Endless Possibility

>> Monday, November 22, 2010

This has been in my art journal for sometime...she is completely hand drawn using my pigma micron pens on an old journal layered with pages from an old book, some watercolor and gesso.  Scanned her and added the background flowers and word art in digitally. 



>> Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fun, playful, bright! Commissioned work for Ellen to Pinky ;)  I just love those girls, they're just so much fun to be with!  Dear Pinky, can't wait for you to come back and "Bloom where you're planted" :)

12" x 24" Mixed Media, Gallery Wrapped Canvas


Believe in Your Dreams...

>> Friday, November 12, 2010

and work for it!  Be very, very prepared to work for it.  I truly believe its about "putting it out there" and "BELIEVING" - having that Faith that you will truly get there....and then TAKING the steps to move towards that direction.

And yes, now I GET IT.  All this positivity movement...daily affirmation, visioning...  You may have a dream, you may have a vision, you may tell yourself every single day that you will have and be this and that...but its all moot if you don't take that one step to get you going in that direction.  Its all moot if you are kept back by FEAR.  Its all moot if you do not truly believe in yourself enough to get there.

I have always been a keen believer in the power of thought and the power of the spoken word.  I don't know if its my innate positive outlook in life but I find that when life does deal you with lemons, you have to learn to make the lemonade..and you better make that lemonade really well :)

And though I may not be the most outwardly religious person, I believe in the power of prayer.  Our dreams are God's dreams for us.  He has supplied us with the raw materials to make those dreams come to life.  He has surrounded us with the people to look up to for inspiration.  How easy to miss all these when we are distracted and looking elsewhere - at the quick, at the easy. 

What are your dreams? What is keeping you from taking that first step? In my previous post I asked, "What would it take to believe in yourself?" 

In my case, what kept me from taking the first step was fear, uncertainty, not wanting to be labeled ridiculous or mediocre.  It was always one reason or another to keep me from doing what was inherently in me. 

What did it take to believe in myself? Finding my art and having family and friends who believed in me, encouraged me, loved me enough to keep me going.  Seeking like-minded people who knew you because they had gone through what you had gone through too, they felt what you felt, took the same first tentative steps, experienced the joy and euphoria of your first creation, knew your satisfaction and happiness when others feel inspired by what you have created, understood the feverish high to keep creating and the crashing low of losing your muse (or mojo). They understood when you couldn't move because you felt too exhausted to think or do anything. These are the women who cared for their households, children and still had to work at their craft, market themselves, blog, maintain websites, tweet and connect to the wonderful community of artists all around the world. 

I took that step.  No one said it was an easy road...but I believe.


What would it take to believe in yourself?

>> Tuesday, November 9, 2010

....have you ever thought about it?

"What Would It Take To Believe In Yourself?"
18" x 12" Mixed Media on Gallery Wrap Canvas


Hip Hip Hooray for Studio Doodelle

>> Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I've just gotta say that I'm so proud of my dear friend Rachelle of Designs by Doodelle. This news has been sitting with us for some time but we could not let out even a hint until November 1st.  She is one of the guest designers this November at Scrapbookgraphics!  I'm just positively happy and giddy with her :) I've always hankered to be a Studio Girl but never really pursued designing kits - although I totally love drawing/doodling, I'd love though to collaborate with Rach one day (you hear that Rach? LOL!)

I'd like to introduce:

Doesn't that sound so grand? I'm swooning for you Rach!!!

To mark this event, she's holding a five-day sale of 20% off from November 1 to 5 on her three brand new, exclusive products currently at the shop right now.

PLUS: All those who buy from Studio Doodelle for the entire month of November will get a chance to get the next exclusive release for free! Rachelle will randomly pick a customer throughout this month and RAK her (or him) with a free copy of whatever kit or pack will be next be released at her studio.

I'm so lucky to be able to play with her kits!
Abundant Grace (S4H/S4O)

My layout, I just loved doing this!

 What a Birthday (S4H/S4O)

Silver Charms (S4H/S4O)

Haven't had the chance to play with these yet but I already have something in mind :)  You can drop by Doodelle's blog or head on over to Scrapbookgraphics to purchase these! 


Mixed Media Piece

>> Friday, October 29, 2010

I just want to share this mixed media piece that I was commissioned to do, it was gifted to my cousin by her husband for their 1st year wedding anniversary :) I wish I were that loved! Hehe...

The piece is created on 24" x 36" (2 x 3 feet) gallery wrapped archival canvas. 

Some close-up shots:



>> Friday, October 22, 2010

Here is a piece I've been working on...I still haven't quite decided how I want to do her face and the design of the dress and so it remains unfinished.  I was reminded of this piece today while talking to my co-supplier and her sister who are new clients and hopefully, new friends :) at the Wedding Connections store.

This piece is being done with vibrant colors, in the Mexican folk-art style.  And lots of flower doodles. 

Can you guess who she is?


Kissing Birds QP Freebie

>> Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hi, I know, I know....the file just uploaded to 4shared (I really need to rethink my internet connection...it's driving me nuts!).  But without further ado, I'd like to introduce this wonderful kit called: "Kissing Birds" by Designs by Doodelle.

Available at Mscraps

Check out the layout by Pom (our resident GSO creative soul-sistah, ehem soulmate! hihihi! :) Yeah Pom!!! You really rock! We're so proud of you.
She's got a lovely QP for you on her blog.
Don't forget your manners and thank her ;)

You may want to head on over to Doodelle's blog to check on the other fab layouts by the Mscraps CT and the layout by another creative soul sister Tammy! 

