Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to Use Sandra Everton's RELICS and ARTIFACTS in HOME DECOR

When I first discovered the Relics and Artifacts products created by Sandra Evertson I was just creating them as little jewels to be enjoyed. Some of my first ones were created with what I identify the most with...the ocean, sand, seashells, sea glass and broken coral. Many of these have been collected on my vacations to Dunedin, FL. and Sand Key Park. I also have a huge collection of broken and junk jewelry that I have rescued from my sisters antique store. 

I've had requests to buy them but I can't part with them. I tell myself that these gems are prototypes but the reality is they represent me. Now the problem was how to display them in my home. I searched the internet for a storage case, a shadow box and I stumbled upon exactly what I had in mind {oh how I love when that happens}. I found these fabulous glass and mirrored display boxes on clearance at pottery barn.com.

Let me show you my little gems before when just completed and after in their permanent home.








Notice this one lonely Relics and Artifacts piece...it's waiting for the NEW releases of these incredible resin pieces created by Sandra Evertson. I can tell you that there are some SHELLS in that new release. 

Not every piece is done with the ocean theme...in fact many aren't but again I want them to be displayed so others can view them. So this is where it started.

And this is how I transformed it into a piece of home decor. I used a piece of vintage wallpaper that I painted and applied to a 5x7" birch panel that also had been prepared with paint. The door plaque and key came from my home in Buffalo, NY and I left it just as is with it's original patina. A few embellishments completed this piece. It is now displayed on a cabinet in my living room.





I encourage you, if you haven't already, go to Sandra Evertson's website to read about the background story, check out the R&A Ambassadors and the various designs that you can purchase. There is a fabulous FaceBook group that you can join where you will just be surrounded with the most beautiful pieces of art. You can also follow on Instagram

Thanks again for joining me and looking at what I've created. 



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Relics and Artifacts with Sandra Evertson

What would it take to get me back to blogging? I tried in 2015...FAIL! Not that I wasn't creating art but just had too much on my plate. So here I am again...JANUARY  March 2016...going to try again!

I discovered back in November a new product to me. Being the information seeker I am I jumped right in and did my research. My research led me to the Sandra Evertson website and her Relics and Artifacts resin products. The irony was that was the day the Ambassadors were being announced. Lo & Behold one of my favorite artists, the uber talented Louise Nelson, was named as an ambassador. The last time I saw Louise was at the 2013 Winter CHA were we were celebrating the fact that we were Design Team members for the Original Tattered Angels under the auspices of Wendy Senger.

Needless to say I immediately ordered some of the fabulous resin pieces from Sandra's website. I highly recommend that you make a trip there and you will see all the glorious designs and products. My words can't possibly do this justice. You will see some fabulous projects created by the talented Ambassadors. Also check out the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Tribe group on Facebook, relicsandartifacts on Instagram and on SnapGuide.

Sandra Everton Website
I want to share SOME of my first projects with you so you can see the versatility of these incredible resin pieces {photo heavy}:

















So now that I've written this blogpost I am determined to contribute a couple times a month. Don't hold it against me if I don't. In my free time I really would rather be CREATING ART!

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Thanks for stopping by!










Friday, January 9, 2015

Although I've been MIA from my blog I'm attempting to get back into the habit of posting what I'm working on at that moment. I'm taking several on-line classes/projects and that is my focus...I'm a life-long learner and just soak up any new artist, technique, product that comes to my attention!!!

I joined and completed the Documented Life Project in 2014 so when it was announced that there would be a follow up for 2015 I knew that I would follow along.

Here is Challenge #1 ~ Use book paper




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Whatevers or Where is Waldo?




Hello and welcome back to the final months adventure in creative storytelling with THE WHATEVERS. I want to take this moment to thank the three original Whatevers for including me this year…Vicki Chrisman, Nathalie Kalbach and Catherine Matthews Scanlon. I'm so honored to have worked with them in past and hopefully future projects. Also a shout-out to Cuchy who has been a great supporter and author this round! Here is my take for July…enjoy!


"I spent my childhood and teen years at the Maplewood Inn in Lilydale, NY yet I knew that my time there would soon be over. I graduated from high school and would soon be heading back to NYC to attend NYU. I was excited yet afraid. Over the years I learned how to control my psychic abilities when I was around regular people. It was hard because I have a funny little spirit guide who loves to appear and disappear at the most inopportune time. I called him Waldo and I hoped that he would stay back in Lilydale because he was so silly and it was hard not to laugh at his antics. 

