Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Clara Sue the Southern Belle

Clara Sue is just an old fashion southern belle!
The next best thing to shopping for Clara Sue
is enjoying her favorite pink girlie drink!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Domino Necklaces

I'm busy getting ready for a small art walk show this week and I made these domino necklaces to sell using some of my recent whimsical drawings. I started out with pre-drilled blank dominoes then re sized my drawings, print them out and seal them with PYM II, cut them out and then added them to backgrounds and adhered those to the dominoes using a laminate adhesive. I added a tiny rhinestone or two to each of them for their necklace or earrings. Once they're completely dry I seal them with PYM II.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Meet Greta

Mz Greta wonders why she got the
small martini glass and who ate her olive!

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Practicing Drawing

I drew my latest 3 whimsical drawings last night and finished them up this morning. It really does come easier the more I draw.....there was a time when each pencil stroke was hard not knowing what to draw or being afraid to try to draw something like hands....I still don't love drawing those but I'm developing a style that I'm comfortable with. Two things that helped me were looking at magazines, books and catalogs. Then using them to practice drawing. Also having the right tools that work for YOU. Different people will have suggestions, but ultimately you need to try different tools until you find the ones that work for you...that goes for products as well!
I've found a plain ole mechanical pencil with a nice eraser works the best for me. Along with the Prisma Color art pens. The other thing that helped me was being given permission to erase...yep I know it sounds silly but it's true....its okay to erase and re draw something! :-)
DRAW! :-)



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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Shipping Tag Bottle Cap Magnets

Here's another project idea for a Mothers or Father's day gift idea!
Click HERE to view my step by step process.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Crafty Blogger blurbs are back! I hope you enjoy them!
The Impatient Crafter Madge shares some thoughts about copyrights, artist's rights and intellectual property theft in this thought provoking post.

About Family Crafts Why not make a special May Day treat for your neighbors!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Swelldesigner finds some colorful inspiration by Wrecking her Journal!

Blisstree Arts Cyndi's done a round-up of all her image transfer tutorials.

Cathie Filian has lots of spring garden projects! Pop by her blog to learn how to recycle paint stir sticks into a garden planter, blend up fresh fruit smoothies, easily create wood burn garden markers and ideas for painting a garden set that is perfect for mom.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Craftside has a call for entries: 1000 Artisan Textiles, a tutorial on how to upcycle an old promo charm with stamped polymer clay, fusing plastic bags from the soon to be released book: Green Guide for Artists, and two asymmetrical jewelry designs made from recycled elements.

Crafty Princess Diaries More about YuDu - If you still aren't convinced after seeing Margot Potter's video on how to use this interesting contraption, then here is some more information for you to consider.

CraftyPod Sister Diane is super-excited to launch her new ebook, Making a Great Blog: a Guide for Creative People. It's all about how to write and photograph compelling blog posts, and how to keep the inspiration flowing.

Cross Stitch at How do you organize your flosses and fibers? See what other stitchers do, then share your own methods.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Earth day Jewelry Making Inspired by Heidi Boyd's Simply Beaded Bliss- making charms from button covers and advertising buttons.

The Crochet Dude Drew met the King of San Antonio!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A trail of Pictures!

Here’s some fun pictures I took today! All of my flowers are in full bloom since it’s been so hot. The technical name for these flowers are Carpobrotus spp. aka Pig Face, but I’ve always just known them as Ice Plants. They’re very common along our California highways and along the coast due to the fact they grow well warm sandy areas where water is limited. I love how vibrant they are. At night mine close up and then they re open when the sun shines on them. Aren’t they beautiful!iceplant


This week must be my special week because I was gifted not once but twice by two of my very kind and dear friends! Yesterday I received a box full of fun shells, a very cool seed pod, drift wood, and a whimsical mermaid, how cool is that!

Then today a big box arrived and I opened it and was thoroughly surprised to discover the coolest pillow ever inside! I feel so spoiled!! Doesn’t it look awesome on my porch swing! I immediately sealed it with PYM II so it wouldn’t fade or get ruined sitting out there with the sun and the weather. The fabric took the PYM very well and doesn’t feel stiff at all!


BIG THANK YOUS to my two very generous friends!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

At The Beach ATC

At The Beach

Yet another ATC! With the heat hitting darn near 100 degrees yesterday here I'm ready to be at the beach or any where cool! It's too flippin' early to be this hot already UGH!

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Bottle Cap Mother's Day/Teacher Magnet Gift Set

I finally found something to do with all the drink coasters I've borrowed collected over the years, not to mention the bottle caps and those glass half marbles I was gonna use one day!
Click HERE to view my step by step Bottle Cap Project.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Fleurella ATC

Mz. Fleurella
Here's another ATC I drew on illustration board
and then used Prisma Color pens to add color.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Whimsical ATC

Here's a whimsical ATC I drew this morning.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Home is Where the Heart is!

This week I'm hosting the Gothic Arch challenge.
The theme I chose is
"Home is where the heart is."
Please feel free to join the challenge and fun just
click the link above and download a template to use.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Wonky Turtle Fairy!

Eolanda The Turtle Fairy

I'm pretty excited about my first attempt at drawing a fairy like this. Even though her leg is a bit wonky like it's made of rubber or something, and the wings turned out to look more like they're part turtle shell LOL I'm liking her :-)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Maeve The Mermaid!


I did it! I finally drew a mermaid with hands! Confession time-I've been afraid of drawing hands anymore then necessary, but after some encourgement (you know who you are!) I finally did it Whoohoo! Now don't think I'm gonna get hand crazy on ya! LOL I'm just thrilled to give my mermaid some hands for a change.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Drawing is good Therapy!

