Friday, July 18, 2014

From Sketchbook to a Giveaway!.......


........Well from where we left off two weeks ago you can see i added a few things.......mainly Mr. Owl. And i finished coloring the top two blocks.... If you don't remember where we left off go here.


Then i thought wouldn't it look incredible with a back ground... but what to do??? I just couldn't see myself fussy cutting out the image to paste on a back ground...... Well i had this cool scrapbook paper with all the writing on it. So i copied both into Paint and placed my image on top of the scrapbook paper image and then this non techno savy person (ME!) used the background eraser tool and erased all the white so the scrapbook paper would show... How cool is that...... ?? It was a little time consuming and there is probably a better way i could have accomplished the same thing . But let me tell you i'm pretty tickled pink with the result.....

I'm soooo tickled in fact that i tried to print some out and lo and behold i got a decent print....... The color is deeper than what this photo above shows. Crappy lighting what can i say...... They are 4x6. And i'd like to give them to two lovely followers....... So the rules are simple..... i like simple.......

1. Be a Follower.......easy peasy
2. Leave me a comment......easy peasy
3.Check back here next Friday to see if you've won
4. Make sure.....make SURE i can get a hold of you... leave your
email in the comment...whatever you need to do... I will announce the winners on the blog on Friday July 25th. 
5. You will have 48 hours to email me your snail mail addy at 
Nuleaf@comcast.net After that i will pull another name from the hat.......Good Luck!!!!! Hugs!!! deb

**Linking with DionDior's Friday Sketches!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A 'T' stands for Tuesday Post........


I think this week is suppose to be a **special** archival 'T' stands for Tuesday post ,to celebrate its one year Anniversary, but since i've only just recently joined i hope you will allow a new post as i've not any archives to dig thru. lol!




Well ..........If i'm not writing a snail mail letter over coffee in the morning you can sometimes find me here in my craft room working on  a piece of MailArt......I have simply fallen in love with this form of art...... I LOVE the idea of just how many people along the way may have stopped for a moment to look at it, smiled and sent it on its way...... As you can see though i have to be VERY careful not to mistake my coffee cup for paint water....... been there done that...



Here are some recent ones i've sent off in the wild blue yonder...I often use them to work out ideas for a project or canvas painting i may be planning to do..... Above i was figuring out how it would be to paint over tissue paper for texture and then how to shade the blue areas...... turned into a pretty postcard i think......


This one ...... I came across some gorgeous nail polish on sale and if you know me ... you would know i would NEVER buy nail polish to paint my nails....but i thought it might be pretty used as paint... And it did turn out pretty just a little thick and difficult to work with....This postcard went off to a new T stands for Tuesday friend Krisha at Krisha's Keepsakes. I'm so glad you liked it Krisha!


Here is another one along the same idea....I was working on another project where i had to do some crackling so i practiced first on these postcards and i thought it looked like the dry cracked earth of summer..........





This one i wanted to play with alcohol and acrylic paint.....It made for some wonderful designs. The butterfly is a sticker that i embellished a little....then a little quote from Edgar Allen Poe......


Perhaps the BEST part of sending out MailArt Postcards is that i get some in return!! This beauty is from Corrine.You can find her at SparkleDaysStudio. I LOVE her abstract view of the world. I have such trouble doing abstract and i think she does it beautifully..

This postcard found its way to my mailbox from June the Creative Dreamer. June hosts a wonderful MailArt Postcard Swap that first introduced me to the idea......I think she knows i love moons...lol... If your quick you can hop over there and sign up for the next swap... You don't have to mail it out until August 9th! So you have plenty of time to create BUT you have to sign up by TODAY! I hope you'll give it a try. 

My latest swap partner, Pam from Australia sent me this postcard. Isn't it lovely. She doesn't have a website or i'd give you the link. 

I make my postcards out of cereal box chip board. I think its a great way to recycle and reuse..........It gives me a great place to practice painting and try out new ideas. I don't have to worry about messing up an expensive piece of canvas..... I can just play...... When is the last time you just played?? 

I'm so glad you stopped by to visit me over coffee this morning! I hope i added a little color to your day! Hopefully next year i will have an archive of T stands for Tuesday posts to dig thru. Hugs! deb

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Crepes are Popping...........


The star of the garden this week has been the Crepe Myrtles...... Everyday a few more blooms pop open.......


The lilies have been backing off........lots of 100+ degree temps... but i see some are putting new buds up so hopefully in a few weeks we'll have another round of lilies.......

But for right now purple Crepes are hogging all the attention!  I cannot wait until they get a little larger........  The header shows just how much the blue plumbago has taken off....... In the shade the blue is almost neon , its so bright...... How does your garden grow?? Hugs! deb

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One 'Just Because'..............



........................makes up for a million missed birthdays..............

                                                            Hugs! deb

Monday, July 7, 2014

A T stands for Tuesday Post......



Don't get me wrong........ i like tea............. but i LOVE my coffee in the morning.......For me tea is usually a winter time treat...... something to curl up with on the couch in the evening watching TV or reading a book..... I have this wonderful Fireplace DVD with classical relaxing music i will put in and watch the flames flicker and ............just breathe.....

But for now its coffee....... not even fancy coffee..... we're talking Folgers here....(not compensated in any way for that lol) i like what i like..... And in the mornings you can often find me doing this very thing over coffee....... writing snail mail........I have always loved snail mail... sending it ......receiving it.....doesn't much matter.....I have loved it since i was a little girl ...... always eager to hear from family members who always seemed to be scattered and spread out.... So there you go my two loves.....and i indulge in them frequently........ I'm linking up this post with Bluebeard and Elizabeth...... i hope you'll pop over and check out all the other participants ......

Before i leave i just have to share with you these fabulous horses!


Aren't they amazing??? Don't forget click on them to enlarge....




I think they appeal to the doodlebug in me..... I would so take one home ......

Thanks for stopping by!!!! Hugs! deb