Dream catcher with Rachael Rice, Lesson 5 of Lifebook 2015

By on 1-29-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

After finishing this piece this morning I had an epiphany … I am still stuck in the era I stopped painting. I switched to quilting art quilts, mainly landscape which kept up my sketching and drawing skills along with creating my own cross stitch and embroidery patterns. I then moved on to mixed media and digital and designing scrap book kits. I created many a background but have not done any serious painting in a long long time … thus the reason I am stuck. I want to redo many of these pieces and will do, but only after I have enough lessons done to feel mature in that area. It really is a shock to me to find my brain/hand co-ordination is not up to what my mind sees…. humbling is the word. I also feel a need to be wilder and more adventurous. Here is my dream catcher. I love the lace and the feathers and bird in the middle but my background and feathers need to be bolder and wild. I wasn’t going to post this piece and then thought … “It is part of my journey” …so it is here although it feels unfinished.

Dream Catcher

Ballet dancer walking the tightrope of life with Patti Ballard

By on 1-22-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was a fun lesson but obviously painting with acrylics is still an issue with me, always has been. I tend to make acrylics into paint book figures and that is what has happened to this little girl. She has a sweet face but there is no maturity in the piece. Practice, practice, practice with acrylics. She reminds me of one of my paper dolls.

Tightrope Life Book 2015 Lesson 4

Solace Journal Page, where I like to go with my thoughts

By on 1-19-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

Solace means quiet, respective contemplation and who better to display this but a Blue Heron sitting waiting for his dinner to swim by, so very very still. Appleton is where the photo was taken, a pretty little town in the Ottawa Valley. It is the same photo I used for the digital piece as well. This page was created for the Art For the Creative Mind yahoo group for January.

Solace Journal Page

Lettering, Life Book 2015, Lesson 3 with Joanne Sharpe

By on 1-15-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was such a fun lesson I made two. I love working with lettering and love to doodle the alphabet but this lesson was hard for me to do at first until I figured out that I wasn’t relaxed doing it. Once I relaxed I didn’t have any problems. For the water colours I made my own palette using waste water colour paper and applying the colour to that and picking it up from there into my brush. I will never buy another water colour palette again, this worked so well.

Lesson 3, Lettering and water colour

This page is right from the lesson. I love working with water colours. I left the letter on this one blank but I think they look bare and need work. I have to leave them for a couple of days to decide.

Lesson 3, Letter and water colour

I wanted to do an oval piece with my chosen word “Value”, which reminds me to value myself and treat me like I treat others in my life.

Yellow flowers just for your scrapping …. personal use only please

By on 1-14-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

Bright yellow flowers for a very cold cold January to make your scrapping pages wonderfully sunny. Pixel Scrappers is calling for an extraction of our choice as a designer challenge. This is my contribution. Don’t forget they are for personal use only, no commercial or sharing in your free kits.

yellow flowers for your scrapping

Family Memories, January’s Colour Challenge Mini Kit

By on 1-11-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits, Vintage

January’s colour challenge kit for The Scrapbooking Studio was a pleasure to do with the wonderful colour palette given us this month. The challenge was Telling My Story, Documenting Your Life or Journaling.

Family Memories Scrapbook Kit

Family Memories papers
Family Memories elements

Who Are You came from this photo of a relative who I look like, especially when I was younger but sadly we don’t know who she is. I created the page using the little kit made by ADB Designs.

Who Are You scrapbook page

Paintings have a life of their own ……

By on 1-09-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

This piece was done for The Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s January art challenge. I used a paper and a brush given to us by Jilbert who was hosting the challenge this month. I chose the photo as soon as I saw the papers. They were made for each other. The quote of Vincent Van Gogh’s is one of my favourite of his. I love his paintings and the way he layered strokes of paint on a canvas and created a masterpiece.

