Sunday, January 30, 2011

One World One Heart- NOW CLOSED

Thanks to all who entered, I just posted my winners!

Yes its that time of Year again for the One World One Heart Blog event. Its sad but this is the fifth and final year. The wonderful Lisa Swifka has hosted this World wide event for the past five years. Its such a great way to meet fellow artists, This is my second year in taking part and I have met so many wonderful bloggers and made lasting friendships. I've also won some wonderful things myself! To find the list of all the bloggers taking part stop by A Whimsical Bohemian

                                            What I'm Offering up.

Spoon Pendant
This spoon pendant  with glass pebble with a sweet little girl image, pearls,
 gold chain,vintage jewelry pieces all encased in resin.

Tussie Mussie Filled with Goodies
A Fabric and lace Tussie Mussie filled with hand dyed crinkle ribbon, some bling, Vintage German Scrap and what ever else I can find to fill it up.

Altered Tin
An Altered tin, with lace and vintage jewels.
So how do you win? Well all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!!! Be sure to leave a way I can contact you! Its supposed to be just open to bloggers but I just don't have the heart to turn anyone away. Its open Worldwide.
I will draw my winners on Feb 17th using the random # generator. First name drawn gets first pick, second gets second pick, etc.
If I'm unable to reach a winner within 48 hours I will redraw a new name.
Only ONE entry per person please!!!
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fine Art Friday- American Kestral

The American Kestrel
The Kestrel is a member of the falcon family and some of the most beautiful of all birds of prey.
We had a pair nesting in a bird box in our pasture for several years and I could watch them for hours.
They also keep the mice down. A Big plus+
This week I'd like to share with you a wood carving and a painting I have done of the American Kestrel. The painting was done in Gouache and actually done after I had finished the carving. I took this picture of it framed and the glass makes it look a bit fuzzy. Sorry
This is a wood carving I had done for a commission. I block it out of a solid piece of wood,(Gelutong or Tupelo Gum). Lay in the feather patterns and carve with a dremel. I then wood burn all the feathers to show all the detail. After sealing it I paint it with several washes of acrylic paint. The eyes are glass and I paint them from the back side.
  It takes me about 3 months to complete a piece like this and yes it was very expensive!
But my client was thrilled with the end results.

I spend many hours studying the groups of feathers and how they grow from the body. You almost have to be an Ornithologist just to figure it out. The base itself is made from a solid chunk of wood carved to look like pottery, Cactus, a broken arrowhead and stones all make for a natural setting.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Love Birds, Tag-Tuesday & CCC

I had a bit of time last night to play and decided to combine two challenges. At Kard Krazy the theme for Tag Tuesday is Valentines and at Studio L 3 its Weathered Grunge. I grunged up my birdcage. The stamps are from Artistic Outpost The new Songbirds sheet and Birds of a feather. The little Valentine heart comes from Alpha Stamps I hope you all get a chance to play this weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

March Of The Snowmen- Blog Candy- Contest now closed!!!

March of the Snowman Blog Hop Going on now!!!
My Snowman Fabric Bag Giveaway

Are you tired of Snow Yet? Well we have a Fun little blog hop going on that will cheer up your winter doldrums. You'll find Lots of blog candy along the way too. Just sign up on the sites you'd like to win on by leaving a comment and don't forget to sign up for mine too!

I made this special fabric bag just for the hop. The snowman is a fabric transfer, it has lots of vintage lace and some beautiful chiffon draped from the bottom , A fabric rose plucked from a vintage hat. Of course a couple of snowflakes thrown in for good measure. It all hangs from a sweet metal chain. You can hang it on your wall, add some silk or dried flowers or maybe use it to store all your lace pieces. Just leave a comment at the end of this post for your chance to win my snowman bag. Winner will be chosen using Random # generator. Anyone can enter. Just leave a way for me to contact you if you don't have a blog. I will draw my winner on Thursday. Happy Hopping and enjoy all the snowmen before they melt away.

Angella Crockett
Barb Foster
Deb Felts
Holly Brown
Jen Carter
JennMarie Taylor
Joan Ervin
Julie Ranae
Kim Sears
Laurie Willison
Linda Lucas
Lynn Stevens- YOU ARE HERE
Pam Imholz
Patti Gilliam
Sue Pelletier
Stacy Rogers
Melisa Waldorf

Saturday, January 22, 2011


I received my complimentary copy of Stampers Sampler and was so excited to see I had three pieces published in this Inspiring issue!

