December 21, 2010

Christmas Wishes & The Winner!

4"x6" Postcard

To all of my dear friends and visitors, I wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas filled with peace and love and a New Year filled with good health and happiness. 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. 

I'll be taking a short vacation to enjoy the holidays with my family, and will return in the New Year. Before I sign off, there's one more very important announcement to make. The winner of the "Joy" ATC is Kathy, B.!!! Congratulations, Kathy!!!

Warm wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season!

 Credit: All images from - Thanks, Marsha! Hand painted background from Pringle Hill Studio.

December 19, 2010

"Joy" - A Giveaway

A Mixed-Media ATC

The Christmas Countdown is winding down with warp speed. There's last minute shopping, gifts to be wrapped and cookies to be baked. Every year at this time it feels as though all of the holiday preparations won't be finished in time for the Big Day. Yet - every year without fail - Christmas Day arrives in perfect splendor. Whenever I get overwhelmed, I think about the looks on each face in my beautiful family as they open their gifts. That's what the joy of the season is all about - the gift of giving.

In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away this ATC. In order to be in the drawing, just leave a comment on this post. That's it! No fancy dances or crazy requirements. I'll announce the winner in my next post - Tuesday, December 21st!

May your day be filled with joy!
Credits: Vintage image from Sherrie

December 16, 2010

A Holiday "Freebie"

A Holiday Bookmark

This month's bookmark swap for my art group was an "artist's choice" theme - the perfect time to break out some Christmas images. I thought you might enjoy this happy little fellow.

A JPEG too!

This bookmark began with a piece of 2"x6" watercolor paper that I covered in a scrap of hand painted deli paper. I added a small piece of a vintage dictionary and doodled the snow with a Sharpie poster paint pen.

May your day be filled with fun and spontaneity!

 Credit: To my knowledge, this image is in the public domain.

December 14, 2010

New Video!

Stamped Watercolor Backgrounds

Roc and I are at it again! This time we're demonstrating a lovely watercolor effect using rubber stamps and art markers. We had a lot of fun doing this demo and would love your input. What demos would YOU like to see in 2011?

May your day be filled with beauty!

December 12, 2010

More Paper Gift Bags

There hasn't been much time spent in the studio these past few weeks; however, I've been finding inspiration for new projects everywhere and can't wait for time to create!

Here's some new "inspiration" courtesy of Roben-Marie Smith. After watching her latest video (click here to go there*), my mind is chock full of  ideas and variations. If you'd like to see more samples of Roben-Marie's sewn paper gift bags or want sign up for her workshop, you can click here.

May your day be filled with inspiration!
* The link is provided because the video is not available for downloading since it's a mini look at Roben-Marie's workshop.

December 9, 2010

A Christmas "Freebie"

A PNG File
A Jpeg too!
For your artful pleasure!

This sweet little angel seems to personify the word, "serenity" - something we so desperately need at this time of the year when we're busy with Holiday shopping, cooking and decorating. May she bless you with a touch of serenity today, and . . . .

May your day be filled with joy!

Credits: To my knowledge, this image is in the public domain.

December 7, 2010

Holiday Postcards


A few of the greetings created for my art group's postcard swap. The first background was created with painted deli paper and the second with a scrap of gift wrap. They were further embellished with stamped swirls and lots of paint pen dots.

Wishing you a day filled with small blessings!

Credits: Snowmen from SherrieJD@ DeviantScrap. Wings from Holliewood Studios@ DeviantScrap.

December 5, 2010


Collaged Bookmark
2" x 6"

December a month filled with colorful Christmas challenges, and this happy little fellow is literally "in the mail" on his way to my swap partner. A scrap of painted deli paper glued to a sturdy piece of watercolor paper created the background, and I added a few extra dots and doodles. Hope he makes her smile!

Hope you have a day filled with smiles too!

Credits: Image of snowman from SherrieJD@ DeviantScrap.

December 2, 2010

Molten Metals - A Tutorial

A little video to help make your backgrounds shiny and bright. Enjoy!

 Thanks, Kate!
Earlier this week I received this awesome award from my friend Kate at The Kathryn Wheel. Having accepted this fun award, it's now time to reveal three things about myself that make me 'different' from others. Hmmmm - I'd ask my family, but I'm sure they'd mention a lot more than three things.

1.  You can always find a vase filled with fresh flowers (sometimes just a few sprigs) on my kitchen table. When I'm on the phone, I usually find myself doodling them while I talk.

2.  I'm a hopeless romantic and adore any motion picture with Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Clark Gable. **Sigh!** Just thinking about these guys gives me goosebumps!

3.   Speaking of movies, "Pretty Woman" is one of my faves, but I can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" over and over (ad nauseum) and cry at the end every single time!

Wishing you a weekend filled with fun!