Sunday, May 24, 2015

Live Awake on the ColourArte blog

Hi all!
I have a piece on the ColourArte blog today!  Live Awake - with a complete step by step tutorial!  I would love if you stop by!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My home....

Hi all!

I have a piece on the ColourArte blog today!  Come by and check it out!

Have a great day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Teacher Appreciation!

Hi all!

Hollyn had a list of teacher's to thank on for Teacher Appreciation week.  Rather than giving/making things they would have to pile up somewhere with the rest I thought a couple of good cups of coffee would be a good idea - my go-to gift for them - Starbucks cards for all!

I used my usual Cricut cut file - it comes from the Fabulous Finds cartridge.  The nice thing about using the Cricut Explore now is that I arranged the file, got the sizes and layers right and saved it so I just pull it up anytime I make a gift card now and whip them right out!  Should have used the computer for cutting a long time ago!  I cut out 5 of them in nothing flat.

For the outside design I used the card sketch on last week's Splitcoast Stampers card sketch challenge.  I left off a ribbon and embellie but I think it is pretty cute.  A little Distressed Stickles dabbed onto the flower center finished them off just right.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Altered Bluebird

Hi all!

What a month!  Is April really over?  I planned on using April to sew as I am behind on a lot of projects but I did not get as much done as I would have liked!  We found out last week we have another grandSON on the way!  He is due in September.  We are quite excited to meet him.  They live in New Hampshire so not quite as far away as Brennan who is all the way in San Diego now.  We had hoped to see Brennan this summer but that is all up in the air now.

I have a project and tutorial up on the ColourArte blog today:

We are featuring Silks Acrylic Glazes in May - love these paints!  Come check out my Altered Bluebird as well as all of the other incredible projects by my fellow DTs!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring in Bloom - ColourArte Featured Artist

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My work is featured over on the ColourArte blog today - I hope you will go check it out!  I have done a full tutorial for you!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Joy - My Yard

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Is there ANYTHING better than Spring?????  I wanted to take a minute to share my yard with y'all today.

A little background - prior to building this house 10 years ago I have never owned a home before.  I was always a renter.  Since I was a renter I was very limited as to what I could do to personalize any place I have lived.  There were lots of things I was VERY excited about when hubby and I started building.  But there were TWO things I looked forward to more than anything else - painting the walls something OTHER than white and gardening in my very own YARD!

As I was walking home from the bus stop a few mornings ago I came up to my front yard and I am absolutely in love with it!

These are my favorite of all my daffodils and the greet me at the foot of the driveway.  The Hyacinth smell SO good too!

I did quite a bit of garden design when we moved in, then we had a baby instead and well, you know how that goes.  Everything else takes a back seat!  So last Spring we began on the next phase of my front garden vision.  The front was lined with a row of boxwoods all the way across - I hated them!  So OUT they came!

Yep!  Hooked 'em to my truck and OUT they came!  We replanted a few things and then some accidental pumpkins sprouted and I wanted to let them go so they took over the whole thing and we sort of put additional planning on hold.

The other thing I hated?  The porch railings.  I prefer open porches with just the columns - reminds me of the south so this year OFF they came!  All of our planting has been chosen for it's shortness - I love the open-ness when sitting on the porch now!


I just love it!  I put in the low stone wall around the tree last year too.

This year I cleaned everything up and added in a few more evergreen type bushes and new perennials and annuals in the bare spots.  I really wanted my evergreens to be more interesting than just green like the boxwoods so I found this cute little bushes with teeny pinecones.  The flowers are Lantana - LOVE Lantana but it is an annual this far north :(

See the evergreens on either side of the steps?  Also more interesting than plain boxwoods!  They are not only variegated in color with the green to yellow but the foliage is pretty and lacey/delicate - reminiscent of ferns - another fave of mine but the front gets too much sun for ferns so these were a good 2nd choice.  We decided we needed a little bit more evergreen for the front for winter time so I added a few more of the yellow green bushes.  Everything is small now but will gradually fill in.

I designed and planned out the whole garden myself when we moved in and the re-vamp this time around.  It takes a lot of research but I am QUITE pleased.  All of the plants are able to withstand drought because we are occasionally on water restriction here during the hottest part of summer and I have it arranged so there is almost always something blooming from spring through fall.

I have extensive plans and ideas for the back of the house but unfortunately they come faster than the time/money/energy does!

Anyone else enjoy gardening?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Watercolor Mother's Day

Hi all!

Today's post will be a quick one as I need to make a Walmart run and clean my house before school is out!

I was not planning on being in the studio today but I saw the challenge up on SCS this morning and couldn't resist!  The challenge is watercolor backgrounds and I had one on my desk with focal pieces and everything just begging to be used.

Both the background and the main images are done with different Twinkling H20 techniques.

Just look at that shimmer!

Aren't they just gorgeous!  That my friends, is the magic of ColourArte Twinkling H20s!

The background for both was originally all one piece.  I began by giving my colors a good misting with water and letting them sit.  I used Apple Blossom, Lemon Drop, Sunflower, Ginger Peach.  Once they were good & goopey, the consistency of honey is a good image to keep in mind, then I made random puddles on my craft sheet.

Mist the whole thing well with water and lay your watercolor paper face down in the paint, smoosh it a little and lift it up.  I usually cut the piece to size beforehand.  Check out the front and if there are any white spaces just lay it back down in the puddles of paint, misting them again first if needed.  Mist the front of the painted paper and sprinkle salt onto it and then let it dry completely.  Do the process fairly quickly.  The salt will add a bit of additional texture and interest to the painted paper as it dries.  Once completely dry brush the excess salt off.  Some of it will stick to the paper.  Next I took a stencil and added some plain white Modeling Paste and let that dry.  Wince the paint is waterbased the color will seep into the modeling paste.  You could also use gel medium which will give a slightly different look to it.  modeling paste is more opaque.

This is a 2 step stamp that I stamped with Twinkling H20s.  Red rubber works much better than clear stamps.  Again you want the paint to be honey consistency.  Paint your colors on thinly with a small paintbrush.  Mist very lightly (from a distance of several inches) with water and then stamp down onto watercolor paper.  Some stamps work better than others and you may have to play around with whether you do the misting step or not - on these I decided to skip it to get a crisper image.

This is from a gorgeous set of stamps from Crafter's Companion.  I stamped with black Archival ink.  Next time I will emboss my image with embossing powder when I stamp it to make the lines stand out a little better.  I am just learning how to watercolor images and I was pretty happy how this one turned out.

When you tilt it in the light the shimmer and sparkle just burst from the image!  You can also see how some of my black lines are covered by paint - this is why I will heat emboss next time.  When the image was done I spattered the piece all over with Twinks by tapping my brush against my finger.

And those are my last 2 Mother's Day cards!  I am entering them in the following challenges:

So do you have any Twinks in your stash?  If not you really should add some!  Have a great day!