Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Trying to be Creative on the Darkside

Bad Santa

Art on the Darkside is the challenge where I tried working in
digi for the first time. That was about a year ago. It is also the
sister challenge to Soartful.
This week Meikoningin included an interesting link
to info on Joulupukki to get us started with our
interpretation of 'Bad Santa'. I just couldn't get
into using a goat for Christmas. The Bad Santa image that I found
by Googling is called Scary Clause and is from an 1874
issue of Harper's Weekly. This magazine is still in existence.

Background

We were given this lovely background that was
specially created for this challenge.

Here is how I used the background.


Today is the beginning of the end for the current Squigglefly DT. See our last samples on the Squigglefly Challenge blog. You will be able to welcome the new DT, after December's break,
in January 2010. They are taking applications for the new DT if you are interested. I sure
had fun being a designer. Thank you everyone at Squigglefly.

It felt so good working in the garden yesterday. All of the pansies are in now. As I was removing them from the flat, I noticed there were two in each cell. Well, I split those up and got twice
the pansies. I have lots and lots of pansies. The mums didn't get in but there is always another day. Lorne and I have been discussing the leaf raking chore that is upon us. We get so many leaves in our yard. It is a major chore each year. But it is good to be outside getting some fresh air and much needed exercise.







Sunday, November 29, 2009

2nd Post of the Day

Cozy & Bright

Green & Red

Hats On

I think I covered everything.

Leather for Cozy. Glitter gel pens for Bright
Red and Green
Santa Hat.

Yep, got everything.

Oops, almost forgot. The cute reindeer and mice are from
There's Magic in the Air for the Magical Mon challenge.

It's a Lovely Day in the Neighborhood

We are supposed to have about 70 degree temps today.
A perfect temperature for gardening. The ground will be just
right for planting after the soaking rains a couple days ago.
I have a flat of multi colored pansies and some rust colored mums
to put in the ground. It is looking pretty bare in the front since
I cut back the elephant ears and cannas. I still have to dig
and divide the cannas. Along the hiway here there is a beautiful
stand of cannas. They grow unattended along a small creek.

Circles
Both of these stamps are from Inka. Darn them for stop selling stamps.
I heat embossed both images. My original intention was to color
in the butterfly but decided less was more in this case.
My dp is from a small scrap pack that I got at the 99c store
in LA. I wasn't really sure what I was getting but I wasn't
disappointed. I bought the only one they had left. Wish there
would have been more.

Dance

Doing the Jiggy Dance.

Since I had just finished a vintage look dance project, I decided
to do something completely different. You must admit these guys
are different. I created this in Printmaster. I meant to do a
border but I forgot.

Where's my gloves, where's my trowel?


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Soartful



Here it is another Saturday and I've just
posted the latest Soartful Challenge.
I've also added a new feature called
Extra Specials.
I will be choosing 3 pieces to showcase each week.
My first 3 choices are ready to view on Soartful with
the current challenge.

This is my creation for the challenge.


We have a Christmas theme this week.
All images are from Printmaster Platinum 18.
I love this pastel background. I cropped the girl
from a larger image and then added forest
friends to keep her company.
Doesn't she have the sweetest expression?
I always wanted one of those muff things. I can't
remember ever having one though.

This is my first Art Doll.
RSC had an Art Doll Swap with a holiday theme.
This is my Winter Princess.

My swap partner just received it in the mail and asked where I had
gotten the template. While looking up the link, I got sidetracked at
this very interesting site. It is Milliande Art & Creativity
help guides online.
I had to use two stamps so one is her head and the other
is the swirl that I used for her dress. I even used a third
stamp for her wings. I added a tiara and filled it in with
crystal gems which are also glued here and there on her
dress and wings.
I think I'll be making more art dolls, maybe, a bit more creative
since I won't be having to stay within swap guidelines. Didn't you
love paper dolls as a girl? They kept me entertained for hours.
That and my coloring books.

Last night we enjoyed our Thanksgiving leftovers. Yum!
Since there was only the two of us, I just bought a turkey
breast. Yum! There is only enough for a couple
of lunches of huge turkey sandwiches left now. Yum!
Is it lunch time yet?



Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanks and Blue


I is for Indigo Blue

I'm Blue


Indigo blue is more intense than the blue that I used, but....
Here is a sample of Indigo blue in the South Carolina State Flag.


Indigo was a very important crop in South Carolina.
One of the largest plantations for growing rice and indigo is
only about 2 hrs away from my home in the Charleston area.

