Birthday Fairy Peat Pot and Anything Goes Challenge

I first saw this post on Facebook and was captivated. I’m going to attempt to make a similar little pot for Halloween. I’ll post that when I’m done. Until then, enjoy Polly’s post and follow her if you’re inclined toward paper crafts. She has some adorable ideas on her blog.

Polly's Paper Studio

Today I’m sharing a sweet little project I made for my BFF Heather for her birthday. It’s not actually until the 6th of January. Guess I’m early for once : )

IMG_0333I covered the little pot with torn strips of book page then inked it heavily and stamped a dot border at the bottom.

IMG_0336The little girl is a vintage image from Graphic’s Fairy. I trimmed off her top hat and gave her a party hat complete with glitter and a pom pom top.  wings for her back make her a proper fairy. The super simple banner is just trimmed paper…inked and stamped and glittered of course. It’s held up with silver wire. I used a chenille stem as the “handle”

IMG_0337-001I made half of a paper rosette to help hold in the paper filler in the pot. for the rim I knew I wanted to add real vintage buttons…

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Entryway Featuring Artwork by Claudia McGill

Claudia McGill

entrywayFabulous artist, Claudia McGill gives away paintings! That’s right, they are free. All that she asks is that you pay the shipping fees. Claudia is probably the most prolific artist that I know. She does one small painting a day to challenge herself and then she gives them away. That is so COOL! I wanted to follow in her footsteps, but I couldn’t even get to one painting a week. Nor one a month. I am the embodiment of an anti-prolific artist- painting only when I want to change the art in my decor or when I want to gift someone. (grin)

I asked for several of Claudia’s little paintings which she graciously shipped immediately. All I paid was $12.00 for Priority shipping. AMAZING!claudia-mcgill-artworkAfter much deliberation on how to hang these little gems, I decided to use clips and push pins in keeping with my funky living room decor. I arranged Claudia’s work around a central painting that I did. I think that the colors complement each other.art arrangement in entrywayThis is my entryway where I can drop my keys and my purse. But, mostly, I can admire Claudia’s work and several other of my favorite art pieces.Bing Face vaseThe face vase was a gift from my friend, Robyn. It is a ceramic vase signed by Bing. Really cool stuff. In the next post, I will share more of Les Gains’ mixed media that is included in my arrangement.S McCall

Free Printable Coloring Pages – Brand new and hot off the press

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Interest in the adult coloring book craze has been amazing. You can find book after book in craft stores, book stores and even printable pages online. Of course- don’t you just know- I have to add in a few of my own drawings to the mix.

My drawings are from some of the cards that I made using rubber stamps that I designed for various stamp companies. Some are from paintings that I did and some are from block cuts. The abstracts are drawings that I made especially for this project.

There are three collections assembled here. Click on the image or on the title of the collection that you want to get the full sized PDF file that you can print out for free. No kidding, no come-ons and no unending pesky ads to load up before you can download your coloring pages.

Coloring Collection 1

coloring page

Coloring Collection 2

abstract art color pages

Coloring Collection 3

Have fun! And, if you can, send me pics of your work in the comments section. I would love to see the collaboration between my art and your beautiful coloring of it. S McCall

Finished Painting

I often have to look at a painting for quite a while before I know that it’s finished. I had put this one away some time ago, not quite sure where I wanted to go with it. Today, I thought that I would finish some “old” paintings. So I got this one out and guess what? I think that I like it just the way it is. It may be that I recognized an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while, but i think that I’ll leave this one alone.  🙂

acrylic painting

S McCall

Playing With Beads

southwest beaded necklace

Now and then I get out my beads and jewelry findings to make a HUGE mess spread all over the work table. I usually manage to accomplish just a few little trinkets. Is it worth the time? LOL, not really, but it’s fun mixing and matching components to come up with something fun to wear. Here are a couple of my latest necklaces paired with little wire wrapped charms and trinkets.fetish-necklacelove-pendant silver knecklaceS McCall

knecklacesouthwest beaded necklace

Free Printable Paper Projects

I just had to share one of my new favorite paper places on the web. If you love paper projects, you will LOVE Mel’s blog – Melstampz.  She includes the smallest detail in her tutorials. The tutorials are easy to follow, with step-by step instructions, lots of photos and printable templates. There also a ton of free paper designs. I love the one  with all of the ephemera styled papers. Mel’s tags are adorable as well.

How Cute is this little ribbon spool with a hidden compartment?!♥

Round 3D challenge - faux ribbon spool with hidden compartment - mel stampz

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Focus on Finery with Robert Shields

Robert Shields and Yarnell

In my previous post,  In the Art Studio with Robert Shields, we got to tour Robert’s art studio. Now I want to show you his bead collection and a few pieces of his jewelry.

Robert is a “maker”. He loves to draw and design art elements, so he has his hands in all forms of art. His company, Robert Shields Creations encompasses a huge variety of artwork including a line of sterling silver pendants, brooches and beaded jewelry. 

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