Friday, June 29, 2012

blog hop time for SCACD!

woohoo it's friday!

the heat is ridiculous in northern VA this week.  ridiculous for this area and ridiculous because while it may be 110 in vegas that is dry heat and YES there is a difference.  here we have stifling humidity too and it is just plain ICKY outside!  and it isn't even july!

we will be taking it easy for the weekend around here.   I will be working on an upcoming class most of the weekend and then heading to our local petsmart sunday afternoon for kitty adoptions.  twizzler was adopted last weekend.  taffy is STILL struggling with her breathing so the vet is going to check her out again saturday. poor little baby thing just can't get better but boy she sure is fiesty.  her most favorite toy is a little purple pompom from my stash.  in the mornings i go down to the basement to hang out with them while i work and she gets her pom pom and jumps up on the couch with me to play with it.  her and skittle make a good pair because she tires easily and skittle is very laid back.  twizzler was becoming a bit rough for her.

i have a great post for y'all today from Susana at SCACD.  She is releasing THREE new Susana Loves Stamps sets!  Oddly Sweet Curiosities is a fun set of adorable little monsters for year round fun.  Little Sassy Crew is a set of cute little girls.  M's Place is a set of fun and funky houses and accessories sold as a set - use them individually or mix and match the pieces to make your own little scenes!  and i get to join in on the blog hop!  you should have arrived here from Kim's blog.  if you stumbled upon this hop by accident and want to start at the beginning you can head over to the store blog.

here is the first art journal page i did which uses M's Place:

I stamped the images and colored them in using colored pencils. 

Then i drew in some hills and filled them in with some doodling that mimicked the doodling in the stamped images.

these images are so much fun to play with!

i even added my own lettering!  one thing i am hoping to improve on in the future!

i also did another art journal page with two more new stamps - Little Lily and Monster Mash:

I began my background with a misting of several shimmering mists made from Luminarte Artist Pigments, gum arabic and water in shades of green, turquoise and blue - i used what was already mixed nearby on my desk.  next i used a stencil and stenciled on some Luminarte Silks in Coral Berry.  Once that was dry I added some strips of patterned paper to match the two little images (susana has tons to choose from!)  I finished up by stamping using bubble wrap and yellow Claudine Helmuth acrylic paint.  then i adhered my two images.

LOVE the little monster in her tutu!

i gave her tutu some extra sparkle with a coating of stickles after i colored it.  i think the little girl just LOOKS like she might have an imaginary friend JUST like this little monster doesn't she?

to continue along the hop head on over to Jenny's blog and see what she has come up with!

i hope you all have a great weekend!  thanks so much for stopping by to see what i am up to!


  1. Marti these are both awesome but really loving the art journal page with the houses, and your lettering looks great to me!

  2. they are awesome!!! love the first card that one i love

  3. Marti- I so LOVE seeing everything you create! So happy you joined us this release and loving the M's Place images!!!

  4. Wow, wow, awesome journal pages, Marti! Love what you did with the M's Place images!

  5. Oh, my friend, I do love how you color with pencils! Love, adore the colors and the journal page with that stinkin cute ballerina is way too artsy. Love the strips of paper you added. I'm afraid of mixed media, but I'm going to give it a shot. Such a fun hop and good luck with the kitties. It was great to talk to you a couple of weeks ago! It feels great to be back!

  6. Hey Marti, your projects are amazing! I especially love what you did with the houses. I would seriously buy that for my home and have it framed. I'm not kidding, I love it!
    Hugs, Christine

  7. Fabulous creations!! So happy you could hop with us!

  8. the art that baby in the Smash Group too, its awesome! Cute sassy gal too, she reminds me of Pez ;)

    Stay cool & hope you're feeling better,

  9. WOW WOW WOW your artwork is FABULOUS Marti so much to look at and amazing details!! GORGEOUS work!

  10. Hey M
    LOVE your Journaling/Mixed Media Skittles this doodling has off the charts swagger!!! Thanks for joining us :D
    Hearts and Hugs

  11. Wow, that is very cool. I've never seen anything like it. Sort of fantasyish, sort of I'm not sure what. I LIKE!

  12. These are fantastic Marti! I'm in DC today - Monday and was thinking of you. We'll be in Va Monday afternoon.