December 31, 2009

Happy 2010!

Happy New Year!
PNG File
For your artful pleasure!

May your New Year be happy and healthy. May it be filled to overflowing with good friends, joyful memories, laughter, discovery and artful journeys. May you see through the eyes of a child, and may your heart be filled with peace, love and gratitude.

May 2010 be filled with many blessings for you and yours!

December 28, 2009

"Beautiful Dreamer"

"Beautiful Dreamer"
6 1/2" x 4 1/2" Collage
(Click on a butterfly to see the details!)

Although there's been precious little time spent in the studio lately, I managed to make time to finish this last piece of the year for a "Dreamers" swap. Given the same subject, it always amazes me to see each artist's interpretation of a theme.

May all of your dreams come true!

Credits: Image of the dreamer - Becky @; crown, borders and "create"heart - Marsha @ TumbleFishStudio - Etsy; assorted butterflies from Dover Publications.

December 24, 2009

Christmas Wishes

"The First Glimpse"
From the Library of Congress
(For your artful pleasure!)

To all of my dear friends and visitors, I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas filled with peace and love. May your homes be filled with the joy and laughter of family and good friends, and may you have many wonderful memories of this beautiful season.

Warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2009

Christmas Cheer!

Bob Dylan like you've never seen him before. Hope this brings a bit of Christmas cheer and a chuckle too!

Party On!

December 19, 2009

"The Imp"

"The Imp"
(Click on a snowflake to see the details!)

I had plenty of inspiration from my family for this Sunday Postcard Art challenge of "Christmas". Especially at this time of the year, when our daughter was young she'd poke her curious nose into every tiny nook and cranny looking for a stash of hidden presents. (Yup! We DID get her to admit it!)

When she was lucky enough to find the treasures, she'd peel away the wrapping paper painstakingly to take a quick peek. Then, she'd meticulously re-wrap the packages to make them look as though they had never been touched. No wonder my husband's nickname for her was "Imp!"


Holiday Wishes

Heartfelt wishes for a wonderful Christmas filled with many blessings. May your day be filled with peace and love; and may your celebrations be filled with the laughter and joy of good friends and family. Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a season of joy & peace!

Credits: Patterned border - TumbleFish Studio; Santa hat & poinsettia - Lisa's Altered Art

December 18, 2009

A Question & Freebies

A Vintage Santa
For your artful pleasure!
(PNG File)

Quick question: Why does Santa get all of the credit, when it's dear Mrs. Claus who's been gathering the gifts, sending the cards, wrapping the presents and cooking and cleaning for the big day?

It's not that I'm complaining, and I know it's a rhetorical question. However, since I'm up to my ears in last minute Christmas preparations, I can't help but ask. I guess the old saying, "It takes a woman to do a man's job" is true! LOL!

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Mrs. Claus
Merry Christmas to All!

A PNG File
& A JPEG File

Here's hoping that your preparations are almost complete and that your sense of humor is still intact!

December 16, 2009

"The Naughty Elf"

"Naughty Elf!"
4"x6" Collage
(Click on a snowflake to see the details!)

The inspiration for this postcard came from memories of when my four children were very small. Around Christmastime when asked "Who made this mess?" or "Who is responsible for . . . . .?", all four answers were always the same and were said with utmost sincerity. The answer was always: "I don't know - not me!" Sometimes it took everything I had to keep a smile from appearing on my face during those "teachable moments"!

When I saw this little girl, the look on her face reminded me of those "honest" childhood answers, and the memories came flooding back. Without further ado, meet "Not-Me", the Naughty Elf!!!

Hope you have a day filled with wonderful memories!

Credits: Girl in green dress, the Santa hat, ornament, Christmas bird and pointsetta flowers from Lisa's Altered Art - Etsy; the enchanted door from Artsy Fartsy Queen - Flickr; and the turquoise border from TumbleFish Studio - Etsy.

