Saturday, February 4, 2017

A is for Art

Hi everyone, glad to be back with a quick and simple project, I made an Artist Trading Card (ATC) from a challenge created by Marta in her Facebook group called Maremi's Creative Café. She set out a challenge to create 52 small cards or ATC's, with each card having its own theme. There you will find so many fun and inspiring ways to create such small pieces of art. The size I'm using is  (2 1/4 x 3 1/2) same as Prima's alphabet cards, but you can use a deck of playing cards which is just a tad bigger or create your own. 

The first challenge is A for Art, you can use the word or just create something inspired by it. This challenge started about a month ago and it's now on E, but there is no rush as you create at your leisure, the point is to have fun with it. Hope can join in on the challenge, if you share your project be sure to add #52cafecards so it can easily be found. Incase you don't use Facebook, below I have posted the current themes.

Enjoy...



Current list to date:
A - Art
B - Bubbles
C - Coffee
D - Dragonfly
E - Eclipse


Have a fun and creative day!!!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Life is a gift...Celebrate

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a great start of the new year. It's been many years since I've created a layout, so what better way to start off my year than to create a "mixed media" layout. I love to follow many challenge blogs, as they can give so much inspiration and many creative ideas on what one can do to start off the next project. I have always worked best when challenged, be it home life, work life or just creating in general, for me challenges are a great way to expand my creativity in many diverse ways.

I absolutely love the freshness of a new snowfall, the scenery is always so beautiful. While going for a nice walk around the neighborhood, I couldn't help but stop to take this lovely photo of my husband and our most adorable pup "Dallas". What better way to celebrate...than to celebrate life with those we love and the wondrous beauty of Mother Nature.

Enjoy...


















Challenges

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Have a fun, be creative and enjoy the new year!!!



Saturday, December 24, 2016

Snowflake Tag/Ornament and Giveaway

Hello everyone, time for a project share and a double giveaway. I had mentioned that I wanted to do a giveaway before Christmas, cutting it close but here we are! :)  In the meantime, I am happy to say I have since reached just over 1000 subscribers on YouTube, so what better way to celebrate than to do a double giveaway. To enter the giveaway, all you will need is to be a subscriber of my YouTube channel, like and comment...the winners will be chosen at random and announced sometime in late January, good luck!!!

Meanwhile, I've been mad crazy trying to get so much done before heading out to visit my oldest son, who is so hosting his first Christmas Dinner, so happy and excited to say the least...the fact the I had time to make this post was a miracle, lol. With that said, he wants to start a little tradition, for every year he hosts a Christmas dinner, he wants me to make him a new ornament for his tree. Such a wonderful idea.

Well I thought it would be nice to add a bit of a twist. I wanted to make it more personal by creating the ornament as a chipboard tag first and attaching it to his gift with our sentiment on the back, which in turn he can use the tag as the ornament for his tree. The chipboard "mdf" is from a small circle mini album that I haven't used in forever... it's light, yet sturdy enough to last through time.

Enjoy...


















Giveaway #1


 Giveaway #2


Supplies:
Chipboard/Mdf ~ tag and letters
Gesso
Prima/Finnabair ~
Soft gel, 3d matte gel and Sculpture Medium
Metalique arylic paint ~ Rich Turquoise and Steampunk Copper
Mica ~ Frozen Lake
Glass Beads ~ Turquoise
Art Stones and Mini art Stones
Dylusions ink spray ~ White Linen
Liny's Stamp Gang Golden Angel Wings
Stampendous "Frantage Encrusted Jewels" ~ Golden Sand
Tim Holtz Big Die ~ #660040 Layered Snowflake and Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz big Die ~ #660052 Stacked Snowflake (use embossing folder on these too)
Timeless Twine ~ Ivory
Cheesecloth (use with sculpture medium for depth between snowflakes)
Golden and Brown/Copper small Jingle Bells



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I do want to thank you all for your kind words and support. 

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and safe travels!!!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I am honored to be today's guest designer for Scrap Africa, such a fun blog with monthly challenges, wonderful inspiration and tutorials...be sure to stop by and check it out.

I love the first snowfall as the new winter season begins...which set off my inspiration, and using the mood board below, I made a Christmas winter mixed media canvas.  Love playing with lots of texture and different elements, please enjoy the video tutorial I posted below.

Enjoy... 