Art Challenge Jan 2015

Tags, Lesson 2 of Life Book 2015 with Roben-Marie Smith

By on 1-08-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

What fun these tags were to do. I think I need Spring because they sure are spring like…. Instead of sewing the seams on my machine which has a new needle in it (I’m not using the new needle for paper) I marked holes with a piece of plastic canvas, punched them and then sewed by hand with crochet cotton. I also added a wee bit of translucent glitter just to give the tag a spring like glow. To get the background I laid down some water colour crayon on a transparency, spritzed with water and then swirled the colour around with my fingers before dipping the tag into the paint. The images were created in Photoshop filters with two of my photos, one of a peony and the other of a seed flower. I had them in my digital stash and blended them together.

Tags, Lesson 2 Life Book 2015

Beacon of Light, Life Book 2015 Lesson 1

By on 1-07-2015 in Life Book 2015

Lesson 1 is finished. This little girl is my Beacon of Light for the year. She has too many shadows, not enough highlights and is a bit overworked but she is mine and she is ready to give me a hug throughout the year.

The crow is for the pair of nesting crows we had at our country home. I have mentioned them before. I miss them big time. Sitting in the tall elm waiting for the sun to rise, dipping in by the window to check on us and saying HI how are you today when we walked out the door. They are my symbol, my beacon of light

Beacon of Light

Life Book 2015 with Tamara Lapage, a warmup exercise

By on 1-04-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

I made the decision this year to sign up for Tamara Lapage’s Life Book 2015. The course goes all year and there is still lots of time to enroll. You can find her site here: Life Book 2015

This was our opening warm up exercise. We chose a word that meant something real to us. Mine is value, to remind myself that I need to value myself just like I do with everybody else. It is the one hurdle I find hard to overcome.

Warm Up Life Book 2015

Joy of the Season, December Art Challenge

By on 12-18-2014 in Digital Images + Collage

The Art Challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio for December was a pleasure to do. It’s hosted by Robyn of Red Dog Designs and she generously shares a mini kit with us each month. I used several of the elements and the blended background papers are from the kit. The tree is from a photo I took after an ice storm and it had the brightest blue sky that I blended away.

Joy of the Season

Half Past Autumn, December’s mini kit

By on 12-18-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

Half Past Autumn … I love this way of describing the season change between autumn to winter. It is from a poem by Gordon Parks “But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived.” This kit was created for The Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s December colour challenge with ADB Designs. I have also done a page using ADB Designs pretty little kit and another created with my kit. These photos are from a beautiful autumn day deep in the Ottawa valley.

Ottawa Valley autumn
Page created with ABD Designs mini kit

Page created with my Half Past Autumn kit

Half Past Autumn
Half Past Autumn

LOVE – November Art Challenge at the Digital Scrapbook Studio

By on 11-27-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

The November Art Challenge at the Digital Scrapbook Studio was all about love. One of Robyn’s kits from her Red Dog Designs was the basis of my page. I blended her flowers and papers, added a brush and a swan. Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets and I thought this kit fit his quote so well.

November Art Challenge entry at Digital Scrapbook Studio

Elephant with Wings tag

By on 11-26-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media

This little Elephant tag was done for the November tag swap on the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo group. I placed my wings as ears on my little baby elephant in Dumbo fashion. The background is watercolour with a cheesecloth cloud and washi tape borders. Ribbons and fluffy yarn along with some beads hang from the tag to gussy the little fellow up.

Elephant with Wings

Generous Hearts journal page

By on 11-26-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media

November’s journal page for the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo group is all about generosity whether it is lots of hearts or other generous thoughts you may have. I chose both. Lots of hearts on my page along with the fact that you can find generosity if you go and look for it, whether thoughts or deeds they are all about us. My textures for the heart were a map, a dictionary page and a handwritten page, all symbols of ‘looking for something’ and to finish them off I embossed transparent dragon flies onto them. They always amaze me with their flitting from one thing to another as they ‘look’ through their little world.

Generous Hearts Journal Page

Tribute to our Fallen Soldier, Oct 22, 2014

By on 10-25-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

The cowardly shooting and death of the brave soldier, Frank Cirillo, guarding the unknown soldier’s tomb, the morning of Oct 22, 2014 has put the city of Ottawa in mourning. This is a tribute to Cpl Cirillo and others who die senseless deaths in these crazy times we call modern life…. Soldiers leave behind family, mothers, fathers, wives and children. How do we help them understand? How do we understand things that don’t make any sense? Sleep in peace Cpl Cirillo.

Tribute to a fallen soldier.

In My Castle, Wonky Houses journal page

By on 10-25-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media, Original Pattern

A little journal page created for the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. When I first read about this swap I was interested, I love wonky houses of all kinds. My houses are not only wonky but happy. The background is water colour crayons, the chimney smoke is an embossed stamp of flowers (just right for my happy houses) and a bit of trim added for whimsy.

In My Castle, Wonky Houses journal page

Autumn Whispers

By on 10-17-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

October’s colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio brought us a beautiful colour palette to play with. Autumn colours with a muted look to them which reminded me of many days just before Halloween when it is frosty but still loaded with wonderful warm hues and breezy whispers of the leaves in the trees. I added a little mask and two owls to bring in the Halloween season.

Autumn Whispers
Autumn Whispers

Doodles, Circles and Whatnots

By on 10-17-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media

These little 4×4 Art cards, done for the Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo group, were so much fun to do. The background is metallic copper paint with a border of metallic blue paint and a matching alcohol ink. The copper is for the changing trees and the blue ink is for the bright blue skies surrounding the trees that appears in the Autumn. Both cards were drawn freehand so are a bit different. Once has something extra … can you spot it?

Doodle, Circles and WhatnotsDoodles, circles and whatnots

Dancing my Song, if I had my dream

By on 10-17-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media

October’s journal page at The Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo group was all about following your dream. Dancing to my own music, to my own song has always been my dream. I try to do that at least a little bit each and every day. This journal page is my inner child and I added my grey hair. Although dancing these days is not as easy as it was when I was younger, it is in my dreams.

Dancing my Song

Quilting Memories

By on 9-28-2014 in Christmas Patterns, Scrapbook Kits

Quilting Memories is the third and last mini kit created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio site during their New Designer Challenge in September. My grandmother made me a Dresdan Plate quilt as a wedding present over 45 years ago. It is now a beloved heirloom. When I want to be closer to her I wrap myself in this quilt and remember all the wonderful, loving times we had together. This little mini kit could also be used for a Christmas layout. Don’t forget to download the alphabet in the second download.

Quilting Memories

Quilting Memories

Quilting Memories alphabet

Mama’s Button Bag, more memories of times past

By on 9-23-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Sitting with my mother’s button bag could amuse me for hours when I was young. How I loved all those colourful buttons, running my fingers through them, building them up into towers and spreading them out again to start over again. This is the second of three kits created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s Birthday challenge for 2014.
Mama's Button Bag
Mama’s Button Bag

Grandma’s Garden Memories

By on 9-18-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Grandma’s Garden Memories was created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s birthday bash, week 1 using two of the Pantone autumn colour palette. The blue and green reminded me so much of the morning glories that used to grow on my grandmother’s porch when I was just a toddler. I can still recall the heat of summer, sitting under the shade of the flowers and leaves, hearing the buzz of the bees as they flew in and out and a wonderful, peaceful, secure feeling. So this little kit is all about my grandmother and that day on her porch.

Grandma's Garden Memories
Grandma’s Garden Memories

September is “Apple Cider Time”, an autumn mini kit

By on 9-15-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

September is all about apples …. apple pie, cider, vinegar. When Pixel Scrappers challenge was ‘red’ what better than apples; apples in red, green and yellow. Don’t forget the cozy warmth of plaid flannels and felt in the Autumn air. Put them together and you have a great little kit for all those ‘playing in the leaves’ photos.

Apple Cider Time

Apple Cider Elements
Apple Cider Papers

Only papers, a Pixel Scrappers September challenge

By on 9-11-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

These are papers created for other kits that were not used. When this challenge was listed I thought it was a great way of adding them as a kit. They all will match one of the other kits I have made.

Only Papers package
These papers are in two links so don’t forget to click on both
Only Papers package 1
Only Papers pakage 2

Love Music, Love to Dance mini kit for September

By on 9-11-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The colour challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio with ADB Designs is a great big mega kit with one theme for each of the mini kits … love music, love to dance. This little kit got my toes tapping.

Love Music, Love to Dance

Love to Dance, Love Music

It is the Studio’s birthday month and there are lots of activities, come in and join. You will find the rest of the links to the mega kit and other lovely pieces atDigital Scrapbooking Studio Don’t delay though, many of the links will be gone in October.

Reaching for the Moon, a journal page

By on 8-21-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

This little journal page was created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group. Whimsical Me was the subject and only guideline for this 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch page.

Whimsical Me journal page, Reaching for the Moon

The background is an ombre tissue paper. Tissue paper is a great way to get a brightly coloured background quickly. I covered it with gel to keep it from bleeding. A simple coating of clear glitter glue went on top of that with some pearlized water paints stenciled into the corners. The green cheese moon is a piece of water colour card. My little girl with the wistful look was traced from a vintage fairytale book using my Wacom Bamboo tablet in PSE 11. I then printed onto a dictionary page and coloured with water colour crayons. Once she was dry I redrew the black lines and outlined her in grey gel pen. The words were printed on a piece of textured resume paper and torn before being pasted onto the piece. Everything was covered with another layer of gel to preserve it.

Cat Attitude !! Lets celebrate our cats and summer, they were made for each other

By on 8-14-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Cats and their attitudes are incredibly funny. These little furry people each have their own singular personalities and want their own way each and every time. If it doesn’t go their own way they will surely let you know immediately. I think cats and summer were made for each other, lolling in the sun and absorbing every ray than can find or chasing sun moats and shadows. I wonder what they are dreaming of? Daisies and hollyhocks? Grasshoppers and crickets?

Cat Attitude !!


Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATCs

By on 8-13-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media

These ATCs were created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I love getting sand between my toes and wiggling them around, it feels sooo good

Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATC

The first little card has a sky made with an ombre tissue paper, torn into pieces, a washer painted copper for the sun. Sandpaper creates the sand and a piece of fine, glittery tulle on top. The gull, phrase and footprints were printed onto a piece of transparency and stapled onto the background.

Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATC

This second card has a sky made from denim wallpaper and two different types of sandpaper. I wish I was there putting my footprints in the sand.

Mid Summer’s Day mini kit for the colour challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio

By on 8-12-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Summer is almost gone !!!!! …. see me crying in the rain …. I know many of you are burning up with the heat but we have had a very rainy, wet and dull summer here in Ottawa. Fortunately there have been a few peeks of sun out now and then. I am celebrating those few days with a bright and sunny mini kit for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s August colour challenge. Won’t you join us here. Butterflies, a journal card and two bright tags along with lots of summery papers to put together your summer adventures. Plus I’ve added a pretty frame for your favourite photo and a big glittery sun for all those hot, hot, hot photo days of fun.

Mid Summer's Day mini kit
Mid Summer’s Day

Art Challenges at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio

By on 8-03-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Scrapbook Kits

This is a new challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio which started in June. The Studio offers a free mini kit to use or not, your choice and a prompt. Here are my June , July and August submissions. Come in and join us, it is a fun and friendly place … Digital Scrapbooking Studio

June Art Challenge at the Studio

Yellow was the prompt for the first Art Challenge in June. This dragon and hand image is the one I created for my fabric collage for the Arts for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I so love how the little dragon sits in the hand so beautifully. I can imagine that little tail curling around my own hand as I walk through the sunflowers.

Joy, July Challenge at the Studio

Imagine, Invent, Create was the prompt for July. I chose Joy because that is where I go when I am creating, inventing and imagining. The silhouette is one I created from a magazine ad. I loved this silhouette because she runs with sweet abandon. I would love to just let go and run through a field of butterflies, daisies and buttercups.