December 14, 2009

"Celebrate the Season"

(Click on a snowflake to see the details!)

I've had a lot of fun this year making Holiday postcards. It all started innocently enough with a few cards that I made for a swap. An then another idea popped into my mind, and another and another! This was sent to a dear friend to make her Holidays a bit brighter.


My Techniques

Edge a piece of watercolor paper with a red NeoColor crayon border and spread the applied color around with a baby wipe. Let it dry, then add an orange burst of Neocolor in the center of the red 'frame' and smoodge (a technical term!) it around with the same baby wipe. (Hint: I'm a bit impatient, so I use a heat gun to dry the background.)

After gluing the sweet image of the puppy (CassisCrations - Etsy), the border (Tumble Fish Studio - Etsy), the Santa hat and flowers (Lisas Altered Art - Etsy), and the computer-generated text, I used a white paint pen to add some background dots, and a pink marker and white gel pen to add the snowflakes.

All of the images were further enhanced with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils before being outlined with a black Pitt pen and some smoodged charcoal pencil. A touch of red Pan Pastel was added to each side of the postcard, and the entire piece was edged with a gold metallic marker.

May your day be merry!

December 12, 2009


(Click on the tree to see the details!)

This week's theme at Sunday Postcard Art is "the holly and the ivy". This postcard was created originally for a very dear friend. However, since my well-dressed Zetti is wearing a tiny sprig of holly at her waist, I think she qualifies for this week's challenge.

Judging by the size of the ruby on her Sana hat, she must be a very naughty little girl!!!

Hope your day sparkles with a touch of humor!

Credits: Background, birds and Zetti body - Itkupilli; the little man - Crowabout; the tiny heart - TumbleFish Studio; Santa hats and fan - CassisCreations - Etsy.

December 11, 2009

Christmas "Freebie"

A Christmas Cutie
Png File
(Click to enlarge!)

In two short weeks from today, floors will be strewn with colored wrapping paper and ribbons, squeals of excitement and surprise will fill the air, and stockings that were hung with care the night before will be emptied! This little one seems to express the joy and delight of Christmas morning perfectly. As usual, I've supplied a png and jpeg file for your creative pleasure.

For my friends who are celebrating Hanukkah, I wish you a very Happy Hanukkah and many blessings!

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May you have a delightful weekend!

December 9, 2009

December Birthdays!

"Make a Wish" ATC's
(Click on the cupcake to see the details!)

As busy as we all are with Holiday preparations in full swing, I'd like to take a moment to wish all of the December babies a very Happy Birthday!

May your special day be filled with laughter and delightful surprises, and may your year be filled with good health, good friends and many happy memories.

For Patty!
Happy, Happy Birthday!

Special Birthday Wishes to my awesome husband who'll be celebrating his Birthday this week, and to my sweet friend, Patty at Magpie's Nest, who recently celebrated her Birthday. Speaking of December babies . . . . Warm wishes and congratulations to Marilyn from In My Room on the birth of her first grand-daughter, Sophia Elizabeth, who was born on Sunday December 6. If you have a moment, click on the links to pay a visit to these beautiful ladies and take a peek at beautiful Sophia.

And if December isn't your Birthday month, close your eyes, take a deep breath and make a wish - a very grand wish - because your fairy godmother just may be listening! After all . . . this is a very special month!

May all of your wishes come true!

Credits: Birthday fairy wearing the green hat, the pink party hat, and the roses are all from CassisCreations - Etsy. The little pink fairy and the cupcake were one of my "freebies". Click here to add them to your collection.

December 7, 2009

Christmas Tags

Embellished Tag #3
(Click to see the details!)

When something had to be done for the holidays, my wonderful sister-in-law, Ginny, had a saying that she used with great frequency: "Work smarter - not harder!"

I can still see her standing in her kitchen fixing beautiful party platters made by mixing homemade treats and store-bought goodies. Always the gracious hostess, she'd flash a dazzling smile of thanks when compliments were received.

