Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I was asked recently to participate in a blog hop and try out a new product. Starting October 31st the artists listed below will share their projects and  techniques on their blogs and You Tube channels using the Art Sparks cards developed by Karen Friedland. 

Here's a list of participants:

Monday, October 31, 2016 - Karen Friedland:
Monday, October 31, 2016 - Sadelle Wiltshire:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Jeri Bellini:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Yva Lovee Barbour:   

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Barb Owen:
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Tiare Smith:

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Gina Ahrens:     
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Melissa Partridge: 

Friday, November 4, 2016 - Kiala Givehand: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 - Tori Weyers:                                         

I'm all about helping a fellow artist out and I loved the idea of using a card to spark my creativity!  
The cards are beautiful and there is some wonderful artwork on them as well! The idea sparks on the back are well written and definitely sparked my imagination.

The card I decided to try reads as follows: 
Make a 3 inch cardboard square. Cut off each corner, varying the type of cuts you use. Now use your cardboard square as a stencil, place it randomly throughout your page. Next, fill your space with color. What do you see?
You can see all the steps and exactly what I did on my You Tube channel here:

I decided to work in my Delusions Journal. I started with a piece of sturdy cardboard, 3 inch square and then cut off the corners to make an interesting shape. The next step I used a pencil and outlined the shape randomly all over my page.
After outlining with a pencil I decided to use my Pitt Pens and outline over the pencil marks. Although I had quite a lot of my pens out, I decided at this point to stick with a color scheme and used, Pink, Green, Teal and Yellow. 

Now that I had some color down, I said to myself, oh, draw in some lines with the Pitt pen, however.... I did not like the thick Pitt pen lines so one bad decision after another, and LOL
I wound up with.... and I didn't like this either, SO... 

I colored in the shape as you can see below.... I did not let it discourage me, after all I was playing and experimenting so I kept going. For the time being I decided to ignore the big green shape on my page! 

That's when I picked up my Gelly Roll pens, Oh how I love my Gelly Rolls and life suddenly became satisfying and before long I was immersed in doodling and tangling.

I filled in the shapes with random lines and just had fun! 

Then I pulled out my Tombow Watercolor markers because I needed to fill in some of the shapes with color to make up for the GREEN one smack in the middle! (and you all KNOW, I LOVE GREEN)

Well, here's my finished Doodle below. I also went around the edges of some of the squares with black hoping to achieve a little better balance. After all the experimenting, I am happy with the outcome. I was thinking I could copy the page and cut out the shapes for collage? 
All in all I did enjoy the process and it all started with that 3 inch square! 

Hope you will give the Art Sparks Cards a try too. Here's a 10% off coupon code you can use until November 30, 2016. 

The Art Sparks Cards can be purchased at:

Use Coupon Code ARTSPARKSINTRO, good until November 30th 
To be eligible to win your own deck of cards, please leave me a comment here or on my You Tube channel! 

Don't forget if you want to see me working on this project you can check it out on my You Tube channel here.... on November 1, 2016

And do visit the other artists to see what they came up with using their deck of Art Spark cards!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!! OX

Tyvek Collage Journal: Design Team Challenge Gina Ahrens October 2016 Gi...

Only Two more days to enter to win this cute journal! Check it out!

Project done as a Design Team Challenge for Gina B Ahrens. Do check out her Etsy shop for supplies I used.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oui, Can She do it?

Hello Friends!

I am going to make another attempt at blogging. I try and I try and I try and I really want to do this but somehow my life always gets in the way! I'm going to write it down in my bullet journal and set it up to meet you here at least once a week. I think I can I think I can.... :-)

Alrighty.... So the last time I blogged I told you about my visit with my sister... I have SO much to catch up on with you but I think I better start where I am right now and add in as thoughts come to me!!!

Currently I'm working with some fabulous ladies, we've joined forces and we are forces to be reckoned with! Each of us has a Facebook page and our focuses are all so different it would be cool if you checked us all out, something to offer just about everyone! We call ourselves the Sister Groups and in case you don't know what I'm talking about I'll list them and the links below:

Of course there's me,
My Arts and Parts ~

A life of Art and Self Expression is Gina B Ahrens ~

Cindy Utter owns Artsy Endeavors ~

And last but not least is our Anne Williamson, her page is called
Anneliese's Mixed Media Everything!

So right now we are working on a BIG project for next year, Gina's idea, she's the ring leader/troublemaker! LOL The idea is a FREE year long Art Journaling class and each of us is doing something a bit different and WOW if you have not already checked it out, please do so. You can either go to my FB page or my You Tube channel. Look for "A Year of Self Expression 2017". Mine is about Bullet Journaling, planning, goal setting, organization AND recycling! I'm using an old Sewing book from the 80's and repurposing it....

Oh, there's ONE catch, you must belong to at least one, if not all of our FB groups. Probably not a bad idea to belong to all as we are all doing something a bit different and you might miss out on some cool stuff.

Ok, that's enough information for now, you will have to go take a look for yourself and here's a link.... Part One is show and share of my Old Journaling Systems.  So far there's three parts up and waiting for you to watch. We thought we'd get an early start on it so you have plenty of time to decide what you want to do. Officially it will start January 1, 2017. The videos are currently set to public but after the 1st will be private for the FB groups only and remember it's FREE! Oh and there's plenty of FREE downloads to go with the class. Please do check it out and let me know what you think!

Big Blessed Hugs to you!