Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy New Year ~ almost!!

Well, Christmas was wonderful. I enjoyed my grandchildren immensely as well as my son and daughter-in-law. We laughed and told stories...what fun!!! It was truly magical and to add to the festive occasion, we had snow! Hope you all had a blessed and magical holiday too!
I continue with my project with Karen Gartel's class and added images to the background papers that we made. I chose to use Zetti images. I just love them. They add so much whimsy!

I have to add text and borders next so I will keep you posted when they are finished. Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2008

6 Days!!!

Six days until Christmas! I can hardly believe it. As I sit here waiting for my kids to come in from out of town, I am amazed and how quickly this year has passed. It has been a terrific year and hey, I even started blogging!! Next year promises to be just as amazing. I am all ready to take Pam Carriker's Journaling class. I have so wanted to be able to start journaling. So this is my opportunity.
I have taken a new class online with Karyn Gartel and so far it has been informative and fun. We are working right now on doing backgrounds. And as a mixed media collage artist; this I need.

This is an example of what I have been working on. As you can see they are soft and multi-layered.

Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holidays season with friends and family. Things will get so hectic, don't know if I will get a chance to write until after Christmas.

Be well dear ones and thanks for visiting.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Two new holiday girls

I am sitting here at the computer all snuggled up. It is really snowing outside and I am not a fan of the white stuff. Though it is pretty to look at. But just look...LOL!!!
Wanted to share a couple new projects that I have been working on. I have been playing with a "star" theme.

"Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket" la la la la laaaa te da da Anyway...I digresss! The title is "Catch a falling star". I used grungeboard for her hair and buttons for her pearls. A vintage piece of lace for her bodice. And lots of stars from a vintage book (the writing that is) The shapes were just cut out from the pages.
This next piece I just finished.

"When you wish upon a star...Makes no difference who you areeeeeee........a little off key but you get the idea. "Wish upon a star", is this one. You can just make it out...the title that is...on the snow field. I used grunge board letters to make the title...wooden house shapes for the outside houses. Buttons and sequins on their dresses. And butterflies here and there.
Hope you enjoy these latest offerings. I may list them on eBay...still debating.
Have a great week and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Lovely Blog Award

Funky Siren nominated my blog for this award. How honored I feel. Especially since her blog is so wonderful and inspiring to read. She even offers workshops. A definite must visit.
This award has some strings...but they are fun strings. Post a link to my blog on yours along with this award and then you must nominate others. See!! Fun!!!

Part of this award is to nominate seven other bloggers and their sites. So here it goes:

Artsnark Artifacts - wonderful blog and beautiful ETSY shop

Living Out Loud - So inspiring

Mind Wide Open - offers wonderful competitions

A Fanciful Twist - must see

Isabella Blue - wonderful art work

Paper Cat Designs - amazing paper art

Funky Siren - fabulous

You can visit their sites by clicking on the badges I have within this blog. Each and everyone of them will inspire you and take you to that creative place we all long to reach. I can only hope that mine takes you there as well.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Mind Wide Open Challenge

The image that Gail choose to use this time was so haunting. I just had to work with it. Thought I would stretch myself and do a little "steampunk". That was a challenge too! The prompt word for this piece was "Beginnings".
I copied the picture and applied it to a masonite board. For the prompt word, I choose a dragonfly symbolizing re- birth or new beginnings. The home is also for beginning of her life; where she was born. The sunflower grows where the soil has been disturbed. So it too signifies a beginning. New earth being tilled.

The gears and buttons signify a coming of an age and she is "Daddy's Doll". She is the first born and is the beginning of the family.
I used pastel chalks, transparencies, brass gears, and porcupine quills, handmade paper, lace and buttons. I love using the quills...they added much needed texture to the piece.
I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did working on it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I am so thankful.....

To have such fabulous friends and wonderful family. I have been truly blessed!
One week before Thanksgiving, my granddaughter, Georgia Rose, came to stay with me. What fun we had!! She and I decided on an art project and it took us about three days, with generous breaks for snacks and such, to complete them.

They are our Christmas cones and make perfect ornaments. So easy to make too!! You take a 5" x 5" piece of decorative paper and make a cone. Then make sure you cut the top to be level. You end up with a 4 1/2" tall cone, approximately. Cut out pretty ladies or children from your vintage photo files and attach wings to them. We used butterfly wings. Then attach to cone. Add ribbons and bows on each side and fill with shredded paper. Wa la! Christmas ornaments!!

So pretty too!! Needless to say, we had a blast! And I hope you give this a try and share your Christmas ornaments as well.

Hope your holidays were bright and cheery, with lots of pumpkin pie!! LOL Well of course, whip cream!!