I'm downloading right now and can't wait to play.
Back in August I was packing to go on a family vacation - five days in Mexico by the sea. I was thrilled at the thought of getting away for a few days. But ScrapArtist was closing. What was I going to do to keep my creative brain occupied. The day before we were due to leave for Mexico I was browsing the web when I came across Suzi Blu's site and a new class starting up - La Sierena. It was to be a four month mixed media affair creating mermeaids. It appealed to me immediately and I signed up on the spot. As much as I love digi art I had been wanting to get my hands dirty with physical paint for some time but with mixed media being such a big subject I didn't know where to begin. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give it a try, but did I have it in me? What if I couldn't do it? What if I made mistakes? This had always stopped me in the past. As soon as I make a mistake I would abandon the piece or throw it away. All during the vacation my head was filled with mermaid thoughts and once I got home I was keen to start. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this.
Six weeks after signing up for the class I have three finished paintings. I'm pretty pleased with them. Not because they are fine examples of art. They were mostly a learning experience, such as an acrylic wash isn't a good substitute for distressing ink and covering a picture with wax ins't as easy as Suzi makes it look. BUT they are all my own work and they are completed - warts and all.
It's such a joy to see her yummy designs in the store along side all the other wonderful designers. You'll find a whole bunch of familiar faces over there including Adelaide & Amelia, The Four Seasons, Frida, The Flitter Sweets and Steampunk Sue and Lulu too!
I am delighted for an excuse to spend more time over there. If you head off to the store right now you will find 20% off all Christine's designs and 25% off the delicious CatWalk Collection! I hope to see you there.
Have a happy day.
I first saw her at the rescue center back in April. I fell in love with her then, but we weren't really ready for a cat so we left the store without her, but she kept playing on my mind. She had a beautiful face and sat so calmly in her little box. I popped into the store on my way home from work to have another look at her. My heart dropped when I saw her cage was empty. There was no one from the rescue center to ask so I left presuming the little white and tabby cat had found a new home.
Then two weeks ago Joshua and I were passing the time of day in the pet store. We looked at the yapping dogs and then the snakes and then Joshua wanted to see the fish. As we walked past the cat rescue center there was the little white and tabby cat!!! The same one? Yes, yes, that was definately the same cat! I asked Kim the rescue center how long she had been there and she said a long time probably since April or May. Yes, it was the same cat! Of course, I took it as a sign! lol I called Carl and took lots of pictures with my phone and told Kim I would be back for her in two weeks.
We went on vacation to Mexico and our dinner conversation was always about Natalie and how we would look after her.
So finally the big day comes and we go off to the pet store to collect Natalie. When I ask if there is anything I need to know I was surprised when Mike told me she was a spitfire and regularly takes swipes and she needed a firm hand! Were we talking about the same cat? The calm, elegant cat I saw through the perspex glass? The rescue center told me not to expect too much from her for the first two weeks. That she'd probably sit under the sofa for the first couple of weeks only coming out for food. Joshua heard all of this and still wanted to take her home - so we did.
As I'm typing this the next morning Natalie is playing with Joshua on the rug in front of me after sleeping most of the night on Carl's head. Yep, I know we said she wouldn't let her in the bedrooms... lol
At the moment she is the cutest, most loving cat anyone could ask for...
Before leaving for vacation I signed up on a whim for Suzi Blu's La Sirena online workshop. The forum has only been open for a few days but already it looks like lots of fun and I'm looking forward to collecting my mixed media mermaid materials over the weekend!
If you feel like getting creative on a fishy mermaid theme check out Suzi's ning site. I really love her energy and enthusiasim. Her artwork examples are beautiful in a primative, childlike way that makes you feel that just maybe you too could pick up some art materials and make something pretty too. Check her out HERE!
The August prompt can be found here.
And as a sweetner the lovely Hollie is providing a kit of choice to one lucky random participant.
Of course, I should now be showing you an example but Edeena was so swift at moving the challenge that she took me completely by surprise. I am eager to get scrapping tho and will be back with my card as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this month's prompt 'Create a New Story'.
Free To Be Me
Magic: a 4x6 postcard for Sunday Postcard Art
BG Paper, Grass, Tree Stump: Spring Faeries by Holliewood Studios @ DeviantScrap
Book: Sorta Quirky from the designers at ScrapArtist
Sparkles: The Four Seasons by Christine Honsinger aka Fiddlette @ ScrapArtist
Thank you for looking!
And just to tease here's a sneak peek!
Don't forget - it's not available until Monday! :-)
This month Sherrie JD and her fabulous team bring you the wonderful, whimsical, world of steampunk.
This issue is jam packed with interviews, reviews, ideas, fonts, dolls, challenges, inspiration and freebies all in the theme of steampunk.
Meet Winona Cookie the muse behind the beautiful collage works of Ramona Szczerba and get to know Jodie Patterson of Gypsy Chick Designs.
Oh and did I mention Michael deMeng? Yes, there is a full interview with the man himself.
