Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Clay Stamping

It's such fun to try new techniques, things that I may never have tried before. One of my Yahoo groups, "Art For The Creative Mind", offered an opportunity to participate in a Technique Book. We were grouped into teams of eight and we needed to create one page for each member in our group describing a technique from a random assortment. I selected clay stamping. I chose a stamp that was deeply etched to get a good impression.

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I felt a red heart was very appropriate.

This past weekend I sat outside and played with the clay, kneading it until it was soft and pliable. Firm pressure of the stamp onto the clay gave a nice result.

I cut the heart out with a craft knife and then baked it on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 15 minutes at a low temperature. The clay darkened significantly from the baking. I could've painted it or dusted it with Perfect Pearls, but I chose to leave it in its naked beauty.

This was a fun, new technique that I plan to experiment with for a variety of results. Gosh do I love to create!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Day to Play

What a great Saturday! I started the day with a cup of tea on the patio, enjoying the cool morning breezes. Had lots of fun at my favorite scrapbooking store making three more of the Tim Holtz Christmas tags that I mentioned in yesterday's post. Here are all four . . .

These tags were such fun to make. There are two more that I plan to make tomorrow. It actually was quite enjoyable to make a Christmas item now, after the fact. It was so much more relaxing to just sit and play without having to worry about getting it done in time. I must remember this.

I've been faithful about devoting ten minutes daily to the Art Journal Every Day project. It's all a work in progress, but that's the idea. Here are some of the pages I'm working on. Remember I'm no pro, but I am having fun.

I know I'm probably not supposed to use scrapbooking diecuts, but I really like this vintage-looking little boy.

Had to add some zentangles. They are such fun to do. I'm really liking pink and turquoise lately.

I find it interesting that I have so many different ideas floating around in my head of journal pages I'd like to do. When I was out walking my dogs this afternoon, I was thinking that I would like to look like my shadow when the sun is behind me. What an interesting journal page that thought would be. In light of that thought, I went for a nice, long bicycle ride today and enjoyed it immensely. It was a good day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Holding On To Tim

Tim Holtz, that is. Tim did his 12 Days of Christmas tags again this year - the fourth time. They are magnificent! I know Christmas is now a fading memory, but I went to my favorite scrapbooking store to make a variation of one of his tags before all of the supplies are shelved. Here's the result.

While I love all twelve of his tags, there are three more I plan to make on Saturday. I'll share the results then. There is something about creating that just fills me with such a sense of peace and contentment. I'm so happy that I'm finally in the space where I have time to do some of the things I enjoy doing.

Found a butterfly stamp to use for this month's ATC's. It's still a work in progress, but this is how it's coming along.

This picture gives a better glimpse of the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls Mist. I've also been faithful about the Art Journal Every Day project. The thought of spending ten minutes a day in my art journal is so appealing that I am eager to play in it and it's amazing the progress that can be made in a short period of time. Hope you're taking time to enjoy your leisure time!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

In Living Color

I am in love with Adirondack Color Wash and Perfect Pearls Mists. Oh my!

They are products that produce beauty. I don't really think these photo's can truly capture the shimmery sheen, but the color is fabulous!

This is the background for the ATC's I'm making for my Artists Trading Card Club. The theme this month is "Butterflies". I'm envisioning some vibrant blue, purple and red on this. Won't that look great?

I had to go back and buy 5 more shades. These are going to be such fun on so many things!! Now back to my butterflies . . .

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Could It Be?

There's a last time for everything, though many times we don't realize at the time that it could be the last time. I'm weird and sometimes I think about stuff like that. I did not know last Christmas in 2009 that it would be the last Christmas I would be spending with my sister living next door to me. How sad that would've been! Would we have cherished the moments more?

My son has a girlfriend that he really likes. He's not home much anymore, which is sad in a way. I know that is how life goes, but that doesn't make it less sad. I'm not ready for my chicks to leave the nest just yet but I guess I don't get to pick the time, do I? If I did, I probably would've picked age 16 or 17, but now that he's pushing 21, he's sweet again and I really like having him around.

So my point is . . . could this have been the last Christmas with him home with me? I surely hope not. But if it was, I had fun and I will cherish the moments . . . just in case.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Art Journal Every Day

Just came across this blog that is motivating all interested to art journal every day. Who doesn't have ten minutes to add any little something to an art journal? It started January 1st, but I'll start today, because why not today?

I have the perfect little journal to use just for this project. My journal is tiny, only about 5X7, with a turquoise cover with baby blue and navy polka dots, spiral bound, full of watercolor paper!! The size will be perfect for a project such as this. I'm so excited! I can't wait to start. I have some new products I'm anxious to use as well . . .Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold and Turquoise and Adirondack Color Wash in Denim and Cranberry. Amazing how the colors go perfectly with my journal and the button above. Sounds like this is meant to be. What fun!!

Monday, January 3, 2011


What a beautiful word. It's something I say before my meals. It's innocence. It's beauty. When the monthly ATC swap came up in my Yahoo group, "Art For The Creative Mind", and the theme was "Grace", I knew just the look I wanted.

That's what grace is to me.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


That's my word for 2011. I love words. They have so many meanings and the interpretation is all in the ears of the beholder. Last years word turned out to be "adaptability". Lots of things went wrong in 2010 but you've got to adapt and keep on going or it will suck you up and spit you out and that's not gonna happen to me. So after making it through the trials and tribulations of 2010, I'm determined to reach some goals in 2011.

I was inspired by a fellow bloggers post stating that she achieved all three of the goals she set for herself in 2010. I did not achieve any because I had to adapt to the changing times . . . and yes, I know that's just an excuse.

In 2011 I plan to be determined in all that I do. I must, once and for all, lose weight. I used to be a cute, skinny little chickee. In my minds eye, I'm still that person. Everyone else needs to know that now. I want to ride my bike more often. I bought it for a reason. It's a beautiful bike. I need to lose weight so I need to add exercise to this list. I want to spend more time making art. I want to read more. I want to not be such a great procrastinator. There you have it. My goals for 2011. Determination. Remember it. Live it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

We went to the beach on New Year's Eve to rejuvinate the soul. No sense living near the beach if you don't enjoy its beauty, right?

It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

The pier was renovated recently after the destruction from one of the many hurricanes we were hit with a couple years ago.

Got lucky with a couple of good shots of some of the locals.

A great way to start a new year. Happy 2011!!