This was a fun little Halloween kit that I made while at Scrap Outside the Box. Circa 2010.
Created Circa 2010. My first go at Illustrator.
These scrapbooking papers were made to be more ethereal as part of a work assignment given to us by Scrap Outside the Box. Circa 2009.
These papers were an exclusive made to go with a special giveaway on Scrap Outside the Box. Circa 2009.
This was a pro bono set of papers for a larger collab at Scrap Outside the Box, circa 2009.
The word arts were created to give digital scrapbooking pages the same effect as a traditional scrapbooking rub-on. Commercial fonts used with proper permission/tou’s.
The Youth Explosion was a poster created for my church’s youth group, to be used as a large size banner.
Created circa 2008-2009.
This was my version of back to school. Created with cool Elementary and Junior High kids who were going back to school. Created circa 2008.
Color palette assigned by Digital Arts Cafe, for grade school children. Circa 2008.
This is one of my retired etsy headers where I used commercial brushes to create it, circa 2009.
This was created circa 2009 for, and in collaboration with, Pebbles Jones.
This was created for the Scrapbooks Gone Digital website where I used commercial brushes to create it, circa 2009.
This web image was created circa 2008. Mainly, to show distressed look which wasn’t yet popular in digital scrapbooking.
Personal sketches from my imagination. I love seahorses and wanted to play with a different version of one. Created circa 1997 …when I was still in the Air Force.
Hey you! Did you notice anything different? That’s right, website got a lil’ face lift. Maybe you’ve seen it already. Either way, hope you like it. I’ve been waiting to post, till I had something fun to share.
Jessie from Still Playing House nominated me for the Liebster Award! Cool right! Thanks Jessie! I enjoyed reading about Jessie and Pam in their Liebster post!
WHAT IS THIS, you ask? It’s an award for smaller blogs asking us to answer some questions and write some random facts. It helps to get to know each other better. So here goes 🙂
Q & a
- What is your favorite memory?
Oh man, not sure I can choose… 1. I have several beautiful memories of horseback riding 2. Childhood days spent on the beach, playing in waves and collecting sea shells. 3. Running ridiculously free as a kid 4. Sitting on my Dad’s shoulders at Disneyland to watch the fireworks after a long day of fun 5. My dating days with hubby 6. Hilariously laughing with friends 7. Lake Days- boating, wake boarding and teaching others to 8. Giving birth to my girls 9. Park days, picnics and pushing my kids on swings while watching them sweetly laugh. 10. Playing softball 11. Whale watching in a tiny boat with whales dancing all around us, within arms reach! It was glorious.
- What is the funniest thing you ever saw, heard, or experienced?
One of the funniest things I ever saw were the legs of a grasshopper sticking out of a guys mouth. It was a drinking party. Someone told him he couldn’t eat this grasshopper, that he wouldn’t do it. He said, I’ll ****ing do it, snatched it up, shoved it in his mouth and held it there as the legs dangled out of his mouth. Maybe it doesn’t sound so funny, but at the moment it was pretty hilarious. Of course, what followed next was telling him that he couldn’t chew it……. nuff said! haha.
- What is your most embarrassing moment?
I have two for you.
-When I was about 10, my older brother tickled me till I peed my pants. That sucked.
-My feet were so swollen from having been pregnant, I had to wear Crocs. The original ones…. bad choice. Even my jeans did not hide them. My friend was kind enough to save me from myself. I no longer wear them. lol
- If you could do anything what would it be?
-I would learn everything, know all the mysteries of life. I love to learn.
-If that was not an option, then I would want to fly, like Superman, that would be awesome!
- What is your proudest accomplishment?
My most amazing creations to date, are my 3 incredible children (6, 8 and 10.) Nothing else even compares, except perhaps being married to my sweetheart for 20 years. We married at 18 and no one thought it would last. It hasn’t all been a bed of roses, but pretty darn close. I’m pretty proud of that too.
- If you could hire someone to do something for you on a weekly basis what would it be?
House cleaning, laundry, & cooking.
- How many states or countries have you lived in?
Two, California and Nevada
- What’s your best piece of advice to give someone?
Turn off the t.v. Question everything. Find something to focus on, follow your dreams and don’t listen to other people’s negativity. Connect to the great Creator and seek out your own answers, find your North, and rock on!
- What is your favorite food?
Well, it’s definitely not pancakes, haha. I love Mexican food! Followed closely by Thai and German.
- What do you like most about yourself?
I think I like my positive attitude the most. I try to see the bright side of things. I also like my grit and determination, my curiosity and desire to learn. What about you? We don’t get to say these things often enough, share in comments!
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things with you, what would they be?