I love the stamp that I used for the card. Unfortunately, I don't know
where it came from. The rose is from Inkadinkado.
I was really pleased to see my last week's snowflake card
in Created By Hands sampler.

Thank You
Thank You


The lovely digital image that I used for this is from the
wonderful artist Teresa Ward. I love visiting her blog. She
not only shares her art and has wonderful tutorials, she lives in
Spain by the sea. Just a few days ago she treated all of us to a wonderful
pictorial of the Sardine Festival held in her town.

Are you ready for the Black Friday sales?
Every once in awhile SC gives us a tax free holiday for
shopping. Once, it fell on Black Friday. Can you visualize the crowds?
We were taking my daughter and son-in-law to the airport that
day. OMG! The parking lots were overflowing and cars were
parked willy nilly along the roads.





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jazzy Dotti





We were given our choice of a cute Dotti Stamp from
MyGrafico to use for this challenge.

My Dottie is floating on a cloud.

There are 2 MyGrafico challenges each week.
Enter either one to be in the drawing for this cute
set. Mondays is the color sketch, here. Oops,
this week it's a recipe challenge.
You might win this
Dottie Stamp Set by Clip Art & Scrap

Now for All That Jazz
Ladies & Gentlemen

My handsome couple are doing the two step around the
dance floor.

Do you remember the movie "All That Jazz"? That is when I first
discovered Bob Fosse. I love his style. On one visit to LA, to see my
daughter, she got us tickets to see "Chicago" with Jasmine Guy
in the lead. It was wonderful. I was really skeptical when the movie
came out but I've seen it several times and love it more each time.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I am!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Little Bit Vintage


Purple

Femme Fatale'

Unfortunately TGIF has decided to close its doors.
I guess I just made it in under the deadline.

Marilyn in Purple

Open Theme

Style
Vintage or Shabby Chic

There is no stamping on this card. The background is a vintage letter a
free download from Stampington Post Script.
The stickers are from Heart Warming Vintage Stickers
also from Stampington. These must have been a free
page in their Somerset Magazine.

My cat Red is dying of hunger. He goes into a real
decline if I'm just a few minutes late with his breakfast.
I guess you can figure out who runs this household.



Monday, November 23, 2009

Sing a Song of Christmas


The challenges that I completed today all have a Christmas Theme

Round with non-traditional colors
Christmas Carol or Christmas Song Title

I used this Squigglefly Christmas wreath and colored it with pink, lavender
and purple. The gray is really silver gel pen and silver glitter. This wreath
was easy to use for the round shape required.
My song title for All Sorts is "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like
Christmas".

This is my last sample for the Squigglefly DT. I will really miss the
fun that I had being on the team. But, I know how to stay in touch
and you can bet that I will.
Have you been to Squigglefly yet to see all of the
new images released?

Christmas Song

They provided this cute image for the challenge

Mine will probably be one of many "Frosty the Snowman" cards entered.
But, the song title just fits so well. This darling bear is one of many that
you can get at Ildi Co. He is drawn with such cute expressions.

Telephone

I know I make calls to my family on Christmas day.
I chose the song title "Twelve Days of Christmas" for
my telephone challenge.


Everything was created in Printmaster. I arranged 4 images to make
my picture and then added the text.

This morning I have a busy morning of running errands.
Our first stop is going to be Lowe's so my DH can
finish up my bathroom redo. It's looking good.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Specials




This is a new group and the name pretty much says it all.

The technique for this challenge is to make our own
border design. It really is easy and the results are wonderful.
My border is more of an accent. If you visit the group there
is a tutorial and samples.
I'll be using this technique many times in the future.



You can see where I made an accent border under the image. I used a small
leaf stamp and a small flower stamp.
The image is from Fairie Song Art Stamps. I stamped in chalk ink and
colored with chalks.

Nightmare Before Christmas

After deciding not to go with the Tim Burton movie, I settled on
"A Christmas Carol". Now that story is all about having a nightmare.
Every year my husband watches the original movie. I've never been much
into Dickens at all. At Christmas time I prefer to watch Holiday Inn with
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.


All of the images in the piece are from Google images except the Christmas
tree. The tree is cropped from a Christmas scene on Printmaster.
After printing, I distressed with Vintage Tea Dye ink.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Being Artsy



Lovely
Aqua, Purple and Silver

The new Soartful challenge for the week is Lovely.
The image is in my sidebar.
Here is my sample


This was all done on my Printmaster. The newest version comes
with so many nice features. At this rate I might never master Photoshop. I was able to freehand crop the image and the bird (I even removed the white between his legs), alter the
background and bird to a lighter color and add the text of my choice.

