I made this!

following right along with the "I made this!" project…

today I made - GREEN JUICE!

I am off caffeine - AGAIN!  doctor's orders,  so I thought I would pick up juicing again as my afternoon pick - me - up.  my recipe is super simple:  spinach, celery, cucumbers, lemon and apples.  I toss in ginger as well but I didn't have any, so sans ginger today.

my juicer of choice is the hurom original slow juicer HU-100.  I have been through many juicers and this one has been the best of all.  super easy to use and clean.  

 look at that green goodness flowing out!  YUM!  today I called it "green sunshine"
all ready for consumption!  SO good!  and I suppose we can say better than caffeine!  for those of you who have to give up caffeine or are trying to find an alternative I use dandy blend.  it's good people!  this coming from an italian gal, coffee snob, former barista who cannot live without her cappuccinos.  I whip some up in the morning and add steamed milk and non the wiser it tastes as good as my cappuccinos.
mmm…almost finished my juice and I can feel that energy coming back!  yay!

I made this!

with inspiration from Jamie Ridler.

every month I create handmade birthday cards for family and friends.  it is a way to reach out and say "thinking of you" even if we do not see each other throughout the year.  It saddens me to think that our snail mail is becoming a thing of the past.  I love receiving "art mail"!

this past week I was working on birthday cards for april and I was stuck!  stuck, stuck, stuck!  did not know where to start!  I had just finished participating in collecting birthday cards for a celebration where they needed 2000 cards.  our group created 250 cards!  you would think that through that I would have had some ideas!

I recently checked this book out of my local library and found my inspiration on page 112.  it was this piece by isaac tobin.

I cut some pieces out of white card stock to create the base for my cards.  I dug into my collage stash and found some music paper and grid paper to use for the background.  I applied it all with glue stick and trimmed the edges.  I liked the colour palette he used and tried to find similar colours in my stash of acrylic paints.  a few swipes of paint, a doodled birthday cake and some rubber stamped greetings and voila I was on my way to completing my cards for april.

I had some leftover collage pieces and paint on my palette so I grabbed another piece of card stock and used up the leftovers.  now I have a base ready to go for my next spark of inspiration!