Saturday, February 6, 2016

National Doodle Day

Did you know yesterday, Friday February 5th, was National Doodle Day? I didn't, until about 11:30 p.m.  I hastily sat down and sketched this girl with an ornate hat.  I don't quite know why, she was just who showed up when I put pen to paper.  I used some glitter pens to add the colour, although the sparkled doesn't show in the photo.
When did you last draw a doodle?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Remembering Craig

Hard to believe it has been a year since we lost my brother.
I wasn't sure how I would feel today so I didn't make any plans to be out and about but it has been a reasonably good day, better than I expected.  Grief is funny that way - some days are good, some not so much.  Sometimes you are prepared for the sad feelings, sometimes it's like a wave catching you unawares, knocking you off your feet.
I stayed home and puttered about.  I was going to have Kraft dinner for lunch in his honour as that was always something he enjoyed, even into adulthood, but as it turned out, I didn't have any in my cupboard. :(
So I put my new office chair together in his memory instead. He was an engineer and was always taking something apart, fixing something or putting something together.  
Miss you, Craig, love you lots!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Making Art in 2016

My first journal page of 2016 is complete.
I spent several hours this past week binge watching the 33 videos of Mary Ann Moss' Stencilry class (after breezing through the entire contents of the Stitched and Stencilled class earlier in December). Both classes were due to expire on January 1st and I wanted to watch every last minute of the videos before they disappeared.  I gotta say, you certainly get your money's worth when you take a class with Miss Mary Ann!  The videos were very informative, entertaining and fun to watch.

Since it was too cold to be spray painting outdoors yesterday, I used spray inks instead - four of the Heidi Swapp ones, to be exact (green, blue, black and gold).  Not nearly as bold as the Dylusions inks, the HS colours are lighter and more shimmery. The red dots in the top right corner are the Plain Jane baseboard brand called Red Rocks.

Happy to be making journal art again, after focusing mostly on cardmaking for the past few weeks!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

It's hard to believe another year has passed, time seems to be moving so quickly!  I found some vintage greeting cards in my stash the other day. This one with the black cat in the window is so cute! It reminds me of my two black cats, one of whom (Matisse) likes to sit in the window just like this and watch what's going on out in the world.
For the most part, 2015 was a good year for me - lots of art, travel and adventures, spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, learning new things. The worst part of it was losing my brother Craig at the end of January; we're all still trying to find our way past that traumatic event.

The inside of the greeting card above sums up my wishes for all of us for the coming year.
Here's wishing all of us a happy and healthy 2016.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 12

Here are two final cards that I made a few weeks ago for friends and family.

This first card was made especially for my friend Dianne, who gifted me with the silhouette carolers last year.
And this is the card I made for my sister (that's her in the antlers), because I know how much she loves Rudolph!
Thanks for checking out my 12 days of Christmas cards. I hope you all had a very merry holiday season!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 11

As promised, here are three cards I made from the same paper pad I showed yesterday.  They are all rather simple in design, not that that is a bad thing!
 I love the cute little snow people on these last two.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Cards - Day 10

I made this card for my friend Kelly, who likes both coffee and Starbucks.
I even decorated the inside of this one, because I know she does when she makes cards (I don't usually, although I like the idea!).
The paper I used came from this paper pad.
Tomorrow, I'll share other cards I made from the same paper pad.