Friday, October 14, 2016

At The Beach ATC

With this ATC, I had to create something using the beach as a theme... Fish, mermaids,
sea shells, sunsets, sand, sand castles, palm trees, beach toys, sandals, etc.

Title: At the Beach
Date: July 21, 2016
Medium: Micron Pen, Gelly Pen, Colored Pencils
Inspired By: Tropical Beach by Debbie Payne Designs

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Art Journal Doll Page

Here is a 5" x 7" Art Journal Doll page using a Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamp. Mixed media using watercolors, micron pens, gelly pen, button, and scrapbook paper with some Zentangle added to it.

Art Journal Doll Page
Date: July 31, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Round Robin #35

Here is the latest Round Robin in the cross stitch group I am in. It's a very large piece. I added the lighthouse because that is one of my dream places to live. Very unlikely, but nonetheless a dream of mine.

Round Robin #35

Source: Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Magazine
May/June 1991 Issue
The Light of Life (Pages 20-21)

Date Completed My Section: August 28, 2016
ThemeLooking Through My Window

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stamp With Color ATC

For this swap, I had to color in a stamp of my choice and create an ATC with it. So I chose a Prima Doll stamp of course. The background is in watercolor and the doll is in colored pencils.

Title: Stamp With Color
Date: October 5, 2016
Medium: Prima Doll Stamp,
Micron Pens, Watercolors, Gelly Pen
Swap: USAPC: Stamped ATC That You Color #8

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Prima Doll Art Journal Page #12

I just love those Primal Doll stamps. Here is an Autumn Leaves themed art journal page that I made for my swap partner. A combination of watercolors, Zentangle, and some paper piecing.

Prima Doll Art Journal Page
Theme: Autumn Leaves
Date: September 20, 2016
Size: 5" x 7"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fourth of July ATC

I absolutely love the American flag. It's very beautiful. For this swap I took some striped and star printed scrapbook paper and turned them into a flag. Of course I had to make some modifications. With the grey and white striped paper I colored the stripes red and white with colored pencils. I added more stars with a white gelly pen to the blue and white star printed paper. To make it old looking, I crumpled the assembled flag, glued it onto some cardboard, rubbed black stamp ink everywhere, and sealed it with gloss medium.

Title: 4th of July
Date: June 22, 2015
Swap: USAPC 4Th of July ATC

Monday, July 11, 2016

Cheery Note and Flat Surprise

For this swap we had to send a cheery note and flat surprise placed in a decorated envelope. I used colored pencils and micron pens on all my work. Reading my partners profile she mentioned multiple times that she loves pugs.... So, I drew her one.

Swap: Cheery Note & a Flat Surprise #2

Title: Pug
Date: June 28, 2016
Inspired by: How to Draw a Pug by Art for Kids Hub (YouTube)

Envelope Front

Envelope Back

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Doodle Sun ATC

I joined a swap that involved making my partner something out of paper... ATC, Bookmark, Notecard, Greeting Card, Envelopes, etc. I chose and ATC because that is what I love to create. Searched through her profile and found out she likes suns. So here is what I made her using colored pencils and micron pens. 

Title: Doodle Sun
Date: June 30, 2016
Swap: USAPC: Make me something!
Inspired by: Zen Doodling by Carolyn Scrace (pg. 43)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Julie Nutting ATC's

Here are three mixed media ATC's using a Julie Nutting Prima Doll stamp. Two were paper pieced and one was colored in using colored pencils.

Julie Nutting ATC Swap

Title: Summer Daze
Date: June 10, 2016
Medium: Scrapbook Paper, Watercolors,
Colored Pencils, 
Stamp Ink, Micron Pens,
Gelly Pen, Gems

Title: Spring Dance
Date: June 10, 2016
Medium: Scrapbook Paper, Watercolors,
Colored Pencils, 
Stamp Ink, Micron Pens,
Gelly Pen, Gems

Title: First Date
Date: June 10, 2016
Medium: Watercolors, Colored Pencils
Stamp Ink, Micron Pens, Gelly Pen

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Page with a Butterfly ATC

Here is a mixed media art card that I made for my partner for the Book Page with a Butterfly ATC swap. 

Title: Book Page Butterfly
Date: June 2, 2016
Medium: (Mixed) Watercolors, Book Page,
Scrapbook Paper, Decoupage Butterflies,
Sharpie, White Paint Pen, Stamp Ink,
Gloss Medium

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Here is a Dog ATC that I created for my swap partner. It is of a Greyhound Puppy. The photo that I used as a guide was the cutest of all as I was searching as to what kind of dog I wanted to paint.

