July 27, 2011

A Special Gift, A Freebie & An Announcement

 "Sing" Pillow
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The very first question that I think you'll ask is when you see this little pillow will be: "Did you make this with your new sewing machine?" The answer is, "No!" But somewhere during the creative process, I DID make the decision to purchase my new one. I kept thinking about what I could do "if only" I had more decorative stitches, and "if only" I could trim this or that with a fancier stitch.

Lately I've had a lot of ideas about translating my art to fabric, and this small art pillow is the result of one of those ideas. The central image was actually created for and used in one of my journal pages.

Now that it's safely in the hands of the Birthday Girl, I can finally share the result of one of my new artistic paths. Although my stitch patterns were limited, I'm happy with the results and am glad that I took a creative risk. Most of all, I'm happy that the recipient was very pleased with her gift.



A Freebie

You're probably a bit curious about the original image, so here it is - a "freebie" for your creative pleasure. Before sewing him onto the blue and white ticking, I sized him in an image editing program and then printed him onto an ink-jet fabric. I just know that you'll have a wonderful use for him. Enjoy!


An Announcement

I'll be taking a bit of a blog break and won't be posting anything new for the next few weeks. This will be my last post until I return on August 14th. I may pop in to pay a few visits now and then -- after all, I just can't go "cold turkey"! It will be nice to spend a few lazy summer days disconnected from the Matrix!

May your summer days be filled with creativity!
Credit:  Hat on bird from TumbleFishStudio, DeviantScrap.

July 24, 2011

ICAD Slide Show & Lettering

Index Card A Day
Music Alert!
If you don't want to hear the music,
  mute your sound before viewing!

Summer is half-way through, and last week we celebrated our half-way mark through the awesome ICAD summer project. Before I post more of my completed index card journal pages, I thought you might enjoy a condensed overview of my June cards.



Journal Page
November, 2009

When it comes to placing lettering on my finished journal pages, I must admit that I sometimes feel a bit apprehensive. I'm insecure about my lettering skills and am afraid about putting pen to paper in the fear that I'll muck up my page. This journal page, expressing my lettering fears, was created almost two years ago!

My super talented friend, Michelle (Lost Coast Post), has posted an awesome 5-part lettering tutorial on her blog. Her series began on July 13th and concluded on Friday, July 22. (Click here to read the first tutorial.) Michelle's entire series is amazing, but I particularly enjoyed #2 and #5. If you'd like to learn more about lettering, it's well worth the time to stop by. Please tell her that I sent you!!!
Wishing you a day fearless day!

Music Credit: Swampadelica's Album "S'ac Passe?"Song: Coffee Cup. Music can be purchased on Itunes.

July 21, 2011

My New Toy!

 My New Machine!

After 15 years of long and faithful service, the time had come to say goodbye to my old sewing machine. With so many different makes, models and features available on today's market, it was difficult choosing a replacement.

After a lot of research (Special thanks to Google!), I narrowed my choice to two different machines -- both computerized and manufactured by Brother. The first sewing machine had 297 built-in stitches! Holy Cow! And the second machine had 67 stitches . . . . but . . . . it can embroider and has a USB port to download embroidery and applique patterns. After sewing with only six built-in stitches, anything was an improvement!

I am now the proud owner of the 2nd machine, a Brother SE-400, and after sewing with a very basic Singer, I'm in LOVE. My new machine threads its own needle, stops when the thread breaks, has a clear bobbin cover, etc., etc. It's jam packed with nifty features, and I've been busy re-learning how to sew and can't wait to embroider.

I've been wanting to take my art in new directions, and my Muse has been whispering (sometimes shouting) tons of creative ideas. Now I've got the perfect tool to start new art journeys. I can't wait to start exploring!!! And, by the way, my old machine is going to my grand daughter, who can't wait to give it a new home and begin creative journeys of her own!

Wishing you a day filled with new discoveries!

July 17, 2011

"Freebies" & ICAD Celebration

 Half-Way Through!
(Click on a star to see the details!)
Cue the confetti cannon and the balloon drop! Yesterday marked the half-way point in Daisy Yellow's "Index Card A Day" project! Although I haven't created a card a day, I have been pretty faithful to the challenge and have quite a few small journal pages. Congratulations, Tammy, and to everyone who's participated in this great project!

 Pup in a Cup

 So many of you have admired my "Pup in a Cup", I thought I'd share him in honor of this great occasion. And, of course, I must give equal time to all of the kitty lovers . . . .

