"The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit,
the greater your capacity to create."

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Trees Tip-In pages

I am participating in the Tip-In Journal project over at Paper Traders.  This month, my assignment was to do a spread for Heather's "Trees" journal.  My first attempt was nice but just not quite 'artsy' enough for me:


This is one of my favorite quotes and the page is much prettier in person - metallic gold background with lots of texture and color variation, multi-hued glitter on the tree, etc.  Still, I felt that Heather deserved something better (as she is a very accomplished artist) so I went back to the table and created this:


It's very simple in style but I think the overall effect is gorgeous.  The background was made by reconstructing paper from little torn bits using Aleene's matte decoupage medium.  The colors are so rich - I love it!  I hope Heather will too.  But I'm sending her both sets of pages, just in case she wants the first set also.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Home is my Castle

Marion is hosting her annual blog ATC swap and I have been wanting to participate for several years but always seem to be too busy to fit it in.  This year, I finally managed to get my cards done but I still need to mail them to Germany so hopefully they will arrive in time!

Her theme is "My Home is my Castle" using part of a building for the person's body or clothing, etc.  You can read all about it on her blog here and be sure to check out all the other terrific entries.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I'm a Trader Treasure!

I know my blog has been a bit neglected lately but I just wanted to pop in to say that my Word Prompt Journal page last month was chosen as the Paper Traders' Trader Treasure!  The prompt was "Choose Love" and the challenge was to use tissue paper or napkins in your art.  This vintage film tissue paper was an RAK from another artist quite some time ago and I was excited to have this project to use it on (I'm also in love with the tiny film strip craft tape I found at Michael's recently!):

There's a new prompt and challenge each month so hop on over to the Paper Traders blog and play along!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Free PhotoBooks Giveway

So my sister turned me on to this awesome giveaway that was just too good not to share...  PhotoBookGirl is giving away a whole year's worth of free photobooks on her blog to one lucky winner.  Go check it out!
http://www.photobookgirl.com/blog/the-mother-of-all-giveaways-a-year-of-photo-books-dream-prize-package-from-mypublisher/

Monday, April 22, 2013

Congratulations to my Blog Hop Winner!

Congratulations to my blog hop winner...  Letha Richardson!

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to visit and leave such kind comments.  I appreciate each of you so much.  Below are the results of my random drawing (using the List Generator tool from Random.org):

There were 20 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
Letha
Connie
Glenda
Jo
Amanda
Joy
Cathy
Marion
Gill
Pattie
Lisa
JoAnne
Sam
Donna
Gigi
redjanfan
Cathee
Fairyrocks
Michelle
Beverley Baird
Timestamp: 2013-04-22 14:37:02 UTC

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's Blog Hop Time!

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***


I am excited to participate the First Paper Traders Blog Hop. I hope it will be a way for you to get to know me and a few of the other group members better, see our art, and get a chance to win some nice prizes that are being offered along the way.  Maybe you'll even be inspired by what you see and want to join the group.

If you're new to my blog then let me introduce myself.  I'm Beckie and I live in San Diego.  I am one of the group moderators for Paper Traders.  I am a mixed media artist who is still learning a lot and interested in trying new techniques.  If you have some time, feel free to browse my blog to see some of the things I've created.  Or you can check out my Flickr as well.  I work full-time as an office manager for an insurance agency and I am definitely a detail-oriented, uber-organized type of person.  That's why art is such a welcome change of pace for me but also such a challenge.  I am trying very hard to get outside of the box and just be messy!  I think art is a great therapy for me.

For this blog hop, I am offering the following handmade folder filled with 8 coordinating ATCs that I created.  I have cherished these for some time now but am finally willing to share them with someone else.  I hope whoever wins them will enjoy them as much as I have.



Just comment below and provide a way for me to contact you and I will pick a randomly drawn name from those who leave a comment.  One entry per person, please.

The Blog Hop will be open the entire weekend of April 19-21, 2013.  Be sure to start at the Paper Traders Art Blog and follow the blog hop list of participating members below:
  1. Paper Traders Art Blog
  2. Bockel24
  3. Art and Soul
  4. Sunshine, Lollipops and Butterflies
  5. Creative Solace
  6. Art Beckons  <== You are here
  7. Scrap Panda
  8. Creative Musings
  9. A Surcee Life
  10. Textile Delights
  11. Stampgram's Studio
  12. Glenda's Art Escapes
  13. FairyRocks
Have fun on your journey and I hope you'll come back to visit soon!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Paper Traders Blog Hop



I am excited to participate the First Paper Traders Blog Hop. I hope it will be a way for you to get to know me and a few of the other group members better, see our art, and get a chance to win some nice prizes that are being offered along the way.  Maybe you'll even be inspired by what you see and want to join the group.

