Friday, September 12, 2014

Tired of it yet???????????

I am having so much fun doing these mix media canvases.  It's also using up lots of charms and baubles I've been saving over the years.  Today I tackled one of those large thick paper mache letters like Michaels and Jo Anns sells.  I gessoed it twice as a base.  Then applied paper scraps with multi medium (love that stuff).  Then I covered it with texture medium and laid on some cheese cloth and did some stamping.  Then for the fun....I pulled out all the fun pieces and began laying them on.  I ended up using all silver which is not what I had in mind when I started but some things just "tell" you what to do.  I used both E6000 and hot glue to add everything then sprayed with Perfect Pearls mists Patina and Mister Huey's Sparkle.  I love that.  It adds sparkle and shine without color.  So much fun.  Needless to say this will have a spot of honor in my studio!

Mixed Media-I'm In Love!

After doing the mixed media piece I showed you a few weeks ago, I found I am really drawn to this craft.  It feels like "real art."  So I did two more pieces, show below.  One is about the things I love and the other I did for my husband's office.  It's a little more masculine.  Take a look.  I'd love to  know what you think.  My inspiration, of course, is Finnabair and her wonderful collages and techniques.

I find with these pieces you have to study them to see everything.  But they are so much fun!  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Haul Videos............yes I said Haul!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just wanted to ask you to please turn up your video.  I did not have my settings right on the audio for these two videos.  I'll be sure to correct it!

New Blog Topics

I've never been one to make my blog about personal things.  But recently I've seen several articles and Pinterest posts about depression. Some are accurate in their facts, some not so much.  I've suffered from clinical depression for 30 years.  Most of that time I have functioned very well and life goes on.  There have been very dark times when it almost wasn't worth living (distorted thinking).   I was fortunate that I had an excellent psychiatrist who was really into the pharmacy end of treating depression.  The first ten years or so I was on a drug that killed the terrible anxiety attacks but I almost have no recall of what happened then because I felt so "drugged."  My gynecologist suggested I go on a different drug and I discussed it with my other doctor and he agreed.  That is one thing you must remember in a medical situation.  You must be proactive where your health is concerned.  After all, you are in charge of your own body.  It may take awhile for you to get that way.  Over the years I have had ups and down and tried almost every drug on the market.  Finally for the last ten or twelve years I have found a combination of drugs that gives me great moods, good sleep (which has been a chronic problem), good energy and a better disposition.

You must remember that depression is like any other illness such as diabetes, lupus, or arthritis.  It is not a character failing or your fault.  It is a disease, a treatable disease.  The biggest thing with depression is distorted thinking, the kind that says you should commit suicide because nothing else will help.  The kind that keeps you from getting help in the first place because you are SURE nothing can be done to help you.  The kind that keeps you from being the best that you can be, stay close to your family and friends and the kind that says the world is coming to an end in the middle of an anxiety attack.

Please if  you suffer, get help. If you don't know where to start, contact your local hospital and they should be able to hook you up with a psychiatrist.  Don't depend on your primary care physician to treat this.  Some are excellent at doing that but most just don't have the grasp on the medication aspects or time for talk therapy.  Most insurance plans cover some or all of the fees associated with seeing a specialist.  Some of us will suffer with this for the rest of our lives.  But I am living proof that a better life is achievable.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

A little enticement..............

This picture is not so great.  The sun keeps coming in and out here today.  If you sign up to be a follower or if you are a follower and you get someone else to sign up, you could win this Prima Paper Doll tag.  Whichever group you are in you must send me an email and tell me you signed up or signed someone else up (both of you get a chance).  Have a great Labor Day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sweet Innocence

A few cards using stamps from the Sweet Innocence collection of My Favorite Things:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just a few Halloween projects to share:

This little shoe from the Sizzix ballroom slipper die is slipper style with o heel.  The other project is again from a Sizzix box die which are so popular now.  The paper is Lost and Found Halloween by Authentique.  I used TH corners on the bottom and a ribbon from my stash around the top.  The skull is sitting on a double rosette and has a spider rubbed with Inka Silver.

Finally, my photography assistant, Sophie, one year old. Adorable, yes?  Have a great week.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Here's the last bunch for now:

The cost of the valentine mini is $20.

