Sunday, November 29, 2009

16" x 20" Canvas

I begged Dina to make me one of her pieces, and that didn't work. Then I asked to commission her to make me one of her pieces and that didn't work. So, guess I'm going to have to take matters into my own hands and blackmail her. Laugh. Just joking folks.

I've taken matters into my own hands, literally and made my own piece using the techniques I learned taking her classes.

Here's the result. My sister saw it and loved it, so it'll hang on her office wall at work. Go figure. So needless to say, my wall still remain bare, so Dina, the commission request still stands.. more chuckles... no seriously... (yeah, I get a little obsessive when I really love something..)

So here it is, gifted to my sister:


The pics are taken inside, we've had bad weather and very little sunlight, so it was useless waiting for some natural light to take some decent pics.

The writing reads, 'she had a song in her heart and a smile on her face".

I used the following supplies: Adarondak inks, in butterscotch, plum, and lime; gel medium; DMC floss; goldne acrylic paints in titanium white, teal, black and micaceaus black; KI Memories flower lace paper for mask; Jenny Bowlen music paper; circle drafting stencil; awl to poke holes for hand sewing; black Sharpie paint marker. The black around the borders was done with my fingers.


I've actually yet to attache a few more items. Not quite completely done but wanted to post it anyway. I want to add a few jewellery bits hanging from some of the hearts. Pearls with silver do-dads for some added umph. You can never have too much umph, right!!

Thanks for coming by, and if you're really bored, don't forget to visit my 'studio' space on my previous post here.

Have a great Sunday night,

Francesca

Friday, November 20, 2009

Project 52, Challenge #4

So Project 52 Challenge #4 goes live today,

Welcome to Our 2nd Blog Festival!

Follow these rules for a chance to win Challenge #4, and snag a Guest spot on our Design Team!)

a) Visit and comment at each blog (see links below) on their Challenge #4 post

b) Complete all aspects of Challenge #4 Paper Doll/ Joy &/Or Sadness/ Metalc)

c) Upload to the Project 52 Gallery

d) Post in the Challenge #4 Forum Thread With a Link and Tell Us About Your Process In a Few Short Sentences.

HAVE FUN! DEADLINE DECEMBER 5, 2009

Let's Hop and Get Some Fun Tips and See The Artist's Studios!!!

1. Julie Ann

2. Finn

3. Francesca (you are here)

4. Tania

5. Wendela

6. Jaz

7. Pam

8. Karin aka Mexx - November Guest Designer

9. Project 52

I didn't have time to participate in this awesome challenge, but I will however participate by showing you a short clip of my 'studio' space.

nota bene: Viewer discretion advised. if you have adverse reactions to wood panelling, or 'big' messes, do not, I repeat do not watch this video. Be forewarned, it may not be pretty. Laugh. Out. Loud.

Video preamble: This video was taken at 8:30pm, just before putting the kidlets to bed, hence the pj's !!!


Click here to view video of my studio.


Thanks for stopping by!

Francesca

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two Little Monkeys


Yes. These are my two little monkeys. This photo was taken two years ago!

I'm having a moment. A moment of pure awe-struck-ness (for lack of a better word)!!

Are these two mine?, where did they come from? how did I get so lucky? I'm having a serious, omg, so grateful for these two little monkeys in my life moment.

Elisa is as sharp as a whip. She's the sweetest little thing but tough as nails. She doesn' t let anyone push her around. She can keep up in conversations, and how is it that she remembers the tiniest of details. It astounds me. At 2 she has a very distinct personality, all her own. I can't even remember what it was like without her in our lives. She definitely spices things up with her little 'big' personality and antics. Even when she's done something naughty, she flashes those lashes and give you 'that' smile, that you can't help but grab her, hug her, and smush her to bits with love. I'm one very thankful momma for this little spit-fire, err, I mean, girl in our lives.

Then there's my other monkey. My Xavier. My sun, my moon, my sweetheart, my tornado, and my tempest! Laugh. Xavier is a very complex kid. He is truly a work of art with his wavy, golden blonde locks, those waving long lashes, and that smile. O that smile. It definitely gets him out of some serious trouble. He is super smart and very adept with his hands and mind. You don't have to tell him things twice, always gets it on the first try. He's a lefty and therefore very right brained kind'a kid. Aren't left handed peeps supposed to be smarter? Thought I heard that somewhere. He loves to write, and to draw, and books, and colouring. Even his drawings are intense. This kid does everything with intensity. When he plays, he plays hard. If he's fighting, he fights hard, if he's doing school work, he works hard. He doesn't do anything half assed. It's always with intent and intensity. Is any of this making sense? My Xavier, my little Michelangelo, my work of art, my heartache, and my headache! Laugh. My Xavier you will always be.

