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Burlington Art Walk, Vermont, this Friday!!

Man, does time ever fly by.  This Friday, like two sleeps from now I will be heading to Vermont with a few of my girls for the weekend and the Burlington Art Walk.  It will be my first international art show and it is at the amazing Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace.  I had done a post a little while back about discovering it and meeting the lovely Mary, who is the owner.  I am pretty excited!!

Burlington Art Walk1My family was supposed to be coming with me and we were going to make it a mini vacation but things came up and it has turned into a girls weekend. I am a little sad the fam won’t be with me but getting to hang out with my girls should be a blast.  Everything just kind of came together at the last minute and I was lucky a few were able to come.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a couple more completed Goddess girls.  The first is a steampunk themed one called “The Adventurer”  I started with a Graphic 45 tissue paper which I layered orange paint over.  I then covered it with some Tim Holtx masks and some chipboard gears which I made with my Cuttle Bug and a Tim Holtz die, which I then applied white paint to.

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Once I was done using the gears as masks, I painted them black and used them in the piece as part of her dress and in the balloon. Here she is with her little corset dress and short bangs.

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I really grunged up some flowers with black sprays and ink for her dress.  I also used more gears from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection.

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An old tag and domino from my collection just finished off the corner of the piece.

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And the quote…

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The second piece started with Christy Tomlinson tissue paper.  Love her stuff and her, as a matter of fact.

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Added some pink doilies, blue chevrons and a couple other elements with stencils and off I went.  This one came together in one sitting.  Love those days when the creativity just flows.

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Here she is finished, I called it “Sweetness”.

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Brings me back to the sweetness of youth, with the wind blowing in my hair and not a care in the world.

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Looking forward to showing my girls around Burlington and Stowe.  If any of you are in the area, please drop by and say hi, I would love to see you!!

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Scrappy Sunday – Donna Downey Class

Happy Easter everyone!!!!  Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Donna Downey class at Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal.  I was beyond thrilled.  I love going to Montreal for any reason but to be taking a class from Donna while there was pretty special.  We packed up the family and made a weekend out of it.  We even got to visit my cousin and her family.

We made a gorgeous little mixed media scrapbook album.  Here is the charismatic Donna in action.

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The album was filled with linen, burlap and book pages.  Three of my favourite things.  I brought pictures of our last anniversary snowboarding trip to Stowe, Vermont.  I printed them all in black and white on plain paper so I could wrinkle and distress them.

The framed picture on the cover is of Chris in front of the covered foot bridge in the village.

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The album was filled with Donna’s canvas goodies, some of which are no longer available like the letter titles.

Chris and I strolling around the village trying to take a picture of ourselves.

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The awesome watch piece is a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.  I loved the feather wings and NEED to get my hands on some more of those.

The picture is of me at the Burton factory being inspired to go snowboarding, haha.

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Before adding all of the goodies we applied gesso to the cardboard pages.  I didn’t apply it evenly because I wanted some of the cardboard to show through which you can see a bit of on this page.  Isn’t that ruffle great under the title?  It is made from cash register tape, that Donna, so creative.

This is a picture of our favourite coffee shop that we head to every morning we are there.

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Donna is all about the masking tape and shipping tags which she calls “brown holes”, haha.  I am not daring enough yet to start using masking tape so when I got home I used washi tape here and there to ground the pictures a bit.

  The pic is of snow falling on the gondola at Stowe Mountain.  It was a beautiful day and trip.

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I never have any problem going to any of the classes by myself as everyone always tends to be pretty friendly.  They usually sit the “singles” at the same table as well so most people are in the same boat as me.  I was seated with a great group of ladies.  Here is one of my table mates Katerine.  She was pretty adorable as this was the first class she had ever taken and it was with Donna Downey, so lucky.  She seemed to enjoy herself and did an amazing job.

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Donna kept everyone laughing and thoroughly entertained.  Here she is helping another person at my table who was also from Ottawa.

