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I couldn’t stop…..

2012 October 1

Hello friends,

How to start my post, well my weekend started with me being down in the dumps.  You see Dyan Reaveley was in Kansas City teaching several workshops.  Yup, she was at Stamper's Ink in Shawnee, Kansas.  A fifty minute drive …. but because of hubby’s health issues, I couldn’t.  Big sigh!  She seems to be so much fun.  I can only imagine how much fun the classes were with Tanya, Stamper’s Ink owner and Dyan together. Anyway, I really wanted to take one of the classes because regardless of how much one thinks they know, you always – ALWAYS – pick up something that you didn’t know.  At least I always do.

So, I kept myself busy.  Cleaned the house, yippee and then instead of cleaning my craft room, I made it messier.  Insert cheesy grin here!  I’ve been inspired by my fellow DT, Michelle Daigle.  I’ve actually been stalking Michelle before we joined the same DT but didn’t make the connection between the name of her blog:  The Paper Dog until she joined the eP DT and then it was like, “hey, I know this blog”.  Anyway, her Pumpkin Head canvas totally inspired me to try Christy Tomlinson’s technique.

Nope, have not YET taken her online workshop but I tell you what…. that’s about to change!!!  Christy has awesome tutorials on YouTube and once I started….. I couldn’t stop!

Ladies and gents….my first SheArt girl…..

SheArt Canvas

There is so  much going on here and I was pretty proud of my first hand drawing of a girl.  Still can’t get the dang hair right!  But it was fun.  This is perfect for using old rub-ons, old paints and definitely old book pages.

SheArt Canvas closeup

I’ve also (finally) used the modeling paste which thankfully was still good since I’ve had it forever.  I also dug out my old Stampin’ Up! background script stamp, which was randomly stamped onto the canvas in black ink.

And then I couldn’t stop.  This one has lots of glitter, papers and again, old rub-ons and more modeling paste.

SheArt XMasTree

On this one, I used lots of blues, purples and some greens.  Don’t ask me how I did it, but I was having fun mixing paints and I swear it looked like baby poop, which I promptly covered.

Again, used a TCW stencil and modeling paste and found some bubble wrap.  Love it!

SheArt XMasTree3


SheArt XMasTree2

Added glitter while the paints were still wet and found some old narrow ribbon.  The words were generated in Word and printed off on regular copy paper.

SheArt XMasTree1

The presents…. notice I even did some hand doodling.  I’m terrified of hand doodling.  Heck, I can’t even Zentangle all that well but maybe there is hope for me on the horizon. 
Anyway I LOVE both canvases and love creating like this.  And OMG, it’s so addicting.  Matter of fact, already started another canvas :-).  I can’t wait to see how these will do at the Clarinda Craft Fair next month.

Sadly, since my laptop has gone to the graveyard, it’s been more of a challenge to surf the challenges but I did take the time to peruse a few:

I still was bummed about missing Dyan Revealey but I’d have to say I was pretty productive.  Except that all this crafting has taken it’s toll on my exercise.  I haven’t hit the road walking much less jogging in about a week.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend.  Until next time….


Supplies Used:

Rub-Ons = old in my stash and the book pages are from old books

21 Responses
  1. October 1, 2012

    These are boith pure loveliness!  and the second one is so magical,  I'm glad you couldn't stop!  Thanks for being Soartful with us this week!

  2. Cathy D. permalink
    October 1, 2012

    Wow. Both canvases are great ! Thanks so much for joining on the <a href="">Card Caravan at the Hybrid Chick</a>

  3. Cara permalink
    October 1, 2012

    Simply gorgeous – I wish I was brave enough to attempt anything like this!
    thanks for joining our stitching challenge at the Gingerloft!
    hugs xx Cara xx DT

  4. October 1, 2012

    I think that messing up a craft room with creativity is a great way to let off some steam…I didn't realise that Dyan did online classes (I might look into that too, love her energy and ideas). Your art looks amazing, and the words are so very uplifting – love it! Thankyou for joining us this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Dot x

  5. Marilyn Mae permalink
    October 1, 2012

    Absolutely Awesome. Thank You so much for sharing.

  6. nise who is NOT SPAM, but understands the ignorance of technology permalink
    October 1, 2012

    First off, you are SO full of poop about that hair.  I think it looks like REAL hair with a bit of a breeze stirring. You don't need to do a thing different with it.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them both!!  I know the whole wanna be someplace else but because of hubby can't thing.  I always made the best of it, too.  You definitely did the right thing by making your space messier.  AMAZING creations, Micki.  Hope you have a great week and mental exercise is every bit as important as physical exercise and being this creative had to be like your brain ran 12 marathons.

  7. October 2, 2012

    HOLY MOLY MICKI!  These totally rock and I nearly popped my pants as I read MY NAME on YOUR BLOG!  I completely smitten with you and I'm loving that we are becoming mixed media junkies together.  Keep your fingertips in that paint because you are doing magic!

  8. October 2, 2012

    Great project!!   Thanks for joining us at HIMCR!

  9. October 2, 2012

    Two fantastic  pieces of art! love the designs and colours. Thanks for entering your work over at Gingerfloft for the stitching challenge,
    Hope to see you next time around too.
    Design Team Member Gingerloft 

  10. October 3, 2012

    Wow, I absolutely love your tree! Amazing background, texture and enough shine for me. Just gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at ABAC and I do hope you'll join us again soon.
    (off to follow that link of yours now!)

  11. October 3, 2012

    Those are wonderful and the techniques you describe look like a therapy!!!  How fun to get out of the dump mode that you were in.    Love what you have done!!!!  And using old craft supplies that's such a plus!!!!!
    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Gingerloft Card Challenge.  Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky

  12. October 4, 2012

    Amazing work here. Loving the colours and textures.  Thanks for introducing us to your work and sharing with Craftymess.
    Ax ( am now following)

  13. October 4, 2012

    Your canvas is amazing!  The tree and the stack of gifts are wonderful, and I love the texture and glitter as well!  Thanks so much for joining us at ABAC with your sparkly creation!!
    BTW-I think the hair on your girl is fabulous!!

  14. Julie Short permalink
    October 5, 2012

    What a fun use of the she art concept. Your textures colours and sparkle make the lovely Christmas tree very special. Thank you for joining in at ABAC Challenge this week.

  15. October 8, 2012

    2 totally awesome creations Micki. They're both so gorgeously textured and the colours and additions look amazing.
    Thanks for sharing these with us at FSC.
    Fliss x

  16. October 14, 2012

    WOW wow wow amazing backgrounds such fantastic creations. Sorry I'm late this week, thank you for joining us at That Craft Place Challenge Blog. Happy Crafting :-) Kerry x

  17. October 19, 2012

    Totally awesome!!!!!!  Thanks for joining us at <a href="">Anything but a Card</a>! :) :)

  18. October 22, 2012

    I love your artwork. I the colors and glimmers are perfect. Thanks for joining us over at ABAC.

  19. October 22, 2012

    Sorry you couldn't make the class … but glad you found time to create.  I love them both, but that tree is really amazing.

  20. October 26, 2012

    Love these canvases -especially the Christmas tree (I came here via Anything But A Card). I did a Dyan Reaveley workshop last week, here in the UK and she is huge fun – can't wait to do another and I hope you get the chance too.

  21. October 29, 2012

    Micki I LOVE this!!! Love the colors and all the great texture and dimension!!! SO wonderful and it looks like such fun!! :)

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