Monday, March 31, 2008

Monday Fun - My new Cupcake Pins...



Hi Everyone...

Just had to post about the fun project I worked on today....I always wanted to start making some fun stuff using polymer clay...and today was the day.....I took out my clay and ended up making one of my favorite things....cupcakes...

I made some black forest cupcakes, some strawberry cupcakes and some pink butter cream cupcakes with bead sprinkles....

I baked them and then sealed them and added a pin on the backs...I felt like a kid again ...remember the days when we used to use play doh...what fun ..I love the adult clay that bakes and is a permanent sweet treat....I just added these to my Etsy Shop....


I do have some more artwork...but you will have to pop by tomorrow for that....

I also received an e-mail from Fannie this morning with all kinds of great cupcake links....

my favorite is this link to a special 2500.00 dollar cupcake purse....

you have to pop by her wonderful blog and check out her amazing artwork....

Cheers,
Diana

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fun Weekend Post....Blog Friends and Easter Fun from last week...

Hi Everyone...

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend....I just received this wonderful package in the mail from Danette....We met on-line through blogging....she has a wonderful blog where she features books and author interviews...click on her name or the photo to head over an check out her blog....
She had a give away and this is what I received...it was like Christmas in March...

She sent me some wonderful books to read...and a special children's book based in Hawaii...oh by the way Danette lives in Hawaii...(she is so lucky)...she also sent me some wonderful postcards, bookmarks and a photo she took...the photo was amazing...and there is a hidden sign in it for me ....Most recently I have been contacted to work on a book that will be based on a sea turtle...I was thrilled when I looked at the photo Danette sent me....like a sign ...these animals are such wonders......I read the children's book"Mongoose, Mongoose, Stop! don't run" and absolutely love it and the colourful illustrations in that book...nice touch with the Hawaiian glossary at the end...It has a lovely rhyme to it...

Thanks for the great package Danette...

and I am a bit behind with these but wanted to share a few shots of our Easter eggs from last week....

the egg on the bottom center is the one Cole painted!!! my little artist...

Have a wonderful weekend....

Cheers,
Diana

Friday, March 28, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Homage"

Hi Everyone...

I did 3 takes on this week's piece for IF...I am still addicted to the Heavyweight Course Watercolour paper with ink...and having 3 times the fun...an ink sketch, a digital colouration and a watercolour painting....

"Cupcake Homage"
my piece is titled..." the offering"

Have a great weekend!!

Cheers,
Diana







Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Addiction Part II - can't get enough of the rough watercolour paper and ink...

Hi Everyone....

I am so proud of myself...I spent most of the morning cleaning and organizing our laundry room...I packed up all the coats and things we don't use to be shipped out...I am getting into the Spring Cleaning mode and love clearing out everything....feels so liberating...

I also managed to finish my second watercolour painting in my "Sweet Ladies" series...

She is so sweet...she is titled "Cupcake Dancer"

I added my black and white ink sketch, my digital work and my watercolour ....

Hope you enjoy her...she will also be joining my prints in my Etsy shop...

Well tomorrow I hope we get a cool theme for IF because I think I want to work on this rough paper and do an ink, a digital and a watercolour...

Cheers,
Diana










Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This is very Addictive....

Hi Everyone....

I have moved to doing ink work on rough surface heavyweight watercolour paper...I just love the way it feels and the way the ink looks on the textured paper....I am also getting addicted to this paper because I can have three times the fun with each piece I am working on...

I create my black and white ink sketch...fun!
I create a digital piece with it....fun!
and I paint with watercolour ...triple the fun!

I have a series of 4 of these "Sweet Ladies" so far...the first one today is titled...." Cupcake Princess" crazy as it is to include cupcakes in my sketches I just let it all happen naturally...no pencil..just ink and no escapes...what I draw is what it is....I love her... she even has cute jewelry...

She will be joining my prints in my Etsy shop on my next shop update....

Have a great day and pop by tomorrow for the next one in the series....

Cheers,
Diana


This is the Digital one....
she is very crisp and fun






and this is my fun with watercolour....


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday Artday on a Tuesday....having fun with watercolour....

Hi Everyone...

I finally took out my set of Winsor & Newton Brilliant Watercolour designers paints...and had some fun today working on this for Monday Artday...this week's theme is Thirst....and this came to me...

Hope you have a great day...Cheers,
Diana


Monday, March 24, 2008

my latest surface design and ....icraft.ca has a special promotion for all artists and crafters....



Hi Everyone...
Hope you all enjoyed your family and friends over Easter...I created a fun Birthday surface design today and also joined this great site where you can sell all your arts and crafts...the great news is that if you join before March 31st 2008 , you get a whole year with no fees...can you believe it!!


This site never ever takes a share of your

commissions either...never ever....

I just started adding a bunch of my prints to this site...and I have to say it is pretty easy to use.


The more marketing the better is my motto....


Have fun and goodluck!


Cheers,

Diana

Friday, March 21, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Pet Peeves" all for fun!


Hi Everyone....

