Monday, March 2, 2015

My Artistic Adventures Challenge #5

It's time for a new challenge over at 
My Artistic Adventures! 

Our theme is


Create any NEW tangible item, Card, tag, ATC, Layout, altered art piece, Banner, pretty much anything you can come up with that is tangible using some of my digital images (or others).
(Sorry no digital entries)

Here is a look at what I created.....


I haven't altered a notebook/journal for some time now so I thought I would now.

I started with a couple of papers from the
I love the shades of green in this collection!

I used polka dots for the front of the book and gingham for the back.

I put a green ribbon, 
that has a bit of lace on it as well, 
on the spine
and 
wrapped another ribbon around to use as a tie closure for the journal.


You can see the ribbon on the spine a bit better on these two photos.


I added the scrap of green corrugated paper over the ribbon to help keep it in place.

Then started layering bits and pieces...

The quote image is from Gecko Galz 
That is on pop dots.

I used some scrap lace trim and fiber trim to tuck under the image.

A little string of pearls across the top of the corrugated piece.

Then finished off with a bunch of flowers that I've kinda been hoarding...
mostly because they are green and I don't use green much!
The larger flower has a pearl button center 
and the 2 medium sized flowers have a couple of pink brads to bring in the pink from the image
and 
the 3 bitty flowers were just 4 or 5 each of the little flowers bunched and glued together to form a few little buds. 

I tucked a few white little leaves and a couple little stamen bits underneath to finish off my piece.


I hope you will join us for this challenge...
show us your green!
I can't wait to see what you create!

Please remember you can use other images to 
play along & win the "Top three badge"
but in order to win the Random Draw (a free collage sheet)
 and
 Designer's Choice (chance to Guest Design and receive free images)
you must use one of My Artistic Adventures images.

Don't forget to stop over and see the rest of the DT's creations over on the challenge blog!

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I'm linking up with...
Unruly Paper Arts March challenge

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Have a great week!
Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gecko Galz March Challenge

The Gecko Galz new challenge is up and running!

This month our theme is "In the Garden!!"
March 1st-29th.

Feel free to grab our badge in the right column, and share on your blogs.

There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz!!
It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!! It is up to you!!
The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree

Here is the sample piece I created...


The striped paper is from the Dapper Dan paper pack
The floral paper and the fussy cut butterfly is from the 
The tags are from the Vintage Tags collage sheet
and the  stamp is from the In My Garden stamp set

I colored in my stamp with a combination of Spectrum Noir & Distress markers
then used my corner chomper on the edges before matting it on a piece of shimmering blue cardstock.

I layered my pieces along with a doily, 
placed the fussy cut butterfly on top of the stamp
 and a seam binding bow below.

And below you can see that I simply tucked the vintage tags under the doily.


I hope you all will join us for the challenge 
and don't forget to hop over to Gecko Galz to check out the rest of the DT's projects!




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OMG I did it!

When I was a little younger
(ok a lot younger)
I wanted to be able to draw.
Oh I could draw a Santa face, 
or a bunny, cat, horse or dogs head...
all cartoony!
I'd sit in front of the tv,
watch a cartoon and draw a character, 
but I wanted more.
I wanted to draw faces, landscapes.....

It wasn't until I was in High School that I found out that there was an art class I might have been able to take,
 if 
I knew enough!

And I didn't!

They were drawing and shading and who know's what else!
I was drawing cartoony things that pleased my young nephew!

Well,
 I'm still not drawing but I was recently moved,
while watching a video, 
of a woman (CeeCee) who was painting a woman's face!

I cried...

not just because I hadn't been able to do that but also because I felt like 
I could.....
I felt like I was there with her!
(In all honesty there was a bit more emotion going on in me while watching that video, but I'll keep that to myself for now.
Lets just say it was a therapeutic cry,
much needed!)

Art Therapy here I come!

With the "I think I can do that" idea in my head & hands
 I decide to grab some paints and get to it!
I started with my art journal,
but quickly decided that if I was going to do this I was going to commit and do a canvas!
That way I can hang it in my office when I'm done and see it every day! 

In the video she used her fingers to paint the face, 
I found that I needed to use a brush!
 I was pretty happy about that. 
Why?
 I don't know, but it felt good!
LOL

It took a few days but I finally finished! 

This was the best therapy I've gone through!

Here is my painting.....


The title reflects a part of my therapy...

I haven't always felt like I fit in
 and
too often, felt like I wasn't good enough...


I am me,
like it or not.....
Perfectly Imperfect Me!


Enjoying the (therapeutic art) journey!

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Here is a link to the video I cried to! 

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Thank you for stopping by! 
Hope you are having a great week!




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Canvas fun with desperately needed inspiration...

It's winter,
cold winter,
cold cold winter!
I'm not a fan!
I don't like the cold weather, 
especially when Mother Nature decides to add in some wind!
BRRRrrrrr....
I don't like ice,
snow is okay once or twice but it get's old quick!
(I am so thankful I no longer live where they are being hammered with several feet of snow in one storm, these last couple of years...yikes)

Also not a big fan of the seasonal depression that comes and hangs around way longer than it is welcome!
It's like that bad house guest you can't get rid of!
It robs me of my energy, my mojo and my happy!

In an effort to fight this unwelcome guest I've been doing a lot of putzing around the house
Cleaning, cooking, baking.....
I've also zoned out with the internet or the tv!
On occasion I make it down the hall to my crafty office.
Not making cards, tags, altering anything.....
Looking for something outside of the norm I actually got my sewing machine running and made my kitchen curtains I'd been wanting to make.....
well one set anyway! 
One set to go and the dining room needs a set too!
I'll get those done eventually!

Thanks to my New Years Creative Goals
I have been keeping up with my 
Lucky for my winter mood or maybe not so lucky,
 it's every other week!

In between, while surfing the net, I found that Donna also has
 Artist Gang Tuesday videos that she shares on her blog.
 In watching them I found another artist I'm fast becoming a fan of,
and that would be CeeCee.

Now thanks to Donna and her inspiration I've been finding nerve I didn't have before and have tried to venture off the art journal and onto canvas.
I made this canvas you can see HERE
It's a little guy! 
Didn't want to go too big and end up overwhelmed and have a mess.

With all Inspiration Wednesday & Artist Gang Tuesday videos,
then jumping over to CeeCee's blog and seeing some more of her videos,
I found a bit more bravery and with this post of CeeCee's for inspiration I made this larger canvas.....


I'm so proud of me!


I used the painting techniques from CeeCee's video & Donna's layering techniques and had so much fun with this!


I was going to add a word or quote but my daughter liked it the way it was so I ended it here.

Hope you are finding inspiration that keeps you going this winter.

Thanks for visiting and sticking with me through my winter blabbering!
Stay warm!