Monday, February 27, 2017


Are you ready for the second installment in our year long collaboration for the Sustainable Souls Project???!!  February's prompt is Extreme Weather:   Droughts, Floods, Hurricanes, Tsunami's, Tornados.

My project was inspired by Drought.  We have experienced a bit of that lately not only in the mid west but on the west coast too.  For me theser are where I live and where I have lived and visit often.

Here is my canvas...

For me it is hard to watch the earth shrivel up and turn brown when we don't have enough rain.  My canvas background was painted with layers of gesso and crackle paint both from Art Basics by Prima and topped with Distress Stain to represent the dry cracked earth when we are experiencing drought.

All of the other elements represent the HOPE I have that people can make enough changes to preserve and renew.  Vintage light bulbs for the ideas of sustainability.

My chipboard tree (spooky tree from UmWow Studio) is covered with green buds, more hope for renewal.

And finally a Finnabair Mechanical Pocket Watch with a photo of 2 young girls (representing my nieces) with vinatge tiny printer block letters spelling the word HOPE for the hope I have that the earth with survive long enough for my nieces to enjoy with their own families.

My canvas is a constant reminder that every little thing we do now to reduce, reuse, recycle is a small step towards preserving the earth for our future generations.  It certainly wants to make me do my part!!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing our sustainable journey.  Make sure to visit The Sustainable Souls blog for more inspiring art creating awareness in sustainablility.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mailart Swap-Banksy

The February inspriration challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps! is a colorful Bansky theme.

We are also hosting a mailart swap this month!  I made envelopes that met requirements for both.

These are my envies...and below the link to the two stamps I used.

Hope you are inspired to join the challenge this month!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be Kind to Planet Earth

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Welcome to the unveiling of my first project of this amazing year long collaboration.  For January we are inspired by 'Planet Earth, We Are All Connected, Ecosystems'.  I focused on Planet Earth.  Our planet must be cared for and we must be kind to it or our future generations will not experience the goodness of what the earth has to offer.

I created a canvas that focuses on the earth.

My 6x6 canvas is painted with Dina Wakeley paints.

The earth is cut from recycled cardboard with a Tim Holtz die.  I used  Dina Wakeley stencil on the water layer of the earth for some texture.

The background is painted and stenciled to created layers.  I drew and then painted the leaves, they are outlined with a stabilo pencil.

The raindrops are rainy day confetti from Um Wow Studio.  I cut the cloud from a Tim Holtz die and hand stamped the words.

The arrows are arrow confetti from Um Wow Studio.  The wings are a Dina Wakely stamp.

While I was creating this canvas my thoughts were of sustainability and renewal.  If we are to be kind to the earth these things must always be on our mind...

For more information on the Sustainable Souls Project and to see the work of all of the creatives who are building awareness through art click here.

Keep an eye out for our monthly projects.  I am so excited to bring awareness through art.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Inspired by Nature

The January challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps! is a perfect start tot he new year!!!

I creatd a wood block not only insired by this challenge but a collaboration I recently participated in, artist bundles, and the uber creative Dee Dee Catron.

I used Nature Collage and Butterfly Specimen from VLVS!.

The block has layers of Distress Stain and then some coffee stains.

I hope you are inspired as I was and get linked up for a chance to win some fabulous pink rubber!!

Until next time...get inky!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Inspired by Iceland

Happy New Year creatives!!
My dear friend Tina Walker hosts artist collaborations throughout the year where sometimes we swap our work in a round robin fashion or we just do a project based on the theme.  This one is a theme based collaboration.  Tina is going to Iceland this year so hence this inspiration!

I created a pair of cards with a background based on the famous Northern Lights.

 I have always been amazed by the colors of the Northern Lights!!

I used 2 different techniques to create the vibrant colors.

The first was with Distress Ink and a blending tool.

I just love the combination of colors!!

 The second was with Distress Sprays.

These colors are a bit more muted but still so pretty!

Everything blends so well.

Both techniques we easy but very effective.  The edges are a combination of Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke, Faded Jeans and Black Soot to create the night sky.  I used a white Signo pen and watered down gesso to create the stars.

All stamps are Viva Las VegaStamps!

Skinny Fir Tree
Fir Trees Silhouette
Do All Things With Love
The Greater Your Storm

As always I thank you for stopping by!!  Be on the look out for more collaborations this year!!

If you would like to see all of the other work inspired by this challenge see the link below.  You will find links to all the artists blogs at the bottom of the post.  There are some amazing interpretations of this challenge you should definitely check out!!

Monday, January 2, 2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  One of my resolutions for 2017 is to blog more.  I hope you will keep visiting and cheering me on!!

I have a quick clean and simple card to share with you today.  I actually think this is my clean and simplest card ever but I just LOVE it!!  I broke out a new Viva Las VegaStamps! image that I just got last week,


Girls Party is stamped in archival ink.  The sentiment is a Heidi Swapp die layered in a bunch of colors.

The happy fits perfectly at the bottom of the image.

I see a bunch of these in my future!

Until next time...get inky!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Only A Number

Recently I met a bunch of creatives for a lovely Labor Day Soiree, we had an amazing time over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  It was full of creating, antiquing, wine drinking and chocolate doesn't get much better than that!

I started a project designed around a mold my friend Tina Walker cast with Amazing Mold Putty.  I poured Amazing Casting Resin into it and went from there.  I didn't get to finish it that weekend and have been staring at it for months waiting to be completed.  FINALLY I was inspired to complete it.

I am excited with the outcome and would like to share it with you while we wrap up 2016.

The numbers on the smaller panel is the resin cast, awesome right??!!  It is sprayed with Distress Spray to give it the gorgeous color.  The same sprays are used on the canvas also.

My winged princess is a few bits and bobs from my stash including a vintage charlotte doll.

Just look at that color on the resin!!  I used Prima wired thread to create the circles.

I hand stamped the sentiment...I had a big birthday this year so this really rings true for me!  I surely DO NOT feel my age!!

I finished up with some resistors and cheese cloth.

And there it is, now it is hanging on my wall where I can be reminded everyday that 'age is only a number'.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!