Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How can it be June already!


All I did was blink at Christmas and already
it is half the year gone!
I'd like to say it is because I've been busy with lots of creative time, but alas, not the case this year as it seems...
but there has been bits and pieces of some creative time...


Using some of Tumble Fish Studio's (Retired)
Fabulous Graphics 
seems that Barkley McMuffin Butt Phillips
now almost 10 months old, 
has slowly, but defiantly, demanding that he be my muse...


So be it Barkley, so he's been insisting that I get
back into my digital graphics and have a play
with some of his photos. This one digitally
altered, ( although I am sure his little soul looks like this),
I've printed this out on some cotton fabric with full
intention of quilting and turning it into something...
pillow, journal cover, who knows yet.
At the moment I just enjoy looking at it, and getting 
ideas on how to embellish...hope I don't ruin it!


...and on occasion between 'busy', have managed
to grab a journal or two and add some creative
pages in them...


I have high hopes of looking ahead further into this
rapidly passing year for some more regular and
deliberate art time, with a stored list of ideas
begging to be let loose....


(Graphics from Art Tea Life)

...and I still manage to grab a Artist Trading Coin blank
and have a bit of art time with them on occasion...
I always keep some blanks available, along with pages
of graphics and bits and bobs for that moment you
sit down and have no idea what to get started on...
mojo start ups....grin....

So I guess I should be pleased to say that there is still
some creative time I've been having, just not as
regular as I would like...
but then, these days, we're all busy aren't we.

So here's to us all getting our mojo going!
Make some time 
and
Enjoy!









Tuesday, March 12, 2019


How can it be March already?


Funny how that happens, you just blink, and you
realize you've lost 3 months.....grin....

I always look forward to Wintertime, with big expectations of lots of creative time and a list of projects that I sometimes spend months planning and thinking about.
Then when it arrives, I end up these days, more like a bear in
Winter, wanting to hibernate.


So I keep in practice, at least every couple of days
with my Artist Trading Coins.
As I find when you keep your hands and head busy
with creativity usually, one thing leads to another.


Last year, I had started a series of 
with wonderful, quick and easy kits from

I loved the Artist Trading Coin 'Spring Fever'
I'd made using paper flowers from
Retro Cafe Art, that I didn't want to just stick
it away in my ATCoin book, so I had a play around
with one of the Artist Trading Block kits and 
channeled a bit of wishful thinking
for a change of season soon.
( Still snowing, raining and general Winter at my home).
Will be adding this one to the collection, that at
some point will take up a wall in the art room.
More nail holes....grin...


Something of which, I am sure 
Sir Barkley McMuffin Butt
will enjoy plotting about reaching up the walls
to get to all the pretties hanging up there.
As you can see, Barkley's growing like a weed, 
and each month as he's sprouting, I'm still playing around
with the artsy apps and digitally changing up his photos.
6 months old, almost 8 pounds, and 28 1/2 inches from
back feet to nose in a stretch. His 1/2 Maine Coon is
regally showing up.

And although he manages to monopolize most of my time
being a kitten mum of a moose kitten, it doesn't change
that we still miss our dear Oliver Howard any less.


I was motivated a few weeks ago, to give tribute to my boy,
after seeing a series of Victorian Sweetheart Eyes, as 
traditional gift of a loved one's eye to give remembrance.
I did my version with a metal frame from Retro Cafe Art,
and chose a photo of Oliver Howard's gaze, which wasn't easy,
as going through the photos to pick just the right one.
Sealed with Glossy Accents and placed on a clear
acrylic mini-easel also from Retro Cafe Art, 
Oliver Howard is there on the mantel in the art room
at a glance when I think of him.
If you're missing a pet that has passed, I encourage you
to try this for yourself, it does give a strange peace to the heart to see it daily as a reminder of how special they are.

And as I said before, still making my 
Artist Trading Coins
here's a few more to have a boo at ....


Using a variety of the wonderful graphics
from all of my favourite graphic designers.


From Tumble Fish Studio (Retired), Crowabout StudioB,
Itkupilli 


and many others...


So it may be March, it may be unseasonably cold
and icky outside, but I do hope you all are 
managing to have some rest, and creative time
in your neck of the woods.


and Barkley says, 
"Be Creative, but don't forget to Cuddle your Pets" 

Enjoy!















Monday, January 28, 2019


May be late but, 
Happy New Year


Just noticed my calendar, and although it is still
technically January, ok, the end of January, 
I thought I'd better get a blog post done for
the beginning of the New Year.
Better late than never....grin...

So my last post last year, I announced and 
introduced you to my new art room buddy, and
our new fur baby in the home, 
Barkley McMuffin Butt Phillips

(graphics used by Itkupilli)


Turns out, Barkley, who is turning 5 months old
today, is a real character...


and during my late night, ok, all night
art fests in the art room, turns out he's great
company too...

And since Oliver Howard's passing, as my muse,
turns out Barkley has given me a bit of a push
at creating some new projects....


Using one of a myriad of downloaded photo
manipulation apps, I've been having a play
with pet photos. Barkley turned out so well,
that he's sent me off on a journey of doing a
myriad of our pet photos spanning 30 years
of 5 dogs, now 2 cats, and many others...


...like this one of our very first dog together, 
Muffy the toy poodle.
So alas, another round of mats and framing to find...grin...
I'm loving that they're so unique in look, just as each
of our dear pets have been unique in their personalities.

