Saturday, May 28, 2011


So glad you've stopped by to visit my corner studio.   Normally I share some of my paintings with you, and since I posted a couple just a few days ago, today it's dedicated to the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop.  If you've arrived here from Lisa's blog, Stamping with a Mission, then you're in the right place, but if you need to start at the beginning, just click the bloghop badge shown on the right -------------   

Since we are honoring Memorial Day this weekend, our mission is to make a "missing you" card for a deployed hero to write home on, and here is mine:

This is an example of the "Dimensional Ruffle card Tutorial"   posted by Sandy on April 29, 2011 on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog, and can be found under the Tutorials section,  along with a great U-Stream video.  I used scrap pieces of blue and white design paper for each of the ruffles trimmed with a scallop punch, then glued onto a blue base front and attached to white cardstock.  I felt it only needed a small flower and a little butterfly punch to finish it off with blue ribbon.  Amazingly enough, it really levels out with each row and isn't too bulky.

To entice you to leave a comment for me on what you think of my attempt with this card, I'm offering some sweet blog candy for one lucky person:

A winner will be chosen through on Wednesday at 9:00 pm EST, so check back then to see if you've won. 
But, before you leave here now, please scroll down to see a previous post of some paintings I've done recently in my studio and let me know what you think of them.  I'd really appreciate that.

Then you can proceed to the next stop on this hop which is Nancy's blog Scrap Happens!!!  You won't want to miss Nancy's inspirational work, as well as those who follow.  This is fun and a great way to get new ideas for your own creations.  Enjoy the hop and have a great Memorial Day weekend!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Paintings

It's been a while since I've posted here, but I really have been busy the past weeks attending a pastel painting studio at our local Art Center, and working on them at home as well.  Want to share just a couple of them here with you today for your comment:

This "Foggy Mountaintop" is a
pastel that I made from a photo and
sketch done while in Bar Harbor,
Maine.  It's 11x14 on Wallis paper.

And this pastel, an11x14 on Colorfix
paper,  is a  wooded scene done after a
hike along the CandO canal here in
Maryland.  Can't decide on a title, but
perhaps you can give me a suggestion.

I would really like to receive a serious critique of these, and don't hesitate to
say what your thoughts are or what might be changed to improve it.  Hope these photos are viewed clearly for you... maybe I need some better ones?

Thanks for your input..... and for stopping by to see me.   Now I have to get busy making a card for the OWH Memorial Day Bloghop.  Do plan to come back this weekend, starting on Saturday at 10am EST, and be inspired by all the creativeness being presented to honor our deployed military men and women.