Monday, September 26, 2011

September at TSS!

This month, our sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps! They have generously donated a $10.00 gc towards their downloadable designs - and they are downright adorable! Each of the DT's got one to play with and here is mine... some join us - we have great challenges!!

In fact, every single person that enters my Mixed Media challenge this month gets a prize from my stash... so why not come and play? Here's a link - click me!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I will be the first to admit that custom work stresses me out to no end.  But I also hate to turn it down... truly one of those rock and hard place issues. 

When someone asks me to create a canvas, that's when I start sweating.  I don't know that this will ever change - I never think I do as well with a custom job.  I think my nerves show through.  I worry to no end that the recipient will be disappointed.  And honestly, would I ever know? What are they going to say? "Wow, Sandi - nice job. Thanks."  In MY mind, they are saying "holy crap - THIS is what I commissioned? I could have handed a three year old a crayon and gotten better work." 

So, while I am SO incredibly honored to be asked to do custom work, just know you are making me twitch.  LOL 

This is an example of one custom job that DIDN'T make me crazy - for some reason it fell together and I like it.  It was commissioned by someone I love very much, for someone SHE loves very much.  The ultimate recipient is a  young person, so it needed to be youthful in design, color and clothing.  I took as much info as I could, and hit the sketchpad... and then the canvas. 

This girl is different than I normally create - I'm much more drawn to darker, more muted colors with a lot of grunge and vintage thrown in.  But I like her.  She makes me smile.  And I hope that the young woman that ends up with this loves it as much as the person giving it to her loves HER. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


My latest Garden Girl, done as a custom job for a good friend who liked the original canvas (in Etsy) but wanted a different color group...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

she's just a steampunk kind of girl...

and she is more than just the sum of her parts... I got the fabric for her dress on Spoonflower - LOVING steampunk stuff...