You can read about how she created this card on her blog:
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Friday, March 7
You can read about how she created this card on her blog:
Thursday, March 6
Wednesday, March 5
Today I wanted to share this little video I created -- it's totally changed the way I use spray paint!
Thanks for joining me, have a GREAT day!
Tuesday, March 4
Hopeless or Hopeful?
Positive or Negative?
I tend to think I'm hopeful a good part of the time, but we all have out moments -- right? I like to think I see the potential in things, in what they can become or how I can bend them to fit my purpose which in turn will make me happy. I think that makes me hopeful.
If we weren't hopeful that things will work out for us we wouldn't start new adventures -- in the form of a new job or a new creative endeavor -- or even as simple as trying a new recipe or a new restaurant. Yes, it also makes us adventurous -- but in the HOPE that we will enjoy the adventure. We are hopeful.
Anyway, my point is -- you can use this philosophy in your creating and crafting endeavors too! Meaning if you think you AREN'T a great (illustrator, collage artist, sketch artist, watercolorist ....etc) you won't be.
And you will believe it too!
Plus, with more self-confidence and hopefulness you will have the inner strength to try more, play more, adventure more in your art -- which leads to more practice - and we all know that practice makes perfect, right?? It's an amazing circle -- which turns into a whirlwind of creativity. You can't lose.
So, slightly switching gears to my "This is art Notebook". My Daily Practice Notebook. My Constant Companion these days. It started life as a Mickey Mouse notebook (similar to the one at the end of that link) that I picked up at Target. I liked it because of the heavy-duty chipboard cover. It feels substantial, like it will protect my secret lists and drawings. I was a little embarrassed to carry it though, lol.
I'm not much of a Mickey fan. I however, I was hopeful + saw the potential in what the notebook could be. I transformed it. I made it into what I wanted it to be. And it makes me happy. Every single time I open it up I feel satisfied with it. And my hopes for it were great.
It was a small victory, in hope.
See how the little things, that are full of hope and potential can transform your day?
Well that's it for now........Thanks for dropping by today -- have a wonderful, hopeful day wherever you are!
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Monday, March 3
THANKS for dropping by, have a great week. Stay tuned for some BIG things going on around here!
Saturday, March 1
Today I wanted to share this beautiful card that my friend Kathie Deluca created using my Flower Frame 1 Stamp. It's a gorgeous card, I just love the entire thing. Especially the blue flower, I would never have thought to color it blue.
It's just stunning, don't you think?
Take a minute to drop by her blog to see how she made this card and take a minute check out some of the other amazing things she creates, you won't be disappointed! She's so talented!
Have a great weekend and thank you so much for dropping by!
Friday, February 28
Thursday, February 27
When I zoom out though, you can see -- my studio really is quite a mess. And, really to me it looks pretty clean here, LOL.
When I do some fancy editing my flowers really look gorgeous. You might think that my house and studio is spic and span, just by looking at this picture.
It's not. It's not a pigsty and super cluttered either -- just don't look close and you'll be ok.
That's all for today, just keepin' it real! have a great day and come back tomorrow to see a cool project I created for Sizzix!
Wednesday, February 26
Now that I'm all refreshed and raring to go I'm back. Most of my classes are open for enrollment again -- and I'm also happy to say that these two classes are now self-paced classes. Meaning, you can work at your own pace. Take your time to complete the lessons or watch them all at once, the choice is yours.
I've embedded the link right in the photo, so all you need to do to enroll is click on the link to go on over to My Creative Classroom. You can also copy and paste this in your browser to go directly to the Enrollment Page at MCC: http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/info.php?id=698
In this 5 Lesson course Catherine will teach you the art of creating Mixed Media Artful Cards using a mix of artful and creative techniques she has perfected over the years.
In each of the 5 lessons Catherine will teach you a creative technique to use in your card-making and then will demonstrate that technique in several unique and creative ways on your greeting cards. At the end of the course you will have amassed an arsenal of beautiful and creative cards for many basic occasions.
Techniques will include:
- Fun Stamping Techniques
- Hand and Machine Sewing
- Mixing Art Supplies with your Cards
- Watercolor Techniques
- Creating Custom Background Papers
- Image Transfers
- Creating Interactive Cards
_______________________________________Artful Cards Two $35.00
Join Catherine Scanlon in the second workshop of her popular Artful Cards series. In this amazing and creative boot camp style workshop she will share TONS of artsy, mixed media techniques that you can use in your cardmaking, art journaling and any other mixed media projects. Each of the lessons in this 10 lesson workshop will begin with a technique-based video where Catherine will discuss the tools and supplies you'll need for the technique followed by a step-by-step demonstration and hints for success to teach you the technique. After the technique demonstration Catherine will share with you a complete video tutorial to follow to create a beautiful card based on what you learned. Each card and technique will have a Quick Reference Guide that you can print for later reference.
