Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top Ten Blog Hop of 2015

Can you believe 2015 is coming to an end? This year has flown by!  I couldn't even catch up!  My blog posts were few and far between but I swear that I am going to try to do better this year... a sort of resolution.  I accomplished so much this year in my art and also in my life.  So many changes, so many positive choices, some mistakes and lots of laughs!  
For this blog hop, you just need to leave a comment on each of the posts (links below) up to 24 entries!  
We are giving away an $80 USD to the online store of the winner's choosing. To be entered you need to leave a comment on my blog by 11:59 pm CST on January 3. Then hop around to as many blogs as you want! Christine will choose a winner on the 4th and then I'll post it later on the 4th here.  You can get up to 24 entries for commenting on each blog.  Many of us have individual giveaways too - so make sure to check out those requirements. I will have details on my individual prize at the bottom of this post!
2015 was a crazy year for sure.  Time flew by and I found myself scrambling to finish projects but I also made some of my favorite art ever!  Sometimes deadlines help get me moving and creative juices flowing! Here are my top 10 favorites this year:
 This is an encaustic piece that I won 1st place at the New York State Fair Art Exhibit this year!  I love this piece an plan to create more in the series! It's made on drawing paper, beeswax, Pan Pastels, oil pastels, Gold Leafing, charcoal, and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen.
 An art journal page with lots of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products!  Love the Cicada stencil from UmWowStudio!

 Another art journal page with lots of Steampunk Gelatos colors! 
 There are not many scrapbook pages here this year... I just love my mixed media projects, but I do love the colors and techniques on this page.  My gorgeous friend, Nicole from NicoleJames Photography took this photo.  It's a symbol of womanhood to me... strong and soft.
 This little mini album was so fun to make with UmWowStudio's tag book and stencils.  LOVE the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products on here too!
 Even though my Ustream video cut out due to an electrical storm that cut my power during the filming, I still love this mini canvas!  Someday I'll re-tape the process.  I just haven't had the time lately!
 This tote bag was a favorite of mine to create and I love the mediums and stitching that I did on here!  It's gorgeous and I always get complements wherever I wear it!
 This box was made for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Graphic 45 blog hop... I love this ATC box so much!  All the little details with mediums, Gelatos colors, and metal accents!

 Another Ustream project... a canvas bib necklace.  Love wearing this!

Another project that I did for a blog hop on Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog... clutch purses are so fun to make.  I think I'll be making more to match different outfits!
These last two are more encaustic work that I love.  I make the above when subbing for a professor at a nearby University this summer!  I was so honored to be asked and enjoyed the time to make art with students who inspired me! The below was a gift to my mom and dad for Christmas.  Empty nest symbolism but the colors were so soft and the nest was from a photo I took of a nest in the Adirondacks this summer.

So a few more than 10 but that's okay... I love looking back at how much I did accomplish this year in art making.  Even if I didn't share it all here, I love reviewing the past year and looking forward to a new artsy year!  Leave a comment here and on the other blogs and you could win a gift certificate of $80 for a store of your choice!  I am also giving away a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Steampunk Gelatos set!  
Comment here by 12:01am on 1/5/16 and I'll choose one lucky winner!  Check back on 1/5/16 at 8pm and I'll post the winner!  Happy New Year and happy blog hopping!!

Blog Hop List 2015
You are here---->Jen Matott
Rhonda Van Ginkel
Kelly Jean Guzlas
Juliana Michaels

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UmWOWStudio and Hazel & Ruby Blog Hop

Today, I'm hopping with UmWowStudio and Hazel & Ruby! This is my last UmWowStudio project for my DT term. I love their chipboard embellishments as well as the stencils, flair, and confetti!   For this project, I used a UmWowStudio ATC window frame and a small jewelry box.  Here's how I did it!

 Yes, that's a nest inside the box peeking through the window!

I got the Hazel & Ruby 12 Inch DIY Decor Tape in Wooden Grain and Pass The Tissue Chevron Newsprint.
I covered the lid with the wooded grain tape.  It is huge and I can't wait to use it on something really large but for this project, I just covered the lid.  It was super easy and smooth to apply!
 Looks just like wood!
 Then I used the tissue paper to cover the sides of the box.  I applied Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Gel Medium to the box and smoothed the paper on then I brushed another coat over the paper.  The tissue paper was light and easy to cut! Love that chevron print too!
 Once dry, I drew markings by laying the UmWowStudio ATC Window Frame onto the lid and using a craft knife to cut the opening in the lid.
 The top part of the window has a piece of painted and stamped paper and the window has a transparent photo adhered before putting them together with the lid.  UmWowStudio Star Confetti was painted with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Texture Luxe™in Silver before adhering to the frame.
 The word was created by adding the Hazel & Ruby Greetings Words Stencil Masks over the tissue covered side.  Then, I painted it with Faber-Castell Design  Memory Craft Gelatos® colors in Metallic Blueberry and Margarita Mix.  I also used the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft's Texture Luxe™in Silver through an UmWowStudio Confetti Star Stencil as a finishing touch!  
This little box was so fun to make and now  I have a fun piece of art to display!  Thanks UmWowStudio for having me on the DT and for Hazel & Ruby for their generous product!  

Get more details about the hop here.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

UStream class tomorrow

Join me for a free Ustream canvas class!!!

May 2015
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*To enter our Ustream giveaway, comment in the social stream or chat box.  Winners will be announced at the end of class.  We'll be giving away three sets of the following prizes at the end of the Ustream class: two 3ct. Stamper's Big Brush Pen Sets.  To enter in our grand prize, go to our blog and leave a comment.  The grand prize winner will be announced the next day on our blog.  The grand prize will consist of the following prizes: 15ct. Gelatos Set (Brights) and 3 Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil Sets.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hop Along with May Arts and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

There’s a May Arts & Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog Hop going on this week & I hope you’ll check it out! I was given some fun new ribbon from May Arts to work with... the 2.5" open weave ribbon and multi-size bead strands.