Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Wishes....

I recently received the new 'Christmas Wishes' collection from Suzanne at Oxford Impressions. This adorable set is not only great for Christmas but can be used for winter artwork too. I struggle around the holidays to come up with a new card to mail out to family and friends but when these arrived in my mailbox, my muse was inspired. Thought I'd post a couple of the cards I created and hope it inspires you to order this great set. To see more of the images (including the ADORABLE sleeping puppy), go here:

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More published artwork....

Today I received the Dec. 2011 issue of 'Crafts n' Things' in the mail and was thrilled to have two pieces published. One is a cute mitten ornament on pg. 87 and the other is a shadow box on pg. 96. Attached are photos I took of them before I mailed them off. Both were created using Oxford Impressions stamps (Sleigh Bells & Winter Snow) which happen to be some of my favorite collections.

Actually Christmas isn't that far off so if you are looking for some creative ideas, you might want to pick up a copy of this issue. There's lots of inspiration for crafters of all types. Have a good rest of the week everyone and thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Published piece

Yesterday I received the Oct/Nov issue of 'The Stampers Sampler' in the mail. I love doing their tempting template challenge and submitted two pieces for this issue. It was a thrill that one of my creations was chosen and published on pg. 76 of the magazine. I used the 'seasons of giving' stamp plate from Oxford Impressions. Winter isn't one of my most favorite times of year but I do LOVE chocolate and this plate has one of the cutest chocolate labels in it!

My heart sunk when I read that this magazine will be turning into a quarterly publication instead of a bimonthly. I really looked forward to seeing it often but I know everyone is cutting back due to our uncertain economy.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and that you are able to squeeze some stamping into it;)


Thursday, September 1, 2011

New toys to play with!

Here I go again, apologizing for being a lousy blogger! Oh well, what can I say? The summer has been flying by and not much time for doing art:( However, I did receive the two newest stamp sheets from Suzanne over at Oxford Impressions and made some fun projects with them. Thought I'd post a couple of photos for all to see.
These sets are amazing - 'Vintage Circus' & 'Big Top Circus'. I could think of dozens of ways to use these, not just for circus themed artwork!

Have a great weekend everyone and hope you get a chance to make something fun:)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Oops! Forgot the photos....

Sorry, I forgot to POST the photos of the two pieces that were published in the Aug. 2011 issue of 'Crafts n' Things'! (These close-up shots were taken before I submitted them, using 'Oxford Impressions' Halloween Party stamp collection.) Enjoy the rest of the day everyone;)

New artwork, fun project...

I'm an awful blogger, but family matters have kept me running. Life is like that though, but we just keep plugging away, don't we? Make the most of every moment, I always say. Time keeps ticking away and we learn to deal with all the bumps and bruises on our journey. Now I'm getting too personal here and didn't want to ramble on about my life, rather would like to talk about ART for those of you who came to take a peek at my blog;) (BTW, thanks for your visit!)

On a lighter note, yesterday I received the Oct. 2011 issue of Crafts n' Things in our mailbox. I had a couple of pieces published on pg. 76 using Oxford Impressions -Halloween Party stamp collection. This has to be one of my most favorite sets for Halloween as I love vintage items. It was a fast and fun project, something that would be great for a kids party. The magazine should be on the shelves soon (if it's not already), so pick up a copy and check out some of the great items featured.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone. Our temps here in Wisconsin are supposed to drop next week. Really looking forward to that as it's been too hot to do much outside these days!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tag art....

Recently I was in a mood to create a couple of tags. These I made from stamps from 'Stamp Camp'. Super easy and fun. If you'd like more inspiration, just check out Mary's Facebook page:)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Garden Fairy Jar

Today I received a complimentary copy of 'Crafts n' Things' - Aug. 2011 issue. I had submitted this recycled jar art I created a while ago, and to my delight it was published on pg. 103! I used one of my most favorite little digital fairy girls from Lisas Altered Art - #071. I love this little gal. She makes me want to smile every time I look at her.

Stamps I used were 'Doodle Flower Sentiment Set' and the seasonal word - 'grow' from Purple Onion Designs. It was a match made in heaven, I think and a really fun project to create. You might want to try making one for the gardener in your life;) Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New stamps!

Just received two of the newest Oxford Impression stamps - 'Sewing Notions' and "Court of Versailles' in the mail. Thought I'd post a couple of cards I made with them. I had so much fun playing with these. Suzanne Melvin (owner) has a sale going on right now, so if you want to add to your collection, now's the time to do it. Just check her blog for details:)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Spring, Happy Easter!!

Hi everyone! Not a lot of time these days to do much artwork; however I did receive the newest issue of 'Catch Up' in my mailbox yesterday and to my delight had a couple of pieces selected for publication. Thought I'd show this cute tag that was published on pg. 52 using Oxford Impressions 'China Dolls' plate. This is one of my MOST favorite stamp plates and I've used it often.

We are starting to see a little (and I mean a little) bit of sunshine today. Now if things would just warm up a bit so everyone could enjoy the outside a bit more!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring is on it's way!

It's been a rough winter but I managed to whip up a quick little project the other day and thought I'd post it for all to see:)

Can't seem to get planting off my brain lately....hmmm, MUST be spring fever, no? When I saw this CUTE wooden flower pot box at Hannahs (my FAV scrapbooking store in Antioch, IL) a couple weeks ago, I had to get it. I used the new Graphics 45 papers (Once Upon A Springtime - 'Pixie Post" & "Tiny Treasures") to the sides and it seemed to be a perfect combination.

Hannahs has lots more items to alter so if you are in the area, you might want to check them out. Super easy, super FUN!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Published - Stampers Sampler

Yesterday I received a complimentary copy of the Feb/Mar 2011 issue of 'The Stampers Sampler'. I had artwork published on pgs. 59 & 63. I'll attach photos that I took before I submitted these items for you to see....

One was created using the 'tempting template' dress shape and the others with the baby onesie. With the onesie, I made a utensil holder for a baby shower and then a gift card holder. The banner was my most favorite of the bunch and I'm thrilled that the folks at Stampington liked it too. (All stamp images are from Oxford Impressions). Those templates are just too much fun and I can't pass up the chance to try and come up with one or two whenever a new one is presented. Have a great rest of the week everyone and hope you get a chance to make some art yourself!

Monday, January 3, 2011


One of the nice things about being on a design team is getting to play with the newest products on the market. One of them being the brand new Graphic 45 papers - 'Once Upon a Springtime Collection'. I decided to create a poem and flower seed book, using papers from this line. All was housed in an accordian book from 7Gypsies. I added a belly-band onto some of the areas and inserted flower seed packets. Ribbons from Maya Road, a bit of glitter glue and gel pens accented the fairies wings. Here's a few photos of the book (sorry for my poor photography skills!). Maybe, just maybe, it'll inspire you to create one yourself. All products can be purchased at Hannah's in Antioch, IL. If you don't live near by, just give them a call and they can mail the products out to you. It's a great pick-me-up if you have the winter blahs! Think SPRING!