Saturday, July 28, 2012

ATC challenges

So it's my last week of holidays, I actually go back to work on Monday, and all I have to show for my art time are 3 ATC's!! Sigh. I'm hoping to play more in my art room today but I did have fun making these.

I made this card for the Collage Obsession challenge site where the theme was "fish" and I got to use one of my fish stamps that I've never used before!
and then I also played along with the Think Monday Think ATC site where the theme was "summer rain" and I made this ATC
and last but not least was the Crazy Amigos where they had a "free" theme so I made this ATC

Now I'm off to see what other fun stuff I can make!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

I'm late as I was away on holidays but here is the prompt for the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal for July 15th:

SUMMER IS HERE!! What are you doing to celebrate?
THE PROMPT: Summer time
THE STUFF: Photos or lists of things you do to enjoy the summer... or clues in your life that let you know it's summer...
THE TECHNIQUE: Use watercolor paints and a straw to splatter paint on your page.

and here is mine:
I had fun with this prompt and used a lot of paint, stamps, patterned paper, stickers, pretty much everything but the kitchen sink! I wrote randomly what I love about summer as well.
I am on my last week of holidays and wish it could last forever, although that would be hard to pay the bills right? haha I went to Calgary and also took a roadie through the states. We went through Montana, Idaho and Washington!! Here are a few pics from my trip:
 me and my sister
 hamming it up at the Calgary Zoo
 me with my Ma and Pa at Riverfront Park in Spokane
 I'm in the states ya'all!
  Riverfront Park in Spokane was simply gorgeous!! That's all for now, still trying to get organized and I'm hoping to have some art time as I have yet to make my art journal page for July 31st!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On an ATC roll!

I played along with 5, yes that's right, 5 challenge sites and boy did it feel good to do that again! The first challenge was for Think Monday Think ATC and the theme was "summertime". I had this pretty stamp of a bird bath nestled in greenery so I colored it in with watercolor pencils and used some glimmer glaze paint
the next challenge was for the Collage Obsession site where the theme was "dancer/dancers" so I used one of my new Viva Las Vegas stamps and made this ATC

Next up was the Inspiration Avenue challenge and the theme was "Fly" so I once again used a Viva Las Vegas stamp and placed her on a background that I clipped from a magazine showing a birdcage. I'm not sure I like this one much but it is what it is....

Now we have those Crazy Amigos where the theme was hats and I just love this little boy stamp
and last but not least was the Take a word challenge where it was "blue" so I used a couple different glimmer glazes to paint my background a gorgeous blue

I had alot of fun making these cards and am so happy to be back in the groove!

On Saturday night my bestie and I went to see Honeymoon Suite in concert, remember them from the 80's?? It was such a fun concert and brought back so many memories. Here is a music video from the 80's, I used to love this song!!

Here are some pics from the event

We also got some grad pictures professionally taken for Paige and got a sneak peek of 3 of them. I'm hoping we can see the rest soon because I love how these 3 turned out!!

Well, I better get some stuff done around the house so have a great day!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Collage Obsession

Yay! Got to play along with another fave challenge site of mine that I haven't been able to do since the dreaded move, Collage Obsession! The theme was also one of my very favorite themes ever, mermaids!!!! I have quite a few mermaid stamps and chose this beauty to make this ATC
It's hard to see from the scan but I have also added alot of texture like tissue paper, sparkles and tiny silver balls. I did the background using Tattered Angels glimmer glazes, paints and sparkle paint. Love this card and love that mermaid stamp!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No one should ever have to work on their birthdays!!

I know I always say this every year but it's totally true. Today is my birthday and I had to work. Ugghhh.  It was such a hellish day that I vowed to start taking every birthday off from here on in. Yep.

For the past few years I've had this tradition where I put number stickers on my forehead and take a picture. I think it will be neat to look back on.

This past weekend I was able to play along with 3 different challenge sites and make some ATC's!!! It has been soooo long since I did that, since before the move!! This first one is for the SoArtful challenge site where the challenge was "all that glitters" so I mad this super sparkly Marilyn Monroe ATC (you can't see it so good here as it's scanned but the cake, her top and crown are all silver stickles) plus there are lots of rhinestones!
and then this next one is for the Take a Word challenge site where the theme was "music" so I made this  ATC
and then this one I made for a certain challenge site but when I went to post it they had changed it! wth?? It was supposed to have been turquoise and lime green and it's one of my favorites
I also made a layout with a bunch of drinking pictures and appropriately called it "Cheers"! haha
It has felt super good to get arty again. Loving my new art room!! Before I go here is my June 2012 Photo 365 all filled in
Have a great week!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal

New prompt up today over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and here it is:

The prompt this time is brought to you by guest host LIZZIE!

THE PROMPT: Sunshine

THE STUFF: Tape (paper, washi, masking, whatever)

THE TECHNIQUE: Negative Space (using negatives of punches, cut outs, die cuts)

This prompt is totally appropriate for me, because at the moment, sunshine is MISSING in Oregon!! I can't WAIT for the sunshine to come back...

and here is my take on it:
Ok, so I only did one aspect of the prompt which was "sunshine". I got on a roll doing this page and the other 2 things fell by the wayside. I did paint my sun in the corner though!! haha But that's what I love about these prompts, you can be inspired by whatever strikes your fancy and use 1, 2 or all 3!

I'm finding the 12 x 12 size of this new journal a little challenging. I think I have 2 more the same size and will then have to find a smaller one. It was good at first, different, but sometimes it takes alot to fill all the space.
On another note, we have a graduate!! woot!! Paige graduated from grade 12 on June 28th and we couldn't be prouder!!! Here are some pics of the big event:

We were sooo proud of her and she looked simply beautiful! Now comes the hard part, finding out what she wants to do with her life! haha
On a scrappy note, here is a layout I made from pics from last summer (still catching up due to the big move!)
Well, it's super hot here so I'm going to stay cool inside the house and have some art time! Have a great day and if you are Canadian happy Canada Day!!!


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