"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Summery Floral Greeting!


Since I moved from Florida, I miss the year-round sunshine. But as the saying goes... bring your own sunshine! So, here's some sunshine for both you and me in the form of this summery floral greeting card using both positives and negatives of die-cuts!

I used products from Richard Garay to make this card. Let me list them here for you. Some are affiliate links.
Silver & Gold Collection - Marigold die set
Origami Love - Hey You Folds stamp/die set
Amaze Machine Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Whip Cream cardstock
Delightful Daisy cardstock
Golden Glow cardstock
Pixie Play cardstock
Rock Candy cardstock
Kiwi Slice cardstock
Watermelon Fusion cardstock Journey Glaze
Journey Pro Shears

And now let me walk you through the steps.
 


Diecut the Marigold out of Delightful Daisy and Golden Glow cardstock using Marigold flower die with the Amaze machine.
Be sure to save every piece of both diecuts as we will create an inlay design fitting in pieces from diecuts to create the flower for the card.
 

Repeat the previous step with Pixie Play and Kiwi Slice cardstock using the Marigold branch die and Amaze machine. Save all the pieces.
 

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Trim Rock Candy cardstock to 4" x 5.25" and attach it to the card base.
Cut the stem diecut in two parts with Journey Pro Shears. Using Journey Glaze, attach the flower and branch pieces to the card as shown.
Carefully fit in the negative pieces from the corresponding diecuts of the other color to create an inlaid look.
Cut a small piece of Watermelon Fusion cardstock to make the sentiment block.
Use the sentiment stamp 'Hey You' from the Hey You Folds stamp/die set with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink to stamp the sentiment on the Watermelon Fusion cardstock block.
Attach the sentiment block to the card to finish.

I hope you enjoy! Happy Summer :)
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Colorful Card for the Grad!


Today the class of 2017 graduates high school in my oldest kid's school. A fresh batch of bright grads to embark on a new journey - such a bitter sweet moment. Time for them to fly, time for us to let go. I remember practically bawling at my girl's kindergarten graduation and boy oh boy, I'm not sure, how I'll be when she graduates high school in a few years!!! But, let's set those thoughts aside and celebrate those who did it and the parents who supported their not-so-long-ago-kindergarteners all the way. 

Such emotional moments call for all the colors of the rainbow and beyond! Let's get working on today's card, starting with a list of supplies. I used products from Richard Garay. Some are affiliate links.
RG Days Time Flies Stamp/Die Set
Amaze Machine
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Whipped Cream cardstock
Journey Foam Squares
Coloring Pencils
Pencil
Ruler 
Pen

And now let me walk you through the steps. 


Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Use ruler and pencil to draw the burst design. Fill in the slots with coloring pencils. It's really fun!
Stamp the wrist watch using Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink on Whipped Cream cardstock.
Using the corresponding die from Time Flies Stamp/Die set and Amaze machine, diecut the wrist watch.  
  

Use Coll Caribbean and Raw Gold Silk Lusters, color the die-cut wristwatch.
Splatter Gold Silk to the card.
Attach the wristwatch to the card with foam squares.
Write the sentiment around the diecut with pen to finish.

If you are the proud parent of a grad, I want to congratulate you too. YOU DID IT!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Foundations of Drawing


While I don't regret being self-taught, I do sometimes wonder about what if I had gone to art school and how would it have influenced my creativity. So, I try to read about art as often as I can and that's why I was drawn to Al Gury's Foundations of Drawing. As the author states in his introduction: "The book takes the point of view that clear information on the history, materials, and techniques of drawing creates the ability to understand drawing, make choices, and chart one's development in drawing with a sense of confidence."

Included in this book are works of masters as well as students of the author, as young as first grader as he elaborates on the evolution and use of tools and techniques of the trade. There are 5 chapters - Essential History of Drawing, Essential Drawing Materials, Essential Drawing Skills (this one's my favorite!), Essential Aesthetics in Drawing and Essential Drawing Demonstrations.

And if you have ever wondered why is it so very hard to draw a straight line, you have to read this book!  

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits


"Painting with colored pencils brings the best of both worlds - painting and drawing. It produces the richness and saturation of the surface with colors, which is a signature trait of a painting, within a completely controllable process, which is the prerogative of a drawing." - Alyona Nickelsen, Colored Pencil Painting Portraits.

