Thursday, 18 June 2009

Hop, Skip and Jump!



Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to particpate in a blog hop sponsored by the people at Sugar Nellie. They are a British Company that manufactures rubber stamps. My friend Diane, from Duda Daze is an artist for them. I was lucky enough to have been sent one of her stamps from Sugar Nellie and the challenge was to come up with a greeting card using the stamp that was sent.

I was so pleased to have received a stamp of one of my favourite pieces of Diane's. Diane is the Goddess of Froggies and little girls, I was so thrilled to get this one in particular!



This was a real challenge for me. I am used to making cards using my own artwork, but to use someone else's, well that just did not come easy.

I took out my scrap papers and inks and markers and went to work the other afternoon, and this is what I came up with.



I found this sticker that I had had for some time and it just seemed to fit in with the theme of this stamp. What do you think?

I then went for some matching background colours, matching marker colours to colour in the image and I also found some cute ratafia ribbons in colours that matched, and this is the final produce of my creativity!



I do have to say that I enjoy painting my own pictures more, but this was kind of fun for a change.

Hop on over to Joey's page and let her know I sent you. She is the next one in line and I know she'd appreciate you hopping on over to her page.

Now, back to the drawing board. There hasn't been alot of art going on here at Oak Cottage lately. I've been really busy at work, but then . . . some weeks are just like that!

(Sorry for the poor quality of my scan, because of the ribbons on the card I could not get it to lay flat and so it's a bit dull!)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Celebrate!



Yesterday is but a reflection
Today is now
Tommorrow
is a bonus.
~Jim Billingsley






This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils and inks. This would make a lovely card or momento for a sister, daughters, or a special frien





All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



Life is a precious gift from above . . . Celebrate!!!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Life Made Us Sisters, Love Made Us Friends



My sister and I have always been really close. She was the very first friend I ever remember having. Sure, we used to fight a lot when we were teenagers . . . you know, about things like clothes and makeup . . . nothing too serious. When it came right down to the line . . . we supported each other in everything. When my last marriage broke up, my sister was the only one who was there for me, supporting me. I love her to pieces. Life made us sisters, but love indeed made us friends.



This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original piece is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils and inks. This would make a lovely card or momento for a sister, daughters, or a special friend.



All artwork is printed on A4 sized Somerset enhanced Archival 100% cotton paper. Cards are 6 inches by 4 inches and mounted on linen textured card, left blank inside, waiting for your own personal message to be inscribed. Printed in Archival pigment inks. Feel free to contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com to find out more.



Life Made Us Sisters, Love Made Us Friends . . .