December's mood board challenge at Scrap Africa



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Have a great day!!!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall Home Decor - Turquoise Pumpkin

Hello everyone... so happy to be back after a long over due break. Between vacations and being under the weather (still in the midst of recouping), it feels great to return to my studio, sit and have some fun. In the process of working on some fun Christmas projects, including some giveaways, so stay tuned.

With that said, the Fall season is still here and for today's project, I decided to create some "Fall" home décor. I was challenged to create my very first mood board and to share my creative process and ability to design around it...such a great and fun idea. As I enjoy this beautiful fall weather, I created a mood board based around it.

Living in Pennsylvania, I get to enjoy all the different climate changes for each season, Fall being one my favorite's. Love the crisp cool sweater weather, the smell of fresh baked pies and gorgeous scenery of the mountains. Typically I don't use turquoise in my fall décor, "not sure why" as it's a beautiful contrast and I use it in my den, with that in mind and using the mood board, I created a turquoise pumpkin.

Still incorporating the typical Fall elements, like pumpkins, rustic/distressed woods and orange candles, I thought, why not incorporate some "beach like" elements on the pumpkin that could work for some who live near the coastal beaches and/or warmer climate areas.

I used the various colors of turquoise and teal to create the distressed look of the pumpkin...I created "treasures" of  turquoise and amber crystals, gold and copper sparkly glitter, various colors of micro beads with some teal mica flakes, a"coral like" Fall leaf and the "seaweed like" leafy sprays that can easily be found near any beach.

Enjoy...


My Fall Mood Board...
Some of the lovely fall photos are by photographer Carl Christensen.


Be sure to check out the video
for a quick tutorial and close some up photos.


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Have a great day!!!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Moments in Time

Hi all, happy to announce that once again I am a guest designer for Frilly and Funkie, as always, it is such a pleasure. This weeks challenge is hosted by Pamellia and the challenge theme is "Things with Wings"... create any vintage or shabby chic project with something that has wings. It can be butterflies, bees, dragonflies, whatever you can think of.

For my project I decided to do a shabby chic tag using purple, which is one of my least favorite colors to work with, but I just fell in love with the harlequin paper. For the wings challenge I chose to go with birds, I used the larger tag (#10) which would accommodate the clock, flowers and 2 birds that I knew I wanted to use. For the clock piece I used Scrapiniec decorative chipboard, I really love how a lot of their chipboard pieces are layered.

Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog, join in on the challenge and check out some awesome inspiration from the design team.

Enjoy...



Have a great day!!!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Inspirational Butterfly Tag

Hi everyone, hope you're all having an enjoyable summer. Today I am happy to announce the I am the guest designer for Berry71Bleu's Challenge Blog... it's truly an honor, thank you Denise and the team for having me on.

This month's mood board is "Summer Hideaway" which is posted below...and my take on this month's challenge is more of a last hoorah to Summer. Change is near with the new fall season just ahead and with summer coming to an end, I thought it perfect to create an inspirational tag using some beautiful butterflies and perfect wording from Dylusions stamps... "what appears to be the end is usually the start of a new beginning".

Love these colors, by far my favorite color combo, with my favorite color yellow being at the top... I can't tell you how thrilled I was to use them in my tag. I have a video tutorial with a complete supply list posted below. Be sure to stop by Berry71Bleu's Challenge Blog for much more inspiration and have some fun by joining in on the challenge too!

Enjoy...






Video tutorial...


Have a great day!!!


Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Journey" Canvas and Mixed Media Giveaway

Hi everyone, happy to be back with another project and some great news. It's time for a giveaway and let me tell this is an awesome giveaway...I'm calling it a "Mixed Media start up kit". The reasoning behind it was to put almost everything and anything you would need for a mixed media project. I have a video posted below and you will see enough goodies to make all kinds of projects. For your chance to win, visit my YouTube channel... you must subscribe, like and comment on the video posted below...good luck!!!

If you missed out or didn't win the giveaway, don't fret as I plan on doing a couple more giveaways before the year is up.

Also today I have a project that I call "Journey" by the sea. I made this for this weeks Frilly and Funkie challenge...BY THE SEA and Deco Arts challenge...Under The Sea. For this project I used all kinds of fun embellishments, stencils, Prima and Petaloo flowers and a cute little resin seahorse by Prima, I painted it using some Deco Art paints in blues, greys, browns and white, super adorable. I also used Finnabair's rusting pastes for the corner pieces and Milange art pebbles for the water drops. All and all a ton of fun to make.

Enjoy...





Hard to see on the project,
but there's a Prima resin frame
under the seahorse.









Have a great day!!!