lavender and roses

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Story Series -1/9 ATC


Artist Trading Card Series - Christmas Story - collage from clip art and The Graphic Fairy. Image painted with wax.

Thanks so much for visiting. Keep safe. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

my heart journal ~ for november

~ for November Heart Journal we were to work on a black background  adhering small items to our heart then painting it with black gesso .  We were to paint or spray with inks and metalic colours.
There was lots of freedom and fun creating this heart ~ thank you so much Thealie !!

Friday, November 2, 2012

shhh ... it's the white witch

*now that all of the little witches and goblins are safely at home sorting through their treats we can enjoy a warm bowl of pumpkin soup and some good all grain bread. I noticed that  Jacqueline shared a recipe for Potimarron Soup ... I can't wait to try it!!
*sending warm wishes on these cool and wet Autumn days
thanks so much for visiting

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

my heart journal ~ for September and October

Heart Journal 2012

..for September heart challenge we were to create a heart of newsprint that was 'all cottony'  .. light and fluffy ..   I covered my cottony heart with a piece of  very old paper , precious to me ... which is the reason I used it for my heart.
..for October heart challenge we were to achieve a wax finish ..I used liquid pearls, Golden Interference Orange and black shoe polish to buff, my heart has the appearance of pewter
Every month I am inspired to learn something new .. so much thanks to Thealie and Lilibulle for these wonderful challenges! Although I am posting late, I have taken my time to enjoy the process of creating these hearts. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

paper collage pink thistle and plum

I love October .. it's my favourite time of the year .. Autumn.  I even love the Autumn rain.   I really enjoyed making this paper collage.  The rose stamp is from Hero Arts two birds and a rose.  Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Victorian Collage

Although I haven't been posting, I have been enjoying visiting blogs .. not really enough time to leave many comments though. I created this collage using rubber stamps for a charity event at work. The Victorian ladies are from Free Vintage Images and the red flower is from Little Birdie Blessings .

Thanks so much for visiting.  Wishing you a wonderful and safe weekend.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

my Heart Journal ... for July and August

Heart Journal 2012
For July we were to create a heart using transparancies. For August we were to create a minimalist landscape background.  So lovely to see my landscape through my transparent heart.
Thank you again Thealie and Lilibulle for this wonderful journey

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Papillon III

My favourite butterfly (from Hero Arts), pattern and embossed paper were used to make my third papillon collage. The flower is one of many I've been using from the garden journal I found in a second had shop.

Thanks for visiting .. Another work week .. enjoy it and keep safe!

Papillon II

Another little collage with a butterfly from Hero Arts. The flower in the cloche is from the old gardening journey I found in a second hand shop.

I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


.. a little poem from William Wordsworth

Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days,
The time, when in our childish plays
My sister Emmeline and I
Together chaced the Butterfly!
A very hunter did I rush
Upon the prey:—with leaps and springs
I follow'd on from brake to bush;
But She, God love her! feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.

The butterfly and old letter writing in the background are from Hero Arts.  The flower in the cloche is from a very old garden journal that I found in a second hand shop.

Enjoy your weekend and keep safe.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Le Romantique

Inspired by Jacqueline

Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy your day. The weekend is coming soon. If it's too hot to be in the garden or go for a hike ... I won't fret .. for there is always a lot of crafting to look forward to !

Monday, July 2, 2012

... years become forever

Heart Journal 2012

... years become forever .. for the month of June our project was to use thin objects in gesso, sanding the object to bring them to the surface like fossils.  I had some difficulty with this month's project but I am pleased with the outcome .. I think that it has the feeling of sensitivity that I was hoping to acheive .. but you're better able to judge. 
Thank you Lilibulle and Thealie for your these wonderful tutorials and for all of your inspiration.
Thank you for visiting. Wishing you a wonderful and safe week.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

... morning visitors waiting in line hoping to find their favourite seed

... early each morning .. I have many little visitors hoping to find something that they enjoy.
Sometimes I chop up a piece of an apple and mix it with a little bread for the cardinals.

Thank you so much for visiting.  Wishing you a day filled with little pleasures!

Monday, June 4, 2012

... if only time would stand still

Heart Journal 2012

..if only time would stand still ...  For the month of May, our project was to create a heart using aluminum foil, gesso and acrylic paints. I embossed the foil, painted on gesso then polished to reveal the relief of the paisley pattern. I splashed on layers of alcohol inks 'here and there' and embellished with a small amount of stickles.

Thank you Thealie and Libellule for this wonderful challenge. It's so nice to see our Heart Journal grow as the months go by . My apologies again as I was a little late submitting this. 

