Monday, April 26, 2010

Paper Peeling

The latest Technique Junkies Newsletter has a great technique called "Paper Peeling" and I thought I would give it a whirl today. Its a great way to use up old paper scraps! I keep all my bits and pieces of vintage papers in a box for projects just like this one!

This is a new image coming out this week from IBFS

E is for Eye

Stamps from I Brake For Stamps, from the Stampinback line. I used Tim Holtz's Water Stamping technique for this.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Juried into " Paste-Up" Show in Lowell, MA

I am SO excited! I was just notified a piece of my work has been accepted into the "Paste-Up" Show that is held at ALL Arts Gallery in Lowell MA from June 26, 2010 through July 18. 2010. Its a show for Small Format Collage-it looks like a fabulous show! This is the first time I have ventured out and entered a juried art show that is not in the area where I live. I was excited to take the challenge! To hear I was accepted made it even better! They acceped my "Wishful Thinking" piece.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Playing around

I forced myself, again, to play today. I had to do something! This one uses a technique called "Metallic Parchment" from the recent Technique Junkies newsletter. Also, the green and white background is done using Letterpress with a Spellbinders Impressabilities die. The main background was so gorgeous that I didn't want to take away from that, so I used a small stamp image as the main focal point. Stamp is from I Brake For Stamps.

We are still working on trying to find the right medication for my daughter's seizure thing (and you know I don't like to say the "E" word so I won't). The first one ended up turning her into a different kid. So beginning today, we are onto medication #2. This has been so exhausting and my heart just hurts. Seeing her struggle..........has been the hardest thing ever. Some days I just take things hour by hour. ugh. She has struggled all her life. I wish I could take it away. But this morning, as I dropped her off at school, as she was walking to the entrance, I told myself "Look at her! She is walking, and going to school." We honestly never knew if that would happen. And it has. I have created a blog to chronicle her story ( ). I hope that it may help someone , someday. We are in a hard place, but we are so blessed to be where we are, because it could be so much worse.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coping with the "E" word

I didn't know how to title this post. So, I went with what I am dealing with lately.........the "E" Word. Thats what I call it. Its hard for me to even say it. Epilepsy. sigh. Now I have said it. My Gillian was having some bad side effects from the medication they started her on. Just when I was getting used to the idea of her being medicated and the possibility of things getting better, things got worse. So now, we are back to square one. We are probably going to have to start her on another medication now. Not happy, but no other option at this point. I think the past couple of days are the first days I have smiled or laughed, so I am making some progress. Trying not to dwell on it too much -I don't want to consume myself with it all day. I am still sort of in my "hermit" status. Don't really like to go out much-don't really want to talk to anyone. I guess its just the way I am coping right now. I am giving myself that permission.

Right now I am taking baby steps. I have tried to get back into doing some art-the last couple days what I have started just have not worked out. Got the acrylic paints out and other supplies and it just did not work out. I told myself its okay. Just try again. Today I got the stamps out and it felt so therapeutic to do something constructive.
Stamps are from IBFS

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wednesday Stamper: Trees

Its been forever since I have participated in Wednesday Stamper. I have tried to get to this all week, especially since I love the theme this week. Its not been an easy week to say the least, but I am glad to finally be able to do this. I needed some "Me" time realllllllllly bad.

Stamps are from I Brake For Stamps.

I used the "Bleeding Tissue" technique for the background.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Faux Velvet

Faux Velvet is the name of the technique used for the textured looking background piece here. The technique is in the April/May issue of Technique Junkies.

Stamps are from I Brake For Stamps. The kids sitting on the couch are from the Stampinback collection and the Speckle background from IBFS.

The stars are textured grungeboard that I dabbed with a Radiant Rain Dauber and sponged the edges with black ink.

Sold an assemblage

I was notified this weekend that one of my assemblages has sold at the Juried art show I entered. It runs through this week. It is so flattering when someone likes my art enough to buy it :)

It was probably my most favorite of the ones I entered.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Why I have been so quiet..........

I honestly have not done alot of art. Sadly there has been an issue on the homefront that has taken over alot of my time once again. My daughter has had some issues going on and her neurologist ordered an EEG. Sadly the EEG did show seizure activity :( So , now onto the next step: getting her on meds for it. Sigh. This kid has been through so much. A part of me is so glad they found it but I am devastated at the same time. The seizures she is having are the kind you can look at her and not even know she is having them! The technician told me that these kind she may possibly grow out of. The symptoms she has been having have caused me alot of frustration and have taken lots of my energy. I am trying not to get too upset over it-but its hard. Because we deal with so much already-its hard to think that now we have yet another thing to deal with, another medication to keep track of, another test to take. Sigh.

Oh well. We can move forward now-on to the next step. I need my art more than ever now.