Friday, December 28, 2012

Creating Art Pages

I hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas had a wonderful warm holiday.

Art journal

Blotter pad - art in the making
Now that's a full blotter pad of goodies, looks messily inviting...
and then on another page there are some areas that represent peace. 
Follow the link to my Flickr and go see more of my colorful blotter pad pages.
Blotter pad - art in the making
Here's to hoping you are finding some peaceful creative time this week.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Awesome, I am published in Sew Somerset +++

Well, I just found out that I am published in 
Sew Somerset Winter 2013.
Hallelujah! Or, as I like to say 
Since I don't have my hands on an actual copy right now I cannot tell you about the piece.
But, I have an idea so I will be following up with you, with more on this.
Anyway, Happy December 21, 2012, this should be interesting........
At least I got my teenagers out the door donned in an embellished Santa hat (15 year old son) and another in red suede boots and a bright solid green wool coat complete with a red satin bow head band (17 year old daughter). Darn I should have taken a picture. I also managed provide them with candy and home baked cookies which by the way were each colored with multi-colored frostings. 
Yay me, artist, creator and good mom.
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your support and following. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Turquoise and Green, Stamped Tags Perfect for the Holidays

Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
Hi there. Well here is a tag I created with these lovely colors of turquoise and sage green. Colors that are perfect for the holidays. 
Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
First, I stamped a carved stamp in light turquoise gouache. Below is the only photo of that stamp I have...
this stamp image is from a photo of my blotter pad, you know about the "blotter pad"...? 
Oh you don't? 
Well, go see my video here (and be sure to watch the 2nd part of the video).  
Next, I stamped the medallion stamp in Lime Pastel Chalk ink by Colorbox, and it barely showed ink pad was probably a bit dry and I didn't re-ink it, so I just stamped on top with some sage colored gouache. You can see the ink under the gouache and it adds a nice ghost effect.
Oh yes, quite lovely I think and it would look so pretty with some turquoise bias tape ribbon. 
Stamped Turquoise and Green Tags
Happy Holidays. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fiber Christmas Tree Cards

Hi there bloggers, if you are looking for an easy, fun and fiber style holiday card to make this season...well, this may be just for you.
I made this set of tree cards with cotton batting, wool felt and some sticks from my yard. cute is this?
On a light blue textured card apply a piece of cotton batting, (this is Warm and Natural brand) that I tore to create an uneven edge. I glued it down with a light layer of white tacky glue and trimmed the edges.
With some 100% wool felt squares I purchased online at Erica's, they have a huge selection of colors. I like this heathered color of green and I like using wool felt instead of polyester it is so much better, my opinion.
So, I applied some fusible web to the felt squares and cut them into random triangles with pinking shears and ironed them onto each card. Then I finished them with small sticks that I split in half lengthwise so they would lye flat  when glued to the card with tacky glue. 
This is the perfect card making project for kids. Not my kids of course, they do the exaggerated eye roll when I say "Let's make something."  Anyway this design has many more embellishment ideas. 
You could use a darker color card for a night time effect. Or splatter white paint on top of the finished card for a snow fall look. And of course, you could decorate the trees with sequins, glitter, beads or embroider french knots on the tress before you adhere them. 
I hope you are inspired. Thanks for stopping by.

Stenciling in my Art Journal

So, I finally bought a stencil from the popular line by The Crafters Workshop.
I really like the design and how it turned out using it with gouache on my page with my own hand carved stamps (of course) and another stamp from Magenta. Also some washi know it.
Stencils are so mainstream right now in the crafting world and I get it. They certainly are fun to use.
I am looking forward to creating more pages using this one.
Now my journal page is ready for my many words....or maybe just a few.
Let me know what you think about using stencils.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December is Here, Let the Stamping begin...or continue.

Yes, it is December, 4th to be exact. With a few of my art journals today I stamped and explored my creative world. I used mostly my own hand carved stamps but I adore using Michelle Ward's border stamp (purple) 

Art Journals
And then I played with a very simple and small carved tree stamp and an over sized sort of grungy snowflake stamp in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. Notice...the tree made it on to my art journal page above??? 
Find some time (anytime) to be creative.... if you choose. 
Let's enjoy the season.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Teaching Quick Carve-Holiday Style at Absolutely Everything,

Hi Everyone, I am so glad to announce that I will be teaching a 
Stamp Carving Class 
at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield 
on Saturday, December 15.
 Quick Carve, Holiday Style
 What fun it will be......
Learn how to quickly (and safely) carve a collection of basic 
holiday stamp designs.
Yes, you can learn to carve your own stamps
You will be inspired to create all kinds of lovely holiday projects.
Stamp on paper, ribbon, boxes and tags...
Carving timeless images such as holly, berries, stars,
 snowflakes, swirls and more.
In various sizes and styles
Small stamps for borders and yes, I did say stamping on ribbon...
Large stamps for stamping on bigger items...

oh and the wrapping paper ideas will be too hard to ignore
as well as all the other ideas for playing with your newly carved
holiday stamp set.
Tags and tissue paper....yes!
Nice kraft paper? bet.
And, of course card making with hand carved stamps.
For an inspiring retreat from the holiday rush
Come join me in this creative class 
to help recharge your yuletide merriment.
I hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

My sincere gratitude goes to all you out there in blog land on this Thanksgiving day. 
I appreciate you following me and the kind messages you send.  I hope you and your family have love-filled, peaceful and yummy day.

p.s. go see more designs on and send a loved one an e-greeting today.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Talk About Chalk

Since Pintrest has me and zillions of others obsessed with curating their own little piece of visual heaven. My love of old fashioned chalkboard art has been found in some great pins of this graphically wonderful illustrative art that is seemingly popular right now.
Dana Tanamachi is a terrific chalkboard illustrator whose work I am enamored with. Her fabulous talent was  the main focus on the cover of O Magazine February 2012 where she created O Magazine's first hand lettered cover. I think it is really quite impressive go see here. Also, while at Dana's site check out her mesmerizing video of her process.
I too have been playing with the idea of chalkboard art, however I would like mine to be more permanent.
Take a look here.....I know it looks like real chalk, right?

I am working on some ideas for my art journals and I promise to share these fun techniques with you real soon. Have a great day bloggers!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gouache in my Art Journals

Hi there. Today I wanted to share some more vibrant richly painted art journal pages using Designers Gouache. My absolute favorite paint to use in the my journals.
 The intensely rich colors are so compelling and the matte finish makes them perfect for any pen you can think of to use for writing on top of the paint. 
Here are some more pages where I used Designers Gouache.

Gouache is a very old paint medium, it is water soluble, richly pigmented, and covers so easily. And it is so easy to use, and of course I stamp with it. The above photo shows my stamping with gouache (right side) The results are much different than other paint mediums.
I will share more on this fantastic paint soon. So be sure to check back
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a chance to get creative this weekend. 

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