Thursday, September 29, 2011

Before & After Thursday

You can join along with Before & After at the Pixel Perfect Blog . For this challenge you take a straight out of the camera shot (SOOC) and then you show the same photo only edited. I like to use the SOOC shot I posted for SOOC Saturday. For this week's edit I used two actions by Pioneer Woman Slight Lighten X 2 and Warmer.

Team Up Thursday : Signs Of Fall

You can play along with Team Up Thursday on the Mental Inventory blog and you can see the Flickr album here.

I am teamed up with the oh so talented Kyla from The Kreative Life. The theme we chose for this week's assignment was signs of fall. My all time favorite season to photograph. Kyla's photo is the one on top, mine on the bottom.

Sandra Collins Photography

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30 Days Of Lists Septembwer 2011 - September 29th

Monday, September 26, 2011

{weekly intention}

According to Andrea from ABC Creativity :

'Hello Monday Morning! A fresh week. A fresh start. Everything is wide open. Everything is possible.

Before you jump right into your week, take a few minutes to choose where you want to focus your energy this week, to think about what direction you want to be moving in.

Setting a weekly intention is taking some time to pave the way for success, joy and dreams come true to find you throughout the week.

This is not about setting goals or creating to-do lists and working your tail off to achieve them. This is about taking some time to be quiet and still and ask “What do I need this week?” and setting an intention from there to align yourself with that.

Then the real work is to remember your intention and align with it throughout the week.'

My intention for this week is to enjoy every minute as much as I possibly can. To get out of the house and get doing things with people. To not isolate so much.

My Best Shot Monday

30 Days Of Lists September 2011 - September 25th & 26th

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Fill-Ins

You can join along with the Friday Fill-Ins meme on their blog here. we go!

1. When I walk around my neighborhood I see the kids school and the mall.

2. BBQ Beef in the slow cooker is my favorite thing to cook.

3. Life is short.

4. My jammies makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

5. Turnip is my favorite Autumn vegetable.

6. Coffee is better when it is nice and hot.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to catching up on laundry (not very fun but it has to be done), tomorrow my plans include taking my beautiful mother out for dinner for her birthday and Sunday, I want to relax and enjoy my kid-free day!

30 Days Of Lists September 2011 - September 23rd

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guest Blogger Bonita Rose On Art Journaling

Bonita Rose, This is me.

I am what you'd like to call a RENAISSANCE WOMAN. I really am. I have a lot of passions. A lot of things I love to play with in my studio. Somedays - it's just hard to choose what I want to create that day. So many things and projects appeal to me.. it's hard to choose! Paper crafting is my first passion. I love paper, plain and simple. I am still a firm believer in sending real mail and real cards in the mail, I love filling writing journals and my art journals with stories of my life, and I am a firm believer in using pretty things to tell your story, to tell my story.

I love to write. I love to write. I'm a writer at heart and it's one reason I have such an active blog. Writing comes easy and I so believe in telling the stories behind the photos. The stories that may not seem so obvious.

I learned to sew this past year, and am getting my toes wet when it comes to my sewing machine.. I love stitching on paper and love the pretty effects just some colored thread can give to a simple card or layout.

I have dabbled in jewelry making as well. I create my own talisman mantra pendants and map pendants for my shop, as well as bloom earrings and rings... always with lots of color!

Mixed media is another passion. I love playing with paints, acrylic inks and stencils in my work.. and using bits of found papers in my art. For me, anything goes!

I have been art journaling and playing more with paints and media for about one year - before that -- it was mostly just paper. Who knew how much I would love it?

I am truly a spontaneous artist. My Studio is jam-packed full of supplies, which reminds me, I seriously need to declutter and destash.. my room is busting at the seams! I usually sit down with a vague idea of what I want to work on for that day, but then, I just choose colors and mediums, and paper spontaneously -- whatever moves me, whatever I reach for at the time. I work better that way.. I honestly don't really plan any of my art.. it just happens!

You can visit my blog here, I blog daily a few times a day, I love blogging!

My etsy shop is here, vintage finds and colorful playful art.. all kinds of art!

Find me on Pinterest here.

My Flickr group of sets is here.

Friend me on Facebook here!

Twitter feed is here.

All About Art Journaling Beginning to play with papers and paint. Art journaling. Altered Art. It's really so much fun playing with color and paint etc.. Let your play-time be really PLAY time!
Here's what I would suggest to get started: -- a large 18x24 pad of newsprint, found at you local Michaels or online at Dick Blick, to cover your work area on your desk. you tear a bunch of pages off and just lay on your desk where you work.. it will protect your surface.. I usually use a painters cloth under that over my entire desk as well... just to be sure nothing splatters etc. -- one bottle of white gesso -- stencils and masks to use with spray inks etc. Make sure to get some Punchanella from my shop here! -- So much fun to use as stencils and masks on your pages! -- get some tumble tie dye inks fr in her Artgoods shop.. They spray very bright colors and are great spray inks to use, plus they work on fabrics too! -- cheap bottles of acrylic paints -- paint brushes - bristle brushes and foam brushes! -- an empty jar or tin cans for water for your table -- Golden gel medium, matte or modge podge , matte or glossy - decoupage medium.. love it! -- cheap sponges for sponging on acrylic paints onto your pages -- glitter if you like glitter! brush on some modge podge then sprinkle some glitter! -- watercolor paper 90 lb or 140 lb.. 140 lb is thicker and holds more water without buckling, just more sturdy -- you can find paper pads at Michaels. -- a watercolor set of paints or watercolor pencils or crayons, so much fun to play with watercolors! -- thrifted or vintage old books for ephemera to use torn book pages on your pages. -- magazine cuttings, so fun! keep those magazines! -- black rollerball pens for doodling over paints -- if you like sewing, fabric scraps for your pages! You can also add fabric to your pages using modge podge, just brush on the page, put fabric on top, then cover with decoupage medium! -- and don't forget your inkpads and your rubber stamps! So many possibilities!

Wordless Wednesday

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