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Friday, February 27, 2015

daily ramblings....2/27

snippets from my day....
I finished "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell at 1 a.m. 
and started "The Girl on the Train" by Paul Hawkins
while waiting in the school parking lot.  I always have 
at least 4 books going at the same time, I think. lol

I'm in an ATC swap group and we had a swap where
you mailed an envelope of goodies to someone and
then they had to create an ATC with what you were 
given.  Here's my first envelope of goodies.....

 I was able to make four ATC's from the goodies that I 
was given and did not add hardly any of my own embellishments.
I love challenges like this!

At The Art Journal Emporium we are having a post card
swap and I needed to make 10 post cards.  Since these will
be mailed, I decided to do magazine image collages and
finally started working on those this morning.
(Part One of me creating these 
post cards can be seen here.)

I took my post cards with me and worked on them while
my daughter was at dance.  Thank goodness the dance 
studio has tables so I can sit and work while I wait!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Dianne :-)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

daily ramblings....2/25/2015

Hello everyone!

I've been very inspired lately watching Christy Sobolewski (aka Gulfsprite) and her weekly YouTube vlog and art reviews.  She's been sharing what she's worked on during that week and I love that idea.  Hopefully, that's something that I can start doing as well!

But for now, I think that I will try to do just a quick update, hopefully daily, on my poor, neglected blog.  Not much chit chat, just photos of what I did that day and what-nots like that.  

I was embarrassed to see that I had not posted on here since September 2014!  Being asked to create some projects for the SCACD Celebration Hop pulled me out of my no-blogging shell and seems to have inspired me to share more on here again.  

I have actually been creating like crazy since January!  I signed up for Wyanne Thompson's class "You & Me in 2015" and once it started up the middle of January, I haven't stopped creating something almost every day.  This has been such a blessing to my soul!  And, the biggest reason for that change was that I was able to move my art area from our cold, dark dungeon of an unfinished basement.  I am now in the "formal dining area" on the main floor of our house, right by the kitchen, and everything else that I need to be by as a busy mom.  The kids and I share this area, so it's half play room/ half art studio and it's been working out wonderfully!  Now I can work in there so easily, even if it's just a few minutes here and a few minutes there.  It is honestly the best thing that has happened in my artist life!  I did a quick walk through of my art area at the beginning of the video today for my Journaling by 5s-Session 5.  You can see it here. :-)

So, I will start sharing photos of the things that I have made these past couple of months, bit by bit, until I'm caught up....

For now, here's what I did today.....

Snow arrived early this afternoon and we went from being 37F degrees
outside to feeling like 10F degrees in just a few hours....burr....

I finished up Session 5 of Shannon Green's Journaling by 5s....
so this journal is all done and ready for "free play"!

I pulled some images to use to make 10 collage postcards
and then realized that I was out of 140 lb watercolor paper.
I like to use the watercolor paper as a base, because it's sturdy.
So, these will have to wait until tomorrow. :-(

We went to Barnes & Noble last night and I stumbled upon
this magazine and couldn't resist buying it.

and....I picked up this magazine a couple of weeks ago at Whole Foods.
I need to get another copy, because there are some beautiful
images in it to use in my collage journal, but too much
great information (recipes and such) that I want to save!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know if posts like this are something that you would enjoy!

Take care,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 Rubber Stamp Realase :-)

Hello everyone! Welcome to the SCACD CELEBRATION HOP!


Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) celebrates today the two recently released, NEW exclusive rubber stamps sets.  They are the Brave Hearts (a group of four empowered gals) as well as the Eclectic Collection 2 (a combo of six steampunk and ethereal stamps).  With the Eclectic 2 collection, if you buy the entire set you get FOUR FREE date stamp words.  SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are so happy to be showcasing them to you now.

Now available for purchase in the USA here the Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 sets! 

Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie here.

SCACD Digital images for the USA and International can always be found here

Susana from SCACD asked me to create some projects using some of her new stamps and I was thrilled to do so! I was so inspired that I actually made four different projects!

Be sure to go to the end of this post to find the link, so that you can travel onto the next artist in this celebration blog hop! 

ENLIGHTENMENT - Collage Journal Page
SCACD stamp used:

When I saw this stamp I immediately knew that I needed to use it on a page in my beloved collage journal.  The detail in it is so amazing and I LOVE all of the SCACD steampunk images!  They are stunning! 

I stamped the image onto white card stock and colored it in with Copic Markers and then adhered it onto the page in my collage journal.   

STUNNING - Artist Trading Card
SCACD stamp used: 

The realized that the smaller-sized Lotus flower fits perfectly on an ATC, so of course I had to make a card using it!  

I stamped the image onto 140-lb cold press watercolor paper and then colored it in with Letraset Aqua markers, some LuminArt Silks and outlined the image with a glitter gel pen.

SCACD stamp used:

I love using my faux-Midori Travelers Notebook and thought that it would be really fun to make a dashboard for it using the large Lotus!

I stamped the image onto 140 lb cold-press watercolor paperand used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to color it in.Then I wrote words on the petals.  It would also be neat todo some doodling on those petals or even zentangles!

TRUST - A Set of mixed-media canvases
SCACD images used:

Lots of painty goodness went onto this set of 6-inch square canvases, including acrylic paints, color sprays, stencils, Gelatos and some collage as the first layer. I stamped the images onto card stock and colored them in with LuminArt Silks. Just for fun, I used some pink, acrylic dots at the top of the flower stamens.  

Please note that the yellow background really threw off the colors of the stamped images so they appear to not be stamped well.  These stamps are great quality, finely detailed and stamp wonderfully! :-)  

Now here's the really fun part!  Click here to jump on board to the next amazing artist in this celebration! If you're lost, or want to start at the very beginning, click here to return to the SCACD store where you can see a complete list of the blog hop participants.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy visiting everyone while we celebrate the release of these beautiful stamps!

Take care,