Saturday, July 22, 2017

'Tangle' Lady

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well this weekend.

I found more time this week to 'work' again in my art journal using just pencil, pens and Tombow markers.  I added tangle (zentangle inspired) doodles in her hair.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Art Journaling with Limited Supplies

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

It's been a long time since I've posted at my blog.   Life has not been 'normal' these days and blogging takes energy and time that I have not had. 

We moved a couple of weeks ago into a very small temporary furnished home while we wait for a new home to be built.   We are fortunate to be able to look after the most wonderful cottage style gardens while we are here.

Most of our belongings are in storage and I could only bring minimal art supplies.  I'm looking forward to having a craft room with all my stash again this Fall :)

I brought along my box of water colour markers (Tombows), pencils, black & white pens (some acrylic), my craft mat, a water barrel brush and a small art journal that can handle light washes.   One of the earlier Lifebook 2017 lessons with Tamara Laporte focused on using minimal supplies. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and it helped me decide what I should take with me. 

Yesterday was the first day that I actually found an afternoon free and was in the mood for art.   I created this page fairly quick, I felt 'rusty' but now anxious to play some more :)

I'm sorry that I haven't been around to your blogs, I will get around to visit soon :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sending a Smile

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

We are still in packing mode here but I have another card to show that I created recently (before my craft studio was packed up) using Heartfelt Creations Tattered Flowers and Creative Expressions Leaf dies.

The background was created with Distress Inks & water, stamping with water, stenciling with white paint, sprinkled and heated white embossing enamel and gauze painted with Gesso.   I also stamped the background using Design by Ryn's Circle Cluster stamp set.   The sentiment is by Chocolate Baroque but it seems to be discontinued.    Using glue, I added a little Prills and glitter here and there.

The flowers were coloured with Distress Inks, spritzed with water and molded on the back with a stylus and foam mat.

Thanks for your visit, have a great day,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whimsical Girl

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I created this journal page with acrylic paints and pens earlier this year when I was more relaxed and had time. I'm looking forward to getting back to mixed media art and drawing, but my craft 'studio' is packed up, I won't have much space and limited supplies for art for a few months.  We are moving to a temporary location soon while waiting for our new home to be built :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Sunday, June 04, 2017


Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.  It's a rainy Sunday here in Ontario, it's been a 'wetter than normal' spring.    The gardens are looking lush :)

I finally found time to play in my craft 'studio' and created a couple of cards.  Below is one of them using beautiful Chocolate Baroque stamps.

Life is quite busy, that won't change for a while, but it will be more normal and settled this Fall.

The background was created using Distress Inks, white highlighter Pen, white acrylic paint and stencils including the script.  I also added some fabulous Crystal Clear glitter by Papericious :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Quirky Birds and an Update

Hello creative people, I hope you are all doing well.  It's been a while since I've posted here and I'm sorry that I have not been around to your blogs.   

I won't give you a book version of the past year, but life has brought challenges and we have changes coming our way. 

I have not been in my craft room for a long time, I've either been too busy, too tired, or not in the frame of mind for creativity.    I would like to get back creating art as it is meditative & calming. 

Last fall I discovered on line classes with the lovely and talented Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts.  I love her whimsical art and have enjoyed learning from her through her video workshops.    I joined the Lifebook 2017 course, but have only managed to download lessons the last two months which I can work on the in the future when life is calmer. 

However I created these Quirky Birds with one of her lessons last fall and thought I would show them to you today.    Some of the words are appropriate :)

Thanks for stopping by, I'll do my best to get around to your blogs soon.
Shirley :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Best Wishes with Crealies

Hello creative people, I hope you are doing well.  

Life here is very busy and I'm still taking a break from blogging, however I've had the pleasure to Guest Design again for the wonderful Crealies company.   I'm showing a couple of cards today that I designed using their beautiful dies and little stamps.  These were shown at the Crealies Blog yesterday.

The background was created with Distress Inks (China, Blueprint & Raspberry) and water on an acrylic plate.   I over stamped using the little hearts with Raspberry DI with Bits & Pieces stamp #50.  Using the circle stencil CLMM20 (which is temporarily out of stock) I added more contrast with first Blueprint DI and then white acrylic paint.

I coloured the flowers with the same Distress Inks and stamped the circles Bits & Pieces stamp #53 before molding them (using a stylus and foam mat) to create dimension.

The card has the lovely shape using theXXL Tag No. 7.   I folded the card stock before cutting and placed the edge of the die just past the fold to make a card in the die shape.

I also created a little gift tag to match.

I used the following Crealies  products to create the card above.

Crealies Dies/stansen:
Crealies Stamps/stempels:  

Set of 3 stansen no. 17 Bloemen 11 / Set of 3 dies no. 17 Flowers 11 Uno no. 35 Bloemen 17/ Flowers 17 Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Labels & Tags no. 7 with dots Crea-Nest-Lies Extreme Labels & Tags no. 7 with dots Text Die no. 08 Best wishes
Duo Dies no. 34 Blaadjes 4 / Leaves 4 Duo Dies no. 34A Blaadjes 4 spiegelbeeldig/ Leaves 4 mirror image Bits & Pieces no. 50 Bits & Pieces no. 53

For my second card below, I used a mixed media piece (with collage) for the background.  It has many layers including tissue, texture paste, Neocolour crayons, white and black acrylic paint. I like to 'decorate' mixed media backgrounds using die cut flowers, leaves and shapes.  I coloured the flowers with co-ordinating Distress Inks and spritzed the entire card with Gold Glimmermist.

I used the following Crealies products to create the card above:
Crealies Dies/Stansen:
Duo Dies no. 31 Blaadjes 1 / Leaves 1 Duo Dies no. 31A Blaadjes 1 spiegelbeeldig/ Leaves 1 mirror image
Set of 3 stansen no. 17 Bloemen 11 / Set of 3 dies no. 17 Flowers 11 Uno stans no. 17 Bloem 11 / Uno die no. 17 Flower 11


I hope you have enjoyed my designs for Crealies.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day,

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blog Break

Hello creative people thanks for stopping by.

Just a note to let you know I'm fine but life is very busy right now and I haven't had much time for blogging.   Sorry that I haven't been around to visit your blogs lately.   We are still missing our sweet Archie so much, the house is not the same without him :(.

I need to take a break from blogging, when life settles down I'll be back :)  

However today I'm showing a 'dream board' journal page (mixed media with collage) that I created for one of Tamara Laporte's (of Willowing Arts)  Lifebook 2017 lessons in January.   I'm behind in Lifebook lessons, but that's OK I can go back to them later.  

You can see some of the collage layer below

Please take good care and 'see' you soon :)
ps... I will be back briefly in early April with a Guest Post for Crealies :)