And since New Years, there has been some bits and bobs
of other arts and crafts happening....


Still grabbing late night art time and coffee,
and making my Artist Trading Coins.


I have a little 'station' set up on my art desk,
so no matter the time, day or night, if I'm sitting
there, then, there is no excuse to not be doing
something artsy...


it's so easy to get addicted to making these...

And one of the wonderful gifts I received at
Christmas was a Midori Traveler Notebook.
Being that I don't travel any longer, (spent my entire
childhood and 
young adulthood traveling worldwide),
I decided to nickname it, 
'My Not Going Anywhere Travel Journal'
...grin


(graphic from PaperWhimsy, watercolour
with doodles)

Although, I have all sorts of the accessories
tucked in it, like for credit card holding, or even a zippered
pouch for keeping pens, etc. in...
about the only traveling it will see is from room to room,
or an occasional tucking in my purse to use while 
waiting for doctor appointments...HA!


(Graphics from Tumble Fish Studio (retired)

As you can see from the size of the pages, being the 
'traveler' size,
it's a bit different of a page for doing my bits and bob 
graphics collage works in than my usual mini-moleskins.
But totally enjoying the freedom of using it for anything, as it
holds so many insert booklets. 

So there you go, a bit of New Year's artsy mojo,
and hope it might inspire you to get some art going for yourself too!

It'll be a good way to bring in February.....grin...

Cheers!
















Saturday, December 8, 2018


Happy Holidays!

Just checking in before the major festivities of the Season
get started, and to tell you a bit of big news from 
my part of the world.
I have a new muse in my life....grin....

Meet 'Barkley McMuffin Butt Phillips'

When we went to pick Barkley up from his fur mum,
he was just about 10 weeks old, now almost a month
later, it's almost as if he's always been here.


He's fit and healthy, had his first vet visit, and he's
now my art room buddy for late night art time.

Although, not much art time since his arrival...grin...
but have managed to keep on making the 
Artist Trading Coins obsessively! LOL!


Using my vast collection of graphics from the myriad
of designer collections, like Retro Cafe Art, and Teesha Moore The Astronauts Club, PaperWhimsey and 
Tumble Fish Studio (retired) and 
Crow about StudioB and Itkupilli from Mischief Circus...


They've all been keeping me busy...


I'm finding making the Artist Trading Coins,
is a great way to have some quick and fun 
quality art time, if you set up an area with all
the supplies at hand....


then it's all ready for when you can grab 15 minutes or
a couple of hours at a time.


I've been using a bunch of my 6x6 scrapbook paper pad
to do the backgrounds, helping use up supplies and,
making the process a little quicker from painting backgrounds,
(although when there's time, I'm enjoying that process too.


But with a new fur-baby in the home...
not a lot of time currently for a more
committed art time....grin...

although I have dabbled a bit with
some digital graphics pages ....


When Barkley allows it....grin....


So I just want to wish you all a very 
Wonderful Holiday Season!
So hard to believe it's almost Year End!

Sending You
All the Best of Wishes
for the Holidays!


Cheers!





















Saturday, November 3, 2018



So sorry for the long absence ...



Such a long period of time since my last post,
with apologies. Life sometimes can knock your
stuffing out of you. After the loss of dear dog,
found my mojo had all but disappeared, but recently
joined a group of Facebook that are into making
Artist Trading Coins.
Now I seem to be totally obsessed with making them...grin.


They're great fun to make, with so many options


It's the same principal as Artist Trading Cards.
The only rule, is that it be a 2.5" circumference circle 
instead of the 2.5x3.5" Trading Card.


And you can choose to use any type of
medium in making them. Paint, draw, stamp,
or in my world, collage with graphics and
bits and bobs to add on occasion.


I'm finding, when making them, I seem
to be working in series of them. 


When
I find an idea works, and have the supplies,
I make a few different variations, then 
when the ideas start to fog a bit
...onto another idea.


I find it's a little hard to run out of ideas
when I have a massive collection of 
wonderful graphics to use by all of my
Favourite Graphic Designers collections
from over the years....just to name a few...

Tumble Fish Studio 
(Retired from Mischief Circus)
Crowabout StudioB
Itkupilli
Miles Beyond the Moon
and others...

other Favourites
On Etsy, Art Tea Life,
Ceremony, and through 
The Astronauts Club
Teesha Moore



and even 

They have a whole section in their shop
full of wonderful graphic digital sheets!


also has a whole other series of wonderful
Artist Trading Coin accessories!
Digital pages to print up for labels
for the backs of your coins and now,
rubber stamps for labels to boot!


Anyway, I'll just post a few more pictures
so you can get the idea of the obsession 
I've fallen into....grin...
and hopefully to give you some inspiration
to jump in and make some for yourself and to trade
with others too!


If you check out Facebook and other 
Social Media, you'll find there are 
tons of Artist Trading Coin groups!


And on a practical note....
in this current time, postage is always
a concern when doing swaps...
These are so easy and lightweight
to pop into the post....


I like to put them
into a trading card sleeves, or even
a trading card page, as they have the
2.5" wide openings and store great,
 leaving rows open
for the swap partner 
to finish filling the page sleeves...


...and of course, that can lead you into
mail art too.....grin..


So I hope sharing my latest obsession,
my getting my mojo back after a long
absence will help inspire you to get busy
and make some Artist Trading Coins too!





Now get busy....Cheers!

Enjoy!