Friday, September 08, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.  If any of you have been impacted by recent or in the path of new hurricanes, please stay safe, we are thinking about you.

I worked a little more in my small art journal, the faces are a bit 'wonky' but I'll show another one today.  I'm missing my craft 'studio' but very grateful to have a spot to sit and practice a little creativity.

We are fine but I'm feeling a bit 'wonky' myself as I'm unsettled and not sleeping well.  In a few weeks we will be moving again, we are busy, so I won't be around in blog land for a while. 

Once again this page was created with pencil, pen, and coloured with a light wash using Tom bow markers.


Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay safe.
Shirley

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Accepting 'Wonky'

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.

Thank you to everyone that shared your experiences with blog spam, it's not pleasant.

I had fun working in my journal today while it was raining.  I realize this lady is wonky here & there, I find it more difficult to draw 3/4 faces.   I won't point out what I see is off and try to improve next time. 

Again I used minimal supplies - pencil, Tom bow markers, white & black pens.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Monday, August 21, 2017

Abstract Backgrounds & Spam

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  Sorry that you may see this post twice in your reading list, I was having trouble and had to delete the first one, updating was not working.  I'm having one of those days with blogger :)

I created these two cards using an abstract page back in the winter with one of the Life book 2017 lessons.   I decided to go my own way with the finished piece(s) and used them for card backgrounds.   The die cut flowers are by Crealies.

I posted some information yesterday about Spam that I'm getting on blog. "They" are cutting & pasting your comments to appear like a blogger.  I've since deleted the post as I talked about turning off comments completely.   A kind follower was able to contact me with advice that I will follow and see how it goes.  Thank you Annie for going through a lot of trouble to get the message to me :)

I now have comment moderator turned on.


 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blue and Pink Lady

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I have another page to show where I used minimal supplies again.  (Tom bow markers rubbed on craft mat and then 'painted' onto pencil & ink sketch, highlighted with white and black pens). 

All is well here, we are feeling more settled in our temporary home.   




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flower Lady

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well today.

I have another journal page to show you where I've used minimal supplies.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Shirley :)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Quirky Owl

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well, it's hard to believe that we are well into August already!

As I've mentioned before, life is not 'normal' right now and I'm not feeling settled.  I'm happy that I'm able to be creative from time to time but we are also enjoying summer activities and being outside as much as possible. 

This journal page is very much inspired by Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts, in fact it's from a Lifebook 2017 lesson.  The lesson teaches a class using mixed media and collage, this is a very simple version using minimal supplies.  Most of my art supplies are packed in storage at the moment so I don't have to make any decisions about what to use.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Saturday, July 22, 2017

'Tangle' Lady

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well this weekend.

I found more time this week to 'work' again in my art journal using just pencil, pens and Tombow markers.  I added tangle (zentangle inspired) doodles in her hair.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Art Journaling with Limited Supplies

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

It's been a long time since I've posted at my blog.   Life has not been 'normal' these days and blogging takes energy and time that I have not had. 

We moved a couple of weeks ago into a very small temporary furnished home while we wait for a new home to be built.   We are fortunate to be able to look after the most wonderful cottage style gardens while we are here.

Most of our belongings are in storage and I could only bring minimal art supplies.  I'm looking forward to having a craft room with all my stash again this Fall :)

I brought along my box of water colour markers (Tombows), pencils, black & white pens (some acrylic), my craft mat, a water barrel brush and a small art journal that can handle light washes.   One of the earlier Lifebook 2017 lessons with Tamara Laporte focused on using minimal supplies. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and it helped me decide what I should take with me. 

Yesterday was the first day that I actually found an afternoon free and was in the mood for art.   I created this page fairly quick, I felt 'rusty' but now anxious to play some more :)



I'm sorry that I haven't been around to your blogs, I will get around to visit soon :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Shirley

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sending a Smile

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

We are still in packing mode here but I have another card to show that I created recently (before my craft studio was packed up) using Heartfelt Creations Tattered Flowers and Creative Expressions Leaf dies.


The background was created with Distress Inks & water, stamping with water, stenciling with white paint, sprinkled and heated white embossing enamel and gauze painted with Gesso.   I also stamped the background using Design by Ryn's Circle Cluster stamp set.   The sentiment is by Chocolate Baroque but it seems to be discontinued.    Using glue, I added a little Prills and glitter here and there.

The flowers were coloured with Distress Inks, spritzed with water and molded on the back with a stylus and foam mat.


Thanks for your visit, have a great day,
Shirley

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whimsical Girl

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I created this journal page with acrylic paints and pens earlier this year when I was more relaxed and had time. I'm looking forward to getting back to mixed media art and drawing, but my craft 'studio' is packed up, I won't have much space and limited supplies for art for a few months.  We are moving to a temporary location soon while waiting for our new home to be built :) 




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Beauty

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.  It's a rainy Sunday here in Ontario, it's been a 'wetter than normal' spring.    The gardens are looking lush :)

I finally found time to play in my craft 'studio' and created a couple of cards.  Below is one of them using beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Life is quite busy, that won't change for a while, but it will be more normal and settled this Fall.


