Wednesday, September 30, 2009


a reminder to keep dancing . . .

Credits: Female image from artchix studio collage sheet & flower (colored with Tim Holtz' s inks) from Paper Studio.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Art Journal Page

I have been trying different techniques for transferring images. I haven't quite achieved the desired effect yet. I plan to keep trying various techniques until I find the right one for my journals. I'll let you know when I find it & share with everybody:)

Credits: Time stamp from Stampin Up Co.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

The theme for today's TMTA challenge was bottles. It took me awhile to find the right bottles image, then I didn't like it once I stapled it onto the ATC (too modern looking). I happened to notice my artchix studio collage sheet transparencies & placed the girl transparency over the blue bottles & I was satisfied with the end result:)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Color Found

Its been awhile since I posted about trying to find color in my surroundings. When I first started this blog, my goal was to find color amongst our brown landscape. I was reminded of this today when we happened to take a different street & voila these 3 houses just popped with color!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Collage Canvas Friday

I am trying to stop thinking so much when I work on collages. So even if an image doesn't seem to make sense, but its what I'm drawn to - then voila its on the canvas! Here's to less thinking, more impulsive creating:)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Art Journal Page

I find that I am dreaming less of travel & more of finding a place to call home.

Credits: Dream Stamp by Vap! Transparent glasses from artchix studio collage sheet, London and place stickers from Gail's Travel sticker sheet & architectural rub-on designs from 7 gypsies sheet.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Art Journal Page. . . from last Saturday

Saturday is only 3 days away!

Credits: Princess image from Once Upon A Time by DCWV & dance stencil (co. unknown)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Art journal page

This is my latest art journal entry. I'm thinking about binding my own journal book next time because the binder is already screaming for help & it will not close:) That will be my next project!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

The theme for TMTA today was girls with dolls.

Credits: Girl image from artchix studio collage sheet & background stamp from Hero Arts.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Altered Suitcase

After weeks of working on my altered suitcase, its finally finished! Now for the inside renovation.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wonders of Gesso

I decided to rip apart the first canvas and use the main elements in my journal (in previous post). Then I covered it with gesso & started over again, landscape layout this time. & voila a whole new piece created!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Canvas Collage Friday

No cheating this Friday, I actually completed a canvas collage. The image was actually a store front & I came home and immediately altered the photo in Adobe Photoshop program. With this photo program, the options are endless. If you enjoy photography and altering photos, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Art Journal Page

I was looking at a canvas collage that I created in the past & realized what a big mess it was - so I ripped off the main elements & created a journal page with them. Now I plan to go throw gesso over the canvas & start again. Ahh thank goodness for gesso:)

Credits: Female face from artchix studio collage sheet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Artist Trading Card Colors

I happened to stumble across this color scheme, orange, gray, & black, when I was mixing paint and paper. I hope it doesn't make you recall Halloween because I am loving this color scheme!?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Artist Trading Card - "Different"

I was feeling like I was getting in a rut with images so I decided to use something different - embossed, duplicated stamp. It's always fun to just mix it up.

Credits: Stamp by inkadinkado company.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

The theme for today's TMTA challenge was mixed-media (great theme!). I took one of my preexisting ATCs & made some "mixed-media" updates.

Credits: Look inside stamp by catslife press.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Art Journal

On the morning show there was a segment on the Soap Opera, Guiding Light, coming to a close this week. One of the interviewees reported that now "truth is stranger than fiction" and there are no more boundaries to push. I don't know why a segment on the ending of a soap opera inspired me to think about changes - but it was the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to work in my art journal today. So this one is appropriately titled "Changes". By the way, I am taping the last episode of Guiding Light - what can I say I'm a sucker for drama!?

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Another great Saturday! This picture is from the Mexican restaurant where we ate dinner tonight. The tamales were very tasty. Feeling a little too full - definitely a long run needed tomorrow to work off the savory meal.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Canvas Collage Friday

I'm cheating (just a little) this Friday on the canvas collage. I actually found a really small canvas at Hobby Lobby that ATCs fit on perfectly. As you can see in the picture, I mounted one on the small canvas. I painted the canvas brown & glued the ATC on & voila - Canvas Friday Completed:) I love the idea of having ATCs on canvas for a wall display of my favorite ones. How do you display your ATCs?

Thursday, September 10, 2009


This is my first art journal page that I ever created. It made me laugh because some things really don't change (still praying to be free of work on Monday & dreaming of or enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee:)

Credits: butterfly/female image & horse image (sources unknown)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Art Journal Page

enjoying my new art journal.

Credits: boy image from teesha moore's collage sheet

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

last day of vacation

After having 5 days off, I am wishing for more. I always thought I would go stir crazy not working, but I think I now have enough hobbies to keep going for days, months, & years. I guess it makes the time that I do have free - precious!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

The theme for today's Think Monday . . . Think ATC is architecture. Its great having the day off & starting the day in the art room. I am loving Monday!

Credits: Image from Artchix Studio Collage Sheet & Compass Stamp by Dawn Houser.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Art Journal

I found my new art journal! I wanted a smaller book this time & I found one at Barnes & Noble bookstore. It was so fun working in this book. I was reminded last week to . . . just pL@y! (Thanks fellow bloggers for inspiration.)

Credits: Female face from artchix studio collage sheet & foam letter stamps by paperbag studio.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Chile Capital of the World

the banner throughout the town announcing the chile festival

Ok, I had to post this sign on the blog:)

chile peppers were hanging everywhere!

chiles on the rooftops!
multicolored chile peppers?!

fun at the festival!

-We had a great time today. I happened to hear about the Chile Festival in Hatch, NM this past week so we decided to take a trip to join the festivities. It was so much fun. The day was full of laughter and food sampling (i.e. chile mangos, jalepeno lemonade, green chili cheese chicken, & of course sampling of chiles!). We actually bought a box of freshly roasted green chiles & the aroma of the festival remained in the car for the entire drive home. If you are in southern New Mexico next year, I recommend that you check out the festival over Labor Day Weekend - very enjoyable!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Canvas Collage Friday

just finished! (still in the process of drying:)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


I have the next 5 days off from work! I am so excited. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, lounging in the sun, drinking chai, and working in the art room (of course). Loving Life Tonight!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Another Art Journal Completed!

This is a record for me, completing an art journal in one & half months. Typically, it takes about one year or more for me to fill an art journal. It feels great to know that I am making the time to work in my art journal on a regular basis. I love art journaling, its probably my favorite art activity. I can't wait to start a new one!

Thanks for your comments on creativity. I plan to use the tip of just . . . . play!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I was able to work in my art journal tonight. The page is still drying as I type. I will post it tomorrow. It felt great to have the energy return so quickly. I always get worried when it happens because I have had months go by, feeling as though all creativity was drained from me. Right now I am feeling grateful that it was a fleeting feeling. Thanks for your positive comments yesterday, it helped:)