Saturday, May 28, 2016

ART on Friday (on Saturday)

I am finally posting for ART on Friday - on Saturday morning. A busy past few days, especially with the temperature so high (30+C)

Here are a few things I worked on this past week.

Colour Me {Positive

The quote for this week at LuLu Art was a freeing one - about allowing yourself to make glorious mistakes and moving forward. Here is the full quote from Neil Gaiman's blog:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.”
THis time, instead of printing out the quote, I wrote the words myself, using India ink. Something I need to work on. I also used a new stencil - I got the hang of it by the time I did the second on the right.

Art Tags
I did a few more this week, on the flower theme, trying to use up some supplies and using similar items.

Here's the tag ( and stamp I carved) I made for ABC Wednesday this week: t for turtle

I worked on a set of ATCs for a PAT (Pick a theme) swap:

And of course - photos! The flowers are beginning to bloom and they are so beautiful. Here's a few from our gardens.

Linking as well with:
Inspire Me Monday
Creative Every Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ABC Wednesday - T and WOYWW

This week at ABC Wednesday - T gets the nod.

T is for turtle.

Here is my carved stamp and art tag for turtle.

I ended up creating a second tag as the first was too dark to showcase the turtle.

Be sure to check here to see what others did for T.


Each week at "Stamping Grounds", Julia Dunnit hosts WOYWW - where we are all encouraged to share what we are working on and the state of our workspaces.

First I have to share just how clean I got  my craft room workspace last week. I needed to reorganize and clean off the table, as well as the shelves to the far left. There's still more to do in the room but it feels good to start fres.

Today though, I was working upstairs at the dining room table to create the stamp and tag.

Friday, May 20, 2016

ART on Friday

I may just squeak this in before midnight! It has been a busy day with gardening - such a lovely day to fill pots and plant. I had hoped to take photos - but my batteries died and will have to do that tomorrow.

Here some things I've been working on this week:

The first is a totally decluttered and tidy workspace! I am in the process of reorganizing my craft room and the table had to be redone. Because of this I did not create a much as I would have liked this week.

Colour Me Positive
This weekly challenge is more than just creating a journal page - it is an exploration of a theme, a quote, a positive view of life.
This week it is all about abundance:

Art Tags
Here are 3 of the tags I created this week:

as well as the carved stamp and tag I created for ABC Wednesday.

Linking also with:

Paint Party Friday

Express Your Creativity

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ABC Wednesday - S and WOYWW

Once again, it's time to share what we have chosen for the letter of the week for ABC Wednesday.

S is for star.

I have several commercial star stamps but had never carved my own. I did today and then crafted an art tag with the stamp::

Be sure to check here for what others around the world did with S.

Julia Dunnit at "Stamping Ground" encourages us all each week to share what our workspaces are like and what we are working on for WOYWW. (For a while Lunch Lady Jan will be hosting WOYWW - visit here)

Once again, here is my carving station -  on my dining room table.

(sorry for the shadow)

Friday, May 13, 2016

ART on Friday

It is that time of the week to share some of the art I have been creating this week.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge/ Art Tags

My 356 day challenge for myself continues - with creating art tags on the theme of "Blooms and Butterflies" for the May challenge at MMMC.

I also created a tag for the ABC Wednesday challenge - r is for raindrops.

Colour Me Positive
The weekly challenge at LuLu Art  continues with a focus on "wonder".
I used my own photos as a backdrop for the quote.

I created one set of APCs for a swap -with the theme of flowers and butterflies as well.

The flowers are blooming so of course I had to take a few photos of them this week.

Linking as well with:

Paint Party Friday

Express Your Creativity

Inspire Me Monday

Creative Every Day

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ABC Wednesday - R and WOYWW

This week at ABC Wednesday, R is the letter of the week.

R is for raindrops - a must for growing flowers.

Here is the stamp I carved and the tag I created.

Be sure to check here to see what others did for R this week.


Each week, Julia Dunnit encourages us to share our workspaces and what we are working on for WOYWW, hosted at her blog "Stamping Ground".

Here is my dining room table after I carved the stamp and tested it in my small journal. Loved the colour of the ink I bought a while ago and never used.

Here is the same spot after I finished the card.

What was missed? The spolled water after I painted the tag with some watercolour and the pile of papers to the left!

Monday, May 9, 2016

A to Z Reflection

It's been over a week since the A to Z April Challenge ended. And yes - I completed it. Some days I was rushing at midnight to complete a post, but I did one for every letter. Yeah!!!! It was  a challenge yes, but a most enjoyable one. Here's my reflection for the challenge.

My major learning ~ be sure you post your correct blog address when you sign up - or in my case - use the blog you used to post to sign up! You may get more visitors!
The challenge allowed me to be creative artistically every day and I now have over 40 quote cards to refer to for inspiration.

What was Great:
Setting a goal and completing it
Creating daily
Meeting others through their blogs
Learning from others

What was Not so Great:
Not receiving too many visitors
Not being able to visit as many as I would have liked (hope to remedy that this month)
Not being as organized beforehand or posting as early as I would have liked

In the end ~ it was  positive experience and I would definitely do it again. I would also recommend that others try it next year.

Thanks to the A to Z team for another wonderful experience!