Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Holiday Weekend!

Hello All!
Happy Easter Weekend!
And you know what that means....Spring!!!

Which Oliver Howard enjoys
and it's the beginning of the 
Spring Shedding Season!
Let the games begin! GRIN

So with a long Holiday Weekend,
and around here, it's a lovely, quiet,
weekend to relax, I decided to dip my
toe into an assemblage project that's
been kicking around in my head for some time.
It's been a long time of taking a break from
doing any 3D mixed media arts, and it
felt so good to have a dabble.

My ode to Spring and to Nature 
and even channeling a 
bit of my love for 
museum collections.

I photographed the inside of this assemblage first,
as you'll see in the next photo's, once I put on
the protective acrylic sheet cover, it became
a pain to photograph! 
(Anyone who has any photography tricks for
photographing things like framed pictures with glass 
tricks, please share their tricks with me! )

First off 
I started with a great masonite kit from

Basic Shadowbox Shrine Kit

With an assortment of 'finds',
pussy willow branches, woodpecker feather,
rare egg from a plastic bird....tee hee....

I used a Melissa Frances
that I used 
to alter.

And used a Fabulous Graphic
of a Woodpecker 
from our own Local
Finchley Paper Arts.

Many fussy hours later.....
With some Tim Holtz Wheels,

And many details later....
using Fabulous left over Scrapbooking Papers,

And more vintage finds, of a Bakelite 1920's door knob, 
and some old florist bits a bobs,  later....

Walla! My Ode to Spring and Nature

This makes me want to 
make another one....grin
Luckily, I have a couple more kits!
So you never know what I might 
come up with next!

I've also been busy with
my Digital Arts play this month too ...

Using Wonderful Graphics from
Mischief Circus

And using my own Private Collection
of photo's of our local herd of Deer.
Another Ode to Spring
with my Dear  'Oh Deer Bubbie'

Our Darling Bubbie, our outdoor pet for 
many years, tends to crop up in my works
over the years, and Miles Beyond the Moons
graphics just suited this Spring's Muse perfectly.

And of course, had to have a dabble with the
Fabulous Ms. Marsha's Latest Kits

and again channeling Spring...

So that is what I've pretty much been up too in
the being creative corner of life this month...
oh yes, and I finally found a spot for last
months wonderful project, ( check out last
months blog post).

She fit in beautifully in the art room, along with
all of my other precious Favourite Artists Works!

Well there you go....grin
Hope you're having a Fabulous Holiday Easter Weekend!
Keep busy, and hope you get some Art Time!!! 


Thursday, February 18, 2016

February's Flying!
But I'm making up for it!

Ever notice, you can have the grandest of plans,
and be full of inspiration, during a window
of opportunity like a quiet month like February,
and you still run out of time! 
It's crazy! February is just flying past way too fast!

But it hasn't stopped me from accomplishing
some of my creative ideas!

I'll be referring to this February as my
Ping Pong Month of Creativeness.
I started out this month, sitting at my art desk,
perplexed in what to get on with...
Next thing I knew, I was grabbing from my scrap pile
of papers, and making bookmarks.
Nothing gets your mojo working more, than just
sitting and playing with paper, glue in my book.
It took me on a little adventure including a new holder, 
putting together a

to store them all least now I'll know
where there's a bookmark in my home...

Once I'd finished that, I'd already come up with
some more creative ideas....
Still playing with paper and glue, 
and some watercolour paints and pens, 
but also adding
a bit of Graphic Deliciousness....

...from the fabulous 

After this point, I switched gears, motivated
by playing with the watercolour paints,
( as I'm needing practice for taking an upcoming
workshop which I'll tell you all about later on ),
I started playing around ....

...after a bit of doodling, painting and pen work,
it led me to thinking stamp carving....

...and of course after hand carving the stamp, 
it then led me to wanting to do some tag making...

And of course, once you get all of the supplies out
for a creative session, one project just isn't enough...

...which led to more doodling, stamp carving....

...and tag making..... grin.

Even using all the scraps...

Just had to release a Fabulous New, Huge Graphics Kit

'Another Mash Up' 
It's Huge!!

So of course, I had to have a play!

...and play....

...and play again....

and I may not be done yet....grin....
This new kit of Marsha's a real 'must' have for your
Graphics Library! 
So many delicious bit's and bob's!!!

After all this creative Mojo flowing,
I even got motivated to finish up a project that I
actually started late last year....

