Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe that it's the end of 2010!  Where did this year go?  Why did the months fly by??  What did I do to mark this year?  Well, let's have a little review of the projects of this year.  I like to look back over my layouts and artwork and pick my top 10 for 2010.  I've been doing this for a couple years now, but I was inspired by Balzar Designs to post them... I probably would have forgotten to revisit my pages this year in all the chaos!  Thanks!  Here they are in no particular order:

 Okay, so here is what I've noticed about my favorites this year:
1.  I am still on a cardboard as background kick!  I love to rip, tear, and expose the cardboard layers to add texture.  It's something about the 3D element that I have to have!
2. Lots of layering of torn bits going on here.  I'm using lots of scraps and recycling!

3. Drips and splatters are a staple of mine.  I love to drip ink, paint, mist, stencil, etc... It's a favorite technique of mine!

4. Circles are in almost ALL of my pieces.  I don't think I can make a page without a circle element showing up in it.  Perhaps it is my dream of being well rounded. LOL!

5. Not alot of journaling.  Just pictures and layering to tell the story.  I like to talk but I guess I'm not a big writer.  So, that will be my goal this year... to journal more... use text more.

Okay, so I've shared... now you link me up to your favorites on your blog!  I love to browse other's pages!   I have a little giveaway to share here too...

Nikki Sivils goodies to one lucky comment telling me what your New Years traditions are.  What do you do each New Year's Eve to ring in the coming year and wave goodbye to the old?  

I have a My Friend Birdie, Ellie's Day Out Mini pads, and 2 chipboard mini albums from Nikki Sivils  to give away! 

Leave me a comment by midnight on January 2nd... I'll pick a winner on the 3rd! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Opportunities and Holidays

This month has flown by! I can't believe it's the holidays and I've been so busy getting ready for Christmas that I haven't shared some good news in my creative endeavors. I have been asked to be on the Faber-Castell Design Team! The art supply company that I've loved since I was a kid has asked ME to represent them in the altered, mixed media and visual journaling arts! I'm soooooo excited and thrilled to have this opportunity! They have a whole new mixed media line coming out in January! It's full of fun, juicy and creative tools! The best of which are their water soluable pencils and art sticks called Gelatos! I am in LOVE with these things! I also love their new PITT artist pens that are India Ink and waterproof! They have 4 different tips and are amazing!!!
Check out their blog:
I'm thrilled to have my artwork in their catalog and at the CHA booth! I can't wait to play with all the new materials and create fun art with them. I loved them in the past and I'm swooning over the new stuff!!!

Elfie has returned and has been keeping watch over the little angels in my house. Mark is absolutely thrilled to be able to seek out Elfie each morning and he tells him all about what he's done that is helpful or good but forgets that he's around when he's acting naughty! We have to remind him frequently about his poor choices and how Elfie will be reporting back to the big man. This time of year is NUTS! I think this is the first year that I've completely felt like the holidays are bumrushing me and making me miserable! I am stressed, overwhelmed, and freaking out about how fast it's coming! I am NOT ready! Shopping is mostly done, but the wrapping, baking, and all the spirit is running me over. We have been sick around here and I'm so ready to rest! I need a vacation from the holidays. I know I sound like the grinch but really it's just that this year has gone so fast and I can't keep up. I am hoping the new year brings me more time, less stress, and having more "me" time. I need to make some goals, resolution, whatever you want to call it. Later about those! I am just happy that I have some new opportunities to create art and can't wait to get to it! Happy Holidays!!!