Friday, 14 April 2017

Working Candy Machine Birthday Card

Hello my friends!  I thought I would share the fun birthday card that I made for my daughter.  It was a little late because I didn't have the supplies to make it in time, but i think she thought it was worth the wait.  Besides, she was away at University, so that bought me a little time!  It didn't takre long before the candy was gone and the message was revealed.  I used skittles in this card, but to be honest, they were a little bit big and got caught a few times.  I think I need to find some slightly smaler candies for the next one.

I did a second version while I was at it, just because it was fun!  I may keep this one for myself.  It is actually a work in progress because I need to add the candy before I can finish it.

Sue Wilson designed this Working Candy Machine Card and the components (and it does require a few) are from Creative Expressions.  I bought mine from Scrappin Great Deals.  Some of you may recognize the name from some of my previous posts. By the way, they recently moved and there was a glitch in their international shipping, but I caught up with them at Scrapfest and asked about that, because a couple of you had asked me, and I am happy to say they will soon be shipping internationally again, if they aren't already!  And for those of you here in Canada, shipping is certainly no problem, and free with orders over $100. (SGD does not know that I am plugging them, lol, but I am just letting you know where I get a lot of my supplies.  They have a lot of things I can't get at the local Michaels. I think I have developed a good report with them and I am comfortable ordering online with them.  It was great to finally meet them at Scrapfest!  I also order some things from, but it usually takes a while for them to get new items)
 There is a die set...

some fomecore inserts...

some plastic "cups|. and handles

You will require all those elements to make one of these working cards.  There are 4 inserts in a package and 2 are required per unit.  I bought some fomecore to try and create some of my own inserts, but I wasn't very good at cutting out the apertures, so I think I will get some more inserts.  There are 6 cups in a package and 12 handles in a package.
I used some other dies from my stash and some sequins to embellish the card.
 I also wrapped some black tape around the edges of the the inserts before attaching the front and back so that the raw edges of the fomecore weren't visible.

I think that the next time I make one, I will die cut the the attachment that releases the candy out of matching card instead of white card.

I could also use this die to make a flat "non-working" card.  It is a really pretty image.  So I feel that I will get a lot of use out of the set.
Here is a link to Sue Wilson's video tutorial
Earlier in my post I mentioned Scrapfest,  This is an event that happens twice a year near Toronto.  T In the spring it happens in Kitchener (this seems to be the giggest event) and in the fall it is in Richmond Hill, which is a little closer to me.  I always look forward to it.  So, I will be posting my Scrapfest Haul, soon.  So if you like haul posts, be sure to stop back here soon.  Here is a link to a previous Scrapfest haul
And here are a couple of SGD hauls  SGD Haul
Well, I hope you enjoyed my latest post.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have an awesome day and a great weekend!  xo

Monday, 10 April 2017

My latest paintings, submissions to The 50th OAA Juried Art Show

"Tracks in Time"  24 x 36 acrylic on canvas

Hello my friends!  Well, I thought I would share some of the things that I have been up to lately.  Thursday evening was the opening Gala to the 50th Oshawa Art Association Juried Art Show, on display at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.  We submitted our paintings the previous Thursday.  There were around 300 paintings submitted and room for 150 paintings in the show.  This is my first time entering this juried show.  It's just in the last year that I have decided that my skin is thick enough to attempt some juried shows.  It was crazy busy when we brought in our paintings, and I cannot tell how beautiful the artwork coming through the door.  On the way over, I was semi-confident, and thought I might get one or two in the show.  When we arrived, and I was surrounded by all those gorgeous pieces, I thought I might be out of my league!  We had to wait until Saturday evening to find out if we were in.  You could submit from 1 - 3 paintings.  I figured if I submitted three, I'd increase my odds of getting one in, lol.  How it works is that you get a phone call to let you know that you have a painting accepted into the show.  If your painting is declined, you do not get a call, and must pick it back up the next day.  I was on pins and needles waiting until Saturday evening.
Well, the call actually came Saturday afternoon and I was stunned (and I am not just saying that out of false modesty) to discover that all three of my submissions had been accepted!

"Identity:  mixed media on canvas
Some of you may already be familiar with this one!

