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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Digital Time with "Artistic Expressions"

I have completely run out of ideas for my art prompts so off to digital world I have traveled.  This amazing collection "Artistic Expressions" is really and truly so stunning with such vibrant colors and so many elements to work with you will have a blast!

I wanted to enter a new art journal challenge and the theme was about going into the woods.  I have been interested in the British Library's releases of copyright free images and this one was done right before Easter but I had to crop the image a bit to get it to fit right and then I used a little Photoshop color play to add a hint of color.  This would be so nice for busy mom's who want to catch those special moments but time to cut and glue is just not there yet!  Snap those photos and pop in a collection from Dragons Lair Designs and you can do a layout with all the journaling you want on it in a matter of very little time.  I like to do all digital for this reason because I remember those oh so busy days and also not capturing some special moments because of the busy days.

Our April Challenge is "Anything Goes" so come play; it is a super easy one!  And catch our Sunday Showcase where you will find a freebie and mini challenge double fun!  And as always our linkys are below to all our sites for you to visit and stay and visit with us!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Another Mojo Helper from "Artistic Expressions" from Dragons Lair Designs

I think I could create forever with this fabulous kit "Artistic Expressions"  and I am having so much fun doing it!  The colors I think take me back to my almost hippy days that I would love to relive now!  Tie dyed shirts and awesome flowers remind me of favorite songs and songs always lead me to ideas for projects soooo...yep, another mojo activator make :)  That blank space in our heads sometimes just needs one word or a hint of an idea to jump into full gear so here is number three of this series.  A three dimensional make with a handy dandy pocket to pick a gorgeous flower or funky paint splat and follow the lead it gives you!

Please remember our April Challenge is "Anything Goes" and join in the fun and don't miss our new event on our Facebook Fan Page "Sunday Showcase" where you will find a freebie and a mini challenge!  Lots to see and do with the Dragons Lair Designs kits and links so click and follow up on all the fun with us.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

"Artistic Expressions" Spinner Mojo Helper

I found a spinner board from a dollar store bingo game and thought "Bingo!".  How cool a way to prompt myself when I am on a missing mojo day?  I added some of the printed prompts I used from my Art Folder Prompt using "Artistic Expressions" and that gorgeous paper with a repainted spinner.  Now I have it hanging by my table so I can give it a spin and same rules as the art folder I must follow the prompt!

I layered one of the blue flowers with pop dots and curled the edges, adding seed beads for the center and some accents.  It is fun looking and those colors are just so yummy!

Please check out this marvelous kit at the Dragons Lair Store and our April Challenge began yesterday with the theme "Anything Goes" so easy!  Come play with us and visit our Fan Page and LIKE us so you can play our games and challenges there, too, for prizes or loyalty points that can be cashed in when you have enough to spend in the store!  All of our links are listed below!

It's Sunday Showcase Time!

I hope you are enjoying the Sunday Showcases as much as I am!  This layout had me puzzled as to what to put in the circle besides a family pic of course.  Then I remembered a Finnabair style canvas I had made with a lovely copyright free lady from a vintage magazine cover.  She fit beautifully and I was pleased with it.  This is made with the freebie "PJ Party Quick Page".

There is always fun to be had at Dragons Lair Designs Fan Page on Facebook and our challenge blog and inspiration blogs are awesome places to see where our designers show you their latest makes!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday Showcase at Dragons Lair Design Freebie Alert!

