April 30, 2010

Collage Sheet "Freebie"

Royal Tea
For your artful pleasure!
(Click to save/enlarge!)

In my previous post I shared a picture of an envelope I'd created for a "tea" themed mail art swap. In the process of creating the envelope, I created quite a few images and thought you might enjoy having them in your collage catalog. The majority of these images are from the public domain, and I hand painted the borders. Special thanks to Karen, The Graphics Fairy, for her lovely teacup image. You can find the original teacup and many other wonderful images from Karen, if you click here.

May you have time to create some art today!

April 27, 2010

Art Mail Swap & A New Place to Shop

Tea Envelope
(Click on a butterfly to see the details!)

Nothing makes my day happier than opening my mailbox to find art mail from friends. So when my art group decided to swap art envelopes with a "tea theme" for an April exchange, I had to participate.

Envelope Back
(Click on a rose to see the details!)

My envelope was made from watercolor paper painted with Golden fluid acrylics (applied with a baby wipe), a bit of stenciling, and a lot of colorful characters - each one printed and carefully trimmed before being glued into position. I hope it brings a smile to my swap partner's day!

Announcing . . . . .
A New Digital & Mixed Media Shop!

I'm pleased as punch and giddy with delight to announce that I've been asked by Marsha Jorgensen to join her Tumble Fish Studio Creative Team at a new artistic community and digital art shop, DeviantScrap.com. If you're into scrapbooks or mixed-mixed media collage, you'll love this awesome, new site. (FYI - the little kitty on the front of my envie is wearing one of Tumble Fish Studio's colorful crowns.)

Stop by to wish Hollie Haradon and Marsha Jorgensen well, join the forum, participate in a challenge or just browse and treat yourself to some of their awesome "Freebies". And if you experience a bit of difficulty with the site, please don't fret. Initially, there were some opening day server "crashes", but the fairies and elves worked overtime to fix the glitches! Hopefully they found and fixed them all. You can click here to visit. You'll be happy you did!

May you have many opportunities to smile today!

Credits: Special thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the tea cup and to Dover Publications for the lady, the kitty (on the front), the wings and the butterflies.  Thank you to Normal Frances-Flickr for the scalloped border and to Paperscraps-Flickr, for the nest and the orange wings. Additional thanks to MudBay Images for the cute pups and kitty, and to ArtsyFartsyQueen-Flickr for the crown.The top hat is from the "SteamPunk" collection at Scrapartist.com - Elements1 by SherrieJD. Thanks also to TumbleFishStudio - DeviantScrap.com for the funky crown on the kitty, and to Nancy B. at Crowabout for the word art and little heart in a box. Roses are from the public domain.

April 25, 2010

A "Thank You" & A "Tag"!

A Lovely Surprise!

A few weeks ago, my dear friend, Amy from Such A Wondrous Place This Faerytale Space, celebrated a Birthday. So I put together a little package of goodies and sent it to her along with many wishes for the happiest of days. Imagine my surprise, when I went to my mailbox and found a package from her!

How generous of Amy to send this pretty packed filled with wondrous things! The tiny magic bottle, trimmed with a delicate butterfly and filled (I'm sure) with magic fairy dust will make a wonderful charm, and the pretty crystal beads are so sparkly. Oh, how they catch the light!

As it that weren't enough, Amy included a fantastic pair of pink crystal earrings. When I'm wearing them I feel surrounded by her caring and love. Thank you, Sweet Amy, for your generosity and kindness. If you'd like a respite from your busy day, her posts are always filled with serenity, wisdom and love. You can visit Amy by clicking here.


My friend, Kimmie from Art In Red Wagons, challenged me with an interesting tag. She told me to revisit my 10th post. Holy Cow - That's going back quite a bit!  I dug through my archives and found my 10th post, written in February 2009, about painting a bunny on a play table for my grand daughter.

If you'd like to read more about it, you can revisit my original blog post by clicking here. Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane, Kimmie!

Hope that your day is filled with wonderful surprises and happy memories!

April 22, 2010

"Ticket to Ride" & Your Freebie

 "Ticket to Ride"
4"x6" Collage
(Click on the fish to see the details!)

A few days ago I announced that I'm now a very proud member of the Moonlight Journey Design Team, and this is my very first addition to their on-line gallery. I'm happy to say that this postcard has quite a few of Moonlight Journey's lovely images. (Check the "Credits" at the end of this post for more information.)

