Monday, February 29, 2016

Don't throw it away - can you re-purpose it?

Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying become a hoarder and never throw anything away. I am just encouraging you to look at items that normally would end up in a trash can thru a different lens. Exploring your imagination on how to use disposable items will provide you with the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece....guaranteed!

In my upcoming workshop, we will explore using everyday items to add a special touch to all occasion type cards, like birthday and thank you cards.

The everyday items I re-purposed included a Starbucks sleeve, tissue paper, string from clothing retail tags, scraps of paper, and a coloring book page. Coloring books are all the rage now.  

From this......

To these.......

Please join me at CraftFusion on Saturday, April 2, 2016 to learn how this transformation evolved into these cute all occasion cards. Sign up soon; space is limited. Can't wait to see you!  

Until then, what everyday items have you used in your craft or artwork?

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Perfect Day!

The Boutique was great! The weather was nice - a perfect fall day in Arizona. A view from the table at the ETC Scrapbooks, Fabrics & more Holiday Boutique. If you are seeking to squeeze in a last minute order for holiday cards, feel free to send an email to I still have a few packages left.

My First Holiday Boutique
Although the Boutique was a first, teaching in the craft arena is not. As mentioned in a previous post, I am teaching a Valentine's Day card class at Craft Fusion in Chandler, AZ on January 16th, 2016. I will be teaching you how to stretch your stamps and dies, along with focusing on embossing technique to help you create easy greeting cards in a snap.

There will be a total of 4 cards. The class cost is $25, which includes paper and ink supplies for the 4 cards. Each card is a little smaller 4"x 5.5" than the size of the standard A2 card size with envelopes included. 

As with any crafting class, please bring the following items:
  • Paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Adhesive runner
  • Glue stick
  • Wet Adhesive
  • scissors
  • Baby wipes to clean your hands, the techniques can get rather messy.
I will also have supplies for your use if there is something on the list that you do not have. 

Looking forward to seeing you on January 16, 2016!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

New Adventures....

                                                                                                                                  Merrrry Christmas- oh wait not yet.. Will you please tell the retailers that it is not Christmas J 
Well, I am going to jump on the holiday bandwagon too.

I know that you are thinking that it is way too soon to be talking about the holidays, however, they will be here before you know it! It’s already happening. The store aisles are already filled with holiday decorations!

Yes, I am going to force you too into the land of holiday thinking with the announcement of a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for the holiday season.

On November 14th, I will be participating in the holiday boutique at ETC. Scrapbooks Fabric & More in Mesa Arizona. I will be selling the following holiday cards:

   Hand stamped antique styled handwritten script in antique linen ink. (Looks similar to a light gold). Christmas bulb is gold-embossed.      

Simply styled cards with white embossed lettering and deer antlers in gold (shown above). You can also choose the glitzy silver, and blitz bronze. Inside greeting reads “the holidays are here”. The Happy Holidays card is blank inside

Hand stamped antique styled handwritten script in silver ink. Christmas bulb embossed in white & silver

The "Joy" cards will be offered in packages of 5 for $25. All cards are handmade and are a mix of stamped, embossed (if you’re crafty-you’ll know this term) techniques. The letters are individually hand cut. Your color choices are the Royal Purple or the Trendy Turquoise.

Inside of the Joy card includes an array of holiday greetings stamped in coordinated ink colors to match the individually hand cut J & Y letters, along with the matching embossed Christmas bulbs. The greetings are Tis the Season, Peace, Joy, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Noel, and Peace on Earth- Goodwill to Men.

The Deer cards are 5 for $20. If you are interested in a custom order or specific color options, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your color choices are gold, silver, and bronze. The greetings on the front of the card are hand stamped and embossed in white.

I will also have a couple of additional surprises at the ETC Holiday Boutique. I hope to see you there!

 Here is the link:  ETC Scrapbooks, Fabric & More

So here is the BiG Kahuna.this is also the launch of my business “HandMadeItIs”.beautifully & wonderfully created. Or, you can also read the name as Hand is beautifully & wonderfully created.

I will start with offering holiday cards and paper crafts and ultimately work up to mixed media canvases, along with other hand made items. 

Finally, in January 2016, I will have the pleasure of teaching card classes at Craft Fusion, a local craft store in Chandler, AZ.

Stay tuned for the exact date, class times and card theme. Hint.there will be some hearts involved!

So tell me what you think about the news and offer any tips for a newbie in the entrepreneurial space.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A year in review

I know, I know, I's been way too long. As you can see from my year of photos, I have been productive. It doesn't pay to make promises like I will post every (fill in the blank here)!  Maybe, if I do not indicate how often I will post, I might improve this year. One could only hope.

My direction for 2012 is to share more timely creations, similar to the 2011 year in review.  I do have a few surprises up my sleeve.  

What do you want to see (outside of more postings...)?  Please post & share your thoughts of what you would like to see on Living Art Loud in 2012.

Since we are sharing, my word for this year is CREATIVE!  I will share more about my word in my next post.  What's your word for 2012?

Monday, February 28, 2011

8 Commandments of Hat Wearing.......

Michael Cunningham: Photographer & Co-author of the book Crowns

I wanted to do something different in honor of black history month.  My church was having a hat day and I sooooooo longed to bring my camera and stand at the doorway and snap pictures as the women entered the sanctuary with their heads crowned in fabric glory.  There were all different colors, shapes and shades of fabric twisted and formed in ways that were inconceivable.