It's these moments when my hearts bursts with joy and love for my sweet little family, 'thou art mine, and I am thine'. Saw that quote somewhere very recently.


I want to make a page with the both of them together. Don't know why it's taken me so long to do this. I want to take pics of them together as they play, as they fight, as they are, when they are together. This is my mission this week: to capture more moments of them together, to capture and record their relationship as brother and sister.

O how I love these two little monkeys.

Thanks for stopping by and yourself an awesome day!

Francesca

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nearing Completion

This has been an incredible journey of learning. I didn't really deviate much from the lessons taught by Dina, but I know I will definitely be using a lot of the new techniques I learned and adding them to my repetoire of 'to do' on my own projects.

If you haven't yet checked out Debbie Hodge's, Get It Scrapped on line classes, you must do so, they're worth every single penny!

Here are some samples of my 'quasi' finished Grafitti of My Life journal:

(confined collages)

Stop blaming others take responsibility for every area of your life.

Compliment three people every day.

I will dare to do just what I do. Be just what I am. And dance when ever I want to.


Be forgiving of yourself and others.

Sample of the bound signatures.

Next step: add additional top coat with gesso, create the cover, and bind the signatures.

Did I mention I had so much fun creating this. It's just one happy, beautiful mess.

Thanks for stopping by,

Francesca

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Fun Theory

See, this is proof that we're just all a bunch of kids wanting to play regardless of our age!!! This is one of the best videos I've seen in a long time. Watch this HERE.

Choose fun.

Happy fun Sunday,

Francesca

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mondo Beyondo

Turkey Vulture - In Flight and Soaring

Below is an excerpt from the Mondo Beyondo website about their January on-line class that I've just signed on to:

Mondo Beyondo - and online class about dreaming big!

What happens when you give an unspoken wish a place to become a dream come true? How do you gather the courage required to help a new found dream soar? Join seasoned dreamers Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen as together we explore Mondo Beyondo--the powerful point of view that transforms our deepest dreams into practical realities.

This five week online class complete with inspiring lessons, real life stories, secret missions, audio interviews and hands-on activities will help you take your dreams from the realm of wishing into everyday motion. Supported by Andrea and Jen as your able guides and exclusive access to a community of dreamers, you'll find yourself equipped with the perfect tools and the just right atmosphere to take the risks you've always dreamed of.

Join us for the next session of Mondo Beyondo and we'll discover together where dreaming big can take you.

You can register
here.

I'm so excited about starting this. I've heard such great things about it. I especially remember Kelly Rae Roberts blogging about this here and here and was so intrigued I promised myself I would participate the next time around.

So here I am, anxiously awaiting... what are my dreams? what is it that I'd like to accomplish? I can't wait to uncover and explore what my dreams are. Funny, sounds like an easy thing but as I sit and think about it, I almost feel afraid to dream big... and the noise that comes with dreaming big like, I can't do that, impossible, how?, and all the rest that comes with drowning the possibility of realizing dreams.

As I sit and ponder my wildest dreams, what are your dreams? Are they small or big? Do you know what your dreams are? or are you like me, not really sure? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Francesca

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Perfectly Imperfect!

Here are some fun pics of the beautiful mess I'm making down in my cave, aka my scrap room!! I'm on to Lesson 3 and 4 of Dina Wakley's, Grafitti of My Life journal. I can't tell you how much fun this all is.




Splattering paint, cutting and pasting, spraying, misting... oh my! Feel like a kid again not having to worry about making mistakes, or having to be perfect. It's perfect in all it's imperfections.

Next, to add all the glorious little details, stitching, hand sewing, inked edges, oh yeah!

Ok, tired now. Gots to go to bed. I hope to post more updates tomorrow... I'm determined to catch up. I lost track by having to go to work. Acchkkk. I wish someone would pay me to stay home and make my art! Laugh.

Have a peaceful night!

Francesca

Project 52, Challenge #3 and a Giveaway

Project 52, Challenge #3 goes live today!!!