The background was created using Distress Inks, white highlighter Pen, white acrylic paint and stencils including the script.  I also added some fabulous Crystal Clear glitter by Papericious :)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Shirley

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Quirky Birds and an Update

Hello creative people, I hope you are all doing well.  It's been a while since I've posted here and I'm sorry that I have not been around to your blogs.   

I won't give you a book version of the past year, but life has brought challenges and we have changes coming our way. 

I have not been in my craft room for a long time, I've either been too busy, too tired, or not in the frame of mind for creativity.    I would like to get back creating art as it is meditative & calming. 

Last fall I discovered on line classes with the lovely and talented Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts.  I love her whimsical art and have enjoyed learning from her through her video workshops.    I joined the Lifebook 2017 course, but have only managed to download lessons the last two months which I can work on the in the future when life is calmer. 

However I created these Quirky Birds with one of her lessons last fall and thought I would show them to you today.    Some of the words are appropriate :)








Thanks for stopping by, I'll do my best to get around to your blogs soon.
Cheers
Shirley :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Best Wishes with Crealies


Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.  

Life here is very busy and I'm still taking a break from blogging, however I've had the pleasure to Guest Design again for the wonderful Crealies company.   I'm showing a couple of cards today that I designed using their beautiful dies and little stamps.  These were shown at the Crealies Blog yesterday.



The background was created with Distress Inks (China, Blueprint & Raspberry) and water on an acrylic plate.   I over stamped using the little hearts with Raspberry DI with Bits & Pieces stamp #50.  Using the circle stencil CLMM20 (which is temporarily out of stock) I added more contrast with first Blueprint DI and then white acrylic paint.

I coloured the flowers with the same Distress Inks and stamped the circles Bits & Pieces stamp #53 before molding them (using a stylus and foam mat) to create dimension.

The card has the lovely shape using theXXL Tag No. 7.   I folded the card stock before cutting and placed the edge of the die just past the fold to make a card in the die shape.


I also created a little gift tag to match.




I used the following Crealies  products to create the card above.

Crealies Dies/stansen:
  
Crealies Stamps/stempels:  

Set of 3 stansen no. 17 Bloemen 11 / Set of 3 dies no. 17 Flowers 11 Uno no. 35 Bloemen 17/ Flowers 17 Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Labels & Tags no. 7 with dots Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels & Tags no. 7 with dots Text Die no. 08 Best wishes
Duo Dies no. 34 Blaadjes 4 / Leaves 4 Duo Dies no. 34A Blaadjes 4 spiegelbeeldig/ Leaves 4 mirror image Bits & Pieces no. 50 Bits & Pieces no. 53


For my second card below, I used a mixed media piece (with collage) for the background.  It has many layers including tissue, texture paste, Neocolour crayons, white and black acrylic paint. I like to 'decorate' mixed media backgrounds using die cut flowers, leaves and shapes.  I coloured the flowers with co-ordinating Distress Inks and spritzed the entire card with Gold Glimmermist.




I used the following Crealies products to create the card above:
Crealies Dies/Stansen:
Duo Dies no. 31 Blaadjes 1 / Leaves 1 Duo Dies no. 31A Blaadjes 1 spiegelbeeldig/ Leaves 1 mirror image
Set of 3 stansen no. 17 Bloemen 11 / Set of 3 dies no. 17 Flowers 11 Uno stans no. 17 Bloem 11 / Uno die no. 17 Flower 11


 

I hope you have enjoyed my designs for Crealies.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blog Break

Hello creative people thanks for stopping by.

Just a note to let you know I'm fine but life is very busy right now and I haven't had much time for blogging.   Sorry that I haven't been around to visit your blogs lately.   We are still missing our sweet Archie so much, the house is not the same without him :(.

I need to take a break from blogging, when life settles down I'll be back :)  

However today I'm showing a 'dream board' journal page (mixed media with collage) that I created for one of Tamara Laporte's (of Willowing Arts)  Lifebook 2017 lessons in January.   I'm behind in Lifebook lessons, but that's OK I can go back to them later.  


You can see some of the collage layer below


Please take good care and 'see' you soon :)
Shirleyx
ps... I will be back briefly in early April with a Guest Post for Crealies :) 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Flower Girls

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend.

Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort about the recent loss of our sweet cat.   We are heartbroken and miss him very much.    It will take time to heal as we know from experience.

I thought I would post  something more cheerful today.   I'm still enjoying most of the lessons with Lifebook 2017 (Willowing Arts).    A recent lesson's focus (with Tamara Laporte) was to use minimal supplies.   I enjoy mixed media and was surprised at how much I enjoyed using just 3 Tombow markers to mix colours along with one more flesh colour marker and black & white pens.

