Friday, March 29, 2013

Sweet Snail Mail

 Adventures of Brad & Kendra

This a super cute idea, about sending lovely notes to fellow bloggers in the mail.
You should definitely check it out on Adventures of Brad & Kendra. :)

Friday Favorites.

Here is a few favorite things from Today found on this lovely place, called the Internet.

These India Wooden Handpainted Beads via EthnicBeadShop on etsy

This facebook status from the Man or famed art critic, Jerry Saltz. It's so very true.

The Sea Dive Bangle Set from

This adorable photo of Missy the hoarder, via the Facebook group Dog Shaming

What are some of your Friday Favorites?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wear your Eyeliner the High Fashion Way

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I found this amazing eyeliner post via Buzzfeed and after some more research it linked to this post here.

What Designer do you wear your eyeliner like? Today I'm a little bit of D & G. :)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tutorial: How to Make a Packing Tape Image Transfer

If you've never made a packing tape Image Transfer, You're in for a real treat today! This craft is super fun and really easy to do. For very few supplies you can make a lot. :)

Tape Image Transfers are used in art, scrap booking, bookmaking, card making and other various craft projects.
It adds another layer of dimension and adds a nice glossy finish to your image. Also, you can play around with Transparency of multiple images together.

On to the Making!

You will need:
-Packing Tape. I am using Scotch brand "Moving and Packing in this Tutorial.
Any packing tape will do and they may yield different effects. Experiment and try a few.
-A Burnisher or Bone Folder.
These are available at your local arts & crafts store.
-Images to make into Transfers.
I mostly use images I've found in magazines, junk mail, brochures.
-A Small Bowl to be later filled with Warm Water.
-A Ruler or Straight Edge.
-Scissors or Exacto Knife.
-Scrap paper or a Sketchbook.

(Optional) Materials to use for adhering your Image Transfers to other surfaces: Mod Podge or Gel Medium, Glue Stick, White Glue, Scotch Tape.

Wax Paper or Glassine for storing your transfers if not using right away.

Step 1: Add a piece of packing tape to cover the image you want to make into your transfer. If Image is larger than your piece of packing tape use multiple pieces slightly overlapping each other.

Step 2: With your Bone Folder/Burnisher, Burnish over the entire packing tape surface over your image. Make sure to hit all the edges and corners too.

Step 3: Briefly check the back the image to make sure the Image is adhering to the tape. Trim down any access around the packing tape, so you just have your image to work with (no extra tape or paper). Next, fill your small bowl halfway with warm water.

Step 4: Dip your Image in the water and let it saturate for about 10-15 seconds. It's good to keep a paper towel or towel around to avoid drips all over your workspace.

Step 5: Peel away at the paper on the back slowly. I use pad of my thumb by rubbing in slow circular motions. You may have to slowly saturate the piece again. If the water gets cold, sometimes fresh warm water will help the process move faster.

Step 6. Completely peel off the paper backing. Set your Transfer aside to dry. I quickly run over the transfer with a paper towel and then place onto a clean sheet of paper. You have now made a successful packing tape transfer!

Storage: I store mine in a sketchbook with wax paper sheets in between until I'm ready to use them.

Adhering: When I use them in projects, I Adhere them by brushing a small amount of glue, gel medium or mod podge on the back.

I hope this Tutorial was useful to you, Let me know if you have any Questions! :)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

White Things

White Things, Found White Magazine Images in my Sketchbook, 2013.

A quick collage made in my sketchbook today.
Jason and I are teaching a Collage Workshop to kids tonight at our local library.

I'm really excited and hope some kids show up ready to create something fun! :)

Have an amazing Tuesday everyone.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Winner and the Easiest Garlic Bread you will ever make. YOLO!

View from our backdoor.

After months of wanting Winter snow to come...It finally came, this morning!
I'm enjoying watching it fall slowly and the slushy noises from people running around outside.

Today I have the simplest Garlic Bread Recipe ever.

I made this about two weeks ago for Jason and needless to say this garlic bread didn't last very long in our kitchen!

We actually got this bread for free, as one of Jason's co-workers constantly picks up day old bread and brings it to his job often.
Jason doesn't eat bagels but I knew I could come up with something quick with these loafs.

You'll need:
-French Bread, ours came from Panera
-Italian Seasoning or Basil
-Garlic Powder
-Salt and Pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Slice your bread lengthwise in half, lay it down on some foil on a baking sheet.
In a microwave safe bowl, heat a few tablespoons of margarine for 30 seconds or until melted.

Drizzle your margarine on top of the bread. If you need more, add some more to the bowl and melt again.

Add your seasonings! I add the italian seasoning/basil first. Then, a dash of salt and pepper and load on the garlic powder. Place your garlic bread in your pre-heated oven for seven-ten minutes depending on how crunchy you like your garlic bread.

Slice your garlic bread and pair with your favorite pasta dish! I actually slice the garlic bread with a pizza cutter as it's easier on my wrists.

Now isn't that the easiest Garlic Bread you've ever made from scratch? ;)

Next on my blogging agenda today, It's time to announce a winner from my Sketchbook Giveaway!

So, after 79 entries, a winner was picked via Random. org and that winner was.....

Congrats to Angie and her daughter! I will be emailing you shortly to get your information.
You will have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize.

Wanna learn more and find some fab blog posts by amazing bloggers, check out YoloMonday here

Have an amazing Monday everyone! :)

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Creative Mess

A photo of my workspace yesterday before I moved some images around.

