August 31, 2010

Altered Envelope

Envelope Front

Envelope Back

This piece of mail art was created for my art group's "flower themed" altered art envelope challenge. This month's entry had to have at least one flower on the front and one on the back of the piece.

I'm also very pleased to submit this envelope for The Three Muses nature-themed challenge this week.

My Techniques

To make the pretty sherbet-colored background, I blended and brushed my Neocolor crayons with gesso. I also added packing tape transfers, acrylic paint, markers, stamps and a few die cut roses (from S&K Co.). The pastel bird was created from a scrap of hand painted paper that I had on hand from another project. To make the fish scale pattern, I used a piece of plastic netting from a produce box as a stencil. A hand doodled label (from S&K Co.) was attached to the front of the envelope with gel medium, and my handmade "Love" label was attached to the back.

May your day be filled with love!

August 29, 2010

The Butterfly Effect

 The Butterfly Effect

My dear friend Trudi at Two Dresses Studio, wrote a post last week that touched my soul to it's very core. Trudi's post spoke eloquently of a beautiful project sponsored by the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas. The project speaks of love and hate and educates people about the Holocaust. This wonderful art project honors both victims and survivors.

You may not know that 1,500,000 children died in the Holocaust. The Butterfly Project will honor their memory by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies that will be exhibited at the Museum in the Spring of 2013. Can you imagine how stunning and meaningful this will be?

If you'd like to read more about this amazing art project, or if you'd like to participate (I hope you do!), please visit Trudi's blog by clicking here or click on The Butterfly Effect button in my sidebar.

May your day be filled with many blessings and much love!

August 26, 2010

A Freebie & A Video!

 A Digital Creation 
Using Today's "Freebie"

Your PNG File

A Jpeg File

Once again, this lovely woman was found in the archives of the Library of Congress. I fell in love with that fabulous coat. She's so smart looking and chic, I couldn't resist placing her in a romantic setting. I know you'll find wonderful ways to use this image. Enjoy!
A Video

Earlier this week I had an art date with my dear friend Roc from WhatsUpRoc. We laughed and played, and tried some new techniques. Then we laughed some more and giggled like two naughty schoolgirls. (We called each other Lucy and Ethel!)  In other words, we thoroughly enjoyed our time together.

The following video of a background technique is a result of our "play time". Be forewarned (and kind!). This is our very first venture into cinematography. Roc demonstrated the technique (quite brilliantly, in my opinion) on a first take, and I held the camera - at times a bit unsteadily. It's real and 'raw' - just watch for Roc's blue fingers! The decision to record a video was spontaneous.  We didn't have a tripod, a dedicated video camera or fancy equipment. It was shot using my little point and shoot Sony Cyber-shot digital camera.

Hope you enjoyed our first video. We had such a good time, we just might follow it up with another!

May your day be filled with spontaneity and friends!

August 24, 2010

More Halloween Goodies!

4" x 6" Postcard

As mentioned in my last post, here are the remaining two additions to my Halloween art swap - a postcard and an atc. Both feature Zetti's, which very serendipitously makes them eligible for this week's Zetti theme at the Three Muses. (I just LOVE it when that happens!)


By the way, the postcard background was one of my freebie's a few days ago. If you'd like to snag it for your collection, click here to go there!

May you have a serendipitous day!

Credits:  Postcard -Thanks to Land of Nod Studio for the witch, to Moonlight Journey for the witch's hat, butterfly and cat, to Tumble Fish Studio for the zetti eyes, borders and blue moon, to Crowabout StudioB@ Deviant Scrap for the bits of flag border and to Norma Frances-Flickr for the raven. ATC - Thanks to Vintage Catnip for the kitty, to Moonlight Journey for the hat, to Dover Publications for the wings, and to Tumble Fish Studio for the stars and borders. Moon from the public domain. and kitty's eyes clipped from a magazine. Background from Pringle Hill Studio.

August 22, 2010


A Bookmark
2" x 6"

I'm sure that a few of you are thinking: "Halloween! Already?!" It is a bit early to begin the festivities, but not a moment too soon to start the latest challenge posted by my art group. For this swap, we must make three different articles featuring a Halloween theme and can choose from an ATC, postcard, bookmark, inchies, an arch-shaped piece or a tag.

I must admit, I DO love this theme and our choices. Stay tuned for more Halloween goodies!

May your day be filled with fabulous choices!'

Credits:  Thanks to Lisa's Altered Art for the little bat fairy, and to Moonlight Journey for the hat, the number and the black cat. Thanks also to Our Dear Suzee Que-Flickr for the fun sign. Pumpkin from Itkupilli, and borders from Tumble Fish Studio. Background was hand made by Pringle Hill Studio.

August 20, 2010

Friday's "Freebie"!

Your Png File
And . . .
Your Jpeg File

A few days ago I was wandering through the Library of Congress and found this exotic woman in the photo section. Needless to say, I was intrigued by her demeanor and her magnificent outfit. For the purists, here's the original.

May your day be filled beauty!

August 17, 2010

Envie Journal - 2nd Page

Overview - Front
(With Inserts & Without!)

and . . .

A few weeks ago I posted the first page of a new journal project that uses business sized envelopes as a foundation for chunky journal pages with little pockets. (You can see my first completed page if you click here.) Two pages completed and four more to go!


Here's better look at some of the details.

Remember the Shrinky Dink charms that I made a few weeks ago? This charming pooch (pardon the pun) added the perfect, little chunky touch to this insert.