I've embedded the link right in the photo, so all you need to do to enroll is click on the link to go on over to My Creative Classroom. You can also copy and paste this link in your browser to go directly to the Enrollment Page at MCC: http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/info.php?id=774
Techniques will include:
- Mono-printed backgrounds
- Embossing folder techniques
- Custom embossing folders
- DIY Core'dinations/sandable cardstock
- Layered embossed stencil backgrounds
- DIY layered embellishments
- Creating custom sentiments with Microsoft Word
- Stamped polymer clay embellishments
- Stamping techniques
- Beginner sewing on paper techniques (machine and hand)
And in case you are wondering if I'm a good teacher or not, I thought I'd share some of the student feedback I've received from in the Artful Cards classes:
- "I felt that the content, instruction and delivery of the course was great. Thanks, I learned a lot."~Maryanne, MCC student
- "I enjoy Catherine's easy way of teaching. She explains things really well and she is very approachable. I do enjoy that about her and her really easy style. I will take other courses that are offered by Catherine. Thanks very much for your lovely style of teaching."~Carol, MCC student
- "I love her (Catherine's) courses. I've taken many including "Artful Cards." I luckily saw this one, too. I met her at the two classes she was teaching at KEPT Creations in Whitman, MA. I really liked her and she clarified a few of the things I was confused about. I told her I never complete her classes the first time around but enjoy going back over them many times during the Extended period. I am signed up for her Artful Journal online and am taking another of her lengthier classes at KEPT Creations on the 4th of May. She's a fabulous teacher."~Mimi, MCC student
- "As always, Catherine's creative ideas and her style of teaching and clear, concise explanations and illustrations. I have enjoyed every class I have taken from Catherine. She has a way of explaining techniques that makes it easy and enjoyable to try them and she inspires confidence to try them!!"~Barbara, MCC student
I hope to see you in class, and please let me know if you have any questions!
Tuesday, February 25
Stamp the design using a permanent stamping ink and add words with a Pitt Pen, Medium Tip.
Add color the the background with watercolor paints (or watered down Distress Paint.) Enhance the lettering with a Gelly Pen.
And it's done! Super easy and very fun. Thanks for dropping by today, enjoy your day!
Monday, February 24
Saturday, February 22
Friday, February 21
But then I checked my email and got a beautiful, spring like surprise from my sweet friend Kathie DeLuca. She created this beautiful card using my Flower Frame 2 Cling Stamp -- and it was enough to make me think that spring might just be right around the corner!
I just love the way it turned out. Lots of layers and bright color, and I really love the way she used the white pen to enhance some of the lines of the flowers.
I thought -- since it is Friday -- and you might be a little frustrated with the winter weather that I would offer a little give-away of this same exact stamp!
It's big, about 4" x 6" but you can do so much with it! Just wait until you see the super cool project I created for a top-secret project I'm working on with it.
Anyway, leave me a comment with your favorite spring quote -- what you would add in the center of the flower to help you remember that winter will be over soon! I will pick a winner sometime on Monday February 24th. Please share this on FB, Pinterest.....and any other social media place you can think of -- the more the merrier and I might have a surprise in store for another lucky visitor!
Have a great weekend and thank you so much for dropping by.
Thursday, February 20
We've currently had two snow storms this week with another on the way for tomorrow. I know I've mentioned in past years that I like the winter because I love cross country skiing and snowshoeing....but this winter has been so hard with lots of below zero temperatures. And snow. I think that's a sign that I'm getting old. urgh.
But on a positive note, at least the time I'm spending inside (instead of being physical outside) I'm getting lots of art created, and that's always a good thing!
With thoughts of spring I think I'll say thanks for stopping by, have a great day.
Wednesday, February 19
Honestly, I think I've always loved flowers, even before I started drawing them I was growing them. In 1994 I started my true love affair with flowers when I planted my first perennial garden, now it's a bit of an obsession - maybe that's why I love the quote so much.
Anyway, I thought you would like this little sampler I made using my stamps from Art Gone Wild, I really love the way it turned out. I stamped the images with Archival Ink and used a mix of watercolor paints, colored pencils, Tombow Dual Tip Markers and Distress Paints to add color. It reminds me of a vintage style book illustration.
I listed some small canvases in my Etsy shop yesterday, you can find a link over on the left -- if you are interested that is I'd love for you to check them out. I have more to list, but starting small for now.
Thanks for dropping by -- have a wonderful day.