I had purchased a vintage huge frame with dome,
that had housed a wedding bouquet from about

Once I'd enlisted the 'hubs' assistance removing the
smelly, dead, long done flower bouquet, 
I refinished the
huge frame ( over 36 inches tall).
I lightly sanded the mahogany,stained finish, 
then gessoed,using two coats of gesso to give
the piece some 'tooth'.
Then using 
I had a blast creating this finish.
Sealed the piece and washed the 'dome' glass...
all in preparation for this wonder piece of art...
I had purchased this fabulous piece 

( I've attached links to Sarah's Website so you can find her!)

I really fell in love with this piece Sarah made,
and didn't realize at the time of it's arrival
of how I would display....

So this happened....a quick and easy background,
using canvas, black gesso and Sharpie Paint Pens...

...there is a picture hanger on the back of
'Miss Mouth Bird's' head, so using a black
twist tie, I poked holes through the canvas
and mounting board, and twist tied the
art to the backing, securing it in place....

And Poof!
After a bit of fussing, as 'Miss Mouthy Bird'
was a bit big to fit into the dome, but managed
to finally get her into place and sealed up!
Now the hard part....
..figuring out where to hang her! LOL!
She's definitely going in my art room,
but must find enough wall space to really
show her off!
I'll post a pic later on when I get it figured out
where in the art room she'll be placed.
( Thanks so very much Sarah, I just love her!!).

So there you go....I somehow managed
to get my mojo into a creative mood,
get some quality and fun playtime to
not only do some creative play, but
to also get another big creative project 
finished far, I'm right on with
my New Year's resolutions... HA!!!

And February isn't even over yet! GRIN
Hope you're getting some creative time in
and hope this all might inspire your mojo!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello 2016!

Well Hello To All of You Too!!

Year End of 2015 has past, with all the
Resolutions made....
and here we are,
how many are already broken...

Had a Great Holiday Season,
kept it private and quiet and restful.
But did manage to do a wee bit of the arts
over the holidays.

Santa brought me a huge supply
of carving blocks!
So many that they wouldn't
fit in my Holiday Stocking...grin.

Had a great time just playing with the
carving tools and the new blocks.

The only way I know how to learn,
is to just pull up my sleeves and get down to it!

Practice, practice, practice...
and even bloopers can be fun and useable.

And even managed a bit of 
Paper Crafting Time.
Bit of Tag Making
using a Tim Holtz 
Vintage Photo Card

Then taking an old cereal box,
I cut it down to a large envelope size.

Covered it with bits and bobs
of Scrapbooking Papers.
And Attached the tag to the back
of it.

Used a saved bit of wired ribbon
fixing it behind the tag on the back
and wrapping the envelope.
I punched holes on the stationary side,
so it when into my 3 ring binder of keepsakes,
and now I have a fancy envelope to keep
important photos and bits in my binder.

And then the Digital Graphics....Oh my!

Already for the New Year
my Favourite Mischief Circus Designer Shops
have been 
Releasing New Kits and having
some Great Promotions!

And even a New Shop!

Which of course I had to get some of their
Fabulous New Graphics Kits and
have a play!

Her lovely images are so
gorgeous and the colours
she's using, rich!!!

And her Graphics selection 
of Children and Forest Creatures....
oh my, gorgeous!!

Seriously enjoyed having a play!

And my Wonderful Favourite Shops
TumbleFish Studio

With Marsha's New Wonderful Kits
Always a delight!

Marsha's Kits always lend themselves so well
to my sense of humour...GRIN

And the Fabulous
Ms. Nancy over at 

Nancy's Kits are Always Fun!!!

So that's what I've managed 18 Days
into the New Year so far.

Mixing and Matching up Graphics like
this piece I called 'Don't Box Her In'
using some lovely Itkupilli and TumbleFish Studio

So there you go!
Hope you too are finding some quiet, fun, play time
for some arts and crafts.

I'm looking forward to a couple of wonderful
Workshops I'll be taking this month and
in March, and if all goes well, I'll share
some of my finished projects 
from what I've been learning!

So until then, nice to catch up in the New Year 
with You All!
And I'll post again soon, as one of my
New Years Resolutions was to Blog more...GRIN.

And just to put it out there, later on this Spring, 
after Tax Season,
I'm kicking around the idea of having a
general Tag or ATC Swap....
nothing big and fancy, but dipping my
toe back into the waters....interested?
The leave a comment on this post to
encourage me to think more seriously...GRIN.