Friday, December 31, 2010


OK I put all of your names in a bowl and my four year old, Andy, drew the names! I decided to have three prizes. Here are the winners-

Grand prize - Laura Carson

My next two winners will recieve 3 dauber colors each of their choosing from the colors pictured below.
the two winners are-

Yenni Natalia and Nellie

Thank you all so much for entering. Please contact me ladies with your addresses and colors so I can get your prizes to you.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Years Giveaway Reminder

There are only a few more days to enter my New Year's giveaway! Enter Here
You must enter by the 31st. If you are already a follower leave another comment there to let me know!
Have a great day!

Bonne Annee

I bought this postcard recently. I love it. He looks like my Dad when he was little. Feel free to grab the image and use it in your artwork!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sketching Between the Lines

I took a break tonight and sketched this. I like that it turned out a bit different than my usual faces. I never know what I'm gonna get. I had erased a face I started and saw a face in some of the lines left behind. I always see faces in things and never have a pencil and paper handy!
Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I bought this etching earlier this year. I really love it. Feel free to grab the image for your art! It came with this story attatched.

CLYTEMNESTRA, having killed her husband, Agamemnon, marries AEgistbus.  Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, mourning the fate of her father, waits the return of Orestes, her brother, as the avenger of her father's death.
Orestes, in order to deceive AEgistbus, sends a messenger to say that he has been killed at the Olympic games. As a proof of this report the messenger takes with him an urn containing what are supposed to be the ashes of Orestes and gives it to Electra.
From the "Electra" of Sopbocles we take Electra's lament over the urn containg her brother's ashes:
"O monument of him dearest to me among mankind, relic of the living Orestes, with hopes how changed from those with which I once sent thee forth, do I receive thee back! For now I bear thee in my hands, a nothing; but from thine home, and in a foreign land an exile, miserably hast thou perishd, away from thy sister ; nor with loving hands have I prepared the bath for thy body, nor from the all-consuming pyre borne away the bapless burden with accustomed rites. No, but cared for by stranger hands thou art come; a little weight in a little urn."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Praying Girl Photo postcard

Here is an image for you to use in your artwork. I may have to scan it again as I see there is something on her eye. My scanner is broken right now so maybe you can photoshop it? I think she is so beautiful.
Don't forget to enter my Ranger contest below if you haven't already!
Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 16, 2010


I am very blessed and get alot of free product for the design work I do for Penny Black. Ranger recently sent me a ton of product. More than I can use so I want to share with you! I am giving away 15 Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers from Ranger.

Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers are the perfect mess-free paint applicator for foam and rubber stamps, cards, scrapbook pages, altered books, canvas, frames and more. These matte acrylic paints were developed with the Beautiful Adirondack coordinating palette of Earthones, Brights and Lights. Dab them directly on stamps for mess-free paint application. Use direct-to-surface, for stippling, creating dots or full coverage. Remove cap for painting with a brush.

What do you have to do?
Just leave a comment. If you want another chance to win become a follower and leave a second comment to let me know.

You will have untill December 31st to enter. I will announce the winner on January 1st.
Make sure you contact me by the 5th or I will announce a new winner.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Antique BABY Images

Here are some more images for you to grab for your artwork. The first one has freaky eyes but it is just such a cute baby. I found all of these locally. I haven't used them in any of my work yet. If you use them and want to share send me a link!
I will be having a new giveaway starting tomorrow so please come back and enter!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Antique Postcards

These are the photos I used to make the ATC's in my last post. Feel free to grab the images for your own artwork. Have a nice day!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nov/Dec Song Lyrics swap

I made these for my swap group this month. I used antique hymnals for the song lyrics. I colored the backgrounds with colored pencils and colored the black and white photos with copic markers and pencils.
It has been a while since I made collaged atcs and I really love making them!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Playing with Photoshop

I made the pink Christmas card and was correcting it in photoshop and ended up changing the colors. Thought it looked pretty cool! Love photoshop but not very good with it yet!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


This is a birdhouse I made for my Grandma for Christmas. I used antique hymnals for the body of the house, painted the roof and base white, crackled the whole thing and added brown over the crackle. The bird is actually the same color as the greenery on the middle picture. I couldn't get it to look good. It was fun to make and cost me about $8 in supplies.

Friday, December 3, 2010


The winner of this beautiful Paris Christmas stamp is........ OTOMYS!
Please email me your address here

Thank you everyone for checking in and entering. I will have more giveaways soon.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas in Paris Giveaway!

