In order for me to feel cooler, I wanted to look at a nice refreshing picture. Here is one of John and I in 2003. We were on a boat in the Caribbean getting ready to snorkel off the coast of Cancun. Doesn't that water look fantastic? Oh, it was! Don't you feel cooler now? I know I do.Oh get this: San Diego Gas & Electric has asked everyone to set their air conditioning to 78 in order to save energy and avoid blackouts due to overconsumption of power on the grid. Let me just say that I think that is a bunch of horse *&!#. They did this to us (California) about 5 years ago and they had rolling blackouts. The actually turned off all the power in huge areas for a period of 1-4 hours at a time in order for the grid to save power. They said it kept the State from shorting out or losing power or some stupid thing. Guess what happened after all that happy crap? They raised our rates! Big time!! I believe they, SDG&E, PG&E and oh hell, what is the other one...... anyways, they're all in cahoots to extort money from the people. Simple as that. Hey guys, remember Enron? hehehe The heat is getting to me. I'm getting cranky. I'm going to bed now.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Kim's instructions were to do one side of this 4x4 coaster into an art doll of ourselves and to tell some stuff about us. I'm rather tickled with the art doll I made. The body parts are stamped with a stamp from Grand Adventures. It is called the Spirit Doll stamp. This doll was made with the small spirit doll. I also have the large spirit doll stamp. I think this doll really looks like me. If you know me, don't you agree? Well, ok, maybe my head isn't that HUGE but the rest of my body is pretty accurate.The flip side of the 4x4 coaster was to be filled up with quips of our simple treasures. I had a hard time getting started, but once I got going, I had to pare down the list. I think we get so used to some daily things in our life that we don't realize they really are treasures. I'm not exactly thrilled with my layout on this side of the coaster, but since I was the last one to make her pages, I didn't want to copy others' layouts. They're all so awesome. It's tough to follow such great crafters. You wanna know who they are? Ok, if they have a blog, here they are: Ethel, Angie, Lisa, Clarissa and Kim. So after I finished up Kim's CJ, I posted a picture of my Mini Me on the SS and now I'm doing a Virtual Swap. A virtual swap is where the people who want to do the project, in this case, make a Mini Me of themselves, the let me know via email or PM and I snail mail them some images. Once they've completed their Mini Me, all they have to do is post it in the gallery on the Stamp Shack. It's just fun to see how each person interprets the project.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
These aren't done on canvas, but on 5x7 chipboard. I just felt like painting in pinks and beiges one day. I've been taking it slowly and adding one thing at a time until it feels right. These are three different projects. Yes, it's the same white fence. I still have a piece or two left, so you may even see it again!
I'll post these projects as I finish them. I just wanted you to know I have been working on SOMEthing.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
- Julie's blog, The Land of Lost Luggage. If her blog isn't on your feed list, it should be. Her art is eclectic and fun. I love how she mixes all types of mediums and papers. She is inspirational, funny and she is also a great friend. I wonder if she likes being called a chick? Oh geez, I see she's already been nominated. Well, I nominate her again because Julie rocks big time.
- Pam's blog, Stamping with Serendipity. This gal just knows how to make beautiful cards. She often has an inspirational quote at the end of her posts. I look forward to that. I find Pam to be a positive influence in the cardmaking world.
- Emilia. Oh, my, you really need to check out Emilia's blog. Emilia is from Taiwan and she makes the most interesting cards. She uses rubber stamps in ways I've never seen and she makes it so much fun to visit her blog. I've just checked some other blog posters, and I see that fun Emilia has already been nominated, but I'm nominating her again because she rocks!
- If she hasn't been nominated yet, I'd be surprised. Asela's blog definitely rocks. Check it out and check out her coloring. She does awesome art with her Prismas. She does really cool tutorials, too. Oh, and did I mention she designs stamps for a major stamp company? Yes, she rocks.
- It seems that most of the rockin' girls I'd want to nominate have already been nominated, so my last post will be unconventional. I can't really nominating this blog, but just wanted you to try it. Go check out PsychoKitty. You really must add this blog to your feed list. This blog is written by Max, a very sassy black and white kitty with a ton of attitude. He rocks, but he's a boy, so no award, Max. Sorry. You still rock, though. Stinky Goodness for you and if you want to share with Buddah, that's ok with me.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I've been working on this canvas for about 5 days now, and after a consultation with my muse, this is what I came up with and here's how I did it.
I started out with a 9x12 canvas and painted it my favorite colors, orange, yellow and hot pink. No rhyme or reason to the color placement, I was just being "free". I'm really practicing at being "free" with my art. Ok, so after the paint dried, I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it. So I went blurfing. You know what blurfing is, right? It's BLog sURFING. I started with my favorite point, The Land of Lost Luggage. Julie had an entry there and it mentioned another blog with a lot of tutorials/techniques, so of course I went there. It's called ArtsyMama. Oh. My. Gawd! Calm down, Debbie. Breathe. Ok, I'm better now. On there, I found instructions for making ribbon flowers, so I thought I'd try that. I got out my wire ribbon and just played with it, being careful not to be perfect. So I made the flowers you see here.
Then I wanted to put something fun in the middle of the flowers and I thought since it was for Mom, I'd put pictures, but which ones? I went back on my hard drive and found the old, old (ok, not THAT old!) pictures of me, my sister and then one of our parents. I resized the pictures in PhotoShop Elements into a 3/4" circle, cut them out and glued them to buttons. BTW, I'm the one on the upper right and my sister is in the middle. I attached the buttons to the silk flowers with hot glue. Then I got some of the cool measuring tape ribbon I got up at the Fabric Barn in Long Beach. (That place is FABulous!) I took a scrap of white fencing and hot glued it to the bottom. The fence is not flat. It is wavy. Not all parts are glued down. It bows in and out. Get it? I had a tough time with the leaves, but my muse directed me to this final product and I love it. I added wire around the leaf areas for something 3D, and then strung the words on the same wire and hot glued it down. Oh, and I drew a thin black line around the edge.
That's it. I thought this was really fun to do, so I'm sure I'll be doing more.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I did start a second canvas, but I'm not finished with it yet. I guess you'll have to wait for that one. I've also started another one on my own and it's nearly finished. I'll post that one soon, too.
Thanks for looking at my art.