The 9x12 journal page below makes me think about sisters, I'm lucky to have three of them :)


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,
Shirleyx

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Heartbreak

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today.

Generally I don't talk about my personal life here, I like to keep my blog for sharing 'artsy stuff'.   But today I have some sad news to share as I think it will be helpful to talk about it.   You may have already seen my Facebook post.

My mischievous 'crafting assistant', our sweet fur boy, went peacefully to kitty heaven on Tuesday.  Our hearts are broken, we miss him so much.







Archie was the coolest cat with a gentle soul, silky fur and of course sometimes demanding.  As a friend said, we were his 'staff'.     He didn't seem to be afraid of anything or anyone, except the big scary vacuum cleaner.   He would tap my face at 6:00 a.m. not because he was anxious for food, but because he wanted me to pet him.    Next he wanted to play as if he was a kitten, he was addicted to the 'laser light'.   We found it so funny and I kept thinking we need to video record him, but unfortunately I never did.  I couldn't understand why he was so fascinated with a laser light that he could never 'catch'.     Jim would walk him along the sidewalk on a leash, people would stop to pet him, they all loved him.  He also greeted dogs that walked by with their owners.    He probably lived with dog(s) in his early years, we don't know. 

We adopted him 11 years ago from a shelter, the vet estimated he was around 2 years old.   Archie picked me as he came up to me right away and I immediately fell in love with his sweet face and friendly personality.  He had health issues right from the start with digestive problems and later developed serious dental disease, his teeth were literally disintegrating.   Almost all of his teeth were extracted in two  lengthy surgeries (a few years apart).  He also damaged a ligament jumping from a high arbor in our previous garden. 

Last June he was diagnosed with early stage kidney disease after pre surgery blood work (2nd dental surgery).   We went ahead with surgery as his teeth would have caused pain.    In July he developed a painful mouth infection, we thought we would loose him, but he pulled through.  A couple of months ago he developed more serious intestinal issues but with some good meds he gained some additional time.    He took a bad turn over the weekend, the last few days were not good.    I wished he could tell me how he was feeling, but his actions spoke to me, it was time to say good bye.   We could not let him suffer and so he went peacefully to kitty heaven at the vet's office.  Our Vet was so kind assuring me that I was doing the right thing for Archie and that we had given him a good life. 

We've been owned by 5 wonderful cats over the last 24 years, a lot of the time there were 3 fur babies sharing our home, but for now we are 'empty nesters'.   

Goodbye Archie, we miss you very much xxx

Monday, February 27, 2017

CAS Sympathy Cards

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. 

We are still enjoying mild weather and sunny days, it's fantastic for this time of year.   I worked in the gardens yesterday morning, it felt wonderful.

I created a few CAS style sympathy cards that unfortunately we needed recently.




I used solid shape stamps by Impression Obsession.  I inked them up, spritzed water or used a stencil to create a pattern and then over stamped with flowers by Chocolate Baroque.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
Shirley

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Whimsical Mermaids

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.   We have been enjoying unseasonable warm temperatures, the foot of snow is rapidly melting.

I recently completed two different on line classes with Tamara Laporte of Willing Arts, both featuring whimsical (or stylised) Mermaids.   These are mixed media pages that I've drawn and used collage and different mediums to paint.

A friend pointed out that the heads are large for the bodies.... yes I know that, it's intentional.   I understand that this kind of art isn't for everyone, but it sure is a lot of fun to create.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Shirley

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Collage Background and Flowers

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

We've received a foot of snow here over the past week, it looks lovely but it wasn't good to drive a couple of days.   However it's going to melt with unusually high temperatures this weekend :)    Sunny warm days are very much appreciated in February.  

I would like to thank my blog friends that left comments with their thoughts about the difference between Blogging and Facebook.  You've made some very good points and I appreciate it very much.  I think overall the consensus is that blogs are more personal.   I still can't see having as much time for blogging but will continue, thanks again :)

I have a couple of cards to show today that I created from the same piece of background to which I added die cuts by Tim Holtz (tattered flowers) and Creative Expressions (the leaves).   I started with collage using tissue, dictionary paper and some Washi tape.  I coloured over with Gesso, dried and then coloured with Neocolour II crayons and then spritzed with water.  After drying I used a wood stamp and white acrylic paint and added some glitter here & there.

I have not purchased the Tim Holtz crayons as I love my Neocolour II and don't feel the need to have two different types.  I have so many mediums to play with already.   On that note, I'm also not going to buy the new Oxide Distress inks, I think having the complete line of Distress Inks and re-inkers is enough along with everything else.  

Well that's all my rambling, here are my cards :)






Thanks for your visit and have a great day!
Shirley