Artist Appreciation

hello everyone!! this month over at Art Anthology our theme was Art Appreciation…. we were to chose an artist and show our interruption of said artist….

i chose to do Maya Angelou as my artist.  she wasn’t a painter, a sculpture or a musician…which are all considered ‘artists’  but to me that doesn’t mean she wasn’t an artist.. i have enjoyed learning even more about this woman through trying to decide which on of her many many quotes i wanted to use for my quote book i am creating.

okay, enough talking and now time for a few behind the scene pics of my project

for the first time in a long time i dug out my gelli plate. i wanted to have my pieces show many layers as that is what i found the most exciting reading about my ‘artist’.. the many layers of thought in each of the quotes…

so i spread a layer of velvet, spread it out with my brayer, laid a stencil and pressed my paper into it and then a second for the ghost effect… and i just kept repeating until i was happy with how it turned out.  the tags i used to clean up my stencils and my craft sheet

AA collage

one of the layers i used one of the new releases by Art Anthology, Stucco, which is a thick texture paste of yumminess!! i also used the dimensional crystals by Jen Starr for the dots on my floweraa collage 2so here are three pages i have created to share with you today:


i hope you enjoy my take on ‘artist appreciation’ and that you take a moment to look up this great woman and chose to use one of her quotes in your art journal.


DLP – Challenge four

i can’t believe we are looking at the last full week of January already!! where does the time go.

today i am here to show you my take on this weeks challenge over at Art to the 5th (http://www NULL.arttothe5th their guest designer this week was none other than Stephanie Ackerman (http://homegrownhospitality NULL.typepad NULL.html) and oh did i ever love her idea on her page for the week. … so much so i  followed her lead but i asked my question on my personal face book page…. ‘can you please give me one word that describes me’   ….. i was totally overwhelmed at the amount of folks that replied but even more so on the beautiful words they shared with me.

so with all that said.. here are some close ups:

dlp challenge 4 collageand here is my completed page..though since taking this picture i have been blessed with a few more!

dlp challenge fourthanks for stopping by… hope you are playing along too!!




ATB – sew cute

hi everyone i am here to show you the ATB i created to go long with the set that i posted earlier this week that was created for the Art with Heart Challenge

sewing set


i wanted one more piece to hold the set of quilting pencils that i bought to go along with the than you gift i was giving my friend for helping me, encouraging me to make my very first quilt.

sew cute block

i created the centre piece by apply a layer of pearl paint to the square i had cute out and set an iron on sewing machine into the paint. once everything was dry i started layering with UTEE until it was all completely encased.. so freakin cute i say

so here is the complete set for my friend using Eileen’s dies (http://www NULL.sizzix,category~shape-cutting-dies&sort=start_date_szus%3Adesc&page=2), ATB, window box, loaf pan, cookie box and Trinity flower.


thanks for stopping by

til next time



DLP – challenge three

hello everyone!! i am back today to just do a quick post to show you my take on this weeks challenge over at Art to the 5th (http://www NULL.arttothe5th i am loving doing the Document Life Project.

DLP challenge threeand a couple of close ups!!

DLP challenge three closeup DLP challenge three hidden

hope you too are playing along!!! it is a great opportunity to get a weekly prompt, a quote to think on and to get your hands dirty!!!!
remember, for a closer look, just click on the photo!!


Art with Heart Challenge – January

Hello there everyone. Eileen Hull’s January Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.html) is up and running. We want to see your projects and you could win a new Vintage Kitchen 3-D Oven die!


our theme this month is ‘Fresh Ideas’ and for my project I wanted to create something fresh, new, for a friend of mine.

so i created her this set!!!sewing set


the loaf pan is perfect created into a pin cushion IMG_6125_2the cookie box die was made into a button holder


the centre button and the inside are both from a box of goodies one of my running buddies was giving away. the Singer paper reminds me of my mom and I am sure it will remind her of hers as well

IMG_5960and the window box die i created as a holder for spools of thread or quilt pins

IMG_6121_2the fabric pieces were specifically chosen for my friend… her birthday, her husbands birthday and their anniversary

IMG_6017all pieces were created using distress inks and layers of clear embossing powder. i wanted her to be able to handle them and trust them around her quilts with out worry of the distress ink rubbing off.

there is one more piece to this collection which i will be sharing later on this month.

i hope you like it.. i hope she likes it….  don’t forget to play along with the Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.jpg)for your chance to own one of Eileen’s dies!

i am also linking up to Inspiration Journal (http://blog NULL.inspirationemporium the challenge over there for the month is ‘Fresh Start’ do join in on the challenges!!

til next time




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