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I forgot scissors so my lovely neighbor Nancy loaned me a pair.  Thanks lady!!

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Here are some more Ottawa ladies.  You might recognize the one on the left.  It is Stephanie Pouliot who used to teach at the Scrapbox.

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It was such a pleasure to meet Donna and her husband Bill.  I realized after I left that I hadn’t gotten a picture of him :(  True salt of the earth people.

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If you ever get a chance to take a Donna Downey class I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hope you are having a great long weekend!  Don’t forget to get some creative time in to nourish your soul!

DIY Easter Eggs – Just in time for Easter

I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the amazingly long weekend ahead (for those that get both Friday and Monday off).  No getting up early or making lunches, woooo!!  These DIY Easter eggs are a great little holiday project to do with your kids or by yourself.  I picked up some foam eggs from the dollar store. All they had were the small ones but I wasn’t fussy.

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I grabbed some tissue paper that I had in my stash and ripped it into smaller pieces…

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I then applied a layer of acrylic medium (you can use Modge Podge or Decoupage, whatever you have) then put the tissue paper over the eggs and another layer of medium over top to seal it in.  I wasn’t super careful applying it or anything as I love all the wrinkles and texture it makes.  This is a bit of a messy job and you can’t over handle them because the tissue will start to stick to your fingers.

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Once they were thoroughly dry, I applied Titan Buff (which is an off white colour) with a bit of water (to make it more translucent) to all of the eggs.  For this guy I had started with an old dress pattern, then the paint, then blue ink and finished it off with a stamp from Tim Holtz’s line Stamper’s Anonymous.  I used this Little Labels set for all the eggs because the print size was appropriate for these little eggs.

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This one already had plenty of colour so I just added a bit of paint and some black text.  Don’t you just love polka dots??

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This one started with the cream swirly paper which was a bit dull so I added some yellow India Ink to it and the pointing finger from Tim’s line.  The circle stamp was from my basket of background stamps so I’m not sure where I got it.

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This one just had plain pink paper so I added a bit more paint to it then the others to tone it down a little and the black text.

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Here they are together in a vase with some raffia.  I will put a couple of these on my Easter dinner table on Sunday to spruce it up a bit.

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An easy and fairly quick (except for the drying time in between stages) project you can get done in time for Easter and they won’t stink up the house if one accidentally rolls under the couch and is forgotten.  Plus, you can keep them for next year!!  I would love to see pics if you try them yourself.

Monday Journal – Community Art Journal Page

This week I wanted to do something to honour the group of amazing ladies I met doing an on-line course through Kelly Rae Roberts.  I thought I would do a community art journal page.  This community of women has been wonderful to each other right from day one.  Being a part of a group of like minded artists with similar business goals was a gift all on its own but the way everyone jumps in to offer unconditional support (especially with the difficult things life throws at us) has been pretty special.  They are all like a warm blanket on a cold day.

With Spring here (or attempting to be here, the sun was out today, YEY!) I thought I would use some brighter colours.  I stretched myself a little and used pinks and yellows which I tend never to gravitate towards.  I grabbed papers from my scrap stash and ripped different shaped houses and then applied them with an artist’s medium.

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I then used my navy sludge to paint the night sky.  Why is it night time in my community?  Not sure, maybe it’s because I tend to catch up with them at night once the kids are in bed, haha.  I applied drops of yellow India ink to represent stars (and the ladies).

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I outlined each of the houses with a watercolour crayon and painted the houses or just the edges to give the paper a more painted effect.  A couple of them it was to add colour as the paper was white.

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I re-emphasized and added texture with the word “community” down one of the houses with some mini alphabet stickers. ( I add medium over any stickers I use when painting, btw).

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 What is a neighbourhood without flowers?  I added some Miss Carolina rub-ons from My Mind’s Eye to add a little greenery and finishing touches.

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Last but not least I took a white china marker, (that will basically write on anything)…

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and wrote out the definition of community as it relates to my ladies.  Here it is finished.

