Sunday, March 11, 2018

Works in Progress

Spring is right around the corner and things here are already starting to bloom. The grass is becoming slightly green (mostly weeds, ha!) and the air temperature a bit warmer.  I'm excited to soon be growing some herbs outdoors. It's nice to have lavender, mint, and rosemary on hand!

Instead of cleaning today, I've escaped to work on a few art projects. Our home looks like a small tornado went through it! ha! It will all still be there later, right??

I have started several projects that I hope to use for upcoming online challenges, but haven't determined their directions just yet. I've been rotating between these and a few other projects while molding pastes and paints dry. It's nice to have a few going at a time, as sometimes I will get stuck on one and not know what else to do. The butterfly on canvas below has already changed several times since it was started. I think that is my favorite thing about creating anything...watching the morphing of the project from start to finish.

All of the above are at various stages, but none are completed except the St. Patrick's Day cards. I'm
sending those, along with some cute buttons I bought, to family members this week.

In addition to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, I have discovered other mixed media online challenges and my goal is to participate in two challenges this month.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by to see my WIPs.  I'd love to see what you've been creating...please share a link to one of your projects!

Have a fantastic week!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MMMC for February and Paint Party Friday

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for February is Photo Inspiration. When I think of home, I think of family, friends and love. This inspired me to create a smaller version of my large houses project.  I'm planning on either making this a mini book cover or mounting the page and displaying it in my living room. I haven't quite decided yet. For now, I'll display it in this small wood frame. 

Mini houses on water color paper.

There's a lot of great texture that's tough to see. The glass beads provide some beautiful shimmer
effects in the light. 

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Journal Pages in Progress

It's been a rough start to 2018, so anytime in the art space is truly therapeutic! Yesterday afternoon I took a bit of down time to enjoy covering a few journal pages in paint. I haven't decided if these are finished or if I'd like to add more (maybe embossing) to the butterflies on the second page.'s what they currently look like:

Journal pages in progress...

The coloring is much the same as the cover I created a couple weeks back. I'm very much in love with blues, greens, and bright contrast colors like hot pinks! The more I create I'm starting to see a bit of my own style emerge. It's fun to look at journal pages and art that I've created over the last five years and see a change and growth that I hadn't noticed before. I'll have to share a post soon of the progression of art over the years. :P

What are some of your favorite color schemes? Have you changed your art style over the years? I'd love to hear your about your art journey!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly: January and Paint Party Friday

I'm excited to have completed a project for MMMC this month! The theme this month is Ring in the New Year. I recently received some awesome chipboard items from Boozy Bear via last month's drawing, so I decided to create something with a few of those pieces! It's my first time using chipboard and it was a lot of fun. This project went through so many changes and I loved the design at each stage. This made it difficult to determine the direction of the project.

With much consulting with my sister, who looked at about ten different designs this evening (via texts), a layout was finally selected and put into motion.

My photo is a bit on the blurry side, so when time allows, I will retake it....again. ;P

Front cover only

The below photos are a few I took along the way. I used my Strathmore Visual Journal. The cover is brown with a slight bit of texture already. Additional texture was created using molding paste, stencils, and crackle paint (also new to me). 

After several layers of white gesso, I added additional texture with molding paste. 

Layers of paint, stenciling and handwritten phrases with a gel pen. 
 After the initial layers of paint (shown above) I wanted to have a contrasting color. This is where I added the coral stencil flowers. I didn't get a photo of that stage, but loved how it turned out! I used a Posca pen to outline the flowers.

The final step was deciding what chipboard pieces I wanted to utilize for this project and how/if I was going to paint them. I started with completely different pieces than what I actually used for the finished project. It was quite the journey trying to select a favorite layout.

Below are just a few of the wonderful chipboard pieces I received in the mail last week. I can't wait to use more of them!!

A sample of the wonderful chipboard pieces I received from BoozyBear.

I enjoyed this project and now I have a nice cover for my art journal!

Happy creating this week! :)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Memories Suite

In the past, I was an avid scrapbooker. I loved designing pages and created MANY albums. After awhile, I started running out of space for these "works of art" and wondered how else I might organize photos in a creative way. At that time it seems that digital scrapbooking was just getting started, so I decided to give a program a try. I purchased the CD kit...yes, CD's, of My Memories Suite. This was nearly ten years ago! Since then, I've upgraded a time or two, but haven't actually done any digital scrapbooking in years.

Recently, I wanted to create a collage page and was "googling" collage creators. One of the things that popped up on a search was My Memories Suite. I remembered using the program in the past and how much I enjoyed it. After reading about the updates on the My Memories Blog, I decided to give it a try. I learned on the blog that readers could become part of the Share the Memories Affiliate Program.

Since I love all things creative, I decided to become part of the team. I'm amazed at how much the software has changed over the years! There are so many new elements and improvements. For example, now you can create and print calendars, mugs, posters, mouse pads, water bottles and print on canvas and metal. Wow! Think of the multitude of gift options in this program. I also love that you can create and post items to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus. The opportunities for creating and sharing are many. Check out the list on "What's New in My Memories Suite" and "New Features Overview for My Memories Suite."

Below is a simple page I created this weekend. Besides family photos, I'm also thinking about using this with mixed media projects...maybe to create some digital mixed media? I'm still thinking on a project for this and will see where it takes me. I'm also hoping to start on a calendar for next year that I can print and give as family gifts. So many options!

Family Fun page created with My Memories Suite. 
In addition to the software being amazing, the customer service is outstanding. I had a few issues with downloading items and the staff responded immediately and solved the issue!

If you are interested in the program and have any questions, please let me know. If you'd like to give it a try, check out the free trial

Hope everyone has a wonderful and creative week. :)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge-December

The best way to spend the last day of the year? CREATING ART! I'm excited to be submitting a mixed media piece for this month's theme at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month's theme is "Believe."

I choose to create a mixed media angel using NeoColor II watercolors, acrylic paints, stamps, papers, gel glass beads, gel pens and Posca Pens. The glass beads give an interesting texture on her shirt. It looks a lot different in person vs. in the photograph. In person, it's more of a shimmer, glassy look vs. little beads. The product is Liquitex Glass Beads. In addition to the added texture, the coating also gives a nice glazed appearance to where it was applied. Also difficult to see is the silver on her wings. A silver gel pen was used to outline the designs on her wings, as well as some shimmery paint. Stamping the word, "believe," on tissue paper and adding the verse from Psalm 28:7 completes the project.

I'm mostly happy with how she turned out...although her chin is a tad lopsided.

Playing with filters. I kinda like her in B&W too.

I've enjoyed being part of the MMC for 2017 and look forward to continuing (hopefully with more participation) in 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! Keep creating!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Hustle 5K and OC Campus

I haven't posted about any running events lately, so I decided to do a short write up on a 5K we recently ran near our home, The Holiday Hustle. The event is sponsored by Oklahoma Christian University and it an amazing event each year. The race is run on a trail that loops around the campus, one that we run on almost every day! We love the course and enjoy the festive activities post run which include live Christmas music, holiday costumes and a pancake breakfast.

The weather for the run was near perfect, it was in the upper 50's with a light breeze and fairly humid. This season the weather has been very mild around here and I was actually racing in shorts and a tank top!

A friend and I have been training after school, running speed work and working on getting a bit faster. This was our first 5K together and it was a lot of fun! I wasn't very good with pictures, so we only have a couple from pre-run and post run. Even with a bit of editing, they are still darkish, but I am glad to have them!
Beth and I on the start line...ready, set, GO!

My goal was to beat my time a week earlier from the Turkey Trot 5K, which was 22:52. We took off a little too fast (for me), so by the time I got to the third mile I was really feeling tired! I slowed down quite a bit, but still managed to beat my time by ten seconds...22:42, which is less than a minute off my personal best from about five years ago. I was happy to place first in my age group and win a $20 gift certificate to OK Runner

We both placed in our age groups! The prizes were gift cards to a local running store! We
didn't get any pics of the boys, but they also ran well and placed in their age groups.  

Each year the event has the most fun tech shirts. I really love this one and decided to give you a close up view with my "shirt selfie!"

Shirt selfie...:P

Aside from the run, we spend a lot of time on campus. We run there multiple times a week and also take our little beagle, Dylan, walking there. The campus is BEAUTIFUL! One of my favorite spots is a section that has a mini waterfall and trees. It's so peaceful there. This space is called, Hartman Place. Besides the waterfall, there is an area with a dedicated space for writing tributes to lost loved ones in chalk below a stainless steel etching of 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Dylan goes on a cool evening walk around Hartman Place. I tried to capture the Christmas lights, but they are
so much prettier in person!

Hartman Place...write a tribute to a lost loved one. 
I also wanted to show off the area during the day, plus Dylan was really posing for this pic! 

Cutest beagle boy ever! xoxoxo
Love this little guy SO MUCH! He is close to thirteen, but still has a hop in his step and acts like a puppy sometimes. We lost our other beagle, Abbey, to cancer about six months ago. We have missed her every day since. I wrote a post about her, but have been so heartbroken that I never quite finished it or added pictures. It was just too hard. Our fur babies are truly part of our family.

Hope each of you have a blessed week! Hopefully, I will have some finished artwork to share very soon! (**Counting down the days till Christmas break!)