Dragons Lair Designs has a wonderful feature on our blog where Janette, who designs all the wonderfulness!, gives a freebie for you to use and then let us see what you made!  And there is a Mr. Random drawing for a voucher in the store.  This is for Lupus Awareness and is a lovely way to say our thoughts are with those who have this disease.  I did a digital piece with "Courage" from the "Pansy Collection Alphabet".  Made with the "Lupus" mini kit found at the Sunday Showcase Event HERE

Please come join us in all of our challenges on the blog, Facebook, they are everywhere!  So many lovely collections and digital images to choose from and lots of chances to win free shopping trips!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Now for Artistic Expressions Collection Reveal

I had to bite my lip to keep it shut so as not to ruin the surprise of this amazing kit!  Artistic Expressions is an explosion of color and fun!  I always find myself sitting down to start a project and looking at a blank wall in my head.  So I decided to have a play with this kit to give me a go to for some instant inspiration!  Now the key to this is I must not cheat if I open this little art folder prompt!  I have to try the card I pick at random and see if it will work on the project.  So, now, finally! I can show you my "Art Folder Prompt"!

The heart is layered with foam dots and the word "ART" is by Lost Coast Designs in the "Doodle Words" set.

Inside is pocket folders to hold the index cards I made digitally and printed out and then assembled the tabs. The back of the paper is Distress Ink with water splats to match the wonderful splats in this kit!  No titles on the tabs just numbers that mean something to me cut from a vintage book and inked.

As you can see, I also created my prompts in Photoshop on another piece of paper from the kit and then cut and inked before attaching one to each card, eight cards in total.  They include "Vingtage", "Collage", and "Two Colors".  Like I cheating and I will let you know how these work out.  I have 2 more prompt related projects this month using this fabulous kit so stay tuned and give it a try!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Anything Goes this Month at Dragons Lair Designs Challenge!

This is my first month as the Challenge Team Leader for Dragons Lair Designs and as I type up my project my head is filled with getting all the important elements for the Challenge Blog right!  Oh my head!  But to distract me, here is my make for April using the lovely "Simply Soft" collection papers.

I made a card with the lovely soft colors and a heart embossing folder with a stamp along with the word "FAMILY" from Lost Coast Designs Misc. Words stamped on a small die cut label.  The flowers are from this kit I am almost certain, too. 

Please come join our challenge for April. You do not have to use our products but we love to see them when you do :)  And check out our awesome Fan Page on Facebook where you will find challenges there to enter and try for some vouchers to spend in the store!  All linkys are below!

April at Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Thanks for all the lovely entries in March!  You inspire me so much!  You know you are a hoarder when you have 3 of these (they hold the old type light bulbs) given you by your mother carefully preserved because she just thought of me when she saw them :)

Yep, and I did have just the thing for them!  An issue of Somerset Studios had a shadowbox type project in it and was made with 2 x 2 inch squares of cardboard made into individual squares and attached together.  I took a shortcut and cut the tubes in 2 inch squares and glued very carefully as it wobbles everywhere until you can glue it again very carefully to a back piece of cardboard to keep it straight.   I painted the outside with a sponge and acrylic paint in brown, green, and gold.  The background piece had patterned paper attached and inked before gluing on the boxes.  Then I took Gelatos in dark gold and a lighter gold and water painted the corners and the backing paper after attaching the grid.

The theme was going to be Asian as I have many things from my trip to Japan that I would love to showcase but somehow (maybe being in the wee hours of the morning?) it became more of a New Orleans down South project.  The boxes containing our Tabasco sauce, miniature dice cup to represent out casinos, along with some tiny money, moss with a skull for voodoo and a goblet for the good times to roll!  I labeled the tag with the name from a French paperback bound for the dump at the book store as the French heritage is so strong on my husband's side.  Of course, love is represented by turtle doves and paper clay heart, and a cupid painted with Pebeo Prisma paints.  The individual cubbies all represent some portion of our culture and thanks to SilverCrow Creations for the lovely minis that helped me fill it in!  And please hang in there with me while the camera situation is attended to :(

Hanging bits and bobs, a formica sample with a fluer de lis, keys, lockets, beads in our colors, and tassels made long ago and used on another project.

Picture heavy and word heavy blog...sorry!  I hope you will bring us more of your awesome work this month so we can visit your blogs!  I see so many wonderful things when I drop in for a chat :) 

As always, it is "Anything Goes" Mixed Media/Altered Art at