Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Planet Earth

My friend an fellow collaborating artist, Tina Walker, asked some of her artist friends to take part in a year long project on sustainability. I love collaborating with these ladies, so I jumped on board. This months theme is Planet Earth, We Are All Connected.

For my project, I decided to make a canvas. In this day and age, we are more connected than ever. Between air travel and social media, the world has become a much smaller place and we can visit other cultures and learn. I'm super excited about seeing the world and discovering new places and new bits of me. I think everyone needs to travel because we all call this planet home.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Do You Want To Fill A Snowman?

This week's CSI case is up there as one of my favorites. I love the colors and love how my layout turned out.

I was given this cute lil snowman, filled with coconut macaroons. It was sad when his belly was empty, so I filled him back up and he sits on my work desk. Doesn't he just make you happy?

Evidence used: snowflakes, jewels, ribbon, stamps, glitter
testimony is a haiku.

Snowman filled with treats
From your tummy into mine
Empty?! Fill again!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Artists Collaboration: Inspired By Iceland

I joined another of Tina Walker's Artist Collaborations a couple of months ago. She's always wanted to go to Iceland and thought it would be fun to create art that's inspired by this beautiful country. My mom runs an adventure photography company and they've done a handful of trips to Iceland and the photos are just amazing. You can see their gallery here. I love that they have warmth as well as cold in their images. I decided to go with the colors of the auroras, with a touch of warmth, and make my Christmas cards.

I started by stamping my Unity stamp on watercolor paper, then went to town with my stay inks and water bottle. My fingers were green for over a week. The warmth and light was achieved by using an ink color with gold shimmer in it. Then I pulled the pink of this amazing light show in by watercoloring some of the bits of the stamp. My final addition was some chunky Stickles. I love the way it gives that golden ice shimmer, like the photos of my mom and step dad's.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Own Class

Happy New Year! This marks CSI's 5th birthday. I've been solving cases with CSI since case #2, so Happy Birthday, CSI! These challenges have helped me grow and settle into what is me and I'm so grateful.

To celebrate, we have a couple of birthday/celebration themed cases for you.  I don't have a birthday layout for you, but I am celebrating being awarded my own Zumba class, after subbing for a year, at the local gym.  I took a couple of photos to mark the occasion and celebrated with my students. My students :)

I pretty much kept to the sketch, adding the banner to the top.
Evidence used: tiny dots, triangles, different colored letter stickers, enamel dots, and stamped phrase

Testimony is a mix of letter stickers and handwriting. I didn't even set out to spell something appropriate with the beginning letters, it just worked out that way.