Friday, June 16, 2017

Hello again, three years later!!

Okay, I seriously can't believe I haven't posted here in almost 3 years! Whoa! Guess I've been busy, huh? It's amazing how quickly time flies and so much has happened since my last post that I couldn't even begin to mention it all. So I'll just jump right ahead and say this, I am thinking of giving myself another challenge but haven't quite figured out what I want to do yet. Any ideas?

A photo a day? An art piece a day or more like a week? Ha ha! Not so sure I could do a daily art piece but I sure could do a photo a day project because I take photos every day. So that's an easy challenge I would say.

Hmmm......will have to give it a bit more thought and when I've come to a decision, I'll surely let you know. I'm open for suggestions so feel free to throw them my way. In the meantime, here's a couple pieces of artwork I created recently. I hope you enjoy them and that they inspire you to be creative as well!
I started out with a piece of junk mail that I added gesso to. Yes, I love using junk mail for my art! I hate to throw anything away if it can be reused for something and junk mail is perfect for art! I used many different colors of Tim Holtz distress crayons on the background of this piece, did a bit of mark making and splashes of white paint then added the green netting, which was from a bunch of avocados (I love to use them in my art, too) then put it aside for weeks because I didn't know what else to do with it at the time. 

I brought it back out when I found this cute mermaid image online. I thought it would work perfectly as I wanted to make the piece look kind of beachy. I also found the perfect quote for it on Pinterest - Keep Calm & pretend you're at the Beach. It may be hard to see that in the photo so if you click on it you should be able to see it better. Happy with how it turned out!

This piece is on an 8 x 10 canvas purchased at Walmart. A pack of 3 of them is like $4.00 so you just can't beat the price! I was trying to do my piece similar to one by a Canadian artist who I absolutely love and support through Patreon - Catherine Cote. I love her artwork!! She is such a great artist and I have learned so much from her these past couple years.

Well now, mine is nowhere near as nice as hers but I'm happy with it! I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and my Kuretake watercolors on the background first then created the flowers on top also with the watercolor paints. I tried to use some gold flecks here & there but they didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped. I think I need more practice with them. I then added some black dots and called it done for now until I find a nice quote to add to it.
This art journal page was created for the Mission Inspiration challenge for June. Mike Deakin is the creator of this challenge if you'd like to check it out. He's also a wonderful artist as you will see if you visit his website. I haven't participated in his challenges in awhile so it was fun to jump back in again.

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have enjoyed what I shared. Perhaps I will post more of my artwork here on a regular basis, if I remember that is! If you're ever in need of fabulous scrapbooking/cardmaking/papercrafting products and inspiration, head on over to my other blog at

Have a wonderful, artsy day!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thursday Three 9/4/2014

OH MY GOSH! I haven't posted anything here for almost 2 months! I had so much going on with the garden - i.e. tons of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and other goodies  (plus a new Close to my Heart catalog came out) that I have just been too stinkin' busy to take the time for the Thursday Three weekly post. Now that things have calmed down somewhat, I hope to start posting regularly again. So without further ado.....

Three random facts about me right now....

  1. I really, really, really need a haircut so I am planning to go get it done tomorrow.
  2. I just signed up for another online creative class through Big Picture Classes and can't wait for it to start!
  3. My birthday is in 3 days! Happy Birthday to me!
Have a great day!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Three 7/10/14

It's Thursday Three time again so here are three random facts about me right now:
  1. Still love playing around with my older Sony Cyber-shot. After 6 years, it still takes awesome shots!
  2. Wearing an even older t-shirt that I discovered in the bottom of a drawer this morning and can't remember why I ever stopped wearing it. I LOVE the color!
  3. Today is my husband's and my 38th anniversary! I can't believe 38 years have gone by already! I hope we have 38 more years together! Although that may not happen, it's sure a nice thought! The best part about today is I won't have to cook tonight since we're going out to dinner to celebrate! Yea!
Have a great day!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday Three 7/3/14

Did you miss me? It seems I forgot to post Thursday Three last week. Well, that's really no surprise at all to me as I seem to be getting quite lax anymore with all the features I like to post here. I have to sorry!

On to 3 random facts about me.....

  1. I'm having a bad hair day. I put a headband in it and haven't done anything else with it!
  2. I'm wearing a very old t-shirt I bought many, many years ago at Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, NY - one of my most favorite wineries in the Finger Lakes Region. I will most likely keep it till it falls apart, I love it that much!
  3. I am so excited about the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog! It is absolutely the BEST.ONE.EVER!
Have a great day!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thursday Three 6/19/14

Three random facts about me right now:

  1. I had a fun day in my scrap room today. I finished a layout of my youngest granddaughter and love how it turned out!
  2. I am growing out my bangs and they are driving me CRAZY! I may have said that before since I've been trying to grow them out for quite some time now so I apologize if I did. 
  3. I am looking forward to tomorrow night. It's FPF (Fire Pit Friday)! Yea!
Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday Three 6/12/14

Hello all! It's selfie time and time to share 3 random facts about me today!
  1. It has rained for the past 4 days I think and it's sure not helping with my depression. ;(  Enough already!
  2. Been enjoying the Instagram class on Creative Live the past couple days. So much information for promoting a business. 
  3. I am sad that we haven't been able to start a Purple Martin colony yet this year and the window for that happening is closing. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thursday Three 6/5/14

Here's this week's Thursday Three!
  1. Here I am looking out an upstairs window, hoping & waiting for the Purple Martins to return. 
  2. I have been very productive in my scrap room today. I created 3 scrapbook layouts for a class on Big Picture Classes and I love them all!
  3. I have been enjoying a delicious Moscato by Fish Eye lately since the wine store around the corner no longer carries my favorite Bully Hill wines in boxes. ;(
That's it! Hope you have a great day!