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I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a best friend a daughter, and artist.

If there was a way I could spend as much time in my studio creating as I do working my regular 40 hour job I would do it in a heartbeat. I am loving discovering myself through art and I can't wait to see where the journey takes me.

11.30.2013

Everyday...Fly

Happy Saturday...

I did this canvas background awhile back. I decided to see how a background would come out by placing the canvas on my gellii plate. I'll definitely do it again. Thinking about getting the larger gelli plate so I can do some larger canvases.

I mod podged the butterflies on then got out my Portfolio water soluble oil pastels and added some color. Doodled with my Signo white pen and just a black ball point pen...Used a stencil for the letters then called it done...























I hope you find a way to Fly...Everyday.

x0x0x
Monica

11.26.2013

On the Wings of The Butterflies

Hope Floats on the Wings of The Butterflies...what more can I say.

I love butterflies, I get so excited and awwe struck when I see them. I always want to be around them.

I love working with the gelli plate and the different effects that come through. Someone commented on a post on facebook and said it reminded them of stained glass. I totally love that and now see it in a different way. 























x0x0x
Monica

11.23.2013

WINGS....We ALL have them

Happy Saturday...

I actually did this gelli print back when I first got my Gelli Plate...I've probably looked at it, and many other prints I've done, 100 times or more.

It's always funny to me how you can do that, look at something so many times, and not see the finished page, then all of the sudden, there I am, stamping and doodling and painting and it all comes together.

I used a large Unity butterfly stamp, which I totally love. I stamped white craft ink from stampin up, then used the Creative Inspirations pink embossing powder. The sparkle and shine that embossing powder brings is like nothing I've ever used before. Then I used a white pen to outline all the detail and really make it pop.

I love how it came out. I am in the process of designing a journal cover to create a gelli journal with all of my pages, one that I can continue to add to.

Here is the finished page, and detail of the amazing embossed butterfly below...



















Have a great weekend.
x0x0x
Monica

11.22.2013

A shabby Christmas Banner

Hello everyone.I decided I wanted to make a banner for my project this week to hang on the mirror over my fireplace and I wanted it to be shabby to go with my decor.

I started with burlap and heavy card stock. After cutting the burlap base, I cut the card stock smaller than the burlap, then crumpled it in my hand. I painted two coats of Creative Inspirations Tan for the base. After it dried I used Tim Holtz vintage photo with the blending tool over the high spots on the wrinkled paper, then some soot to bring out more depth. I then used a paper punch to achieve the lace look edging and used my fingers to cover that with white Gesso, then highlites of Creative Inspirations Ivory.

I sewed the paper to the burlap, this was a challenge. Burlap is not easy to sew on but I was determined.

I then stamped the circular lace onto cardstock with Tim Holtz vintage photo, then cut out the edges and center and sewed it to the burlap and paper banner piece.





















The blue in the middle lace stamp is painted with Creative Inspirations Turquoise,  which I then stamped over with white gesso to bring out the detail. Lightly rubbed some vintage photo over that. The typewriter key letters are just printed from online.





I dry brushed the flower trim with the Tim Holtz vintage photo, then brushed over that with the Creative Inspirations Tan...












As always, the shimmer on these pieces is amazing and I love how it all turned out.






















11.12.2013

Love Grows Here

A Gelli print journal page...husband had just had surgery, it was a long 2 days and I just needed something uplifting...
Art always makes me feel better. It's such a great way to release negativity and find something positive in any situation.
Its been a long 3 months since the motorcycle accident and my husband has dealt with some serious pain, and even 2 days after the surgery I could see a change in him. Even though he was in pain from the surgery, he could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Doing everything I could to take care of him and make him comfortable and to finally see the hope in his face and the tone in his voice was so uplifting to me, and as hard as it's been I have loved taking care of him. Love grows here every single day, even in the tough times, it grows...























x0x0x
Monica

11.10.2013

FLY To The Beat Of YOUR OWN WINGS

This journal page and the quote is inspired by something my daughter shared with me. I googled the quote and found nothing which is way cool.

I love my daughter so much, love butterflies, and love my Gelli Plate...Those combined with an awesome quote and this is what you get. For Melissa























Thanks for stopping by...
Go Make some ART
x0x0x
Monica

11.08.2013

All Hearts Come Home

Happy Friday everyone!!!
I was feeling the Spirit of Christmas tapping me on my shoulder this week and decided to create a tag in a Christmas theme. My son lives too far away to be home for Christmas this year but I know his heart is always here, and mine with him....that is my inspiration for this tag. 

Here is a shot of the elements before I put the tag together...
























The background on the tag is a gelli print that was originally done by the amazing Denise Phillips and sent to me as a swap gift. I brushed Sky Blue over the entire tag which brought out just the shimmer I was looking for, and I love that its transparent to still see the original print.

And the finished tag...
























The house is heavy cardstock that I first painted with Blush, then I used a heavy modeling paste and a stencil for some texture. I painted the paste after it dried, first with Sage, then over that with Mint.

The roof is just corrugated cardboard, painted with Chocolate, then highlights of Burnt Sienna. The snow on the ledge of the roof is a paper doily edge painted with Winter Frost.

The tree was just free hand cut from scrapbooking paper and painted with Spring Green, and the Star is painted with Bright Yellow. I sewed around the edges of the tree, and also the tag, then glued little plastic Christmas tree lights onto the tree.

I used the Deliquesce Super Sparkle Pink on the door and the heart. This is the first chance I have had to use the Deliquesce and I LOVE IT...

I doodled on the print of the tag and the house with a white gel pen then just glued everything down.

Here are the colors I used.


















Hope this gets you in the mood for the upcoming Holiday's. 
x0x0x
Monica