Monday, May 25, 2015

Breaking Away Yellow

This breaking away has become a series with me, After a thirteen year turbulent marriage and walking away from it, there are times I have felt as if I was in free fall.  Finding my center has been a challenge and even though I feel like I am finding it, I still find myself looking for something to grab hold of.  Mother Nature is such a constant for me, a wonder and a regulator, I am blessed and so grateful for my friends, family and my muse.  Although my creating time is less it is more for the less.

Color is NeoColorII, black ind and pen, my ever wonderful Silhouette and PhotoShop CS.  Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Breaking Away Blue

The more I work with the NeoColorII the more I love it, it is creamy, dreamy, color and is blendable, lol is blendable a word, with so many different results.  I used 3 blues on this, same colors for the background and the butterflies, fun fun fun.

I am stretching and it is fueling my imagination and my willingness to step outside the box, I guess literally on this piece.  Hugs to all - have a safe and happy weekend. Hugs

Friday, May 15, 2015

From packing material to hole punch cradle

 I have had an extra busy week, one filled with some creativity and some great steps forward.  My much loved Durango has a heart problem, to be corrected soon with the replacement of 7 fuel injectors by my multi talented son.  His payment for this work was a Hefty Tool Box, 52" long with 10 drawers, weighing in at 238 pounds.  It arrived on Wednesday and we went to pick it up and install it at his job site.  As the unpacking began, they started pulling these amazing corner panels made from layer upon layer of cardboard, they saw trash, I saw a booking binding cradle and quickly absconded with them.
 Yesterday, I was sharing with my roommate what plan I had for them, I have the most wonderful roommate, He took the panel and questioned more on what it was I wanted to accomplish, so I went into the process it would need to preform, he said, "let me think on it".  I am telling you in no time at all he brought the cradle in and asked if this is what I had in mind.  It is not only perfect, it is magic, lol.
It is approx. 12"X12", it will store away nicely in my 5'X2' studio haven and since I am concentrating on mini art journals right now not only in the name of storage but also because I have less time to work on the pages now, this is perfect.  Art journaling is my life-line right now, it helps eliminate my stress and also allows me to see where my focus is and adjust when needed. Life is good and I am blessed.  Hope all of you are heaped with blessings this weekend, hugs

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


When I was making my decisions on what to stock in my little haven studio I have to admit I was a little bummed, because of space and size I decided on my inktense pencils, NeoII crayons and Chameleon markers. At the time I was so sure I would not be able to live without my Copic markers, I still miss them but have found a wonderful fascination with the choice I made, as I blend and play with what I have.  The pear is the result of 5 different color layers.  The cutlery is about a hundred years old and belonged to my roommates grandoarents.  Photoshop and my Silhouette DS made the elements possible.  Have a great week and create where and when you can, hugs

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Polka Dots and Dogwood

Happy Mother's Day to all you great Moms out there.  I have had a wonderful weekend.  Started it off Friday with a cocktail party at a friends.  Met a 3 month old puppy that captured my heart BIG time, talk about big, see below.  Hope everyone stays safe and happy, hugs

Groceries for the love have to be huge, wow he id gorheous

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Happy Birthday Card

Whoo, it is so hard to believe I have gone a month without posting, Life is crazy right now, but I have had some time to create and play with my camera, so it is good.  My roommate went up to the mountains yesterday and came back with this gorgeous bunch of Dogwood Blooms, this morning I could not wait to play with them.  I had a birthday card on my todo list, I paired the Dogwood up with a photograph I did early last month of some yummy daisies.
Using my PhotoShop and Silhouette DS I created the Dogwood element and then layered over my photograph.  Used a rub-on for the HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  I love how the color came out on the Dogwood, I have been experimenting with a technique using my inktense pencils with my Neocolor II crayons, love, love, love the process and the results.

This is the beautiful spray of Dogwoods my roommate brought home yesterday, inspiration is one of the greatest gifts ever!

 Have great Monday, hugs

Friday, April 3, 2015

friday cat nip

Happy Friday and Pass Over.  Some of my life lately revolves around the cat "socks", he is a cuddler and yet on the other hand he is a scaredy cat.  He will only interact with my roommate and now me. He jumps at sounds, or things we carry out to the patio, it has been a challenge trying to figure him out.  It is like he is on mega doses of cat nip, lol.  So this card is dedicated to the beloved "Socks".
As I started writing out the things used to make this card, I sort of laughed, sometimes the simplest take the most time and tools.  PhotoshopCC, Silhouette Design Studio, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Pigment Pro 01 Pen, Epson Scan, Derwent Intense Ink Pencils, Pilot G-2 10 gel pen and 110# card stock from wal-mart.
I wish everyone a Happy Easter. may the bunny be with you, hugs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Bucket of roses

Geeze, my eyes are tired, my brain has turned off and I am done for the day.  Trying this week to get some of my stuff to this lap top.  Finally figured out how to get my fonts over and moving some of my Silhouette Library - but it has proven to be a bear, lol.  The bucket was created using a citronella candle holder using photoshop and Silhouette Studio, The bee is from "Beatrix Pottter" series on Silhouette Libray.  Roses were photographed in our back yard, jute bow and polka dot background was printed directly to card stock using Silhouette Design Studio.  The white flower bouquet in background from a previous element created using SD.  Being joyous with spring has blessed me this year.  Hope your days are filled with hope, love and laughter, hugs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Good Glass of Wine

A Happy Hump Day!  The other night at dinner the reflection in my wine glass caught my attention, my roommate by the way is getting used to me jumping up and grabbing my camera, lol.  The word block serendipitously (is that even a word?) showed up on the Silhouette Shop as a free download this morning, so I went with it.  A little jute bow and a printed checkered background and it was done.  I am making headway with my new learning curve on my Design Studio, but I still have a long way to go on my PhotoShop CC 2014, geeze it never ends, but it keeps me off the streets.  Have a great Wednesday, hugs

A card posted does not always mean it is finished, lol, I will do a card and look at it it off and on all day or maybe a couple of days.  Today it did not sit with me right that there were only two items, sometimes I will just go with two but I try to work with elements in threes.  The bunch of flowers was done today from a photo of a clump from our hedge.  It is now done, lol. hugs

Monday, March 23, 2015

You are on my mind

Happy Monday, all.  Wow, what an amazing few days I have had.  Last week my incredible, wonderful roommate came up with an idea to get my silhouette up and running in this tiny space.  So I went to the storage unit, pulled my cameo out and brought it back here to see if it would work and yes, oh my goodness it was a fit.  He had a wooden TV Table and it fits perfectly into my closet and then when I am ready to use the cutter I just pull it out a little and it is ready to go.  The only hang up was I did not have my Silhouette Studio loaded to this laptop.  Sooooooo, I downloaded, got it set up (or I thought I did, lol) there have been so many amazing updates since I last used it, I had to go through and figure out how to use it all over again.  I still have some boning up to do but this weekend I finally got it to work.  I created the card blank using the Cameo and a sheet of their patterned background.  The geranium and leaves were done with my Canon, the scanner for the leaves and then turned them into elements with the Studio Design Software.  There are some great changes and can hardly wait to become proficient with it again.  The card got some layering and some photocorners to the little word block and did some doodling on the white blank area with a fine Sharpie Pen.
Here is a closeup of some of the layering.  We have a gloomy day, perfect for doing some catch up with the software, so that is what I am off to do.  Have a great start to your week, hugs