Becky and her partner, Lynne, have filled their beautiful on-line shop with artistic collage sheets, digital element packs, e-classes and very affordable PhotoShop lessons. You may also recognize several of their talented Design Team members in the shop's Gallery, where you can see some amazing artwork and also get some creative ideas. You can click here to shop or browse.


Your Freebie
I've decided to go a little bit "funky" this week and had fun creating this image for your Steampunk pleasure. When she was finished I liked both the colored version as well as the original black and white image. And, since I couldn't make up my mind as to which I liked best, you're the beneficiaries of my indecision and both PNG files. LOL!
Hope that your day is filled with happiness!

Credits: Border tickets, fairy riding the fish and the flower she's holding are from Moonlight Journey; crown from Flickr's Artsy-Fartsy Queen; roses from the public domain; black & white stripe from Tumblefish Studio, Etsy; heart from Julia at Ceremony, Etsy.

April 20, 2010

Hats, Crowns, Wings & A Fabric Journal

Tracey's Page
For Teesha Journal
(Click on a butterfly to see the details!)

It always give me great pleasure to participate in the Three Muses challenge, and one of the latest pages in my Teesha Journal round robin fulfills this week's theme of "Hats & Crowns & Wings & Things" very nicely. How serendipitous!

Fabric Journal

fabric journal 1 of 4 from teesha moore on Vimeo.

If you've always wanted to make a unique fabric journal, Teesha Moore has just posted a series of four videos on Vimeo. I'm not a seamstress by any means, but this does look like a fun, take-along project. This is the first video, and you can click here to see all of them.

Hope you have a serendipitous day!

Credits:  Special thank you to Suzee Que - Flickr for the image of the woman. (We will miss your generosity and kindness, Susan.) Thanks to TumbleFish Studio - Etsy for the crown, to Karen - The Graphics Fairy for the pretty teacup, to Ceremony - Etsy for the heart, to Dover Publications for the butterflies and cat, and to Crowabout for a few border pieces.

April 18, 2010

"T for 2" & An Announcement

Several weeks ago, my friend, Kimmie from Art in Red Wagons, held a giveaway for a handmade "tea holder", and I was one of her very luck winners. When I opened the package, the little holder was wrapped in a beautiful napkin so perfectly, I almost didn't want to open it. It was carefully wrapped with twine and trimmed with her Moo card and a sweet little inchie.

I summoned courage and undid the wrappings to find this gorgeous, stitched paper tea holder trimmed with muslin ties and a fabulous twinchie sporting a touch of Dresden trim. So lovely!

And tucked inside the holder, not one, but two delicious new teas to try - China Green Tips and Green Ginger. Thank you, Kimmie, for your generosity. I'll have a very lovely teatime today because of your kindness!

Every Tuesday, Kimmie and friends host a tea. If you have an opportunity, make yourself a cup of tea (or coffee) and stop by her beautiful blog to say "Hello!" I promise that you won't be disappointed. Kimmie is a very talented and creative artist, and I know you'll enjoy your visit. (Click here to go there!)

A New Venture

You may have noticed the new logo on my sidebar. I'm proud and very honored to announce that I've been asked to be on the Design Team for Moonlight Journey. Becky and her partner, Lynne, have a beautiful on-line shop filled with artistic collage sheets, digital element packs, e-classes and PhotoShop classes too. From time to time you'll see some of their awesome images integrated into my work. You can click here to browse or shop. I'm thrilled to part of their artistic team!

Hope that your day is filled with lovely surprises!

April 16, 2010

Your Friday "Freebie"

A PNG File
For Your Artful Pleasure!
And . . .

A JPEG File Too!

Thank you to you, my loyal followers, for all of your lovely comments on my previous post. Your kindness and sweet words of encouragement always lift my spirits.

Although this endearing image is in the public domain, I did make a few alterations for my journal page, and thought I'd share my work with you. I know you'll find some wonderful creative opportunities for this little guy!

May your day be filled with the joy of sharing!

Credits: Thank you to St. Mary Gypsy - Flickr sharing group - for the image of the child (which was extracted from a postcard and altered) To my knowledge, this image is in the public domain.

April 13, 2010

Another Journal Page

Roc's Page
5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
(Click on the butterfly to see the details.)