Title: Greyhound Puppy
Date: May 30, 2016
Medium: Watercolors, Micron Pens, and Gelly Pen
Swap: EASU: Dog ATC
Inspired by: Levi in his Bowtie

Source: Three Thousand Twitpic

Friday, June 10, 2016

Seahorse ATC - Receiver's Choice

For this swap we had to choose from a list of animals that our partner had posted as their favorites. My partner listed Tigers, Wolves, Foxes, Seahorses, and Dolphins. I chose a Seahorse to paint. Here is the result.

Title: Seahorse
Date: May 25, 2016
Medium: Watercolors, Salt,
Black Micron Pens, White Gelly Pen
Swap: RCAS ~ Animals ~ HD/HP

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Prima Doll Journal Pages

Here are three 5" x 7" journal pages that I created using a Julie Netting Prima Doll stamp. Even though I had to cut them down to fit the pages and it still worked out nicely. All were created with scrapbook paper, watercolors, colored pencils, Micron pens, Gelly pen, tacky glue, stamp ink, and salt. 

Date: April 30, 2016
Swap: Julie N. Prima Doll #8 - Sender's Choice

Date: May 5, 2016
Personal Collection
Date: May 6, 2016
Personal Collection

Update (June 22, 2016) --- Framed the last 2 and hung in my girls' room above their beds. Each one representing each daughter.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Nature Mail Art

Here is a recent Mail Art drawing I did recently for my swap partner. You draw on an envelope and send it on its way with some goodies inside. This one was a Nature theme. I looked through her profile and decided on frogs. Media used: Micron Pens, Colored Pencils, and a white Gelly Pen.

Frog Shape Inspired by: Hit Toon: Green Frog

April 30, 2016

Frog Shape Inspired by the Book:
I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson

April 30, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Zentangle Inchies

Here is a group of six Zentangle Inchies that I did for a swap recently... April Zentangles. Each were inspired by the patterns in thebook, Zen Mandalas: Sacred Circles Inspired by Zentangle by Susanne McNeil.

Title: April Zentangles
Date: April 27, 2016
Medium: Media Art Paper, Micron Pens,
Prismacolor Markers, White Gelly Pen

Friday, April 29, 2016

Framed Art - Personal Collection

I've hung up several of my paintings in my home and posted a few over time. Here are my two most recent paintings using Watercolors, Micron Pens, Acrylic Paint, and Paint Pen with Zentangle patterns added to them. These are my most precious paintings. 

Great Horned Owl
February 5, 2016

Baby Orangutan Kiss
March 23, 2016

Inspiration came from these links:

Have a wonderful day and get inspired. :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Round Robin #34

Look what came back one year later. It has traveled far and gathered many more stitches and memories. 

This is what it looked like right before
I sent it off to the next stitcher in Singapore.

Round Robin #34

I added that little pink fish close to the bottom.

Source: Mer et Littoral (French for Sea & Shore)
by M. Bonnin, V. Enginger, C. Lacroix
Pages 15 & 50

Date Completed My Section: April 16, 2016

This is what it looked like the last time I saw it one year ago.

Photo from Round Robin #26
February 21, 2015 Post

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Zentangle Flower ATC

Here is my latest ATC that I created for my swap partner... Zentangle Flower. I used Yasmin Rios' video, "Simple Zentangle Flower", as inspiration.

Title: Zwntange Flower
Date:April 11, 2016
Medium: Watercolors, Micron Pens,
Colored Pencil, White Acrylic Paint

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cross Stitch ATC's 4 & 5

WOW! It has been a month since my last post. Been sick and my creative juices have not been flowing much since. However, I do have couple posts on what I have been working on. This post will be the most recent of artworks.... Cross Stitch ATC Number Series --- #4 and #5.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC's #4 and #5
Date: March 28, 2016
SwapBCS: Number Series 4 & 5 ATC's
Numbers ChartMK Design Art - Alphabets
Zentangle Inspirations:#4 Card: Papercut Diecut "Beautiful Modern Flowers"
#5 Card: Lanka-zp  "What I Love" blog

This completes this series.
Waiting on a new one soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

ATC with a Ticket

This was a fun and challenging ATC to create. Haven't done one like this in such a long time. A chose two tickets... One from the cinema featuring the movie "Tomorrowland". The other is just a random ticket I received from a fellow swapper as an extra (including the little girl). As I was creating this card, my little girls went through my box of paper goodies and created their own masterpieces.

Title: ATC with a Ticket
Date: March 3, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cross Stitch ATC's 3 & 6

For February, I cross stitched two more numeral ATC's... #3 and #6. Simple one this time.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC's #3 and #6
Date: February 29, 2016
SwapBCS: Number Series 3 & 6 ATC's
Just Cross Stitch Magazine (April 2016 Issue)
Pages 9 (Trees ), 18 (Dandelion), 37 (Numbers)
Word "Wishes" came from the "Beyond Cross Stitch Alphabet"

Don't forget to check back later this month
for numbers 4 and 5 in the series.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Alien ATC

For this swap we were to make a hand drawn Alien ATC. This little alien has has watercolors and Zentangles.

