Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
My 8x8 technique journal page features photos I took last year while these amazing murals were plastered all over Cincinnati. These are works of art by Shepard Fairey (use google images….I’m sure you’ll see something very familiar). For whatever reason, I think of the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” when I look at his work. It’s what I like to call “in your face” art and it appeals to me J.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Me and my gal pals at Club Scrap have decided once again to share the love of this incredible company and their AMAZING papers and kits. The theme for this blog hop is to use our die cutting tool of choice along with Club Scrap papers.
Anyone who’s ever been to my blog before knows I have mad love for my Silhouette SD. I honestly don’t know how I got through life without it. Ok, that may be stretching it a bit, but it is a huge part of almost every card, layout or art piece I do. So, it should be no surprise that I have cut all of my butterflies (including the LARGE one) on it. I also have mad love for Jennifer McGuire and my butterfly wall hanging pays homage to her heart wall hanging that she did for CHA earlier in the year. If I have the nerve, I may take mine with me to show her in person when I take a class from her next weekend (SO excited!). My last mad love is for the color of PURPLE. It exists everywhere in my life.
I’ve cut 5 different sized butterflies all out of Club Scrap purples (and spayed with glimmer mist) from the following kits:
Background paper is from Musical Interlude
Sentiment Stamp is from Papillon (seriously my most favorite kit EVER!)
Large Butterfly is cut from an Art Deco grey (sadly, none of that left to link to, sorry)
Clothespins are from Natural ResourcesOther: Special thanks to Nancy for the purple lace around the outside of the 11x14 canvas.
Also submitting this for the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #155 & Simon Says Stamp Challenge Sparkle & Shine
***If you care to venture a guess at how many cut butterflies were used on this piece; do so in your comment. I’ll be awarding a Club Scrap paper pack to the closest one***
Once again, thank you for hopping by. Your next stop will be real treat indeed and she also happens to be the best sister I know! That’s right; you’ll be visiting my sister Jen and just wait til you see what she has in store.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
For they could not love you, but still your love was true
I’m almost sorry I went with this beautiful song as I really don’t feel I did it justice. I’ve loosely followed his work of art with my own spin. I’ve been wanting to add this daffodil flower idea I found here, so I figured I wouldn’t find another song that mentioned them, so I’ll go with it. That led me to start thinking that maybe I’ll use this as my Bloomin’ Diary (another project I’ll esplain some other time. I actually made a “real” artist trading card!! I just created this little guy in Photoshop and printed it onto a Club Scrap white. Very happy with that one element…the rest, not so much.
Paper is from the following Club Scrap Kits: Weekender, Poetic, Autumn Splendor, white (?) but is definitely Club Scrap.
Distress Inks: stormy sky, mustard seed, weathered wood, black soot
Other: pearlescent watercolors, Silver paint dabber, Sparkle stamp from Club Scrap..
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I am a big fan of all things patriotic and when I found this card online, i knew i wanted to copy it and use it for my Squirrely challenge and a sketch challenge over at Club Scrap . The maker of this inspirational card is a a military wife and makes the most beautiful cards for OWH which I've been meaning to do for the longest time. Hopefully this will kickstart me on that journey.
Shimmery blue - Solstice
Shimmery red - Ornamental
Black (base) – Expressions
Plaid – unknown (not club scrap
Center of flower and stem cut with Silhouette
This was going to be my Mom's day card until i found new inspiration (which i'll explain later) and is another shameless CASE from the amazingly talented Michelle Zindorf.
Papers are all Club Scrap: Card base is Apothecary, but the rest is from POP's and I'm not sure of it's origin really. The 4 corner squares, the frame and the focal piece all started as a smooth CS white before they got the Distress ink treatment. The black shimmer is from Concrete Jungle.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I am a Kentuckian by birth and that means something very special to me. I truly love my home state and hope to someday soon move back across the Ohio River to once again be home. Kentuckians are also very proud of our thoroughbred horses and the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the 1st Saturday in May, millions watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” known as the Kentucky Derby. It’s a one and a quarter mile long “Run For The Roses” at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville Kentucky.
I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song inspiration than Dan Fogelberg’s Run For The Roses.
Born in the Valley
From sire to sire
It brings a tear to my eye every time and even more so now that my Dad is gone…he loved horseracing and collected Derby memorabilia. Ok, enough of that emotional stuff….I’ve not used a single rubber stamp on this creation I’m embarrassed to say. The images are from art by Trish Biddle (amazing stuff) and even the racing program page that I made into a background was printed from google images; as was the bottle of Woodford reserve w/mint Julep. The base paper and mini roses are from Club Scrap’s April kit called Welcome. The background is a Claudine Hellmuth technique, although I think T!m also has demo’d it too.
I also want to shout out a thanks to Nancy at Squirrely Art for the lace that I used around the outside. She sent it to me some time ago and I've been waiting for just the right way to use some of it! Thanks Nancy!