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Some Drawing Fun!

Do you know this book?I picked it up during the summer.  The title, Let’s Draw HAPPY People, sounded very positive and fun to me!  I’ve done  a lot of figure drawing from a live model in my time, but I’ve never really done any illustrative characters.  I was so excited to give it a try. 

I’m determined to make my way through this book.  I take each character, one by one, and draw them on a small piece of paper.  I call them “Drawing of the Day” or “Daily Drawing” even though I don’t quite do it every day and sometimes I do more than one a day.  I thought if I posted my favorites, once and a while, I would be more apt to draw regularly.

So…here goes!!

For these first drawings, I cut up some older 12 x 12 pattern paper.  I draw with a pencil first, then go over it with black ink.  As you can see, I leave my pencil lines.  Right now, I like how it looks.  I tried erasing the pencil lines on one drawing and I missed them.  I guess it’s the thing I have with layers…I like seeing the process of the piece.  I rarely use an eraser, so you may see mistakes underneath.

I really enjoy doing these drawings. When I look at them, they bring a smile to my face.  My favorites are the ones I don’t quite get like the examples in the book and therefore, they develop their own quirky personalities.  Drawing these little guys keep me loose and give me more confidence in my other work.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderfully imagnitive day!!!

Supplies:  Pattern paper: Provo Craft; Pencil: Pilot Dr. Grip(!!); Ink pen: Zig .005 tip.


Quick and Cost Effective

I view myself as mainly a scrapbooker.  But,  I do like to dabble in the art of card making from time to time.  Therefore, it is very hard for me to  spend money on store bought greeting cards.  Sooo…,  when I need a card or gift tag I set a timer to create something quickly.  Here is one such gift tag.

 I also decided these quick cards and tags would be a good opportunity to make use of some of my older supplies.  My family and friends don’t know what the latest products are! 

In this instance, I started with a pre-made gift tag that I had purchased in a set a few years ago and added my own embellishments to really make it special.  I started with teal buttons for the owl’s eyes with a bit of embroidery floss.

I combined stamped leaves, baker’s twine and a flower from a trim (who knows where I got that) to make this sweet arrangement, that gives interest to the bottom of the tag.   At the top, I removed the simple white string the tag came with and threaded  baker’s twine and two colors of floss through the hole.   Now this beauty is ready to be attached to a bag or package!

Since, I am a pretty methodical art maker…setting a timer is a challenge for me.  But, I find good things come out of it…like not taking forever to search for the perfect piece of paper or embellishment  and just down right going for it.  I set my timer for 30 minutes…but, if you want to try this and are a faster worker than me try 20 or even 10 minutes.  Also, using up those old supplies is a challenge, too!    It  forces me to use my ingenuity and come up with new and creative ways to use that old stuff.  I find these new discoveries tend to fall over into my other work.

So, YAY…I made a tag that didn’t take much time and didn’t cost and arm and a leg!  Now I can use that money I didn’t spend and buy some new scrapbooking supplies…see how that works  😉 😉

Supplies:  Owl tag: World Market; Pattern paper: Karen Foster Design; Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Ranger Archival Ink; Baker’s twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Adhesives: Glue Dots, Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium; Other: buttons, flower; Background paper: Provo Craft.

Challenge Update/Rotating Display

Yippeeeee…I won the Jenni Bowlin Studio Challenge!!!  $40 of JBS supplies are coming my way!  Thank you so much Jenni Bowlin team for choosing my layout!  Also, a big thank you to all of you who visit my blog and to you who leave such wonderful comments!!  I feel your creative energy and it is so encouraging!!!

I thought I woud take this opportunity to show you my rotating layout display case, since it is currently holding the above mentioned layout.

In my kitchen hangs this display case/frame I purchased at Michaels.  (Don’t mind the old crazy phone jack…LOL!)  I display my current favorite layouts in it, so I can enjoy all my hard work before I tuck them away in an album.

    The hinged frame opens with a magnetic closure and I can change out my layout when the mood strikes me.  The inside of the back of the frame is padded and comes with stick pins that can be used to hold in the layout or in this case I kinda wedged the pins in to hold the layout without actually putting holes in the corners of the paper.

To see details and the supply list for this layout,  just see my last post.  And remember…everyday JUST be happy!!! xo

My First Challenge!

Hello everyone!!  I’m so excited to share with you a layout I made for my very first challenge!  It is for Jenni Bowlin Studio.

I loved mixing a few of my favorite brights from my stash with Jenni’s vintage inspired products.

I started with some Claudine Hellmuth Studio line gesso on the lovely background paper from Jenni Bowlin Studio’s Wren collection (wheatgrass) and layered the JBS perf. marks clear stamp over it with black ink from Ranger. I also applied Claudine Hellmuth Studio line acrylic paint in a dab of yellow over the JBS alterable micro-dot alphas.

To brighten up the edges of this chipboard frame from Claudine Hellmuth, I used some of the same yellow paint.  I thought this piece worked nicely to bring emphasis to the number seven…the age of my son at the time.  I added real bird feathers, from my own collection, to accentuate the wonderful JBS vellum feathers.

A closer look at one of the beautiful feathers along with some Martha Stewart Crafts baker’s twine and a worded chipboard piece from Claudine Hellmuth.

I really think I like challenges.  They are like  little assignments with the possibilities of prizes!!  Plus, it is a fun opportunity to play with all the wonderful new products out there.   But, really I am just so happy that I figured out how to upload my image to the site ( and make all the correct links…LOL!  Yay…I’m learning!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and keep creating!!!!!

Supplies:  Patterned paper, clear stamp, alphas, numbered card, vellum feathers: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Chipboard, rub-ons: Claudine Hellmuth; ink pad: Ranger; Baker’s twine: Martha Stewart Crafts; Acrylic paint and gesso: Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Pen: Sharpie; Other: bird feathers, printer paper.