Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011


I struggled with this canvas.  It seemed to be jinxed from the get-go.  It looked SO much better in my head.  Then a mod-podge incident... then a feeling of 'something just isn't right'... it wasn't coming together, and I was greatly disappointed.

So I posted it in my Soul Restoration group and asked for help.  Nancy gave me some tips - she's a fantastic artist - and I played with the canvas a bit... knowing that if worse came to worse, the only thing I'd lost was time.

I'm much happier with what it morphed in to.  Now... deciding whether or not to put it in the store...

JAD's challenges...

I created two cards for the DT challenges at JAD's yesterday.  The first one was using a Bug-A-Boo stamp - Mine is "Stella - All about the bling".  I LOVE Stella.  She's ME.  I colored her in with colored pencils, but I know I'm just a few clicks away from buying Copics. It's just a matter of time. She's all blinged out with Stickles, but it didn't photo well.  Even her shoes sparkle.

Here's Stella, she's placed on Core-dinations black cs, and I added some bling courtesy of Recollections.

Then I had to make something for the "GREEN" challenge.  This was a no-brainer for me.  My sponsor is celebrating 2 years today, and I made her a glass cube... but I needed to make her a card also.  She is all about 'green'... right now her fingers and toes are painted green (well, the NAILS are).

So a green card would fit the challenge perfectly.  The paper was included in a pack that I picked up at a garage sale, and the cs is also Core'dinations.  Love to sand it and get a prezzie each time.  The butterfly represents her sister, who passed away when she was 15.  So everything I do for her has a butterfly on it.

I am SO not a card maker - these 2 will probably be the last 2 you'll see for a long time.  TFL!  If you'd like to get in on some of the fun challenges over at JAD's - click HERE.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I absolutely loved the way the background turned out on this canvas.  I started out with the tissue paper technique as a base - spreading a layer of mod podge, then placing a layer of black tissue paper on top.  Then smoosh.  (very technical term) I just spread the paper and twisted it and turned it and bunched it... you have to work QUICKLY - mod podge sets up pretty fast on tissue paper.

Let it dry completely.  Then I decided to try a mask and some glimmer mist.  Eh.  Didn't do much for me, but while the glimmer mist was still a bit damp, I dusted the canvas with copper Perfect Pearls.  I took a balled up paper towel and just rubbed.  And rubbed... until I got the effect I wanted.  It almost looks metallic - and really dirty, grungy.  Then I inked the edges with black Staz-On to give it a burnt look.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

calamity jane!

Ok - the art doll sold within about 10 minutes in the shop.  LOL  So here's Calamity Jane... loved this quote!!!! I'd been looking and looking for a quote to go along with this bicycle girl... and that's the one that finally did it. 

earth laughs in flowers...

My first Art Doll for JADS.  I was ascared of trying it - but knew at some point I'd have to bite the bullet and just DO IT ANWAY.  ;-)   So I killed 2 birds with 1 stone (another wink) and did a canvas... which of course is available in the Etsy shop.  TFL!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Done hopping, back to creating...

Whew! That was fun.  I spent the weekend of the Hop in the studio playing with paper, glass, ink and modpodge... talk about FUN!!!!

Some new canvases... one is sold already, and a glass box that I made for a friend. TFL!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Yay! It was fun...

Loved the Blog Hop - had SO much fun seeing everyone's fantastic posts and art. 

I had my coworker choose a number between 2 and 40 (I was comment #1) and she chose DeVonne!

Congratulations, Devonne - you have won one of my  canvases!!  Scroll down to see the "fly" canvas... and it will be 'flying' it's way to you!!!!

Email me with your address!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

soul restoration blog hop!!

Welcome to the Soul Restoration Blog Hop - if you're following the blog hop you came here from Pippa's beautiful blog!

What? I'm supposed to come up with words to describe a life changing experience? Oh dear... I'll try.  I don't know that there are enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe Soul Restoration with Melody Ross.  Good adjectives.

Amazing.  Eye-opening.  Heartwarming. Heart-wrenching.  A time of self-discovery.
 The picture above was me burning my fears... remarkably freeing. 

Melody taught me to love myself.  Through all the damage, and all the weakness, and all the CRAP.  She taught me how to discover the Sandi that got buried so many years ago... buried to the point that I thought I'd never see her again.  Buried by fear, buried by heartbreak... buried by the confines of a sick Soul House...

I stand before you today (well actually I'm sitting) a woman that DOES love herself, that has embraced her weak-self and has learned to be the confident, brave girl that she was always meant to be.

And in the process I learned SO many cool art techniques - utilized them and actually opened an Etsy shop to sell some of the pieces I made.  Those that know me well know that this is a huge, brave step for me.

There's a link to the right ----> for my Etsy shop if you're so inclined to shop.  ;-)

Here's a sample:

Join us for the powerful and fun online workshops taught by Melody Ross that are being enjoyed and loved by women all over the world! Soul Restoration on-line classes - Now expanded to TWO sessions: Soul Restoration Part 1 - Finding Your Truth (6 Weeks) April 5, 2011 Session : $99 - Register Here and Soul Restoration Part 2 - Living Your Truth (6 Weeks) For graduates of Soul Restoration 1 only, June 7, 2011 Session: $99 - Register Here

Thanks for visiting - and be sure to leave a comment - I will randomly choose a comment and that poster will receive an original art canvas made by me, using techniques that Melody taught us.

To continue the blog hop you'll visit  Leslie!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's coming....

The Soul Restoration blog hop. It's coming... this blog will go live at 3am on Saturday morning (thank goodness for auto-post!!).  We'll all be hopping until Midnight on Sunday.  Many of us are offering prizes and give-aways for comments...

I love comments.  Did you know that? ;-)  and I love followers... Hope to see you on the Hop!!!