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 Strange as you get older and maybe wiser, you realize the importance of community.  Have any of you found that as well?

 

 

 

Collage Obsession Challenge – “I Can Fly!”

Since I hadn’t participated in a bit I thought I would head over to the Collage Obsession Challenge and see what it was for the week.  As soon as I saw that it was “I can fly”, it instantly made me think of the commission piece I needed to finish for this wonderful lady who can fly and often does.

Her word of the year is CHANGE.  Just like mine.  When she saw my finished change piece that I made to remind myself throughout the year, she asked if I could make her one as well.  I made the change on her piece much bigger.

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 This will serve as a little reminder for her that she CAN FLY on the days she is just not feeling it along with keeping her on track with the change she is wanting in her life for this year.  A little spiritual kick in the pants.  I think we can all use it sometimes.  The power of positive thinking is an amazing thing.  You can see the little caterpillar under the words, that change into the butterflies above.

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I used Golden Glass Bead Gel mixed with brown paint for this part.  I usually mix it with ink.  I am not sure which I like better.  Either way provides lots of texture but you can’t really see all the beads in this one.  Might just be the dark colour though.

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I can’t believe how quickly it came together.  Was able to finish it while the little muffin was napping, now that is quick.  I think that it helps that the person I was making it for is a pretty amazing and inspiring woman.

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I hope she enjoys it.  Now I just need to get it to the lovely Louise unless I keep it and switch it out for mine, haha.  I like this one much better :).

A Tour of Marie Antoinette & Co.

I was out looking around for a friend’s birthday present the other day and decided to stop into Marie Antoinette & Co. which is in Ottawa (in the Hintonburg area).  I had discovered this store a few months ago and was completely blown away by all the beautiful things.  When I popped in this time, there was even more stuff.  They certainly do not disappoint with all of the amazing eye candy.  I didn’t have my camera so had to use my phone but I knew I just had to take a few photos to share.

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They literally had items from floor to ceiling.  From awesome burlap pillows and clocks everywhere to…

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all different sized and coloured bird cages.  Swoon!!

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All the creamy blues and whites were just to die for.  Those white plates must find themselves into my kitchen cupboards.

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A little corner with red accessories.  Pretty burlap lamp shade with red ribbon.

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They had all kinds of French inspired journals with yummy vintage looking paper inside.  They would be great for wedding guest books or small art journals as well.  SO cool.  I will be back for one of those.

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Check out the ceramic statues, picture frames, candle holders and birds :)

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Look at all the goodies on this table.  Feels like Spring.

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If you are ever looking for inspiration, a gift or something a little special for your home, this is the place.  Every time I go in, things are changed around and there are new lovelies to look at.

Goddess – Dreamer Mixed Media

The painting continues :)  I have been feeling incredibly inspired which I am grateful for in more ways than one.  I finished my Dreamer mixed media girl.  For the background paper I started with old maps as this girl likes to dream of traveling.  Topped them with turquoise (my go-to colour).  Then added a little brown paint with a stencil.

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Love how the heart mask I used with red paint turned out.  I added an arrow pointing to the stars and wings as she also dreams of flying.

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Here she is finished.  Added a star to shoot for (on the left) and little flip to her hair.

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The beautiful green feathery flower is from Webster’s Pages.  Accessories are a must.

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I added texture with paint and stamps (with black Staz-on ink).  The background stamp with all the small square images was a total score from a sale bin at Michaels.  The artwork on the front of the wood block didn’t do it justice so it turned people off I think.  Worked out for me, YEY!!  Perfect example of sometimes needing to look beyond what someone has presented to you.  I added the “DREAMER” title with rub-on letters.

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I added a little organza rose ribbon trim for her belt with a ribbon charm both from Maya Road.  She also needed a tulle skirt as what dreamer doesn’t like to dance?

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It’s Friday tomorrow, wooo!!  Hope you all have juicy plans to bring out your inner goddess.

