Monday, December 27, 2010

I love that my family knows me!

Look at the cool sparkly paper I got in my stocking for Christmas!  Plus awesome stamps from my son and his girlfriend!  Too fun!  I am one spoiled artist! 
I don't know what is with the picture.  This sort of thing only seems to happen with my desk top computer.  I am sure it is not the camera.  Weird.
Now I am off to play with my nieces and cameras!  Love it.  Hopefully I produce some worthy pictures.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

filigree kaleidoscope

I am really glad that I bought the filigree templates for the Kaleidoscope Kreator.  Look how pretty  this one is!  I took a photo of some loose beads and then imported it into the Kaleidoscope Kreator to get this.  I think it has a lot of potential. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

meandering book

These are two pages from my meandering book I created a few weeks ago.  I may never complete the book!  I really like the backgrounds that I have created and that makes it difficult to continue.  I don't want to screw it up.  I hate when that happens.  But really, what else am I going to do with it?

I'm sorry for neglecting my blog.  It is such a busy time of year.  I will try to post again before the end of the year but I make no promises!   Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

it is cool to be recognized as an artist

Last night at the local camera club I was given the award pictured above.  I am so very pleased to receive the honour.  I come across as a pretty confident person but I was shaking in my boots when my photo was being judged.  I believe I will enter more photos in our next competition.  The way the ribbon is present it quite nice.  They have all the pertinent information to the right and a thumbnail of the photo.  I am inspired and encouraged!

Monday, December 13, 2010

snowflake kaleidoscope original

I know that this is a template and therefore someone could create a very similar snowflake.  But this started from a photo of a bead journal page I made this past year.  So really it could not be duplicated exactly.  I am thinking ahead to the 2011 bead journal project.  I have created 12 snowflakes all from the same photo.   They are all similar in color - my favorite.  I plan to bead each of those 12 snowflakes in a different way.  I am thinking that at the end I could sew all the bead journal pages together and have a beautiful quilt.  I have good intentions but I may get bored with it and lose interest.  I have improved over the years at finishing things but...

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I can spend hours playing with the Kaleidoscope Kreator program.    Here is gift from me to you.  Feel free to use this kaleidoscope.  If you do I would love to see your piece! 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

bead journal project for December

Well, that's it.  I have finished the year long bead journal project.  I used a watch face as the focal point on this piece.  I made the background fabric with bits and pieces of scrap fabric and fibre.  I really would like to do more beading next year.  The pieces I made this year just didn't call for being encrusted.  My intention is to do at least one encrusted piece next year.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

snowflake kaleidoscope

Can't you just see this snowflake encrusted with beads?  My printer isn't working properly at the moment otherwise I would have this printed and I would be stitching on it!  Maybe it will be my bead journal project for January. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kaleidoscope Kreator's new templates

I think everyone knows that I like playing with the Kaleidoscope Kreator program.  This week I purchased the snowflake and filigree templates.  Above is a snowflake I created with a flower photograph.  The possibilities are endless with this program!  I plan to print this onto paper and adhere it to fabric.  I then plan to bead and stitch it. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

gingerbread house

 We had a ton of candy left from our gingerbread houses for the auction.   So we decided to build another one at home.  This is the fruit of our efforts.  I should have taken a picture of the back because it is equally fantastic.    We had lots of fun and everyone is anxious to eat it!