Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Begins With a Vision

Mermaid Vision

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Look into my dreamy eye and see the beauty of the sea.

For a brief moment see what I see...

My imagination is so inspired creating with these new amazing mermaids from Character Constructions. They are so magical...

Take a moment to dream...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mermaid Couture


She runs the gamut from meek and docile to confident and strong-willed

A legendary sea creature having a head and upper body of a women and the tail of a fish. Powerful and highly fashionable styling the latest Mermaid Couture.

Folklore legend shares, I evolved from a Goddess. I was blessed with beauty and medical knowledge. Beware mortal man if you fall in love with me and accept me.

I will drag you under water and drown you. I quite often forget you are mortal man.

What to say about Mermaids...

This is my first creation from Catherine Moore's newest January 2011 design collection "She Sells Seashells by the Seashore". There are so many endless possibilites creating with these beautiful magical mermaids. I am so excited, I love anything related to the sea. I am an Aquaruis, so that explains my fascination with the sea. I love the colors of the water and the mysterious sea creatures.

Have you heard that mermaids sing to each other, they can be seen at:

http://www.characterconstructions.com

Happy Magical Creating...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Purple Christmas

Have you been naughty or nice ?
I dreaming of a Purple Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.
These tiny Character Constructions Elves, are getting ready to do there very best work.
It will not be long now, till it is magical Christmas eve.
Happy creating...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eye've Got My Eye On Art

Visualize

Being creative sets you free...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

She Sells Seashells

But remember always, as I told you at first
that this is all a fairy tale,
and only fun and pretense;and therefore,
you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true.
Charles Kingsley (1864-1875)
Here is a sneak peek !!!
Catherine Moore's Character Constructions 2011 newest collection.
I have always loved the mystery of the mermaid legend, since I was a little girl.
Happy Creating.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mouse Trap

Art doll tags on a metal receipt board
More art doll apparel


I wanted to share with you some news, I am very excited about.

I am going to be teaching at Bizzy B's in Toronto January 15, 2011.
It is an art doll event with demos make "n" takes brand new products from Character Constructions including Catherine's new dies and many more surprises...

This is a metal receipt board that will be on display, at Bizzy B's very soon.
If you want to learn more about my upcoming class, you can visit
http://www.bizzyb.ca/

I had so much fun creating these tags for this project, I love creating with Catherine Moore's art stamps. They are so out of the box fun...

If you were wondering if I had to have one of these awesome metal receipt holders for myself, the answer is yes. LOL What a very cool surface to display your art work.

I feel so positive about this new adventure, I am excited to share my artistic vision.

Happy creating.



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Artful Corsets

To put on a corset is as much of an art as to make a corset properly.
Anna Held


These art doll corsets make me remember the first time I seen Catherine Moore's Character Constructions designs. I had never see any stamped images like these, when I started rubber stamping. They were so out of the box and magical.

You proberly have notice, I enjoy adding eyes to my art work ? They represent true vision in my creative mind. The mirror's to the soul... Beautiful.

Winter's butterflies are here...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Crimson And Clover

Ah, now I don't hardly know her
But I think I could
crimson and clover,
over and over.
I trip down memory lane... The colors in these two art doll tags remind me of this fabulous song.
Creating art paper dolls is so magical, it is always a mystery the direction of your imagination.
I truly enjoy adding butterflies and snowflakes are winter's butterflies.
Using the Character Constructions new die cut crinoline skirt, is perfect for adding a piece of vintage lace. The lace piece inserts great, after adding your glue between the two layers of paper.
Crimson and Clover, over and over. I will be humming this song for days. LOL
Happy Creating

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On Wings Of Music

Burton

My head is so full of creative thoughts, it just might fly away. I dance to my own music and it is the wind beneath my wings.

Sometimes when we create, simply let our imagination fly away.

