Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Hey! Thanks for popping in today! If you have never visited The Shoppes over at Stampington, then you may want to pop in there often and see all the goodies they have to offer. Recently I found this hot air balloon wire cage and as far as wire cages go, this is the first hot air balloon one that I have seen. So yes, I grabbed it. The day I received it, I just finished a bird sculpture/assemblage perched on a wooden block. I was pretty please how it turned out until my MUSE decided that my BIRD needed to power that balloon. I am not a stranger to tearing things apart and reworking so off I went.

This is the finished result and I think my BIRD found his place!


I hope this Summer is finding you creating, relaxing and finding your place!

Sunday, June 18, 2017


 Every Summer is the same hard decision, trying to decide on what classes to sign up for at Artful Gathering. There are two sessions and each session is filled with wonderful artists that I so admire who give of their time and talents to share these classes. This summer, I managed to work in two classes both in Session 1 beginning in June and ending in mid- July.
I just finished my first class with Penny McDonald on "Of Spent and Aged Things".  This class drew me in on first sight because it involved making a Cage Doll Assemblage all from found items and sculpting.  Anyone that knows me knows that assemblage and Cage Dolls are some of my very favorite things to make.This is one of the dolls that I made in Penny's Class.


 This is doll number two. I don't have all the photos on her yet and my mind is already swirling with ideas for new ones!

I'm already planning on next Summer's classes. This week I will be off to begin my second class with Darlene McElroy, "Mystical Magical Gesso with a Twist". I can't wait to get started and I'll be back when class is over to share my creations inspired by Darlene's class- stay tuned...

Happy Creating!

Happy Summer and Happy Creating!
"Trust the Mess"




A very special thank you to Christin Hammons editor of Somerset Studio over at Stampington and Company. She did a beautiful layout of my packing tape cards in  the July/August issue of Somerset Studio. I love to make these cards (below are samples of some of them) to put in my packages when people purchase my art.  If you would like to read more about them, you can see them in the new issue of Somerset Studio available July 1st. I hope wherever you are, you are being inspired by someone or something, and your Summer is creatively wonderful!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


  That very question came to me face to face as I was working on this project for my monthly post for Retro Cafe Art Gallery and looking for some inspiration for to add to the sails of my boat. Sitting directly across from me on my work space is a project that I have been putting off for some time just because it is totally out of my comfort zone. Each time I look at it, doubt sets in and I find plenty of reasons to get busy on something else. Fear also keeps me from doing a number of things in my life that I am sure I would be set free as a bird if I only gave them a try. I tend to be very independent, subborn and strong willed so I have made it my goal this year to no longer be held hostage by fear. Since fear does keep most of us from living our full potential in one way or another, I decided to address it, big and bold on the sails of my boat project for this months post.This project was something I do love to do... and the other, well, that's a work in progress. No one holds us back from our Dreams, but ourselves. I love the quote I found for the side of the boat, "Your Dreams Await You, on the other side of Fear". 

I started this project sailboat by gluing the boat together first and while it was drying, I began working on the sails. I used some ivory linen    adhesive pages and cut them to fit the sails back and front. Then I stamped on them and used Tim Holtz distressed ink pad to edge them. Once stamped, I grabbed my box of painted paper scraps from previous projects and cut pieces to stamp my words on for one side of the sail. The other side of the sail, I sewed painted scrap pieces to teabags and glued them on.
 Then I cut a butterfly from material I had and glued it to a piece of cardboard and sewed around it, adding the words: 

After I embellished the sails, I glued them to the sail frames and let them dry. Then I painted the boat and added a quote to the front. To the back of the boat I added a Tim Holtz chipboard word that reads: 
                     "FOLLOW YOUR HEART".
 The little boy and girl are from Tim Holtz's paper dolls and I stood them up by using the theater stands from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. They work perfect and I didn't even have to glue them in. They can be moved around or even taken out. The fish I added to the boy is a die cut from Retro Cafe as well.

                "Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
                 Smell the sea and feel the sky
         Let your Soul and Spirit Fly, into the mystic.."
             Van Morrison
                               YOU MIGHT JUST SOAR!

Wishing you a great adventure, what are you waiting for?


Ranger Ink Sticky Back Canvas
Hampton Arts Stamp, All Night Media
Acey Deucy and Stampabilities
Mini Letter Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad- Black
Tea Bags
Painted Paper Scraps
Butterfly Material
Card Stock
Sewing Machine
Acrylic Paint
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls