Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sketch Art Tuesday!!

So we are already at the end of the month.. wow last day I should say.. I can't believe how fast it is just going by!! Today is the last of my month's Sketch Art Tuesday Theme.. "flowers".
 We will see what sparks for next month's theme.. not sure yet.. but I know I will have some hearts floating around!! February is the month of "LOVE"

So this is my sketch for today..
Using most of what I used this month..
some glitter nailpolish, and copics.. a combination of all three.

for this piece of Art I didn't want to stay in the lines of my design.
so applying the pan pastel pencils I applied the colour just like using
a crayon and with my fingers in a circular motion , I moved the
colour all around the image..

It almost has a glow effect and stands out from the whiteness of the background.

I did the same thing with the little bird on the ground..

I hope you are enjoying these Sketch Art Tuesday's . It is something different for me and I love
sharing my Art with you.. it is totally my style.

on another note.. anyone joining the class over at Christy Tomlinson's  blog.
it is by one of my Favourite people Junelle Jacobson. It is all about sketch Art and using
the everyday to inspire you.. I am all signed up and can't wait
for March to get here.. you can find all the detail here!!

I am looking forward to learning more about Sketch Art.. and will be posting my projects once the class starts.. yippee for learning. I just can't wait to get started. Hope you join me!!

See you all next week for more
Sketch Art Tuesday and another FUN month!!


Monday, January 30, 2012

Project Life 366..

Good Morning ..I am loving the simplicity of my Project Life!!
As I said before I am using a  4x6 photo album for my project.. one I purchased
at Walmart and the plastic in this photo album is amazing.. strong quality.
I got some digital elements from the Clementine and Turquoise additions of PL.
you can purchase these at Jessica Sprague.com
I am  resizing them to fit my album.. I am loving the colours
and for the instant delivery in my inbox.. this totally is worth getting.

here is my week
January 23-29th
I also added two layouts.. one side is a layout using some Unity and the
other side  has more events from the week
 and the journaling  of the week as well .

for more Project Life participants check out Project Life Tuesday ... on  The Mom Creative

I am just in love with this collection and this album might just be a favourite.. so I will collect more for the upcoming years ahead..  Thanks for coming by for a look.
Hope you have a great day..

Saturday, January 28, 2012

VIrtual CHA... Unity Style!!

Well it is that time again.. and Unity has a treat for you at every turn..
Chris and Angela are headed to CHA.. doing something totally different.
They are going to have a wonderful time visiting , chatting, with no booth this year
but wait.. all the fun will be on the BLOG, Facebook and Pinterest..
Unity Style..

 Welcome Virtual CHA..
check out what is in store.. starting yesterday if you ordered
there will be a chance to win $300.00 worth of Unity!!

 Also when ordering ,, if you spend anything over 25.00 you will get a free itty bitty..
details below...

These are the Release we have for Winter CHA.. come visit
the Unity Blog everyday for some amazing
cards made by our Unity DT
and the stamps in those sets..
great eye candy there too.

 We also have them all shown and ready for purchase on the Unity Website as well..
I just love the time of year.. so many exciting items.. I want them all.. haha!!

Have a great day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Unity Stamp Co. Virtual CHA !!

Are you ready..
to have some FUN starting NOW!!!
Angela from Unity Stamp Company
is having a ....
Virtual 2012 CHA event over on the
and on...

Happy FWF!!
Starting Now you can check out
all the exciting NEW co-brands.

here is just one


I am so excited about this release
I have been a fan of Heidi Grace Designs for many many
years and still have a  hoard pile of her papers in my
scrap stash!!

so when I saw these NEW stamp I nearly feel off my seat.
here is just one of the many stamp kits and itty bitty's.
These kits will be on the Unity  website This week .. so make sure you
go and check it out!!

here is a card I made.. using some images from
"on the beach" !!

So if you are in the mood to get excited about some new rubber..
 check out the links above..
 we will be showcasing all the
 NEW Winter CHA release starting NOW 
 and all through next Friday.. so check the blog everyday!!

Angela and Christian are travelling to California for the CHA event
and will have some FUN video's to share as well..
I just love this time of year!!
I will be glued to my computer all weekend!!
 it is also a great day today.. the February SMAK kit is on the website !!

here is a layout I did using some of the images.. love this!!

 and one more thing.. I have a new video up.. Unity TV..

