Saturday, April 28, 2012

CHA winter projects

Yes, I know it was back in February, but I just received my projects back and wanted to share my work with everyone. I had so much fun creating these projects and cannot wait to give some of these cards to my family and friends.

Products used on these, include, Donna Salaazr Designs, Spellbinder, Want2scrap, Clearsnap, Art Gone Wild, Prima, 7 Gypsies and other stuff from my stash...
Thanks for peeking!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Evolving artist

Once again... I find myself enjoying more mixed media and fine art than paper crafting lately. I still have been making cards like crazy, though, so don't fret. Scraps and cards will always be my hobby.
I wanted to share some of my paintings so far that I have completed for my Oil painting class this Spring.
Until last year, I had NEVER even picked up a paint brush, so I am rather happy with how quickly I have developed my skills. I love being able to use my eye in a new way.
First up is a basic still life.  I always love tightly zooming in on a composition and decided to only paint half of the jar. The one apple, I LOVE... the other needs a bit of work but I do love the blends of colors , the unique textured background and the simplicity of the piece...
Oil takes forever to dry and I hurried up and photographed them so I could turn them in for critique . I will try and photograph it better after awhile of air drying...

The second painting I did was another sill life. Playing around with another offset composition. The lamp in my living room is always fun to draw.
This homework study was to play around showing texture and lighting. I loved the brushstrokes on this.
Both paintings were done in several layers using various brushes, strokes and mixes of colors. I love simple subjects with messy brushstrokes and imperfect lines. Since these were only homwork assignments, I painted these on inexpensive canvas. Makes it much harder as it shows EVERYTHING! For my final projects, I will be stretching my own canvas for sure.
Just thought it would be fun to take you on my journey and let you see how I grow as an artist.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Summery layouts

For some reason, I have been having fun creating summery type layouts... I think I take more pictures during the summertime and then spend all fall/winter spring, scrapbooking these pictures.. the lights/happy moments, outdoor activities... just make for better photo opportunities...
As we celebrate another day of sunny and 80 degree weather (in april!!!!) , I can't help but smile and look forward to some of these moments in the next few months...

Lots of fun colors, layers and memories! The photos show just how happy we are spending time during summer... May have to listen to some Beach Boys today to keep in the mood ;)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Took a nice break

from blogging just for a while. I have been getting used to my new I phone and all the bells and whistles that come with having a portable device . I do miss jumping on the computer though and am back to share some recent craftiness....
Im having so much fun creating and using up some much coveted and I admit... hoarded... supplies. I am finally getting my nerve to open the packages and put it to use and am loving how things are turning out.

This card used to be a part of an art journal. I decided I wanted to use it for a card front instead so I just ripped it right out of the page and LOVE how it adds to the card with such fun layers!

These are the cards I made from the March Noel Mignon kit. I love the colors mixed with the kraft, don't you?
Here are some close ups of the individual cards/tags and bags...

cute! Loved mixing the MME lines with the Echo Park line for these gender neutral and spring like creations!
Be back soon with some layouts!