That girl in the above picture was created with colored pencils - can you believe it? And the artist shows you the steps to create realistic portraits like this with colored pencils. There's detailed description of not only how but also why the artist author uses the mediums that she does. For those who are turned off by nude portraits, the good news is every portrait in this book is clothed. I particularly love the appendix where the author lists a comparative analysis of blending properties of selected colored pencil brands so you can decide which one is the best choice for the project you are working on.

A must have for anyone who wants to learn more about colored pencils, blending techniques and creating realistic portraits!

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  
 

Art Journaling Class is LIVE on Creativebug TODAY!


How would you like to learn to add fluid vibrancy to your art journal pages with tea stain dyes? Not only that, in my Art Journaling: Mixed Media on Paper, you'll learn how to draw everyday objects in a simplified form, document your day or record an observation, create focal points, and finish with doodled details and dimensional elements. Whether you're new to art journaling or a seasoned mixed media artist, you’ll enjoy this playful and experimental way of approaching art

This online workshop is about 40 minutes in length and divided into the following segments:

  • Overview

  • Materials

  • Creating backgrounds with dye

  • Observational drawing and mark-making

  • Other examples of mixed media

  • Adding collage and other embellishments

Not a Creativebug member? Wanna try it out? Follow this link!

New members will get their 1st month of Creativebug + 1 class to keep forever for just $1. They'll also receive 30% off at Jo-Ann Fabric. 

When you sign up through the link below you'll receive a welcome email from Creativebug, then a second email with the coupon code to use either online or in-store at Jo-Ann Fabric.

How cool is that!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video Tutorial: Card for Grads in Under 10 Minutes


Hi everyone! Today I have a challenge for you: create a card for a grad in under 10 minutes! If you need some inspiration to get you started, watch this video by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

Here's a list of the supplies I used for my card. Some are affiliate links.
RG Origami Love Stamp/Die Set - Shine Bright
Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink

Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Amaze Machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster

Rose Chintz Silk Luster
Sparkle Silk Luster
Journey Foam Squares

Journey Pro shears

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Book Review: Boss Bitch


..."we are always reminded that time flies. But guess what? You're the pilot, so let's fly..." - this is my favorite quote from Nicole Lapin's Boss Bitch! What an empowering statement! This book is like a 12-step road map to a more confident, savvy you where you are not afraid to own what comes with the territory.

With a fun conversational tone, the author demystifies several technical business and money concepts. It is not easy to be successful AND comfortable in a boss's role for many women. This book addresses the women who are learning to be the boss of their lives and at work, those who are currently in that role at work and also the women who aspire to be bosses some day. If you belong to any of these groups, I suggest you read this book too. No matter what stage of life or career you are at, you can take charge.

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Card Tutorial: Dress Up a Paper Doll



4th of July, U.S.A. Independence Day is less than a month away and there's glorious red, white and blue starting to adorn almost every corner around here. That has become the inspiration for today's card. So, here it is - a paper doll dressed up in patriotic colors. The best part? You can dress up paper dolls not only to create a card, but matching centerpiece, party decor, party favor... you name it! 

I used products from Richard Garay for this card. Here's the list of supplies for you to get started. Some are affiliate links.
Silk Lusters - Cool Caribbean
                    - Gold
                    - Rose Chintz
Whipped Cream Cardstock
Coloring pencils
Adhesive
Pencil


Diecut the doll parts out of Whipped Cream cardstock using The Patriot die and Amaze machine.
Attach the parts together to make the doll. Color the doll as shown using color pencils.
Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.5" x 5.5" card.
Splatter Cool Caribbean And Raw Gold Silks to the card base.
Attach the patriot to the card with foam squares for a little dimension. 


Draw a base for the patriot to stand on. Use the brush from the Rose Chintz Silk bottle to color the base.
Write the sentiment with that same brush. You could use paint or marker for this step if you like.
While you are it, splatter a little Rose Chintz Silk to the card making sure not to splatter on the patriot.
And that's your finished card!

I hope you enjoyed! 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Book Review: Insight


More often than not, there's a gap between how we think we come across to other people and how we ACTUALLY do. Over time, that gap fills up with miscommunications, frustrations and stalemates! This happens to most of us. This happens to the best of us. 

How we are, what we think of ourselves and what others see may not always line up. If only we had a clue about how even our most well-meaning efforts are being received, we might avoid so many miscommunications, relationship difficulties and workplace impasses.

Tasha Eurich's Insight might help you close those gaps and balance your views of yourself and other people's view of you, making you a more effective communicator and more successful with people in general.

Written in an easy-to-understand language and full of real-life examples and applicable exercises, Insight can be really helpful for anyone who has ever been bewildered by the reactions of others during an interaction.    

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.