I did a Art Journaling Video.. some laughing.. lots of talking.. because I can't help myself!!
all using this months January 2012 KOM.. {Heart & Soul}.. and you still have time to sign up !!

here is the video!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sketch Art Tuesday.. on a Wednesday!

Hello everyone, sorry for the delay.. but it was such a busy Tuesday
I was busy doing a video for Unity TV.. that I will post on Friday.. and life happens.
So I am doing Sketch Art Tuesday on a Wednesday!!.
I thought I would do this after the kids were asleep.. but then..haha I fell asleep.. and
was wide awake at 3:30 am.. figures!!

So here I was painting and doing my post..

Today I am going the opposite way.. and doing a art journaling page.
I usally do it this way.. where I start with a blank canvas ( or page)
paint and then sketch!

Today it is all about Poppies..
I just love Poppies!!

My most favourite colour is turquoise ( aqua) , any shade of this blue!!
I start by covering my page with this colour.. this is a shiny paint so you will see
some shine to it!!

 then with some green acrylic paint I put down some lines... not perfect lines!!

Now comes the red.. just wavy circles.. and some wonky small oval shapes..

I do this in three layers.. drying with my heat gun the first 2 times and letting it dry naturally the third... you will see if you use the heat gun you will get some bubbly parts.. I like those parts best..it give it texture!

This is it dry!

Now the fun part of sketching my poppies.. I just go with the flow of the paint.. adding some layers to the petals so it doesn't look flat!

for the insides of the flowers. I used my Faber Castell Big Brush artist pen in black to fill in the centers.. this drys quick !

here is a different angle of my piece.. I added some white gelato Faber Castell to the background.. so the texture of the paint stood out more.. this is the effect of the heat gun.. nothing else.. love that!

the added white is actually a Martha Stewart opaque marker.. it goes on like paint.. and it gave me the perfect with dotted accents.
here is the finished Art Journaling page..
I wanted it simple.. just like my life..
the life I love.. thanks to my hubby!!

So try sketching this way in your Art journal..
 put the paint down first..
keep it simple ,
 use all your favourite colours..
 and see where it takes you

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Project 365... 2012

Hello and Welcome Monday,
I have wanted to do this post since yesterday..
 but family life gets the best of you, as it should!!
 So this year I am doing Project 365..
I did this last year and found by the summer I was not getting as caught up as I wanted too.
I am lucky that I had a file in my photo's that I would go
once a month and add photo's with dates too.
This helped me alot.. seeing that last Friday I finally got to Costo to get over 240 photo's developed.
They are all added to my 2011 album.. now I will just spend the rest of the month journaling!!
I am hoping to have it all done, by latest end of February!!
I need to set a goal for this one!!

This year I thought I wouldn't even attempt it. I totally forgot to get an album , not even checking
that Becky Higgins had any on sale Black Friday!! So it was not something that was on my mind.
Then January came.. and Face book was filled with "who is doing 365"... yes I caved in, because
it was all so tempting.. but still I had no album to work with.
For us to get this album in Canada it is expensive.. and being a single income family
it was not on a must have basis.. so I went hunting and thought I must have something in my
stash that would do the trick!!
so I found this...

it is an 11x13 album..
it carries 4x6 photo's vertically
for me this is good because I take most of my photo's this way.
it gives me more than 52 weeks of photo's... yippee

the cover of the album was black and gold so I covered the front with some papers
from Nikki Sivils ( Get well collection)
the numbers on the side are from Jillibean soup.
Adhering it all with 450 Quick Dry glue by Helmar!!

here is my inside intro page.. just a photo of myself and Roger and the kids below.
for this album I am using all my paper stash.. so you will see a mix of companies.

So here is how I am going to do my pages... I am starting with January 1st.. and doing the 7 days.. now this leaves me with one 4x6 pocker that I can decorate.. or do some journaling about what happened this week.. I am not going to journal every day.. some of the photo's will explain itself.. I am hoping by doing it paragraph style I can get my words down..
 like I am having a conversation with someone.
I am calling this.. "a week in photo's'.. where I will tell the story of that week, instead of everyday.
I need to make this part easier on myself and get it done weekly.

below are my first 3 weeks of January..

