Monday, May 26, 2008

challenges for this week

my favourite challenge, Gothic Arches is on vacation this week, I hope you get some rest in all the busi-ness Nancy, but I did manage to get 2 houses done for my next favourite challenge, dans ma maison ... il y a. This week the theme was green.

For the Alice house, I was wracking my brain for something to do and I thought of some stamps I have that have never been inked. I had a wonderful tree background stamp that I stamped 3x in Distress Peeled Paint ink and the Alice stamps were done with Versafine Vintage sepia. When I think of Alice I think of a thickly wooded garden, hence the trees. Then I coloured in the Alices with coloured pencils.

For the butterfly green, I used some more of that gorgeous BG paper, stampes the dotted diamond strin with Versamark on each edge of the roof and dusted it with pale gold Pearl-ex, it almost looks like the gingerbread trim on an old Victorian, stamped it again with Distress Weathered wood along the side and attached a metal butterfly.

Thank you for looking. Merci!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

new challenge site

I found a new challenge site a couple of weeks ago but haven't been able to take part in the challenges til this week and even so, I'm a little late getting in this week. It's dans ma maison ... il y a and it's very successful already. Ever since I saw the house shape being used on another group I was on last year, I have been fascinated by this shape and all you can do with it. And then my friend Heather has been using it, as have many other artists and I just knew I had to get in on it, but I needed a reason. I don't know why, I just did. Now I have it! heeheeee

This week the challenge is for butterflies and this is what I did. I just love b'flies and I was thrilled I had a legit reason to do a piece with them. I used another Basic Grey paper and another Paper Whimsy image, used Distress Ink Vintage Photo along the roof line and lightly embossed it in gold and added a butterfly image from Inkadinkado that I just love. Hope you like it!

Monday, May 19, 2008


is the theme on Gothic Arches this week hosted by the very talented Kelly Burton, the link to whose blog is in my sidebar, 'Artsy Visions'. You should check out her stuff if you haven't already.

This is my contribution this week. I used a gorgeous Basic Grey paper, aren't they all gorgeous, that already had flourishes in the design then stamped one of my favourite flourishes over that in Brilliance Dew Drop Rocket Red Gold, gorgeous colour, added an image from Paper Whimsy, stamped dream in Distress Vintage Photo and added 2 dragonfly punchies. Hope you like it!

Monday, May 12, 2008


I was out and about last week and I spotted some gorgeous flowering trees in my neighbourhood and I just had to take pics of them. So I ran home, scooped up my camera and ran back. Now I really wasn't thinking until I got back to take the pics that it was a really windy day and how on earth was I going to get any decent pics with the branches blowing all over. I think my camera did a really great job capturing these gorgeous trees. Oh and I thought the clouds were pretty awesome too!

Saturday was my anniversary, 31 incredible years, and yesterday was Mother's Day so I thought I'd offer these images to celebrate. Hope you like them and if you do use them, I'd love to see what you make with them.

Vive la France

is the theme on Gothic arches this week. I have never been to France and it's a life long dream to go but I know that unless we win the lottery, that will never happen! LOL So I thought I'd go with what I'm most familiar with, advertising! To me, France is famous for fashion, champagne, theater, chocolate? hmmm maybe not so much but it was a cute ad, and certainly not last or least , the wonderful fleur de lis.

Hope you like it!

Monday, May 05, 2008

another countdown

Lisa V.'s countdown for Mother's Day


is the theme on Gothic Arches this week. This was a fun challenge for me in that I have the perfect image and story to go with this challenge but I'm not sure how much you wonderful readers want to hear about me. I know I enjoy reading about other peeps and their lives but moi??? LOL
Oh well here goes, I work midnights and when I come home in the mornings, sometimes it's very difficult to stay awake til it's time to wake up the rest of the household to get them going on their day and I can go to bed. Well, we have this huge oversized, oversuffed chair that I like to curl up in to take a quick nap before I get everyone going, I just have to make sure I put the timer on on the microwave to get me up on time so no one sleeps in. LOL

I've named this arch, something I don't normally do, 65 Dream Lane and I've gone back to my collage images but this one is so sweet I couldn't not use her. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for looking!