January 2016 Artsy Creations

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July 13, 2016 at 7:13 pmCategory:Art Journal

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This entry is an oldie but goody! Packed with lots of art and inspiration. As I am dusting off my blog, I am finding lots of things to send your way. Hope you don’t mind the late “vibe” of this stuff…

The first one is an art journal page that I created at the beginning of the year. Little did I know how TRUE this page would be. So far, 2016 has been packed with amazing moments & experiences! IMG_8126

The next two pictures are canvases that my 5th graders created! We were working on a unit in which we held really deep, intense conversations about slavery and equality for all people. They worked on these canvases to depict their thoughts on some of the texts we discussed! (deep stuff-love these kids)

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The next few pictures are of faces that I created. I was inspired by the SKTCHY app-check it out! (it’s free)I love mixing paints and making faces that are “unrealistic” in their colors. I hope some of these pictures inspired you! Would love to hear your comments…IMG_8262

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Where have I been?

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July 11, 2016 at 7:35 pmCategory:Healthy Journey

It has been a REALLY, REALLY long time…

No worries. All has been good. Just busy and unfortunately my art life went on the very far back burner.
What have I been up to?

1. Finishing my 21st (that is hard to even believe) year of teaching. This year has been one of the best. One of the hardest. The kids in my class were gifts to me. All of them. It was super busy as the year came to a close as we prepared for the 5th Grade graduation. What a special but very bittersweet day!

2. Jury. Duty. I am in the middle of dealing with that. Enough said.

3. I have been doing more reading. I have missed it. I grew up reading. My mom would take us to the public library all of the time. I love the smell of books. The feel of them. I joined a Book of the Month website that I am IN LOVE WITH! Check it out. I am currently reading BEFORE THE FALL and am gobbling it up!

4. On May 1st, Marty and I started a healthy journey to get our bodies back on track. After my dad passed away in 2010, my health fell apart. Coincidentally, it was at the beginning of May in 2011 that I started being healthy again. Watching what I put in my mouth and being more active. I lost so much weight and felt healthy. Last year, I went through something really hard and fell apart again. On May 1st, I realized that I was (for lack of a better description) a HOT MESS. When I make a decision to do something, I go at it 110%. It’s my personality! Since that date, I lost about 17 pounds. I am addicted to cute workout clothes to wear to Zumba, yoga and on walks. Something about wearing cute workout clothes gives me the kick I need to get active.

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***JourneySpace is my favorite place for Zumba & Yoga. Such a wonderful (non judgmental) community of people-both men & women. I was nervous when I went for the first time but have felt so comfortable and welcomed.

Are you curious about my weight loss progress?

This is how I looked on May 7th:

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July 2nd & July 9th:

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All You Need Is Love ATCs

January 22, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Altered Projects

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Interesting that I clicked on this post while this song was playing on my iPod. Coincidence?! I don’t think so! I created these little beauties for two different ATC swaps that I was participating in. They are so ME with the bright colors and touch of New York City.

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Latest Art Journaling (from the Summer)

January 21, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

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WOW! Why haven’t I shared these until now? Ok, no lame excuses…promise.

I never used to draw faces. I think there were something about them having to actually look like someone or look “real”. Marty told me that I just see things differently than other people and to embrace that. He’s right, I guess. The more I paint & draw what is in my mind, the better I like what I do.

The top picture is a sketch and continues to be a work in progress (yes, even now in January). I love finding interesting faces on an app called SKTCHY and seeing them through my own eyes.
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This drawing (above) came from a personal experience. It helped me deal with something I was going through as art always does for me. It also brought me back to when I was in 4th Grade. I remember being on this kick where I would draw these odd abstract palm trees all the time. Kind of strange from a kid that lived in Central PA and (at that point) hadn’t been anywhere where I would have seen a palm tree. The tops of the palm trees always looked like the hair on that kid that I drew. Funny how certain things come back.

IMG_6732This one was kind of a strange moment for me. One late night, I grabbed a Sharpie that was on my desk and this came out. There were no rules and no restrictions. This just happened. I am still not totally sure as to why but there is that “hair” again. I colored that face/hair with some chalks that Marty had picked up from Target.