The Blog Hop will be open the entire weekend of April 19-21, 2013.  Be sure to start at the Paper Traders Art Blog here http://papertraders-art.blogspot.com/ and follow the blog hop list of participating members, which will be posted later this week.

Each member will share a little bit about herself and offer either a handmade art piece or other quality prize that will be randomly awarded to blog readers who leave a warm, fuzzy comment.

Come back this weekend to start the artful journey!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Magazine Collage Canvas

Cathy is hosting a magazine collage canvas swap in our Paper Traders group this month.  The challenge was to use a magazine image in your work.  I had saved this image of a silhouetted girl with an umbrella and applied her to my painted and stamped canvas.  I used flower-shaped die cuts to mask the paint and used a stencil for the green vines.  I added details with my white, green, and gold paint pens.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ribbon Dolls

This month, I hosted a ribbon dolls swap in our Paper Traders group.  These dolls were inspired by a project seen on Ten Two Studios.  For this swap, I only needed to make two but they were so cute, I couldn't stop myself and I had to make a couple of extras.  I'm keeping the orange gypsy for myself and her sister in pale pink will be an RAK for someone special.  =)


Thursday, February 14, 2013

From the Heart - a color swap

I recently hosted an ATC swap in our Paper Traders group that included a color challenge - pink, brown, & white.  The theme was "From the Heart" in honor of Valentine's Day.  I've been itching to do something with corrogated cardboard and came up with these cute painted hearts.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Follow Your Heart

In our Paper Traders group, we are doing a word prompt journal challenge this year.

For January, the prompt was "Live Simply" and had to include some kind of rubber stamping... here's my page:

This month, the prompt is "Follow Your Heart" and the challenge is to include some hearts on your page... so here's what I came up with:

The lavender is actually a printed napkin layered over the torn text... one of my favorite techniques!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

White-on-White

I know my blog posts lately have been sporadic at best.  I really have been working on several things recently so I will try to get them updated here soon to show you.

This past week, I finished my spread for Cathy's tip-in journal in our Paper Traders group.  Her theme is White-on-White so this is what I came up with... let me just say that it was somewhat challenging to place that tulle on the page using gel medium!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Snowflake Tags

Recently in our Paper Traders group, Pam hosted a snowflake tag swap.  I was having so much fun with Cat Kerr's technique that I decided to try it with white paint instead of a dark color.  The result isn't quite as striking, but still pretty...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year Inspiration



I'm hosting a tag swap over at Paper Traders this month and the theme is to use an inspirational quote for the new year.  After reading my latest issue of Somerset Studio, I loved the technique used by Cat Kerr on her mini canvas necklace (page 52) so I decided to try applying this method to my paper tags.

I started with a plain manila tag to which I added a light coat of gesso.  Then I used gel medium to adhere different textured items to my tags - some tulle, a piece of woven straw ribbon, some extra chunky mulberry paper, and a few paper flower cutouts.  I covered everything with a layer of green acrylic paint and let it dry.  At this point I was thinking the green was way too ugly and I didn't know if the textures were pronounced enough, but I added a coat of Mod Podge and braved on with the next step...

I adhered my chipboard quotes and then, following Cat's instructions in the magazine, I watered down some dark acrylic paint (I used navy blue) and spread it over the top of everything.  I crossed my fingers, waited a few minutes, and started wiping the dark paint off again.  Cat recommended using a baby wipe but I found this took too much of the paint off (probably because I was working on paper with very thin textures) so I just rubbed with my fingers, cleaning them often so I could pick up more paint as I went.

Once everything was dry again, I used some colored buffing wax to highlight the textured areas.  Cat recommends Rub 'n Buff but I used my Metallic Rub-Ons by Craf-T in brass.  I added some random bright blue accents using my oil pastels and then spattered everything with some off-white acrylic paint.  Lastly, I added white accents with my Sharpie paint pen.

As a final touch, I added the brass butterflies and some glitter accents on my drawn flowers.  Finally, I used a little extra colored buffing wax (in golden white) to lighten the edges of my tags for more dimension.  I sprayed everything with a coat of fixative when I was done.  I also mounted printed cardstock to the back of my tags to reinforce them.

About half-way through this project, I thought I was going to have to scrap the whole thing because it looked u-g-l-y ("you ain't got no alibi!")... but I am so grateful I followed all the steps all the way through because I think the end results are phenomenal - there's so much color and texture and I really learned a lot about how to combine different mediums for a beautiful finale.