Quote for the day...

What art offers is space...a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Grungey Silver & Black Tag


I used the Frantage method of embossing with some of the Stampendous embossing powers & glitters. I also used Distress ink & Distress stain to color the ribbon.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Birthday Card for my Boss

I cannot get enough of this skyline stamp from Penny Black.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dream...some watercolor circles.

I am quite fond of circles. This is how I created this look: my card base is 4 x 8 watercolor paper, scored and folded in half. Then I punched a circle from a scrap piece of paper. Using the paper with the hole in it as my guide, I traced 3 circles with watercolor pencils. I then used my water brush to blend the color. I had a bit more of a puddle of watery color where the blue circle was, so I used my Stampin Up color spritzing tool to blow some of the colored water on to the green circle. (I am sure a straw would work equally as well) I really liked the overall look, but thought it needed something to give it a little more detail. While parts of the paper were wet,  I poured clear embossing powder on it. I have never embossed with just water & watercolor, but it worked pretty well. Finished it off with a stamped word and a little bling. 

One more Morning 3x4

This was inspired by a Tim Holtz tag.

Morning 3x4

A never before used Frida stamp (not sure of the brand) and a couple of Stampers Anonymous stamps. Distress inks and water. These little morning art exercises are becoming more and more enjoyable.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning 3x4

Had not used this face stamp in years. Forgot how much I like it. The butterfly stamp is from Stampin Up and I have also owned it for years. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Morning 3x4's

I have been keeping a little pile of 3x4 watercolor paper ready on my art table. I am finding that I am easily inspired by these small pieces of paper. I am trying to make time every morning to create at least one piece of art. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cheery thank you note.

I am quite enamored by hand-drawn frames and accents at the moment. Picture on the right is of the inside of the card.

neutral thank you note

I sell insurance for my day job. I try to always send handmade thank you notes. 

turquoise & tan thank you note

Paper Pendant

Watercolor paper that has been stamped, painted with inks & stains, then cut with Spellbinders. Sealed with UTEE. I figure this is "jewelry for the moment", since I am not sure how long the UTEE will hold up. I will just be careful not to spray hairspray or cologne on it. Please disregard the glare in the photo. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The amazing Penny Black Skyline stamp.

Who knew this stamp had so many possibilities?? Heather Telford, that's who. I have long admired her work and am constantly amazed by her creativity. See Heather's watercolor samples using the Skyline stamp here: Bits & Pieces

I am attaching a few samples I've made using the same stamp, taking complete inspiration from Heather's beautiful artwork. I have mostly used Distress inks to create these.

A little flowery thank you note.