to review but all opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Day at the Lake

Working on a few mixed media canvases for an upcoming show.

Paper, paint, stamps, mist, texture paste, etc.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words!

Coming Soon

I feel like I should have one of those Coming Soon Marquees!!

I hope you will stay tuned for some new projects using these lovely supplies

Have you heard of Oriental Trading Company? Did you know that in addition to Party Supplies they have Toys and Games, Teacher Supplies and CRAFTS!!!!

Check out the great products and deals and come back here in a week or two when I share some of my projects using these supplies!!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Toes in the Water

My granddaughter had her first experience with the pool. They dunked her toes. Sorry for the redness of the photos - they were under a red umbrella.

I used this sketch from Stuck?!Sketches

Here is my layout

I really mixed things up with supplies! I added washi tape, mists, texture paste, chipboard, etc.

Adding this to Simon Says Work it Wednesday!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Live Love and Laugh

Our granddaughter is such a happy baby. She loves to laugh! I bought these blocks so her mom can take a photo every day:) And she has! This was at 63 days - she is now 75 days! I used the Stick it Down sketch.

And here is my layout

Sorry for the flower over her face. My daughter does not want me posting photos of the baby on line and I am abiding by her wishes. 

Tried to use lots of tags and die cuts for this.

Thanks for stopping by!

Reach for the Stars

I have been creating for an upcoming show/sale in July. I was inspired by a card I saw and recreated it on a canvas. I used paper from a children's book for the moon, a wood star and a bear made out of canvas.

I think it came out cute.

Adding this to Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog where I chose #26 Reach for the Stars!

My timing was perfect for this! This is a great blog with wonderful inspiration! I hope you check it out.