Tag #1

Having received some great digi-tags from my dear friend, Lynn at Her Creative Spirit, I printed them onto cardstock and took them to the printer. After having several color copies of the original tags made, embellishing began. (If you'd like to see more or purchase some of Lynn's digi work, click here to go to her Etsy shop.)

Tag #2

I started by adding just a little distress ink around the edges and then edging the tag with a gold metallic marker. Then I got a little bolder and dabbed a little more distress ink around the edges, used Prismacolor pencils to "brighten" the image, and added some glitter for the "fluffy" effect on her muff and coat. I went "all out" on my last tag and added some flourishes with black Stazon ink and dots with the gold marker in addition to the previous additions.

Although these tags are so pretty "as is", it didn't take much time to make them my own, and they'll add a very special touch to my Holiday gifts. Thank you, Lynn, for helping to make my Holidays a bit merrier and lot easier too!!!

May your Holiday preparations be easy and fun!

December 5, 2009

"Vintage Santa"

"Vintage Santa"
4" x 6" Digital Collage
(Click on the tree to see the details!)

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE Christmas! I truly do! When I was a child, I tried to stay awake on Christmas Eve and would lie in bed listening for the mingled sounds of hooves and jingle bells. The slightest sound would trigger magical thoughts of an enchanted sleigh and flying reindeer. I fell asleep thinking of that jolly, old fellow trimming the Christmas tree and leaving wonderful surprises beneath it's decorated branches.

Since this week's Sunday Postcard Art theme is "St. Nicholas", I had to participate, even though time has been so limited. My entry is digital and uses a background and gold frame from Itkupilli, and a lovely, vintage Santa from Flickr's SuzeeQue along with several digital filters and custom faux writing stamps.

Wishing you a very happy and very magical St. Nicholas or Sinterklaas feast!

December 4, 2009

Holiday "Freebies"

A PNG File
For your artful Holiday pleasure!

To make your Holiday Season a little merrier, thought you might enjoy this cutie pie (from the public domain). Use her for your Christmas cards, tags, bookmarks and gift labels. I'm going to use her on my cookie gifts this year. To make life a little easier during this busy time of the year, I've included the jpeg version too. Have fun!

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More Freebies

Lisa Volrath at "Ten Two Studios" is hostessing a wonderful holiday giveaway. During the month of December, she's posting a free collage sheet of beautiful images every day. If you'd like to investigate, just click here and it will take you to Lisa's site. Once you're there, you'll find instructions on how you can download her great freebies. Thank you, Lisa, for your generosity and kindness!

May your weekend be merry!

December 2, 2009

"The Tree"

The Tree
Rockefeller Center
New York City

Radio City
Home of the Rockettes
(Click to enlarge these pictures!)

Tonight's the night! This is the night that's signals the official beginning of the Holiday Season and the Christmas countdown for me. Tonight's the night that they light the huge tree in Rockefeller Center.

For anyone who lives in the New York metropolitan area, this tree is the official symbol of the Season, so I thought I'd share it with you today. These pictures were taken a few years ago, when we went into the City on Christmas Eve. I only wish that they could convey the spirit of love and camaraderie that surround this gorgeous symbol.

May your day be filled with love and hope!

November 30, 2009

"Bad Boys" Page

"Bad Boys"
Journal Page

8 1/2" x 11"

(Click on the page to see the details!)

During my journaling class a few weeks ago, I posted the blank version of this page. Since today is the last day that our class website will be active, I thought I'd share my finished page with you.

If you missed the "blank" version, here's a peek . . . .

I still have a few more blank pages to journal, but they'll have to wait until I complete my Christmas preparations.

Hope you have a bit of time for art today!

November 28, 2009

"Santa's in Town!"

"Santa's in Town"
4" x 6" Postcard
(Click on a snowflake to enlarge!)

