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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The birches... on: May 13, 2018 01:44:08 PM
This is the piece that I made for the 6x6" More Art, Less Craft swap... I was originally going to go with a more mixed media/collage piece, but I hit a blank after the initial texturing and base paint layer.  Then I went with what I love, birch trees....

This is a chunky 6x6" canvas - meaning it has a nice thick 1.5" wood frame, wrapped in canvas.  That means there is a nice niche in the back, which I took advantage of too.

Here is the front, painted with acrylics.  I wrapped the texture around to the back, and turned the back into a little dimensional winter woods scene.  I used die cut pieces, textured snow, and glitter for this little hidden scene.

This was a lot of fun to do - once I go over the mind blank.  I had actually prepped 4 canvases with different colours and styles... but ended going with what I loved each time - the colour I loved... then the subject I loved.

The moral of the story is to go with what you love...

More on my blog, with a huge tonne more of pics, if anyone is interested in more...
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Grow... on: May 12, 2018 06:18:59 PM

This is an embroidered patch I made recently for the enchanted forest swap.  I had some variegated green thread and used a pattern from Urban Threads to make the central image.  I backed it with some leaf fabric that was in my stash - it was a leftover swatch of fabric I loved that I actually used to cover some old chairs in my living room with - the chairs are gone, but I really loved that fabric.  To sew the edges together, I went with a wonky feathered chain stitch to give it the look of growing ivy vines.

More on my blog if anyone is interested
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Another card for the moms... on: May 11, 2018 12:29:52 PM

This is this year's Mother's Day cards for our moms.  I went with a Queen's Anne lace stamp in a brown ink, tinted with water colours, and a metallic blue background.  I added a bit of vintage lace at the bottom.  I rather like how it turned out.  That is one of my favourite wildflowers - there was so much of it on our farm when I was a kid - wonder if my mom will notice that?

A few more details and pics on my blog if anyone is interested.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Creativity takes courage... on: March 24, 2018 03:07:19 PM
I wanted to make some mixed media art panels lately... this is a 4x6 panel I made recently and sent to blupaisan for the Happy Mail swap.  It is 4x6" canvas board, decorated with a die cut and decorated chipboard heart and painted paper/vellum wings, and acrylic/fabric/gel medium/stenciling on the background, with a stamped sentiment...

More pics and some detail information on my blog if anyone is interested...

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Road trip journal on: March 24, 2018 02:58:35 PM
This is a little travel journal I made, as a guest designer on a challenge blog.  The covers are die cut from chipboard and decorated, and the pages are made from a variety of papers, including vintage road maps, tags, and various other decorated papers...

inside covers and first page...

Random pages...

Back page and cover...

More pics and some details of the making of the journal on my blog if anyone is interested...
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Little bunny treat bags... on: March 24, 2018 02:46:07 PM
I was asked to be a guest designer for a challenge blog, with an Easter theme a couple of weeks ago and this was what I made.  We were given an inspiration board of pics/colours.  The bags were made from scrapbook paper and made a double sided decorated banner than wraps over the top edge of the bag.  The bunnies die cut, painted, and glittered, and the egg is a die cut oval that was inked and decorated to look like those candied chocolate egg - Cadbury mini eggs were the inspiration.

This is good for those who want to share Easter treats - but maybe an Easter hunt is not such a great idea... mainly because in our family's households, they would be found.... by all the dogs... or the cats would pee on them...

More on my blog about the project if anyone is interested - lots more pictures and some info about the process...

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rain before flowers.... on: March 24, 2018 02:33:31 PM
At the beginning of the year, I was asked by another site to make some pieces for their weekly challenge blog, as one of the guest designers.  It was such an honour to be asked to participate.  I was given the themes to  participate for 4 weeks in March, ahead of time, and this was one of the first projects I made.  The theme was Whatever the weather, and I was thinking of Spring rains, and the miserable weather seguing to the beauty of Spring flowers.  I was not thrilled how the flowers turned out, but then I was afraid of mucking around too much with the panel and then just destroying it.

My favourites are the raindrops - they are made in several steps, from vintage music paper, with paint and sparkle spray, the covered with a dimensional glaze after putting on the canvas, so they shimmer and shine.

More pics and more about how I made this on my blog if anyone is interested.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Nuthatches - finally a little something for myself... on: February 22, 2018 12:26:00 PM
I had been putting off making something for myself for awhile.  I wanted to make a few pieces for our bedroom.  We have a long empty wall on one side and I have been wanting to add some bird art to it for awhile.  Jim's mother picked up a framed loon piece for us for Christmas, and that gave me impetus to start.  I also love nuthatches and stitched this up last week.

The birds are stitched with black floss on white cotton, with some colour added with water colour pencils afterwards, then mounted on wood.

Eventually, I hope to add some more to this one - chickadees, loons, woodpeckers, etc.  Hopefully to fill that wall.

More on my blog if anyone is interested... also if you go back a few posts, you can see a couple progress posts
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / At least my cat loves me... on: February 12, 2018 02:05:38 AM

I made this for the Snarky Valentine swap by SonjaBoo earlier this month.  It is a little shrine inspired by a pin by my partner made in an old cookie or candy tin.  I was initially going to make a resin piece, but had a seriously gross looking fail with it.

I used reused gift packaging for the glitter elements too, and some scrap papers for decorating the inside and outside of the tin, as well as washi tape.  I hated how the cat looked in the failed piece and went with a stamped, and painted kitty for this one.  I used reused book paper for the sentiment and the back.  I also added a magnet so it could be used as a magnet too - it is a rare earth magnet so it is pretty strong.

More on my blog, including a few more pics if anyone is interested.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Let's talk about love, baby... on: February 10, 2018 05:09:27 AM
OK, as I type that, it's really Salt n Pepa's Let's Talk about Sex running through my head... just had to share that little ear worm...

Anyways, I have this cute conversation heart die set, and cut them out of water colour paper scraps I had.  I thought this was a cute use of it - some layered hearts gift tags.  I added some embellishment with some "with love" washi tape I have.  I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks for that colourful, chalky look of Conversation Heart candies.

More on my blog if anyone is interested, with some more pics...
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