HOPPY Easter Cards

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April 21, 2015 at 8:35 amCategory:CARDS

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I saw this cute little bunny all over Pinterest and knew that I just had to make them for my nieces & nephews for their Easter cards. I am so blessed to have three little nieces and three nephews. I made boy bunnies with blue bowties. The little ladies got girly bunnies with pink hair bows, of course! The kids loved them which made my heart sing!

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Getting Caught Up On Project Life

March 21, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Project Life 2014

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Ah, these beautiful Summer memories! These are fun pages of Reghan’s 9th Birthday celebration at Christmas Pines Campground. Mom has a campsite there so we spend a lot of family time relaxing  in the warm, Summer months. I love these pictures of all of us laughing, smiling and having fun!

 

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These are pages of a normal week in July. I have been trying to use things from my stash including my Project Life Core Kits. This kit is one that I got on a HUGE discount at Michael’s. I wasn’t sure of the color scheme when I started working on these pages. I am not usually one that gravitates to primary colors and struggled at first with the composition of this layout. Honestly, I think it’s the slim, artsy black borders on each card that brought the colors together.

 

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These pages are more my normal color scheme. They capture the day-to-day memories of the beginning of August and the fun things that Marty & I do around New York City. I had SO many pictures on these two pages that I had to add an additional space. I grabbed the “flip flap” page from Close To My Heart and begin adding space for more photos and journaling. It is fun to think outside the box when it comes to how to create space in Project Life-don’t be boxed in by the setup of the pages. There are so many neat ways to add more space! I have to admit that every time I look at the pages of my pups it seems that something is missing. I think I need to grab that little page and add some of my fun artsy borders around each picture with a black marker. The pups just seem to be floating around on the page-I think that’s what is bugging me. Other that that, I am happy with how these pages turned out.

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Inspiration For A Pretty Peacock

March 20, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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Inspiration is all around us! Not many things can get me to freeze next to my mailbox like getting a new ANTHROPOLOGIE catalog. The images and prints are always stunning but the March 2015 catalog took my breath away! As I flipped through it, I couldn’t help but get lost in the gorgeous colors and combinations of patterns. Lately I have been loving sketching simple pictures and adding lots of pops of color. The catalog inspired me to look closely at different designs that I could somehow recreate in my art. One of the pages had gorgeous tile work that incorporated stunning peacocks. My art is more simplistic than the detailed tiles but I knew I could somehow reinvent those little beauties. So, here is my happy little peacock with gorgeous bright colors! I am so thrilled with how he turned out that I ended up using him for the wallpaper on my MacBook Pro so that every time I open my laptop I see his little face & fun feathers.

 

Look for inspiration all around you (yes, even in your mailbox) and GO MAKE SOME ART!

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Summer Time Relaxation-Project Life Pages

March 19, 2015 at 8:55 amCategory:Project Life 2014

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As 2015 is flying by, I am still working on getting caught up on my 2014 album. I keep going back and forth in my head as to whether I should just jump into the new album or keep plowing through 2014. Then, I realize I have never been the person to worry about that when it comes to my crafting & art. So, instead I have been cranking out pictures and reliving the wonderful memories of last year. These dreamy pictures of the Summer make me long for warm weather and countless hours of relaxation. (and yes, being tan)

I have been digging into my stash BIG TIME and using lots of beautiful papers and gorgeous embellishments. I have to admit there are times that I rummage through my embellishment basket and think “huh, when did I get THAT”?! It is like shopping in a small scrapbook store when I go into that magical basket. I have been keeping a bunch of the same packs of rub ons, stickers,  and other pretties on my table where I work. This way I don’t get overwhelmed with pulling out new things which causes me to sometimes spend silly amounts of time just ooh-ing & ah-ing over what I find. Having these same packs of things at my fingertips has given me the chance to use them up. I get such a thrill out of throwing away packaging because I used up some pretty stickers, sequins or borders. I hear people say in their videos & on blogs that they “hoard” certain supplies. I am not that girl-I love cutting into papers & glueing things down!

So, enjoy your crafty goodies and GO MAKE SOME ART!

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Birds of A Feather

March 17, 2015 at 1:25 pmCategory:Art Journal

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I have been really drawn to drawing lately. I have been getting lost in the sketching of the lines. Watercolor Pencils seem to be my medium of choice as the colors blending & bleeding into each other is so relaxing to me. As many people, I have Pinterest Boards of all kinds of topics including things that inspire my art journaling (and my imaginary huge apartment in New York City).

 

One of the things on my Art Journal Inspiration Board is a picture of this beautiful gift wrap. I am like my mom when it comes to drawing. I struggle to draw things from my head but can recreate sketches of pictures that are in front of me. I had a lot of fun reinventing one of the amazing birds on this gift wrap–imagine getting a gift all fanciest up in this?! Just hand me the roll of gift wrap…no need to put anything else inside of it. For the background of my bird art, I used that neat circle & line pattern from the lower left hand corner. Stuck on what to draw? Check out beautiful works of art online to inspire you! Now…enjoy your Tuesday and GO MAKE SOME ART!