I thought I would give this rubber stamp away for Christmas. It is from Penny Black. It's called Christmas in Paris. It could be used for so many things like tags and cards. I really like this one. All you have to do is leave a comment! I will announce the winner on Friday. I will ship worldwide so anyone can enter. Please check back on Friday to see if you have won!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 22, 2010

French Greeting Card

I made the main piece for this card a few years ago. I had a lot of card parts laying around so I put together a card with it. I think the stamp was from Stampington. The border stamp is Penny Black. I used nail polish, gold leafing and glass on it. It has been so long I can't say exactly how I did it!
Hope you are having a great day!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Angel ACEO

I used rub-ons over the colored pencil. I wanted some writing but couldn't find anything good so I added the corners.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I cut her out and fit her into a fake silver platter that I got from the dollar store. I painted it black and added gold to the raised pattern. I also added gold ball chain to the edges. I made a flower with fabric petals, antique hymnal pages and a rhinestone. I wasn't sure if it belonged anywhere on the piece but took a few pictures to see how it looks. Still not sure!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Work in Progress

This is about 8 x 10. The largest colored penicil drawing I have done. I have been working on this for about three days. I am not sure what to do for the clothes. I am thinking about doing some collaging. I might crackle the whole thing too. I added leafing to the background. Not sure how to finish!

In Between work

These are my boys. Anthony, on the left, has lost all four front teeth and his two front teeth are all the way in. I just figured out how to get these off of my phone. They look so cute.
I have been working on new things for Penny Black lately that aren't released untill next year so I haven't had anything I could post. I am working on another portrait that I will hopefully have done by tomorow.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sketch book

I bought this sketchbook earlier in the year for a drawing excersize. Well I never completed it and have a mostly empty book so I doodled for a little while. It was fun to just draw whatever on the page. Not thinking about it. Just drawing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Well I worked on this over three days. I did the featherd last. They were really fun to do. I wasn't sure I would be able to pull it off but they came out pretty good I think. I really like the colors. I was getting tired of the same shirt on every girl so feathers were a good alternative I think.
Thanks for looking! 

Starting Faces

So this is how I usually start drawing one of my many faces. I start out with an oval, then draw a center line vertically and horizontally. This helps me place where the eyes will go. When your face is tilted or turned to the side I like to curve the lines with the face as in the face on the left. After you make the two lines, start drawing a line between those and the sides and top of the face to make 1/4's. You can draw your mouth on the bottom quarter. Draw a line between the eyes and the mouth depending how long or short you want your nose. Then a line between your eyes and the top quarter you have your eyebrows.
I like to keep my eyebrows, nose and mouth in alignment.
You can start trimming the face down to give it curves like cheek bones, a skinny or wide chin and personallity. I curve in a bit into the sides of the eyes.
I am no expert but this is what I have taken from watching other people and this is how I do it so I hope it helps you. Hopefully it all makes sense. If you have questions let mem know!
Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I put quite a few layers of different blues in the background. It just wasn't working out so I added the brown and it seemed to work. It was very bright. I feel like these faces are all starting to look the same. I looked through al of my cards that I had made last night because I sware I had done this one before. I guess I haven't but I may have to start drawing from portraits instead of my head to get some variety!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


The winner is SUZ!!!

Thank you so much for all of your nice comments! I will be having a new giveaway each month starting on the 15th.

Suz, please email me with you address and I will send your card out tomorrow. My email is


Thursday, October 28, 2010

My newest ACEO's

I have been trying to make on of these each night. It is good practice. I may be posting a short tutorial on how I start a face soon. We will have to see how much time I have available. I am starting to work on Valentines samples for Penny Black so I might get really busy here soon!
All of the cards above ar listed on Ebay. If you want to check it out my links are below on the right side of the page.
Don't forget to scroll down and enter my giveaway! Only a few days left.
Have a great day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Drawings


Here are a few more I have done this week. They are all ACEO's that I have done in colored pencils. I think the faces are getting more proportionate. I have made some LONG faces! I have listed these three on Ebay. You can scroll down the page to the right and see my auctions. I am also having a giveaway so scroll down and leave a comment in the giveaway post to win. Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My FIRST Giveaway!!!

I have decided to do my first giveaway! This is an ATC I drew with colored pencils. If you would like a chance to win, leave me a comment, two chances to win, follow my blog and three chances to win, mention my giveaway on your blog! Make sure to let me know if you have added this to your blog in your comments!
I will announce the winner on Halloween!
Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall tree card

Hey everyone! I made this card using Penny Black rubber stamps. I like using these trees. You can use them for any type of card. For more details about this card and the stamps I used head over to the Penny Black Blog!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dressed in Blue

I did this last night using colored pencils. I made her hair so huge I had to add the blue lace hair thingy. I don't know what you would call it but I like the way it came out. It is a little different. I think drawing clothes is the hardest thing for me. I have no style. T-shirts and jeans mostly. It worked out though I think?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Doodle for Elizabeth

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
-Pietro Aretino

I drew this at work and embellished it at home. I used the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch for the flowers and there are 31 Swarovski crystals. I also added some wire in the flowers. I thought the saying was nice since my spring flowers and winter girl were sort of and odd pair. I just love using this punch.
I hope you like it Elizabeth! I will send it out to you soon.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Birdhouse Christmas Card/Ornament

Hey everyone! I made this card for The Penny Black Blog. You can click on the title to link to their blog. It can be used as a card but I added a decorative hook to hang on the wall or a tree! I used Penny Black stamps and paper - 3508k winter bough, 60-002 script gold foil paper, 30-056 robins kingdom. I have added the birdhouse template I drew for you to use to make your own. If you have any questions about how to make the card let me know! Thanks for stopping by.
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