Title: Alien ATC
Date: February 29, 2016
Medium: Watercolors and Micron Pens

Because both my daughters love art, they made aliens too just like mommy. :)

Left: Created by my 7 year old daughter
RightCreated by my 5 year old daughter

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tangled Names ATC

For this swap, we had to create our partner's name in Zentangle form. So I looked online for some fun Zentangle/Zendoodle letters. I came across the Tanglelicious Zentangle Alphabet and the Dangles Alphabet on the Olivia & Company website. Fun! So fun.... that I made her 2 ATC's.

Title: Tangled Names ATC --- Ashby
Date: February 29, 2016

Title: Tangled Names ATC --- Ashby
Date: February 29, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Round Robin #33

I received a very large sampler that I was working on this month, but could not complete my portion before the send date. So I made a decision to start a new one that was small and quick enough to do and send right away (that day as a matter of fact). The theme for this one is Owls. I'm really into owls right now and thought this would be fun. This design can be found at. Aliolka Design. There are wonderful designs on this blog that will be fun to stitch.

Round Robin #33
 Aliolka Design
Title: Owl SquadTheme: Owls
Date Completed my Section: February 22, 2016
Fabric & Floss Color: DMC #315 on Yellow Aida Cloth

This sampler is also a Smalls SAL Check-in for February at the Stitching Lotus. Click the links to check out other cross stitch projects.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Zentangle Barn Owl

Hanging on my wall is this Barn Owl that I drew, painted with watercolors, and added Zentangle designs. Took close to a week to complete. It has been placed in a 8" x 8" oak frame. One of my absolute favorites.

Title: Zentangle Barn Owl
Date: February 16, 2016
Medium: Watercolors, Micron Pens, Acrylic White Paint

The painting was inspired by this beautiful photo that I found on the internet:

Instagram photo by glencrow1

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Day ATC

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I joined a swap and created an ATC. I used a stamp image by Whipper Snapper as inspiration for this one. The Lovebug was too cute not to pass up. Of course, I added my own doodle details. It consists of Micron Pens, Watercolors, and Salt on 140# Watercolor Paper.

Title: Valentine's Day Lovebug
Date: January 30,2016
Medium: Micron Pens, Watercolors, Salt
Swap**** Valentine's Day ATC ****

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cross Stitch ATC's 2 & 7

It's been a while since I posted. My son and I were very ill right after New Years and took a long time time for us to recuperate. My swap host/partner gave me extra time to finish these cross stitch ATC's and I am so grateful that she did for I had no energy to do anything whatsoever.

These little cuties were stitched on tie dyed Aida Cloth that I dyed over 10 years ago. When I came across this fabric in my stash, I was inspired to use it for this project. The tie dye effect sure makes them pop.

Title: Cross Stitch ATC's #2 and #7
Date: January 10, 2016 (2) | January 15, 2016 (7)
SwapBCS: Number Series 2 & 7 ATC's
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Cross Stitch and Counted Thread Techniques
Pages 36 (Numbers), 47 (Hearts), 63 (Butterflies)

Don't forget to check back next month
for numbers 3 and 6 in the series.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New ACEO's on ETSY and EBAY

I added some new ACEO's on my Ebay and Etsy shops.

The first two were made and listed on Ebay for a group I am part of on Facebook. It's a Theme Week Contest and the theme was "Winter". These were my interpretations of winter. If they don't sell here, they will be listed on Etsy.

Title: Zen Doodle Winter Owl
Date: December 30, 2015
Ebay Auction

Title: Taste of Winter
Date: December 30, 2015
Ebay Auction

The third ACEO below is one I listed just for fun.

Title: Zen Doodle Song Bird
Date: December 30, 2015
Ebay Auction

The fourth one is listed on Etsy and is one of my absolute favorites. I looked a photo of a toddler bowing in her new tutu and went from there.

Title: A Bow to Beauty
Date: January 3, 2016
Etsy Listing
Inspired by: littlecraftsnthings Candy Cane Tutu Dress

Thanks for stopping and and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Zen Doodle Pear ATC (Angel Swap)

Since one of the members did not receive an ATC from their swap partner for the Zen Doodle Pear swap, I decided to make her one in replacement... (Angel Swap). This is the one I made.

Title: Zen Doodle Pear
Date: January 1, 2016
Medium: Micron Pens & Colored Pencils

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Zen Doodle Pear ATC

Here is a pear in Zen Doodle form using Micron Pens and Prismacolor markers.

Title: Zen Doodle Pear
Date: December 7, 2015