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I kept going with another very abstract face. Someone told me this one had a bit of a Picasso influence. That was quite a compliment but I get it, I guess. To me, that face looks really out there. As I look at it now, it’s interesting that I didn’t add a white dot inside of the eyes. He looks very confused & disconnected. Maybe how I was feeling at the time?! Amazing what our art tells us. (that is why it is important to date your paintings)

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This one made me smile. Flowers, bright colors. I was experimenting with some techniques that I learned from the Joanne Sharpe lesson on LifeBook.

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Another one of those odd faces. Huh?!

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The two faces here were drawn and then traced over with India Ink from a eye dropper. Not sure why. It just is.

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Here, I got my hands on TONS and TONS of Crayola Crayons. Something about that smell brought me back to my childhood. I needed that at the time. We are given what we need at certain times in life. Especially when we are struggling. Which at that time…I was. The flowers were pretty simple. It was all about the colors and using those crayons.

IMG_4368I kept telling Marty that I was AWFUL at drawing trees. So, after watching a few youtube videos, I drew these trees. I felt pretty proud of myself. There was progress…AND I drew them in the car on the road to PA. (yes, I was the passenger)

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Some more funky trees. My niece, drew her version on the page next to mine. She was almost 5-that page will remain forever! (date that stuff)

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I did this watercolor at one of Marty’s Summer Park gigs. I am quite blah at drawing anything realistic! This is my attempt. It is a gazebo. We shall pretend you knew that. lol

And the last picture. It seems for itself. Is it “art”? It touches my heart. So, yes.

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Happy Family Scrapbook Layout

January 20, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Scrapbooking | Stampin' Up!

IMG_6913Look at how warm & sunny it was in that picture. AH…memories!

I created this layout using only products from Stampin’ Up! It was actually a card kit but I pushed myself outside of what was expected of this kit and created 8 layouts. I shared a few of them already and this is yet another from the “collection”. That sounds so artsy & official, doesn’t it?!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy it!

How do you push yourself out of your creative comfort zone? I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments…

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Holiday In July Cards

January 19, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:CARDS | CLASSES

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Just a quick share today of some holiday cards that we worked on back in July! Remember when it was warm & Christmas seemed SOOOO far away. Well, now we are looking forward to Summer (at least I am) and the holidays are just memories.

I hope you find some inspiration today in these cards. I would LOVE to have you join the Gotham City Paper & Paint Meetup Group and join the fun. We meet several times a month and create tons of different projects-all levels of artists are MORE than welcome.

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Embossing Technique Class

January 18, 2016 at 2:01 pmCategory:CARDS | CLASSES

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I LOVE Embossing! There are so many techniques that you can do with some embossing powder, VersaMark Ink Pad and a heat gun (or a blower as some of the gals in the meetup call it)…

This class was from the Summer or at least early in the school year. Yes, I am trying to get better at blogging. If you really want to keep up with my artsy adventures, check out my Art Facebook Page. There are lots of great things going on there.

If you are interested in meeting new creative people and having a blast, join the GOTHAM CITY PAPER & PAINT MEETUP GROUP! We are a pretty sweet group of gals from beginner artists to those more advanced. (a’hem lol) We make cards, canvases, scrapbooks and even have a monthly Art Journaling Club. I have found my tribe & couldn’t be happier-won’t you join us?
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“Me” Butterfly Scrapbook Layout

January 6, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Scrapbooking

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Today I am sharing another 12X12 layout using the Cottage Greeting Card Kit from Stampin’ Up! I was given this kit to create projects for a training session. The challenge was to use the kit and only current Stampin’ Up! products which I did successfully. I grabbed the new products that I just purchased and got to creating. I love the fresh, bright look of these layouts and can’t wait to share more of them with you.
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Beautiful Elise Scrapbook Layout

January 5, 2016 at 8:00 amCategory:Scrapbooking

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Let’s take a break today from the holiday cards to admire the little beauty on this scrapbook layout. This is my niece Elise-I LOVE scrapbooking pictures of her. She is so energetic and loves life which shows in the pictures that I take of her.

This layout was created with a card making kit from Stampin’ Up! I loved challenging myself to use the kit (that was meant for cards) to make several layouts. You will see more of them in the next few weeks of blog posts. I loved adding layers and my mixed media style to the projects. I hope you enjoy checking them out and find inspiration in how I thought ‘outside the box’.

***How do you use supplies in ways that they weren’t intended?

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