Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy


Today is my daddy's 71st birthday. I count myself fortunate to have him as my father and that I can still enjoy time with him.

Even though I added my blog as a favorite place on his computer, I doubt he'll ever see this. He'd rather spend his time 'piddling' at odd jobs around the house. Today he plans to strip wallpaper from some walls...doesn't that sound like fun? He is always busy and that's the way he's always been. He spent most of his working life with one company and built houses in the afternoons after his regular job. Even now, he works two days a week running a sales route.

Pictured is my late Aunt Jane along with my dad. Aunt Jane left Tennessee after getting married at the ripe old age of 14. I was able to visit her a few years ago and saw her beautiful quilt work. I definitely think my creative gene came from the Quillen side.

So whether you read this or not, Happy Birthday Daddy! God truly blessed me with a wonderful earthly father.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RockCandy!

I want to share a simple little project I did using some items from RockCandy. The tag was embossed using two different Cuddlebug folders and then colored using Chalk inks and Tim Holtz inks. The beautiful ribbon and fibers will be offered by RockCandy as well as the birds which are from one of the sheets of vintage diecut sheets that RockCandy will sell. The ribbon was a dream to work with and was easily sewn onto the paper tag. Other credits for the "B" and the sentiment stamps go to Oxford Impressions and their "Come Fly With Me" sheet of unmounted rubber. The fabric flowers show up peachy here but they really are closer to the pink in the birds diecut.

RockCandy will have their grand opening this Friday!! Be sure and check them out at http://www.rockcandystudios.com/ on Friday.

More Debbie's Die Cuts

Here's another really cute diecut box offered by Debbie's Die Cuts. For this one, I colored the white diecut with shades of pink, blue and purple chalk inks. The dragonfly diecut was colored with purple chalk ink and cuttlebug embossed. The word stamp is by Stampers Anonymous and the dragonfly stamp (which I think is really a butterfly...oops!) is by Magenta. Small wooden knobs were used for feet. A bit of white fiber was added to complete the box.
This box was covered with tissue paper using Mod Podge and then crackled. Brown ink was rubbed into the cracks for an antique look. Tiny wooden pegs were painted and glued on for the legs. Fabric flowers and a handle diecut also by Debbie finish this one.
I really enjoyed making this one. The diecut was embossed with a Cuddlebug folder and then rubons were used to color. The swirly diecut and tag are also offered by Debbie. The tag is stamped with an Oxford Impression stamp. A white ribbon is the finishing touch.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More Boxes from Debbie's Die Cuts

There are so many ways to use this little box diecut from Debbie's Die Cuts. For this one, I painted the box and the star with rusting solution and let them dry. Using a Cuttlebug folder, the box was dry embossed. Rub-Ons by Craft-T were used to further color the box and star. A handle was fashioned using rusty craft wire and a paperbead was added to the wire handle. The box is completed with a second tag and a 'treasure' sticker by K&Company.

Each side of this box was stamped with the gift box stamp (Inkadinkado) and then masked. A different color of Brilliance ink was used to color each of the four sides. The 'Happy Birthday' maker is unknown. The star is by Claudia Rose. Bits of glitter were added to the star for a touch of glitz. A skewer was run through the sides of the box and a ribbon handle was tied onto the skewer ends. The small tag is also from Debbie's and the box is completed with a tiny gift bow.

This would be the perfect box for a special gift to someone you love. The box was stamped in black using StazOn ink. The flourish stamps are by Stampabilities. The flourish die cut was painted black and is available from Debbie. The box was embellished with clear jewels and glitter spray. Two "Love" charms further embellish along with wired black ribbon for the handle. Debbie's die cuts and kits can be found at http://thestudioinpreston.blogspot.com/. Her Christmas in July sale continues...



Saturday, July 19, 2008

Today in History

Forty-nine years ago today, I made my entrance into the world. I don't know where the time has gone or how I got to be this old. Can you remember when forty-nine seemed ancient...I know I can but I'm singing a new tune now. I think I was nine months old when this photo was taken.

Tonight I'm being treated to a meal and a concert. A few weeks ago, Clarissa suggested I might like to go to an Alison Krauss concert and I thought it sounded good. She and her dad talked about it but no solid plans were made. Last night...the night before the concert...they got on line and were still able to get good tickets. I remarked that I was surprised there would be tickets at this late date and my dear, sweet daughter explained that since this is a concert for mainly 'older' people, it wouldn't sell out. Bless her heart.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Debbie's Die Cut Box

I've had a little art time this afternoon and I'm working on some samples for Debbie's Die Cuts. You can find her link on the side of my blog. I have a box that I just finished and I'd love to share it.

The white diecut was stamped using black Stazon ink. The stamp is by Magenta and was colored with chalks and pencils. It was finished with a wired ribbon handle and a tag diecut also available through Debbie plus a single yellow button.

Debbie is currently having a Christmas in July sale so now's a great time to stock up!