I had to create a Spring like scene this week...and who doesn't love Paris in the Springtime....The pet peeve...when you travel and the locals don't know where things are...or another one could be that when you travel the locals pretend not to speak English...lol...or when peopel travel to France and don't eat cheese.....

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend...Happy Easter!!



Cheers,

Diana







Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Women of Spring become Notecards ...and an update on some of my projects...


Hi Everyone...

I am happy to announce that the Women of Spring series is now also available as a note card set...cute little cards with matching envelopes....I really had a blast making these. You can click on the photos to check out them in my shop....




The wonderfully talented Melissa Langer from the "Life is Art, Art is Life" Blog had a "Pay it Forward" Post yesterday where the first three people to comment won a signed print from her wonderful collection...well I was one of the lucky posters... Now I would like to also participate in "Pay it Forward" I would like to offer a handmade card from my "Women of Spring" Collection....three cards up to the first 3 people who comment and who will also be willing to keep Paying It Forward to 3 people on their blogs too. Just leave a comment ....

Well I am off to work on my Spring Postcard Promo and my new series of paintings....

and more dolls to be made ....oh what fun!

Cheers,
Diana

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Red Hot Botanicals" series of 5 Paintings....


Hi Everyone....
Here are my latest paintings...these are layered with acrylics and metalic paint and then accented with Gold leaf....
All of these originals are created on 8 inch by 8 inch gallery wrapped canvas and are now available in my shop...
To see more details you can click on each painting and head over to my Esty Shop...
Hope you have a wonderful and creative day
Cheers,
Diana




















Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"The Women of Spring" Series of 4 paintings .....

I have completed my series of 4 paintings titled "The Women of Spring".
These ladies all have special things in their hair...

The titles are as follows....
1. Spring is in the Hair
2. Nesting
3. Bathing Beauty
4. Home Tweet Home

These are available as prints ....you can click on each one to check out the Prints in my Etsy Shop....

Tomorrow I will feature the series of 5 Paintings titled "Red Hot Botanicals"

Cheers,
Diana















Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My new Muse and some great books I just received....




I have 9 paintings on the go right now and took some time out yesterday and this morning to work on a fun little project....I created my second "muse" ....I made my first Rag Doll...and it was way too much fun...I call her "Retro Raggedy Anne" and she is in my studio now with my first Raggedy Anne Doll that I received when I was five..(many moons ago) I kept her all these years and now she finally has a big sister....I handpainted all the details and will definately be making more cute dolls....
if you click on the photo you can see the Illustration inspired by my first raggedy anne doll....








I also received 2 books in the mail...what fun...the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market...a must read for any one in the Children's Market.....


and of course something to do with cupcakes...this book is so cute...and the number of savory and sweet cupcakes blows my mind....There is a recipe for tomatoe basil cakes....with a savory frosting and a cherry on top...so cute and I love basil and tomatoes......


Hope you have a great start to the week....


Cheers,

Diana

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Some fun finds for Easter...and some stuff I made years ago...

Hi Everyone...

I am getting all of my Easter stuff all ready and my vignette is all set on our table...The Easter eggs to the left are ones I created our first year Married...years ago...I blew out the eggs, washed them and then used acrylics to paint them...the carrot treat holders are new...I bought 4 of them for a dollar...and thought they would be nice at each place setting....the rock rabbit is an Easter gift I made Brad in 1997...he is out all year long...but has a special place for Easter....and the egg holders are from last year and the cute bunny bowl is a cute find this year....




These bags are for Cole's friends that pop by....so sweet I could hardly wait to fill them and put them in a big basket....cuteeeeeee



and this is my table vignette...my blooming orchid sits on a wrought iron bird bath.....it makes me long for Spring even more....today I saw the Robin ...and when the Robin is back....I know warmer weather will be here shortly....
now I head to our formal Dining Room to make it more Spring like....oh how fun it is to Spring Clean and decorate...
Cheers,
Diana

Drumroll...and the winner is....

Hi Everyone...

The Ultimate Blog Party was a lot of fun...I met so many wonderful people and will definately participate in this annual event....

Today we printed off all the names of our guests and Cole picked a lucky winner...we used his play Easter Basket for seasonal flair...lol

The winner of a custom mixed media canvas is Julie D ....I will post the complete work once it's done....

Congrats Julie...
I am heading over to her blog to tell her the good news...

Thanks again for participating and supporting my blog....I really enjoy all the wonderful visits and the comments...always nice to know there are people out there....

Cheers,
Diana



Friday, March 14, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Heavy" the birth of Mighty Mouse...lol


His friends all dared him to do it....

He didn't care how heavy it was...

he would lift anything for Cheese!

Thanks for popping by....

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Cheers,

Diana




Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dabbling in some surface designs...

Hi Everyone...

I have always been intrigued by surface design but never really focused on creating some samples....I decided to add a new item to my 2008 Business Plan...to add a bunch of surface designs to my Portfolio...and of course the first one has cupcakes in it...lol....the second is an accompanying striped paper.....
and just for fun I added a matching sample Birthday card...

thanks for popping by and I really enjoy hearing from you ....

More fun stuff to come...

Cheers,
Diana


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