Thursday, February 9, 2017

Completed Circle Journal

Last year I shared with you the circle journal I was working on each month with my friends in my Not Your Ordinary Art Class. Each month we created a page in each other's journal based on the theme each member chose for her journal.

My journal, which has the theme "Green," is now complete.  I wanted to share it with you to possibly offer some ideas in case you would like to do this with your own group. 

The printed and cut cover images of Irish kids came from The Graphics Fairy blog. I've made gift tags, die cuts and greeting cards with these cuties before.


A vintage Vogue 1957 pattern envelope with girls in green dresses graces the inside cover. It's copyright was when I was one year old. My how pattern prices have changed. A similar pattern may cost $15 - $20 today.


An explanation of the book with a sign in sheet is opposite the Vogue pattern.


I created the first two pages scattered with green; a card from a dear friend, old photos and miscellaneous buttons and objects.


The rest of the pages were created by others in my class. Kermit the Frog provided a fantastic green creation for my journal!


Below are lovely pages of green fussy cutting (cutting small pieces of paper with scissors) and layering, a technique on which we spent time during one of our meetings last year.


Green Eggs and Ham, provided a delightful addition to my journal. It makes me think of my grandson who enjoys Dr. Seuss books right now.


Mermaid fins created from sparkly green circles made a beautiful water color splash in my book.


An extraordinary painting with lots of green and yellow was inspired from someone's garden.


One member created various shades of wonderful green paint chips.


Upon opening the chips, printed definitions define what each shade of green represents.


Next is a fabulous collection of green objects.


And finally, Green in Nature, is a gorgeous collage of green textures including paper flowers and tulle. 


I put touches of green on the back cover that include an old piece of wallpaper and a cider label.


This was a very rewarding project. My journal is filled with things I love, created by a group of women I admire and with whom I enjoy spending time.


We will be starting another circle journal this month. I am trying to decide on a theme now.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Once Upon A Christmas

I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous art retreat called Once Upon A Christmas.  It was held at the historic Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. 


Sunday, November 27, 2016

November Art Class

This month I drew on a patriotic theme for my artist trading cards. I used one of my favorite graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog of this little patriotic girl, put a die cut star behind her and sponged the edges with blue ink.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sewing Ashleigh's Wedding Dress

When Ashleigh asked me to sew her wedding dress, I experienced a mix of emotions. First of all, I felt honored that she trusted in me so much that I could do the job. Secondly, fearful in that I could potentially make her look bad on her wedding day. And lastly, overwhelmed imagining the steps it would take to make her dream a reality. 

The Bridal Shop

The first thing we did was to visit a bridal shop. We wanted the experience of her trying on bridal gowns to see if the style she liked looked good on her. (I also wanted to make sure that she wanted me to sew the dress - wouldn't it be easier to purchase one?) She immediately gravitated to this dress. This is what she wanted, a simple A line dress. Well, it looked simple enough, right?! No frilly lace to work around. "Why can't we purchase this one?" I asked. She said that she wanted the skirt to be another color, like beige or blush. "No store will have what I want," she said. "So you need to sew it for me." Well, ok then.


Friday, October 28, 2016

October Art Class

My October art class was kind of a blur because it took place just a few days before our daughter's wedding. Each month I share with you our artist trading cards, our circle journals and our monthly project.

I didn't get my artist trading cards completed to share this time, but these lovely trading cards were generously given to me.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Art Class

Gosh, September is almost over and I am just getting this month's art class blog post published! I have been very busy getting ready for our daughter's upcoming wedding. I missed posting last month because we were out of town. Well, here is what I have...artist trading cards from my pals for July's lesson which was on watercolor.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Dan's Trip to Xi'An, Suzhou, and Shanghai, China

I always enjoy the photos my husband, Dan, brings back from his trips to China. This time there were three categories of photos I would like to share with you: the city, the decor and the food.

The City

A model of the ancient city of Xi'An at the entrance to a restaurant in the hotel where Dan stayed.

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Art Class

July's art class was enjoyable as always. For the first hour or so, the eight of us sat around the tables and talked about all kinds of interesting things. 

Here are the artist trading cards I made to share with the group. Since the topic from last month was Graphic45 "fussy cut", we were to practice more of that through our trading cards. We used cardstock produced by the Graphic45 company and cut with a small scissors at least two layers of the same image to give dimension. The layers were held together with foam adhesive. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ashleigh's Bridal Shower with a Vintage Twist

Last Sunday we held our daughter Ashleigh's bridal shower. She and Kyle will be getting married in the Fall. It was a beautiful day to celebrate our bride-to-be. Since we catered the food, I was able to focus on making projects and cleaning our home.

I was thrilled that Ashleigh requested to have a vintage-themed bridal shower. Here I will share with you the projects I made, many of them with my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine (I will refer to it as "Cameo"). As you will see, the Cameo is a machine that has amazing capabilities.


Friday, June 17, 2016

June Art Class

We started off our June art class by going around the room and sharing what we did in the last month. First of all, we shared our artist trading cards that we made with the theme "Prima" art products. Here are some of the beautiful cards that I received.