Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Butterfly Get It's Wings - Coloring Review #2

Both recommended by Johanna Basford.

 
The Staedler Noris Colour Pencils were my first colored pencils I would try after using Prismacolor Pencils for many years. My first impression of the Colour Pencils is that they were easy to handle, they were comfortable to hold. The 24 set had a nice range of color. The Fineliners worked well with the color pencils. Positive first impression until....
 Compared to the Prismacolor Pencils, The Staedler Noris Colour pencils are not as smooth. It was difficult to blend the colors and I had to apply quite a bit of pressure to get a blend. Unfortunately, the pressure caused the paper to tear. The Staedler Noris Colour pencils would not be my personal pick over the Prismacolor pencils. The Fineliner pens were great to work with.
Supplies: 
• Staedler Noris Colour Pencils
• Staedler Fineliner Pens
• Sakura Uniball white gel pen
• Sharpie (black)
• Coloring page

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coloring Review #1 Faber-Castell Polychromos

Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils, peacock adult coloring page with gold marker, pitt marker and signo white pen
For years, I have used Prismacolor colored pencils.
I have been interested in trying other color pencils, so for the summer of 2016,
I began testing other brands of colored pencils.
Faber-Castell was one of those brands.
Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils tin of 24 and Peacock adult coloring page
Polychromos, meaning many colors, is a oil based pencil. I choose Faber-Castell because with their polychromos pencils you can use in conjunction with the other Faber-Castell line. Faber-Castells are also open stock, I'm able to replenish based on what I need. The downside...they are expensive.
 The pigments are rich and intense, the blending and layering are smooth and I had no smudging.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Get Into The Holiday Season

It's The Holidays Time to celebrate life with a coffee in a red cup and snow falling in the background
The holidays are officially here! This is my most favorite time of the year because there is so much you can do creatively and TONS to be thankful for. Going to shows, baking, holiday crafting, touring christmas lights, hanging out with friends and family... hold your head up and purpose in your heart to celebrate the gift of LIFE this holiday season.

Denver Arts Week 2016 promotional ad
One of my favorite events here in Colorado is Denver Arts Week and it starts today!. All of the art communities come together and host several events over an eight day period. One of the things I'm looking forward to trying out is Denver Arts Week free night at the museum not to mention Denver Film Festival. Shuttle buses will be available for anyone who wants to check out Denver Museums.

Single's Day November 11, 2016
Also coming up this month is "Single's Day". Yep, that's right Single's Day. Singles Day 11/11 was started in China among young people who proud to celebrate the fact that they are single...I like that idea! Alibaba.com sees potential growth.

Fall Into Autumn friendsgiving pinterest board
Now that we are passed Halloween and heading towards Thanksgiving, ever think about hosting a Friendsgiving? I found some many DIYs and Culinary ideas on Pinterest that are simple, quick and easy. This is something that is on my bucket list to do.

30 day gratitude challenge free printable
We are in the season to be Thankful. As we come to the end of the year, there is a lot we could be thankful/grateful for even in the hard times. My life is grounded in Christ and biblical principles. Being thankful is just healthier for you. I love how Rick Warren explains how you can still have Joy in hard times and he is right. Trust me, I've had a lot of losses and finding peace and joy will carry you through tough situations. So, this year I challenge YOU! to take 30 days and be thankful for one thing each day. or You can make your own DIY dry erase Thanksgiving board.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Need to get past the Autumn blues?

Fall Into Autumn Fall Bucket List
Create a Fall Bucket List.
Most of us don't look forward to this time of year when darkness sets in early, it can bring us the blues. So instead allowing dread to set in, brighten up your outlook by creating a bucket list or a to do list for the season. My mom would say: "Focus on what you  DO have NOT what you don't have" Here are 20 ideas from my personal Bucket List.

1. Pick out a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch and carve it.
2. Take in a show or visit a street fair
3. Sip some chai tea or apple cider with a friend/s
4. Plan a 3 day weekend
5. Find a pair of Uggs boots and a new scarf
6. Go on a hayride
7. Slow cook a pot of chili (crockpot)
8. Breakfast at Snooze
9. Pumpkin spice latte and a day at the museum
10. Celebrate 50 year anniversary of Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin
11. Get a massage/ facial
12. Take Fall foliage drive & go star gazing / watch the sunrise
13. Decorate the front door or porch
14. Get outside your comfort zone and go through a corn maze
15. Play a board game/puzzle at a your favorite coffee/tea shop
16. Paint outdoors (Plein Air)
17. Visit a winery
18. Go people watching at the mall on Halloween
19. Volunteer and Donate to a food bank
20. Start each day with a grateful / thankful heart

Click here to download the Bucket List scene above.

