Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I hear people talk about their mojo being missing, that they aren't inspired, nothing is coming to them.....well, I never feel stuck in a rut because I do challenges. Sometimes they stump me, but figuring out how to do them is what keeps me energized and creative.

Take the current challenge over at Unity Stamps for example:

You have 3 choices to inspire you and usually I am drawn to the color challenges, but in this case I also liked the card sketch challenge. So I combined them together to create a card that normally I wouldn't even have thought of!

Keep in mind what the word challenge means:
a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.

Having said that, let me point out the difficulty I faced in the color choice. They weren't colors I would normally pair up together but I wasn't going to let that stop me! See it as a fun experiment to do something different. 

I also like to use my stamps in different ways and I think the little girl from the Grandma's Needlepoint stamp set works really well in a Halloween card! Thinking outside the box can be a lot of fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silhouette style canvas

Well, here I go again. :)
I have an upcoming show scheduled at the Art MoB Studios and Gallery on Dec. 5th ( time is yet to be scheduled for the opening ).
They loved my "Wildlife Silhouette series" and I'm so excited that they do!
All the canvases are painted with ink backgrounds with acrylic silhouettes.

The following 3 silhouettes are painted with the same ink background and DecoArts Black Tie Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic paint, with the only difference in adding DecoArts Interference from their Media Fluid Acrylics line. I wish I could take better pictures to get the true effect because if you look at the paintings from head on you cannot see the Interference paint, but one the light hits it from an angle, the paint really pops. It's quite a cool effect. It also shows up better on dark colors, hence "Flight" shows the effect better and the other 2 are more subtle, but still lovely.
with Interference Gold

 with Interference Magenta

showing Interference Magenta

showing Interference Gold

Here are more from the Wildlife Silhouette series, but these are without the DecoArt Interference paints.
"Wanderlust "



Now I just need to come up with a name for the show, not sure if "Wildlife Silhouettes" is enough? I feel like it needs a little oomph. I have enjoyed naming each piece though as they have all "spoken" to me as I created them.
And framing, this series will all be framed in black.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Fall Ya'll home decor

Here's a cute and easy fall decor project. 

Supplies used:
DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Satin paints, pumpkin patch,eggplant,chartreuse,black, cotton ball, orange sherbet
DecoArt Paper effects black pearl
DecoArt StarLite Varnish
DecoArt white gesso
DecoArt glass paint marker
flower - Gerber Daisy
fuzzy pipe cleaners
paper die cut leaves
black buttons

Class being taught at
Hendersonville NC Park & Recreations Athletic and Activity Center
September 16th
$20.00 - all supplies included
e-mail me at to reserve your spot

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I love you more than...

I say...yesssssssss
I love my Gelli plate!

I think collaging in my art journal has now crossed over into my card making!! I took 2 different stickers and put them together for this funky little Halloweenie image! Not sure how I would feel if I found him walking around in my pumpkin patch, but I love him on my card!

 My favorite part of this Gelli print is really along the edge

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

time flies

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
― Pablo Picasso
 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973

To know that Pablo Picasso actually lived during my lifetime makes me smile, even if he lived very far away from me. Picasso was baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. How would you have liked to have grown up with that name?

I did a mixed media art journal page over on the {mysweet earth} blog where I ask the question:
"What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"
a quote from Mary Oliver.

I hope you plan on stopping over and checking this page out, I think it might be one of the prettiest pages I have ever done.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


You never know for the most part if you have ever inspired someone. I wouldn't have known about this, if my friend Donna hadn't run across this blog, Quilling,Art and Expression by Antonella, and brought it to my attention. I hope you go over and check out her post and leave her some love.

I have to say I am always surprised that Halloween art sells so well, here are my previous pieces. I need to make some more!
SOLD ~ Helmar Design Team member ~ Sandee

SOLD~ Halloween, wall art

SOLD ~ mixed media signs

Monday, September 1, 2014

Leggy geraniums

So, if you can read my journaling you will know that I have issues with my stubbornness and plants, don't even get me started on vines...::sigh::

This is a contribution to Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens!