Saturday, February 28, 2009

RAK winners, new sneaks.....

Some peeks at what I am working on with the March kit from Scrapmuse. The design team call is still going on - I think through March 15th, if you are thinking of trying out!

Emma and I did the drawing this morning for my Blogaversary RAK and the winner is :

And Emma liked drawing the names so much I decided I would also send some of my handmade flowers to someone:

Email me your addresses, ladies!! And I'll get your goodies out to you!

Yesterday Em came out of her room dressed like this and asked - Mom, Don't you want to take my picture for the internet? lol She loves for me to read 'her' comments to her. I think I have created a monster!

Also playing with my art journal pages in the AJ102 class with Dina Wakely - I am having so much fun! The first class was on working with a motif - here is what I created - you know about my love affair with the dress form. ;) The next class is on adding self-protraits to your work....hmmmm. I am a little nervous about that one.

Hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoy the weekend! I am going out for dinner and a movie tonight with Mark and friends!! See you soon! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blogaversary, or something like that...

My blog was a year old this weekend and to celebrate I want give a kit RAK that I put together with some of my favorite colors and goodies! Just post a comment to enter. I've put in some of the flowers that I misted and punched and some of the new Que Sera Sera, Sassafrass, Amy Butler, and other fun stuff for one lucky poster! I can't tell you how much your comments and encouragement mean to me!! Thank you! I'll do the drawing this weekend.

I mentioned the flowers that we had made and thought I would share a few with you. The ones made with book pages are my favorite - I made some of my own glimmer mists using pigment powders and water and hairspray and spritzed the pages and then punched some out - they are layered with tulle, stickles, cardboard, fabric, you name it! I have to thank Gayle for the inspiration on some of these!! ;) Except for the hot glue gun blister fun was had by all! That would be me, of course.

A couple of the small ones I really like:

And my favorite one:

I played along with Scrapping the Music last week and saw this morning that my layout was chosen for the hall of fame! I have to give a shout out to the fabulous Sasha Farina, she just posted a scrap challenge to use craft, bright colors, arrow and stickers - so this was my result and the song at STM was perfect for the title and journaling. Did you spot one of my new flowers? ;)

We had a great weekend - went to a party for my friends, Michelle and Ray, who are getting married next month and then on Sunday went to the Suwannee River to let Em do a little fishing. Her first fish - but she was kind of scared to reel it in, but when she saw it was like - Oh!! It's so CUTE!!

A shot from our dock downstream. The Suwannee is fed from the Okefenokee Swamp and the water is tea colored from the tanic acid - didn't want you to think it was dirty.

And this is what I did - besides taking photos. So relaxing!

I am starting Dina Wakley's art journal class tomorrow!! Yay! I mixed some new mists and have my watercolor journal ready! Have a great week!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Color, RAKs and Aprons

How cute is this!!? Em was so proud that she dressed herself - note the dress is on backwards and shoes on the wrong feet. I love it!! She is getting to be a big girl - 4 in June!

Color Combos Galore is having a Design Team call, too - how fun would that be! I love their challenge site! This is for #110 the colors were chosen by the fabulous Alexis Hardy. It is a little more muted than my usual, that is one reason I like to play along with them - it makes me try new color combinations that I normally wouldn't.

And this is a photo from Em's 2nd birthday, kissing her Papa.

I made this flower with with some velvet flowers and crumpled brown paper bags - beautiful result! Gayle and I worked on some making some handmade flowers yesterday - they turned out so pretty - with glittery flowers and layers of tulle and fabric and cardboard and whatever was on hand - you know how crazy we get! ;)

My sweet mom! Doesn't she look like the cutest housewife in her apron that we made? My mom has always been a stay-at-home mom, the best, of course!

Tomorrow is my blog's 1st birthday!! Totally amazing to me - I am going to post a RAK so be sure to stop back by!! I have a ton of goodies from the studio overhaul!! Thanks so much to all of my readers!! I appreciate all of you and love to read your comments and visit your blogs, too!
Happy Friday!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

February at Scrapmuse

And the rest of my layouts for Scrapmuse this month - I love this photo and the paper combinations with it! I painted some gesso around the photo so that I could show off the Fancy Pants rub-ons.

I guess I have been in the baby mood, no, I am not trying to tell you anything! ;) I used my new Slice to cut the scallop circles - Man, I love that thing! So easy to use and doesn't take up much space, either.

This layout seems so fun to me - I know I had fun making it!

Scrapmuse is having a Design Team call - check out the details here if you are interested! I wrote an article in the newsletter this month on cropping and using the rule of thirds - you can see it here.

And WOW, WOW, WOW!! This has been a fabulous week! In my last post I mentioned that I have some pieces and an article coming up in the next Sew Somerset. Well, I was also asked to write a technique article for my mixed media fabric and paper quilt - Shadows of My Past - I had it on my blog several months ago. I am still flying high!! It has been a weird week for me - busy away from home a lot and have more stuff to share later!

I signed up for this class with my friends, Gayle and Beth!! I can't wait to get messy! I have been working on my art journal this week and trying to draw some faces with limited success. ;-p

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cupcakes and things...

Who doesn't like cupcakes? Em has a passion-obsession for everything cupcake. Especially the real thing, so I made these chipboard cupcakes in the February Scrapmuse kit into magnets for her to display her artwork on the refrigerator.

I did this layout with a picture of the girls trying on flower girl dresses at David's Bridal. Em loved hanging with the big girls!! Don't they all look so cute?

I played with the Pencil Lines sketch this week. I have always loved this picture of Emma - she is about 17 months old here.

And another mixed media journal - this one is on watercolor paper - I was playing with some painting techniques and a finish I saw in my Golden book - faux bee's wax. It doesn't really show here but looks good in real life.

Somerset contacted me this week and want to publish my mixed media series - Childhood Memories with a technique article in the next Sew Somerset!!! To say I am thrilled would be putting it mildly!! Hope you are all have a great week! See you soon! :)
Edited to add: OK, Call me crazy but those layouts have been really bugging me - everytime I looked at them I felt something was missing. Does anyone else do this? lol So here they are re-worked a bit and I decided to leave the old ones up to look at the difference.

Call me obsessive, but I feel much better now! ;)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sweet Treats at Scrapmuse

The collection from Scrapmuse is so adorable this month! I thought I would share a couple of the layouts I made with the kit preview.

Em is wearing my scarf on one of the colder days we have had this winter - I don't have hardly any winter photos, so I quickly grabbed the camera!

The kit photo - lots of goodies here and the add-ons were fab - I had to get it all!

Another layout with the kit - Em was 9 months old here - look at how chubby she was!!

I spent most of the weekend with paint on my hands, playing with my art journal - here is a page I finished - My first time drawing human figures - so I made it easy and just did it from the back. ;)

We actually had a date night on Friday - only I started getting sick on the way home and then Mark was sick on Sunday - so not so romantic! lol Thanks for taking the time to visit! I'll be by to see you all soon. Happy Monday! :)