A yacht, my man, and a fridge full of food and water, of course!
11 Random Facts about me
- I do not like to cook. I know this is majorly offensive to some, but it’s a reality. I can’t help it, don’t’ judge me! Haha.
- I love peaches and strawberries (but not pancakes)
- I love to sew and craft.
- I don’t believe everything the mass media feed us. Free thinkers unite!
- I love horses and riding bareback, like people did before there was such things as saddles. I also like to ride Western and have a few ribbons from it.
- I want to learn how to surf! Do big girls surf??
- I love to travel and explore, it cures my innate curiosity.
- I love seahorses, cats, horses and mermaids. What?
- I love to roller skate
- I’m a tomboy and proud of it. I know the new movement is to say I’m a girl (and that’s suppose to be enough) but whatever. I am not a princess, I don’t give a crap about my nails or makeup. But I totally believe in being sexy. I’m athletic, outgoing, adventurous, and I love the outdoors. I love to shoot (targets) but not hunt (so don’t ask me to touch a carcass, eww!) haha.
- If it we weren’t for hubby, I’d probably be a vegetarian.
And now to pass the baton. I nominate Mary of Groovity Designs! She’s a super sweet person and friend, but also a fabulous detailed designer with an eye for pysanky. She just published Color like Crazy! Kaleidoscope Mandala Designs and I jut know we’ll see much more from this talented lady!
Here are her questions:
- What is your number 1 goal right now?
- What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
- If you had a superpower, what would it be?
- What is your most embarrassing moment?
- What do you like most about yourself?
- What has most influenced your creativity and why?
- Where is your dream vacation?
- What is your proudest accomplishment?
- Dogs or Cats?
- If you were a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would you be?
- What is your best childhood memory?
- Link back and thank the person who nominated you
- Answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you
- Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself
- Nominate up to 11 blogs with 200 followers or less and give them 11 questions to answer on their blog
Aaaand, never forget, you are:
I wrote this little poem on our travels, in the RV. I was thinking about dreaming big, not giving up… doing good things, enoying family, letting your inner light shine, and serving a higher purpose.
The world is a heavy weight
upon the shoulders
What will give you strength?
Will you buckle beneath
Will you stand up and be great?
Will you listen
when your soul cries out?
Or ignore it and let the fire
Will you let the world
pass you by?
With inaction, distraction…
Or, will you be deliberate
in every step you take?
Will you walk toward your
goal… Daily, not wait?
What will it take for you to
wake up from your slumber,
To walk in the light, in all
What calls you? I would love to hear from you, please do share in the comments below 🙂
Hi all, just wanted to share this little invite with you. I had to do it in a hurry so I nabbed some images I had setting aside that I still needed to develop. What do you think?
So, here is my week 2 assessment for my MATS course: HOME DECO
I LOVE this market. I had so much fun playing and matching plates up. I have never been into decorating much, mostly because I hate to throw out gifts people give me and I don’t have room for more (HA!) So I didn’t realize I would ENJOY it soooo much! It was loose and fun and felt freeing. FUN! So many possibilities!
For me: I think bathroom, kitchen and wall sculputres would be the funnest. Bedding the most difficult maybe.
Dream scenario: just to be commissioned by a company, working closely with them. Not a huge goal, but hey, it would be huge for me!
I learned: I think my strength is playing with the items I make in Photoshop, it’s very enjoyable. I need to make sure to cutoff my hand drawing time and make time to PLAY in PS.
Sometimes my heart starts racing because I get excited about what I’m doing, it starts flowing – THAT’s Joy! and THAT joy makes me feel like the possibilities are INFINITE! lol (Lilla!)
Drawing skills: I CAN DO IT. Don’t get discouraged by where I’m at in my walk. Just plug away and try to learn something new everyday.
Color Sense: I am really freaking out for colors & pastels. I can’t get away from them. I feel like I’m over the dull and ready to LIVE OUT LOUD. But that doesn’t take me to Retro like I’d hoped 😦
Art Style: kind of a hash up. supplies and stepping out from this course has already helped! …and will continue to.
Grown: Not as scared to try new things. Trusting in my own abilities.
To work on: NOT COMPARING. You all are SUPER TALENTED. It’s hard not to, but my work comes out better when I don’t compare and I TRUST myself. Always room to learn and the RESEARCH Lilla has had us doing is creating a great HABIT that I will continue.
I NEED TO FIND MY EDGE. What every artist needs, right? This is mostly what I need to work on. Hopefully that comes with growing.
What would I say about my plates: Love the different looking flowers. Cute sayings and trim. Watercolor rocks. Great colors.
Click to pic to see larger photo!
