Monday, July 7, 2014

"Palm and Florals" Framed Artwork

Remember that post a couple of weeks ago about me experimenting with Prismacolor markers? I received the markers for my birthday a little over a year ago as a gift from my hubby. I'm new to using markers and haven't been much of a painter throughout my career as an artist. I have strong graphic arts background, however in recent years I've been avoiding getting back behind the computer after a 40 hour work week. Last thing I want to do after putting in the hours at my 9-5 job is come home and sit behind a computer screen for several hours more. Instead, I've learned to unwind with my sketchbook, a Sharpie pen, and an occasional glass of wine.
So I got brave the other day and pulled out the Primacolors. I love them! It's like painting but without the messy setup and cleanup. All this time I've been afraid to use them for fear of ruining a perfectly good blank page, but if we don't overcome our fears, how else are we ever going to move forward, right?

Well, here it is - the final product! 

I added the piece to my Society6 shop as a framed print.  Phone cases, mugs, wall clocks, and totes are also available with the same pattern. Hope yo like it!


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Paisley In Paris™ Society6 - Free Shipping

I added a new design to my Society6 shop, just in time for you to take advantage of their free shipping promo! 


Offer expires on July 13th at midnight, and excludes framed art prints, stretched canvases, throw pillows and rugs. 

This piece is also available on a variety of items at DioDoodles.com, my new online shop where I will be adding all of my hand-drawn illustrations. Check it out when you have a chance. 


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DIY Glass Marble Magnets or Pushpins

I have this cute set of 6 glass marbles ready to be turned into magnets or push pins. It's the perfect quick and easy DIY project that anybody can tackle in just a few minutes. All you need is  bit of E-6000 glue or a hot glue gun to attach 1/2 inch magnets (or pushpins) to the back and viola! All done. ~ Marbles measure approximately 3/4 of an inch. They make a great homemade gift, perfect for the home or office!

I have a few other sets for sale on my Etsy shop, but this is such a small set, it's more affordable for you and I if they sell through my blog rather than Etsy. (Trying to avoid the added Etsy transaction fees). 

Buy now - Only $4.99 + Free Shipping anywhere in the U.S.



Ships via USPS within 1-2 business days from Palm Desert, California. Listing will be removed once item is purchased.

You will receive an e-mail notification within a couple hours after purchase informing you that payment was received and your purchase will be processed.  


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick DIY Marble Magnets or Pushpin Project

I have a gorgeous set of 10 decorated marbles. It's a DIY project I started a couple of years ago but I never finished. I got as far as attaching pretty floral paper to the back of the marbles and that's it. All you need to complete the project is a little bit of E-6000 glue or a hot glue gun to attach 1/2 inch magnets (or pushpins) to the back and there you have it. Instant office decor that's both beautiful and functional.
These marbles are now available for sale in my Etsy shop.





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Friday, June 27, 2014

Graphite Brocade Paper Strips, $4.99 & Free Shipping

Summer is here but Spring cleaning is still going on at my place. I have come to the realization that my full time job doesn't allow me to craft as much as I used to, so it's time to find a loving new home for all of my paper and crafting supplies. I will be offering many of them for sale here on the blog and on my Etsy shop.

Today I am listing 6 sheets of metallic grey stock, also known as Graphite Broccade paper by Envelopments. The stock is cut down to strips measuring 1.5x11 inches. Each full sheet retails at $1.48 each, so you are getting a $9.42 value at only $4.99 with free shipping!

Buy today for only $5 plus free shipping!
I don't have whole sheets available. The listing is for a total of 32 strips (the equivalent of 6 letter size sheets) measuring 1.5 x 11 inches. 

But what can you do with these strips? My first option would be to use it for a quick and easy DIY stationery project. All you need is a few sheets of letter-size card stock, double sided tape or a glue stick and scissors. Just cut the blank card stock into fourths (each measuring 4.25x5.5 inches), cut the  brocade paper strip to measure 4.25 inches and attach to the short end of your blank card to create a decorative trip. Then simply pair your decorated stock with colorful envelopes and you're all set!

Here's a quick example I put together in just a few minutes. Other options would be use the stock as a trim for invitations, use it in scrapbooking projects, gift wrapping, use it to wrap votive candle vases,  use it as a bookmark, etc. ~ Get creative and have fun!



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Experimenting with Prismacolor Markers

Hadn't had a chance to take out the Prismacolor markers in a while. Since I work full-time, I do most of my doodling during my breaks at work or late at night. Right before turning off the lights, I grab my sketchbook, black sharpie pen and I doodle away for about 15-20 minutes. It helps me clear my mind allowing me to fall asleep faster once the lights are out.
Well this past Sunday night, I decided to set the black marker aside and dust off the Prismacolors. An hour an a half later, I was having so much fun, it was quite a struggle to put them away. I had a bit of a hard time getting up for work this morning, but it's okay. A new piece of art was born, making it all worth while.
Here's a sneak peek of the piece I created. It's not quite done yet, but I'll make sure to share the final product once it's done.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wine Corks for Sale

My husband thought he'd tap into his creative abilities and make a bath mat out of wine corks for our bathroom. "What a great idea!" I thought. As did he. But several weeks went by and there was no bath mat in sight. Months went by, our house started overflowing with wine corks and still no bath mat.
Sigh...so we figured we'd give someone else a chance to get their little hands on these babies and show us what they can do. Because apparently, all my husband was able to do was collect them.
Wine corks are great for making wedding place cards, key chains, succulent planters, trivets, bulletin boards and more! If you're interested, visit my Etsy page to purchase. We have 600 wine corks available at this time.


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood Coloring Page

I have a niece that's in the process of learning her shapes and colors. I am also an avid doodler, and I find inspiration in just about anything. This time, I was inspired to create a kids coloring book (still a work in progress) and a variety of printable coloring pages that can be used as a learning tool for kids. This is my first of many more printables to come!
So, if your little ones are already familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood, they will most likely enjoy coloring a picture of her, since it's someone they already "know."  Just hand them a bunch of crayons or markers and guide them through the process. You might ask them to find the red crayon and color the cape in red, then ask them to find the yellow crayon and suggest the use it to color the sun, and just like that, learning becomes fun!
This Little Red Riding Hood is my original illustration, right out of my sketchbook, and is available as a printable download for only $0.99 .

Upon purchase, please allow a few minutes to a couple of hours to receive your printable PDF file. All purchases made from 10:00pm-10:00am (Pacific time) will be processed the next morning. 

Note: Watermarks will not be present in your printable file. Artwork is for personal use only, reproductions for commercial use are prohibited.

If you prefer an instant download, leave a comment on this post and I will set one up on my Etsy shop. The price will increase to $1.39 to cover the seller fees.  

Thank you!