 Kitty in a Cup

Feel free to use these images in your personal work. Add wings, hats and enjoy. I hope they make you smile!

May your day be filled with the lovely surprises!

July 13, 2011

More ICAD Journal Pages

A few more June journal pages created from 3"x5" index cards. Tammy's Index Card A Day Challenge is running through the end of August, so there's still time to participate. It's amazing how doing just a bit of art each day brightens my spirit.
It's actually surprising how well these little cards tolerate different mediums, and it seems like I've given most of them a try . . . .inks, watercolor pencils, Prismacolor pencils, acrylic paints and oil pastels (to name a few).

To see some of the details, you can enlarge the entire blog by holding down the "CTRL" key on your keyboard and press the + key. When you're as sight-challenged as I am, it's nice to have the ability to to 'zoom in'! LOL!

If you'd like to join the ICAD Challenge, you can click here to visit Tammy at Daisy Yellow or click on the ICAD badge on my sidebar.


Artsee Bloggers Update

Congratulations to Geri Centzone on her very, very successful launch of her new site, Artsee Bloggers, this week. In only a few days, she had 2400+ hits and has over 105 followers too!!! From what I understand, quite a few of my readers have asked to be included in her artists' directory. How exciting! It looks as though Geri is fulfilling the need for creating a wonderful community for women artists. Way to go, Geri!

If you'd like to be listed in Geri's directory, click here or go to the badge on my sidebar. And don't forget to mention my name!

Wishing you a day filled with new discoveries!
Credits: Some images from Julia - Ceremony @ Etsy, and Crowabout Studio B and Tumble Fish Studio both @DeviantScrap.com and Dover Publications..

July 10, 2011

"My Three Wishes"

 Journal Prompt
for July
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This month's journal prompt posed a very thought provoking question: "If you had three wishes, what would they be?" Decisions, decisions. I wavered between choosing "world peace" and wishing that I had my body of 30 years ago coupled with the brains and knowledge that I have now. Tough choice! LOL!!!

Of course, when all was said and done, honesty and my true heart's desires won out over vanity.

May all of your wishes come true!

Credits: Thanks to Julia @ Ceremony-Etsy, to Tumble Fish Studio @ Deviant Scrap, and to Dover Publications for some of the elements used in this piece.

July 6, 2011

More Index Cards

As promised, here are a few more journal pages that were created on simple index cards for the ICAD summer project hosted by Tammy at Daisy Yellow. Once again, I'm finding that doing just a small piece of art each day is satisfying my creative soul.
On a side note . . . an amazing thing has been happening as this journal is progressing. I've noticed that my style seems to be changing a bit and, I've been more willing to experiment with new journaling techniques.

I had no idea when I started this project that creative freedom would present itself in the form of a 3"x5" card. They're small and inexpensive, and I've actually given myself permission to draw, doodle and play. It's a good thing!


One of my blogging friends, Geri Centonze @ My Heart Art, is starting a blog dedicated to blogging artists. It will launch in a few weeks. If you'd like to be listed, you can visit Geri by clicking here, and please tell her that I sent you her way.

May your day be filled with the joy of creative freedom!
Credits: Thanks to Rian @Freubel , to Ceremony & Land of Nod Studio @Etsy, to TumbleFishStudio & Crowabout Studio B @DeviantScrap, to Norma Frances @ Flickr and to Dover Publications for some of the images.

July 3, 2011

July Calendar

 Half Way Thru 2011!
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As I began to work on this month's spread, I couldn't quite believe that I've been faithfully committed to writing, doodling or drawing in this journal every day for the past six months. Way back in January, the prospect of filling my blank journal with a year's activities seemed very daunting and a bit intimidating.

Every morning I sit down with my cup of coffee and fill in one tiny "inchie" with something that happened the day before, and it's now a pleasant routine. It doesn't matter if it's boring, exciting, fun or unexpected. Recording a day's events has now become something that I truly enjoy.

If you'd like to see more calendar journals or would like to join the fun, head over to Kate Crane's blog, The Kathryn Wheel. There's a ton of inspiration that your's for the "clicking"! (Click here to go there.) Participating blogs and their links are listed at the bottom of her post. Be sure to tell Kate that I sent you! ;-)

Wishing you a "cool" July that's filled with summer fun!

Credits: Thanks to Deborah @Land of Nod Studio-Etsy, to Tumble Fish Studio @ Deviant Scrap, to Studio CrowaboutB @ DeviantScrap and to Dover Publications for some of the elements used in this piece.