A Steampunk card with stamps from Oxford Impressions.
This is an easel card so when its set up it looks like the balloons are flying!

 The  Birds of a Feather Stamps are from Artistic Outpost on this one!

Another Steampunk piece using Oxford Impressions

You know it never gets old being published!!!!
I spied a few of my blog friends in this issue too. Congrats to Tracy Evans with her Featured Artist spread. She is one amazing artist! To Shannon Sawyer for her double spread, Shannon is another amazing artist and I'm happy to be on the same DT at Alpha Stamps with her! I'm always inspired with what she comes up with. Deb Corder also has a two page spread with some of the sweetest bird pieces around! I hope I didn't forget anyone!
You'll just have to pick up your own issue to see all the Awesome art in this one.
I'm just thrilled to be included!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snowflake Kisses Tag

Playing along with the theme of Winter at Kard Krazy for tag Tuesday. For my tag I embossed
stamps images from Artistic Outpost Sleigh Ride and Snowy Woods. Collage image from Artchix Studios. I used distress inks on the background. Stop by and see all the new Winter tags this week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some Special Thank You's and a special blog hop with blog candy!!!

Blogger's are just some of the most generous and kind people out there. Here's a few things I have received lately in my mailbox. Thank you dear friends!!!

From the lovely and talented Oxana at lisa-alisas hobbyhimmelen  I won this gorgeous handmade book
in her recent giveaway. Beautiful laces, gorgeous embellishments all hand bound on this textural cover.
Its so pretty in person!

And all these fun embellishments, Also the lovely doilies in the background. Thank you Oxana.
I see some fun projects in my future!

Lynne from Adorn sent me this adorable tag and darling ornament. Isn't that
ornament cute with the sweet tassel!!! Thank you Lynne it will be on display in my studio for all to see!
At least until I adorn my Christmas tree next year!

 Jacqueline from My Scrap Basket Sent me this precious tag.
If you know Jacqueline you know her art always has a softness about it.
Its heavenly!!

My dear friend Shar from Ill tempered Ink sent me this sweet card and another little surprise I'll be sharing with you soon. Shar is the founder of Gingersnap Creations and always has a ton of fun going on their. Lots of inspiration and challenges to keep you creating!
If you get a chance check out these great blogs. What wonderful friends I have!!!

One more thing I want to tell you about !!
I'll be playing along in a special March of The Snowmen Blog hop on
January 25th. It starts at 8 a.m. and there will be lots of BLOG CANDY along the way.
I'll be offering up a little something I made special for the hop too!!!. So be sure and stop by then and hop along and maybe win some GREAT prizes!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tag Tuesday & CCC

I finally had a chance to play today.
Made this tag for Tag Tuesday where Louise had a challenge of using a bit of fabric. I Love pink and black together. The pink fabric and tulle just seamed to fit the bill.
 On Studio L 3 for the CCC it is Distress misting masks I used Tim's Heart mask. Victorian Velvet, Milled lavender and pink distress inks.
Stamps from
 Oxford Impressions Dress Forms.
Be sure and check out the new look at Oxford Impressions. Its awesome!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Faux Friday

Back to share more of my mural work, This is from a private home where I did an
Egyptian Theatre Room.

The Back Wall. I did all the faux stones and figures, I used metallic bronze and gold.

Side wall near screen.


After they installed the seats, pretty comfy!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Peaceful Wishes

Whats the old saying "Life is what happens when your busy making plans" Well life has gotten in the way again. So I will post a card today wishing you all Peace in your life and hopefully in ours as well.
Stamps by Artistic Outpost.
Sorry I haven't been around to see you all lately. I'll try and do some catching up the next few days.
Hugs Lynn

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Alpha Stamps Valentine Swaps

Are you ready for Valentines day yet? If you want to jump start that creativity you may want to get in on one or both of the Valentines Day Swaps going on at Alpha Stamps .For more info click on the above link for all the eye candy!

A couple of my samples for the Chipboard  Bird House Swap

A couple of my samples for the Valentine Chipboard Heart swap.

You can find all the goodies and more samples to make your
Valentines right here. Alpha Stamps.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I Don't do Resolutions!

I hate to set myself up for failure! But I do make lists of things I'd like to accomplish. One of those things was to be better about updating my Etsy site. Well I did just that today. I added 5 new pieces I just finished. Here's a couple, you can click on my sidebar to see the rest.

