Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happy Day Card

Happy Day Card

Happy Day card

I need a couple birthday cards. I really should make several and stock up. I haven’t done that, so this one may end up being a belated card for a dear friend whose birthday was last week. If it’s pretty enough, maybe she won’t notice how late it is?

I made this one using the June card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I love the stamps that came with this kit, but I didn’t use any here, because I needed something more like a birthday sentiment, of which I have pitifully few for a card maker.  I also loved the dotted vellum, the washi tape, and the wood veneer pieces included in the case, and I did use those here. This is a top folding card, a rarity for me (no reason why that I can think of).

Happy News

Happy News

I’m happy to announce that I now have some art available for sale at an actual brick-and-mortar store here in Connecticut. Copper & Birch is a lovely gift store in South Windsor stocked with beautiful art and crafts from artists all over Connecticut. I was delighted to be contacted by the owner recently after she saw my Etsy shop listings, and on Saturday I delivered almost a dozen pieces to her shop where they’ll be on display and for sale. I had previously visited the shop, and it has a terrific selection of quality work, with plenty of variety. It’s all displayed well–there is a lot of stock, but it doesn’t feel crowded at all. I’m so pleased to have some of my work included.

Among the pieces now for sale at Copper & Birch is this mixed-media piece, which I originally did for a mixed-media contest at a local rubber stamping store.

Peace Be Still

I loved doing this piece. I started on a piece of corrugated cardboard with some of the layers exposed, and the textures just went wild from there. Here are some closeup shots:

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The words are on canvas, the silver bird is made of resin, the boat is of music paper and bits of mono printed deli paper. There are even sparkles. Crazy! This is one of my favorite creations ever. I almost hope it doesn’t sell.

I also have a few more photo display spools at the shop.

Three Spools

These are really fun to make. I’m about ready to acquire more spools so I can make more.

His Burden Is Light

His Burden Is Light

Light Mixed-Media Canvas

I added another mixed-media canvas to my Etsy shop recently. This is a 4″ x 12″ canvas on the theme of Jesus’ words in Matthew, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” After covering the canvas with book and music paper, I painted it with blues and gold. The feather is made of embossing paste and painted; there’s a little shine and shimmer to it that I really like. The word light is formed from wire. Words from the verse are scattered around the canvas and on the sides.

All to remind me of the ease and lightness of walking with my Savior. I need the reminder, especially on the heavy days.

Getting Abstract

Getting Abstract

Abstract

Over the weekend I got busy with black and white paint and my Gelli plate: Lots of stripes and a few circles! I don’t know what about the black stripes captured me so thoroughly, but I was completely absorbed and am looking forward to using some of these in collage.

After I had made a bunch of prints with the gel plate, I decided to build up some layers on the plate to use with packing tape. I added in some red and ended up with this.

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I liked this one so much I scanned it and printed it onto inkjet-printable fabric. I’m in love with the little white dots, which just sounds silly, but they are my favorite part.

Thanks for stopping by!

Graduation Cards

Graduation Cards

I have some special young people in my life graduating from college this month. I remember my own graduation now over 30 years ago—the joy, the pride, the bittersweet goodbyes. It’s a huge milestone, an ending and a beginning. A card really isn’t going to add much to the occasion, but maybe these cards will remind my young family and friends how proud I am of them.

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Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking

I used to be an avid scrapbooker, starting with digital scrapbooking in 2007 and then migrating (against the general flow of things) to traditional scrapping a couple years ago. For the past year I have barely scrapped at all–just a few pages here and there. I never decided to quit; I just began to devote more energy to art journaling and mixed media art, and the scrapbooking fell by the wayside. But every so often the urge hits me, usually because of a photo that’s particularly meaningful to me. That was the case here, though the photo has sat around on my desk since January waiting for that urge to strike!

Me & my older boy, January 2014.

Me & my older boy, January 2014.

It is probably no coincidence that I wanted to scrap this photo this week. This boy graduates from college on Saturday, and after that he’s moving to Ohio, home state of his fiancee, to look for a job and plan their wedding. So this January photo is extra special, and it reminds me that no matter how far away he moves or how he grows up and commits his life and love to his bride, he’s still my boy and I’m still his mom. And that’s pretty awesome.

Spring Shooting

Spring Shooting

It’s greening up here in Connecticut, and I’m especially enjoying the new bird activity around our yard. Last week I spotted two birds I’d never identified before, both warblers. One didn’t cooperate for the camera, but I was able to capture this one:

Black-and-White Warbler

I also heard and glimpsed a Pileated Woodpecker, but I wasn’t able to get a good shot. My ears are tuned to their raucous calls, though, and I’m hopeful I’ll get a chance at a good picture before too long.

More mundane (to me) birds have also been plentiful, and I’m almost as happy to get a good Catbird or Phoebe shot as I am to get something more unusual.

Gray Catbird

(At least that's what I think it is...)

(At least that’s what I think it is…)

No roundup of spring photos from my back yard would be complete without a chipmunk. So here you go:

Chipmunk

What are you seeing in your back yard?

Blessed…

Blessed…

Blessed... art journal page

This week in my Bible reading I’ve been soaking in the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. There’s a lot to soak up. I’ve thought a lot about how I can’t, on my own, be “poor in spirit” or “merciful” or someone who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, but how God can change me into that sort of person, by his grace at work in my life. So this is the page I made this week in my Documented Life planner. I love that “Mary” stamp from Stampotique, and she looks pretty poor in spirit and pure of heart to me. I’m also clearly being influenced by the DLP workshop, Planner Pages Art to the 5th Style.  All those bright colors, circles, deli paper faux wash tape, and white dots are evidence of that! I still have a few workshop videos to watch, and I highly recommend the workshop if you’re looking to be inspired as you work on your planner or art journal pages.

Yellow Can Be Mellow

Yellow Can Be Mellow

Embrace Your Wild Life tag

I’m trying to stretch my creative muscles more often by taking part in a few online challenges. I took a look at this week’s Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp and thought, Oh, no–yellow? Because I really don’t use much yellow. But I’ve recently begun to overcome an aversion to pink, so maybe I can embrace yellow as well. And, after all, that’s what challenges are for, right? Stretching.

So here’s my take on it. I suppose there is more teal on this tag than yellow, but there’s a lot more yellow than I usually use, so I’m calling it good. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the tag background, and the branch is from a Tim Holtz die. The bird is cut from patterned paper (it was yellow, but I made it even more yellow with Distress Ink–can I have extra credit, please?) using a Memory Box die, and the leafy border is cut from the same paper with a Memory Box die. The flowers are from some mulberry paper scraps and cut using a Tim Holtz die. I used some Maya Mist to color the tag string.

I’m pretty happy with my tag, and I’m thinking yellow may find its way a little more often into my little creative world.