Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Art Class

This month our instructor taught us about Prima art products. We applied metal objects, lace, sewing pattern pieces, gesso, texture paste and paint to a small canvas. When I saw the model piece, I immediately thought "wedding"! This is how mine turned out! I love how the sewing pattern piece created a nice textured background.

On the left, you can see the sewing pattern piece glued down and other elements assembled; on the right the painting process.

We held our monthly swap. We were to layer stamps since that was our lesson last month. I had fun playing with my old stamps and assortment of various ink pads.

The rose stamp was a Christmas gift from my future son in law. It has meant so much to me and I just love it! Hmmm...I plan on making some kind of collage for Ashleigh's and Kyle's engagement and am thinking that maybe I will use this rose stamp on it!

Here are the cards I received from my friends.

We brought our circle journals with us to swap. Each month we will complete a page in another member's journal. I'm very excited about this. My journal theme is the color green. It's shiny because I had the cover laminated before I used my Cinch machine to put it all together. I like to make my journals myself. These Irish kids are some of my favorite graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog.

The back of the journal has a strip of vintage wallpaper with a vintage bottle label. I didn't realize until writing this post that it had the word Irish on it and really ties in with the cover! I love when things like that happen, don't you!?

back and front of the journal

We completed the first pages of our journals as an introduction to the journal.

This Little Miss Sunshine card is one of my favorites I've received from a dear friend. I had been holding onto it trying to find a special place for it. 

I love these ladies that are a reprint from an old photo I picked up at an antique shop. They, along with other fun pieces I had, found a special spot in my journal.

I will be working on my partner's journal and will share her page next month. I'm so grateful for this tight knit craft group. I look so forward to meeting with them each month. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April Art Class

April's art class was enjoyable as always. This time we practiced layering with stamps. Here are the pieces I made that day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Baby Shower Decor: Banners, Toppers & Confetti

I was recently asked to make decorations for two baby showers. The interesting thing was that their themes were quite similar. One had an Alice in Wonderland theme, and the other theme was a children's storybook. The three items I made for each party were a banner, cupcake toppers and confetti for the table.

For the Alice in Wonderland banner, I cut pieces from a children's book

photos from this baby shower compliments of Ashleigh Antle

Friday, March 18, 2016

March Art Class at Palette & Paper

This month we met at one of my very favorite inspirational creative spaces called Palette & Paper. We worked with colored pencils this time. But before we did that, we visited for awhile and then partook in our monthly Artist Trading Cards (ATC) swap.

With our swaps, we practice what we learned from our previous class. So since last month we dabbled in stencils, die cuts and stamps, that's what we did. Here's my creation. After cutting lilies with my Cameo, I decided they would be the perfect size for my ATCs. The lilies have a green base, and a second piece (the flower I cut from white cardstock) adhered to it with glue dots. The flower was sponged with ink.

Monday, February 22, 2016

February Art Class

I enjoyed February's art class with the Not Your Ordinary Art Class group.

Friday, February 12, 2016

13th Annual Indiana Art Fair

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Indiana State Museum. I received a complimentary ticket to attend this event. All opinions are 100% my own.

I'm excited to tell you about a local art event that is going on at the Indiana State Museum right now. The 13th annual Indiana Art Fair started this evening, February 12th, and will continue through tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 5 p. m. This annual event features some of Indiana's best artisans showcasing and selling their work. Guests are able to enjoy the museum experience, while browsing the works of more than 60 artists representing 22 counties on all three levels of the museum. 

A special preview titled Galentine's Art Night was held tonight. "Gal's night out" featured an evening of art, food, drink and music. I attended a private reception with the artists and painted my own masterpiece. (I also received a cute little package of fun Valentine's Day cards when I checked in to the event - see * at the end of this post.)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wedding Wonderland

It's my time to enjoy the experience of planning a wedding with my daughter, Ashleigh.

Photo taken at the Indiana Fairgrounds Bridal Show

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Art Class

I have finally found an art group that meets monthly in my part of town. It is called Not Your Ordinary Art Class. I have been searching for this type of group for several years! What a great way to start the new year! The ladies are all so sweet and welcoming. The group started 15 years ago so that tells me it's a good one!

Each month I will learn a new skill, have lunch, and swap artist trading cards (ATC) with the group. ATCs are miniature pieces of art that are traded in swap groups. The only official rule is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. Our ATCs will have a theme, usually drawing on the skill of what we learned the previous month. This month, though, we started with our "word of the year". Through the holidays, I had been searching for my word of the year when I noticed a Facebook challenge showed up in my feed that offered to help me find my word of the year. I took FB up on their offer and my word became "wisdom!"

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Happy List

With some trips I took this Fall, I got a little behind in getting ready for Christmas this year. But once I got started, it flowed nicely.

1. My season started with a bus trip I took with my Mom to Michigan. We visited an enormous Christmas store called Bronner's, in Frankenmuth. Bronner's has the most ornaments and decorations I've ever seen in one place. Have you been to Bronner's? If you haven't been there yet, I would highly recommend putting it on your bucket list.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Happy List - Birthday Month

November is a big month at our home. My husband, Dan, and I have birthdays 6 days apart. Our son, who traveled from out of town, and daughter spent time with us so that made our birthdays extra special. This year, the last of my 50's, I hosted my own birthday party with a few girlfriends. Why wait for a 60th birthday party? We had our nails done and lunch afterwards. It was called a Girlfriend Gratitude Birthday Party because I am very grateful to have these women in my life.