Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Making Birthday Art

My brother, Jason, celebrated his 40th birthday last week, and the one gift he asked for was a painting from Shannon.

Jason and his wife, Megan, are so wonderful about supporting and appreciating the work of the many creative and artistic members of both sides of our families. They proudly display many original works of art in their home.

Shannon likes to work in acrylic on canvas. It's a great medium for kids' art because it's vibrant and gives great results. It's also very forgiving, if you want to change something, you can just wait until it's dry and paint over it. (Also, if after it's dry, your little brother accidentally drops a wet paintbrush right in the middle of it, you can wipe it off with a baby wipe. Don't ask me how I know this.)

So there you have Shannon's "A Hedgehog in a Meadow." She gave the hedgie a heart-shaped balloon, so Jason would remember that he got the painting for his birthday and that she loves him. Sweet, huh?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bunnies, Wishes, & Blessings

I love so many types of vintage images and illustrations, but I especially love Easter images and animals dressed up in clothes. When I was a little girl my grandmother had a puzzle with an illustration by Molly Brett. It was a winter scene with animals dressed in winter clothes and building snowmen, skating, etc. I can still picture some of the details in my head. I must have put that puzzle together a hundred times at least. So you can see why adore these vintage images from Crafty Secrets.
Here is the little Easter display of vintage candy boxes and animals that I have in our foyer:

The flocked ducks are from a large collection of flocked animals that I have that were produced by Kunstlerschutz in West Germany, later the company was called Wagner. The ducks on the right are the older Kunstlerschutz ones, while the brighter ones in the middle are Wagner.

Here are some more close ups:

My mum is getting some new baby ducks today, so hopefully I'll have some photos of real ducks to share with you soon!

I made this card for last week's Crafty Secrets challenge. Pammyjo asked us to stamp the ribbon we used on our projects. I used Stazon ink on seam tape ribbon and was thrilled with the results!

Main image: Crafty Secrets - Seasonal Booklet
Patterned paper: Webster's Pages
Cardstock: DCWV (blue); Stampin' Up! (brown)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Stazon - Timber Brown
Accessories: seam tape ribbon - Rebecca Sower Designs; flower - Prima; brad - Making Memories; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp

And, this is the card I made for this week's Crafty Secrets challenge that I am hosting to use texture on our projects:

Main image: Crafty Secrets - Easter Creative Scraps
Patterned paper: Making Memories (pink); Chatterbox (striped)
Accessories: velveteen ribbon - Cosmo Cricket; stick pin - Maya Road; edge distresser - Heidi Swapp; distress crackle paint - Ranger; embossing powder - Ranger - Powder Puff

Hoping your day is full of sweet, little happy things too!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Easter Card & Auction Basket

Happy Friday!

I wanted to share one last card with you that I made for my daughter's school auction:

Main Images: Crafty Secrets - Easter Creative Scraps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances
Accessories: seam tape ribbon - Rebecca Sower Designs; pearl buckle - The Little Pink Studio; corner punch - Fiskars

All six of my cards are being offered in a Local Artisans Basket at the auction. One of the other mums from the first-grade class arranged everything so beautifully in the basket:

Other items in the basket include:

A Gorgeous Hand-knit Angel Hair Scarf by Mandy Corbett
A Quart of Pennsylvania Maple Syrup from SweetWood Maple
Handmade Jewelry from RagTrader
2 - 16 oz Hand-poured Soy Candles (Green Tea & Lemongrass and Fruit Slices) from Beatty Country Store

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this wonderful basket! I am sure it will get a lot of attention at the auction.

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Child's Play

I got a chance to play in the craft room a bit over the weekend, and here's what I made:

A door hanger for Shannon's room, inspired by some I saw over on the Cosmo Cricket blog awhile back and the lyrics: "Won't you come over and play all day? Be my friend now, whaddya say?" from one of Shannon's favorite songs.

Wooden door hanger - Darice
Acrylic paint - Apple Barrel
All other materials from the Cosmo Cricket line, Jack's World.

A kid's birthday card for my auction donation:

main image - Crafty Secrets - Wacky Animals Creative Scraps
dp - DCWV - Grade School Stack
cardstock - unknown
stamps - Stampin' Up - A Happy Hi (sentiment)
Accessories - marker - Sharpie; ribbon - Offray; corner punch - Fiskars

A thank you card for a troop mother, who taught Shannon's Brownie troop about Mexico for Thinking Day:

Stamp - The Greeting Farm
Cricut cartridges - Base Camp & Storybook
markers - Copic Sketch
cardstock - various

Hope you get a chance to play soon too!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Easter Chicks & Two Chicks' Day Out

This week really got away from me, and I didn't get as much crafting done as I'd hoped. I'm looking forward to a relaxing Saturday, though, with just crafting and a good workout at the fitness center on the agenda.

I want to share with you an Easter card I made that was inspired by this week's Crafty Secrets challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. Lori Lynn asked us to use a color blocking technique on our projects. Basically, you take a piece of paper that's smaller than your card front, adhere your main image and your sentiment, cut them out, then use the left over scraps as spaces for additional images or embellishments. Finally, you adhere all of the pieces onto the cardfront with an even amount of space between all of the blocks. This is a really fun technique that would result in different looks and layouts every time you use it.

Here's my card:

Main Image & Sentiment: Crafty Secrets - Easter Creative Scraps
Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsies (fleur de lis); Bo Bunny Press (plaid)
Cardstock: Bazzill (yellow); DCWV (blue)
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Accessories: rubons - Hambly Screen Prints - Doilies; felt rick-rack - Offray; Easter basket charm - A Charming Place

Shannon is on Spring Break this weekend, so yesterday she and I went on a little adventure just the two of us. We went to a local toy store/gardening center, where they have a very elaborate, animated Easter display, then we went to Pat Catan's and did a little craft shopping.

Don't you just love these fun, family traditions?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Make a Splash!

Just a quick post to share this splashy mermaid card with you. I want to stay longer, but I still have a project I need to finish for work. Tomorrow we'll have a proper visit, so please come back.

I made this card as part of last week's Crafty Secrets challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. Darlene asked us to use green on our projects. I am really in love with aquamarine, robin's egg blue, turquoise -- all of those lovely bluish-greens. Perfect colors for a mermaid, I think!

Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Mermaids
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye - Organic
Cardstock - Core'dinations - Chocolate Box; Gina K Designs (white)
Accessories - markers - Copic Sketch; glitter glue - Stickles; label - Elle's Studio; embroidery floss - DMC; pearlescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.

Thank you for taking the time to stop today! See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Feeling Springy!

Happy 1st day of March!

Spring still feels a long way off here in snowy Western Pa. We're doing the best we can to bring a little brightness to our gray, slushy world, though, in the form of art and craft projects, some fun playdates, and even a new springy, short bob haircut for Shannon!

Here are some of the cards I've made in the past week.

A thank you card for my auction donation:

A springy friendship card for last week's Crafty Secrets member forum challenge, "Coaxing Spring" on Splitcoast Stampers: (this one is for the auction donation too)

A birthday card for our neighbors' little girl. This is quite different from my typical style but perfect I think for an adorable, sweetheart just turning three.

And lastly, a very tired Shannon happily sporting her new do and freshly painted fingernails, while wearing my bathrobe. :)

So if attitude counts for anything, we've got spring in spades at our house!