Author Archive

Inspiration – Quebec City

I didn’t get a chance do any scrapbooking as I was teaching at a shower for a lovely group of ladies (welcome btw, to my new subscribers :).  There will be more on the shower once I am done the final touches.  They did an amazing job.

In the meantime, I thought I would finally share my inspiring pics from Quebec City from our trip this summer.  Although we were only there one short day & night, I tried to soak up as much history and architecture as I could.  Such a beautiful city.

Even all of the fixtures everywhere were beautiful.

Of course they had horse drawn carriages.  I even saw a bride arriving in one to her wedding.  You could picture the streets being filled with them at one time.

A close up of the antique carriage, which I loved, loved, loved.  Most people were trying to get pictures of the horse, whereas I wanted to get some of the carriage, haha.

I really liked the colouring on this house, especially the teal, always one of my favourites.

Part of the Chateau Frontenac which was bigger then I imagined.

The aged post office sign that I wish I could have taken home with me.

Here we are walking down the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec checking out all the quaint shops and looking for a cool place to eat dinner.

The oldest church in the city or possibley country, I can’t remember which, haha.

Another church and me playing with my camera.

The gazebos on the boardwalk were very big top-esque.

The Chateau as it was getting dark.

More of the gorgeous architecture and statues.

Fixtures at night.  I could imagine these filled with amazing candle light.

The impressive fountain at night.

I dreaded leaving but knew I would be back.  For now I must settle for all the inspiration it has brought me.

Category: Inspiration  One Comment

Man Mixed Media

This week over on the Collage Obsession blog the challenge is “MEN”.  So, I of course had to do a Man Mixed Media piece.  I admit, a lot of my stuff is girlie so I was looking forward to trying something new with this one.  I even had the perfect image I had been hanging on to from the Graphics Fairy.  I also had a pair of wooden antlers hanging around from Artchix Studio that I thought would fit right in as anything remotely to do with hunting is the epitome of manly.  Here he is.

It is titled “Remember when there were no limits”.  As in no limits to your imagination, or creativity or play time.  He just brings me to a happy place and hopefully does for you too.

Category: Mixed Media  2 Comments

Sunday Journal – ART equals HAPPY

For today’s Sunday Journal I thought I should do the inside cover as I seem to be jumping all over the place within it.  My art journal is quickly becoming about all the things I love, so I thought it was time to do a page about ART.  I also thought it was about time to use my gorgeous hand rolled Unison pastels I had ordered from Dick Blick.  Aren’t they awesome?  I love the colours, love the labels and love how easy they blend.

I then gathered up every single circular type stamp I could find.  I was in the mood for circles, why, I am not quite sure.  Maybe because they have no end and I am overflowing with inspiration and ideas, feeling hopeful about following my bliss.  I applied them using Staz On ink as it isn’t water soluble and there would be no issues with sealing in the pastels later.  I then took all my different coloured pastels and randomly filled in a bit of the circles and just rubbed them in with my finger.  Bit of a dirty process but fun.  I also punched out a few circles with a vibrant flower patterned paper that was a freebie from Somerset Studios magazine.

I didn’t have a letter “A” chip board to spell “ART” for my title, so I just used an Eiffel Tower stamp.  It kind of looks like an “A” doesn’t it?  I used an Antique Bronze Distress Stain on the letters then took my black ink pad to dirty them up a little.

I am taking a class right now from Kelly Rae Roberts (which I have probably mentioned before) called Flying Lessons.  I have met an amazing group of women (on-line) through this class who are all supporting and encouraging each other to fly.  I wanted to honour this somehow as well, but I didn’t want to use the typical flying creatures such as a bird or butterfly, so I used a fly instead.  Not what I would normally gravitate towards, but I like, I like it a lot.

I hope everyone has had a productive weekend as unfortunately it is almost over :(

Category: Art Journal  4 Comments

WORKSHOPS – The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire

Hi there, I just wanted to let you know about an awesome art & crafts fair that is going on this month in my little town of Aylmer.  The fair is being put on by yours truly and my friend Brittany.  We are just minutes away from the Nation’s Capital across the Champlain Bridge.  It is The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire and is being held from 10:30 to 4:30 on November 25, 2012.  There will be around 40 amazing vendors from all over the region.  The website is being updated daily with information on each and every one of them.

I will also be teaching a couple workshops while the fair is going on in an adjoining room.  The first one will be a mixed media canvas called “No Vacancy”

This is a small canvas but I will be teaching you the basics of a mixed media background painting before adding all of the texture to it with buttons, felt, leather and paper.

