Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring = Baby time

I have a really good who is pregant for the first time.  She and her husband have been wanting this for a very long time.  They followed the path most want to be parents do with doctoring and lots of prayer.  There prayers were answered and they will have a new baby late this summer.  I am so very excited for them. 

Above picture show the tag I made for the little book.  In honor of Jennifer being a teacher I used Libaray cards to make the tags. 

The products I used was Graphics 45, cats eye ink and several different papers I had left over from other projects.  The book itself is 3 x 3 using only one piece of paper.  There was several examples of this type of book several months ago starting on Tim Holtz blog.

It is an easy little book to make that can be created in any theme.  Have a great week and create something wonderful for someone you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Retro Cafe - Contest

I don't advertise anything on my blog; but 1. I really like retro cafe and 2. It seemed like such a fun thing to do.  So here is the information. You can also go directly to

ATC Frame CONTEST - $150 in Prizes!

In honor of our extended line of ATC Frames by Coffee Break Design, and my desire to see lots of art, we are having the biggest contest ever!

The Rules:
1. Create up to 3 ATCs using our line of ATC Frames. Each ATC must contain at least one frame. And yes, you can use any of the older frames too.

2. Email your photos to subject: ATC frame Contest. Please do a separate photo for each ATC. Files between 200 -300 KB preferred. I will post these photos on our Facebook page in a special album as they are received. Please include your full name in the email.

3. Deadline is June 1st. This will give you plenty of time to get your frames and create!

4. We love our International customers and you are welcome to play (be sure to give plenty of time for your frames to arrive in the mail)!

The Prizes:
1. One winner, which will be selected using a random number generator will win a $100 gift certificate to Retro Café Art Gallery! Yes, you heard me right! I’ll be using the photos in the Facebook album to create the number system.

2. A SECOND winner will win a $50 gift certificate to Retro Café Art Gallery. Myself and a small panel of judges will pick our top 5 favorites which will be posted to the blog. Then YOU will vote for your favorite by leaving a comment!

3. ALL players will receive a special digital collage sheet created especially for this event just for playing, so everyone WINS! If you post and play, you will get $6.50 in digital collage sheets which more than covers the cost of shipping your fabulous ATC Frames! :).

Spread the Word and get a Gift:
1. If you would like to help spread the word about our contest, you will get our Beautiful Birds 1 Digital Collage Sheet free as a Thank you! (if you already have this sheet I will substitute if I can verify it in the system). One sheet per person, though you are welcome to post in multiple places with great appreciation.

2. Post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, website, etc. and link back to THIS post. Email me at and show me where you have posted, and I will email you your digital collage sheet! So even if you don’t play, you can still win! Feel free to use the button above, though it’s not required.

* An ATC (Artist Trading Card) is a piece of art the is 2.5" x 3.5". The frames are already the correct size so you are all set. *

Check the Facebook album periodically to see the entries. I put my cards in just as a sample.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mail art

Elena my friend and group Mom of several of my RR groups decided that the women of her groups needed to connect in a more intimate way.  So she created Mail Love.  Each of us sends someone something by snail mail every other day or so.  Something could be anything a post card with a quote just to let that person know she was being thought of.  Or if time permitted a small piece of art.  Nothing too time consuming; but thought full. 

I was not to keen on it at first.  I like most people I am crunched for time.  But, I said yes and away the  project went.  Well, I must say I am having more fun with this little project then I have with any of the others.  It is nice to go to the post office and find a little piece of sunshine along with the bills and other things that come in the mail.  I am sending a post card, but along the way I have made a couple things as well. 

Here are a couple of examples:

If you have a minute, take some time to either create something.  If time is short find a post card write a wonderful quote or just say HI I am thinking of you to someone.  It is such a delightful surprise to find in the mail.  I also have to say so much more personal.  It has made me stop and realize I really do need to stop and smell the roses.  By doing that I can also remember I do have people who I care about and need to let them know.  I hope you take the time and rediscover snail mail as it has become known. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sharing with each other

First off I still have to post my Ingrid Dijker's journal I created in the Key's.  I am working on it so hopefully later in the month I can upload them and show you I have made some progress with them.  I was so excited to meet and get to take a class from Ingrid.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to also find out what an absolutely joy she is as both a person and an instructor. 

Now this is a post that is going to be more wordy then art.  Sorry for that but something has been bothering me and I want to work it out here. 
I saw this on Pam Carriker's web site a year or so ago.  I have since seen it on Creative Workshops ning site.  I want to bring this over here to my blog as well.  I think it is that important.  We as mixed media artist's need to remember to share our ideas.  Don't worrying about some one "stealing" our art or knowledge.  To quote Stacy Julian the wheel has already been invented.  You can only improve or tweak it.  For instance I learned how to shade and highlight my images from Pam Carriker.  Do I think she invented it no; but I learned it from her and then tweaked it to make it my own.  I give her total credit for the beginning of my journey into mixed media.  The art I create is my own though.  I do totally believe in giving credit to those who have taught me a technique or whose images I am using.  That should always be a practice of any artist.

As you can see from the layout I did above I use shading a ton.  I believe it makes the images pop off the page.  I did not learn it on my own.  I took a class from Pam Carriker called Shades of Gray.  I learned so much from that little class about images.  So Pam has continued the circle of sharing.   The images were found on the Internet.  I have no idea who owns them; but I am not selling them nor do I claim them as my own; so I don't feel bad about using them.  I read an artist comment that if you use images from someone else you are not creating art.  I don't agree with that.  But, I do believe you need to be very careful with the images you both find and purchase. 

I guess because I love to use images and at times am either to lazy or do not have access to images on certain topics I use the Internet.  I think it is a fine line and if you are not selling and are very clear you did not create the images but are using them for FUN and to improve your techniques you should be OK.   You should ask permission if possible; but that is not always possible.  It comes back to giving credit to those you should and sharing your knowledge.  The great artist of the past learned their art from copying the artist before them.  So, be respectful, be honest about your images and art; share what you learn. 

I am trying to learn to draw; I am trying to take more of my own pictures so I can use them in my art.  I still have so very much to learn; both in copyright and mixed media techniques.  There has been so many instructors and just people who have and are helping me in my journey.  I want to continue the circle that Pam started with me.  So please ask I will help if I can.  I will hope that when you are asked you will share and help where you can.  The circle should not be broken.