"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Family Treasure

Every family has
a family treasure.
This little one is ours.

I wasn't really sure
where this idea of
using dusty pink and gray colors
was going to take me as
I lay down the
first foundation
of stencil and stamp work.
And, because of that uncertainty, 
it came to mind
that I was either going to 
love it or hate it, there 
was not going to be a middle ground for me.
Turns out fortunately for me,
that I love it. 

I have a hoard of old paper lines that I have not used and the Prima Rondell collection was one of them.  I was pleased that the papers and patterns were going to help me layer patterns and colors, and to tame down that garish pink stencil work that looked so striking alone next to the white paper.

Some close up of the cluster work. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I can't drive by a beach and not get out and get my feet wet....

A photo to remind me that I was once young and carefree.
To this day, I cannot drive by a beach and
not get out and get
my feet wet.
Still enjoying working with
 my Canson Mixed Media Tablet.
Organized all my brads, pearls and embellies
this weekend. Loving the feeling and
inspiration of organizing my supplies which
then inspire me to create with them.

Below is a close up of some stencil and stamping to help create some interest around the photo.
The papers are Prima's Cigar Rose Secrets.
Below is a little happy accident when I dropped some aqua mist over a red drop. Love it when that happens!

A close up of the sewn beads around a sweet little cluster:

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Laugh Out Loud"....don't you wish we do this more often?

At Tuesday Throwdown this week,
the challenge was
to create a card
without using printed papers.
I was only too delighted to work with my new
Canson mixed media tablet again!
Since I had not yet put away the products I had used
on a previous project ( I know, I know shame
on me for not tidying up immediately
after a project), this card came
together rather quickly.
Hmm..makes me think I should always
leave my work area a little messy.
Oh how I love the freedom of starting
from a blank piece of paper and wondering
where it will take me.
This journey took me to a place of
sweet pansies.
I use to collect them in all forms
and was lucky to find several
vintage post cards from the early 1900's from
a vintage shop years ago before
things like that became in demand and costly too.

Need some inspiration?
Visit Tuesday Throwdown here to checkout this weeks challenge
and every week
and see what they
have to offer to perk your creativity.
Thanks for visiting....

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fiber, Stencil and some Bling

has this lovely
mixed media sketch for their sketch challenge.
You can find the information for the sketch challenge here. 

Trying something new on
my new 
 Canson's 9 x 12
Mixed Media tablet.
I'm enjoying adding 
fibers instead of printed papers
to my recent projects, and there
are so many colors, and variety
of fibers out there in our 
fabric stores to choose from.

In this weeks mail, 
I received 
the wonderful gift of the
Kaisercraft "Arty" stamp
from my arty scrapping Muse.
This inspired me to 
create this page. I adore how the
texture stamp fills in the small spaces with
texture and interest. I'm already
thinking of other ways to use this stamp. 
Loving that Two Crafty Leaf chippy too. The surface
is the perfect size to add some crackle paste.

Close up of the wonderful fiber.
I wish I had some in every 
color of the 
Until next time.....