Monday, December 27, 2010

SCOUTIE girl - blogging your passion

I am
scoutie girl

Scoutie girl believes in the power of independence,
the power of creation,
the power of handmade to change the world.
My dear friend Bonnie Rose, recommended this site to me.
What a great opportunity this is!
I am ever so grateful...
Be a SCOUTIE girl...
live outside the box,
stop procrastinating,
realize the power of your blog!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ornament Swap 2010-In full swing & all wrapped up!

A collection of ornaments from creative artists!

Bonnie Rose
Nancy Baraw

Missy Elam

April Cole
These were created by me for the swap...
I really enjoyed making each and everyone.
"House Wishes"
Created gift bags... for each ornament to be delivered in.
acrylic paint
rubber stamps
ink pens
kite string
shredded colored paper
I couldn't stop... having so much fun...
I made several for loved ones too!
Sharing is caring.

Friday, December 17, 2010

GIVEAWAY - enter to win a bag full of goodies collected from my studio


 I couldn't think of any better way to start off the New Year... 
than to share some goodies with others
 who enjoy to be creative too.
From my art studio... to yours!

3 "goodie bags"
3 lucky winners

Wait it gets better...!!!!
2 of the lucky winners 
will receive 
a set of greeting cards / envelope included
created by the very talented artist
Bonnie Rose

I'm Bonnie Rose Kempenich of A Life Unrehearsed. I am an artist, passionate blogger, writer, amateur photographer, and card designer - living my best life right now in Fargo, ND. I am growing as an artist, experimenting with new mediums and playing with bright and bold color. Bright colors just make me happy! I am a big believer in sending real mail, the warm fuzzies kind of mail. I too am hosting my very own Mail Art Swap on my blog, come and visit! My goal for this New Year is to grow more as an artist, and to inspire you with my art and my writings. I have so much in store for you! 

You can read more about my life and art on my blog. I am a prolific blogger - meaning there is always something new and wonderful to share every day. Please come visit my Etsy shop for unique artist supplies, original art, and graphically designed greeting cards. A portfolio of my creations can be found on my Flickr page here. You can find me on Facebook here. Custom art and card design orders are always welcome! Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with dreams come true!

answer these 4 questions
  1. What talents do you have?
  2. What activates your creative energy?
  3. What time of the day are you most receptive to inspiration?
  4. What element (water,wood,fire,air) draw you toward them?
Post your answers on my blog*
Giveaway ends
January 1, 2011


*remember to leave your contact information

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mail Art Swap... Call for Entries!!

Come play, inspire, and be creative...
will you join me?
After all, a wonderful piece of original artwork 
created by me 
will arrive in your mailbox!


Size of Mail Art:
A4 postcard 
(nothing larger than a business-size envelope)
mini~zine or booklet

Send to:
April Cole
10330 Scoville Ave.
Sunland, Ca. USA

return address 
blog/website info.

Feel free to post my "mail art swap" badge on your bog/website.
So gather up your art supplies...
get inspired...
discover & play.
Tell all your "artsy~crafty" friends about it...
there is always room for more.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pom-Pom Madness!

A must have.
This is so fun...
easy to use...
and yes...
 very addictive! 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ornament Swap Project 2010

Take a peek...!
Just one peek at these ornaments...!
keep guessing...
I dont want to ruin the surprise.
I had so much fun...

playing in my art studio...

getting my hands messy...
 sharing my art with others I have not even met.
The real meaning of Christmas.
giving of ourselves :]

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Clipboard Calendar 2011-theme owls (click link)

Step 1-
create collage owls

Step 2-
Ink a tag (be colorful)
paste on owl

Step 3 & 4-
Download & print owl calendar (previously posted)
cut to size
Paint & collage clipboard
Stamp on phases or words

Step 5-
Place all together...
enjoy desk calendar!

Many artist shared their artwork to create this wonderful 2011 calendar. 
I thought it was only fair that I share my art as well.
Click on the clink
Free Download Owl Templet & Collage Sheet 
Play, create... make art!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010


Join the Fun!
I am taking part in 
Louise Gale's 
ornament swap

I  can not think of anything sweeter, than a Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments...


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mixed-Media Artwork Project

A Quiet Space
11x14 canvas

Spent time in my art studio, applying the layers...
laying out the tissue paper...
adding elements to the drawings...
finalizing the layout...
and finally...
applying the last layer of medium.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day of the Dead- Frida Kahlo Charm Bracelet

In honor of 
Frida Kahlo
A famous artist whom I admire.
Made in my studio.
Took a lot thought...
choosing just the right charms and beads.

Wanting to create just the right element...
add enough passion to take in...
a touch of dedication towards the artist herself...
and at last, a story to tell.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Handmade Paper Bag Book- Loads of Pockets!

Tick or Treat 
Halloween Gift Book

Who says all our treats have to be candy?

Lots of pockets & surprises inside...

Vintage paper doll...

Alice Tag... "drink me"

Ready to mail out.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Season of Gratitude - mixed media on canvas

 Feel the need to embrace the change of the season...
I painted
a little something for Autumn
11X14 canvas
lightweight spackling compound
acrylic paints
gel pens
colored pencils
tissue paper
magazine scraps
old book pages