I’m so excited about designing these plates. It was so much fun and actually the first time I ever took the time to sit down and actually paint a design. I found it very fun to make and felt my scrapbooking experience a huge help.
SO! Which do you like better? The 4 on the left side, or the 4 on the right side?? I must know! lol.
Looking at last weeks design, I can see that it was very timed crunch. Things are so much better when not rushing. I can’t wait to go back and play and experiment with that casserole fabric!
Hope you enjoy looking 🙂 Have a blessed day!
I have been thinking (nearly every waking minute, haha) about designing again, now that I have more time.
ScrapbooksGoneDigital.com, the digital scrapbook shop I sold my kits in, has shut off all designers except the owner. She, much like me, has had children, and run out of time for: designing, watching and paying designers. While I totally ready to move on, I am sad to see my little corner of the shop closed. I have been promised a welcome return, when the time comes. However, a new journey, for me begins.
So, I have decided to enter the Spoonflower.com contest this week. Above is my entry. It was done a bit in a rush, but was fun to make, nonetheless!
There are tons of beautiful designs that will surely rank above mine. This was basically an exercise for me. I just loved the idea of hand drawing pie (that was the subject). Of course, great minds think alike, because many of us have versions of the poem, Sing a Song of Sixpence.
- When the pie was opened,
- The birds began to sing;
- Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
- To set before the king?
- The king was in his counting house,
- Counting out his money;
- The queen was in the parlor,
- Eating bread and honey.
- The maid was in the garden,
- Hanging out the clothes,
- When down came a blackbird
- And pecked off her nose.I have been trying to decide if I should take this new art course. I love art. I am drawn to all things art and craft and creating. I loved creating digital kits but as I had more babies, I had less time. With 2 of them in school all day now, I find I have time to begin designing again.
- I had been praying for an answer: If I should or should not take this art course. I decided to make myself a deal. If I could get a halfway decent entry in (with only a few days left) to Spoonflower, then I could make time to commit to this art course.So, among tons of computer problems and shut downs, and things clearing out of my schedule that would have prevented me from making my deadline, I was actually able to get my entry in on time. Maybe that’s a sign?Pretty amazing after the issues I had, hahaaha.
I found that after I submitted my entry, there were several things I would add or change with my design, so I now know that having extra time will make my art better. However, for now, I will let it go and move on to the new art course I am taking.
I am super excited about this art class. I really need to hone in my style. I want to learn and grow and just….. well everything! I find that because I love everything so much, I haven’t perfected a style. (except for scrapbooking maybe) I just want to do ALL of them. I love modern but I love boho, I love watercolor and of course vintage and grunge! I guess, there are benefits and disadvantages to liking all of these styles. But I find making the decision to narrow it down daunting.
- I love art. There was a time that I wanted to finish my degree, in art. When I talked this over with my Dad, I was told, why bother, you can’t make money in art. He wasn’t trying to be negative, just realistic, practical. I believed that though. Many people believe that, I think. We are all creative in our own way. Sometimes we talk ourselves out of our own creativeness.The biggest hurdle for me is comparing to other people. There is ALWAYS someone better at everything we do… Someone smarter, someoene faster, someone more successful. But, now, I think I know that if you follow your passion, use your God given talents, that true fulfillment will follow. Enjoy the process!! <——–I will have to remind myself of this again and again, lol. Squash the perfectionist in me 😉
I guess I should have learned a long time ago not to listen to naysayers, but hey, that’s part of life, learning who to listen to, who not to and making choices for yourself.
Looking back, it is the decisions I made for myself, the ones I trusted in, that were most rewarding. For instance, my decision to birth at home. To do real estate. To step out of any comfort level, haha. I am extremely lucky to have a husband who supports me in all my adVENTURES 😀 but the one thing that remains…. I love to create, always have.
Life is a never ending process of making choices. Reminds me of those adventure books I use to read when I was growing up. I loved deciding whether I should go to page 320 or 150, and the book ends according to the decision I make. It’s often not until you get to the end, that you can see all the things you did wrong or right.As a child I use to sit and draw for hours…. or create or craft for hours. I love living in my imagination. My biggest challenge is getting what is in my head to look the same on paper, haha. I don’t think I have ever had taken a professional art class. Last night I drew a pirate. I had the idea of making it look mean….ARRrrrrrg… it came out the cutist looking little kid pirate. Not at all what I had in mind… cute but not mean, hahaha.
- For the first time in my life, I really prayed about a decision… to take this new art course or not. I asked for direction. In that alone, I feel good about this new adventure. I am sure I will be posting some new creations here and there.This post is longer than expected. Just wanted to do a little catching up. So, for any of you that may be reading this, I sure hope you will come along with me.<3 Vivayne