Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mermaids Wish Upon Starfish

Hello crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! I spent my day off trying to get the art house rearranged and organized. It's still a work in progress, but it's getting there. Hope to share pics soon. 

Today I am sharing a little wood block that I made while I was at my friend Kristie's last weekend. The wood block is 6" x 4" x 1". I painted the block in three sections, brown on the bottom, blue in the middle and pink on the top, blending each together slightly. I added some texture paint to the bottom section to create a sandy beach look. 


I wrote the saying "Mermaids with upon starfish" with a block marker and then went over it with a white gel pen. The little acrylic starfish is first painted with gesso, then with a dark flesh color and finally sprayed with brown ink. I will have the starfish for sale in my Etsy shop soon, so check back soon!!

This little wood block can be a shelf sitter or add a hanger to the back to be able to hang it on the wall. I have more of these wood blocks that I will paint, maybe some more of the same, but I have other ideas floating around in my head.

That's all from me today. I'll be back soon with more fun projects!
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, July 2, 2018

I'm Not a Cat Lady

Hello friends!! Wow, it's July already!! How did that happen?! I spent this past weekend with my bestest friend, Kristie and had the best time just hanging out and creating art together. I worked mostly in my art journal, which I haven't done in a while. Today I'm sharing one of the pages I made and must say I am so giddy with how this turned out!! Ready? Ok, here it is....

My friends call me the crazy cat lady because we had a couple of stray cats that I started feeding and they have morphed into about a dozen now. They are strictly outdoor cats because Dakota is allergic to cats, although he does catch one every now and then to show me. 

I can't help but feed them, so of course they are mine now :) 

I found a drawing of a cute kitty on Pinterest and went by that to draw this cute little fellow. I love him!!!

I don't know whether I actually made up this quote or if I heard it somewhere lol

How could not love a face like that?! That's how I feel about every single one of those sweeties that hang around here. They aren't really "my" cats, but I have names for them all. Another reason they aren't indoor cats is because we have a Chihuahua named Milo and he is kinda scared of them lol.

What about you? Do you have cats? or do you prefer dogs? or both? I hope you enjoyed my page as much as I had fun creating it! I'm still giddy over it :)

I will be back soon to share more journal pages and another project that I did over the weekend. I really needed that time with my artsy friend to jump start my creativity again. Hoping I will continue with the inspiration and created more often so I can share with you!!

*Edited to add: for the sun on this art journal page, I used a stencil that Kristie (my bestest friend that I spent the weekend with) designed for Stencil Girl. It is called "Striped Mandala with Border" and can be purchased from my Etsy Store HERE or from Stencil Girl HERE

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

That's A Lot Of Wine!

Hey there friends! It's been a crazy couple of weeks. My baby graduated from high school! It was a long 14 years (he was in 4K and 5K), many ups and downs, a total of  6 schools, lots of wonderful teachers, a bunch of IEP meetings, tons of hard work on his part (and mine, lol), but it was all worth it for this....

L-R: Dan the Man, Dakota, the Graduate,
me and the ex-husband AKA the kid's Dad.
It was a very proud day and I only got teary once or twice. Proud beyond words of that kid!!

Now to get to what the title is about, lol. A girl I work with asked me if I could make a wine cork wreath for her, she would provide the wine corks. Of course I said yes! She brought a bag so full, it weighed about 5 pounds! No kidding! So this is what I came up with...

The base is a 12 inch wire wreath form that I wrapped with burlap, then glued the first layer of wine corks. I then glued some moss in the empty spots and glued more wine corks to fill in other gaps. 

Next, I added the burlap mesh ribbon to add extra texture and dimension. A few more wine corks were added to fill in the last few bare spots. 

The bow is made with the same burlap mesh ribbon with another bow made from red canvas ribbon layered on top. I added  red flower bud and some little blue/purple flowers to the bow and then tucked in some leaves, berries and other florals in under the bow.