 "RAW"  24 x 36 mixed media on canvas
Three completely different works, in three different categories.
I am thrilled to report that "Tracks in Time" has found a loving new home to go to at the end of the show.   That is another story that I will share if it is okay with my paintings new owner.  But I can say this, sometimes things happen for a reason and I think this painting was meant to find it's way to this person.
I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by and have a look at my latest paintings.  I hope you have enjoyed this latest post and I will be back soon to share some of  the other things I've been up to lately.
Have an awesome day!  xo

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Birthday card for my Dad

Hello my friends!  I know it's been a little while since I've posted.  Life just seems to have a way of keeping you busy, doesn't it? lol.  Well, another thing I haven't done for a while is make a card.  Today is my Dad's 78th birthday!  So I made a card for him and thought I would share it with you.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I find it a bit of a challenge making masculine cards.  I don't really know why it's a challenge.  Maybe it's because there isn't as many masculine themed stamps and dies as there are feminine.  Or maybe it's just the way my creative mind works, I don't know.  So when I see a stamp set that I can use to make some "man" themed cards or tags, I like to pick them up.  I picked up both of these sets a while back with my Dad in mind.  He loves vintage cars, so these were perfect.  One set is by Chapel Road Stamps and the other is from Impression Obsession.  I used some of my patterned paper from my stash and black Recollections card and a pre-made card  I popped up the sentiment with foam tape to give the card a little dimension.  All in all, this was a fairly simple card., I deliberately didn't make it too "fussy" in keeping with the masculine theme.

Not bad for 78!  (actually, this pic is about a year old, he hates getting his picture taken!)

Well, Dad liked his card and I hope you do, too!
Thanks so much for popping in, have an awesome day!  xo

Saturday, 25 February 2017

A craft haul from Amazon!

Hello my friends!  I am back with another craft haul video, the one from Amazon that I mentioned in my previous post.  This is another collective haul from a few orders I had placed before and after Christmas. Lots of goodies that I am anxious to use.  I have been busy painting , so I haven't had a chance to use any of my new crafty treasures yet this year.  I am going to do some art journalling this year and I also have the urge to try some ATCs.  So you can look forward to seeing some of these treasures in action soon!
So please have a look at my craft haul from Amazon video.  Let me know what items you would like to see me use.  My intention is to make tutorial videos, tips and techniques videos and to share some of my artwork as well as some of the art shows I participate in.  If you have been enjoying my blog, then please subscribe to my YouTube channel and hopefully you will enjoy that as well.  I am looking forward to feeling even more connected to all of you!
AND, for any of you that are interested (and I realize it has taken me a while to  get on board), I  am now on Instagram
Thanks so much for joining me today and thank you so much for all the support over my first year of blogging.  I have really been enjoying it and I hope you have enjoyed my efforts.  So this will be a new year for some more new things (new for me, anyways!).  I am planning on doing some art journalling and some ATCs along with the other things that I love to do.  I am hoping to share this with some videos.
Have an awesome and creative day!  xo

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Craft supply haul (video) from SGD

Hello my friends!  I am back with another haul.  This is a collective haul from SGD.  There are a few different orders here from over the last few months.  Some pre-Christmas sales and some post.  SGD always has some sort of big sale every Wednesday.
Good news!  I'm so excited! I have finally made my first haul video!  So I am anxious to share it with you.  I hope you like it.  This is actually the first "personal" video I have made where i actually speak.  My intention is to make some card-making / art tutorials.  So you can look forward to seeing some of the products you see in this haul actually in use.  Maybe you can even leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see me use.
Without further adieu, here is the link to my video! Craft supply haul from SGD
Here is a kink to Scrappin' Great Deals (SGD)

I have also placed a few orders with Amazon over the last few months and I will be sharing that haul video soon as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to everyone who has a look at my new video.  Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe if you would like to see more!
Have an awesome and creative day!  xo

