Saturday, April 6, 2013

Anything Goes so Dream HUGE

A very dear friend of mine is celebrating a zero birthday this year and she has been so encouraging about my art adventures that I thought it was safe to try something new for her gift.  This corresponds very nicely with this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp which is anything goes.

I signed up for Lifebook 2013 this year and one of the first weeks classes was this great class from Christy Tomlinson. Not only was the class fun, but it introduced me to Christy's work which I just love. It's joyful, colorful, and fairly intuitive. So with a big thanks to Christy as my inspiration for the background, this is the canvas I came up with.

I am really happy with how the background turned out. It was a blast to work on...I just kind of threw caution to the wind and here's the thing: when you buy a really, really, really small paint brush, you can do fairly decent detail work. Hmmm. Who would have guessed?

I was a little less happy with the the saying, but it was hard to convey. 

I do however love the idea of sparkling, so I thought I would add this ticket that was floating around on my desk so I could use the paperclip!

And of course she needed a birthday card....

You can't really tell the size, but this is one of Tim Holtz's small blueprint stamps, colored with distress markers and a heart from Helga at Artchix Studio...I just love her cut outs!! I colored it up with a few Copic makers and added a chit-caht sticker. 

So hard to photograph, but there is sparkle on the flame and between the frosting and the cupcake with one of my new FAVORITE things - a glitter pen. 

There we have it - a birthday gift for a wonderful friend. Happy Birthday...because when you have a birthday with a zero in it, you get to celebrate all year long!!



  1. Hi Sara, your friend is going love this. I adore your card and your canvas is just magnificent! I've tried to zoom in as cose as possible to see all the fabulous details, especially the white textured? circle area. LOVE IT... Gill x

  2. I like all the colors, texture and dimension on the is very colourful and still subtile...good job! :)

  3. What an absolute joy of a canvas... amazing colour and life to it - I was already tempted to sign up for a Christy Tomlinson class, and you've probably tipped the balance with this fabulous creation! Love the teeny tiny card too - adorable! Thank you for your visit and lovely comment, so much appreciated... I'm off for a bit more of an explore here...
    Alison x

  4. Love your page Sara especially the white dotty part, really stands out. Nice card too, she is a lucky friend.
    I am adding your lovely blog to my blog list so i can follow your posts.

    Gill x

  5. Hi Sara. :) Thank you for visiting me and for sharing with me your story and your wisdom. I love what you said and I'm going to art journal so I will have it in print to look at and remind myself always. Thank you! Hugs, SueC#94

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