All art work is welcome at Soartful Challenges.
I'd love to see you there. Don't have a blog....send your entry by email.

Maps

I really had fun with this one. The map came from Google Images.
The rest of the design is done with rubber stamping. Oops, the oyster
is from my Printmaster image collection. Another freehand
crop was done on the oyster to isolate it from a group.
I don't remember where my stork or ginkgo leaves came from.
Or, my Oriental symbols for that matter. But, the Ume flower
is from CowTown Stamps. The stamping is all done in Brick Red
dye based ink and lightly colored with colored pencil.
And, all oysters should have a pearl.

!!! NEWS NEWS NEWS !!!

Squigglefly is releasing new images today.




Friday, November 20, 2009

In Living Color




Red, Gold, Green

I really like this stamp and it was only $2 at Big Lots.
I heat embossed with gold and colored with watercolor. To
do the watercolors...I touched my wet brush to a marker.
The finishing touch was a spray of gold thread.

Use any color
Sparkle
Open theme
Purple, White, Gold or Silver

The image is digital from my software program. The butterfly and flower have
crystal glitter in clear and purple. This is the last scrap of my fun lame' leaf
ribbon...Darn! and crystal gems. The base card is lavender that I smudged
with lilac (I think).

And, before I forget, again, Squigglefly has a DT call going on now.
You will find all of the information HERE.
If you like working with digital images you'll like being
a part of the Squigglefly team.
Give it a try.

For those of you that change your blog backgrounds.....here is a
place to go that I haven't seen listed yet...Scrappin' Blogs.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shadows



Shadows

When I saw this challenge I immediately thought of this picture of my
daughter Susan. She took this picture of her shadow while on
a trip to Death Valley. I altered it a bit for the challenge.

I've been visiting so many wonderful artists through my
Soartful Challenges blog. Peggy recently had a give away and
I won this beautiful shadow box created by her.
Find Peggy on Peggy's Mixed Up Art



I love this beautiful piece. It sits prominently on my desk.
Thank you again Peggy.

This isn't shadowy at all.....it's an award given to me by

I will tell you 7 things about myself but I can't
choose 7 recipients out of all the wonderful blogs
that I visit.

1. I love to create whether by stamping or digi.
2. I think I have a paper fetish....love paper.
3. I keep toying with the thought of getting a set of Copics.
4. I love working with chalks.
5. I'm so happy living near the beach.
6. I wish my thumb was a bit greener.
7. My husband, Lorne, spoils me rotten.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm a Sweety Girl

I'm a Sweety Girl Set is the prize this week
Monday...Color Challenge
Wednesday...Sketch Challenge
Child

Joyeux Noel
is the lovely image that I got from
I made this for two challenges
Make Your Own Masterboard
Purple
There is purple in there because I used lavender card stock,
lavendar/pink colored pencil and lavender ink to use in the distressing.
It has quite a purple cast in person.

Now, for the masterboard. I read Vicki's tutorial on how to make
your own background paper. Easy Peasy. I printed out a lovely piece
of parchment paper (a gift from my friend Lois), gathered the stamps
that I wanted to use and chose Distress Vintage Ink to stamp with.
I started with my largest stamp first and just filled up the parchment
paper with stamping. I can't believe how quickly this card came
together. And best of all....I really like it.

Do you feel in need of some shopping?
RubberstampAve is having its Annual 50% Off Unmounteds SALE.

Just for fun here is a beautiful picture of a Golden Eagle

My brother says the eagle is fishing along the Bull River in Montana.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snowflakes and Stars


Stars

My Gothic Arch combines both digital and stamping.
I'm having so much fun doing these challenges.

That takes care of the stars now on to snowflakes.

Digital Ink...Sketch
Creatalicious...Snowflakes and glitter

Huh, both of those beads are the same color. They sure didn't scan that way.


Well, Denise, I really don't have very many punches. In fact, I think my
snowflakes are starbursts...so we'll call them stylized snowflakes.
I picked 3 punches that best matched the
ones from a list of six. I came up with this card using a
combination of stamping, embossing and punches.
Oh, the sentiment is an out and out lie...I don't love snow.
I lived in a snowy climate for over 20 years. We decided to
retire where it was warm. Ahhhh, balmy South Carolina, Love It.

A freebie blog was just brought to my attention by
Late Night Stampers. The site is
Crafter's Kitchen. Jak Heath is also involved
with fundraising for meningitis. Jak is a designer and does
gorgeous art work. The freebies are interspersed throughout
her blog. Here is just a sample.

