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Twinchies

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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A tisket, a tasket… some twinchies in my basket. I got an idea while surfing Pinterest for making twinchie collages. I’m going to group them on a canvas for some wall art for my mom. She has no idea that I’m doing this for her… the Be Still painting will also be for her. The spring weather is inspiring me and helping me take my mind off myself.

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These are a few in progress. I’m now up to five completed and working on three more. I’m not sure yet how many I’ll need for my canvas but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I’ve cut 2” squares from an empty cracker box and am layering papers, ephemera , trims, and a plethora of other goodies on these mini pics. I think this is going to turn out delightful!

Taking these baby steps into my land of creative healing is helping!  Stay tuned!

Puzzling…

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

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I’ve always loved putting puzzles together and when I saw this one in Costco a few weeks back I knew I had a pastime that would be relaxing enough to take my mind off doctor visits. These cupcakes are enough eye candy that I didn’t even crave sweets…. other than some coffee with Sweet Italian Cream coffee creamer. /NOM!

It took a while to put this 1000 piece puzzle together which is what I was looking for. I had so much fun with it that I just picked up another from my grocery store this week…

How quaint is this village?

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Tomorrow I have some accidental art to share with you… A happy accident that happened while making breakfast this morning. It’s rather egg-citing so check back soon!

Fishing Dock

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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Finally! This is the third and final painting in the commission I’ve been working on. This is a labor of love as well. It’s for my family doctor. He’s been my doctor since I was a tween and it really pains me to see him retire. Dr. is an avid fisherman and this was the topic choice by the client as well as myself. Here’s a few close ups and some details on what I did.

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This started as the other 2 did… with a gesso board. I used paints and colored tissues and napkins to layer up the background. The fish are rubberstamped on and then painted over with metallic paints and shaded using glitters and black lava texture medium. I also outlined them with a black fine point marker for emphasis. The bubbles are applied using paints via pen caps, corks, paint lids and then I added some foil and some resin to make some of them look like water bubbles.

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The fishing pole is hand crafted using a maple branch from one of our trees, I wrapped the handle in jute and added colored jute to spiff it up a bit. The reel is a wooden bobbin wrapped with fishing line. I used eye screws on the pole for the loops and strung the line through it. I also tied some twine tightly around where the eye-screws went in so when it dries it won’t split. I used a fishing hook and a fishing lure for the catch of the day. The tackle box is a sugar free Altoids tin. I added flocked paper to the top half and moss to the bottom and topped them off with goodies from the fishing department from Walmart.

On the very bottom of the painting I applied some resin and added Stewart Gill  Gilding Chips and some Martha Stewart bead glitter to give a glimmering water-type effect.

As for my health… No news yet. I have a follow up with my GP tomorrow so hopefully I’ll find out something.

Until later… I’ll keep creating… Twitching toes and all!

Mind Mudslide

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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I’m trying very hard to work on three separate pieces but for some reason I’m having trouble concentrating and can’t get past the mudslide in my mind. Maybe it’s the mess on my desk that’s throwing me off.

Ya think?

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Everything from A to Z has to be strewn about in this haphazard mess. Make up mirrors, heat tool, glues, paints, baggies of beads, jars of rhinestones and wooden shapes… yep… A whole bunch of brain clutter. I’m off to shop soon but if I’ll be cleaning this mess up tomorrow after I make the crew breakfast. Which by the way, is going to be something different this time around. Maybe after I have an organized area I’ll be able to focus my energy back on working on the mini’s I need to get done.

I’ll let you know if cleaning clutter cured the clog in my cranium. Until then. Go crazy creating! Just kidding

 

Get Tested

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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In honoring the final day of BCA Month I ended my series with this ATC. I used a cigar colored notebook paper by Ecopaper.com left over from my college days. I LOVE this stuff. For the background I used a Bristol board base and covered it with a Kraft colored napkin saved from take-out. Mini clothespins hold a reminder for you to get yourself tested and the base of the card is trimmed with some jute fibers for extra texture.

Halloween Ghost is finally here and the weather today is wet and rainy… very typical for a Pacific Northwest Halloween. I’ve over five bags of candy readied in a basket at the front door so all we do now is wait for the lil goblins to show their fangs and faces!

For now, I’m off to work on a few loose ends on my desk and around the house. I’ll see you tomorrow! God Bless.

Paper, Scissors, Cloth

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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I used gorgeous fabric for this ATC. The texture is scrumptious. The backing is a fiber “looking” paper in an awesome berry color that’s perfect for fall. I glued the fabric onto the body and but it out, then I sponged the edges with maroon and on the back, I used both maroon and green. The embellishments are washers from the hardware store that I used alcohol inks on and wrapped with green hemp cord. Fun, simple, and downright gorgeous. I’m loving the autumn colors.

I took care of business today by getting my yearly mammy-gram out of the way. As a reward I was gifted these pretty pinkies!

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The cookie is because it’s BCA month… and the beads and applique are for doing the right thing and getting it done. Each year the radiology department I go to gives out “flair” for doing your dos. It’s incentive and encouragement for those who need a nudge. I’m now wondering what I’ll be making with the bling!

Get the girls taken care of ladies! God Bless till tomorrow and my final entry in my BCA Month series.

Belly Dancer

Monday, October 29th, 2012

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This Belly Dancer ATC marks day 29 of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month ATC series. Using lavender, black, and gold with a black/purple glitter background this card struts it’s stuff. I’ll be working on tomorrow’s card tonight as I have an appointment for some blood work and my mammogram tomorrow… Oh yeah… flat as a pancake time.

I’m way behind today on everything but it was well worth it. My parents came to visit and we had a great time. I’ll be going to their place after the election to play with paints with Mom and more than likely hitting our favorite variety store.

Christmas is coming up soon peeps… whatcha making everyone? Do share!

Tata for now. I have dinner to make and mail to read. Winking smile

Winged Warrior

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

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May the Angels of the Lord watch over you… guide you, protect you, and serve you in all of your ways.

Have a blessed Sunday and I’ll see you again tomorrow for Day 29 in my BCA Month ATC Series.

With no Thorns

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

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Life with no thorns is impossible, but we can do our best to keep them out of where they don’t belong. Right gals? You betcha!

This ATC is a gorgeous coral colored collage paper layered onto Bristol Board. The foil enhanced paper has the same pattern as the background paper so I knew I had to use it. (Thanks Papa!) I used white pastels around the edge and smudged it in layered a strip of elegant lacy sticker trim and added this silk flower edged with a pinky coral color along with 2 leaves. The edge of the card is gooped up with a texture medium called Liquitex White Opaque Flakes. As of right now this is one of my favorites. Am much as I am a lover of Pink… Coral holds a special place in my heart as well.

Tomorrow will be here soon on the wings of angels so drop by for a cup of joe and check out Day 28 in my BCA Month ATC series.

Beauties of Bangalore

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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If you love bling you’re got to love today’s entry in my BCA Month series. Red, gold, black, and bling! LOVE it. I used everything I could get my hands on. The card itself is covered in a gold foil candy wrapper. You can get packs of them in the baking/candy isle in craft and variety stores. (They come in lots of colors as well!)

The body is cut from the inside of a Yogi Tea box. It looks just like the Henna tattoos that the women of India are famous for. Truly beautiful and artful. I would love to try that form of art.

Next I dug through my boxes of embellishments and found all these delish goodies. Enjoy the shimmers and I’ll see you tomorrow from something from the opposite side of the creative box.