August Challenge at the Studio

Books is this month’s prompt and as soon as I saw it I thought of the old Book of Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and the images of children absorbed by the wonderful stories in their books. That is how I remember feeling when I first learned to read. I haven’t put a book down since. I love reading and feel books are always going to be around, even if they are published digitally.

Pass the Kit challenge for July at Pixel Scrappers

By on 7-29-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

For the challenge for July at Pixel Scrappers everybody was split into three teams, four people to a team …. here is the Team one kit …. you can download my part here and the others from their blogs as well. The links are below the previews

Pass the Kit, Cotton Arts Boutique portion

Pass the Kit, Cotton Arts Boutique portion

Here is the full preview for group 1

Pass the Kit challenge

Rose Thorn Designs
Joys Creations
Dream 4ever Designs

Check out the other 2 teams’ kits July 31 Pixel Scrappers Pass the Kit

You can check out the Pixel Scrappers site. You will find wonderful layouts and if you join lots and lots of free stuff for your next digital or print out scrapbook and great tutorials and discussion as well.

Artimagus the Adorable or Arty for short

By on 7-19-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, art quilts, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media

Arty is a little dragon who blows bubbles rather than breathing fire and is adorable. The White Knight of Flowers found him sleeping and blowing bubbles under a sunflower hiding from the Black Knight of Shadows. You can read his story below. The arm was scanned from an ad and the little dragon came from a free Dover image from an old storybook. Photoshop allowed me to make them one.

Artimagus the Adorable fabric collage

This is Arty’s story. Before I had finished the piece he was whispering in my ear, telling me who he was and all about him. If you ever see a sunflower field, stop and watch for the bubbles floating by …. it will be the White Knight of Flowers and his companion Arty. Don’t forget to say hello.

Artigamus the Adorable story

This little fabric collage was created for a swap on the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. If you like swapping and are working with mixed media come on over and take a look. The link is listed on the side links.

Is it time to sit and have a cup of Rose Hip Tea ? Yes, I think it is

By on 7-12-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The colour challenge at the Scrapbooking Studio for July was a choice of colours for a monotone theme. I chose to use the wild roses from my wild flower garden. And if we have wild roses we have rose hips which make a beautiful tea, so pull up a chair, relax and have a cup of tea with me. The tea pot and cups were done with the templates from the Pixel Scrappers site.

Rose Hip Tea scrapbok mini kit

Rose Hip Tea elements
Rose Hip Tea papers

Country Charm, one more mini kit for the Pixel Scrapper site

By on 6-24-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This little kit was created for another challenge. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do until I came across the vintage pattern for the little cottage. I redid and adapted it for digital and then the rest of the kit fell into place along with the choice of colours. For the frame I created a scottie dog block pattern from a another vintage quilting pattern with lots of little squares to fill with your favourite snaps.

Country Charm mini scrapbook kit

Country Charm scrapbook kit

Bubble Bath, a June mini kit for Pixel Scrappers site

By on 6-18-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This little basically blue kit was created for a Pixel Scrappers June challenge …. the challenge included the colour blue and bubbles. The rose and sunflower papers remind me of vintage wallpaper. I included some blue glass bottles and three lacy ribbons. The lace and bottles were created especially for this little kit.

Bubble Bath mini kit elements

Bubble Bath elements

Bubble Bath papers preview

Bubble Bath papers

Butterfly Skies Mini Kit just in time for your summer photos

By on 6-13-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

June is the month of butterflies. When I was a child there were so many we could run in them and they would flutter and fly all around us, unfortunately we will be lucky to see 3 in one day. In memory of those wonderful sunny, summer days is this kit created for the Scrapbook Studio’s June challenge. Personal use only please.

Butterfly Skies PU mini kit

Butterfly Skies

Sunny Days, a June mini kit for Pixel Scrapper

By on 6-05-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The latest challenge for the Pixel Scrapper site, created during a high stress time has lots of whimsy with owls, dragonflies and butterflies and of course a great big sun. The little purple owl is a bit peculiar, he does not know which way is up and which way is down. As always it is for personal use only.

Sunny Days

Sunny Days elements

Sunny Days papers