Fall Bucket List post song pick: "Go and Do Life Big" Jamie Grace

7 Suggested Reads:
1.  101 Fabulous Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
2.  23 Sweet and Savory Crockpot Recipes For Fall
3.  Life Hack Lists
4.  Hallmark Channel Fall Harvest
5.  Bucket Lists to Bring Your Family Together
6.  32 Fall Porch Decorating Ideas


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Autumn: The start of something new!

Fall Into Autumn 2016 The start of something new!

AUTUMN,
there is something so calming and romantic about this season.

There is a different kind of excitement as we began to think about the holiday season coming up. Our clothing changes, the foods we eat changes, maybe for some even your home decor changes. Autumn comes and goes so quickly here in Colorado, if you are not careful you'll miss the beauty of it all. Art has allowed me to travel and meet people at different stages in their life. As much as I love Fall, for some, it brings a low to their spirit; God knows I've been there, the holidays were not always fun. So this year, I wanted to share what I do take make this time of year special and exciting. Maybe, just maybe it will you out too! Come along on this FALL INTO AUTUMN journey with and re-discover the beauty of the season. Besides, how could you not Fall In Love with Autumn.
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Here's something different: TAKE 2

Last year I created a few home decor items made of ornaments from The Dollar Tree, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Christmas decor can be inexpensive and divine at the same time. Most items were purchase after Christmas 2014 (70-80% off) I'm excited to share what I did this year.
wood frame, gold ribbon, gold, black, white card design upclose
wood frame, gold ribbon, gold, black, white card design final look
Frame is from Michaels summer clearance and black,
gold white words are from Hobby Lobby.
green christmas tree ornament with small red glitter bulbs
green christmas tree ornament with small red glitter bulbs upclose
Green Christmas tree from The Dollar Tree and red ornaments
from Hobby Lobby.
white and gold ornaments, white flower, gold bell door hanger upclose
white and gold ornaments, white flower, gold bell
Gold and white star from Hobby Lobby, white flower
and gold bells from The Dollar Tree.
gold ribbon, gold bells and silver harp upclose
gold ribbon, gold bells and silver harp final
gold ribbon, gold bells and silver harp wall decor
Gold bells, gold ribbon from The Dollar Tree and silver harp from Hobby Lobby.
Silver snowflakes, 2 red reindeer ornaments upclose photo
red joy to the world ornament and white silver flower ornament
Joy to the world ormament canvas
Black canvas and silver snowflakes from Hobby Lobby, Silver star ornaments and red reindeers from The Dollar Tree.
White and gold noel ornament with white snowflack ornament final photo
White and gold noel ornament with white snowflack ornament upclose
Gold and white noel ornament from Hobby Lobby,
white star from The Dollar Tree.
red and green picks, green peace ornament, red glitter ribbon
red and green picks, green peace ornament, red glitter ribbon upclose
 Peace from Hobby Lobby, red and green pick, red ribbon from Michaels.
red swirl pick, red and green pick, red ribbon, green swirl ornament upclose
red swirl pick, red and green pick, red ribbon, green swirl ornament upclose
red swirl pick, red and green pick, red ribbon, green swirl ornament
 All items from Michaels
Green glitter canvas, green ornaments, gold ribbon, red and green skates upclose
Green glitter canvas, green ornaments, gold ribbon, red and green skates
Canvas from Hobby Lobby, gold ribbon and green glitter from Michaels,
green bulbs and skates from The Dollar Tree.
White Happy Holidays sign, white glitter ornament, silver ornament bulbls
White Happy Holidays sign, white glitter ornament, silver ornament bulbls upclose
White Happy Holidays sign, white glitter ornament, silver ornament bulbls on black foam board
Happy Holidays from Michaels, ornaments and black foam core from Hobby Lobby, white angel from The Dollar Tree.
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