This pin uses pieces i.e the bird, chain and twig from Alpha Stamps, The other pieces are vintage from my stash.

A steampunk Cuff bracelet. Just in time for Valentines Day! 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lots to post today! One of my Murals and A Thank You!

Well I still haven't gotten a chance to start the new blog yet, Crazy busy work week. I usually slow down after Christmas, but not this year. Whats up with that???? So I'm going to share one of my favorite Murals I've done on this blog today.

                                       Tuscan Bistro
 This was a parade home I did a few years ago. It was down in a basement and I worked using spotlights. All the builders were all working at the same time to try and finish up, every time they started a table saw the power went out. LOL. A little frustrating but such a fun job!
The door leads to a wine cellar, The builder wanted me to do an outdoor scene of a Tuscan Bistro. Like your looking onto a street.
I did the sky with clouds, but you can't tell in the picture, All of the faux stones, plants, shutters, etc.

This is a shot of looking at the street lined with buildings. Lampposts, A clock tower in the distance, plants, etc.  I Loved doing this mural as the homeowners let me do what ever I wanted.
A little added info. Its done with regular latex wall paint, so its washable. The stone took me the longest.
I generally can do a mural in a day, This one for the sky, Two wall murals, stones,
 took me four days to complete.
The pictures are a bit blurry, sorry!
So this is what I do for a living! I hope to share some how to's with you all in case you'd like to try your hand at faux finishes yourself.

Now a Thank you to a special lady!

I received this beautiful wrapped package in the mail recently from one of the sweetest ladies around!

This gorgeous card!!!!

And this beautiful fabric bag! Any guesses who its from?

Inside vintage postcards, ledger sheets wrapped with ribbon, another bag of treats. Chocolates!!!

Vintage embroidery floss and postcards. Have you guessed who yet?

And Yummy chocolates. This gal really gets me! LOL
Its all from the wonderfully talented Marie at  Lost Bird Studio
Marie does some of the prettiest French inspired things around. Swoon....
Do pop over and see her work, A must add to your blog list!
Thank you sweet Marie. I adore it all!!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Remember When

When I read the challenge this week at Studio L3 was Rusted Grunge. I knew I wanted to play along. I created my Steampunk card using stamps from Artistic Outpost Steampunk and Playtime plates. My key was created using the Rusted Grunge technique You'll find the how to in Compendium Of Curiosities book.
I also added a few of Tim's embellishments.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Special Day

I don't usually post much about our personal life, But today is a very special day. It was my son Josh's birthday. He just turned 26. (WOW) Where have the years gone????
 We took him to dinner this evening to Macaroni Grill, My Dh, my mom and I. Here's a couple of pictures we took.
left, my hubby, Josh and I outside the restaurant.

My mom and Josh, did I tell you he hates having his picture taken?
He has no idea I'm posting these. teeheehee.

Vic and I
This will probably be the last Birthday we get to spend with him, Josh joined the military and will be leaving in a few months. He plans on making it a career. So we will cherish every moment we have together.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Gearing up for Valentines Day- White Glitter Gingersnap Creations

I hope everyone had a Great New Year and had a chance to get creative.
Not me I spent my weekend cleaning up from Christmas and trying to organise my studio.
At least I can find things now.
I added white gitter to the Angels wings.
So I'm adding this piece to the White Glitter challenge on Gingersnap Creations

I did want to share some ATC's for a online swap I'm doing for Valentines day. Yep you heard me right barely one Holiday over and working on the next one. LOL.
 All the collage images come from Alpha Stamps
These are just 3 of 6, I'll be sharing the others soon.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tag Tuesday- CCC- Christmas Leftovers

I'm just getting in under the wire for both these challenges. for Tag Tuesday at Kard Krazy   Its Christmas leftovers. A few things I hadn't put away yet. and At Studio L3.  for the CCC its scribble stains distress. Well let me tell you those little bottles hold a lot of ink. I dropped my bottle of green ink and it went everywhere, All over me and the floor, What a mess. I used almost an entire pkg of baby wipes trying to mop it up. Threw my robe in the wash. Yes I was covered in green ink. Now just wondering how on earth I'm going to get the rest of this ink off my hands. They are a lovely shade of green!
The stamps are from Oxford Impressions Sleigh Bells collection.

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