I'm looking forward to starting our next challange for June!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dance by the Light of the Moon ~ Inspired by Jacqueline

I was asked to make another card that would hold over 110 signatures for a co-worker who is retiring. I wanted to make something a little different from the accordian book I made last time .. I was so inspired by Jacqueline's beautiful 'home decor' artwork that I created this card holding many pages for signatures, put together using the Japanese stab binding technique. Other pages can be viewed on my flicker photostream. Thanks for the inspiration Jacqueline! Thank you everyone for viewing :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sweet Memories

sweet memories of a dear friend

..wishing you a wonderful week .. enjoy the sunshine x

Saturday, May 12, 2012

.. butterfriend are just starting to bloom here .. everything is growing however due to a late two day snowfall we've lost some new buds.  Butterflies, birds and chipmunks are visiting again. There's a fox in the back too .. I'm hoping we'll have a famly of fox this year.. they're so much fun to watch.
Thank you for visiting.  : )

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

love letter

.. the background of this love letter was stamped with Hero Arts La Letter K5344. A piece of twine ties the small floral heart to the aqua coloured embossed paper securing the two parts of the card together. The embossed page of the card actually opens up, as well, giving three pages for letter writing (the first page being only 3/4 of the size).  The beautiful floral heart and embossed paper are both from Franziska :)

Thanks so much for visiting. Wishing you a wonderful day. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Spring is here.  All stamps from HERO ARTS.

It was a beautiful day today .. gorgeous weather and flowers are starting to bloom!
Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful week and keep safe.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring is here ..

Inspired by Jacqueline and Franziska's inches .. I just had to try one of my own! 
... I might have to do more .. it's so much fun!!

Enjoy your day. Thanks so much for visiting.

Friday, April 27, 2012

... moments like this

Heart Journal 2012

moments like this:  For the month of April our project was to create a heart using a mixture of gesso and baking soda, spreading the mixture on our heart and heating with a heating tool. The heat causes the mixture to rise and form a skin. I used my Hero Arts stamp Floral Brocade to make an impression. I was a little nervous before starting this project as I was unsure of how successful I would be. At one point my image flattened ... so I tried to use heat again .. and to my surprise .. the skin swelled up again : ) .. then I really started to enjoy what I was doing.  I lightly sanded the image to polish it up a bit. It reminded me of making plaster reliefs ..  it looked a little like plaster ..  however after glazing with several ... well .. many coats of matt medium and teal coloured spritzer, the heart took on the texture of soft leather. This was so much fun! Thank you  Lilibulle! I am looking forward to May!

Thanks so much for visiting. Wishing you a safe and happy weekend.

hello again

Just saying hello again with another little card. The background patterned paper was custom made with HERO ARTS Classic Fabric Design CG245. I love this idea and inspiration that came from Jacqueline  :)

Thank you for not forgetting about me after such a long while :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

... just saying hello

Just saying hello. Although I haven't been able to post over the last month, a day hasn't gone by when I haven't been enjoying everyone's beautiful, creative work ... and the inspiration that you all have given me has been incredible! 

I am honoured to have received the Liebster Award from Dana from Reliving Tomorrow,   Deb from Deb Stamps Life and also from Joy at Morning Glory Card Studio .. three of the loveliest ladies whose work I very much admire. Thank you so very much for this award and  your gracious words as well.  I hope to share this award very soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

...still remember that spring and fragments of a heart

Heart Journal 2012  

Fragments of a Heart: For the month of February our project was to do a piece of art and to stamp a background with air drying clay. Due to my hours of work I'm a little bit late in submitting this for February.  
Still Remembering that Spring: For this month of March our project is to use stamped Utee on a collaged paper base for more relief. Since I didn't have Utee, I used several layers of heated embossing powder.
I'm loving this creative process of our Heart Journal so much. Thank you Thealie  and Lilibulle :)

Thank you for visiting. I hope you are all well. Wishing you a safe and happy week.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

.. my little book

... just sharing some photos of an accordian card (or little book) that I made for a dear co-worker who is retiring.   I needed to make a card that could hold well over 100 signatures.  I was lost for ideas until I requested some help from the Hero Arts Flickr group and received many many wonderful suggestions which resulted in this little book .. and I thank everyone very much.

Thank you for visiting. Have a nice week!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

... forever

Wishing you a safe weekend. We're expecting a storm with about 6 inches of snow ... wonderful for skiing ... if you ski ... but the roads can be treacherous ... please be ever so careful.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I can still remember ...

I am participating in the Heart Journal 2012 blog challenge ... creating 12 hearts for 12 months using different techniques.  This month's technique is to use painter's tape for texture and wire to embellish.  I am enjoying this challenge very much and looking forward to the next 11 hearts.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You Mean So Much to Me

You mean so much to me ... this is more of a masculine/romantic card using the map design paper from Tim Holts, a torn page from an old book and Hero Arts stamps.

* I've entered this card in  MOXIE FAB WORLD'S  The Map to Your Heart Challenge. I hope that you will join in on the fun *

 We have more snow here and it's been bitter cold and windy ... it might mean another weekend of crafting  ;)  

Enjoy your day and keep safe.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

to love and be loved

The little fox was cut from a photograph. He is one of the five babies that were living in the fox den behind our home last year.  He had just come out of the den and raised his nose for a breath of air when I was fortunate enough to take his picture.  The family wasn't too bothered by me and at times ignored me.

... just sharing

Keep safe and a have a great day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

... you've captured my heart

This card seemed to create itself while I listened to Valentina Igoshina perform the Fantasie Impromtu by Chopin .

I so appreciate your visit. Enjoy your day and keep safe.

Monday, January 16, 2012

... words from my heart

... words from my heart ... using Hero Arts stamp Untitled Heart.  This lovely aqua colour is 'tumbled glass' Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. It's a new colour for me ... one of my favourites!

Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your week and keep safe.