Wednesday, May 27, 2009

art journals and other stuff

I have been busy creating art journal pages. I have been experimenting with acrylic paint and distress inks. I like how they work together. I get the bright color in the background; but with an aged patina.







With the use of two different mediums the outcome is almost always an age patina look. At least with how I use it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More on circle Journals

I have been working on a couple different circle journals. These are three of the pages I have completed. I am loving this art form. As time goes by I will be posting pages as the journals come my way.



I urge all of you to start your own art journal. The stories you can tell are unlimited. Stretch yourself further than just ATC cards. Don't let the larger pages intimidate you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Meyer-Imports

A few months ago meyer-imports put a call out to artist asking if they would create pieces using their product. I responded and was chosen to receive this pack.
Since they are better at describing their product I copied and pasted the description below of all that is included in this lovely box of goodies.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that..take this box and make something! In one easy to store box, you'll get some mushrooms, glass glitter, flatback gnomes, ladybugs, trees, deer and sooooo much more! Use for any papercraft project, cards, scrap booking..or for a sweet diorama or shadow box frame! Add just a bit of glue and you're ready to go!
Take and Make Crafting Kit 113Product #218-0113
Full Kit box measures approx 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"
Beautiful detailing, a wonderful item with old world precision workmanship.


I was also sent some lovely German scrap. I created a tag for my Mom on Mothers day using the beautiful spray of flowers.




To create this tag I used the following items.

The inspiration piece was the spray of flowers from meyer-imports
I used Tim Holtz's distress inks in several colors
Tags
One I cut to make a pocket for the pull out note
lots of ribbon
last but not least the letters

The piece below is a whimsical creation of fantasy. One of my favorite themes.

If you look below you will see the little gnomes, deer, reindeer moss, mushroom, key, mouse that are included in the kit. I also added a few other items.





To create this you will need a tin box.
The box of items from meyer-imports
A tin box the one I used can be purchased from most stores that you put gift cards in.
The background, moon, umbrella, and strawberry are from paper whimsy
rub on's
striped paper
glitter from ranger Enchanted gold was used on the moon
cream card stock for the sign
broken crystal glitter from meyer-imports also included in the kit
alcohol inks
flowers
I used the inks in various colors on the inside of the tin around the border. After each color I allowed them to dry. Does not take long a moment or two. I then glued the clip art on the back of the tin. I then cut striped paper to go around the tin on the outside. I cut an oval out of the cream card stock. I put on the rub on of my choice. Then using a tooth pick I put glue around the edges of the oval. Then I dipped it into the glitter. After it had dried I folded down the bottom part of the oval so I could glue it to the tin. I then glued the reindeer moss to the inside bottom of the tin. I embossed the moon and used foam dots to give it some 3 D effect. I then placed my deer and other items inside. I glued the fairy on; as a last touch I found some flowers I had on hand and used E6000 to adhere them to the tin.
If you have any question about this piece please email me.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dog is God spelled backwards

I don't know how many of you have watched the news about a 3 year old little boy gone missing in Missouri. He was found after almost 50 hours wearing nothing more then a pull up diaper, t-shirt and one tennis shoe. I was watching the news this morning and the anchor said how they believed that the child was able to survive the cold nights by snuggling up to two stray dogs.

I don't know how much of that is true; but believe there is something to it. The temps had been in the 40's with rain. This little boy was found with only a few scratches not overly cold nor did he downed with several creeks running through the woods where he was found. Plus one of his tennis shoes was found close to a creek.

I have always believed the reason God gave us Dogs, was because it is his way of giving us something tangible. Faith is important and should be unshakable. Saying that, I have found that there are times that my faith is shakeable, and my need to hold, see and touch something that will bring me the faith I need. The feeling of absolute love, and understanding and not being alone. I know that we have people that love us; but being people talking and sharing our hurts is almost always in the equation when it comes to giving comfort. We want to understand, explain the pain so that we can FIX it. Dog's don't want to fix it. They know that the pain cannot be fixed talked about or explained. It is pain and you just need to have their presence to lessen it so we can deal with it. Maybe that is why Dog spelled backwards is GOD.

If you want to read more about this story follow this link and it will give you more details of a very happy ending. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519216,00.html