Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Just Bee

I've been seeing Bee's everywhere...and Bee's or the word "Be" have been showing up in my work lately in one form or another. Got me thinking about the symbolism and meaning.
But in the meantime..

I created these two shadowboxes using Bee Sticks Stand up Set

I first added Patina to the Bee and Base.Then using a white Sharpie I added some dots.Then using a Jewelers Saw, I cut the stand part off the Bee. 

I then drilled three holes on each wing and glued in some tiny eyelets. 

I had some chipboard boxes left over from another project so I used those. I painted the inside with black spray paint. 

I added dots with the same white Sharpie and glued the base of the Bee to the center of the box.

Next I glued onto the base a Butterfly Paper Cut, and crochet trim and then glued the bee on the top. Add Spacers if necessary. I also added some Gold to the edges of the Bee.

Next I added a Paper Cut Face, with a black mask and a small Heart which I heat embossed with Clear embossing powder and highlighted with Inka Gold. 
I added more dots and then finished off with Platinum Glitter glue on the edges and around the heart. 

I then painted some tiny chipboard numbers gold and glued them in place...

and finished the outside of the box with yummy Prima Garden Fable paper, Black Dresden trim and chipboard  honeycomb pieces painted black. Once everything was securely glued in place I added more Inka Gold to add high lights. 

I just love the way they came out...just BEE-a-utiful! heehee. 
I just had to...

Retro Cafe Art Products used in this tutorial:

Bee Symbolism and Meaning
When Bee appears in your life the most common message it carries has to do with your levels of productivity. In some cases we are doing too much, and in others not enough. Bee spirit has a strong work ethic but it also knows the importance of stopping and smelling the flowers. There is a time to enjoy life’s nectar and a time to grab after the proverbial brass ring with vehemence. Bee helps with both, and in finding the delicate balance between the two.
Technically speaking Bee should not be able to fly – it’s designed all wrong aerodynamically. From a spiritual perspective this speaks of our limitations and how to move past them successfully. It’s doubtful that Bee knows it shouldn’t fly – it simply DOES, and so can you.
Bee fits a very specific role in nature pollinating other plants. This is necessary to the on-going life cycle of many crops. It also delivers humans with wax and honey, giving Bee the additional symbolic value of providence. Einstein believed so deeply in the importance of Bees to the ecosystem that he predicted if Bees disappeared humans would not survive more than four years afterward.
The pollination process also symbolizes our social nature. Bees live and work as a community. As they go from flower to flower, that progression enriches the world. Bee people very often become motivational speakers, teachers, healers and light workers for the greater global village. Their language of love is mindful service.
A Bee’s honeycomb represents the Heart Chakra and life’s sweetness. Bee has strong ties to the sun, light and warmth. This creature is sacred to Kama, the God of Love in Hinduism and epitomizes the Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece, honoring Demeter and Persephone.
Bee Spirit is also a strong protector, willing to give its life in defense of whatever mission prevails. Those guided by Bee find themselves defending the underdog as well as those they love with fierceness.
"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

For in the Dew of Little Things

 Retro Cafe now has these 8 x 10 shadowboxes and I absolutely love them!! 
There's just so much space to work with...For the artist, it's a perfect opportunity to really tell a story,offer a sentiment or just play!   
Today's shadowbox
"For in the Dew of Little Things"
inspired by the words of Kahlil Gibran and the beautiful Venus painting by Botticelli,who today, becomes my muse.

After assembling and gluing the Shadowbox I added assorted papers to the back.

Wanting dimensional water I stitched together assorted fabric scraps...

Added some Opal Magic Prima Paint to the fabric and when dry,hand stitched assorted trim and beads...

I knew I wanted some sort of sun burst,so I cut the paper intro strips...

and for the back waves I just manually cut some paper,added ink and black dots.

"Venus"  needed a stable background,so I mounted her onto to a female bust and foam dots to raise her up...

and also added masonite pieces(scraps from other projects) in area's that needed more height and also decided on the placement of my mermaids tail.

and then everything started to come together...

I added glitter to the tail, paper to the rest of the box, some Dresden gold trim, letters, sequin, and splattered dots on to the background...

I then added color shine spray to the flowers

and glued together some Fleur Cut outs to create a focal. I added glitter,stickers,and gold stickles

These beautiful words offer up a reminder,that every moment I take the time to fully experience can not only be a gift to the heart,but also to the mind,body and soul.

Retro Cafe Art items used in this tutorial:

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Birdman Live on Prima Ustream Tv and a GIVEAWAY!

I am over the moon excited to doing my first ever "Live with Prima" event going on today at
Hope you can join me at 2pm for this free 1 hour workshop
where I will create "Birdman"

Birdman was inspired by the Visage Face piece in The Relics and Artifacts line. It caught my attention right away but for some time it rested on my desk waiting for me to use it. He just looked angry to me and I couldn't figure out how to use him. That is until I realized,he wasn't agree at all...he was actually just focused on something and because the natural storyteller in my comes out when I create...I created this little story to go along with the piece.