The second one I am doing is a mixed media ornament workshop which is more kid friendly but also totally open to adults.  Just thought it might be nice for parents to get a break and do some Christmas shopping.  They will have a choice between two ornaments.  The first is a paper mache bird which will be turned into this (or hopefully something like it, haha)…

 The second option is a mini globe.  The sample is a bit bigger then what they will work with and I did keep it fairly simple but I am bringing some bling for those who want more.

The back where more embellishments can be added.

The third workshop will be taught by Joanne Berube of Cafabrik, which is a new art & craft related store that has opened recently here in Aylmer.  You have no idea how excited I am to have a local store like this just minutes from my house :)  Love it, although my bank account probably doesn’t.  She will be teaching a Christmas card and gift bag with tons of techniques.

Check out all of the texture.

The workshops are an hour and a half but will be packed with lots of great techniques.  You can head to the Workshop page on the site to sign-up/pay.  Hope you can come out and join us to have some fun and maybe get some Christmas shopping done.

Scrappy Sunday – 18 Month Layout

For today’s layout I wanted to do something to help remember the everyday for Amelia.  There are so many milestones as our babies grow up, but it is the little things I want to remember as well.  Those little adorable crazy faces she makes or her favourite food at the moment.  So, I did an 18 month layout of a day Amelia and I were hanging out by ourselves and she was goofing around with a mini slinky.  The title of the layout was…

She was wearing her little Tommy Hilfiger dress that was black & white with red.  I didn’t have many embellishments in those colours so instead of running to the store, I thought I would just make my own.  So much faster and cheaper that way.  The first thing I did was take a couple white paper doilies and rub the outside edges right onto a red ink pad.

I didn’t really have any black and white paper either but I did have some mistables paper from Pink Paislee.  It had a cute chevron pattern and I took my black ink pad right to it and just rubbed it on until the paper was covered.   I took a paper towel to rub off the excess and voila, the pattern appeared.

Here is the entire 18 month layout.  I added some pretty pins and a flower from Webster’s Pages.  The black flowers I had in my stash (luckily) but I am not sure where they are from.

Here is the left side.  Check out those adorable faces she makes, haha.

Here is the right side, with Amelia’s foot covering part of it, the little stinker.  God forbid I should be trying to do something without her.  She just had to involve herself some how :).  I used a lot of vintage items in this layout such as the red buttons, the old flash card and an old explosives card for the Pennsylvania Railway (I ordered a bunch of cool cards off of e-bay for my art).

Here is the card that her foot was covering.  Just a few things I thought we might want to remember as she gets older.

Hopefully these are things she will want to know as she gets older as well and let her know how much she is loved.

 

My Attempt at Watercolour Painting

I hadn’t done the challenge in a while over on Collage Obsession so I thought I would check it out this week.  It of course was another difficult one for me (as most are) because it was “night”.  Most of my stuff is cheery, sunshine kind of stuff.  It did, however, remind me of a piece I was supposed to start for an on-line class I was doing a while back called The Art of Wild Abandonment taught by Junelle Jacobson.  I hadn’t realized when I signed up for it but a lot of the class is sketching and watercolours.  Two of my least favourite mediums as I am not good with sketching and watercolour doesn’t have enough colour saturation for me.  So, I did the first sketch, which was of radishes and painted it using my watercolour crayons.

Then I had to do another incorporating the radishes.  (Why radishes you ask?  Junelle lives on a farm, a huge farm filled with adorable sheep so she likes to create from what she sees.)

Then once this was done, I was done, haha.  I put it aside for a while as it wasn’t keeping me engaged.  So, this need to create a “night” picture brought me back to this class (thankfully it is open for a year and was available to go back to).  So, I sat down for my third attempt and created this using watercolour pencils this time.

Although not my  best work, I enjoyed the process much more this time and will definitely be more motivated to finish the class.  I think maybe because I used a few more elements then just the watercolours.  I pulled out my Faber Castell PITT pens to do some shading and used my black pens for more doodling.  I randomly drew only 5 owls as the sample had at least 7.  We have 5 people in our family so each one represents one of us.  I called it “Just Hanging Out”.

I had bought a journal specifically for this class and got a couple extras for my shop which I made special book marks for.  The pages have great texture but aren’t for watercolour.  I used it anyway, but just a little tip for those wanting to try out watercolours, make sure you don’t work it too much as you will tear right through the paper.

Category: Art Journal  Tags:  2 Comments

Sunday Journal – House Mixed Media

I had bought an awesome Doorways Chipboard Set from Maya Road knowing that I would use them in a house mixed media piece.  I then came across this “Behind the Art” tutorial from Christy Tomlinson using her September mixed media kit which incorporated those very doors.

