Unity be inspired Challenge

I thought I would try my hand at Unity Stamp’s be inspired challenge.

Blessings Envelope

Blessings Envelope

I was really pleased when I was finished with this envelope. I made the heart and return address rectangle mask myself using my Brother ScanNCut. I used Unity’s Every Breath stamp. Did you notice a difference between the stamp on their site and mine? Go ahead, click the link, check it out. My girl is facing the other way. I wanted her facing the heart/address area of the envelope, I accomplished this by stamping onto deli paper first and very quickly flipping it over onto the envelope. I thought the saying was absolutely perfect for an envelope that might be used for Happy Mail.

I opted for using the colors of the challenge, using most of them on the girl, her lips; dress; dandelion, also the envelope background and the stamped wording.

Hugs!!!
Namaste!!!

Happy Mail Envelopes

Day two of blog hop.
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Facebook group so that we can get to know each other better.
Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Facebook. We would love to get to know you better too.

For members signed up:
Here’s are the links to every ones blog, remember in order to have a chance to win the prize package from Cottonwood Arts you must:
1. Be a blog hostess
2. Leave a comment on everyone’s blog

Sandee Setliff
Tiare Smith Woods
Martice Smith II
Tiffany Goff Smith
Anna Turner Ely
Terri Sproul
Sharon D. Estes
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards
Donna Simmons Lueders
Jean Marmo
Tamiko McCurry

One of the things I love to do is make envelopes. I send out Happy Mail for a group I am in once a week and this will be ending in another two weeks. Here are a few that I have done:

Front of first envelope

Front of first envelope

Back of first envelope

Back of first envelope

Friendship purple

Friendship purple

Friendship pink

Friendship pink

Birds of Happiness

Birds of Happiness

Birds of Happiness was real fun to make. I used molding paste on stencils and then painted the white paste with acrylic. Afterwards I tried adding paint to the paste and that works beautifully.

Front of Blessings

Front of Blessings

Back of Blessings

Back of Blessings

Blessings was just done this week. I am in love with it. I think I have really progressed since first starting the last week in January. I used Unity’s stamp Every Breath. Did you notice a difference between the stamp on their site and mine? Go ahead, click the link, check it out. My girl is facing the other way. I wanted her facing the heart/address area of the envelope. I thought the saying was absolutely perfect for an envelope that might be used for Happy Mail.

 

Another thing I love to do is to take part in swaps. All have themes and it is really fun to go beyond my comfort zone and create something for someone else. I have received some really gorgeous handmade items.

Here are a few I am proud of that I made.

Theme Birds

Theme Birds

This was for a swap in the Facebook group Artful Mail Groupies (AMG).

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

For the same group AMG. I tend to do a lot of swaps with this group as they are a great bunch of women and the admins. are really on the ball when it comes to taking care of the swaps and everyone in the group.

On the Wings of Fluttery Things

On the Wings of Fluttery Things

I had so much fun doing this swap for The Enchanted Imaginarium. It was done on mixed media paper, using watercolor for the sky, clouds, path and landscape, adding different stamps and colored in with Faber-Castell Pitt pens. The dragon was made by using a stencil with modeling paste and then painted. The dragon was painted using Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Acrylic paint for the open breast, under the wings and the red eyes and tongue, the rest of it was done with Amsterdam acrylics.

I hope you have enjoyed!

Hugs!!

Namaste!!

Mixing it Up Loves Cottonwood Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop!
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Facebook group so that we can get to know each other better.
Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Facebook. We would love to get to know you better too.

For members signed up:
Here’s are the links to every ones blog, remember in order to have a chance to win the prize package from Cottonwood Arts you must:
1. Be a blog hostess
2. Leave a comment on everyone’s blog

Sandee Setliff
Tiare Smith Woods
Martice Smith II
Tiffany Goff Smith
Anna Turner Ely
Terri Sproul
Sharon D. Estes
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards
Donna Simmons Lueders
Jean Marmo
Tamiko McCurry

As part of the Mixing It Up blog hop I am going to share the challenge for this month that Sandee Setliff gave us, which is, “Where were you on 911 and then do a journal page on it.”

I remember it so well, I was sick and home that day, turned on the TV and just could not believe what I was seeing. My son’s girlfriend at the time, Dawn, called me from their apartment in the same complex. We were both so shaken up. Both of us NYers with family that lived and worked in the city, made the situation real scary. Everyone gathered at my apartment, Dawn, my son Robert, and later my son Thomas and we all piled into the car and went to donate blood. They had such a huge outpouring that we weren’t needed that day.

After many phones calls we all managed to get in touch with our loved ones. My Dad was, by some stroke of luck or fate, delayed getting into the city so everything happened as he was driving on the NY Thruway. Thank goodness, because he always went to NJ, parked and took the PATH in and got off at the towers.

Like so many others, life changed, and things were put into perspective, our lives were changed and we changed. We moved out of our apartment and bought a home in the country with some acreage. We started gardening, I became and avid knitter realizing life was way to short to not stop and smell the roses so to speak. I needed to take time for me, for my family, to be.

I didn’t do art journaling then, but I did keep written journals. I just started art journaling this January and still feel amateurish about it. But anyway, I didn’t journal where I was that day, but did something as a way to release my pent up emotions regarding 9/11 and the things still happening to US, the Middle East and ISIS.

Remember!

Remember!

 

I found two photos, one of the towers before and after the collapse with the dust cloud. I then wanted to add one of the new building to show we weren’t defeated and like the Phoenix, out of the ashes reborn to live a new life. I placed the buildings over the flag as patriotism and the American way were very strong after that. It seemed that under such tragedy we all came together to act as one United States. The Statue of Liberty to represent what we stand for, and of course one of NY’s most famous landmarks. Then little words attached here and there; America, United States, 911, United, etc. I stenciled the words Faith, Hope and Grace because all are symbols of things strengthened and things to be because of that day.

Since this blog hop runs until Sunday each day I’ll share some more journal pages. One I’ve been working on a for a while and it just doesn’t feel finished to me, maybe this weekend.

So where were you that fateful day? Did you change your life forever?

 

Hugs!!

Namaste!!

Tracy Verdugo Paint Mojo Class

Have you been interested in taking a class for painting? Have you lost your mojo? Just interested in finding your muse? Tracy Verdugo will be holding an e-course in line with her new book. Here is a description from her website:

I know you have all been curious about content so I wanted to share some snippets with you. We’ll be looking at “tantalising textures”, “inky explorations”, “palettes of possibility” “pathways to abstraction” and “ban the background/bring on luscious layers” along with many other exciting techniques and processes!

We’ll also be exploring ways to cultivate your own unique style, embrace happy accidents and say YES to a looser, happier, more creative YOU!”

So if you are interested head on over to Tracy’s Love.Art.Inspiration page and let her know.

~Hugs
~Namaste