Sunday, 19 February 2017

"Identity" A closer video look at my mixed media painting

Hello mu friends!  I have been making a few videos lately.  As you may know, if you have watched any, the are amateur as I am a newbie and just getting my feet wet.  Here is another very short video.  A closer look at my mixed media painting, "Identity"  I know  some of you have seen this painting already, but for those of you that haven't, please have a look.  For those of you that have, maybe you want to have a second look?
I have to say that I always feel a connection to my creations.  That doesn't mean I can't let go of my work as I know some artists have a hard time doing.  As a matter of fact, it really gives me a sense of joy and fulfillment to see one of my paintings, or cards, or tags or Gelli prints go into the hands of someone who loves them enough to take them home.  I know they will be cherished, which makes me feel wonderful.  The truth is though, that I do feel more of a connection to certain pieces.  For some reason, this is one painting that I feel particularly attached to. While I will certainly be ecstatic to see it find a loving new home, it will be bittersweet, as I will also feel sad to see "Identity" go.  Perhaps that is why I have posted it a couple of times and created this short video.
For anyone that likes this painting and is interested in seeing how I made it, please have a look at this post to see my process.
As for the videos, that is my goal for this year, to create videos and work on my YouTube channel.  There will be videos of my art, our shows, some haul videos and, hopefully my focus, art and craft tutorials.
If you like my few short videos and what I have been sharing here on my blog, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and give me some thumbs up!
And I know this is long overdue, but I am finally on Instagram for anyone who is interested. Find me  mimi.johnson358
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have and awesome and artful day!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

"Paint What You Love" juried Art Show

Hello my friends!  There has been a lot going on lately. Here is something else I have been up to.  Ajax Creative Arts, , is currently showing a juried art show in the Kent Farndale Gallery in Port Perry, On.  So I have another video tour for you!  As I mentioned in my last post, I am no expert when it comes to videos, a total newbie!  But, I did a little editing with this one and added some captions.  Baby steps.  Well, I hope you enjoy it.  This is just a quick look at our show and certainly doesn't do it justice.  There is a lot of wonderful art and we are quite proud of our exhibit.
Kim Robertson won "Best in Show" and there were four awards of excellence that were won by Bonnie Lusty, Margaret Brackley, Wayne Prisque and Dale Cameron.  We were pleasantly surprised to be joined by Kent Farndale, herself, at our reception and honoured to have her present Kim with the "Best in Show" award.
Our reception was buzzing with people and a great success.  Here are a few photos as well.  I hope you enjoy our video tour
Many thanks go out to the members that made this show happen.  Spearheaded by Margaret Brackley along with Rola and Chas Burke.  Many months of hard work.  And thanks to our juroist, Mirek Bialy, hoping he is feeling better!

These were my two paintings in the show

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my video, as amateur as it is, lol.
 I am hoping to try some tutorial videos, so stay tuned!
Have an awesome and creative day!

Friday, 10 February 2017

My Art Exhibit at Ajax Town Hall

Hello my friends!  Sorry for the long absence, I have been busy painting.  I have just hung  some of my artwork today at the Ajax Town Hall.  It will be on display until March 8th.  I thought I would create a short video so that I could share my exhibit with you!  Please note that I am not a professional when it comes to videos, so please be kind, lol!  I am actually quite proud of myself that I have managed to post one..  I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I should be able to post a little more frequently now with new projects, and if I am brave, maybe some new videos!
Have an awesome and creative day!  xo

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Alchol ink on glass pendant video tutorial by Margaret Brackley

Hello my friends!  I have a special treat for you today.  My alcohol ink workshop posts have been some of my most popular with all of you.  What's not to love about those beautifully vibrant inks.  One thing I have mentioned is how stunning the glass pendants always turn out.  My friend, Margaret Brackley teaches the alcohol ink workshops that I have been featuring on my blog.  She has started a YouTube channel and I am so happy to share her first tutorial!  If you enjoyed looking at the photos from our workshop, you will love this video.  If you like alcohol ink, you will want to subscribe to her channel because she creates wonderful works of art  using a variety of techniques, and this is just the first of more tutorials to come!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you check out Margaret's video.
Have an awesome day everyone!  xo

Monday, 23 January 2017

New "Tags" page and up-dated "Paintings" and "Cards" pages

Hello my friends!
I don;t have a post for today, but I did want to let you know, for those who may be interested, I have added a new page to my blog, "Tags".  I did many tags last year for the One Little Tag Craft Challenge, all of which are posted on my blog.  I thought I would do a page of tags so that it could easily be scrolled through for anyone who likes tags or is looking for some tag or card inspiration.
I have also added some photos to my "Cards" page and my "Paintings" page.
Please have a look if those are of interest to you.
Have an amazing day everyone!  xo