Thursday, February 26, 2015

All I did was blink.....

And before I knew it, it was almost March!
Wasn't it just Christmas? GRIN

That's ok, as I know so many of you are
chest deep in snow, and it really does seem
like this Winter has either dragged on for 
those of you with horrid weather, or,
I hate to say it, flown past so fast here, as
we've been experiencing unseasonably warm
weather, tons of rain, but no snow, no frigid temps,
and truly just seems like we went from Fall into Spring...
even the hummingbirds have stayed all Winter as 
they too think it's warm enough to do so,
but I won't say that too loudly, as we could get an
Arctic Blast at any time between now and June....grin.

So here we are, tons of changes happening with 
this New Year 2015.
Shifts in priorities, new ventures, even some endings,
but for some of us, I being one, I've just been
sitting back. plodding along doing whatever
arts and crafts suits my fancy while waiting
for the big 'idea' to hit for 2015.

So here's what I've been up too, experimenting and
keeping myself dabbling in the arts....

Stamp Carving

After receiving such a wonderful big gift bag from
my husband at Christmas, full of Fabulous
Water Soluble Crayons,

and a Huge Stack of Carving Blocks
I thought I'd take my Winter Vacation,
( before knuckling down to do taxes in March),
and do some stamp carving.

The thing I enjoy about stamp carving, is that first off,
it's so relaxing!
You have to really clear your mind to be able to draw, and
concentrate on where to cut and not cut so as not to make

Like with this one...grin....
I was distracted while carving and forgot that you have
to do the lettering 'backwards' so when you print
it comes out correctly...hence the word and stamp above
the hearts I had to correct and cut away to still have the stamp
to use.

But that's ok!!
It's all part of the learning curve when teaching yourself
a new medium! Luckily, the stamping blocks are
not very expensive, so real bloopers can also be a good
tool for learning!

And for experimenting with!

And with all the fun colours to use with my new crayons,
I do believe I've been channeling Spring.

And don't forget, cutting away excess gives you
even more bits and bobs to cut into shapes and
give patterns too to use!

And Ideas are Endless!!!!

Not many tools are needed to get into carving
your own stamps, so for a little investment,
you too could dive right in!

So that's what I've been up to for the 
past few weeks, and have so enjoyed 
the process!

Hoping now to be refreshed enough
to face tax time....HA!!!

So if you're thinking about trying
stamp carving....just do it!
It's fun, not expensive and another
Fabulous way to have a creative outlet!

We'll chat soon :)


Friday, January 30, 2015

Where did January go?

January may have gone by in a blink, 
but it's been a good month overall.

Imagine my surprise, when I was contacted
by a Representative of 

I was so honoured and thrilled to have 
Birdnuts Mixed Media Blog
chosen for a 

Review of a 
Brand New Publication

To say I was gobsmacked,
would be an understatement!

But I have to tell you, if you're like me,
having a hard copy, top quality,
magazine in your hands 
is a delight!

But inside was nothing more than absolute treat!

Is full of a Selected Variety of some of our 
Absolute Favourite Mixed Media Artists,
taking some of the 
Over the Top Wonderful Tutorials 
from past publications
and compiled them in this Publication!

Can you imagine, 
taking Workshops, with multiple 
Fabulous Mixed Media Artists like, 
Seth Apter, and DJ Pettitt, Lisa Engelbrecht,
Pam Carriker and Karen Cole, 
just to name a few, all in one publication!
And so many more!!

Beautifully photographed and printed, 
each page will make you just want to 
touch and hold and absorb the pages!
And detailed Workshop Tutorials by
each Fabulous Artist
throughout the entire Magazine!

And again, if you're like me, keeping these 
Magazines in our own libraries is always
a must! 
For future reference of learned new techniques, 
and a Wonderful Kickstart for our Muse!
And this one is pure gold in my Library!

So head on over to 

You won't want to miss out on getting a copy
of this Fabulous Magazine!
Or even getting a Subscription for it!!!

Thanks to Stampington.Com
for the Invite, and for all the 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Hello Everyone!

Where has the time gone!!!

I haven't posted since October of last year for goodness sakes!
But it hasn't been for not having any art time.
Don't we all have moments, or periods of time
of needing to replenish our muse?

Well hope you'll forgive me for being absent, and
in the up coming weeks, I'll have some fun
things coming up, maybe a tutorial or two. 

But for now, I'll just post what I've been working on
since we last saw each other, in hopes that it will
jump start your muse, ideas, and creativity, as
after the Holiday Season I am sure we could
all use a bit of dusting off the Winter ...

One of my Favourite Holiday Gifts from my Hubs
were these....

A 48 piece set of Lyra Aquacolour
Water Soluble Crayons
A 36 piece set of Gallery
Watercolour Crayons

Talk about yummy colours!

And great fun experimenting with both sets too!

And you can use them on in so many mediums, tag making,
journaling, on canvas, I'm so enjoying playing with them!
( Graphics on this double tag I made from Tumble Fish Studio
at  a.k.a. Deviant Scrap )

And I am loving making my own Washi Tape
using my new crayons and some stamps!
I'll be doing a little tutorial in the coming weeks
so stay tuned!!

So I encourage you to try out 
Water Soluble Crayons as another source
of creativity!
( graphic from Itkupilli at

Another whole project I've been working on
is my hand made journal

Nothing more painful to me is to take out
all of the pages from a hardbound book!
I adore books and reading, but bit the bullet
and found a vintage book that I was
willing to go ahead and disassemble...

