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Friday, February 13, 2015

Some cards I've missed sharing...

Hey everyone,
Thanks so much for the comments on my last post! I really appreciate your feedback. It helps me to get over being shy about posting my own artwork.
Here are a couple of cards that I just realized that I haven't shared yet. They're from Christmas as well. As you can see I don't do seasonal well ;) Hope you like them!
I've really enjoyed learning how to create background texture with acrylic paint. Especially like how it turned out in this one. I used Spiral Branch Set and Flying Hummingbird 3 from my stamp collection.
In this one I used an old plastic doily that I found at my grandparents house to sponge paint through (top left and bottom right). I also used Hanging Droplets Set and Luna.
Well that's it. Just a short one from me today :) Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, February 06, 2015

A card for my dad

Hey everyone,
I wanted to show you a card that I gave to my dad a little while ago. He's always been one of my biggest supporters. I remember making cards to "auction" to him and my grandparents for .10 cents and .20 cents when I was just a little person. 20 years later I'm still making cards. Makes me smile to think about. Continuity :)
I still show him all of my creations and look forward to his always enthusiastic response and critique. I've learned a lot of what I know about composition and design from him. Better yet, I learned how important it is to show enthusiasm. I can hear it in his voice and feel the excitement off of him when he sees something that inspires him. It's wonderfully contagious!
When I showed him this card before Christmas he loved it! I knew from his response that it belonged to him. How could I give it to anyone else when it made him so happy? I guess this post is for him too. Just want to say Thank You dad for teaching me about art, but more importantly for showing me how to get excited about it :) I'm so thankful for your continued influence in my life!
To make this card, I made a background with Dylusions ink sprays. When it was dry I rubbed green Distress Ink through my Maidenhair Fern stencil.
I then coated the background with Golden Matte Medium. That gave it the texture that you can see in the second shot. See the paintbrush strokes?
On top of that I used Versa Fine ink to stamp Selini from my stamp collection. I then used Golden acrylic paint to colour it in. I mixed my colours with an iridescent paint from Golden to give it a slightly metallic look (also visible in the second shot). I am in love with Golden iridescent paints. The golds look like liquid gold leaf!!!
Lastly, I added some crackle accents on the wings to give them some dimension and texture. C'est fini!
Oh! And I should probably mention as well that Selini is coming soon as part of an unmounted sheet. I've decided to put my whole moth collection on a 8.5" by 5.5" sheet. It should be ready mid-March. I will keep you posted!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love reading your comments if you have a moment to leave me one :)
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

February Sales!

Hello everyone,
I can't believe we're in February already! Just a quick one from me today. I've picked some stamps to discount by 50% for this month and I have the January Customer a creation Challenge winner to announce.

Customer Creation Challenge Winner

I have also randomly drawn a winner for last month's Customer Creation Challenge. A big congratulations to Clauida Mowitz!!! Here are her three entries for the challenge...
Many thanks for all of the entries last month - 35 in total. That's amazing! Way to go everyone! Starting off the New Year with lots of inspiration :) I've posted Februarys' Challenge so please do contribute again this month. You know I love seeing your art!

February Sales

Sending my very best to all of you! Thanks for stopping by :)

February Customer Creation Challenge!