Creating art is so magical.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Stay Gold

Nothing Can Stay Gold
By Robert Frost
Nature's first is gold.
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's flower ;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to grief.
So Eden sank to grief.
So down goes to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Inspiration comes from some many different ideas and thoughts.
Who doesn't adore the famous movie "The Outsiders".
A trip down memory lane.
As Johnny dies, he tells Ponyboy to "Stay Gold" urging Ponyboy to hold onto his innocence despite the harsh conditions of his world.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of artistic recycled clothing and they are so creative. This is where the idea came from, for this Character Constructions art paper doll dress. This little diva is such a free spirit and I enjoy going barefoot too. LOL
Happy creating.
P.S. I created with thoughts of you B, I hope you enjoy this.
Always "Stay Gold"... such words to live by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Silence

Powerful

Sometimes you need say nothing at all.

I really had a great time creating this art doll tag. She screams colorful or does she ? What is her story ... looking at the world through violet colored eyes.

I used a Character Constructions stamp for the main body parts, I enjoy creating with this unique tea cup skirt. It is so "out of the box" funky.

This is another tag for the metal receipt holder project, that I am working on. I love the look of these coffee stained tags. They smell so yummy and share a vintage feeling.

Have a great week and keep smiling.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

All Wired Up

Her spooky witch fingers surround her precious kitty cat and perhaps is this her funky daily apparel that hangs up in closet

This Character Constructions corset tag is the first of a series of eight tags, I am working on to complete a project.When it is all finished I will share it with you. It is a vintage receipt holder in black, reminds me of eight mouse traps. LOL It is a really neat metal surface, to add tags too.
The kitty tag was just for fun and isn't this kitty stamp spooktacular. These seasoned tags smell so full of fragrance from coffee and vanilla staining method. I enjoy wrapping thin wire around the tags, for a rocking fun look.
It is so much fun as you are creating an art piece and your imagination starts working. Every art piece starts telling me, an untold story in my mind. The magic of art creating is such a mystery and endless moments of pleasure. A dear friend said to me awhile ago, you have to love what you are creating.
This is so true and where our passion for art grows strong.
Have a fantastic week...

Friday, November 19, 2010

What an Adventure Visiting Bizzy B's Scrap And Stamp

Rubber stamps galore and art supplies
The darling Bizzy B's store owner Barb, me and my Character Constructions art paper dolls

Very artful Stampotique cards,the store samples


Wow here is the amazing Tim Holtz , LOL
You never know who you might see ?
This week a really dear friend and I took an adventurous trip to Bizzy B's Scrap and Stamp art store located in Toronto, Ontario .
We travel by the bus ,train and the subway.
I have not been on a subway in 22 years, so this was a blast from the past for me. I had forgotten all the stairs and I was a lot younger then.
The city of Toronto is a beautiful place, I grew up there.
Getting back to the wonderful art store that offers all your mixed media art supplies needs and wants.I can guarantee you will not be disappointed visiting this funky art store and it has all the Stampington magazine for starters. "How awesome is that" !!!! It could be dangerous because you will want them all if you are anything like me. I did use my self control, remembering coming home to my darling husband. haha My hubby is always so good to me.
All I can say what a totally fun dayand that is what life is all about !!!
I want to mention keep an eye on http://www.bizzyb.ca/ , for upcoming art doll workshops in the future. It is going to be a great new year...
Thank you for sharing my adventure in the big city.
Live for now...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Parlez Vous Francais ?

Bonjour

This is really hanging around...

Don't you just love this vintage looking metal hanger and new die cut crinoline skirt. They are both from Character Constructions.
I had so much fun creating this art piece, using a lot of purple color.
She might just fly away...


Friday, November 12, 2010

Live For Now







Fun
I attend a class this week and it was wonderful. I love creating with beeswax on canvas.
When I put this beeswax art piece in this copper frame it came alive. The colors just popped and worked well. I am really enjoying using the color of copper in my art work.
The smell, the texture and look of beeswax are so pleasing to work with.
Live for now are such powerful words.
Happy Creating.




