Saturday, December 30, 2017

more of my favorite things...

A couple of posts ago I shared some ornaments I made using a few of my favorite things.
Today I would like to share a few other pieces I made using,more of my favorite things!

I bought myself a couple of Lynne Perrella's stamp sets for Christmas, so I had fun using these new "favorite things" as well as my other "favorite" Dresden!
This German Dresden & Scrap,you can still find on sale at Gwen's-through the 31st-tomorrow-
No step outs,just lots of photos, so have a cuppa and enjoy!


love my Lynne Perrella stamps!
 this cool book frame was just gifted to me by my artist friend Janet Ghio- thank you!
 isn't this Dresden divine!!

Gwen's products and Lynne's stamps-make a fabulous collaboration!
 yummy texture from Emerald Creeks EP-Burnt Copper leaves

and speaking of some of my favorite things...
 Gwen sent me this fantastically gorgeous handmade journal and some handmade papers as  Christmas gift!

Thank you so much Gwen for all this beautifullness!

I do hope your Christmas was joyful and blessed and here's to a Happy New Year 2018!
May it be good to all and may there be peace in the world!

Thank you for all for sharing 2017 with me! You make it real and personal-from the bottom of my heart I send you all-Love!

Gwen's Lafleur's products used:
German Dresden~
Copper Archway
Ornate Ornaments
Myrtle Branches 
Gwen's Essentials~Emerald Creek Embossing Powder~Burnt Copper Leaves

My Lynne Perrella Stamps used were
These can be found here in the US at
 Frantic Stamper
and in the UK at
Paper Artsy

I am playing along with Emerald Creek dares for their last challenge of this year-
Happy Holidays-Anything goes by Kim #16 of 40

also joining in with
 Fashionable Stamping Challenge #130 Celebrate

Monday, December 18, 2017

Very proud to say...

I am here today to share some exciting news about my artwork that was just published this December in the Winter 2018 edition of Stampington's  "Somerset Studio Gallery" magazine.

I can not even begin to tell you the excitement when I opened my email and saw that Gracy Wilkins,the editor for Somerset Studio Gallery, wrote,

Hello Jackie,
Congratulations! The following artwork has been selected to be featured as a Feature article in the winter issue of Somerset Studio Gallery!

I  ran yelling through the house to tell my husband who after hugging and kissing me and telling me how happy and proud he was...promptly started bowing ! haahaaa He is such a joker!

 After  I calmed down a bit,I dragged Riley in to see the the email,and....
there was another email from Gracy Wilkins, stating she wanted to publish two other pieces of my art!!
I could not even believe it!!not one but three piece all in the same magazine issue!

enough of my are my three published pieces~there are no tutorials,as they are all listed in the Somerset Studio Gallery if you would like to know more...

"She Listens to Her Heart" 

The graphic is from itKuPilli Imaginarium
The Stencil is by Red Lead Paperworks 
Dried and pressed flowers-from our trip across the USA June 2016

"Girls Wanna Have Fun"

The substrate for this is from my 30yo son's birth announcement that he did not want. When he saw the original yellow gingham,he said,Mom,you can make something else out of this! and so I did!

 And for my third piece

 "Fairies of Grace"


Faerie graphics all are from Gecko Galz
Triptych substrate and flower graphics are by Gail of PaperWhimsy

Well,over the moon with excitement does not even begin to express what I was feeling.
Tears running down my face,we read the second email together and it truly is a dream come true for me! Something I had wanted for years and here were two emails telling me it was my time!
 Riley was extremely happy and proud of and for me and in his true jokey nature broke the tears up by continuing the bowing and said,

"I will be sure to walk a good two to three feet behind you from now on." 
LOL  I love that guy!

My package I received in the mail...

oh! and of course we had to go to Barnes & Nobles(who btw sells Stampington publications) for a photo op! 

Thank you so very much
 Stampington and Gracy Wilkins for giving me this wonderful opportunity!

Thank you all of my friends,who believed in me and encouraged me to submit my art!

And thank you to all of my fabulous readers who come by and put up with my long winded,full of picture posts! 
You are the BEST!

