February 24, 2011

What Becomes of a Broken Heart ?

This week's theme at Art On The Darkside challenge blog is "Broken Hearts".
I used several mixed media's here. The frame was purchased at Michaels for $1 and I painted it black, then dry brushed it with white gesso. To make my broken heart, I shattered sea shells and colored them with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink and used Gel Medium to apply it to my frame. Used Tim Holtz fragments to make my "fragile" letters and added charms for interest.
The right hand corner is Claudine Helmuth's Sticky Back Canvas (can be purchased at Studio Garage Band store) and I used the transfer technique which is so much fun. I found it here on YOUTUBE. I then finished off with some beeswax just for a added bit of texture .
How do I believe you mend a broken heart... put yourself out there to love again. Hope you enjoyed :) xoxo

Free as a Butterfly

Gothic Arches Challenge this week was "Butterflys".

This gave me an opportunity to go through old scraps of cardstock and pick out different butterflys to cut out and embellish with the new colors of Stickles which you can purchase @ Studio Garage Band Store.

I then randomly attached the butterflys to wire to give that "in flight" look. My arch was sprayed with Lindys Stamp Gang "Tiffanys Blue " Starburst Stain Spray.

The quote I used is from Charles DickensIf you get a moment, take a look at Gothic Arch Challenge. There are so many wonderful artist there and so much inspiration. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy xoxo

February 22, 2011

"Once Upon A Time"

Gingersnap Creations #89 is kings and queens and I kept this really simple. The stamps I used are from Oxford Impressions "Castle Keep" collection. Inked up the tag with Lindy's Stamp Gang moonshadow spray "Violaceous Violet". Have a creatively wonderful day ! xoxo

Everyone Screams for Ice Cream

I am new to The Artful Bag Challenge but it is right up my alley, means I am such a purse addict.... love love love them. This months theme is to take something an alter it into a bag. So I chose my Baskin Robbins ice cream container and spoons.

This was such a fun challenge and it gave me a chance to use my new G45 paper line "Curtain Call". There is alot of details on this so I took a few pics. The clasp was a fun old garter I purchased at a junk store. The inside was decorated with snipits of Curtain Call and then Mod Podge was applied to seal it all down. (Kind of hard to see but you get the idea.)
The spoons were used to attach the handle, which was braided Curtain Call paper.
The little spoon I used to be a handle for the mirror, which is tucked away in a little pocket.
And the lid got blinged up with Prima flowers, pearls, peacock feather and Curtain Call die cuts.
Hope you enjoyed!! Hop over to Artful Bag Challenge for some fun. Next month is going to be 'EMBELLISH".... xoxo

February 12, 2011

Tea Time

Gingersnap Creations #87 challenge provided a tea bag template for us to come up with a project or layout using it. Thank you Netty for the template, if you haven't already, hop over to her blog for some sensational art inspiration.
And CCC #31 is all about the Rusted Enamel technique which is on page 41 in "The Book"!!! The colors I used for the rusted enamel technique is Spun Sugar for the base and then aged with Victorian Velvet. This is a technique that I use quite frequently, so much fun !!! Hope you have a sweet Valentines Day !!! xoxo

Be My Valentine

Whewwww... it has been a long time in between posts and I'm so glad to be back blogging again. So many changes have been taking place in my life and now that things are somewhat settled down I find myself in a creative slump and trying to dig myself out of it. Chocolate always makes everything better !!!

With Valentines Day on Monday I decided to make a chocolate cupcake (fat free) to hide a special gift card for my Sweetheart daughter Brittany. I had just ordered these delicious colors of Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang and this was the perfect project for them. I used Prima flowers and sprayed them with Starburst Sprays in the following colors: Cadbury Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Truffle & Creme Brulee Cream.... aren't those names yummy !!! The Sweetheart Doves pictured in the small photo can be purchased @ Studio Garage Band's Etsy Shoppe.

If you happen to own some of these gorgeous sprays then hurry over to Lindys Blog, there is a contest running and you might just win some art goodies. It's also a great place to go for inspiration and that's just what I needed to help me out of my slump. So while my fingers are still messy, let me get back in the studio to see what else I can create. Glad to be back... xoxo
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.