Welcome back everybody!! Well today's blog post is something special. It's back to school week here in Amarillo and you know what that means....back to school pics on Facebook. Lol! I do love seeing all your precious angels but an amazing idea came to mind. What are the parents feeling? So...I created a challenge on Facebook asking the parents to turn the camera on themselves. I wanted to see how they were feeling about the kids going back to school. The replies were amazing. Everybody really started having fun with this challenge. I offered a free 12 x 12 layout to the top five vote getters. Here are a few of the winners. As I finish their layouts I will post those pics. I want to thank everybody that participated. It was a blast to host. I can't wait to figure out what my next challenge will be. Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!
Monday, August 18, 2014
Welcome back! Well this is something new for me. Along with my friend Prissy we joined in on the fun with Krazy Island Studios. I don't know why but this was both a nerve racking and exciting group to join. I still have some problems sharing my projects with people especially those I don't know. I guess I still fear the judgement of my work. I still wonder if it's good enough. I know I'm harder on me than anyone else but still scares me to wonder what a stranger thinks of my projects. One great thing about this event is it is made up of artist and crafters of all levels. I stepped outside my box and told myself just to have fun. I've got some feedback from some members and they all have been so kind. Guess I didn't have anything to worry about. They separated us into groups of five and you mail an ATC to each member of your group. These are cards I mailed out using the theme Summer Lovin'. I used a stamped image from Bombshell Stamps. Thought she was the perfect image to reflect our Texas flair. Background on cards made using my gelli plate, it was my first attempt at doing this and overall I was very pleased. I definitely want to try this again. Now I can sit make and wait for my ATC cards to start coming in. I can't wait to see what my other members have to share. Thanks for stopping by! Please come back by and check out more of my projects.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Hey everybody!! This is the latest canvas piece. I absolutely love the way it came out. Mixed media is my obsession. I did go outside my box a little on this piece. First I cut this image from a magazine to use as a template for my piece. I create this pleated skirt which is a new technique for me, and I can't believe how real the dress looks. The biggest challenge was I actually drew my own hair! I've been practicing and I think, I hope I'm improving. Lol! This piece means a lot to mean since I did try so many new techniques. It so great when you see yourself progressing in your craft. I'm getting the title artist and that's still hard to hear sometimes, but also very heart warming. I'm getting some great feedback on this piece. Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by! Till next time.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Good morning! Welcome back! This was a special order project. Emily is a nurse that works with me at my full time job. She recently found out her husband got a promotion at his job and they are having to move. She ordered this frame for her BFF. Emily has really liked the look of my mixed media projects so I knew this would be included on this order for sure. Looking through the pics I could tell they loved to just have a good time. I wanted this to come out in this project. I included all hand made flowers, some great items from Maya Road and some tiny tidbits of mixed media with stamps, metal and modeling paste. I really never have a clear idea of how these are going to come together. These shadow boxes just seem to take on a life of their own. This is the reason they are some of my favorite projects. Emily told me her friend loved it which made my day. Here's to wishing the best of luck to Emily and her family in their next adventure! Thanks for stopping by! Till next time!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Welcome back everybody! Here are just some things that came out of the craft studio. Prissy came into town and we decided to spend one day in the studio. We had so much fun and Prissy shared lots of creative info with me. It was blast! We decided to do an on the spot swap. We each took a 5x7 cardboard canvas and just played. I created the top canvas with my new Dyan Reaveley stamp and I absolutely love it. Prissy did some amazing work too. I love all the shading, and my favorite part is how she altered the vine stamp. She is a true artist in her own right. I proudly have her piece on display in my craft studio. It now helps to get my creative juices flowing. Definitely stay tuned because I have some fun projects coming up.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I'm so excited to show this project! My awesome friend Prissy came up with the best idea! She was really interested into checking into doing some project swaps with different art groups but didn't know if she was disciplined enough to really do it. I told her I had been wondering the same thing about myself because I to had been checking out groups. Great minds think alike....lol! So....she came up with the idea of us swapping traveling journals with each other just to see if we could really do it. She started us off by creating her journal then mailing hers and my empty journal for my turn. What great fun! I created my cover and first inside page then I designed a page in her book. She came into town this past week and I was able to give them to her. We got so excited we have now signed up for our first ATC swap. Our journals have traveled back to Prissy's. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. We both know we are going to have a book full of treasures when we are done. I couldn't imagine doing this with anyone else. I call her my mentor and craft goddess...lol! She always teaches me so much and gets my creative juices flowing. Stay tuned to see book evolve! Thanks for stopping by! Till next time!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I created this one of a kind canvas piece for my friends who just released their fourth CD. The group is called HoneyHouse and they are a fabulous group of ladies with a true talent. If you haven't heard them please check them out. They sing from the soul and I think that's what touches me artistically. This quote can be found on the inside jacket of the new CD. I always find it crazy how I can see something and instantly the picture pops in my head. That is what happened here. I'm trying to challenge myself more by doing some sketching which I did on the background. I also drew hair for the first time and am amazed it came out ok. I gave this girl some Texas hair....big! Lol! I presented this to the group at their CD release party and they loved it. There was tears and lots of hugs. I'm so glad this came together like it looked in my head. I have more projects coming. Thanks for coming by!