Sunday, September 26, 2010

Artfire-Going Pro

My Artfire Shop will be going pro starting Oct. 1. I am excited as it will give me more opportunities to have my work seen and hopefully purchased. I decided since they were running a special on the Pro fees, that I would jump in and see how I do. I will need to do allot of reading for awhile to figure out all that is included in this upgrade. I have enjoyed using the site for free for quite awhile and have had a few sales, but nothing grand....of course, it would help if I wasn't a business slug. It is true! I hate the whole sales thing and would rather spend my time playing with my art supplies. I don't like that W word (work). I have friends who say I should sell my work, and indeed I would, if perhaps one of them would do the evil work part of it. Ok, so, that just isn't going to happen, and I may have to get off of Facebook games long enough to get things going. Really???? I have been cutting back. I have, honestly. I don't really like reading either, so it may take me more time to figure out all the upgrades.

Friday, September 24, 2010

GPP Crusade No. 44- In a scrape

This was a fun excersize. I used black as a base. The first is black orange and yellow, although the picture didn't turn out very well. The second is black and turquoise. I know, it really doesn't look like black underneath. Anyway, the idea Michelle presented to us was to put a base color down. Let it dry. Then take another color  or 2 or 3 and scrape them over the top to get a textured background. I am realy looking foreward to next month when we get to do something on top of these backgrounds. I am chomping at the bit to find out what is instore for these. They were a lot of  fun to do.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Step on the scale! GPP Crusade #40

I made this project for crusade #40. The challenge was to work in a size you are not used to. I still couldn't bring myself to pull out a large canvas and I saw several people used paper bags for their project. I had a large paper bag with a handle so I cut it apart to use as the base. I added several coats of Golden's Absorbent Ground. I had read that you could use colored pencils on it. I have a stack of old letters and used one to make the face. I did the face with pencils and watercolors. I dessed my lady in some of my favorite scrapbook paperThe backround was done in pencil and then I did watercolors over the top. I used my Slice to cut some leaves from an old National Geographic magazine that had been treated with Desolve-it. I also added a fancy leaf that I cut on my Cricut. I coated the whole piece with Matte medium. After it dried I covered the handle with ribbon and pearls. I added a piece of ruffle to the bottom and added rickrack to the edges. I also sewed on a pearl necklace. After all was done I found a large piece of chip board and glued the paper bag to it. I added glossy accents to the lips and eyes and them added a sunflower I made with my Spellbinders Wizard dies.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

More new samples/ acident prone

First of all let me explain the accident prone part. I slipped and fell in the shower yesterday. I landed with my ribs on the side of the tub. The bruise is amaizingly small. Thankfully, I was finished with my shower and so I just sat there and turned off the water until I could get up. I don't think I broke anything but I will go to the dr. tomorrow to get it checked out. BTW, no the shower curtain won't break your fall especially if it's on a tension rod. LOL Ok not realy funny. It only hurts when I breath, bend, cough ect. But I digress, I have more card samples to show you from After Midnight Art Stamps.

Well, I know I don't talk much anyway....usually, but due to the pain level, I think I will just leave it at that. Thanks for looking

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I was looking at a sight with Kawaii characters and thought to myself....anything with a smile is cute. So I decided to play with some of my spellbinders shapes and see if I could make some cute characters. I love this paisly birdy. The paisly's are cut from felt. The deer were actually my first experiment.Which do you like better? The one with or without the scallopsNext up is a kitty and a puppy. These are great if your like me and cut out lots of extras. You can use up those extra die cuts and punchesThe last group is a happy cupcake, sleepy kitty and a cloud? Ok that one is kind of a reach but it is smiling so therefore it is cute. LOL Anytway, if you make some yourself I'd love to see.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Faiery express

These wonderful Fairy stamps are New from After Midnight Art Stamps and I am lucky enough to be able to share them with you. More to come :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My New Bike

I finally got my new bike and had to share. I love it! I haven't ridden in such a long time and had a bit of a bumpy start. LOL I just wanted a nice basic bike. No speeds. I never had a bike with speeds before and that would be a whole nother learning thing that I just am not ready for. I have enough problems with coordination without adding more levers. Hahaha. Besides, it is reasonably flat around here. Of course that is not taking into consideration the high wind gusts we have here in the plains.We live in a small appartment so it is either lock it outside with all the other bikes at the rack or put it in my room and drag it out to use it. Better safe than sorry I say, so in my bedroom it stays.It is a Huffy Cruiser from Walmart. I just had to have the wicker basket. I thought the metal basket would be ok but I wanted to stick with the vintage feel of the bike. I love that you can pop the basket off and take it with you as it has a shoulder strapI added the liscense plate that I got from the scrapcook store. It is not official but it is cute and that is what is important. I wanted to get some sweet streamers for the handlebars too but they didn't have any. What kind of place sells bikes and no streamers? Seriously?!? Ok, so I am just a big kid and I love cute and toys. Can you blame me? Admit it, you play with your kids toys, don't you? I say, screw em! I want my own toys! Hehehehe.
Ok so my love of toys has gotten me in trouble more than once. VBG. On one ocasion, I went with a friend to her shrink appointment for moral support. As we were sitting there in her office, I was getting bored and my eyes were checking out the decore. When what did I see? A basket of stuffed animals on the bottom shelf. I couldn't contain my joy and squeeled"toys!" and rushed to retrieve the basket. Ms phsychiatrist was not amused. Not that I noticed since I was so busy digging threw the basket. LOL. In all honesty, maybe a few years back, I wouldn't have been caught dead being so animated, but I am over 50 now and I realy don't give a damn what other people think of me. I must say, I am a much happier person since I have released my inner child.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More Monoprints

I love the way these turned out. I think I got them in order. LOL

GPP Street Team Crusaide #39

What a great time I had with this. Crusaide #39 is monoprinting. At the top of this picture are smashed flowers that I did with my Wizard using Grape Hyacinth that I found in the grass at a farmers market. I'm not going to scrape off the guts. I think they look so cool. They were still quite juicy even after sitting in the car all day. The first mono prints were in turquoise and bronze. Yum! I used my Ideology masks for some of these. In this next picture, you can hardly tell what I used as the mask. I used way too much paint.
This one is a print off of the first one. I just laid a piece of paper over the first print to blot off the excess. What a surprise! I love it.
I think this one was after I removed the mask, but I am not totally certain. Hah, so much for remembering by the picture placement.
I love the brushstrokes in this one and everything is so clear.

Just so you know, if you overmix turquoise and orange you end up with baby poop brown. Yuck. Definitely not my favorite.
Here are some other prints that I like from stencils.

These stencils are from Dreamweaver. I love these. As you can see, I realy loved the turquoise and copper on these and used it again and again.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

They got me!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
The Midland
The South
North Central
The West
What American accent do you have?
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But no, I have never said the word pop for soda. I am indeed from Wisconsin.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Grand Opening on Artfire @ My Eclectic Heart

I just found Artfire recently and after much thought I felt it was time to give it a try. I hope you will stop in for a visit. I am very excited and hope this goes well.

Monday, February 1, 2010

My Muse has returned!

It has been a long time since my muse has been here, but I am pleased to say she is back in all her glory!I purchased this pattern for the May Pixie by Faewyck Studios from almost a year ago and just now got around to making her. I do love making dolls so much. I still hate turning fingers though. LOL. The embroidered fabric is from a dress I purchased at Goodwill during their big sale recently. I snarfed up a ton of dresses and such for fabrics. The hair is from a wool yarn I got at a second hand store years ago. The body is a fabric I got at a yard sale. The face and hands are also from a dress.