No regrets! You know why?
Now I have all the pages from inside the book
to use for other purposes as well as this book
I've made. 
I'll explain more in my next posting on how
I'm using the pages.

(Window frame used from Retro Cafe Art)
My Favourite Online Shop :)

So there you go.....
that's a slice of what I've been up to,
and a 'hint' at some up coming posts!

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Lazier Cut-Out Owl
and Handmade Washi Tape and Water
Soluble Crayons)
Journal page.

So I hope you'll all stay tuned, check in, and
hang around as there are some fun things
going to be going on here on 

Birdnuts Mixed Media 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick Post :)

Hey Everyone :)
Just a quick post to say I'm trying
something new....

Altered Vintage Photos
( and yes I know they've been around 
forever, but have a stack of them in
my collection, and was never
brave enough to tackle the originals)

So here's my first try at them :)

'Sunny Side of Live'
Altered Vintage Photo

'Future Coffee Addict'
Altered Vintage Photo

'Poor Boy' 
Altered Vintage Photo

I'm so enjoying the process and hope
to have more to share soon :)


Friday, October 10, 2014

Greetings Everyone :)

My apologies for such a long absence, as I 
just noticed it was back in July when I
last posted.

"Life has a way of moving forward whether
or not you are ready to follow along."

So many changes, stresses and complications
have raised their heads in my life over
these past few months. 
One being the changes in Social Media
and with the Canadian Anti-Spam Laws.

I have been busy researching the changes on
Facebook, and with the New Canadian Laws 
on Spamming and Gaming.
It turns out, what I've found out so far is, 
 I may no longer offer Giveaways and/or
offer Prizes, as the complicated Rules and Laws
for Canadian Sites and International Sites 
are quoting not only Restrictions,
 but also big Fines and Legal charges. 

All of this went along with the 
New Rules and Regulations
on Facebook July 1st, 2014, 
( and from what I can surmise, it must have been involved,
 and/or influenced by the legal changes),  and in turn, 
all Artists with small businesses have been 
effected by having to have a
separate Facebook Page for their works to be posted
instead of on their personal timelines. 

For those of us, who dabble in arts and crafts as
a hobby, with a few sales, and/or small business
set ups, like cottage industries, who make small
amounts of monies, it practically pushes us
out of the markets. 
This, and the Changes in the Postal Services and
the Price Increases tripling makes it almost
unaffordable to even have the pleasure
of having the Swaps as well. The Postal Services
New Documentations complicates having the Swaps,
as they are not informed and/or set up for the idea
that art is being 'swapped' instead of sold or gifted.
This I know first hand, as I've had conversations
with Canada Post back East on having to 
'teach' them the differences.

So, with Great Sadness and a Huge Feeling of Loss,
I will no longer be having the Fabulous 
Giveaways and Swaps here on Birdnuts Mixed Media.
At least until I am able to get more Legal Information,
(and I am so exhausted by the process of seeking
the information, that I've decided to just let it be 
until next year and see if there is any more information
or changes).

In the meantime.....

I have also been battling an ongoing illness, for 
over a year now, and I am finding it difficult
to continue with many of my Favourite Mediums of Art.
So this too, has been a hard decision, as
I will be taking a long break from my great love of 
Assemble Arts, due to
I have become sensitive to many of the 
Art Supplies needed for completing the pieces.
With advice from my doctors, I am to cut out
as many factors contributing to my sensitivity,
and getting rid of my dog and birds, and husband
just isn't going to work, ( wink :)

So for a while, this is my last Assemblage Piece
that I will be posting here on the blog, and again,
hoping by the New Year I might be able to
take up some of the fun artistic mediums again.

My Final Doll from Mary Jane Chadbourne's
Wonderful Workshop this Summer.

'Daughter of the Sea'

Using the base wood cut out from Mary Jane's
Workshop 'Imaginariam' on Artful Gathering

I launched myself into trying for the first time
PaperClay sculpting, and created the 'fish' body.
It took forever to cover the body with over 500 glass
beads....and they're heavy too collectively!

The sculpted body was a mental exorcise while I
taught myself how to create the effect I had
in my brain :)
And making her hair was a blast as well, again having
to really think it through on how to create the effect
I was picturing in my mind.

And using the Fabulous Face Graphic
from Tumble Fish Studio at Mischief Circus
(formally DeviantScrap)
and all the Wonderful Bits and Bobs of
wonderful fun from Retro Cafe Art Gallery :)

I really enjoyed making this doll, using so many
different and new mediums mixed all into one piece, 
just like my previous doll

This one as well had a plethora of mediums used, 
( some I can no longer do from my sensitivities, 
like resin use, and sealants, etc.)
So both will be treasured with my collection of
other Artists Fabulous Creations.
I still have one blank wood doll from Mary Jane's 
Fabulous Workshop, but will save that one for
next years attempt after a long rest :)

A Huge Thank You 
to All of You!
Followers and Shops Owners
who have Brilliantly made my
life richer for all of your Participation
over the past few years here on
Birdnuts Mixed Media.

And even though I'll be dabbling in
some paper arts, and tag making, journaling
and any other medium I can find to
keep my creative juices flowing,
I'll also be looking for some fun, creative
ideas on how we can all continue
to participate here on my blog in the
coming New Year. 

Until then.....

Oliver Howard and I 
Wish You All
a Fabulous Holiday Season coming and
we'll see You in the New Year :)