Taking photos did not sit well with me as it seemed very disrespectful to snap pictures in church. I settled for the next best thing- the internet.   
The heritage of black women wearing hats to church actually started during the slavery era.   It was an opportunity for women to shed the apron strings and and house dresses and don a style of sophistication.  It started with simply adding ribbon or flower as a decorative feature to a straw hat.  Wearing hats and dressing impeccably for church was a way to honor  and reverence God.  The covering of the head is even referenced in scripture.

Years later after slavery ended, hats not only became a status symbol by pairing it with matching gloves and pocketbooks (purses).  Hats are also symbolic of the length and breath that black women have come throughout history by celebrating their confidence and independence while triumphing over hardships.

Today hats are worn by older women or "women of a certain age" within the church.

Lastly, if you are brave enough to find and wear that stylish hat to church then here are some rules to follow.

9 Commandments of hat wearing
Thou shalt not wear a hat wider than the shoulders.
Thou shalt not wear a hat a shade darker than the shoes.
Thou shalt only wear hats with the colors of white, cream and pastels for Easter.Thou shalt not wear a hat with crumpled, wrinkled or droopy feathers or flowers. (That would just be plain tacky.)
Always look tasteful and tidy when wearing "the hat."
Remember your bone structure. If a hat doesn't fit the face, don't buy it.
Thou shalt not allow a hat to compete with accessories and jewelry.
Always let the hat be the focal point of the outfit. 

For additional pictures see Time Magazine photo album

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Valentine's Day Recipe for a Journal

Yes, I Love Valentine's Day but I loathe what greeting card franchises, flower shops and the retail industry as a whole has done to this day. For all the lovers in the house who do not believe in throwing dollars to the wind, I thought that I would introduce a little recipe for how to create a treat that your special one is sure to love.  Yes, guys you too can make is easy! 

And....if your special loved one is on a diet- there are ZERO calories for indulging in this recipe.

Ingredients for this treat:

-1 composition note book- 
(yes the black & white kind that you used in elementary school. Can be purchased at Target)

-4 pieces of scrapbook paper (lots of designs to choose from) & 2 pieces of solid color card stock

-1 spool of decorative ribbon

-2 decorative flowers & basic rubber stamps (look in the dollar bin at Michael's)

-1 package of glue dots, 3/16 in size.
basic black ink pad

-2  buttons that you have been meaning to sew back on to one of your outfits but you know it will never get done.  If you do not have any lying around the house, Michael's also sells a bag of vintage buttons.  Although it might be easier to go to JoAnn's and get a simple packet containing 2 buttons; especially if you do not have a use for so many buttons

(All items except the note book can be purchased at Michael's)

Take the composition book and place it front side facing you. Take the scrapbook paper & place it so the paper lines up to the edge of the black tape on the left side of the composition book and front of the paper lines up with the top of the composition note book. Use a little bit of your glue stick and place a small amount on the scrapbook paper to it in place.  Then turn the book so that the scrapbook paper is on the bottom.  Trace around the cover of the book onto the back side of the scrapbook paper, cut out using your traced line as a guide. Repeat these steps again for the back of the book.

This is your creation so you can design it according to your hearts desires.  
In my design, I liked the idea of mixing it up a little, so I used the card stock on the top of the book and the scrapbook paper on the bottom. You can cut sheets in half and mix in match. 

Be careful that you pay attention to which sheets you are using for the front of the book vs the back of the book.

If you dare, you can use the extra two pieces of scrapbook paper for the inside of the covers, so that you don't have the name page & multiplication tables staring at your loved one when they open this prized position.

Then design & create!  Use your can use your stamps on the card stock- like I did. I just did a random design, nothing formal. Have fun with it.

I cut 2 pieces of ribbon about 6inches.  I cut the ribbon bottoms at a 45 degree angle to get the pointed tips.  I used glue dots to hold the ribbon in place as well as glue dots to hold the flower in place over the ribbon.  The center of the flower is the button, also adhered with glue dots.  

Although, this Journal was created for a friend who was delivering her baby girl on Valentine's Day.  You can create this journal as a simple, unique & quick gift for anytime of the year.

 Stay other recipes will be popping up throughout the year.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dare to dream

pic taken by me many years ago

Life is a funny thing.  Remember when you were young and you couldn't wait to grow up, be an adult, and get out from your parents home and live life? You even dared to dream and on a regular basis. My dreams....... I  was going to be a movie star, an artist, a track star and a dancer. Yes, I was going to be all those things.

Do you remember your dreams, what you were going to be, what you dreamed to be?

Recently during one of my blog stampedes I ran across a very interesting question- you know the type of question that makes you say hmmm. I can't say that I have the exact answer yet, but I am working on it.  So let me throw it out to you.  In 50 years, what do you want your life to look like? Even more simply put, where do you want to be in 50 years?

Yes, it is easy to say I want to be in a nice place or I want to be at a certain level financially but I am referring to something a little deeper than that...lately I have been reopening the door to those dreams that I dared to dream way back when; those same dreams that somehow have gotten buried under the sands of time. No, I do not want to be a movie star, a track star or a dancer.

As I matured, so did my dreams. I dreamed of owning my own gallery, of owning a home,  and traveling around the world; just to name a few. As time has changed, so have my dreams and my ability to dream BIG got lost in the real world.  I have decided to bring some of my dreams into the future and make them a reality....hoping that where ever I am in 50 years, I will not have any regrets on not fully living my out my dreams.

What are your dreams? 
Where do you want to be in 50 years?