And although the charm looks a bit 'blurry' in the pics, it's perfectly clear and wonderful in real life.

May your day be wonderful!

Credits: Thanks to Vintage Catnip for the cat and to Dover Publications bird and the orange butterflies. Thanks also to Tumble Fish Studio for the crown, green wings (on the cat), the ticket, stars and ten cent sign, and the words "happy" & "play". Thanks also to Elizabeth at Last Door Down the Hall for the ruler. Roses, Mr. Moon, & Peace insert by Pringle Hill Studio.

August 15, 2010

Pretty Paper "Freebies" & A Crow

Bye Bye Blackbird
A Postcard

One of the challenges posted at my art group this month, asked that we create a postcard with a crow. My interpretation began with a piece of hand-colored paper and my silhouette of a raven. To be honest, I'd no idea where this was going when I began this postcard; but, the serendipitous result has a definite, albeit unintentional, party-like feel.
Pretty Papers

Paper #1

Paper #2

Using hand-colored paper for the background on my postcard, created a desire for more. These papers began with waste card stock covered with dabs and dollops of paint from my brushes and intermittent doodles from my pens. I used Golden fluid acrylics, Neocolors, acrylic inks, paint pens, acrylic paints, etc. to create them.

Please feel free to use these papers (they're approximately 8"x10") in your personal artwork. Use them as they are, or crop an ATC. They're my little gift to you attached with happy wishes for an artful week.

Hope you have a serendipitous day!
Credits: Thanks to Tumble Fish Studio for the borders and the crow's hat. Green butterfiles from Anna Griffen's scrapbook papers. Paper, crow and roses - Pringle Hill Studio. The scale was a 'freebie' from

August 13, 2010

Giveaway Winner & A Freebie

Congratulations, Kate at The Kathryn Wheel! You are the lucky winner in my giveaway!!! Please send me an email, and I'll send your print and pen on their merry way to the UK.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment during this past week. You've no idea how wonderful you've made me feel with your kind words of support and encouragement. And to those who were finally brave enough to step out of the shadows, a very special "thanks"! To all of my followers, my most sincere and heartfelt "thanks" - I appreciate the time you take to stop by, check in or leave a comment.Your friendship is appreciated beyond words!

Your Freebie

Two PNG Files
 And .  .  .

A Jpeg File

I found this alluring woman to be very intriguing and hope you'll enjoy her. I've given you two png files this week - one in black and white and the other in sepia. I loved both images and couldn't decide what to publish, so I published both! Enjoy!

May your day be filled the joy of friendship!

August 10, 2010

Mail Call - Journal Pillows

Fabric Journal Pieces
(Click to see the details!)

Look what came in my mailbox yesterday! I'm so excited! A few months ago my art group decided to make an assortment of little fabric pillows for assembly into a journal page, a la Teesha Moore. Our little fabric sections were to be handmade and embellished with goodies of our choice. (Click here if you want to take a peek at my pillows.)

Here's a better look at all of the delicious details and beautiful handwork on my received swaps.


When I first heard about this challenge I was hesitant to participate. Generally, hand sewing of any kind is not my forte. Normally, I just look at thread and it tangles in knots. I'm so happy that I pushed my fears behind me to give this project a try. These beautiful, creative results have far exceeded my expectations. A HUGE 'thanks' to my fellow artisans for such a great swap.
Giveaway Reminder!

There's still time to enter my giveaway.  If you'd like to enter or learn more about it, you can click here. If you leave a comment on this post, you're 'in'. Just be sure that I have a way to contact you if your name is chosen. The lucky winner's name will be posted after midnight on Friday, August 13.

May your day be filled with courage to try something new!

August 8, 2010

Zentangle Bookmark

Zentangle Bookmark
(Click to see the details!)

One of the August challenges listed in my art group was to create a Zentangle bookmark for a private swap. What a fun, easy and portable project!

All you need is some card stock or watercolor paper, a black pen to draw your doodles, and a bit of patience. If you're interested in seeing more Zentangles, Flickr has some wonderful examples.

Giveaway Reminder!

If you'd like to enter or learn more about my current giveaway, you can click here. If you leave a comment on this post (or the original post), you're 'in'. Just be sure that I have a way to contact you if you do win. The lucky winner's name will be posted after midnight on Friday, August 13. 

May your day be filled with peace!

August 6, 2010

A Giveaway!

An 8"x10" Journal Page
(Click to see the details!)

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway, and I just realized that I'm very close to 300 followers. Whoo-Hoo - I can't believe it! Thank you, thank you for your visits and for all of your lovely comments. You've no idea how much your kind words and encouragement mean to me. Quite simply, you give me creative wings, and I am very grateful.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, I'm giving away a professionally printed, signed copy of "Diary" - an 8"x10" journal page. "Diary" is one of my most viewed pieces on Flickr, and this page will fit perfectly in a 9"x12" matted frame. And, (Insert drum roll, please!), my very favorite white pen - a Sharpie water-based (fine point) paint pen. If you haven't tried these pens, take my word . . . they're wonderful!

 The Rules

The only thing you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a comment on this post or any post that I make this coming week. That's it! Easy Peasey!!! No jumping through flaming hoops or hopping on one leg while whistling "Dixie". So, if you've been lurking in the shadows, this is a great time to pop in to say "Hi!" - I love to make new friends! The winner will be chosen through and will be announced in my Friday, August 13th post.

Again, my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your friendship and kindness. May your day be filled with many blessings!