 

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Inspiration Wednesday Week #3

March 14, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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This is probably the closest version to Donna’s art that I created. I am LOVIN’ Inspiration Wednesday! Donna’s ideas and techniques are great & I am drawn to her sense of humor and the things that she says on the videos. I created the pages (without the words) but felt that something was missing. I put the art journal to the side to dry and just kept looking at it. Something was missing!

The very next day, I got a flyer in the mail for a new show at Radio City Music Hall. The New York City theme of the show led itself to the cool graphics and phrases in the flyer. I knew that this was perfect for the page & the finishing touches that it needed. I tore them and added them to the page-I added some black ink around the words to make them part of the page vs. having them look like they were just glued on. Now, I am happy!

 

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Random Art Creations

March 13, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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Some might complain about cabin fever & being stuck inside during these dreadful Winter months in New York City (or anywhere). I have used these days as an opportunity to dabble in my art journaling. Drawing, doodling & putting color on page has brought me therapy and immense joy! Sometimes I have an idea in my head and get creating. Other times, things just flow-like those jewel-toned circles on the newspaper that I was reading. Circles seem to be a theme for me-I notice them a lot in the things I am drawing. It is not intentional but there they are. Happy circles.

So, grab some pencils & pretty colors and GO MAKE SOME ART!
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Inspiration Wednesday Week #2

March 12, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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Ah, Week 2 of Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. As I mentioned in my last post, I use Donna’s videos to get inspired and as a jumping off point for my own creations. This one for sure looks nothing like Donna’s art. I kept changing mine by adding layers and then I needed a focal point on the page. I just bought the butterfly dies from Stampin’ Up! and COULD NOT WAIT to use them on something. I cut some old book paper with the dies and added those beauties to the page. Once I had them adhered, I added the purple paint. Donna’s page was very subdued in its colors and was stunning. BUT, I struggle with not using crazy, bright colors. I try, I really really do…but I just keep adding colors until things really pop. We all have our own style & I guess that’s mine!

Inspiration Wednesday Week #1

March 11, 2015 at 8:30 amCategory:Art Journal

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I have been art journaling for a few years now. Nothing very consistent-I dabble in my art journal for periods at a time. I go through spells where I can’t get enough of it. When I started creating this way, I looked for inspiration in artists that had been smearing paint in journals and came across Donna Downey. I used to wake up on Wednesday mornings so excited for her Inspiration Wednesday videos that would pop up on both her blog and on youtube. I was sad to see those kind of fizzle away for a period of time because they both pushed me out of my “box” to try new things AND they gave me a weekly kick to open up the journal and play.

I was so thrilled to see that Donna was offering an Inspiration Wednesday video series that started at the beginning of January. (It isn’t too late to join in!) There was a small charge for the videos which I certainly didn’t mind paying. (I make videos so I know the time that goes into them!)

This is my creation from week #1. I love Donna’s ideas! When I first started art journaling, I would almost copy her ideas step-by-step as I was still learning how things worked. Now, I love to watch the video without touching any art supplies. I watch it a second time once I have an idea of how I want to use her creative ideas as my own springboard. This page was certainly a spin-off of  Donna’s ideas! The part of her first video that I loved the most was her use of chipboard letters on her page. All of the letters of this powerful quote are chipboard letters from my stash-they got beautiful makeovers as I added paints to dress them up.

I hope you enjoyed my version of Donna’s creation! I will post new pages as I work on them. Yes, I am two videos behind. Maybe art journaling needs to be on my agenda this weekend. Stay tuned & GO MAKE SOME ART!

Beautiful, Sunny Project Life + UStream Recordings

February 19, 2015 at 2:14 pmCategory:Project Life 2014 | USTREAM Classes

As I sit in my warm craft room and look outside, I am thinking about how FREEZING it is outside in the streets of Manhattan. Much different, of course, then the beautiful sunny days in the pictures in this week’s Project Life. It certainly gives me hope that gorgeous, carefree days are (hopefully) right around the corner.

It has been a little while since I worked on Project Life. I was doing so great when I first started because I had myself on a schedule of printing the pictures and working on the pages. But, life gets in the way and sometimes I like to venture into other things like art journaling and just watching TV.

I decided it would be fun to do a UStream Show and feature the new LET’S GET AWAY Project Life Card Collection from Stampin’ Up!. It has bright, happy colors and featured a travel theme. I love that Stampin’ Up! makes the cards so versatile even when there is a “theme”. In the case of this collection, one side (of most cards) has a travel theme but other side is something that can be used for everyday pictures.

 

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Here are a few cards from the beautiful Let’s Get Away Collection:

If you missed the LIVE Show, here are the recorded moments from last night.

Unfortunately, my camera turned off a few times so we managed to capture the crafting in three parts.


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Live stream by Ustream


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