Small Moments

I was asked to be a guest designer on the Teresa Collins’ Design Blog so this was the project I did-I saw a similar type of book but I decided to create my own version using the Everyday Moments Collection from Teresa Collins.  I have always been so inspired by the lyrics to Rob Thomas’s song Little Wonders.   I am not a big crier but this song reduces me to tears for some reason.

I created this book of random moments in my family-my 3 sisters, 3 brothers, my children, assorted nieces and nephews, my parents, my husband and myself.  Oh and we can’t forget the 4 legged members of the family.

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I can Doodle too?

I almost always have several art journals going at any given time-although I never really considered them as art as they were just where I let my mind wander without having to be perfect and pristine.  I have a formal background in art and then switched to graphic design so its hard for me to look at this as all I see are the pencil lines that I forgot to erase and there is no shading or light source.  But this was something that I just did without over thinking it.  I watched several videos that my friend Susan did and it was really interesting for me to watch how another person’s creative process worked.

Pens are all from Kuretake-several of them are not available in the US as Kuretake produces many art/calligraphy pens that are sold in Japan and Asia only.  I started out with a black zig writer and a millenium pen but they weren’t giving me the look I wanted and they aren’t meant to work on slick surfaces.  I switched to the artist sketching pen and Bimoji pen(the packaging is totally in Japanese so I have no idea what it says – LOL and this from someone who is half Japanese.  I love Japanese art products.)

Recently, I made some big changes on the path that my career in the art/papercrafting industry was headed.  I left a position that I really enjoyed for the last several years as I felt it was time to try something new totally on my own.  So wish me luck!

So many pens-so little time

Since I always use same black Zig writer pen by Kuretake-so I decided to try using something new. I had several of the Zig brushables so I used them to see what I could do that I hadn’t really done before. After seeing the Kuretake booth at the CHA show and the hundreds of products they manufacture-the wheels in my mind were just turning and turning.  I love pens and I just wanted to have one of each.  Can’t wait to see what’s next.
I created 2 totally different projects using the Pure Red and Spring Green pens.

On this card I used the Pure Red Brushable on a heart rubber stamp instead of using an ink pad.  I just scribbled on the color and stamped on some old book paper.

On this card-I used the Pure Red Brushable directly on the book paper.  I cut out a circle and made a spiral paper flower, but I colored in all the edges prior to rolling it up.  I used the Spring Green pen to freehand draw some leaves.

Little Valentine’s

I did these little Valentine’s recently so I thought I would add them to my blog-as usual I used my favorite Black Onyx Versafine ink.  I recently found this Pebbles Inc paper line called With Love and I love it-it just makes me feel happy.  It is pink and red on light kraft.  It is cold and dreary here and this reminds me that it will be soon be spring again. Continue reading

Linen Stickers for Valentine’s

I love, love linen fabric and am always looking for new ways to incorporate it in the projects I create.   I cut a strip of fabric and then stamped the images with Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat set it.  I then ran them through my Xryon machine to create custom linen stickers.  I then cut them out leaving a slight border around each tag.

My Word for 2012-CHANGE

Since today is my birthday and as I look back and reflect on the past year, I decided my word for this year will be change-I looked up the word change on Pinterest and there were so many amazing insiprational quotes.  I truly believe that you can change your life and it is what you make it. While I don’t see my life changing dramatically anyway this year, there are many internal things I want to change in my life.

I want to have more empathy for others.
I want to develop a closer relationship with my parents and my brothers and sisters.
I want to spend more time focusing on my husband and children(even though they are grown).
I want to keep my house clean.
I want to spend more time with my friends and let them know how much their friendships mean to me.
I want to focus on getting back in shape as I am doing a mini triathalon with my sister and my mom and my daughter but I want to continue to exercise even after it is over.

Here are a few other images I found on pinterest:

Stamping on Polymer Clay

I have been looking at all the ornaments done with various polymer and salt clays on Pinterest and I thought I would share mine.  One word of advice-make sure you use some type of clear ink-I used Versamark by Tsukineko and make sure you clean your stamps right away to remove the residue left by the clay.  Also, it is really hard to get a clean impression with super fine detailed stamps as the clay tends to stick in the corners.

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