Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday's Lovely Links

Enjoy your visit...and these delightful links!

Have a wonderful weekend, and a safe Labor Day!

Journal Cards

:: Trade ::

I have received such an incredible response for these art journal cards!
Many are curious...
There are questions, that need answering...
There are those, who are willing to jump right in and play. 
 :: Got to love it! ::
I most certainly do...
With this is mind, I spent some time today creating a few more
art journal cards.

 art journal card
Style of Henri Matisse 

art journal card
Style of Henri Matisse

 I am really looking forward to trading with everyone, 
who is willing to participate.
I plan on creating more over the weekend.
I am having a blast creating these.
I am also excited, to how I will apply them, to my art journal.

If there is one you have your heart set on, you might want to wait...
until I have the whole series  available.
I wish to make sure I have enough, available for the trade. 
:: Q and A ::

What is a journal card? 
Similar to an ATC, these are original pieces of artwork created by the artist.
These cards are for trade and to collect.

What is the basic layout? 
The dimensions are 5 x 8 inches.
Any theme, style, or series. 
Any medium.
Must be "original" artwork.

Rules for the trade?
These cards are not to be sold once traded.
*this allows the artist to connect, get exposed, 
and to visually experience many other styles of work.
Trade is on a honor system; be honest and respectful to the commitment!

Can I place my information on the card?
The artist can write part of all their information on the back. 
Sign the artwork.
Clip a business card to the journal card.

What can I do with an art journal card?
Display the cards, they are a work of art.
Exchange or trade.
Apply to art journal.

Wish to join the with me!
Here is what you do.

Email me at

Leave your name, email address, and blog/website.
I will run the trade for a week.
:: August 30th - September 7th ::
I will do a follow up to all the emails; requesting your snail-mail address.
:: mailed out ::
no later than September 10th.

I will post on my blog, everyone who is participating in the trade.
Post pictures of the art journal cards. 
And... I show you how 
I create artful pages, with these cards I've traded, in my art journal.
:: Super fun! ::

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Painting With Scissors

 :: tribute to Henri Matisse ::

 In 1941, Henri underwent surgery, afterwards he was confined to a wheelchair.
He set out to create collages out of cutting colored paper, 
often on a large scale, called gouaches decoupes.
Henri Matisse called this technique "painting with scissors"
bringing color and geometry to a new medium of simplicity.

 I decided to create art journal cards.
A series called- famous styles of artists 
5" x 8" 
:: for trade ::
The cards are to be incorporated into your journal.
Once I receive a journal card, 
I will show you how I incorporate your card into my art journal.
Loads of pictures. Lots of fun!

Who wishes to trade with me? 
contact me

  1. your name and site will appear here.

Let's trade and have an artful good time, inspiring one another!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Journal Spread

Sometimes, there are events in our lives... that can open us up to assault.
Without warning, it can leave you exposed.

To show your strength.
To stay focused on the qualities of your character.

To stand tall.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Around Here...

:: vegetable garden ::     
A little something to share... my August harvest! 
Celebrating the "fruits of my labor".
 :: Homemade Bell Pepper Preserves :: 

 6 bell peppers
1 c. white vinegar
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Take bell peppers clean and remove seeds, cut into strips, and chop into fine pieces.
Sprinkle with salt, stir, let set for 1 hour. 
Place in cooking pot.  
Add 1 cup white vinegar and 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
Simmer and stir for 45 mins. -1 hr. or until it thicken like a jam.
Let cool. place in mason jars.
SERVE- with cream cheese, on a saltine cracker.
:: YUMMY :: 

:: Homemade Tortillas ::
This recipe was added to Friday's Lovely Links. 
You can also find it HERE .
I just had to try making some of these, to go along with my garden salsa.
Let me tell you...
Amazing, easy, and delicious!!
My baby grandson was thrilled to be the first to try these tortillas.
 I was thrilled to have him over.

Enjoy the simple things in life... family, love, and food. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday's Lovely Links

Enjoy your visit... and these delightful links.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Inspired By...

:: tussie mussie cone ::

These were so adorable, as seen created on
I just had to dive in and play!

I created mine using a heavy cardstock, paint, glue and a little imagination... 

Super fun!
Defiantly, I can see crafting these cuties for the holidays.

Enjoy exploring the possibilities of crafting.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Mail Art Glimpse...

:: postcard :: 

corrugated cardboard
acrylic inks
acrylic paint
india ink
gel pen
matte medium
printed tissue paper
vintage book pages
vintage labels
compass trinket  

It has been long over due, I have joined a postcard swap.
Hosted by Debbie at
All the artists who have joined in on this swap, are amazing...
and there is still time to join in on the fun!!
:: postcards due August 31st ::

Join us.