Setting limitations on himself,Birdman, confined to a cage of his own making, would sit and stare every day at the beautiful bird as she sings her lovely song. Until one day she turns to look at him "Why are you in that cage?" she asks. "Don’t you know that no cage can keep you from your destiny?" But, I’m afraid and I feel safe in the cage" whispered Birdman. "And so was I when I lived in the cage" said the bird, "until one day another bird told me that we all have seeds inside of us, seeds that grow our true wings and they will grow to be so big that that no cage can hold us. It's going to happen no matter what. It's our destiny. And no bars, no walls, no words can stop us. So now that you know this, what are you going to Birdman?" 

Step by Step Tutorial

Materials needed for the class:
Prima Material List:
Relics and Artifacts Visage # 941642
Relics and artifacts Milagros # 941581
Wooden Tray Set # 941772
Dresden Gold Trim # 942441
Wire Thread Dusty # 572044
Micro Beads #962586
12 x 12 Vintage Emporium #584344
Tiny Alpha Stickers Engraver #563240
Adhesive Rub-ons # 971281
Rub on Foil Sheet # 585600
Ephemera # 583620
Color Bloom Gold Foil #573805
Memory Hardware Artisan Powder #991210
Avon Rose Pixie Glen # 552466
Garden Fable Cling Stamp #579135
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Blue Gold Paint # 963675 

Other materials needed:
Hot Glue Gun
Foam pop up adhesives
Tape runner
Double sided adhesive sheet
Crochet trim 
Paper cutter
Cheese Cloth
Coconut fibers
rhinestone stickers
Wood ruler

This class will go as follows:
I will create the components first,then work on the shadowbox,then assemble and put everything together.
  1. Add Black artisan powder to the both Relics and Artifacts pieces with a dry brush and wipe away. Spray Gold Foil Color Bloom on it and let dry. Then stamp on image from Garden Fable Cling Stamp using stayzon ink and and then paint on some Opal Magic blue Gold Paint and put aside.
  2. Cut and paint ruler with Opal Magic Paint. Add Black ink to the edges.
  3. Assemble the ephemera pieces and put aside.
  4. Spray paint the shadowbox black. Start on the shadowbox background. Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the opening. Glue on additional paper for texture. Ink the edges. Add some rub on with metallic foil and lastly splatter black paint. Glue it into place. Then cover the rest of the shadowbox in card stock strips. Ink all the edges. Add Dresden trim to three of the edges. Glue on the ruler.
  5. Glue in the bird. Add a layer(from bottom to top) of crochet trim,wire thread,corrugated cardboard,and ephemera pack. Add cardboard for height if desired. Glue in the hand,crown,coconut fibers and flowers.
  6. Glue in the face. Create a cage using the wire thread(be careful it's sharp).Glue the cage into place and add micro beads. Add the ephemera pack above the face using foam dots.
  7. Glue on Crochet trim to the ruler and sprinkle with Micro beads. Add the two outer ephemera packs and finish off with rhinestone stickers.
  8. Lastly add “Birdman” on the ruler.

As promised in the Live with Prima class I'm giving away this piece(stand not included) as well as a mini fridge magnet.So if you're interested,be sure to sign up for my newsletter(on the sidebar)where I share tutorials,upcoming workshops and events... and make sure you leave me a comment below. I will pick two winners on Friday the 6th!! 
Thank you again for watching and visiting me today! 

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, May 1, 2016


With the gentle nudge from of a friend,I decided to just go for it...paint for the sake of painting. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, and even though painting is not something I feel comfortable doing, and even though I knew there were so many other things that needed my attention..I decided to do it anyway. 
Now,I'm so happy I did. 

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I'm running away....and joining the circus!

Ok come on,you know you want to...I mean who doesn' least for a little while,want to escape to the circus! 

 After I assembled the Circus Wagon cart I painted the front and back in Americana's Lipstick Red paint and then using a dry brush I brushed on some white Deco Arts Media Gesso.

Next I added splatters of Deco Art Media Fluids Carbon Black and Cobalt Teal. I then took some Deco Arts Gold Rush Metallic Lustre and mixed it with some drops of water.This created a vibrant gold that I used to splatter on the piece.

I painted the wheels in the same color teal...

and attached them to the base as well as adding Gold Mini Dresden Trim. I also sprayed on some of the Gold metallic lustre on the wheels. Plus I added card stock to the inside and outside walls.

In order for the animals to pop out I glued in some spacers.

I attached circus paper cuts and added Stickles glitter glue to all the edges.

Last minute,I decided to change the ticket by adding another circus cut out and word text as well as adding height by adding wire tinsel stems and painted teal card stock. Final touches included rhinestones on the wheels,Black Dresden on the sides,and more glitter glue on the edges. 

Retro Cafe Art Products used in this tutorial:

This week I also managed to make these yummy Art Tags using Retro Cafe Art's chipboard words! I simply painted them with Rich Expresso Dazzling Metallic paint. I love the way came out and the way they pop on the tags!

Lastly,I wanted to announce the winner of Brenda Schweder's Dvd giveaway from the last post..
Thank you to those that participated!!
Heather from Thicketworks! 
I will get in touch with you Heather! 

Happy Creating friends!!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,