Monday, October 16, 2017

Thinking of you

Needed to send a card to someone in the hospital. I used pattern paper for the backgound. The flowers are stamped and painted on watercolor paper. Something a little different.




Adding this to Simonssays Thinking of You Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a good week!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

WIP

I am heading out this week to spend time with my 6 month old granddaughter. That means I am trying to finish up and work ahead before I go. I have a show/sale with my art group the weekend after I get back. This is a work in progress card. Needs to be finished with a sentiment and maybe some bows or something.

I did decide that I did not like the paper I am using for these. It is not working as well with the watercolors as I thought it would. Oh well. Live and learn:)



Adding this to Paintpartyfriday.

Thank you for visiting on this rainy Saturday! I hope it is sunny where you are!

Bazzill Basics Cardstock

I was thrilled to be asked to guest design for Bazzill Basics cardstock! Their cardstock has the best colors and texture. My layout is posted today on facebook and I would be so happy if you would jump over there and comment.

Here is a sneak peak

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to head over to facebook!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Working on some new canvases for the next show

There are small 4 x 4 canvases with a dreamy background. Each one will be different.

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday.

Thank you for your visits. They mean so much to me!

Also - my sincere thank you to everyone who stopped for the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop! I hope you were inspired.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Hop

If you are looking for the Handyman's Holiday Hop, you have found it! Welcome!

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman's Holiday Hop. Please be sure to visit each stop to see the inspiring altered brushes!

If you get lost, just head back to D'sPaperStudio for the complete list of stops.

Our "Be Inspired Giftaway" is featured at D'sPaperStudio. Four winners will be chosen from all the comments on all of the blogs along the hop. So make sure you comment along the way!


Please join me in thanking our generous sponsors:

QuickQuotesScrapbookCompany - A $30 gift certificate (before shipping. Excludes all Canon products and Club Q memberships) Open to all

HeartfeltCreations - $50 gift certificate open to all

Helmar - An assortment of Helmar products. Restricted to mainland USA and Australia.

I am a member of the Helmar Design Team. I want to thank them for sponsoring this prize! I hope you follow the Helmar Blog for more information about their products as well inspiring projects!


DsPaperStudio - an assortment of products for you to complete your own paintbrush.



When I saw this white brush, I knew right away what I wanted to create. I started by
painting the brush red. Can you guess where this is going? I added batting and evergreen for Santa's hat. Of course, Santa needed a face. Buttons were perfect for his eyes and his cherry nose is a red pom pom. I fashioned eye glasses from a piece of wire. The last addition was a tag created with a flower and a variety of smaller tags.

I used Helmar Premium Craft Glue to put the tag together and for the buttons and pom pom on his face.This glue dries quickly and clearly. And, I know the embellishments won't fall off in a few weeks.


This will be the perfect addition to my wreath!

What do you think? Are you ready to grab a paintbrush and get to work?

Your next stop is CraftyGoodies.Craftygoodies Again, if you get lost, head back to D'sPaperStudio for the complete list.


Thank you for hopping along! Don't forget to comment on each blog along the way for a chance to win the one of the Giftaway prizes! I would love for you to follow my blog either by email or by clicking the blue follow button on the right. 

I look forward to you visiting again! 

Jean

Monday, October 2, 2017

NBUS


NBUS is never before used schtuff and I am playing along with Djkardkreations!




It is such fun to dig through and find stuff you forgot you had. I have these Tim Holtz Paper Dolls which I wasn't quite sure how to use. I added them to a mixed media thank you card.


Thanks Darnell for these fun challenges! Thank you for stopping by!

Adding this to Hiding in My Craft Room HIMCR #320 Freestyle challenge. 




Handyman's Blog Hop

The Holidays are fast approaching - no way around it. 




What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to be inspired! I am hopping along with 9 fellow crafters. For this project we are altering paintbrushes using a holiday theme. 

In addition to the inspiration, we have four wonderful sponsors. Prizes were be chosen from all the comments left on the blogs. 

 


Join us for all the fun starting October 5th!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mixed Up Magazine

Hi everyone!

The new issue of Mixed up Magazine is out!

I am happy to say that I have a mixed media canvas on page 57!

