Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
1. Time to slow down
2. Prayers to those on the East Coast and hoping that all are safe
3. That my sister had a good trip and that she is home safe
4. That teenage years do not last forever!! (sorry just had to find the cup half full part..ugh)
5. Sharing birthdays for friends and a short work week!
Hope all have a safe and wonderful week.
Posted by Amanda Evans at 6:43 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
It has been a tough week. I am thankful for the weekend. I need to do something that makes me whole again. This is a project for the Paper Trader's group I am in and it looks like a lot of fun, bleached background paper. I am starting early as it is soccer season and I will be off later to go to her game but sneaking a little me time first. I have some other projects to work on this weekend so lots of fun!! BTW.. My prayers go out to those on the east coast hoping that this new storm does not become too intense and that any in the path stay safe.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
One of my traits is consistency; I joke about it and call it “Auto-pilot”. I can see it in this card. I have used the flowers and paper before. I realize that I like certain creative elements and feel confident to use them. Do you have a comfort creation? I think that is why I love to follow blogs; there are some artists that will create different pieces all the time and I enjoy seeing what they do.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
My daughter took an art class last year and her teacher said "If you think you are done, you aren't". I have to say, I did not and maybe still do not get what she was trying to say to the class. However, today I understand it a little. This pieces started as a little watercolor drawing. I then added it to a bigger piece of paper and collaged around it. Then added some gesso, ink, and shells. I kept looking at it and each time I thought I was done. Not sure if I am done but this is where it is so far. Maybe she was saying that art is emotional and can change?? What do you think?? However, this was a fun project that I did for a challenge over at Paper Traders, check it out.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wishing all a good week.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The lake is pretty full this summer do to more rain this year. It was nice to see all the water and some geese enjoying the day. I have a drawing but I am still working on it. Today, I just wanted to relax and work on a few projects. I am truly thankful for a lot and the top 5:
1. Hiking local trails
2. Time for art
4. Finding peaceful ways to handle my frustration
5. Found items and second chances
Friday, August 19, 2011
My original envelope came back (took a picture but lost it in my camera.. ugr!) I had put the wrong address. That is an easy fix. So after that I sent it right back out!! Yeah.. not that I wouldn' t mind making some more, I just have some other projects I would like to work on.. so let's hope this time I did it right.
Literally, starting over on my post cards. I am participating in my first swap and am very excited. I worked on them a lot and finished early. Again being so eager, I sent them in early. But maybe because of this eagerness, I did something wrong and they have not arrived yet. I am very lucky that I had sent a note and Lenna emailed yesterday to say they still have not gotten there. Not sure what I did but there is still time to make more and meet the deadline! So I get to play some more and create 3 new cards and this time be very careful how I send them.. So my question is.. do I create the same designs again? Well I guess I really can't because some items were one of a kind. So I think I will use some ideas from before but change a little. And then when I am done, I will be very careful as I won't have enough time to do again. Wish me luck.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Some days I would just rather be there! Just a little fun learning to watercolor. I started with a pencil drawing and then watercolored it. Some day I will do this a lot more.. Where would you rather be today, or are you right where you want to be??
Monday, August 15, 2011
I really liked the color theme this week over at Play Date Cafe . This is my card for the challenge. I used a golden texture paper I had for the base. The sections are BoBunny paper. I love the double-sided paper, it makes so many possibilities . The backing paper and ink is True Teal from CTMH. I cut the flowers out of the teal background paper using my new cricut. The center of the flowers are silver micro beads from Martha Stewart collection. The Happy Birthday stamp is from Inkadinkado. Then for a last touch, I added little jewels on the crown on top and the birthday tag.
Posted by Amanda Evans at 8:28 AM
Yep it is Monday again... I did have a creative weekend and that always makes the week following a little easier. I finished this ATC. I appreciated the support comments about letting it sit. I am still learning but this worked out. Added the stamped dragonfly and then wanted something else and these words were rambling around in my brain so I added it to the card. Under the word Love, I added a heart made from tissue paper. Then added the black pigment ink to the edge. NTS, pigment takes time to dry so don't pick up the card and then a white piece of paper. For awhile, I could not figure out where all the black smudges were coming from! Haha..
P.S. I added this to a WTA swap on a great yahoo group Paper Traders.
Wishing all a great week!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
FAIR WARNING... Emotions are top of the list today.. I feel so much support in blogland. I may not get to sit down with a great cup of coffee (or tea) and have a heartfelt conversation with my blog friends BUT I do get so much support, guidance, and friendship from so many I visit and that visit my blog. Every time I think that I am not a real artist or I doubt myself, I can log on and read some comments from wonderful people or visit some of the blogs I follow and I am restored! A perfect example is this journal. It worked into a challenge at Inspiration Avenue and I received so much support and positive comments that I love this journal even more. I added my first post and then added this little badge inside that is a stamped image of Hero Arts and then watercolored over it using my pencils and a wet brush (a technique learned in blogland!). I am growing artistically and so thankful, the Top 5 are:
1. Friends I have met in blogland
2. Patience is a virtue I really need to keep reminding myself of
3. Watercolor pencils
4. To remember to challenge myself and do what I fear
5. Prayers are my strength and roots
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Inspiration Avenue is Sun-Kissed so I decided to create that picture. I started with water color pencils. I drew and used a wet paint brush to get the color. Then the hammock is made from a mesh bag and gesso. The palm tree is scrap paper (always a few scraps need to be included.. haha) The sun is stamped on tissue paper with some yellow watercolor behind it. The final touch was adding the small shell pieces.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Creative Swaps 1000 Post Giveaway
In my blogging travels, I am finding such fun places to learn, share, and win! haha For a little over a year now I have been blogging, so when I find blogs that have been going on for years, I am very amazed. And for mine, I hope to do the same.
Well one of these great blogs I visit is Creative Swaps by Lenna. And since she has reached her 1000 posts, she is doing a great giveaway. With several chances to win, I really like all of the various prizes but if I had to pick one that I liked best it would be the collage items. Who doesn't love winning lots of fun items like that. Well I hope you take a hop over and check out the swaps and enter to win some fun prizes!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
This was the label that was on the package. I love the design and it was made from recycled paper.
Evil Ednas world domination plans. It is part of a "Pay It Forward" posting she had. As you can see it made of pizzle pieces glued together. She has layers of colors, it looks like some metalic one too.
I tried to capture the embossing that has been added. There are all kinds of designs that look like gears, cogs, and other round items.
There is also a beautiful metal piece that she had added. It is a vine with leaves and flowers. It is such a unique piece. I am so thankful to have this little piece art from a very creative blogger friend. THANKS so much Evil Edna...
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
For this card, I used cut outs from a birthday paper packet. I used a flower edge punch for the top and the bottom.The butterfly is a cricut cut-out and I added the micro beads and the wire bead antenna. Added the pink pearls to the brown ribbon and label.
I love these balloons double layer stamps from Stampin Up. Used a the crimper again to add paper to the front edge. Used the edge trimmer for the side and the brown to cover the full edge of the card..
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
1. Breakfast with family
2. Summer breezes and simple days
3. Remembering that nothing is forever
4. Working outside my comfort zone
5. Sending off my first swap items
Wishing all a mellow and simple week.
Friday, August 5, 2011
(creative swaps). This is my first swap and my first mail art. The theme is to answer the questions "A summer's day...". This one is A summer's day at the beach. I created it based on a stamp I have of a palm tree on an island. The tree is paper with stitched palm branches. Added shells to the shoreline and suns to the sky.
These were fun to create and I look forward to see what I get back in return!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wishing all a good week.