Saturday, February 6, 2016

Long Beach Flea Market Fun!

Last month, I went to the Long Beach Flea Market with my friend Susan. We bought little things here and there, but mostly we just wanted to walk around, relive childhood memories and get some exercise. It was a beautiful day for it too!
Cast iron skillet heaven, vintage glass, a cactus made of horseshoes, old mink coats,  easy bake oven....

Vintage typewriters, old refrigerator and stove tops. The oven were so tiny!

Lots of memories with vintage Tupperware and corning ware. Elvis was there, lots of patches, marbles, Rainbow Brite! old cameras, mixers....

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mermaid Charm Swap Reveal!

 Here's a swap I hosted last year with the theme, Mermaids. 
Once again the participants wowed me with their diverse and amazing talent!

By Ashani Samuel

By Barbara Moore

By Carol Hoffmann

By Fawndolyn Valentine

By Glenda Hart

By Ilene Harris

By Joanne Alexander

By Kathleen Ellis

By Katy Neibel

By Lee Tee

By Maria Soto

By Michelle Frae Cummings

By Paisley AcMoody

By Robyn Olszowy

By Sarah Carlson

By Shelia Goldsberry

By Wanda Stivison
Do you want to be notified for future swaps?
Email me your name and mailing info or join our FB group.
See past Charm Swaps here!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coloring Hearts

 This months theme for the Designer Crafts Connection group is Valentine Day Projects.
 I'm not so much into hearts as some people, but I do love hearts in Art.

I recently received "Art of Coloring Patterns"  from Leisure Arts.
When the trend for "adult" coloring books started...I was reluctant to join in on the fun.
As a Artist and illustrator myself, it felt weird to color in the designs created by someone other than myself.
 But I was intrigued.
 The designs were captivating, mesmerizing and inviting.
Leisure Arts coloring book papers are thicker than most, so your colors do not bleed through to the next design.  Plus the pages are perforated at the binding so you can easily remove them to frame your "Art". 
Even better? The cost.  All of their coloring books are $5 to $10!

For this design, I used the following:
Art of Coloring Patterns 
 8"x11" paper
A colored pencil.
Assorted markers and pens, thick to thin tips.

Fold your paper in half and draw half a heart.
 Cut out and unfold.
Trim heart to desired shape.
Place heart onto coloring book page and trace with the colored pencil.
 Everyone has their own way of coloring, but for me, I start with one color.
Keeping within the traced heart design,  I colored this and that with the lightest shade first switching up to the darker shades as I worked.
Then onto the next color, and other designs.
Saving the glitter pens for last. :)

See more Valentines Day projects here!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Enter to WIN one of my Rubber stamp collections!

Color me Pretty!

If you recently attended  CHA this past weekend,
You may have received some samples of my new rubber stamp line! 
Please color them in using 'any' medium of your choice-
then take a photo & post to your Face Book 
with #sincitystamps
 Color all 3 to increase your chances of winning
 1 Rubber Stamp set ($16) designed by Me!

If you did not receive any samples from me,
you can still win by either sharing art you've made with my stamps 
that you already have 
or by sharing the below coupon. 
Please be-sure to include   #sincitystamps
So I can keep track of entries.

Winner to be drawn 1/23/2016
  & posted to
Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pretty Glittery Cupcakes!

Today I am featured on the Smoothfoam blog.
You can see how I made these glittery cupcakes here!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Star Wars Charm and ATC Swap Reveal!

  Last year, in December, I hosted a special Star Wars swap to celebrate the new episode being released. It was a 'open' matter of what was to be made....charms, pins, bracelets, pendants and earrings.  I'm really pleased with the creativity of the work everyone did including the ATC's! 

If you are unfamiliar with the term ATC- it means "Artist Trading Cards" Always 2 ½"x 3 ½".
ATC's can be made of paper, fabric, foil, beads...any thing and everything!
Miniature works of art!
See more ATC's here.

Tile pendant bracelet created by: Shawn Price
Acrylic charms created by: Glenda Hart
Pin and Charm created by: Maria Soto
Star Wars logo charm created by: Fawndolyn Valentine
Ewok earrings created by: PJ Waldrop

Glass Pin created by: Charity Feit

Chewbacca created by: Christina Ellis
 These are mine.
I used a combination of Star Wars scrapbook paper and Clone Wars Valentine cards. The cards were leftovers from when Dyllan was in elementary school. I had to buy 2 boxes of 24 ct. to cover a class of 32.  I just kept the extras knowing I'd use them someday. 
I soldered the images front and back between glass squares. Pardon my finished had been a year since I soldered and I could not remember how to add the jump ring! Even after watching a video on you tube, I still had trouble. So I just went with it.
Luckily I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to my art! :)

 The back of the boxes had these images so I used them on the ATC's.
 The valentine cards were really cool. When you moved them slightly the image moved.

 I kept C3-PO for me because I always liked him best, 2nd to R2-D2. 

Feel free to join our Face Book group for more swaps.
We also do Faerie Garden Miniature swaps too!

If you are interested in joining future swaps or being alerted of future swaps...please send me a email.
ATC's are required for all swaps and you must be 18 or over.
International welcome.
See more details on our swaps here.


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