Monday, November 8, 2010

Introducing Studio Assistant Custom Dies

16 new custom dies

I am so excited to share the news ...

Making Art paper dolls has just become that much more fun with 16 new die cuts.

Stamp the image, align with die, roll through your die cutting machine, and voila.

Works best with paper cardstock.

Check out http://www.characterconstructions.com

Happy Creating.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Space Of Stillness


Within yourself


We are immersed in a continuous stream of mental noise. It seems we can't stop thinking.We have forgotten how to be still.


I find it so relaxing to create Zentangle art. I added the word stillness below her eyes for a reason. What does she speak to you ?

Happy Creating.

Monday, November 1, 2010

XoXo

When I return to Paris

Oh to be young and live your dreams.

Imagine this young lady is returning to Paris, to fall in love. To find her Mister right and begin a new journey through life.

Romance and beauty is what comes to mind when you think of Paris. Just for a moment close your eyes and dream ...

I had fun creating this Character Constructions art doll on a painted canvas surface, I enjoy the glamour of elegant hats.

Fall in love..

Happy Creating...


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Moment Crazy

Just for a moment

Life can show no mercy it can tear your soul apart. It can make you feel like you've gone crazy, but you're not.

Smile your mouth is full of tiny blue people, can you get your teeth around that. LOL I had so much fun creating this art doll, the stamped head image is called Crazy teeth. I like the idea of adding an art doll to a tag, so you can hang it somewhere of your choice. This very fragrant tag was stained with coffee grinds and scented with cinnamon + vanilla.

The theme of this art paper doll was simply crazy, I think we all have our moment crazy. I do believe in my heart, that is really ok ...

Happy Creating.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Art Begins With A Vision

Begin to see life within every object

I usual gathering my art ideas on my daily walk and then my art vision comes to me what to create. The creative mind is fascinating.

I wanted to answer a question one of my followers mentioned to me. Character Constructions are the art stamps in the picture with me in my most resent posting. They are created by art designer Catherine Moore. I use these stamps to create my art paper dolls. I hope this answers your question, they are so awesome to create with.

I had such fun creating this art doll. I added her to a tag so I could hang her up somewhere, to enjoy. The tag has a fragrance of Cinnamon and coffee and is stained with coffee grinds. The eye is my main focus because my theme is vision.

I used the new die cut crinoline skirt from Character Constructions for this art doll, it is so neat to create with. I stamped the original crinoline skirt under the die cut skirt. I love how you can see the color under the die cut and you can tie ribbon to the die cut. I used patterned paper for this die cut skirt design.

Let your vision fly..

Happy creating.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Art House Studio

Very talented store owner, Karen Ellis
Footed Angel art canvas created by Karen
Karen's funky art doll gift

Yes me, thrilled seeing Character Constructions stamps


Beauty in all things created by the talented owner Karen Ellis

I wanted to share my artful visit with you. I had the pleasure of going to The Art House Studio located in Kitchener,Ontario. What an awesome mixed media art store, I just loved everything.LOL One of thing that really stands out in my mind about the store is,it gives you new directions on your art journey. All the supplies are so out of the box and very updated. I am so excited !!! I have been dreaming of attending art workshops to challenge myself to go in a new art direction. Now my dreams will become a reality, always lots to learn in the art world. Well I could just gone on forever about this wonderful store but I think that says it all.

My art will be forever changed is my final word. I hope you enjoy seeing all this stunning art work.

None of the art work is created by me, all samples from Karen's store.


I wish the rain would go away and come back another day.

Happy creating.



