Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I am very humbled and honored that I was chosen to be EBSQart.com's blogger of the week! Another wonderful artist/friend of mine is one of their blog writers and asked me if I would like to be featured and of course I said YES! Amanda Makepeace is her name and be sure to check out her beautiful art too! She does some amazing work! I'm happy to say I won one of her ACEO's on her blog awhile back. I have it framed and it's gorgeous!

Lately I've found time to created some new little pieces. Yesterday I created a little series called "Little Houses" while Lorelei was napping. It felt great! Here's what I made.

I also ran into an idea on someones blog that sparked me to created this cool concept on colored Popsicle sticks. Basically it will help me to not run out of ideas. The combinations are endless. I wrote colors on the red sticks, subjects on the yellow, words on the blue and mediums on the green. I haven't used the system yet but when I randomly picked you can see the combinations!! So fun!! Can't wait to use it when I'm stumped! Check it out!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Melange on Etsy Altered Bottle Challenge

I was finally able to participate in another challenge put on by the Melange Team on Etsy. I am a member of this mixed media group and most of the ladies in this group have been published in the awesome mags put out by Stampington & Co. as well as Cloth Paper Scissors. I'm lucky to have such fabulous team mates!! You don't have to be a member to participate in the challenge. Check out the details here.

This bottle was found buried in our yard a few years ago when our water line broke. It was used as "clean fill" in the 50's. Yeah right! It's either a beer or soda bottle, my guess is beer because the way some of the things in our house was built, you'd wonder! LOL Anyways I've upcycled it and really like how it turned out. Hope you do too!

Now go alter your own bottle!!! :)

Art Binge!

Celestial Lovers

That's what I had tonight, an art BINGE!! Just hung out in the studio till inspiration hit!! I forgot that I made a bunch of clay pieces last year to use in my art. I was originally looking for my paper clay which I still can't find but ended up finding my bag of clay pieces! This is what I created tonight! I'll take better photos but for now you can see. It was fun having paint and gel medium all over my fingers!!

I should get to bed. I'm up late again and tomorrow is my baby girls 3rd birthday! Actually in about 45 minutes, 3 years ago tonight I had her! WOW!!!

Enjoy my binge!

Home is Where The Heart Is

Love is Patient Love is Kind

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Help for Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti has devastated children and families in the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck just ten miles from the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, where people are left to search through rubble in hopes of finding loved ones.

Emergency supplies such as food, clean water and shelter are desperately needed.

Here is how I'm helping. Any sales this week on items that are 40% off (non originals) already will have 20% donated to the Red Cross. Any sales on full price items (originals) that I've listed here will have 50% donated to YWAM Haiti Relief. Click on my banner above to go to my Etsy shop.

So just so we're clear. All originals are now normal priced and will have 50% of the profits donated and all sales items will have 20% donated.

I've added some new items that haven't been listed in a long time because they were at a local shop.

Click here to go to my ArtFire Shop.

Please help me do my part for Haiti and get some cool art in the process!! Thank you for looking!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I've been featured on Seriously Soupy!

My Rosemary Chicken/Barley Soup

Never thought I'd be brave enough to post a recipe I created myself! Well my great friend Serena at Seriously Soupy has a fabulous soup blog, all about soups with lots of fabulous pictures! If you love soup like we do check her out! She creates new recipes daily with lots of different soups! Amazing! I created a soup last week and sent her the info and now I'm on her blog! Check it out! Be sure to save her blog as a favorite! You won't be disappointed!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Spring, originally uploaded by creativeFlutter AKA MazerDesign.

I'm soooooooooooooo very ready for it. I just created this today. Really enjoying getting back into my digital collages. Hope you enjoy it. :)

Here's hoping Spring comes sooner than later.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nature Lover

I'm taking DJ Pettit's Photoshop class right now which has inspired me to make more digital collages! Made this today.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bad Girls Challenge # 7 - Insect Shadow Box

Challenge 7 – Shadow Box (good size, found, cigar, repurposed, purchased, etc…)

  • ThemeInsects (butterflies, bees, spiders, moths, mantis, caterpillars, etc…)
  • Required material Fabric (velvet, cotton, felt, lace, old/new, antiqued, etc…)

I really enjoyed this project! I was stumped at first and was going to do a piece with a bee in it but it just wasn't coming together. So I went on another search for a theme and decided upon a butterfly theme when I saw the butterfly ornament at Michael's! After finding the focal point I then perused their scrapbook paper and found the perfect paper, from that point on it just came together for me! Serves me right for buying everything ahead of time when I wasn't set on a theme. Anyways this is super easy.

First off paint your box with gesso if it has a busy background or you want a bit more texture to your piece. Since my box was a cigar box it had very ornate art on it. Let dry. Then choose your paint color and paint the outside and partial inside so no white shows. Measure out your shadow box/cigar box on the inside and cut the paper to fit. I used 2 coordinating papers, one for the sides and one for the background. Glue them down with your glue stick. When that is dry you can now add your focal point where you want it (butterfly). I used the E6000 glue because it had a clip on the back of it. Also on the way home my butterfly was put in the bag with something heavy and was slightly crushed so I had to put it back together. Next I glued on my trim with regular tacky glue but in clear. Next came the cute little flowers! Just glue those babies on! I wanted this piece to look like it could stand alone so I decided to add the knobs on the bottom to give it some height. First I painted the knobs a darker purple (2 coats) and when those were dry I glued them to the bottom with the E6000 glue as well. I let that sit overnight to be sure it was dry. Next was the embellishments, I gathered a bunch of tulle and wrapped some silver craft wire around it so it would keep it's shape. Once I was happy with the shape I added more E6000 to the top and took some sewing pins to hold it in place. When that was dry I pinned an old brooch to the front of it for extra class. I decided the sides needed some glitz so I applied some gold glitter. Next I sprayed it with fixative to keep them in place. Just a little though you don't want to drown the piece. Still wasn't totally happy so I added the little polka dots to the knobs and swirled around the dots with gold gel pen. Last but not least I used the word "Papillon" French for butterfly and a little butterfly sticker next to it. Et voila it's done!

Supply list:
  1. Cigar box ( I have a few lying around, used to buy them from the antique book shop)
  2. Gesso
  3. Making Memories Tiny Alpha's
  4. Christmas ornament (Butterfly) These are super cheap now!
  5. Lara's Crafts Doll Head/knob (3 for the base) 1 1/4" found these in the wood craft section of Michaels.
  6. Acrylics - I used Claudine Hellmuth's purple paint, dark purple & white for the dots on the knobs.
  7. Glitter (gold)
  8. Coordinating scrapbook paper
  9. Paper cutter
  10. Tulle (fabric on top)
  11. Found objects (gold brooch on top)
  12. E6000 glue for the knobs
  13. Silver craft wire
  14. Sewing pins to hold the tulle in place at the top
  15. Fabric Fancies Flowers in champagne/gold
  16. Trim (I purchased mine in the Bad Girls shop)
  17. Tacky glue
  18. Gold gel pen
  19. Glue stick to glue down the paper
  20. Fixative to finish the outside and hold the glitter on.
Official Rules:

The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Card to shop like a Bad Girl in the Bad Girl Shoppe! Be sure to leave a blog comment here first!

Three Rules to Follow:
  1. Follow the challenge guidelines exactly
  2. Post your project in the specific "Project 52" gallery with the title "Challenge #7 - Shadow Box" before January 16 Midnight Pacific Time
  3. Link your layout to the Challenge #7 Thread in the Project 52 forum


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