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Dress Up – September and October

As I mentioned in my previous post, September and October have been crazy months for me. I’ve been catching up on projects in my studio. Below are my submissions for the Dress Up Link Up that Margaret is hosting this year over at Alice and Camilla.


Around here school starts in August but I grew up in Upstate New York where school starts the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day. Because of that, I still associate school with September.

I hope you will check out the other wonderful October Dress Up submissions as well!


Wine Birdhouse


CIMG0026 This week I decorated this adorable 5” high birdhouse with a wine themed decorative napkin, tissue paper colored with alcohol inks, and some embellishments.

When I started the process, I wasn’t sure how it would look but I love how it all came together. I will be launching a shop on Etsy this month and this birdhouse is going into the shop. I can’t wait to make other themed birdhouses and see how they turn out! I am linking up to the Creative Spirit Challenge on Cindy’s blog and also to Hodgepodge Friday.


The Imagination Garden – Zettiology & Collage


I just made this collage for the Let It Loose workshop I have been participating. I already had the central figure in my sketchbook. I put it together several weeks ago when I read about a Zettiology prompt on a blog and had no idea what it was! As I Googled and Googled I learned that there is no set definition to what defined Zettiology style, but a lot of interpretation. This figure is my Zettiology interpretation.


It may be difficult to tell from this scan but the potted plants and the butterfly to the right were applied using foam adhesive circles to give a three dimensional effect. I LOVE how this turned out and wanted to share it here.

Fall Harvest – Mixed-Media Art

I hope all of my US friends had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend. It is Monday which means that Karen is hosting another Brag Monday over at The Graphics Fairy!

This summer was an especially hot & humid one for us in Georgia. Once the calendar page flipped over to September, I immediately began thinking about fall. There is so much I love about fall. Especially the colors, scents and crisp air. I always have trouble adjusting to the shorter amount of daylight as we approach fall but it is the only thing I don’t like about the season.


In honor of fall, I made this oversized tag (6.5 x 4 inches) titled, “Fall Harvest” The Apple of My Eye stamp is from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the image, cut it out and added microbeads for the apples. I then mounted the image on a piece of burlap with foam round adhesives to add some depth. The image of the woman is from The Graphics Fairy. I printed the image in black & white and then colored with chalk.

I am linking up to Brag Monday. Please go there and check out the other wonderful things people are making using Karen’s FREE images!

Butterfly Art

I’ve been wanting to participate in the Tag Tuesday Challenge that Louise hosts over at Kard Krazy for a few weeks now but it just hadn’t worked out up until now. While eating breakfast this morning, I hopped over to Kard Krazy to see what this week’s challenge is – Butterflies!

I was SO excited that the challenge was butterflies especially since I just finished a butterfly inspired tag this weekend. Here she is:


There are actually four butterfly images in this piece.  I did so much layering that it is difficult to find all four images. First, I cut out my tag using light purple cardstock. I stamped the background with French script in a darker purple and then added some gesso mixed with matte medium for some translucency. I cut out some images of butterflies that were on tissue paper with an Exacto knife and adhered them to the tag. Then I stamped the main image (I recall buying the stamp from Stampington & Company several years ago) in blue and added more gesso. I added glitter glue around one of the butterfly images, wrote the words “Imagine Dream Fly”, distressed the edges with some blue ink, and added some fibers to finish the tag off.

This is actually the first well layered, mixed-media tag I’ve done and I love how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed it to! Did anyone here find all four butterfly images?

Chakra Mandala Paintings – Part 2



A while back, I wrote a post about the first two (out of a series of seven) chakra mandala paintings I made. I have since made two more paintings.





This is the painting for the will chakra mandala. The will chakra is located just above your belly button. It is that drive, motivation, the “fire in your belly”.








This is the heart chakra mandala painting. This is my favorite of the four paintings so far. As I was creating it, I was not really liking my choice of papers for the petals (I thought they were too yellow-green) but as I added different green hues to the background, I really liked how the piece came together. The heart chakra is located at the heart and is associates with love, compassion and self-love.






Here are all for of the paintings. I have truly loved creating them as I study the chakras. Working on this series of paintings has reignited by creativity and is a big reason for my recent reorganization / transformation of my art space. I am creating art again because of these paintings.

In  the next week I will be working on the 5th painting in the series for the throat chakra. It is associated with the color blue. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

What I’ve Been Working On

It’s been an especially long week. My co-worker was on vacation this week which meant extra hours at work for me this week. I don’t mind, I’m just glad it isn’t a regular thing.

With the extra hours at work, I haven’t been spending as much time in my studio this past week. I did make some progress the past two nights though.




I started painting some accessories to match the room. The frame will go around a fabric memo board that I made last week. The tray and lazy susan were finds at my local Goodwill.








This is a journal page that I made the other night. I just let inspiration strike as I pulled some supplies out of my supply closet and this is what I came up with. I made the flower on the far left out of tissue paper. The right side of the page contains hand stamped images that were painted. There is a word collage stamp toward the center of the page that I embossed. It is a bit difficult to see because of how the camera flash reflected off of it.




This weekend’s plans include finishing painting the accessories in the first picture. I still have a small table to spray paint. It’s just been too darn hot & sticky outside. I also should catch up on housework since I let those chores slide during the week!