This week's theme for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge is "let it snow". It just so happens that I completed a few postcards recently for a Christmas postcard swap, and this one features snow. How fortuitous! For me, nothing says snow like Santa.
My Techniques

This postcard began by gluing a piece of scrap wrapping paper to watercolor paper. The beautiful vintage Santa image (from PetitePaperie - Etsy), was resized in a photo editing program, printed and carefully hand trimmed (the old fashioned way) with scissors.

I then tried something new. I added masking tape with a black and white stripe pattern (from Origamisan - Etsy) to the top and bottom of the postcard. I just received two rolls of this tape, and must admit that I'm in love with this stuff! The tape adds instant impact with very little effort.

After gluing Santa into position, he was enhanced with watercolors, Pan Pastels and Prismacolor pencils. Further definition was given to the image with a black Pitt pen. White Sharpie poster pen dots added more "snow" to the background, and a silver metallic pen was used to edge the entire piece.

Hope you have a jolly day!

November 27, 2009

A Christmas "Freebie" & A "Winner"!

A PNG Holiday File
For your artful pleasure!
(From the public domain)

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Day filled with love, laughter and lots of good food. Now that the Christmas season is officially underway, I thought I'd give you this little guy to get your holiday off to a good start. To make your digital life a little easier, the first image is a png file, and the second is the traditional jpeg file. Enjoy!

The Jpeg File


The Winner Is . . . . . .

Congratulations, Diana Evans! Please email me at with your home address, and I'll pop this journal page in the mail. My sincere "thanks" to everyone for your sweet comments and overwhelming response - you've made my heart sing!

Hope you have a merry day!

November 24, 2009

"Time in a Bottle" & Giveaway Reminder

"Time in a Bottle"
5"x7" Collage
(Click on a butterfly to enlarge!)

The Three Muses Challenge site has chosen the theme of "Time" for this week's creative challenge. Most of my creative ideas begin with clear thoughts of a particular image, and my starting point for this piece was the thought of time being captured in a bottle. Oh, wouldn't it be lovely!!!

How would one go about capturing such an illusive, gossamer thing, I asked myself. A beautiful fairy princess would have to be involved, I'm sure! The glow of her aura would gently appear somewhere between the magic of the nightingale's song at dusk and the lark's first notes of morning joy. Her silky satin gown would rustle with her quiet movements in the soft breeze, while she quietly captures stolen moments and memories and slips them into an enchanted crystal bottle for safekeeping. And, with the glimmer of the day's first light, she magically disappears!


My Inspiration

For your art!
(From the public domain!)


My Techniques

A piece of recycled chipboard was covered with a vintage page from a children's book, and distress ink was used to give it a vintage look. The image of the fairy was enlarged in a photo editing program, printed and then trimmed with scissors. The enchanted bottle holding the timepiece was created with the magic of a digital photo program, then printed and hand trimmed. (Special thanks to Flickr's ArtsyFartsyQueen for the image of the bottle! I added the clock.) Trim at the top and bottom of this piece was created from scrap paper and a paper punch.

All of the images, including the butterflies from Dover Publications, were further enhanced with watercolors (pencils and crayons), pan pastels, acrylic paints and Prismacolor pencils. A gray Prismacolor pencil was used for the shadows. The white swirls were stenciled after all of the overcoloring was complete. A gold marker was used for the background "dots", and edges the perimeter to add a finishing touch.


A Giveway Reminder!

"Give Thanks"
8 1/2" x 11"
Journal Page

(Click to enlarge!)

Just a reminder that in the spirit of the season, and as a way of thanking you for all of your lovely visits and comments, I'm giving away a print of my journal page "Thanks Giving".

To enter the drawing you can leave a comment on this post or my previous post until midnight on Thursday, November 26th. The winner will be announced on Friday, November 27th. That's it - easey peasey! Just leave a comment and you're "in". If you've been lurking in the shadows, this is a great time to stop by with a comment. There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met yet!

Hope you have a enchanted day!