It is so crazy to me how similar mine and Christy’s style is, anyway, I decided to do up a piece just like it in my art journal.   Here is what I came up with. I even had a couple of the Sew Stampers that I have been dying to use.  I used different papers of course and added a chipboard tree that I inked up with a Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam called “Dirty Martini”.

I didn’t have any of the Tim Holtz number plates so I made my house numbers myself (I kind of prefer that they are all different).  For this first one, I used an oval chipboard piece I painted white and added number stickers and two silver brads on each side.  I also used paper strips for the roof on this one instead of the washi tape.

For this one I used a linen tag, greens brads and number stickers again.  I did apply a layer of matte medium over top to make sure the numbers would adhere to the fabric.  I am in love with this polka dot washi tape.  The “Home Sweet Home” rub-on is from Seven Gypsies.

I pulled out a couple of my Unity stamps to add some depth.  I used the grass stamp with paint instead of ink to make the grass all along the bottom.  I also dabbed my Reverse Punchinella stamp in black to create some texture on the page.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was definitely too short for me!!!

PS.  Take some time for yourself this week and get creative, it is good for the soul!

Curious Craft Show – Part Deux

Hope everyone had a great hump day.  Now for the second half of my overview of the Curious Craft Show.  This huge stack of hugable toys was Liv. Well Toys.

All kinds of great kids toys with so many cool retro fabrics, check out this colourful rhino.

This is Saara from Sapling\\Seedling and her books and journals.  Such an understated elegance to her stuff, love it.  Makes me happy knowing she is around creating new and repairing old books, especially in this age of technology and e-readers.  I suspect books will soon be added to the endangered species list.

Here is Dan of Versa Tile with his great smile and gorgeous coasters, magnets and mosaics.

Kym of Bombshell Revival had the funkiest clothing and accessories.  Everything she had was so much fun (her blog is pretty inspiring as well).

Check out this amazing witch’s hat.  I think I might just have to acquire it for my Halloween costume.

Now for Winged Beast Outfitters.  Here is Stirling amidst his sea of originality.  Finally, stuff I know my nephews will love.  From his robot toques to his whale riding dinosaur tees and dresses, there is something for every member of the family to lust after.

Last but not least we have the lovely Lisa of Bloom Artisan who is launching an online boutique soon selling all local and handmade wares.  Although you can’t really see her, she is the one in the grey hat behind the table filled with textured goodness.

Such awesome knitted necklaces, owls, hats and even these little baby slippers.  So adorable.

I would say a pretty succesful first show.  I didn’t even get to show you all the vendors.  I am pretty excited though as some of these talented vendors will be making an appearance at our fair The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire in November, YEY!!!

Curious Craft Show – Part One

I was in the Curious Craft Show & Swap on the weekend and had a great time.  It was so hard to know where to stop with my pictures, there were so many and I didn’t even get to all the vendors.  So, I am doing this in two posts.

The fair wasn’t super busy as the weather was terrible but the energy was great and the quality of the vendors was amazing.  Well done ladies!

The organizers were great and full of positivity.  The first was Michelle of My Jacket Pocket.

Second was Fiona of idi Designs.  I didn’t actually manage to get a picture of her as she was busy running around but here are some of her awesome wired headbands.

I had the best neighbours on both sides which I was super happy about as the day can be pretty long if you are sitting next to duds, haha.  On my left were the lovely ladies from My Stow n Tow.  These hard working stay at home moms kept me smiling (and fed) throughout the day.  I loved the fabrics they had and I couldn’t resist buying a cover for my phone.

My neighbour to the right was Annabel from Magneties.  I really wanted to pick something up for my hun but couldn’t decide.  Luckily we will both be at The One & Only Craft Fair in Sandy Hill in November so I can get one then.  YEY!!

I was pretty excited to see the adorable Kelly of Kokobaru there with her adorable friends.  I also found out she is expecting, wooo!!  So happy for her.

Her lucky little munchkin is going to have tons of fun things to play with.

Check out Eliza’s (from Indie Go) beautiful accessories.

I totally love the moustache pendants which would be perfect for Movember.  The “Keep Calm” stuff is so in right now.

So, that is enough for tonight but the review of the Curious Craft show is TBC…  In the meantime, have a good night and I shall be back tomorrow!!!!

Curious Collective

Hi peeps!!  Just wanted to remind you about the Curious Collective going on tomorrow at the Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane (behind the Starbucks on Elgin).

I am pretty excited to see which vendors are participating.  I shall be there.  Here are a few small pieces I have done for the show.

A friend had asked me for some owl pieces.  Voila!!

Come on out and support local artists/crafters and start some of your Christmas shopping early.  Don’t forget to bring any old craft/art supplies you are no longer using so you can participate in the swap and pick up some new supplies you might actually use.