Saturday, November 28, 2009

Marie Antoinette: The French Art of Coquettish Fleur

I would like to start by thanking our lovely hostess, Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for all of her work each week. ((((applause)))) Today, I am just thrilled to feature the lavishly decadent French art of Patricia and Coquettish Fleur. If you have not yet found Patricia's Marie Antoinette ATC cards, you might want to pop over for a peek. In a word, I can best sum up my visit as nothing short of dreamy!

Wait . . . these are not pink. Ahh! You noticed that too eh? Haha! Not to worry, the pink is coming but I couldn't resist. If you love Marie Antoinett I know you will enjoy these gorgeous ATC cards Patricia makes for the group she belongs to called Marie Antoinette Mail Art. I love the color green anyway so these beauties appealed to me instantly. Look! They are all different but fit within the same theme. Well done Patricia!

Don't you just wish you you could reach right into your screen and touch these beauties?

Now this is intriguing and leads perfectly into my announcement. I have been hired as a freelance writer for Suite 101 which will give me the opportunity to promote other artists, events, products and more through my articles, something I have been wanting to do for over a year so this is quite exciting for me. To learn how you can contribute and see your name in print, scroll down to the next article.

Friday, November 27, 2009

I get to Write About What I Love: Blog Reviews Coming Up!

I am pleased to announce that I have recently become a freelance writer for, an online magazine based in Vancouver, B.C. I can't tell you how exciting it is to write about my passion for paper crafts. On that note, let me give you the "skinny" on what kinds of articles I plan to write and how you can be part of it!

Blog Reviews of your Favorite Bloggers
Do you have a favorite blog you feel the world should know about? I am interested in promoting other artists by writing blog reviews about them and their work. Not only does this benefit the artist being featured, but you will also receive credit and a link to your blog as the source of the referral. How great is this?

Product Reviews and Where to Find Craft Supplies
Not all craft stores are equal. Although popular paper craft supplies may be conveniently available in some areas, others are not so fortunate and must look a little harder to find these items. I hope to be of assistance by providing online sources to help you find the craft supplies you are looking for. In such cases where ordering online is the only way to get the product short of making a flight reservation, it is helpful to read product reviews before purchasing. I know that if I can't touch before I buy, reading a few reviews and seeing photos of how the product has been used by others goes a long way in helping me make my decision.

Paper Craft Techniques
I find it very satisfying to be able to present short videos and tutorials of paper craft techniques I enjoyed creating. In fact, it would be nice to present the art world with techniques they didn't even know they wanted yet, such as my collage patterned crepe paper. Are you interested in sharing a craft technique? I would love to hear from you.

These are a few of the highlights of what you can expect to read in my articles. I hope you will find them informative, and helpful in more ways than one. I welcome your queries and referrals any time so please feel free to contact me if you have something you would like to share. You could see your name in print!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Collage Style Patterned Crepe Paper

I have yet to see anyone embellish their crepe paper before turing it into something beautiful like those rosettes you see gracing vintage and cottage style art work everywhere these days. After playing around with stamps and inks, I decided to draw rose buds on a butter yellow crepe paper I planned to use to create my fairy tale style paper doll dress.

I have posted a video on the technique which is simple and can give you some stunning results. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it. If you like it, please link back to this post or leave a comment. I think it is nothing short of magnificent, if I do say so myself.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pinkbuttercreme Delights for Pink Saturday

Just saying the words, I can almost taste the yummy goodness of buttercream frosting. Its silky smooth texture glides gently over my tongue and tantalizes me with its delicate, sweet flavor. Is your mouth watering yet? I recently paid a visit to Tami of pinkbuttercreme and found a world of tasty vintage delights that are sure to inspire you. I chose a couple of my favorites to show you here in order to give you a taste of what Tami has to offer.

Tami's blog is beautiful and charming right down to her cottage style signs and is a "must visit" if you have a weakness for anything made with vintage flair. Here you will find lots of pink, roses, tulle and plenty of sparkles to satisfy the bling lover in you. Tami's work can also be purchased by visiting her Etsy shop.

As part of the lovely Beverly's (How Sweet the Sound) Pink Saturday challenge, I have decided to take the idea one step further and make my entire Pink Saturday post all about an artist who is new to me. Each week I will choose a new blog to visit and review. This is my way of giving back to the art community. Please be sure to visit often as my next visit could be to your blog!