Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Lucky Girl Receives Another Award

I am so lucky to have met so many wonderful people in the blogging community. This is another award I received from Michi at http://michirhymeswithpeachy.blogspot.com/. Mich has a beautiful blog so please check it out. Thank you so much, Michi!
I will now pass the honor on to 7 other blogs, some of which are new to me. Please reference where your award came from & your picks for the honor. I thank you all for sharing your wonderful work! The award goes to:

Melissa @ http://pugnotes.blogspot.com/
Reny @ http://renysplace.blogspot.com/
Amanda @ http://ulixis.blogspot.com/
Ruth @ http://alloverart-nc.blogspot.com/
Kim @ http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 26, 2008

More New Stamps From Stampsmith

This is a new stamp from Stampsmith http://www.stampsmith.net/index.htm. The picture is on Stampboard & I did a memories mist background using Gold, Blue Martini, Orange Juice & Copper.
I sprayed first & then dripped the other colors on. The rubberstamp is called Lady Anne & I do love her. I also did a little stamping on the borders. Picture is 3 1/2 X 5.
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Image Transfer

This is a new Sheer Heaven transfer done on a 4x5 canvas. The image was from one of my art book cds purchased on Ebay. My sister is here from Washington State this week visiting.
We've been playing & experimenting with some different transfers. It's wonderful to have her here!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Showing off the beautiful work of others

I purchased this fabulous print of an original watercolor done by Diana Evans at: http://dianaevans.blogspot.com/ This one is title the "Cupcake Princess."
Don't let that inside tag (that's not inside) detract from the beauty of this piece.
I need to be a little more careful with my shots & my background material!

Two very sweet little watercolors also from Diana.

These are a copuple of new purchases from Honor Bowden at:http://honorbowden.blogspot.com/. Check out her blog & etsy shop. Her work is fabulous! These are Giclee prints & the rabbit it titled "Magic" & the other is titled"Love Bites." Thanks for your beautiful work, Honor!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The sweetest blog award I have received

I returned home from my camping trip to receive a very special blog award from a very special person, Diana Evans at: http://dianaevans.blogspot.com/. It's really such an honor to receive this from someone I admire so much. As you can see from this lovely picture done by Diana, her work is awesome! Matter of fact, I just purchased one of Diana's pieces & I will post a picture of that soon. I am sure enjoying the blogging world as I have met some wonderful people (on line) & Diana, you are right there at the top of the list! Thank you so much for this sweet award!
Now I will pass the honor on to blogs I visit on a regular basis

The award goes to:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Home again!

This is one of the free images I got from http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk./ I say free but it was actually a $12.00 annual donation for the images. I did a Sheer Heaven image transfer to decorative paper & finished off with some rubber stamping. I love her dress!

Well, camping was great! The weather was just perfect.......around the mid 70's & a little overcast. We had around 40 people join in & we all had a ball. This little face you see inside the Chrysanthemum plant was a visiting squirrel. He ate every flower on the plant. He was adorable!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gone Camping!

We're getting set to leave on a weekend camping trip tomorrow morning. We are heading to San Onofre State Beach for 3 days of camping & relaxation. Before I go I wanted to post one of my favorites. This is an image transfer done with my favorite, Sheer Heaven. I found a wonderful art CD book on Ebay of Alphonse Mucha (Czech Art Nouveau painter 1869-1939). His art is fabulous. I purchased the CD from Artist Light Images on Ebay. They also have a website at: http://artistlight.com/ He has some wonderful art material & a very nice individual to deal with. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Once I received the Mucha CD, I immediately ordered two other CDs as well.
Photo is 5x7 & there was nothing else added. The image was simply placed on some beautiful pink, decorative paper (which I am NOT a pink fan) but seem to find tons of wonderful pink paper! I purchase 90% of my paper from http://makinmemories.org/ in Newbury Park. Love them!!
Everyone have a wonderful weekend & I'll be back on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My first Gel Transfer in almost two years!

This is the first gel medium transfer I've done in almost two years. Once I found Sheer Heaven I threw the Gel Medium aside. This one was printed on a 4x6 piece of G & G digital glossy photo paper. I received several packages of this when I ordered ink. They were freebies. I printed my inkjet image from my Epson & did three coats of the gel medium, letting each dry well. I placed the print on the decorated canvas & heat set. Once that cooled, I applied a little water to work the paper off. This is the FIRST successful transfer I've done from my inkjet. I do not use Durabrite inks. I am not even sure if it's a pigment or a dye ink. Bottom line is....It worked!
I could not believe it!

One of my new image transfers using Sheer Heaven.
The center image is a transfer & the rest is rubber
stamping Pic is 5x7 & I love her!

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Image Transfer

This is an image transfer I did this weekend. It is 12x12. This one is a regular canvas & not the flat one. I really do NOT like working with this type of canvas. I always have a terrible time pressing everything down. I had so many wrinkles in the paper it was ridiculous. Once the top coat dried you couldn't really see it too much. From now on...it's flat canvas for me!
My mind was running a little wild & I believe this pic is evidence of that. Very busy! Even though...I am still pretty happy with it. I did a lot more rubber stamping & only the one image transfer in the middle. The image transfer was done with my favorite, Sheer Heaven.
Have a wonderful week everyone!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Happy Friday with Zoo Pictures

Good morning with Santa Barbara Zoo pictures from last week. I love the Giraffe. They are so sleek looking & beautiful. I could just kiss their cute little faces! It was a great day in Santa Barbara with wonderful, cool weather.

How about this? An origami fractal.
Made with five, one dollar bills. No tape
& no glue. Cute huh!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

NowPublic requests one of my photos for news story

I received an email last night from http://www.nowpublic.com/asking if they could post one of my Zoo pictures on their site for a news story they're doing on a Lion hunt in Belfast. I was more than happy to share my photo with them.
The photo was taken at the Santa Barbara Zoo last week. See the link below to read the story.

NowPublic says:Thank you for sharing your photo! This photograph appears in a NowPublic news story: 'Lion sightings' spark big cat hunt in Belfast.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Printing mistake = Psychedelic Transfer Of Dexter

I did this image transfer yesterday (using Sheer Heaven, of course) but my printer was running out of ink. Because Sheer Heaven IS pricey....I hate to lose even one piece of it. I thought I would just go for it & attempt a transfer anyway. It turned out a little different looking..almost psychedelic! The image was transferred to a decorative paper with light silver swirls in it. It was too bland! I took out the expensive crayons I bought 2 years ago & used them for the 1st time to add a little color to the paper. I placed it on a 5x7 canvas which I first painted gold & then added a coat of red. I rubberstamped the edges into the wet red paint which brought the gold back to the surface. I placed the paper with the image over that. After all, how unattractive can it be with such a beautiful subject?