Monday, March 23, 2015

birthday card

This card reflects my latest color crush:  blues and browns. I can't seem to get enough of the combo.
I want to decorate a beach house with these colors.  Anyway- this is a pretty card I just made for a friend of mine. The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations dies. The ivy stem and leaves is from Spellbinders, as is the 'Happy Birthday" die cut.

happy crafting!   And to quote George Harrison:  Little Darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here, Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

pretty card for Spring... I am so over winter!!

My friend Heather gave me this beautiful stencil of the bird and I made a card out of it. I painted the bird a pretty aqua and the tree a light brown. I made the flowers using die cut flowers from Heartfelt Creations daisy die. The 'thinking of you' is Tim Holtz. the stencil was put on a book page and I tore it to fit an A2 size card. All in all, it reminds me of spring.

Monday, February 9, 2015

mixed media face painting

"Live in the sun shine,
swim in the sea"
mixed media on paper
I bought a new craft book and I am really enjoying it. It's called:  Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces, by Jane Davenport. What a fun book! There are great stepped-out photos with easy directions to paint faces using all kinds of media.
This is my first face I drew and painted using her book. It's a mermaid and she is underwater. I created it by copying one of her faces in the book and following her directions. Lots of fun using markers, acrylic paint pens, colored pencils, name's on here!  If you look close, you will see a crab along with sea horses in her hair among the bubbles and plants.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas to All and to All, a Good Night...

Merry Christmas to one and all! I made this little creche this year to remind me of the reason for Christmas.

Having just lost my husband 4 months ago, I have a heavy heart and wasn't up to decorating this year. So I made this little creche and put it on my dining room table with a small light. It was perfect. Just enough for me to remember why we celebrate. Christmas was my late husbands favorite time of year and so that makes this first Christmas without him all the harder.

The creche is made of 3 ATC's that I decorated on both sides and then put together as the triangle. The figures are tiny miniatures i found at Hobby Lobby. I used snow and glitter glue to glue them down. Then I covered a wood block with papers and added the whole thing to a slice of birch to make the stand.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

paper leaves

I made some really pretty paper leaves for my dining room table for autumn. I love how they turned out. I first glued vintage papers onto card stock and painted them all with Azo gold acrylic paint. Then I die cut the leaves. Then I added more colors of paint to make them look ages, coppery and vintage. Then came a little diamond glitter. The end result is a pretty vintage-y looking paper leaves that really look nice against the wood table. Click on the pictures to see them up close- all the colors...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving...

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!