Thursday, July 31, 2014

The NEW Everything Girls' Series-Summer/back to School fun for our girls!

Good Morning!
In the near future, I will be blogging about each of these books, showing you the wonderful things my family creates with them. So keep checking in! Or, head over to / and get your copies now. I have provided the links below. I may even have a little give-away prize for one lucky viewer.

by Ashley Ann Laz "is full of ideas and tips on how to use colorful Japanese crafting tape to change normal, everyday things into wonderful works of art.The best part of this, is when you get bored of it, you simply peel off the tape and start again!"

by Laura McIntyre "is packed with ideas for throwing the most amazing sleepover party ever! From invitations to games to goodie bag—you'll find all you need for the ultimate slumber party, with themes like spa party, rock star diva, and glow in the dark."

By Thaneeya McArdleArt "isn't just for hanging on walls—you can be your own canvas! Express your artistic side on your hands, fingers, arms, and legs with washable makeup or body art crayons!Inside, you'll find more than 50 of the best projects ever for creative, original temporary tattoos, like mandalas, henna hand designs, sugar skulls, and more."

by Nate Lovett and Peggy BrownIn "Japan, kawaii means "cute," and what's cuter than fuzzy kittens, smiling flowers, and adorable berries?These lovable kawaii characters, like Bunita the bunny & Koni the ice cream cone, will melt your heart and leave you saying "aw" with every page. No matter what level artist you are, you'll find step-by-step directions and examples for drawing your favorite new friends."

Monday, July 21, 2014

You're my cup of tea!

Good Morning,

I have a bright and cheerful card here for you today.  One of the things I love about my friends is that we are all different on the outside, but we have so many similarities on the inside.  Thus the inspiration for this card.

I love getting together for tea/coffee with my girly girls.  So this goes out to all of you!

I enjoyed coloring this one immensely. Then put it all together with the design paper, brads, charm and button.

I am fond of Coffee, but love Earl Grey Tea.  What do you enjoy drinking with your circle of friends?

Happy Krafting,

P.S Challenges I am entering this into are;
Sister Act Card Challenge #66: Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #118: It's all about the girls
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #245: Butterflies ( I used my pretty blue butterly brad near the flower)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Art Journalling: Book Inspiration


I saw the SDC#156: Book Inspiration challenge.  They asked what our favorite book was, and to use that to inspire a piece of art.  I had just gotten a new sketchbook in the mail, so I decided to do an art journal page.  Now please keep in mind, I am new at Art Journalling, so this may look messy to you.  But that is part of the attraction for me.  My cards have to be crisp balanced and pretty.  My art journal can be messy, ugly, unorganized too.

My favorite book is The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.  She was 16 when she wrote it.  I loved the book because it showed a group of kids sticking by each other, even though their lives were difficult.I read it for the first time when I was 14, after seeing the movie.  And like the good hoarder I am, I bought all her other books too. LOL!

This book introduced me to Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" poem.  It is still one of my favorites, although it leaves me with a sadness inside.  I think it was the first time I felt something after reading poetry!

As you will see I put a couple of important quotes on my pages.  I used Stampotiques  Smile stamp to represent Johnny Cade, and Pigtales to represent Cherry Valance, and Eric as Ponyboy Curtis.  The Picture Door stamp was used to represent the movie theatre's door in the first page of the book.

So?  What is your favorite book?

Happy Krafting,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

She Stole my Heart


Happy Sunday.  It is raining, and I have to say I am a bit relieved.  The kids have friends over, and that means time to clean, craft, spend time with the husband!

Here is another card made with the amazing SunnyCDolls rubber stamps.  Did you know she also makes prints that are available in her Etsy store?  I have framed 2 of her postcards and they are up in my art room.  Inspiration at it's finest!

I used a light yellow and orange ink as my main inking stamp for the image.  I then went about using my pencils and gamsol.  I am LOVING the way they are turning out.  Soft and subtle.

What are you up to today?  Please leave me a message.  I love hearing all about what you are doing.

Happy Krafting,

Challenges I am entering this into are;
Sister Act Card Challenge #65: Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #118: It's all about the girls
Fantastic Tuesday Challenge #43: Anything Goes

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Sweet!


I am quite excited to show you what I have created with my new SunnyCDolls rubber stamps. I found her art on Etsy HERE  and it was just so different.  This one is called "I'm licked".  I adore the little skully stamps on the right side too.

I am trying to draw as of late, and Sunny Carvalho's work is inspiring.  I am always impressed with woman who find their own way of drawing and creating art.  Something to aspire to for sure.

This creation was all about trying a new technique. I used colored ink to stamp the image (instead of my bold black ink).  I then proceeded to color it in with my pencils, and blended it in with Gamsol.  It really gives it a watercolor look don't you think?

Who inspires you?  Be sure to leave me a link, I always love being introduced to new artists.

Happy Krafting!

Challenges I am entering this into are:
SisterActCardChallenge #64: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #243 : Bling
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #117: Summertime