You may recognise our guest writer this month from around the forums. Come and meet her in the forum and gallery and see how you too can be a guest on the zine.
There is a small cover price of $3.00 but you will get it for free if you are signed up to Sherrie JD’s newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to do so now to get the next issue for free. Do this by going HERE to Sherrie’s blog and clicking the ‘Newsletter’ link at the top of the page.
For all the best cutting-edge Steampunk ideas, come and party with the Altered Hearts team like it’s 1899!
Thank you for stopping by and have a happy St Patrick's Day.
Everything available from ScrapArist.com
Stripy Alpha: Deckchair Alpha by Kate Hadfield
Doodle Border: Capture the Moment by Kate Hadfield and Designs by Lili
Thank you for looking!
'Don't wanna eat! Don't wanna get dressed! Don't wanna go to school! Wanna watch TV and draw!'
I drag him out from under the table to get his clothes on.
I hear him running upstairs and slamming draws.
I prepare to have to carry him screaming to the car.
He runs down the stairs.
'I'm ready to go to school now, mom.'
All as sweet as pie.
A big happy grin on his face.
'I heard you in the draws - what were you doing?'
'NO, don't ask, mom. Let's go! Let's go!'
'I have to get something from upstairs.'
I go upstairs and see nothing unusual.
I go back down.
Joshua is waiting by the door.
'C'mon, let's go mom. Let's GO!'
He shoves me out the door.
We're back on time now.
We get in the car and he still won't tell me.
Finally he eats half a bagel and Nutella.
'So what were you doing in the draws, Joshua?'
'Noooo, don't want to say!'
'Is it a secret?'
Munching on bagel.
'Mo-om… You don't have a toothbrush… It's in my draw.'
'You can't clean your teeth!'
'And I have your make-up too…'
Heeehheeehhaahh ahheeehhee ahaaheeeee…
All the way to school!
As a child I was not considered the sweetest.
Sue was the oldest and most beautiful.
Barbara the youngest and cutest.
I was plump and in the middle.
With a pudding basin haircut for most of my childhood years.
I was often mistaken for a boy.
I was just was not sweet enough.
I don't remember too many kisses and cuddles or ooos or arhs from dodting parents.
Mostly be quiet, get your elbows off the table, don't be so rude!
My mother didn't believe in nicknames, shortening names, or terms of endearment.
I did get called carroway seed.
Look it up.
It's practical and plain.
It has no reference to cute, sweet or lovable.
BUT, (que dramatic, happy, happy, music) look who's living the sweet life now! :-)
I'm sure I could win a hotdog eating competition...
Yes, that's what was running thro my head last night - hotdogs and all!
Happy Wednesday everyone.
Everything by Christine Honsinger aka Fiddlette available at ScrapArtist
Paper & Strawberry: Steampunk Sue & LuLu Too COMING SOON
Barbara & Winston: Adelaide & Amelia
Tile Floor: Caliope Catches the Moon
Alpha: Altered Alpha
Beautiful and inspirational...
Movie Poster: Challenge Freebie at Collage Obsession
Everything by Christine Honsinger / Fiddlette at ScrapArtist
Curtain: Altered Elements II
Borders: So Edge-y
Blue Paper: Art Journal III
Yellow Paper: Windy Van Hootens
Hanging Stars: Caliope Catches the Moon
Brushes: Gypsy Chick @ ScrapArtist
Doodle Outline: We All Have a Story by Kara Fredricks
Every morningthis week Joshua has said.
'Mommy, tell me the story of Alice in Wonderland.'
And so I begin.
'Once apon a time there was a little girl called Alice. She was sitting in a beautiful field reading with her little cat next to her when suddenly she saw a little white rabbit holding a pocket watch...'
I won't bore you with the rest of my version.
When I saw this new printer draw by Sherrie JD I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.
Here is Alice's Memory Box...
Click HERE for full credits.
And on the way home Joshua says.
'Mom, let me tell you the story of Alice,' and he begins with 'One day Alice was sitting in a BEUUUUUOOOOO-TI-FUL field...'
Everything by Sherrie JD available at ScrapArtist.
Digi-scrapping was all I could manage yesterday. Pens, papers and inks put away for the fabulous fortieth fiesta. Joshua and I stayed huddled on the sofa for most of Sunday. We were tired and the weather showery - what a great excuse to relax in front of the tv/laptop all day. I'm already feeling the itch to get home and spread the art journaling materials over the kitchen table. I feel I'm making a little progress with the art journaling. Perhaps I'll have some photos for next weekend?
Refreshed today. Monday. Time to shower and dress and get to work...
This month is dedicated to something that is causing a buzz within the online scrapping community – art journaling. If you don’t know what it is all about or want to learn more get over to the ScrapArtist shop for the biggest issue of the zine yet!
Packed full of information, inspiration, challenges and freebies. I think you will find it’s worth every cent of the $3.00 cover price.
Happy art journaling everyone!