Thursday, November 29, 2007

WS - Words No.2 + MMM - WIngs

Here is my second attempt for the latest WS challenge words... it also doubles as my 4'x 4' page for the ABC group, which has the theme of chairs...........and is my entry for this weeks MMM - Wings.... I love wings and use them A LOT in my work.

Stamp used is Paperbag Studio (hopefully you can see the stamp/chairs in the scan).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pay It Forward

Belinda, Jo, Janine and a number of other talented ladies have posted this on their site recently. Now it is my turn!

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF (Pay it forward) exchange.

I'm not sure what that gift will be, so if you have any preferences, let me know.

The only thing you have to do in return is to pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

So basically, if you’re one of the first 3 comments, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make!

Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.

Pay it Forward!

WS - Words

Over at WS this week, we have a challenge of using your fav words in our art.

I've gone again with the Xmas theme and I have to admit I do love the 'words' we normally associate with Xmas...... Joy, family, love, children, happy, merry... all such positive words.

So here we go.... stamp used is of course a Stampington & co (one of my fav stamp companies)....

Sunday, November 25, 2007

MMM - Gold

This week on Mixed Media Monday, is the theme of gold. This theme has encouraged me to make another Xmas Card.

Love this Stampington Stamp called Angel Trio :-) however it's a bit hard to see that I've used Gold kindy glitz on the dots, highlighted the angels with gold pen. I dont know why the gold of these things didn't scan very well, but the gold is def there :-)

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Diamonds

Diamonds are this weeks WS challenge.

Here is my interpretation of this theme -

using diamond background paper underneath my stampington flower image, and a diamond stamp, stamped randomly over the music sheet in the background.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

MMM - Buttons

Here is my entry for this weeks MMM theme of Buttons. This is a bday card going out to a friend next week. Hope it makes her smile :-)

Thanks for looking.

Whoops forgot to mention, just in case you're looking for the button on this piece, it's the flower looking embellishment at the top right hand corner of the card. Thanks to my MIL who had the most amazing button collection :-)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Home is where the heart is.....

Made this canvas over the last few days, using the same technique for the background as the Goddess Canvas in the post below.

This one I'm keeping and putting up in our front passage way.

Now onto to making chrissy pressies for teachers at school.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

MMM - Numbers

Here is my entry for this weeks MMM which for this week has the theme of numbers.

Background made using a technique learnt from Viv Bonder, where you mix gel medium with your paint and push gauze (or whatever material) into the wet paint and let dry. I'd never tried mixing the two together until now. Thanks Viv for the inspiration.

I hope you can see that I have used numbers on the stars. This canvas is actually going to be a gift for a friend, who in my mind is a Goddess, but she feels a little 'icky' about herself at the moment. So hope it cheers her up :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Not much to share

Just been flat out making Xmas Cards and to be honest, I'm just about done!! Wooohooo....

There's so many projects I want to work on at the moment, i only wish there were more hours in the day :-)

when I'm done I'll share.

Have a good week.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Leaves

This weeks theme at WS is leaves. I've gone with a bit of an oriental version and used Gingko Leaves.

Here is my ATC.

Thanks for looking :-)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Mixed Media Monday - Crowns

This weeks theme at MMM is crowns.

So here is a 4x4 I made just a few days ago, that fits this theme perfectly.

First Xmas Card Made for 07!!

And only ?? to go!! Haven't quite worked out the exact number I need yet :-).

This year I'm going for a vintage feel, whereas last year, I went for bright and breezy. Whenever I make bulk Xmas Cards, I have to say, I'm entirely lazy and like to keep the design simple. I've even used faux stitching on my cards, so as to save on thread and mess!! you know the messy tails of thread you get, well it looked just too yuck cause there's just so much stitching on such a small card, so i decided to go with the faux stitching.

Ok hope everyone had a creative/happy weekend.

Friday, November 02, 2007

GPP Street Team - Crusade No. 14

The challenge over at Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team is 'Who's Your Muse'. I'm not sure if I have an imaginery muse, but I have loads and loads of artists that inspire me, so therefore get my muse juices flowing :-)

Firstly I'll start with Michelle.Her artwork blows me away!. Check out her work on her GPP Street Team Blog (love Pierrot's) and over at her own personal blog. Her art work just blows me away.

When I first picked up a stamp and started getting really interested in art, there were several people who I admired so much and who's artwork totally blew me away. So I think the easiest thing is to list them.

Firstly Belinda Scheider. Every time I saw her artwork (in mags/yahoo group links, on the artchix website), before I even looked at the name of the person who had produced the work, I always thought WOW and would want to get closer to the computer screen so that I could get a 'better' look. I am proud and pleased to say, that we are now friends and I am still awe struck by her work. NOt only is she a talented artist, but she is HUGELY generous and very complimentary of others work.

The next person is Janine Anderson. I firsts saw Janine's work in an Aussie Magazine that she was a regular contributor too. I loved her use of colour and style (still do) and again I am proud to say that I have since contributed twice to her own magazine and consider her a friend.

Then there is France. What a fantastic name huh!! That was the first thing that struck me, then it was her generosity and her kindness in helping me 'learn' and get a handle on this craft. Her artwork, especially most recently her jewellery, blew me away.

Next on my list of friends of my muse - would have to be Debbi Baker. The first time Debbi sent me an email to compliment me on my art work, I was like "oh my god, Debbi Baker sent me an email!!!!" This fantastic lady, can turn her hand to so many mediums, she inspires me on a daily basis.

Ok so last but definitely not least, I have a list of the ladies oh and two males that have most recently inspired me:-

Kelsey O Awesome lady, fantastically generous, seriously talented and just a great great great friend.

Dawn T A cracker of a gal and a uber talented woman. Love the prawn!

Julie H Now here is a lady that can turn her hand to EVERYTHING and it always and I mean always looks fabulous. I've not seen a piece of Julie's work yet, that I've thought Hmmmm. I always am blown away by her work and most recently her jewellery (that I've bought lots of!).

Karyn Gartel I'm not even sure how I stumbled across Karyn's work, but the instant I went to her blog, I became addicted. Her use of colour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could use colour like she does. I've just recently purchased this painting from her -

which just appeals to me on so many levels. I can't wait until it arrives :-)

Misty Mawn
Who doesn't love Misty's work. I love experimenting with the backgrounds that she uses (and freely teaches), definitely an inspiration.

Sulea Lee
UBER talented!! This woman has more talent in her little finger, than I have in both my hands. Her work is so awesome.

Judy Her work has such depth and so much meaning. She puts so much love into everything she does.

Dot C This lady is such a beautiful soul and so talented to boot. We met way back when (I can't even remember) on line and I have had the pleasure of meeting her in the 'flesh' and we have struck up a great friendship.

And lastly the two uber talented males, who I love to visit their blogs/websites often - Michael De Meng and Tim Holtz gotta love that grungebord!

I'm sure there's a heap of people I've left out and my apologies to those that I have. All I can say is that the above people, inspire my muse on a daily basis. I love their work, I love their kindness and willingness to share, so they are not only talented, but fantastic people also!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

4x4 - God/Goddess Theme for ABC Club

Here is my take on the theme Gods/Goddess's. It is hard to see the shimmer of the background in a scan, but basically it is texture paste, with red paint over the top and then poppy red (my fav colour) H2O painted over the top. Highlighted with some gold rub and buff. The dress form has also had texture paste randomly smooshed over it and then gauze pressed into the wet texture paint. Left to dry, then painted black and gold rub and buff used again to highlight.

I dont know why, but I instantly thought of red and gold when thinking of a goddess.

Thanks for looking :-)