Visit Karen Ellis at the link below



http://www.thearthousestudio.ca/

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Silence Within Yourself

Life is a great big canvas

I had so much fun creating this art doll and her "out of the box" fashion expression . I adore these legs from Character Constructions, the bows are such a nice touch. I enjoy adding kitty cats because I am a big cat lover at heart.
I tried a different color combination with the orange, purple and turquoise. This girlfriend has her it going on and she screams attitude. LOL
Happy creating.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

She Not A Rules Type Of Girl


Here Kitty Kitty


This odd little gal is from Stampotique, her smiling pumpkin hat is from Character Constructions. I altered the pumpkin wand image to create a funky hat to fit with her theme. I enjoy adding elements that are funky.

Live for the moment and make everyday count. Sometimes it is fun to bend the rules a tiny bit.

Happy creating.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Creativity

Individuality
Your creativity is like a story; it needs a voice, a way to be heard in the world.
Define your own creativity.
Patterns, black and white.. Here is my Zentangle attemp # 3, I am really enjoying this art style.
It is so exciting to try your hand at something different and watch your progress grow.
She is very basic design I have created but sometimes less is more...
Happy Creating.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Glowed Magic

Halloween is coming soon


Magic here
magic there
magic everywhere

Oh how I enjoy Halloween, it is on it way. I love the costume's, the colors, the weather and the pumpkins.
I created this little Character Constructions art paper doll for a Halloween swap I have joined for October.
It was fun adding a big tall hat with a fish over her eye brows and the little time piece set in her purple bones. LOL My idea for this art theme is she glowed with magic. My inner thoughts are that all artists "glow" filled with magic.
Happy creating...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sea Sand


Mermaid Legend


O mermaid what's it


like to swim


B'neath surface of the sea ?


With dolphins for companions


Alluring, fresh, and free .


A fish from an older book started this creative ideas for this mermaid themed art doll. Then I added a butterfly to her head to give a whimsical feeling. I wanted her to have a unique patterned tail of her own and a funky sea shell belt. This mermaid art paper doll was fun to create using Character Constructions with my other paper doll parts. Under those butterfly wings is Catherine Moore's Marie Antoinette hiding from the Queen of Tarts.

Wishing you a wonderful day...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Magic In The Air

Walk Like An Egyptian

It is simply very clear ,

Like music drifting in the air

Invisible but everywhere .

Just because I cannot see it

Doesn't mean I can't believe.

This is an art doll I created for a September Witch Swap I have joined. I used the new die cut crinoline from Character Constructions, I trimmed it a bit shorter than the actually size. I really like how you can have different things peeking through the die cut. I stamped the crinoline image under the die cut and left it longer for a funky fashion look. This was my first time to play with the die cut and I love it. "endless possibilities"

Do you remember that song ? I think it was by the group the Bangles. LOL

Happy Creating...


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

She Is Invincible

Flow
The flower of being begins to bloom when you move with the flow of life.
This Character Constructions art doll stamped image was originally a lot smaller and Catherine has re created her larger. She is a big girl now. LOL I love her new size, she is so adorable. Her dress is so much fun to work with, I had fun cutting it in half. Then I added some funky text to the middle of her dress and daisy flowers to the bottom. Stripes add such a whimsical playful feeling to your art paper doll. This sunflower art doll is going on my list of favorite's, there are so many creative possibilities with her groovy style .
Enjoy your day.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Character Constructions New Die Cut