Here is a peek


Want to know where to buy this? It is a digital magazine available on Pocketmags
you can purchase a single issue, 2 months or an annual subscription. 

What are you waiting for? Go check it out!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Watercolor play


Still learning and experimenting! I like this little guy but don't like what I did with the leaves and tree. It is good for me to keep practicing. 




Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. Head over there to see some amazing pieces of art!

Thank you for visiting! Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, September 25, 2017

NBUS - day 2

Here is another card using old Webster's Pages Vellum papers which I have had forever!

I layered the vellum over patterned paper to make a card.



Adding this to DJKardkreations NBUS day 2.




Thank you for visiting!

NBUS

NBUS stands for Never Before Used Schtuff.

This is a challenge going on over at DJKardkreations for 10 days!






Th idea is to use things you have not used - old or new!

I made a simple tag card using these fun cupcake stickers which have been sitting in my stash.


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Scrapping again

I was having troubles being creative with paint yesterday so I scrapped instead. We have so many photos of our granddaughter which I need to start putting on layouts!

This was the first photo of me and LJ. I cannot beleive it was almost 6 months ago. She has changed so much since that day!


G45 Precious Memories was the perfect paper for this!

I was inspired by this sketch at StuckSketches
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Thank you for visiting! I appreciate your kind words! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cards for Mom

My mom is now in a nursing home which  is a big adjustment for both my sister who was caring for her and for her. I am 2 1/2 hours away so only get up there every two weeks or so. In between I have been sending her cards.

When we were younger my mom painted using oil paints. Covered bridges were her thing. I always stayed away from art. She is so proud of what I am doing now so I try to send her hand painted cards.

I thought I would send fall to her so I made this leaf card.


 Adding this to paint party Friday! You should check out the wonderful pieces posted!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Bringing us Together

I have a special project today over at CanvasCorpBrands.

Here is a sneak peak

Would love for you to stop there and leave me a comment!

If you are unfamiliar with Canvas Corp, be sure to stop by the store! This is where you can stock up on Tattered Angels mists and paints, Architextures, wonderful papers and canvas supplies!

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Autumn

It feels like summer but autumn is on the way!

Another mixed media canvas - papers, paints, stamps, stencils and more!



Adding this to PaintPartyFriday!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grateful

I am always grateful to win a prize. Here is a thank you going out this week for some watercolors I won.

Still learning how to paint with watercolors.

Adding this to Simonssays Clean and Simple challenge.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Scarecrows, Corn rows

Fall is approaching. I have seen leaves starting to turn and temps have been cooling. TIme to change the decorations!

This fall canvas began with a layer of various pattern papers. This is a great way to use up 6 x 6 sheets.  I added paints, inks, stamps, stencils and painted a fun pumpkin. Finished with this lovely quote.

Mod Podge is perfect for each layer and the final layer protects this from fading, dust and the elements.

Thank you for visiting and sharing this glimpse of fall with me!


Adding this to SimonSays Wednesday Challenge - Stamp it.

Dislosure - Products were provided by Oriental Trading but the opinions are my own.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Art in the Park


This weekend is Art in the Park. This show/sale is sponsored by our art group and I am getting my canvases ready!

I tried a different color fall theme. Loving the blue/red.






Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge to stamp it.

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday as well.

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Wonderful Announcement

I don't know if you saw on Facebook but I am continuing on as a Design Team Member for Helmar Adhesives. I hope you check out the post here -


Helmar


Helmar has professional quality adhesives for your every need!

Check out their website here - Helmar.

A few of my favorites are

HELMAR 450 Quick Dry Adhesive 4.23 fl.ozHELMAR Crystal Kote Gloss Spray 14.11 oz.HELMAR Acid Free Glue 4.23 fl.oz.

Stay tune for projects focusing on these wonderful adhesives!

Friday, September 1, 2017

So busy!

Returned home from two weeks with our 5 month old granddaughter! She is just so precious! Trying to crawl, making the best faces, and on the go constantly.


We are getting ready to head to the cottage for the long weekend. I have time to share this art journal page I made. This is for a Canvas Corp Brand traveling art journal. I misted tissue paper and stamped flower images. I cut them out and adhered them to add more dimension. Love the finished look.





Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your kind words. 

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday

Sunday, August 27, 2017

ATC

ATC's are artist trading cards these small but mighty cards can be done in any style or format. This one is a watercolor Floral.  It is 2.5 x 3.5

Adding this to Simonsays  Monday challenge -http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/adding this to PaintpartyFrid
Adding this to piant party Friday - http://paintpartyfriday.blogspot.Thank
 you for visiting and for your kind words. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Letters to Lauren

I have a four month old granddaughter. Even though she lives in Phoenix and I live in Michigan, I have been traveling to see her almost every month. She is growing so quickly! Thank goodness for facetime when we are not there.

I had seen a story on line where a grandfather kept a journal for his granddaughter. I thought that was an amazing idea so I started Letters to Lauren. After each visit, I  write her a letter. I share how much she has grown, what she has learned, what we did and more. I wanted some place special to keep these letters so I decorated a plain pencil box.









I had the perfect papers to use - Mix and Match Sugar and Spice Pad from CanvasCorpBrands 

Mix & Match Pad - Sugar & Spice

First I gave the box two coats of paint. I also added a thin coat of Vanilla over the Pink.


I started building the layers on the top, beginning with the  Baby Girl Quotes and a banner from the It's a Girl Sampler 


Baby Girl Quotes on Ivory PaperBaby Girl: It's A Girl Sampler on Ivory Paper

Ribbon added texture and I cut out her initials from the Pink and Ivory Baby Girl Alpha
 and backed it with black corrugated paper

Baby Girl: Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha Paper

To finish it, I created a cluster around one of the quotes in the paper pad

I could not leave the inside plain. I again used the quote paper, ribbon and another quote.  Pink Polka Dot paper finishes the inside.



I included a tag which is titled "What I Want For You" which sums up my feelings perfectly. 

I have three letters in here so far and will be adding another at the end of August.

I am not including a photo of my adorable granddaughter because I am honoring my daughter's wishes not to post any baby photos on line. You will just have to believe me when I say she is the cutest!

I you have enjoyed this special project! I cannot wait to give it to Lauren when she is older!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Keeping Cool

Our air conditioner broke last night, so I am trying to keep cool but doing winter crafts! Not sure it is working:)

I saw a challenge over at Mixed Up Blog


The challenge was to create a mixed media project  using cork. I remembered I had a 4 x 4 inch piece of cork in my stash. So I grabbed it and made a snowman ornament.


I used texture paste for his face. His hat is made from sheet music. I stenciled his nose and mouth using punchinella. I added embossing and stamping to the background which has a faint layer of gelatos. 

Thanks for such a fun challenge!
Thank you for visiting and your kind words!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wishing You


A freind in our art group was having a birthday so I painted this for him. 
Saw the image online but I did not save the information to reference it. My apologies to about that.




Adding this to Simonsays Monday Challenge!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Out of my Comfort Zone

This mixed media piece really had me thinking and took me right out of my comfort zone.





I am participating in a Facebook challenge at AALL $& CREATES. The first challenge is Europe.  I saw this great quote "Visit Europe to see the living past"  and was taken back to our tour of Italy two years ago. All I could think as I looked at the important buildings, ruins, gardens was of the people who lived here - the great philosophers, the writers, the artists and more. They stood where we did. They looked out at the country side like we did.  The depth of their history is hit me like a ton of bricks. America is so young in comparison.

I knew my focal point would be the Architextures Treasurers Weathered Lady Statue from Canvas Corp Brands
Treasures - Weathered Lady Statue
This was the exact feel I wanted.

I collaged pages from a book of Shakespeare's plays. To this I added layers of washi tape, texture paste, stenciling, mist and more. At one point I washed it off and started over.  I have learned to step back, take a breath and keep at it. I finally had a composition I liked so finished it up.






Challenge 1 - Europe


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Sharing this with Paint Party Friday!



 Supplies used include  7 Gypsies Wanderlust Paper, Simply Sheer Vintage Blue, Glimmer Mist Tattered Leather - CanvasCorpBrands

My thanks to each of you for inspiring me!