Waldo would hide behind the curtains and jump out, hang from the chandelier, under the pillows on the couch and jump out at any time, he was very mischievous. What would I do if he followed me to college, how would I explain my abilities to my new friends, how would I explain all the estrange occurrences created by Waldo. I worried, I fretted, it was all in vain. The day I left Lilydale Waldo came to me and told me that he didn't want to leave, that he would stay at Lilydale and wait for me to return. Waldo didn't want to go to college or live in a big city, he wanted to stay behind at the Maplewood Inn and wreak havoc. And sure enough that's what he did!

Here are links to the other creative stories about The Whatevers. Please stop by and see what these fabulous artists have created.
If you would like to play along it's not to late to join in. Here are all the details that you need to know.
Here is how it works ~
  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Nathalie and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Whatevers or The TRUTH Behind Lilydale


Hello and welcome back to this months adventure in creative storytelling with THE WHATEVERS. Here is my take for May…enjoy!


As I got older my parents decided to clear the air and explain how and why we left 125th St. in NYC to come to this strange little town called Lilydale. Now we had already lived there going on a dozen years and I was 17 year old, getting ready to go off to college the next fall. Although I loved living here it was strange in so many ways that I couldn't explain. This is when my parents sat me down to try and help make sense of it for me.

It all started the first summer we went to Lilydale, NY. It was only going to be for the summer and then back to NYC. Papa and Momma only took temporary jobs at  the Maplewood House, hoping to give all their children fresh air, sunshine, room to run around and just be kids. "IT" happened one day as Momma and I were walking down to Chautauqua Lake. We strolled past an orchard with a stone fence around it, it looked vaguely familiar to me. As we got closer to the fence I started jumping up and down, tugging on Mommas hand, trying to get her attention. Finally she looked down at me, incredulous that I was so excited, and she asked me why. When I told her, at that very moment everything changed. See I saw my Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Ernie sitting there on the fence. I saw them as clear as could be. I saw pretty pink flowers and circles of colors glowing around them, I saw the crisp white dress and the khaki uniform, but Momma couldn't see them. She stopped and knelt down to my level and very seriously said that it was impossible that I could see them.

"No Momma, I saw them. I really, really saw them. Aunt Gertrude was wearing a pretty white dress and Uncle Ernie had on a uniform." She said" impossible, that's impossible". Again I told her "no Momma, they called me by my name, they beckoned me to come over to the fence. They wanted to talk to me." Momma just froze, she looked again but I could tell she wasn't amused with my antics.

What I didn't know was Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Ernie had died in a car accident before I was born. What I had described to Momma was exactly like a  photograph that Momma carried folded in a hidden pocket everyday since the accident. She slowly pulled it from her pocket and carefully unfolded it…"Momma that's them, over there" I screamed but Momma didn't see them.

We walked slowly back to the inn, Momma didn't say much to me. In fact she barely said anything for several days except for when she was alone with Papa or when several of the town folks filed in and out like a secret meeting was taking place. I didn't know at that time what they were talking about but my parents had several big decisions to make.

After that my parents decided to permanently move to Lilydale. It seemed like I had become the talk of this little town. I found myself being bustled back and forth to different homes. At first it was fun but then I got tired of being asked all sorts of questions. I also got tired of my parents not seeing or hearing what I did but so many of other town folks did.

When the truth was revealed by Momma and Papa I was told that I had a gift, a gift that most people don't have or don't believe in. The reason we moved to Lilydale was because it had become quite evident that I had psychic abilities. Lilydale was known as The Town That Talks to the Dead. It seemed that I saw so many things that most others didn't and as I grew older this gift became stronger and stronger. I was OK when at home but in the outside world people looked at me quite oddly when I would see and talk to their relatives that had passed to the other side.

I knew I was different but now that the truth came to light I had to make a decision as to what I was going to do with this knowledge. I didn't have too much to say, it was too much to take in. Momma, Papa and I sat on the porch that night, not talking, just sitting and enjoying a cold glass of Mommas homemade Mint Lemon-Limeade.

MINT LEMON-LIMEADE
4-6 lemons, plus slices for garnish
3-4 limes, plus slices for garnish
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup superfine sugar
8 cups cold water


Squeeze the juice from the lemons and limes over a strainer into a glass measuring cup (about 1 cup of juice).

In the bottom of a tall pitcher, use a wooden spoon to gently mash the mint leaves with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Add the strained juice; stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add the cold water and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar to the pitcher; stir well to dissolve the sugar. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar, if desired. Chill before serving.