Gretchen & Hilda
I wanted to cry today when my son was putting my antique china away after using it at Easter and the shelf peg came out and everything crashed to the floor!! Having almost raised 3 boys (4 if you count hubby) its not the first time they've broken special dishes and cups though it has been awhile! I was good I bit my tongue and left the room while he cleaned up and did some drawing therapy!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Flower Children

Meet Peg and Jim
Peg and Jim are a couple of flower children at heart!
I feel like I'm finally developing my own style, as I keep practicing at my whimsical drawing.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Merri The Mermaid


It was only a matter of time before my mermaid

addiction showed up in my drawings again LOL

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Lots of fun projects this week!
Have fun checking them all out!

About Family Crafts Find a wide variety of egg related projects! Everything from creative easter egg coloring to cute agg crafts

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Swelldesigner shows you how to make rainbow tie-dye rosettes!

Blisstree Arts Unexpected results abound when you use this easy method to create background papers for your work.

Cathie Filian Cathie Filian is having a spring fling with 11 different spring projects.

The Impatient Crafter Madge shares her three pronged approach to success and a link to her CraftCast interview with Alison Lee.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Craftside's got mixed-media art from Lisa Engelbrecht and an ATC by it, a free Amigurumi knit antler pattern, a couple of Art Nouveau jewelry designs with a how-to on making a wire ball bead and some pretty greeting cards with a tutorial on an Easter card made with stiffened fabric die cuts.

Crafty Princess Diaries ArtFire Crafty Princess Shop is Live! Tammy is kicking the tires, testing the waters, and basically, trying to figure out what the deal is over at

CraftyPod Sister Diane offers lots of creative ways to use Sharpie Paint Markers.

Naughty Secretary Club This week Jen explores using fabric to make jewelry.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Martha Stewart's New Encyclopedia of Crafts is my muse this week to create a Hoppin' cute Easter Card

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Freebie Spring Images

Happy Spring Blog Friends!
Click HERE to download
some Freebie spring images for you
to use as you wish!

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Another Winner!

The tie's been broken for the Sorbet Collection Color Mist naming contest and the votes have been counted between Limoncello and Pineapple Chiffon and the winner is ::::insert fanfare and confetti:::
Pineapple Chiffon

It was pretty close there for awhile, and I have to admit I was leaning towards Limoncello after Beth mentioned the scene from Under the Tuscan Sun, but Pineapple Chiffon won out fair and square.

A big congrats to the additional winner!

Jan Hoefler

Thanks to everyone that voted and participated!

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Got Attitude!


Here's today's drawing.
I'm totally addicted to drawing!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today's latest drawings!

Here's my latest drawings. A new Character
named Burt and a new one of Giselle enjoying
her girlie drink!

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Easter Box Surprise!

I received an awesome surprise yesterday in the mail! A cool vintage hat box filled to the brim with goodies to use in my art, to alter and to eat!
Thank you again Mz Andi!

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Gothic Arch

This week's Gothic Arch theme is an Open theme. I created a mermaid theme which is a favorite of mine!

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Make Art Not War

I'm working on being able to reproduce characters I've drawn. Here I tried to draw Giselle again...not exact but not too bad I don't think.

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

More Whimsy

I'm really enjoying practicing my whimsical drawing. I'm finding it's getting easier the more I do it.
Martinie Grls!

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Whimsical Drawing Practice

I've been practicing drawing whimsical using PrismaColor Pens and a black Micron pen.
Here's my end results below:



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Friday, April 03, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts Not only is recycling good for the environment, it can help save you money, and, with the projects I have gathered, you can find out how to recycle creatively!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Alexa shares how to make glam graffiti earrings out of gift cards!

Blisstree We're crazy about books, and we've got lots of information to share!

Cathie Filian Cathie Filian has a step-by-step guide for making boutonnieres - perfect for wedding and prom season and a super $$ saver.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world This week at Craftside there is an inside peek into the new book Sculpting Mythical Creatures with some Easter Bunnies thrown in for the season, a Mother of the Bride box project, a photo standup Easter Eggs decoration and an interview with Quilt Artist Robbi Joy Eklow author of Goddess of the Last Minute.

Crafty Princess Diaries 2 Fun New Jewelry Projects, Glue, and You - Tammy has two new jewelry projects that involve a little glue and a lot of fun.

CraftyPod Sister Diane reviews the new Heather Ross book, Weekend Sewing.

Cross Stitch at Childhood memories influence the name of Connie's new free pattern. It is a Dilly of a chart.

Naughty Secretary Club Every Thursday in April Jen is revamping a project from her book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. First up fabric scrap and tape roll bangle bracelets.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery See how to make "For the Love of Flaming Hot Coffee Cozy"- Inspired by the Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing

The Impatient Crafter Check out this fab free mixed media collage jewelry project Madge created for Beadalon.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Quicky Easter Card

Here's a quicky Easter Card you can make.
I used the following supplies:
Blank Ivory/white Plain Card
Heat Gun

Spray blank card with Color Mists.
Dry with the heat gun.
Choose complimentary papers for background
Adhere to the front of the folded card.
Finished card.
Add image and wording from collage sheet.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fairy Evidence Found!!

For all you fairy doubters proof's in the picture.
Check out the fairy evidence in the above picture!
To read the rest of the story
click the link below:






















Click HERE to see more pictures and really read the "rest of the story!"

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