Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steampunk'd in Paris

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I am really intrigued by the whole "steampunk" craze....it is the neatest stuff...I will be collecting some vintage hardware to start my own pieces...but in the meantime I thought we could head to Paris for a virtual steampunk trip...

I am submitting this to the Three Muses challenge this week....

Happy Wednesday!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Something New" - my latest book is coming soon!!!

Mister Cover - for blog and marketing

Hi Everyone!!! I was off-line for a few days....so when I saw the prompt I thought it was perfect for letting you know about my latest book that will be in book stores soon....

This book project was so much fun...and I can't wait to tell you more about it....

Here is the cover....and it is my something new submission to MMM this week...

I also finished my latest picture book manuscript this weekend and I will be starting the illustrations soon.....there is so much inspiration around these days and I am so enjoying it!!!

We were at the beach playing all weekend and every night we enjoyed a bon fire ...it was pure magic...

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Happy Monday!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Come one, come all ....to my Mad Tea Party.....

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and our son Cole says hello too....he wants to share his big blue Donut with you!

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Every year Vanessa Valencia of a Fanciful twist hosts the most amazing Mad Tea Parties ...so this year I just had to participate in my first Mad Tea Party....I hope you enjoyed your stay ....I am new to hosting a tea party...let alone hosting a Mad Tea Party....but I made sure to have plenty of sweet treats for all of you to enjoy...and these are all virtually no calories...so you can have seconds and thirds...and enjoy your stay....

I started my Mad Tea Party early...because I will be off line for a few days...but I wanted to welcome you all and I hope to see you again soon....heck...I hope you pop by daily to see more of my art and share in my creative journey....

Thank you for popping in...and I will be sure to pop by and enjoy your party too!!!

you can also pop by my shops to see more of my work....

Main shop....

Stamp Shop

Custom stuff

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Play Date Cafe...challenge 35

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This week over at the Play Date Cafe....the colours are so much fun....

I made one of my jointed paper dolls and went wild....

Happy Thursday....

and don't forget to pop by my Mad Tea Party....

Theme Thursday - Collage


Kelly over at Theme Thursday used one of my stamps from my Stamp shop for this week's challenge so I thought I would do the same...you know when this piece started it was all about the background...and the colour were inspired by it too....

there are so many things that can inspire us.....from things to people to places....it is all there always around us....what inspires you?

Happy Thursday.....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color Throwdown challenge 98

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I picked one of my new stamps in my line to create this special pooch for color throw down this week....I love these fun color challenges....

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Three Muses Challenge....eyes!!!


Of all of the insects out there.....I think the Dragonflies have the coolest eyes...Their eyes are huge!! imagine flying and seeing all the great things the Dragonflies get to see...what a wonderful perspective it would be....

I am seeing so many of these amazing insects lately....and I also love the fire flies too....

Happy Wednesday!!!!

The little things....that just make me smile...Custom Cupcake toppers for a Special Birthday girl....

Cupcake toppers for a cute mermaid party

Cupcake toppers for a cute mermaid party

Cupcake toppers for a cute mermaid party

Cupcake toppers for a cute mermaid party

I love creating things like cupcake toppers...and I love that people are all excited that a picture book illustrator and author made their child's cupcake toppers....the truth is I love these projects....they are so much fun to create and you know I have a thing about cupcakes...I have custom listings in my Etsy shop....and now I will be adding some topper packages with a themed centerpiece ....like this set with the mermaid.....

These custom toppers are for a special 1st Birthday party that is all about mermaids...hmmmmmmmmmm....I never did write a book about mermaids...this would be a fun one to illustrate....add that to my list of things to do.....

on another note....I will have two books coming out soon...and I can't wait to tell you all about them...so stay tuned!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mixed Media Monday and Father's day all rolled into one...something old...something new...something I illustrated and something blue


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Here is mine ......and here is Cole's Bee

boy oh boy...the weekends sure seem to fly by....Cole and I had some fun working on a project for Daddy...a cute little bee...cause he is sweet as honey....lol....

I love watching Cole create and he was so proud to add this handmade gift to Daddy's presents....he is so sweet....

I also worked on this "something old" piece for MMM this week....Thanks to Terri over at Pringle Hills Studio....I used this cute girl with writing on her mind!!!

Terri has all kinds of fun freebies you can use in art....and since I only work on new illustrations...the theme was so out of my comfort zone...so I was inspired by this special image.....with some of my butterfly illustrations and some fun backgrounds.....

Hope you enjoy her!!!

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Illustration Friday - Paisley two ways

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I have been on a flower kick lately...so this is what I came up with for IF this week...some paisley blooms....

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Theme Thursday - The colour green....


Green with envy....

Theme Thursday this week is all about the colour green.....

Play Date Cafe Challenge 34

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It is 'Color Splash' week over at The Play Date Cafe.

'Color Splash' is simply black & white with a 'bit' of color.
The shade choices here are YOUR INTERPRETATION.

so here is my piece....Mona with her blue cupcake....

Happy Thursday

QWERTY Treasury - HURRAY we made the front page!!!!

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I just got a note from the owner of mnhince shop .....Mel created this really cool collection...I love these curated collections....she added my vintage typewriter to the mix...what fun!!!!

Pop by the Treasury and show us some love....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge # 97

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I have ice cream cones in my head...so I drew these and made them in  the color challenge choices of certainly celery , not quite navy and cameo coral.....

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Three Muses Challenge....Buttons and bows

flower buttons

When I heard the theme over at the Three Muses Challenge blog.....I immediately thought about pretty flower buttons...and then instead of leaves I thought they would need nice green bows for their foliage...amazing how the mind works.....

Happy Wednesday!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Let's celebrate!!!!


My latest book is all complete!!! wow!!! what a great feeling to have all the illustrations complete!!!

Pop the champaigne...and let's celebrate!!!!..ok I will settle for a bowl of watermelon and a huge glass of water!!! hurray!!!!! so off to catch the late version of the Bachellorette and eat some watermelon!!!

A slice for me and a slice for you!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Mixed Media Monday - Vintage labels...and some of my new cards!!!

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This week over at MMM the theme is Vintage labels...and since all of my work is not vintage I took some components from the Graphics Fairy and Cathy Holden and worked them with my Eiffel tower and bee illustration....

I also created these fun paper cards....they are watercoloured and glittered....and in my Main Etsy Shop

Happy Monday!!!

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