There are over 100 wine corks in this wreath! That's a lot of wine corks! But there are that many left in the bag she gave me, so I'll be making another one :)

Yesterday, Dakota and I went to Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC and while in the city, I went to Ikea. One of my favorite places EVER!! I got quite a few more organizing bins for the Art House. It's still a total mess out there, but I'll get it in order one of these days. I need to take pics of the room as I'm working so I can track the progress. I'll share them here!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back soon. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Talent Not Wasted

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing a digital page that I created to commemorate my Uncle Dan, who passed away last week. He was an amazing musician and journalist and certainly used his God given talents to make an impact on people. He loved folk music, especially Scottish/Irish ballads and  Bluegrass music. He wrote music and his singing style was different and unique, all his own.

He was the local newspaper editor for many years and also was the editor of the Sandlapper, a magazine all about places and things to do and see in South Carolina. Uncle Dan wrote many short stories and published many books.
He was my Dad's brother, the youngest of seven boys. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by everyone who ever had the amazing opportunity to meet him. He walked in faith and was truly a most obedient Christian. One of my Dad's cousins said if you ever wanted a moral example, think of Dan. No words were ever more true of a person. RIP my sweet Uncle Dan!
If interested, check out Uncle Dan's music recordings on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back soon to share more creations.
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I Am Worth It

My dear sweet friend Janet passed away in March and her daughter, Kristie (my bestest friend) has been reading and sharing some passages from Janet's journal. When I read the one she shared on Facebook the other day, I knew I had to create something in her memory using this quote.

Janet was such a special woman and yes, she was worth it! Isn't the quote just spectacular?! It is a reminder that no matter what your faults or imperfections, you are worth good things.

I'm creating more digital pages and I have a couple of wreath ideas in my head that I'll be working on soon. I'll be back to share those and more artsy stuff soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hooked On Digital Images

Hello again sweet art friends! So happy to be back today to share some digital art pages that I created. I love taking digital images, mashing them all together and creating one of a kind scrapbook and art pages. There are a few digital online stores that I frequent: The Lily Pad, Sweet Shoppe Designs and Mischief Circus are some of my favorites. I found some new digital kits from The Lily Pad and got to creating!

For the first two pages, I used elements from Fairlee by Rebecca McMean and School Elements #4 by Paula Kesselring.

I can't draw faces very well, so I am loving all the fun art dolls and faces that digital artists are offering. 

Aren't the little wings fantastic??!! Love the word blocks, too :)

This last page I used Photo-Graphic Torn Layers by Dawn Inskip, Making Your Mark Faces by LiLi Wee and Pia by Rebecca McMean. The torn papers make it so easy to create beautiful backgrounds and those faces are so super amazing!

I love all three pages!  I will definitely be using these images again and again.

That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ooops, I've Done It Again

Wow, where has the time gone? I can't believe I haven't posted since February! So sorry to be gone so long. The last couple of months have been busy at work and this is Dakota's senior year in school, so lots going on gearing up for graduation. I can't believe my baby will be graduating from high school!!
Last month I went to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in St. Louis. Oh my goodness I had so much fun! I went because my friend Kristie was teaching mixed media classes and I just had to attend! I took a few of Kristie's classes and one other class from Want2Scrap. I also had the wonderful opportunity to work in the Melissa Frances booth teaching the make and takes. She was not able to attend this time, but her husband was running the booth and he was super awesome! The make and takes we did were to promote her new watercolor paints, which are super fun to work with. Sadly, I did not take any pictures while I was at the convention because my phone just would not cooperate!
I made another sweet friend, Michelle, who was Kristie's class assistant. The three of us had so much fun! One night we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant and I fell in love with the decor. They had one whole wall decorated with shrines that were so each a different theme. I was able to take a few pictures with my tablet. Here are a couple of the shrines that I really loved.


Of course I would be drawn to the one with mermaids on it :) I really want to make my own little shrine now.

The one thing I really wanted to do/see while there was the St. Louis Gateway Arch but there just wasn't enough time. Maybe one day I will get back there to see it.

I'll have to get some good pictures of the projects that I made in those classes and share soon. And I'll try my best not to stay away so long again!

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!