Crinoline Die Cut
~~~
I am so excited to share the news !!!!
Character Constructions newest toy! Catherine Moore has created a new die cut crinoline skirt.
The above photos are from Catherine's amazing blog, go take a peek. The above art dolls are created by Catherine and the little women sea creature was created by talented Lisa Guerin. I love how you can see the claws showing through the new die cut of Lisa's art doll crinoline skirt. Catherine art doll is showing the stamped crinoline and besided it the die cut skirt example. The art dolls are fabulous, love them both !!
The die cut will fit a cuddle bug, sissix or bigshot machine, oh what fun to come.
This new toy is going to make creating art paper dolls even more fun. I think the possibilities are limitless with this new die cut skirt. I love the way images show through the die cut crinoline, you can see example on Lisa's art doll crinoline.
This is just the beginning... I can't wait to play.
Creating is so magical.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Expression Of Feeling

Zentangle Magic

Creativity

Your creativity is like a story; it needs a voice, a way to be heard in the world. Creativity is part of your future life. People think creativity is like stories,that it is outside of them, like truth or power. But it inhabits you like your life force, and it animates your being. Creativity is with the crystal palace of your being.You are about to go on a long journey. It is called your life. In each of us when we live a life of unexpressed creativity,when we live someones else's truth and not our own. Define your own creativity and live that creativity in the world.

This is my second attempt at creating a zentangle with a twist, it is such a great way to relax. This art piece is an over sized bookmark sharing reflections of magical art.

Happy creating...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Doll Art

Luna Twilight
When what lies inside
Is wore on my sleeve
So delicate balancing
On the edge forever
~~~
I created this Character Constructions art doll using the wonderful colors of turquoise, brown, and mauve. I wanted her to have a new age funky attitude, fitting to her name. LOL
No matter what art direction my journey takes me I will continue to create art paper dolls.
I know some of my dear friends were wondering where have the art dolls gone...
The answer to that question: never far from my imagination...
Happy creating.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peace Zentangle

Changing Waves
Nothing is more fun than going a new direction in your art, change always feels good.
It felt time to try something a little different. I love to draw and just have not done this for years. Why do we do this to ourselves, not make time for what we enjoy ?
When I was creating this funky Zentangle gal her hair reminded me of flowing waves. I started to imagine her hair was all about the life journey and what the future holds for her...
Happy creating.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Atc Zetti Girl Swap

When I created these Zetti atc's my feelings were of reflections of an artist.
Wild women create art,they used to wonder about their direction ? Within each artist is this wild child who will never grow up and loves to create.
The one atc is my first attemp using zentangles patterns in my background, I can see why these are so relaxing to create. I am a born doodle person at heart and this is just perfect for me. It is such a cool feeling when you try something new in your art and "instantly" you feel change forever going in a new direction. I am so excited to create more zentangle patterns, the ideas are endless. I think zetti and zentangles really complement each other. Oh I am really excited, if you have not tried creating these patterns give them a try. I am hooked for sure. LOL
Last week was a busy one for me I had toe surgery. The freezing needle is forever in my memory I will not soon forget.(not fun at all, hahaha) I had a really great doctor at the hospital, so gentle.
A positive thing did happen, I made one of my goals and have lost a total of 60 pounds. I have 5 more to lose,it feels really great...
Happy creating.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Find Your Voice

Fly Away
This is my entry for a swap I have joined called Zetti Art Doll Magnet, this art doll is 10 inches tall. The Catherine Moore arms and legs were a perfect size for this art doll.
I hope my partner will be happy with her. I really like the tree's on her head, creating with Zetti is so much fun.
No rules...
Happy Creating.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bewitching

Just a little hocus pocus
I had so much fun creating this funky art paper doll,I love stripes in my art work.LOL This colorful gals Character Constructions skirt is a toy theatre and on stage is none other than Charlie Chaplin. Watch out she will cast a spell on you... I thought she had a magical mysterious look about her that is why I added the "Book of Spells" with the inner pages blowing away in the wind. Watch out you never know what the wind will blow in ....
Happy Birthday to dear friend Nancy, enjoy your special day.
Sending positive thoughts to all you talented artist friends.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Envisions Of Alice

Sweet Dreams
Alice is used to bizarre dreams,but this is the oddest one yet! She keeps telling herself it is just a dream and considers pinching herself to wake up, but nothing works. Things are very weird.
Whenever I am creating a dreamy theme, I find myself using this lovely Catherine Moore art doll face. She is from the fabulous Inner Child clear stamp collection, she looks so peaceful. I was trying to create Alice is entering into her magical dream not knowing what her fate will be.This enchanted peaceful spirit is kindly watching over her to guide through her wonderland crossroads.
Happy creating.