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>100th post means a giveaway

>Yes! This is my 100th post. I started this blog a little less than a year ago and I managed to make it to post number 100. Woohoo! So, to celebrate I’m doing a giveaway! This is what you could win:

This is an altered canvas measuring 4″ x 5″. My latest creation. I really love how it came out and will probably be doing more of these in different sizes. But since this is a special occasion and I am learning to let go of my art, I’m giving this like creation away. Just comment on this post and I’ll pick a winner on Friday evening. Good luck to everyone.

And Happy New Year!!!!!

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>Art Journal Pages

>Remember this sketch?

Here’s the final product:


Mostly coloured pencil, paints (acrylic and watercolour), crayons and ink. Masking tape (to cover a ripped part and to add texture) and DIMO tape.

This one was done after watching the Lemony Snicket movie. I thought the black and white drawing was missing something so I added a watercolour wash on the wall. I really like this drawing.


And finally, my Christmas page! It’s slightly brighter than that in real life but not much. Lots of layers on this one. Drawing + journaling + wax crayons + ink wash + light gesso on top of all that + drawing again + journaling again + oil pastels + watercolour wash + glitter glue.

Christmas eve was very quiet: dinner with my family and gift exchanges. Received a violin, 2 PJs, a beautiful necklace, a tripod and remote controller for my camera amongst other things.

Christmas day with my mother’s side of the family was nice. The only one who wasn’t there was my brother. Even my cousin, whom we don’t see very often, was there. All in all a nice holiday.

Watch this space for the next post and a surprise…

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>Christmas Eve

>Tonight I’m having dinner with my parents and my brother and as is our tradition, we are opening gifts together. Tomorrow, I’m going with my parents to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family. My brother isn’t going with us because he is working.

These small packages will be sent after Christmas. I stamped on the envelops with stamps from the Carte Postale set from Stampin’ Up! I love the bird and the fleur-de-lys. They are just perfect!

Merry Christmas… and watch this space in 2 posts (hopefully before the new year!)

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>Happy Holidays

>As promised, here is a photograph of the stripped present. It’s one of the presents for my mother (her name is Angelle.)

The second photograph is of another present, wrapped in that dollar store handmade paper. The “R” was done with white acrylic paint sponged over a handmade stencil (I really love how it came out!) and highlighted with some silver glitter glue. The tag that adorns it is from Botanical Paperworks and is a planteable tag. Flower seeds are embedded in the paper so you can plant it and it will produce beautiful wild flowers. Fun, huh?

Following in Angie‘s footsteps, I decided that for 2008 (and maybe beyond… or as long as I can do it) I will NOT buy stuff. Check out the Story of Stuff. You might be surprised… So what does this mean? Well, it means I will not buy something unless I absolutely positively NEED it and that includes art supplies. So, no new clothes. No more scrapbooking papers and supplies. No more paints (I can make my own with powdered pigments I have left from art classes at University.) No CDs. No books.

This should be interesting. Also, with this personal challenge, I want to add another one: Get rid of useless stuff! I have some things laying around that haven’t been used in a year, two years, five years… Some that have NEVER been used. Time to get rid of it. Books that I don’t read anymore and don’t plan on reading in the future will be donated or bookcrossed. CDs that I don’t listen to will be copied onto my computer and then sold or donated to Village des Valeurs. Other things, like clothes, will be reused, re-purposed, transformed… I have way too much stuff and it’s taking too much space. Also, I’ve read in a book that if your space is cluttered with useless stuff, it drains your energy. I believe it. By getting rid of stuff, I will be making room in my life for other things (like love and friendship.) It’s a big challenge but I feel ready to face it.

On that note, I hope everyone will be spending the next few days with loved ones, in peace, harmony, love and happiness. Merry Christmas and all that stuff!!!

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>Recycle wrapping

>This year, I decided to use whatever I have on hand to wrap Christmas presents. On this photo is a gift, wrapped in red-dyed “handmade” paper bought at the dollar store more than a year ago. The ribbon and bow/flower are made out of strips of paper cut in a gift-idea junk mail pamphlet. I got the idea for the flower from Hanna a while back. This particular pamphlet produced two bow/flowers for two different gifts. I loved the results and so did the recipient (one was for a gift exchange at work and the other for CeeCee last Friday.)