Here is my layout, loved the photo of my cousin David and his wife Anna during a recent trip of theirs to the Grand Canyon.  I think the kit is just perfect!
And here is my QP freebie for you.
You may download here: SassyIndy Kissing Birds Freebie

Have a great day! Hugs all around!


Long Day

>> Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hi! This one will be real quick, its been a long day and an even longer night (slept at 4:30 A.M., only to wake at 5:30 to get the kids up and headed out the door for school by 6:00 AM...then back to sleep for another hour and a half before I needed to get up again to prepare to leave to attend to my space at the Wedding Connections booth inside "Kasalan 2010, Ikalimang Yugto" at SM Megamall.  Hailing a cab was crazy (an hour wait), then traffic was even crazier (3-day sale at SM Megamall equates to total madness!!) Would you believe there was a long line snaking out by the side of the Forever 21 store, complete with bouncers and that yellow tape they use to cordon off the scene of a crime.  Crazy, I tell you.  Even crazier were the people lining up to get in, prices must have been dropped so low. 

The good though was that, I bumped into a high school classmate while searching for something to eat for lunch and ended having coffee with her.  Lots of fun eating "merienda" buffet for lunch at 3PM, thanks Pam! And despite the low turn out of event goers this day (I guess they'd rather shop the sales downstairs), I got 2 soon-to-be weds very, very, very interested and excited over my album art (Yay for 2011!)

Anyway, I'm so sorry this post is up late, if you came over awhile ago from Rachelle's (Designs by Doodelle) or Pom's blog hoping to find the link to the Kissing Birds QP freebie, I'd like to let you know it will soon be up by tomorrow.  I tried to upload it to my sharing site awhile ago but the internet is not cooperating again :( 

I'd best get some sleep first and continue everything I need to do tomorrow.

Hugs to you all! 


More Doodles

>> Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just some stuff I'm working on...all works in progress...

Penciled drawing... isn't she beautiful? I love her eyes.  Sometimes, I'm afraid to ink in my penciled work because I think I'll ruin it.  Do you sometimes feel that way?
Here she is partially inked in....I still haven't touched the face..quite unsure of how to go about rendering the rest, I'll just play along and let it be a surprise :)

Here's the story behind this.  One day, I was on my way out to deliver a book to a client.  I had a cab called and while waiting for the cab to arrive just sat on my couch and started doing blind contour drawings of anything I could set my eyes on in the room.  Little Miss Potts was the first (she is actually a jug of sorts, but she does sort of look like Mrs Potts in Beauty & the Beast, unintentional of course).  The Worried TV was next, hehe..  my cab arrived.  I wanted to continue drawing in the cab and so I pulled an image out of my mind (maybe the cab driver looked liked that? I dunno?),  but little hairy creature was born.  Ok, like 5 minutes of drawing or doing anything in a moving vehicle is all I could handle (I get dizzy).  I continue the drawing when I get home, the bird is a small figurine I have, the lamp is on my desk and I've got this little blue housing for a hanging lamp sitting on my floor at the moment.  Just adding, and adding...I love pennants and so drew some.  My son was reading beside me and so I decided to sketch him in too.  And yeah, I really wanted a margarita that night but didn't have one (LOL!).  I plan to add some color to this, what do you think?


You Are Enough

>> Saturday, October 2, 2010

Some serious doodling here, and enjoyed every minute of it.  Just the break I needed to fulfill my thirst for some "me-time" doodling which I have not done for what seems like ages. Being that most of the stuff I do is work/client related - it's just not the same.

Inspired by Tracy Clark's "I Am Enough", a self-kindness collaborative.  I started this a month ago, just painting the bird and the words, "You are Enough" and finally finishing it the other day on some much needed self-imposed "me-time".

Drawn on 9" x 11" Acid Free Canson Watercolor pad using watercolors, pigma micron pens, color markers and color pencils.

YES, YOU are Enough.
This is the scanned copy, wouldn't it
look lovely on your wall?


Camp Giggle

>> Friday, October 1, 2010

I love camping! Yes I do.  It's no wonder that I eventually ended up joining outdoor clubs and mountaineering activities a long time ago (before my children were born).  And I still love it....the call of the wild still sings a song in my heart (hmm....that's a journal page waiting to be written and drawn!)  But again, camping is another activity I wish I could have time for.  What is it with my struggle with time?

I always have fun images when I think of camp, going off on adventures, exploring (real or imagined places).  I think that's what Rachelle (Designs by Doodelle) had in mind while creating her latest kit, CAMP GIGGLE.  Such a wonderful complement to our adventure, travel and yes, camp photos.

Here is my layout, it's my nephew camping out in his stuffed toy storage tub, surrounded by all his animal friends - both real and stuffed :)
And a little freebie for you! 

Don't forget to keep checking in and drop by Rachelle's blog and Pom's blog for some wonderful give-aways.

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About This Blog

All about me, my musings, ramblings, fancies, quirks and dreams; the blessings in my life - the kids and their growing years; and my love for digital scrapbooking/design and graphic arts; and my eternal quest to keep learning something new each day and give back in my little way.

This blog used to be 3 blogs which I decided to merge together, my scrapping blog (Pandoras Box of Thought), the blog about my kids (Beyond the Four Walls) and my cooking/recipe blog (Cooking Mama) - all the old posts are still up but I've decided to just post everything in the future in one forum, with all the things I'm doing, I'd like to keep everything in one neat container :)

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