Serve poured over ice in tall glasses garnished with a fresh sprig of mint, lemon and lime slices.
Before I sign off I want to share with you the stamps that I used for this project. My friends, Nathalie Kalbach and Catherine Matthews Scanlon, have designed stamps that have been produced and available for purchase.
                                                                                                



Here are links to the other creative stories about The Whatevers. Please stop by and see what these fabulous artists have created.
If you would like to play along it's not to late to join in. Here are all the details that you need to know.
Here is how it works ~
  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Nathalie and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

HERE IS THE PHOTO FOR THIS MONTH'S WHATEVERS:

Thank you for stopping by. Only 2 months left and I still have a lot of story left to share :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Whatevers or Who Are These People?

DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES I WILL NOT BE POSTING THIS MONTHS "WHATEVERS". HOWEVER YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO FOLLOR THESE LINKS TO SEE EVERYONE BLOG POSTS.



Here are links to the other creative stories about The Whatevers. Please stop by and see what these fabulous artists have created.
If you would like to play along it's not to late to join in. Here are all the details that you need to know.
Here is how it works ~
  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Nathalie and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

HERE IS THE PHOTO FOR THIS MONTH'S WHATEVERS:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blog Hop with Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild!


Welcome to the Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild Blog Hop. Today is the day to celebrate a fabulous achievement of one of my favorite artists and a reunion of sorts with other favorites.I'm happy to be a part of Catherine's very first blog hop using her stamps from Art Gone Wild and Friends!  It has been quite a journey for her and I'm so thrilled that I can be a part of her dream come true!
I'm also thrilled to be working again with Vicki Chrisman, Mandy Collins and Nathalie Kalbach. We've worked together on design teams and other artistic projects.

I'm super excited to share two fun projects with you today. So let's get this party started and get on with the fun!!

First up is an OTP project I designed with Catherine's 2014 Release stamps on the new Artist Trading Blocks. I used 3 different Paisley stamp sets ~ Viola, Clara and Annie's Paisley. I embossed the stamp images with an  antique gold embossing powder over antique book paper. The stamped and embossed paisleys were then hand painted with different gold pens.  I finished the project with a Studio 490 Art Parts Square Cake Stand, painted white with hand painted gold details. To finish off the top metal embellishments were put together to form a flower. The tops of both boxes and the cake stand were covered with a Gelli Plate print that I had in my stash…the color combination was chosen from this Gelli print. 






The 2nd project just came together while I was cleaning up from the 1st project. It started with a mop off page in my Dylusions Art Journal and the funky lizard from a Valspar Paint advertisement that has been collaged on it for several months. I never worry about finishing an art journal page but this is one that I knew I really wanted to do something with…all the colors were calling me! I started by stamping the bottom corner with Catherine's "Esthers Garden" stamp set right over the various colors on this page.
I couldn't just leave it alone…I grabbed a bunch of my various colored pencils that just happened to be the same color as the page so I enhanced the flowers.
I could have stopped there but then the other side of the page, with the same colors looked so lonely…lol! Using Catherine's "Clara Paisley" stamps I stamped images on paint chips that I've saved. The colors were perfect for this page. I then also realized that I had just purchased a package of napkins that were also perfect. Using Catherines's "Alphabet Stamp Set" from her earlier 2013 release I stamped my quote with various shades of Ranger Archival Ink.
Isn't something how all these colors just came together…randomly!
Here are the two journal pages as works in progress. Sometimes colors just fall into place as happened here. I'm sure I'm not finished…no…I know I'm not finished but this page makes me smile and I'll leave it be for another day!

You can see out the entire catalog with the Winter release at Art Gone Wild by clicking on the catalog image.
You can also see the Summer, 2013 release here and contact Art Gone Wild here for wholesale pricing. To see a list of stores (on-line and in person) that carry my stamps you can go to my blog and look at this link.
I understand that Catherine has a few prized to give out ~ to be eligible to win, leave a comment on Catherine's (www.cmscanlon.blogspot.com) blog by Friday, April 18th. The two Winners will be chosen on April 18th, and will be posted on the Art from the Heart by Catherine Scanlon Designs blog. The two winners will be emailed that they have won, so please remember, when commenting make sure to leave an email address where you may be reached so Catherine can email you that you've won and get your mailing address. 

Here are the other artists blogs that are participating in the blog hop…make sure you hop on over and see what fabulous projects they have created!

Art from the Heart by Catherine Scanlon Designs: www.cmscanlon.blogspot.com

This Art that Makes me Happy by Vicki Chrisman: http://vickichrisman.blogspot.com/

Pearl Maple by Mandy Collins: 

Kooky Delucy by Kathie DeLuca: 

n*Studio by Nat Kalbach: 


Live the Dream by Jennie Atkinson: 

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in all the celebrations! I will be updating this post, adding a list of all supplies used, so check back in the next few days.