The other presents I wrapped this week for my parents and my brother are all in recycled paper whether it be old wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. One gift is even in a box of cereal that I gessoed and then made red and green stripes with electrical tape! I love how it came out. I’ll try to post a picture of it tomorrow.

Now… tomorrow is the last day of work before the holidays. Huge sighs of relief will be heard throughout the school tomorrow. As a treat for the kids, my colleague, Anik, and I are providing a special snack in the afternoon. The kids get to decorate their own Christmas cookie and then eat it. (Found kits at Costco that are great!) Even though it’s not always easy working with them, they still deserve a little reward.

Last weekend, I got Diesel to sit still long enough with my Christmas hat on to take this picture. Isn’t she cute???

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>Paper spool collages

>As promised in my previous post, here is some art. These are my latest paper spool collages. As always I used ArtChixStudio products to do them. All buttons are from my personal stash. I need to get more buttons, preferably vintage ones. Maybe I’ll raid my mom’s stash!

Some of these beauties will be going in the mail soon with ATCs (but I’m not seeing when or where!)

To make these, I prefer paper spools to plastic ones. I sand them a bit to get the sheen off and then I dirty them up with my trusty Van Dyke Brown ink.

After that is done, I tear a piece of text (these are from pages of an Italian encyclopedia) which I also dirty up with the ink. I wrap the paper around the middle of the spool and glue it in place (the ends are on the back.) Next step is to wrap a bit of embroidery floss or waxed tread (whatever I have on hand really) and secure the ends on the back with either a glue dot or a bit of clear liquid glue such as Glossy Accents. When that is done (and the glue is dry) it’s time to look through the images I have. I use mostly images from the Mini Chix Collage or Mini Mix Collage. This, to me, is the hardest part: deciding which images to use and then which embellishments to add.

All for of these have German Paper Borders but I don’t always use them. Sometimes I add a flower or a little piece of glitter. I always add a button and I try to find the one that best suits the collage. I like to thread a bit of embroidery floss through the buttons for that used/reused/vintage look. The final touch is adding a lengths of twine that has been inked a bit so it matches the whole collage. And of course, I sign on the back.


I really enjoy making these little works of art and I hope that my step by step explanation helps some (or all) of you to create your own. It’s not always easy working on such a small canvas but the result is oh so worth it. Don’t you think? If you have any questions about these or anything else I make, feel free to ask in the comment section or email me.

My new glasses have been ordered and should arrive next week. They are similar to the ones I had but then again, it was the first pair I really really loved!

Snow day is over. I shoveled my car out of the close-to-two-feet snow dump. And while shoveling and sweating and looking as awful as anyone can in these conditions, the landlord from across the street from me was flirting with me and actually asked me for my phone number. It was just too weird. And he’s not my type so I said, “Sorry, I don’t think so” in the most polite tone I could muster. Hopefully that’s the end of that! And on that note, I bid you Goodnight!

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>A day for changes

>Contrary to a lot of people I know, I like wearing glasses. Even when they fog up in winter, even if they get full of snow and rain. I like my face with glasses. Two years ago, I had found the perfect glasses. Dark red plastic that made my blue eyes shine. A funky design (the lenses finish straight yet the rim rounds up at the ends.) I loved my glasses. I just came back from shoveling snow and I had left my glasses in my breast pocket of my coat. When I came in, my glasses were broken in half! Nooo!!! I can’t drive without them. Everything is fuzzy and I’m not 100% confident. I need my glasses. Luckily, my mom has pretty much the same prescription as I do and she still has some old glasses that are in okay shape. So I called her and she’s on her away here with a pair of glasses I can wear for a few days. As soon as I’ll put them on, I’m getting in my car and going to Costco for a new pair! Hopefully it won’t take too long to get them.

Until I come back with a more artsy post, click on this link to view a cute video.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=epUk3T2Kfno

Now that’s what I call love!

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