Family Visit

Isn't it funny how you look forward to something and before you know it, the time has come and gone. We looked forward to our visit with family from Ohio and it was so good to have them here. But the time flew by faster than it should have! Time is precious and I wish we could slow the good parts down and enjoy them longer. Angela and Sharon...love ya!

RockCandy Update


To follow-up on my previous post, RockCandy has announced their new website address. http://www.rockcandystudios.com/ will open in August. Be sure and check them out.

Monday, July 14, 2008

"Sweet" News

A new company will soon open that will cater to the wants and needs of the mixed-media artist. "RockCandy", a partnership between Roxi Phillips and Candice Windham, will launch their new venture in August. They will offer a wonderful variety of mixed media items that will spark your imagination and creativity. The website addy will be announced in the very near future so check back often for a link to their store. In the meantime, I'd like to share something I've made featuring a few of their products.


First of all, I apologize for the photo. I tried many times to get a better shot than this but my photography skills must be lacking. Or maybe I need a new camera...now that's an idea..

The shadowbox was painted in shades of green acrylic paint and crackle finished. Background papers (RockCandy) were aged using various inks. "Letters Mingle Souls", "Devoted Friends", "Friendship", "Secrets", and the "Dearest Friend" letter were all computer-generated. The small girls are from a stamp by Oxford Impressions and the flower stamp beside each girl is by Artistic Outpost. The tiny postcards are offered by RockCandy on one of their collage sheets. This particular sheet features large and small versions of these images. The tiny bundles (created using papers and topped with the tiny postcards) are tied with ribbon also being carried by RockCandy. Completing the shadowbox are RockCandy's pen nibs, tiny glass bottles and a letterpress D. This may give you an idea of the cool products that will soon be available.

Be watching for RockCandy's grand opening. These are 'cream of the crop' women that are both talented and reliable. You'll find them, as well as their products, a delight to work with. Good luck girls!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday Review

This has been a very busy week. It would make me tired to even type about it but it has been a very productive and fulfilling week and I feel very content! I've had a few minutes here and there to just play and I'm finding myself using small canvases over and over. I bought them by accident thinking they were the correct size for a swap I had joined. They turned out to be the wrong size (3"X4") but I think they're my favorite size to play with for now. I've also noticed the recurring theme of friendship showing up in my art time. It's such a gift to have friends! I was delighted this week when my daughter asked me to drop her off to meet friends for lunch. I'm not talking McDonalds, they went to a really nice place and "did lunch". When it comes to friendship, she is years ahead of where I was at her age. Oh, I had friends but I didn't take the time very often to just be with them. There was school and work and then babies and...well, it was always something. After Clarissa was born, we made the decision I'd work from home...remember the old dial up your modem and work from home. Well, I tried doing accounting and bouncing Clarissa on my knee for about a year and something had to give! I became a full-time stay at home mom and I suddenly realized that I had no friendship network. None. There was no one to go to lunch with! (Well, of course DH, but I'm talking girlfriends here!) I had been busy doing important things but I had done a very poor job of maintaining friendships or making new ones. Fast-forward fifteen years, and I can happily say I have learned what my daughter already knows. Good friends are important.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A couple of things..

I've managed to do a little cleaning and made the decision to sell my Cricut machine. I've gone back and forth on this for a while but I'm just not using it. It's only been played with two or three times and if you're interested, it is Ebay listing #230269875470.




After cleaning, I was inspired to make another mess so this was one of my weekend things I did for fun. I'm working on some things that I can't share right now and also preparing for a family visit next week. My sister-in-law is a former art teacher and she and her daughter will be our guests. You know we'll have a great time! Back to it...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Studio Chaos!

How often do you pick up a magazine or browse the internet and see a clean, well-organized studio that is both beautiful and functional? Well, this post should make you feel better!! This is my reality...at least for the moment. I'm taking an afternoon today and hopefully tomorrow afternoon to try and put some order to this chaos. This is a corner of the room and the other corners aren't any better! So, I hope I've made you feel better. I'd love to get some comments with links to your work areas...please:)

Mini Canvas Swap




These are mini canvases that I made for a yahoo group swap. The rules were for them to be no larger than 2 x 2, 3 x 3 or 2.5 x 3.5. I ended up making my own canvases using 2.5 x 3.5 craft wood covering one with Fredrix canvas and the other two were covered with muslin. I enjoyed working with both but the muslin was my favorite. I think these could be addictive!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Creativity Killer!

I enjoy spending as much time as possible creating and planning for future projects. Once in a while something called 'real life' steps in and the creativity comes to a screeching halt. How about an audit to make your day? Well, I've actually worked on it off and on for several days and I see the answer at the bottom of the page so to speak. I just have to get my working papers in order and put everything on a spreadsheet. So, there's no creating today but I do want to share a cool site where you can create all kinds of little notebooks to help organize your life. Check it out at http://www.pocketmod.com/app/index.html. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

And the winner is....

#17 was pulled from the hat this morning. Thanks to everyone that left a comment. ragamuffingal, please send me your mailing info. and I'll get the mini canvas out to you.