See you again soon with a post of some art  what's been happening"around here"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dresden Trim & German & English Scrap...a few of my favorite things

Gwen has done it again with a new challenge over at The Artist Tribe!
 For this month of December,Gwen asked us to work with German and English Scrap and German Dresden Trim that is currently on sale in her shop.

This challenge was soooo much fun for me,because as you may know...I love to fussy cut and embellish and these gorgeous trims and scraps,are just perfect to create with!
There are no real step outs here with these photo,but of course,I did give you some tips on how I put these together!

 I began with using this beautiful angel from Gwen's Vintage Vibe-Angels&Cherubs Scrap Sheet
   I cut off the wings and then went to Gwen's Wondrous Wings Collage Download and picked out some new wings for this gal.
 I also gave her a Christmas flower in place of her lilies,and a bit of German spun glass for her cloud.
Next task was to re-construct one of the German Dresden Ornate Ornaments into this angel's new headdress.
She looks a bit Art Deco to me~I like it!
A bit of Stickles on her stars
and the freshly fallen snow on her wings and headdress is Emerald Creeks Embossing Powder called Winter's Mistake.
(links for all products at the end of post)
and here she is with her new look
  Next up is a little frame*,painted up with lovely shades of pink,dressed up with some Fran~tage' and snow.

 added to that a sweet vignette of one of the birds from
 I changed his season by adding snow to the branches and a bit to his body and onto the added winter greenery.

 next I added some of the lovely 
 and here is my beautifully framed winter scene!
 Gwen now has Dresden Holly in the shop as well~don't forget,15% off till December 31st!

I wanted you to see some of the Scrap and Dresden pieces I began with,before my alterations. 
Where does your imagination take you when you see these?

   Still working with the "Birds Of A Feather English Scrap" 
I used another bird and a different substrate
The background I painted a brighter pink to which I added some glitter and then some crackle glaze,which I heated with the heat gun till it bubbled instead of crackling.
 On the top layer,I used this Gorgeous shades of pink paper from

I added this beautiful English Scrap Bird to the center. After that,I glued some Dresden Myrtle and Dresden Daisy Borders,which I cut into individual flowers.
  I will be using this beautiful ribbon for hanging my ornaments~Gwen wraps all of her orders with this,isn't it just lovely!

 finally one more piece to share...
of course I needed an angel paper doll to hang on this year's tree!
Isn't this Cherub darling?
Starting with the sweet blue winged cherub head from Gwen's Vintage Vibe-Angels&Cherubs Double Sheet English Scrap

 this sweet girl's headdress and waist piece are again from one of Gwen's German Dresden Ornate Ornaments redesigned.
And her neck piece is actually a corner from the German Dresden Frame & Corners set
 Add a few touches of Stickles and a few sticky gems...
 along with her most beautiful Peacock Feather Sequined Patch skirt~exquisite!
 My dolly is ready to take her place on the Christmas tree,and then into my art studio later! I think she is much too pretty to pack away until next year!
BTW,taking suggestions for names in your comments,please ")
 Well,I do hope I have sparked some creativity in your muse! And I hope you are intrigued enough to go have a look if not have a shop at Gwen's Mixed Media online store!

How are your holiday preparations coming along? Hopefully everyone is enjoying this time of the year and getting plenty of snow! LOL
Thank you so much for visiting,as I know how much there is to do at this time of the year!
Huge hugs and wishes for peace & love,

Other Supplies used:
Emerald Creeks Embossing Powder~Winter's Mistake
Fran~tage' Embossing Enamel~Aged Rose
Ranger Stickles~Waterfall,Icicle
Paper Whimsy~Flower Faerie paper doll arms & feet 
Lindy's Embossing Powder~Angel Wings Peacock
DecoArt Snow Writer
DecoArt Crackle Glaze 
Crafty Individuals~Little wooden Frame
Christmas Greenery ephemera
Aleene's tacky Glue
sticky gems
Vintage German Spun Glass

Joining in these Challenges

Country View Challenges ~December 2017~Christmas

Emerald Creek Dares~Anything Goes

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge~#43 "Believe"