Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Let Your Light Shine

Hello dear blog friends, I have something different to show you today :)

I created this journal page on mixed media paper while following a Lifebook 2017 lesson by the very talented Andrea Gomoll.  She seems like such a sweet lady who is fun to watch and listen to.

I loved creating this page as it involved using inks, water, and Brusho powders.  I also used acrylics on her face as I dropped a little brushos (dangerous!) to cover up purple and blue :)   I added stenciling and stamping (stars, sun burst and circles) in the background.

The theme of the lesson and painting is to accept your shadows, let in your light (and why one side is is dark as the shadow).


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :)
Shirley

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Let it Snow !

Hello and Happy Sunday :)

We woke up to a light snow covering this morning, it was so pretty but it's melted away in the sunshine.

I have a Christmas card to show that was created with an inky background and a lovely large snowflake circle die along with Crealies' flowers, and the words and foliage by Creative Expressions.





Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,
Shirley

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Designs by Ryn for Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.   

Thank you for your much appreciated responses to my question about photo editing software, I will research your valuable input.

I have been in Christmas card 'mode' and below is one that I created using Designs by Ryn's fabulous stamps :) 

The background was created with Brusho powders spritzed with water.  When dry I over stamped with Celtic Star 2.   I stamped & embossed Seaweed Set around the background with a white & glitter power which created nice branches for Christmas :)

The ornaments were created using Brushos on Spellbinder die cuts which I stamped with a couple of images from Celtic Star Set.   The little hanger die cuts are from a Memory Box set.

I added a little holograph circle sticker in the center of the ornaments.  I wanted to add some nice bling but I was keeping this one flat for mailing.


Thanks for stopping by.  I will get back around to your blogs soon but  life around here is still unusually busy.

Shirley

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Serena

Hello everyone, I hope you've enjoyed your weekend.  Here it's turned cool and wet, once the house is clean I'm going to play in my craft cave :)

You may have seen this card on Facebook already, I used a favorite stamp by Chocolate Baroque - Serena and added embellishment die cuts by Crealies Flower 13 along with the set of 3 that match  that seem to be discontinued and Creative Expressions (branches).   I thought maybe I went a little overboard on the branches, but couldn't pull them off once they were glued, so I added some white paint to break up the blob of brown.

I started with Tom Bow water colour markers on the image and and then used Prisma pencils on her hair.  I didn't  like how green it was turning out so I used a white Wink of Stella marker and white dots with an acrylic pen which softened the colour to a lighter shade and created a different effect.


I've changed computers and no longer have the free copy of Picasa for adding soft edges and words to my photos.   Does anyone know of a free and SAFE to download software for photo editing or know where I can still find Picasa?  I've seen some links but don't trust them.    I had a trial of Photoshop but it's way too complicated for what I want/need.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Shirley

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Christmas in Pink & Blue

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

I have a couple of Christmas cards to show today.     Lots of Distress Inks, stencilling, stamping in the background and use of some Dies by Crealies, Creative Expressions and more ....









Have a great weekend,
Shirley :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hello from my new Craft 'Cave'

Hello creative people, I've finally found some time for a little creativity and a blog post :)   However, life is still not back to 'normal'.

We've moved into our new home but it's not finished yet, lots of unfinished 'things'.   I won't bore you with details but it's been an unsettled and exhausting month.   The entire summer was unsettled but we did have many good times enjoying the walking & cycling trails in a town up north while we waited for our home to be finished.

So here we are living in a small quiet town, close to water.  The people are very friendly, we feel like we are 'home'.

I've found it difficult to be creative when exhausted but I wanted to make thank you cards for a couple of people who work for the builder and have helped us a lot.

I used inky/painted backgrounds and Crealie (flowers)  & Memory Box (flourish) die cuts.





By the way, my craft room is pretty much the same size as I've had previously, it has lots of natural light during the day, even though it's downstairs.  I'm very pleased with my 'craft cave' as my husband calls it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day !
Shirley x

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