Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Less crafting, more painting these days...

I've started oil painting. I needed a change, and oils are something I have ALWAYS wanted to try. I did paint one painting in oils when I was 10 years old. Then I did another one when I was about 45 years old. That's is. I've always been a water color painter and then last year I added soft pastels to my arsenal.  Now I've added oils. I have to say, I love them. They allow me to fiddle, which I do tend to do. Fiddling is not good in watercolors, but in oils it's ok.

If you click over on the right hand upper corner here on the pastels, that will bring you to my 'fine art' blog if you would like to see my latest work. 

have a wonderful day...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Never thought I would enjoy the color purple!

...and I am not speaking of the book or the movie. I mean purple in greeting cards. Purple is a color that I rarely use...except maybe when making paper hydrangeas or pansies. I am just not a big fan of purple...or so I thought! I decided to make a couple more purple cards since I had all the purples out for the birthday card I made for my granddaughter that i posted in my last post. 

I used papers from Heartfelt Creations. This latest paper stack I bought from them have a few purple themed pages. I made the flowers out of a lighter lavender paper that I stamped and then added lavender glitter. 

I really enjoyed making them and am pleased with the purple colors...isn't it odd how things just work out that way you least expect it? I guess that is what makes the day-to-day more interesting.



thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pretty birthday card

Sometimes it's good to get back to basics. A card is a basic in my book and I do enjoy making them. With all my ridiculously insane amount of craft/stamp supplies, I feel like a real slug when I buy a card instead of making one. Anyone else feel that way?  

Anyway, I made this one today for my granddaughter who is turning 14 today. Much more 'grown up' then my past cards I've made for her. But she is starting high school (how the heck did THAT happen?!?) in the fall, so no more kiddie cards for her!

full card
close up

The supplies I used are a mish-mosh of items. The card stock is a retired Stampin' Up color.  I used the Tim Holtz sun ray stamp with milled lavander distress ink. Flowers are the Martha Sterwart hydrangea punch. I added tiny glass diamonds to each one. The heart is a Martha punch too. The large purple flower is a Fiskar punch. The happy birthday banner is Stampin' Up die and stamp set I just received yesterday. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Altered Art - mini accordion book and altered box

Having fun with altered art. I made this little piece for fun...doesn't really have a use...except to put a smile on my face. :-)   The overall size is about 2" x 3", slightly smaller.  

I also made a YouTube video of it.







This is the sleeve of the box I altered. The book goes inside of it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Photo wheels are still fun!

Tim Holtz is so creative. But you probably already know that. 

Once of his newer dies is of a photo wheel. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be lots of fun to make my own photo wheels. I am currently making one using real images for a lady who is turning 90- for a photo album I am making for her. Her daughter sent me photos to use of her and people in her life. I'll post that one after the party.

The two here are going to be used for different albums or tags. One is seaside themed and one is using the beautiful papers from Kaisercraft called Curiosity

I love detail...so for me, I find this type of crafting sort of a Zen experience. Others may not like the fussiness of this one. I am showing my age with this post. Those of you who remember these are most likely 'of a certain age'. I loved them when I was a kid and still do!
 







Friday, June 6, 2014

Special card for a special birthday

My dear husband is turning 60 next week and so I made a special card for a special birthday.  I really enjoyed making the flowers. Even though this is for a man, the colors are masculine and so to me, it works for a man, flowers and all.
the overall size is 5.5" square. 
Paper: Heartfelt Creations - Sun Kissed Collection
I also used same paper for the flowers so it all matches. 

Dies and stamps- Heartfelt Creations - Open Vintage Floret, Leaf Medley.

I also used VIVA glitter liner-Iridescent- painted on flowers with a brush, Pearl flat backs for flower centers and sepia ink on all edges using a dauber sponge. 

I LOVE Heartfelt Creations paper products! They have papers that coordinate with their dies and all papers are similar so mix-and-match is easy. 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

weeping angel

I love cemetery angels. I have been known to lay down in muddy cemeteries to get just the right shot (ask my then boyfriend, now husband, who would come along for the drive.) And yes, he still married me :-)

In early April I drove to various towns in Georgia with my sister on our annual sister-trip. This year we focused on my father's side of genealogy. We ended up in a small cemetery in Americus, Georgia, the birthplace of my grand father and great-grandfather. We usually go to the local library and the town cemetery when doing our family genealogy. While walking around the cemetery, we came upon this amazing grave of a weeping angel. It was so moving in the context of a cemetery.  The painting below is of that weeping angel. I've painted it in my Cavallini Medieval Journal that my dear husband gave me many years ago. (He gave two identical journals and I've just completed the first journal.)  The paper is hand made Italian paper, very smooth, thick and creamy. It takes a bit to get used to the paper- different than my usual Arches 140 cold pressed.

weeping angel
7" x 9"
watercolor

I came across an article about these angels here if you are interested in reading more about them.