Don't you just love those shoes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Door is Always Open


So won't you step in and visit.

Thank You
Colors...Blue, Brown and Yellow

I colored this with my chalks. I kind of like the smudgy look.

Here are a couple finished items from my watercolor practice
page that I did yesterday.



The pink and yellow really came to life on a background of gold.

Have you visited Vicki's Saturday Spotlight Challenge?
This week the challenge is 'Create a Masterboard'
Are you like me....and not really know what a masterboard is....
then visit her tutorial here.
When you've tried your hand at creating a masterboard
visit Saturday Spotlight and join in the challenge.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mythical Dreams and Butterflies


Mythological Horrors

We were given quite an array of ideas to use for our inspiration.
My creation isn't all that dark or full of horrors, but, I think
if I ever saw this in a dream I'd be just a bit horrified.
I really had fun doing this one. I started with the black & white
futuristic city and I just kept adding these unusual but
colorful creatures. My fave is the little guy coming from the
space ship. I titled it Psycho-delic.

Now, I'm practicing my watercolor technique for the challenge

It isn't as easy as you would think when you use
a solid stamp. I either have the image too dry or too wet. Where is
that in between, just perfect spot? I do like the effect of spritzing the
stamp again for another stamping or two. To finish this project
up, I need to head for the craft store and get more really good
watercolor paper. I'm all out of my good stuff and it sure makes
a big difference in the results.

has started an online class in
Coloring with Colored Pencils
The link will take you to her first class.
Be sure to give Beth's blog a good look, click on her tabs, there
is lots of good information and some very pretty art work.
She has challenges, too.



Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some Digi Art


But, First.....
Thank you Stef and Cat
for this wonderful Award
I like that 'Over the Top' stuff.
This award came with 30 questions that I have
to answer and then pass it on. Now, 30
questions is a lot....I'm saving that part for
a later date.
Thanks again Stef and Cat

Here is some digi art that I've been dabbling in


We were given the cute boy image for our inspiration. I found these
wonderful mushroom images and decided to use them. I also
used them for caps for the boys.
The background has been colored with blue chalk.

Patterned Paper

I found this wonderful image titled 'Peeling Poster' and just
had to use it. I added the hands and the world to make
'He's got the whole world in his hands'.


The new Soartful Challenge is now posted
The winner of the Gift Box full of Blog Candy
has also been announced.

The rain has finally stopped and the sun is trying to peek out
from the lingering clouds. The clouds are much prettier
when they aren't full of rain.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Leaves and Fairies

Thankful

Leaves

For my submission I used Autumn Angel by CowTown Stamps. I
think this is a beautiful stamp. She is colored with colored pencils.

Lots has been going on since last week.
Caroline (OPH) has
added two designers to her challenge. Stop by and meet Nancy
and Peggy. Caroline also tells us how
One Powerful Hour came about. I found that very interesting.
When you visit you will find links to each personal blog.
and
Flutter By Wednesday is looking for two new members for
the DT. So if you like working with butterflies, fairies and angels
stop by Flutter By and get the details.

Tomorrow at Soartful Challenges I will be announcing the
winner of the Gift Box filled with blog candy. There
is still time to add your name.
I'd also like to see your entry for the
Vintage Seed Packet challenge.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

All That Glitters




My first glittery creation is for
Holiday Wishes


The sweet image is by my friend Stef. To see more of Stef's digi stamps
visit her Etsy Shop, HERE.
It doesn't show up here, but there are glitter icicles dripping down
and glittery sparkles in the cotton ball snow. And, the green panel
is glitter card stock.

Here is a bit of glitter and glamour
Quotes
I found this very glamorous Betty Boop image
And, I really do love New York City. I've only been there
a couple of times. Someday, I'm going back at holiday time to see all of the
wonderful Christmas decorations that I've heard about for years.
Ahhh, give me a Nathan's hot dog with lots
of bright green relish.
Yum!

This glittery creation is a tiny one for
Winter White

The original stamp (unknown) is 4" tall so you are seeing the
top 1". It is stamped on gold metallic in white and heat
embossed. Then I sprinkled crystal glitter all over the piece.
It reminds me of the Pogonip that
we had in Reno, NV during the COLD winters.


It's pretty but I sure don't miss the cold winters at all.
The balmy beaches of South Carolina are for me.

Here is a special for you at MyGrafico.

Mix Holiday Stamps Collab Kit


Christmas Joy Stamp Collab Kit


Lot's of digi stamps at a good discount.