This little heart mini which is spiral bound is made from a die and the box is actually part of the mini.  The picture with the beige rose is the box and the one that shows the teal rose is the front page of the mini.  There aren't too many embellishments on the pages but lots of little pockets and pages for pictures or mementos.  A great gift!  The cost of this one is $20.

The butterfly mini is kind of a play on happy words.  The cost is $15.
This is little suitcase from the Sizzix suitcase die.  Inside are several tags devoted to Tim Holtz.  It actually buckles closed.  Cost is $15.

OK here's a few pictures of my little treasures.  I tried to take the cover and one spread on each.

The price on the fall one is $15.

The price on the tea pot mini is $20.

Minis for Sale!

I have so many finished projects taking up space in my studio and so many more I want to make that I've decided to sell a few of the early ones.  I can't describe each one in time...but most of them were featured on my blog at some point.  They're all in great shape and I've priced them inexpensively.  I'll get as many pictures on as I can!  Just email if you are interested!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spooky Couture

 You can be fashionable for Halloween, right?  If  you try the ballroom slipper die by Brenda Walton for Sizzix you will be!  This was so much easier to put together than I thought it would be.  If you try it, I recommend the video by Brenda on the Sizzix website.  It really is very easy and there are so many styles you can make this in including a peep toe shoe and a lower front more modern style shoe and the one shown.  You can also leave the heel off and make a flat slipper!    But how you decorate it is the fun part.  I used a Recollections sticker on the top.  You can use crepe paper ruffles, flowers, jewels, dimensional items etc.  Have fun with it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Jumped Into Mixed Media............and I Like It!

You are probably familiar with the wonderful artist, Anna Dabrowska, known  as Finnabair.  She is from Poland I believe and has turned the art world upside down.  Her scrapbook pages and mixed media pieces are to die for.  She has her own line of supplies from Prima.  So she has inspired me and Angela Holt of Angela Holt Designs on You Tube showed me it could be done.  I watched Angela's  videos a lot of times.....a lot.  And today I jumped in with both feet.  Here's what I did.

Michaels had a wonderful sale on 12 x 12 canvases.  A dozen of them for less than $15.  Now I don't know about quality but to me they seemed fine.  I gessoed the whole thing and then painted the background with black acrylic paint.  Then using Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Matte I collaged on a bunch of random papers.  On top of that I used two stencils with texture paste and laid on some scrim or cheese cloth using the Multi medium.  Then I used about five sprays to color the background over all that.  I had found an image to use, enlarged it, printed it, cut it out and ran it through my Xyron then adhered it to cardstock.  I cut it out and hot glued it to the canvas.  Then with the glue gun I began to lay down chipboard, laces, metal pieces, flowers of all kind (color doesn't matter because you will cover them up), crystals, buttons, some Tim Holtz pieces, pearls, and jewelry findings I found on sale in Michaels.  I collect this kind of stuff all the time so I had a good amount in my stash to work with.

When your piece is all ready then, you use an old brush and cover the whole thing with white gesso, getting in all the nooks and crannies.  When dry you spray, using the same colors you used on the background.  So many color possibilities are possible!  One of the sprays I used was a gold metallic to kind of unify everything.

Note:  the lady in the picture is Billy Burke who was the wife of Florence Ziegfeld but you might know her better as the Good Witch of the North from Wizard of Oz!  Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yup! It's Coming..............

I know it's still a few months off but I couldn't help myself.  I was trying out some new black cardstock to check for cracking when it is folded and this Bazzil did very well.  Embellishments are by Recollections and G45.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Another little cutie from My Favorite Things.  Just wanted to add that I made the raindrops from Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel.  Comes in a tube like the pearl pens only it's clear.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sweet Innocense

A little attitude goes a long way!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Just wanted to share something with you regarding the new Cricut Explore.  First, if you are even remotely considering it, Joann's has it for $225 this week instead of the usual $299 everywhere else.  Big savings.

Secondly, shown below is a cut I did of a 6" doily which was free from Capadia Designs.  The green mat shows all the tiny pieces in the background.  Every single one came out on the mat!!  The other picture of course is the doily itself.  How many times have you cut a design this intricate and had to sit and pick out all the little pieces?  Just amazing!