Challenge 3 – Paper Mache Blank (any shape or subject, usually craft store item)Challenge Group 1: Theme – Self-Portrait (about you, present/past/future, serious or fun, etc…)* Required material – Found Objects (junk drawer stuff related to theme/story)

SIX RULES TO WIN $20 GIFT CARD TO BAD GIRLS BOUTIQUE:

1. You must leave a comment here on this blog post with one word that describes YOU
2. You must incorporate a paper mache (papier-mâché) form (any shape or subject) in your project that is pre-made or that you make (allow overnight dry time between layers)
3. You must use the theme Self-Portrait (about you, present/past/future, serious or fun, etc…)
4. You must use Found Objects/Junk Drawer Stuff related to theme/story (such as trinkets/baubles/pieces/charms/hardware you find/collect or purchase at scrap/stamp stores, flea markets, etsy, antique, etc.)
5. Upload Your One Photo, yes, ONE Photo, of Your Project to Our Project 52 Gallery by November 21, Midnight Pacific Time (time zone converter) If you have additional photos, link to them in the description from either your blog or from photobucket.com
6. FINAL RULE: You must post a link to your project in the gallery before November 21st Midnight to our Challenge #3 thread in the forum - don't forget to do this!
CONGRATS! YOU ARE ALL WINNERS TO ME IF YOU COMPLETE THE
CHALLENGE!
Here is my take on this weeks Challenge:





Supply list:
Graphic 45 patterned papers
Gesso
Golden Liquid Acrylic – Iridescent Pearl (Fine)
Sand paper
Pop dots
Melissa Frances butterfly transparency
Cavallini and Co round stickers (in bottle caps)

Found Objects:
Bottle caps
Wire
Pearlized buttons

Hint at recreating this project:
Gesso the entire box, inside and out and let dry completely. Then paint the entire box with Iridescent Pearl (Fine), and when fully dry, give it a good sanding to distress. Use your favourite patterned papers and cut lots of circles in varying sizes and layer, layer, layer using pop dots. Further embellish the flower centres with pearls, buttons, or rhinestones. Use a bird template (if you google bird template you’ll find a ton to choose from). The pearlized buttons were further enhance by colouring them in with Copic markers, to add a splash of colour.

This was a blank, paper mache bead box I bought from DeSerres. The minute I saw it I knew I had to have it to alter it.

My found objects were the bottle caps my hubby leaves lying around the house; pearl buttons found at a garage sale; some wire I had (not sure where it came from!).

It's called Little Bits of Me. I am a woman who comes from a long line of very creative, beautiful, strong women. I am who I am because of their influence on me throughout my life. On the inside of the box I've listed a word that describes the most significant women in my life, and the qualities that I aspire to and hope that one day, my little girl will say about me..

Fearless - my mother
Faith - my mother-in-law
Compassion - my sister
Strength - Elisa
Loyalty - myself

In each box I will store a keepsake that has been given to me by each woman to remind me of them and to eventually pass on to Elisa.

Thanks for stopping by,

Francesca

Friday, November 6, 2009

Give A Hug Today

I got his in an email the other day, and just had to post it. Isn't it jsut the cutest thing you've ever seen. It was a reminder to give someone a hug today.

Not to mention, this is the exact puppy I want one of these days - look like a chihuahua or a chihuahua mix. Perhaps when Samson our 8 year old Sheppherd, galoot is no longer with us. I don't quite think he'd appreciate a little spunky critter pestering him in his 'mature' years!!! Wouldn't want him to think we're replacing him.

Happy Friday everyone!

Francesca

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween, Another Year Down

Here's my little witchey-poo, casting her spells all night! She went up to all the houses, collected her candies diligently and fearlessly! Her brother Xavier on the otherhand, Mr. Misery didn't want to wear his costume, nor did he want to collect any candy! Imagine! He said to me, "mommy I already have a box of candy at home!". Imagine! I remember when I was his age, I'd pee my pants with excitement (well not literally), but you know what I mean. What six year old kid doesn't care about Halloween?!?!?!?!? oy! He's one of a kind, my Xavier.


And the big pay off! A bag full of candies... 'allllll mine' she said to her brother! She did all the hard work afterall.
Have a great Monday!
Francesca

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Grafitti Of My Life

I am enrolled in Dina Wakley's on-line class called, The Grafitti of My Life. You can register here. If you want to learn cool ways of using spray paints, paint, masks, and book binding, journaling, and just generally wanna have fun with paper and ink, then this class is for you! Dina is super-uber-talented and a great teacher to boot!

By the end of the 8 weeks I will have a hand made journal with the grafitti of my life aka the words and quotes that have meaning to me.

These are pics of the end of Lesson #1:

The end of Lesson #2:

And the simple tools used to create the wonderful beuatiful messes above:
Love, love, love, love it.
Can't wait for tomorrow's Lesson #3!!!
Have a beautiful Sunday night!
Francesca

New Pages

New pages using the November Scraptivity Kit.