If you've been following my posts, you know that I've been involved in a "Teesha-Style" round robin. I recently completed a page for Cathy (You can find it here.), and this page was created for Roc.

When a new journal arrives in the mail, it feels like Christmas! I can't wait to open the package to see and savor its contents. Being involved with the other artists on this project is inspiring and is making me a better artist in the process.

May you have an artful day!

Credits: Thank you to Norma Frances for the border, to Julia - Ceremony - for the heart, and to St. Mary Gypsy - Flickr sharing group - for the image of the child (which was extracted from a postcard and altered). Remaining images from assorted Crowabout sheets, Dover and the public domain.

April 11, 2010

Creative Technology

"Vintage Roses"

I love photography. I love taking pictures. I love editing them and playing in my digital programs. I love looking at pictures on other blogs, etc., etc. By now, you've got the picture (pardon the pun-LOL!).

Generally, I'm not in the habit of endorsing any type of product on my blog. However, when my sweet husband gifted me with an IPhone almost a year ago, I had no idea of the creative fun I could have with my photos and easy-to-use technology right at my fingertips.


While passing through my local grocery, I spied these beautiful roses and snapped a quick picture with my camera phone. With tons of inexpensive and free apps available, I've turned my IPhone into an on-the-go lab and darkroom. I can manipulate and experiment to my heart's content anytime and anywhere.

If you're "into" photography and have an IPhone, it's well worth paying a visit to the Apple store to check out the photography apps. For the record, these photos were downloaded directly from my phone - absolutely no editing was involved. The IPhone's camera quality doesn't equal my DSLR or smaller, carry-about camera; however, it's always handy and available allowing me to capture and create quickly.

Hope you have a creative day!

April 9, 2010

A Classic "Freebie"

A PNG File
For Your Artful Pleasure!
And . . .

After posting a week of "Zetti's", I thought it was time to take a step back in time for my Friday "Freebie". My thought is that this lovely lady is on her way to a fancy ball or to a forbidden tryst. I know you've got a creative story just waiting for her.

May you enjoy a creative weekend!
Note: To my knowledge, this image is in the public domain.

April 6, 2010

"The Butterfly"

"The Butterfly"
8 1/2" x 11"
Cut & Paste Collage

Did you ever start a project and tuck it away? That's exactly what happened with this journal page. I created it a few months ago after watching Teesha Moore's awesome journaling videos on her blog and You Tube. (You can click here to go to there!).


I was mesmerized by Teesha's creative process. Her method is filled with spontaneity and joy. In fact, she loves to say "I don't think about it too much." - sage advice that I need to keep in mind. Many times I tend to over-think a piece rather than just "feeling" it and listening to my Muse.

Teesha's videos inspired me to create the background and Zetti figure from torn magazine clippings, paint, pan pastels and some markers as an exercise. Then, I tucked the page away and almost forgot about it. When I found the quote last week, I knew it was perfect for my little "plain Jane".

May your day be filled with spontaneity!

April 4, 2010

Teesha Journal & "Tagged"

Cathy's Page
4 1/2" x 5 1/2 "
(Click on the heart to see the details!)

A few weeks ago, I told you about a "Teesha Moore style art journal" round robin that I'm participating in with a few art group friends. Each artist made a journal from Fabriano watercolor paper; and after completing the covers, etc., we send it on to the next artist in the group. That artist completes another page, and then sends it on to the next name on the list - until the circle of exchange has been completed and our filled journal is "home".

This is my very first page in the series, and it's the first time I've done work in a journal other than my own. At first it was more than a little scary, but it's great fun and and an awesome challenge too. More pages will be coming soon!


About a week ago, my very creative and talented friend, Tracey from Glitterbug Studios tagged me. The challenge said to go to go to my first art file, then to the first picture file and then post the 10th picture. Here's my answer to Tracey's challenge. It's a postcard that was created for a Sunday Postcard Art "black and white" challenge. Loving color the way that I do, it was definitely a challenge to do a black and white card.

Hope you challenge yourself today!

Credits: Thanks to Marsha - Tumblefish Studio Etsy for the bottom border. Image of the woman was clipped from a magazine. Special thanks to Nancy Baumiller - Crowabout for many of the remaining images.

April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

A PNG File
For your artful pleasure!
And a JPEG too!
Happy Easter
Happy Spring!

Wishing you joy and peace!