Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derby Car Collaboration

Amazing artist and friend,Tina Walker recently asked if anyone would be interested in doing a Derby Car makeover...I just thought it was a wonderful fun new idea so I jumped at the chance. 

When I was 17, I spent the summer as a camp counselor in upstate New York.I was part of the "design team" for the camp and one of tasks we had to accomplish, was to make a Batman Car out of the cafeteria salad bar....heehee...yes, it was quite a challenge,but tons and tons of fun.My Derby car is inspired by that Batman car...smooth and slick and ready to roll.


I first painted the car this yummy Seaglass color.My original plan was to use the rectangle piece,but later decided against it.


I then covered it in sparkly black and glitter cardstock...


Then using a circle punch I cut out some circles and added some embossing powder design and rub ons...



Next I used some Dylusions Sprays to create a vibrant sunrise color and cut out more circles and stars and glued them on to my design. I also added text and dimensional dots.


Lastly, I cut out some wings,glues them on and assembled the car.



Here's a peak at some of the other amazing cars...What a fun collaboration!! 






"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, March 19, 2015

Birdy Talk



While creating,  these two happy little winged friends,began chatting about this and about that.
They each expressed strong opinions on how little Birdy's should spend each waking moment...one birdy quietly whispered... "if we are true to who we are,our heart will not lead us astray". The other little birdy shouted, and with his wing flapping said..."Dare,...despite the fear, dream and dream big"!!
Personally...I think they both offered good advice.

Be True to yourself
&
Dare to Dream
said the little birdy's.

I first covered the birdy's body and wing in book text.

I glued the stand to the base...


and when dry I added some distress ink with a bristle brush.


Next I added all sorts of findings to the bottom like paper flowers,fun mushrooms,coconut fibers and a frame charm that I embellished with paper and rhinestones.


Then I glued on the wing as well as tea stained cheese cloth and a button.



I added German glitter to the crowns and the tail of the birdys.



I then added rub on words and text...


and because something was missing I added black polka dot card stock to the stem.


I finished them off by adding a liquid dot eye, stitching on a fabric trim and sweet butterfly buttons!


Retro Cafe 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,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sweeeeeet Solder Charms

Blessed to make some new friends and re-connect with some old ones in my Sweet Solder Charm mini class last night at Art More Place!










Here are just some of the sweet solder charms my students made...pretty wonderful right!!


So thankful to all the students and to the wonderful Sherri,owner of my Art home,Art More Place!

"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,

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Momma


She lives in that part of the sun that you can only see when your eyes are shut. When your sitting comfortably in an outside chair head propped upward,sun beating down,warmth radiating through you, and eyes are shut. You see it,still feel it,the shadows of the light and dark,even when your eyes are closed...and it is there that she lives now.
(Otilia Carvajal)

She also lives in the smell of the jasmine and in the dance of the palm trees.

(Mom and Dad)

She's in the color green and red and yellow...yes,especially yellow.


(Mom with my four siblings)

She's in the cold water that runs down my hand and always makes me thankful.

(Mom and me)

She's in that first sip of coffee in the morning,the one that runs down my throat and awakens the soul and makes me close my eyes and whisper "good morning new day".

(Mom,my sister Ingrid and me)

She lives in the song of the wind chime and in the shapes I see in the clouds.

(Mom and the five kids)

She's in the soup she made for us. She's in every ingredient,every stir,every taste.

(Mom and Dad,together 58 years)

She lives in the stars and in the way they seem to shine down only for me.

(Me and Mom last year)

She's in the birds,the way the swoon and soar,the way they spread their wings and glide.


She's in a place so close,so dear, smiling and watching every moment.

My sweet and gentle Momma now smiles down to us from above.Thankful for every minute with her and for God choosing her to be our Momma.


"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, February 19, 2015

Born to Fly

"Born to Fly" my new piece for Retro Cafe Art! 
When I first started this piece it was only the Shadowbox Heart,but after deciding to add the bird on the inside I knew I wanted the heart to represent "a woman's heart" and so I added the Cameo Steampunk and using one of my favorite gifts for Christmas this year...a bird wind chime,a gift from my 13 year old son,this piece came to life.


I assembled and glued the box,then added card stock with a glue stick.


I then inked up the edges with Ranger Ink Pad


I made a mold of the bird head using Mold putty.Then filled the mold with casting resin.Once cured,I painted the bird to match my design.


I added Gesso to the woman's bust then covered it in text tissue paper.Next I added Liquid Pearls to the Gears.


I added an image using a stamp and watermark ink to some of the small wood pieces.Then covered them in clear embossing powder and melted with a glue gun.Next I added Deco Arts Gold Metallic Lustre to highlight the design.


I glued the bust to the back of the heart.Added wreaths,the bird,Dresden trim,additional card stock and smaller wood bits to the design.


Next I added text to one side using word cut outs,and added more liquid pearls.


Lastly,I created a fabric wing for the other side of the heart using fabric scraps,button and brass arrow.


But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” 


Retro Cafe products used in this tutorial


Amazing Mold Product 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,