...I love that my old gallery assistant business cards are in the background, I plan on recycling the cards into something new.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Today is the last day to enter to win the Sketchbook, Pencil Sharpener and Eraser giveaway here.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

An Entire Magazine Collage

Jason brought me home a book yesterday from the library that I had been interested in for a while now.
It's called The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Randel Plowman.

Randel Plowman is an artist and a printmaker who uses collage as a medium to work his ideas.

In his book, he goes over his process and shares some really great ideas on how to stay inspired.

This Collage I made last night is based on prompt #49: "A Picture on Every Page."
I took a magazine and cut out a piece from every page and used it in my collage.
It was a really fun exercise.

I plan on doing many more of the prompts this week. If you're looking to make collages and unsure of where to start, this book is worth checking out.

Happy Thursday!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What's on My Face Today

So I decided to post the makeup I'm wearing today because I found it to be a pretty fun look! It totally reminds me of a Tropical Island Scene... I'm probably just dreaming of warmer weather.

On My Face:
Lancome Moisturizer
Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NW20
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer in Light Buff
Mac Powder Blush in Fleur Power
Per-fekt Brow Perfection Gel in Caramel

On My Eyes:
Urban Decay "Smog" Eye Shadow
Urban Decay "Maui Wowie" Eye Shadow
Urban Decay "Polyester Bride" Eye Shadow
Kat Von D "Peggy" Shadow from True Romance Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in "Clash"
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in "Delinquent"
Urban Decay Supercurling Mascara

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in "Crush"

Would you wear a look this bright? Do tell :)

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Monday, March 18, 2013

I'm on a collage making spree, these two are ATC size (2.5 x 3.5 inches).
Hope everyone is having a lovely start to their week :)

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Collages, Collages, Collages...Everywhere!

This week I listed a whole bunch of collages in my shop and many are only $5!
So check them out here

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Recap of the Week

Here's a quick recap of some small moments in my life this week, in pictures.

Hanging out with these two, Mason and Max.

Being too lazy to style my hair, so rockin' one of Jason's hats.

Jason decorated our sink with leftover bits of fruity pebbles after rinsing his cereal bowl yesterday morning.

I've started painting again and it's a really good feeling.

Sour Patch Bunnies! Sour Patch Kids are my favorite candy ever (and they're VEGAN too). We bought a bag of these in our local supermarket and they've been finding their way into my hands and then mouth, it's magic I tell ya!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Color Transparency Experiments

I made these collages probably my sophomore year of college. 2006-2007.

I was in a wonderful studio class that was called "Color Theory Painting."
It was probably one of my favorite classes in undergrad and I'm lucky enough that my Mom saved many of my assignments from the course (which I recently found).
The instructor was named Rick, we only met on Fridays where we painted and made collages, he usually brought us baked goods to munch on. The critiques were honest and fun. Rick encouraged us to mix colors and explore new ways to build our paint palettes.

I don't know what happened to Rick but he shaped my love for color and the way it works. Color to me was almost as sweet as the Brownies he would sit in front of us. Friday mornings always became very productive days in my Studio while I was in graduate school. There is something really magical about bright sunlight streaking into your window as you paint.

Color is a wonderful tool, don't waste it. Thank you Rick, for teaching me that.

These collages are examples of Color Transparency.
Definition: As one hue takes on the color of another, the first can appear to sink back into the environment of that second color. A progression or gradation of the color will suggest transparency and dept.

Simple speaking if you lay the middle piece (vertical) of color that is transparent over the strip of color (horizontal), the center color will be created.

Do you love color as much as I do?

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google Reader will be no more this summer!

I'm a little upset about this...

Google Reader will be no more as of July 1, 2013.
I've used google reader for many years and check it daily to read my blogs and favorite things to go back to.

Since I'm already having a mini panic attack about potentially losing all the blogs I follow, I have made the switch over to BlogLovin' (it was really about time). But anyway, Please continue to follow my blog and tell others that google reader will be defunct on July 1, 2013!!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Crockpot Cooking: Lasagna!

One of my many favorite things to make in my Hamilton Beach Crock Pot is Lasagna!

It's really easy to make and easily adaptable.

What you need:
-One Box of Uncooked Lasagna Noodles.
-Your favorite Tomato Sauce, I use two jars.
-Bag of Low Fat Mozzarella cheese.
-One Container of Low Fat Ricotta or Cottage Cheese (depending on your liking).
-Protein of choice, Ground Turkey or Veggies work great!
- 1/4 cup of water (optional)

1. Cook your veggies (or meat) on stovetop and set aside. Create a mixture of your Mozzarella and Ricotta (or cottage) cheese.
2. Place a small layer of tomato sauce at the bottom of your crock pot.
3. Next, add a layer of your uncooked lasagna noodles. You can break them to find within your Crock Pot dish.
4. Add the mixture of your Ricotta and Mozzarella to the noodles then add your choice of protein.
5. Place a layer of sauce on top.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have mostly filled your Crock Pot.
7. Make sure the top has a good layer of sauce, add 1/4 cup of water to make sure sauce is saturating the noodles. (This step is optional but helps the top layer of sauce not "dry out").
8. Cover top of the Lasagna with Mozzarella. Set your Crock Pot to the "High" setting and cook for two hours.

Let the lasagna cool and little and serve with fresh Parmesan cheese on top!

Tell me if you try this recipe out. :)