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Believe Art Journal Page

So, I have discovered that I frequently post my art journal pages on Monday, so it has now been officially changed to Monday Journal, haha.  I knew this week I wanted to do a BELIEVE art journal page.  I started with red lettering and a silver background.  I also added some vintage cigar bands I picked up at an antique store in Vermont, which you can see under all the ink and paint here.

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Once I got that down I was a little stumped.  I was looking for some inspiration so headed to Donna Downey’s site to check out Inspiration Wednesday.  Once I saw the inked circles with drippage I was off.  Thanks Donna!!  I pulled out a circle stencil and first sprayed them with a teal ink.  Once they dried, I put the stencil back on and covered the circles with another swirly stencil which I applied white paint to.

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Since the ink was water soluble I had to be careful and just dab on the paint with my fingers.  In some circles I just rubbed it in so it would reactivate the ink and combine with the white. ( I need to get my video camera set up so I can just do videos and show you exactly what I mean :).

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I wanted to add a little texture with the letters so for the L’s in “WILL” I used a fabric ribbon and for the last S in “PASS” I used a red India Ink.  I then outlined all the letters with my black pen.

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I then outlined all the circles with lots of black India Ink and tilted my book because I wanted lots of drippage.  You can see to the right of this pic the gorgeous vintage sugar package I also discovered in the loot of cigar bands I got.

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I am a pretty positive person but even I need a little reminder at times to “BELIEVE THIS WILL PASS”.

Mermaid Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

This fun mermaid mixed media piece is entitled “The Siren”.  In Greek Mythology a siren is One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.  The definition of siren is A woman regarded as seductive and beautiful.  I think we all have a little siren within us ;)

I started with a beautiful fish paper (that I picked up at Stuff Store when we were in Lakefield) that I ripped into strips to try and mimic the idea of waves.

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 I then rubbed some blue paint on with my fingers in sections to make it look like water.  I also added three silvery medallions to the right with a vintage plastic doily.  My go-to stencil.

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 I then rubbed some white paint over the medallions so you could see the texture a little more.  I love using vintage book pages for my bodies.  I then top them with a light pink water colour or rub a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen over it.  For this one I used the Big Brush.

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The crazy ginger hair is an ode to our youngest.  I can also imagine her having a bit of an attitude, haha.  I added touches of white paint with a number stencil and some textured drawer liner.  I love using things I have around the house to create depth.

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For the tail I cut a template out of plain white paper then applied the chevron paper that was cut with a circle punch to create the look of scales.  I then trimmed it to the shape of the tail and applied it with medium.

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I hope someone loves having her as much as I did making her.

Gift Box Redo

I was rooting around the house to find something special to wrap one of my girlfriends gift in for this weekend and wasn’t really finding anything that was adequate.  I bought her a gorgeous silver bracelet with an inspiration quote on it but it is a round rigid one so nothing was working out.  I did find a box that was the perfect size but it had some Christmas stickers on it and thought, time for a gift box redo!!  I riped them all off and this is what I was left with.

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Kind of gross looking isn’t it?  Nothing that a little paint and paper can’t fix right up though.  I love reusing and re-purposing things.  I knew I wanted to use map paper as Jen is a lover of travel.  Although she doesn’t get to do much of that lately with her two little munchkins.

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I then painted the outside of the box blue and cut out pieces from the map paper to cover the top, bottom and sides of the bottom portion of the box.

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I basically treated it like a canvas and added some touches of white paint, then applied some felt flowers on top which I had laying around and finished it off with a little metal leaf.

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The bracelet looks great in it.  The quote on it says “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.  Just a little encouragement for her to keep with her daily as she has the same entrepreneurial and creative spirit as I do and I am just trying to give her a little nudge.  As good friends should :)  There are tons of these types of bracelets on Etsy if you are looking for one.  One that I like is Tatum Bradley & Co.  She has beautiful stuff.

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Tied it all up with some green and white baker’s twine and it is all ready to go for Saturday.  Hope she likes it and doesn’t read this post before then, hahaha!

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