So this is my plan.. will it work?? who knows.. but I am willing to give it a try and see how far it takes me..  I am already liking the simplicity of it all.. adding some stickers, stamps, paper and decorative items here and there. 
Are you doing Project Life??... How are you doing it??
I am thinking I might want to add some of the elements from the Clementine series..
so I will be doing some Hybrid going to Jessica Sprague .com to get some digis.
I will be back next week with more

Project Life...

have a great day

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hip Hop.. Pinterest Inspired!!

Hip Hop..
How are you all doing today..it is just freezing cold here.
NO SNOW.. just COLD!!
If you have come from the Unity Blog. you are in the right place..
make sure you check out all the details later today.

Have you seen all the wonderful products that are coming out for CHA...
I can't wait!! Unity has some amazing stamps coming soon..
This time of year is like having Christmas all over again.. no time for the winter blues!!

So for the next two weeks we, the Unity DT,  are going to show you some
Pinterest Inspired projects..

Pinterest.. another addiction.. I just love it!!
using some of the wonderful things I have seen on Pinterest I made these cards..

this one is this Stamp of the Week (by Lesley Langdon)
Using black , white and green as my colour focus.

here is my Pinterest inspiration.. I just love the pattern and layering of colours.

I also made these two cards these are some new stamps
Inspired by Ang

 and was drawn to this Pinterest for Inspiration...

Really I just love adding a pop of colour to any black and white card. If you check out Pinterest you will find so much eye candy goodness it is hard not to be inspired.

now let's take a stroll over to see what has Inspired

enjoy your day..
for all new releases of these stamps..
also.. remember the Unity website also carries Ippity.. you can buy directly with your Unity purchases.
and Angela has her Birthday sale on till  Friday.. so go over and shop!!!
the coupon code is..  ANG39 


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sketch Art Tuesday... tag art!

Happy Tuesday..
Welcomr to another Sketch Art Tuesday.. with me!! Angie Blom

 I am not going to do a big post today.. only because I have a video..
 and it is long.. and I am sorry but I didn't want to leave anything out of it..
so no editting.. you will even hear me cough.. giggle.. but it will show you the process from the beginning to end.. of this project.
 So if you can bare it out.. grab a coffee, your lunch and enjoy.. 

Here is what I made today.. just a simple sketch of a daily flower with some hearts..stamped texture
and for the glossy, glittery, star effect.. NAIL POLISH!!!!

here is the you tube video.. from start to finish.

Have a great Day...
see you next Tuesday !!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Helmar + Authentique = Heaven on Canvas!!

Inspiration Word Canvas Art...

  Authentique Paper.

I started with an 8x11 stretched Canvas.. using my Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue.. adhering the papers on the front of the canvas and the sides.. I wanted a dry look to this so nothing was added on top.
Distressing the sides with a sanding block and some Tim Holtz brushed Corduroy ink. it gave me the effect to the sides of the canvas.

Now this amazing frindged flower.. I learned how to make TAing for Becky Fleck this weekend at Crop & Create .. she is one amazing teacher.. using some more 450 Quick Adhesive to stick it on the paper.. this holds up amazingly..
I also made some smaller mum style fringed flowers..

I also rolled some of the paper for the stems.. on the paper pieced flowers I used the liquid scrap dots to give me the height I wanted.. and for the flat parts of papers and icons I used some Acid Free Helmar glue.. I just love how fast every thing holds.. ( liquid scrap dots does take longer.. but so worth the time) ...

Here is side of the Canvas.. love the dark browns and light aqua blues.. with that pop of orange.. it was also perfect for the beautiful May Arts floral ribbon in orange.. adding that extra pop...
seeing that the saying on the icon tag said.. " plant kindness & gather love" I used some of the sticker
words diction.. and scattered words around the canvas.. so when I look at it, it will remind myself to do these things daily.. inspirational canvas home decor.. gotta love that!!

this was my project over on the Helmar Design Team Blog..
I had so much fun making this.. and it helped with how fast this glue sets.

Now check out all the beautiful new papers on the Authentique Blog.. i want more

.. it never ends.. I just love paper!!

Have a wonderful day.