Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quick Update

Hey everyone, just a quick update to let you know that the rubber stamps may be coming sooner than I anticipated! I'm sooo excited!! Keep a watch on the blog for more info and some sneak peeks of the images! Woo Hoo!! Things keep getting better and better!!

New Challenge!!-----EDITED

EDITED 10:46 AM--Within the couple hours I was sleeping, I received one more submission and it belongs to the ever so talented Pat Doughty. She told me that her supplies were limited so she used what she had to work with AND that it was her first actual project, but let me tell you....her piece is FABULOUS!!!! She should be totally proud of herself!! She deserves some love. So take a look at her piece, it's right under Allie's below.

Hi everyone. It's super late...or should I say early...this Wednesday morning and the 1st ever challenge has come to an end. I thought we'd possibly have more people join, but guess not. It was a little disappointing but I want to thank the ever so talented Allie for joining and making such a wonderful piece! You're a doll Allie. Since Allie was the only one besides myself who took the challenge, I wanted not only to put her photo in the album, but to also show it here. Because she deserves it and the piece is just so great. So here it is:

I just love that scroll. She says it's a Prima Gate. Definitely gotta get me some of those!

Isn't Pat's piece awesome?! I'm in such awe of it. I love it!! Thanks Pat!!

Okay, so on to the new challenge for this Wednesday.

Theme: Fruit

This can be on any size you want. All you need to do is incorporate some fruit into your artwork. The deadline date will be next Wednesday, June 3rd.

Hope to see some great stuff!!!

P.S. Technically you still have time to do last week's challenge but it needs to be submitted before the end of the day. So if you still wanna try to participate, I will be more than happy to take the submissions and post them in the gallery.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lazy Day

Today has been such a lazy day. We tried so hard to think of something to do but nothing really came to mind. Finally we decided we'd go to Oatman to walk around and enjoy the decent weather. It was nice even though there were tons of people. I didn't think such a small town could attract so many tourists. If you don't know where or what Oatman is, you can click here for a little bit of history. Basically it's an old ghost town. The aura is so awesome. Such nostalgia. So after we went there we pretty much went home and enjoyed the rest of the day outside with the kids. Very relaxing.

Artistically moving on......

There's still 3 more days to get your challenge submissions in before the next one arises. I really hope to see a bunch of fabulous art that I can drool over. I've already got in one submission from the ever so sweet Allie Gower. But you'll have to wait til Wednesday to see it. Neener neener. Lol. It's a beautiful piece for sure.

Oh, and thanks to the ever so talented Audrey Hernandez, I now have discovered Sunday Postcard Art. They have awesome theme challenges that should get me on my toes with creating. I feel the itch a lot and now I'll have a reason AND a solid theme to go with, which should make it much easier to get some stuff done.

And last but not least, I finally make my Flickr Group for the Weekly Wednesday Challenge submissions. I would absolutely love love love if you joined. The group is public so it's open to anyone. I think it will make it much easier to showcase all the lovely art. The group is public, however, I do require that you accept the terms of the group before joining. It isn't anything elaborate though. All I ask is, if you're going to submit a photo into the album, please do this ONLY ON WEDNSDAYS. This will help to keep your beautiful creations a super surprise until the deadline date. So make sure you place it in the album (only on Wednesdays), or email it to me and I will get it into the photo album for show on Wednesdays. Sounds good to me. Hope to see you all join!!

Nighty night!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Art to Share

Hi everyone. Hope everybody is having a good weekend. It's super hot here in Arizona right now and we're all just trying to stay cool. I made a few new things. My nephew's birthday is coming up in June and instead of making a card, I made a canvas piece instead. His theme is "super heroes" and he loves Spiderman, so I thought to make him a Spiderman canvas that was vintage and nostalgic. I sure hope he likes it. There's not much more to say so here's a look at what I've been up to lately.

Here's the Spiderman Canvas

Here's a piece I made entitled "Parisian Bingo Hall"

And here is the canvas piece I made using the image for the
Weekly Wednesday Challenge. I told ya I was gonna do it too!!
Can't wait to see what you will make!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fun New Things Happening Here!!

So, the last time I posted, I was showing you a print I did on fabric. I've yet to make anything using it. The kids and laundry have had me busy almost all week! So I'm still going to make something, I just need to let things simmer down a little and then get to it.

So, what's going to be going one here that's new you may ask? Well, first, I am going to be introducing my "Weekly Wednesday Challenge". Basically it's just the same as any other challenge. I make up a theme or a technique, or something of that nature and then you have a week to create it. Some of the weekly challenges will include prizes but you'll find out about that later. I'm thinking, not only will this help increase traffic here, but it will help me have a goal (or I should say deadline) to actually make something. There always seems to be something holding me back. Because OF COURSE I will be participating in the challenges as well!

The next bit of new I have is very exciting to me!! It will take a bit of time before the fun actually takes off, but I am so very pleased to announce that I will be offering my very own line of RUBBER STAMPS!!! Yay!!!!!! Like I said, it's going to be a bit before they're set out for sale but yes, this is my exciting news! I plan to offer a variety of eclectic, mixed media style stamps. From vintage faces to old time places!! They will be sold in "plates" as opposed to singles. I may offer them as singles later on down the line but as of now this is the way I'm gonna go. I already have printouts of some of the stamps that will be offered but for now it's a secret, so stay tuned because I may give a sneak peek!

Moving on......

It's Wednesday people and time for the very first challenge. before I post the challenge, I want to inform you how to submit.

You will have one week from the challenge date (Wednesday to Wednesday) to turn in your submissions. All I ask is that you either scan or take an up close image of your artwork. Then, just email me your submission at and I will post all the submission up in my soon-to-be gallery (don't worry, it will be up by next week). That's all it takes. Pretty easy right? So here's your challenge.

Create a 5x7 piece of art using this image:

Isn't it pretty?! I just love it. Much thanks to the Flickr group, Collage Images, for providing the image. So get crafty!! I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Printing On Fabric -- It Really Works!

Okay, I said I was gonna go til tomorrow but I've been playing around a little and decided it was time for me to try to print onto fabric. I've been a little weary to try it but I figure, what the hell, just do it. So I just did it. And it was the easiest thing ever. I taped my fabric piece down to a piece of printer paper and put it in facing the correct way. I adjusted my printer settings and pressed print. Voila! It's done. And it came out perfect!

If you're going to try this too, do make sure you have a piece of paper underneath your fabric no matter what. Not only does it support the weight of the fabric and ease it through the printer, it also absorbs the excess ink that bleeds through the fabric.

I would also recommend using a lightweight fabric opposed to a heavier one only because I'm afraid it will get jammed in the printer and cause you some unnecessary tugging and cursing. Lol.

Overall it was easy and the results speak for themselves. Sorry about this photo, as I took it with my phone (trying to avoid the annoying task of taking the photo with my camera, then taking out the memory card, then putting it in the memory card reader, then downloading all the photos) and it doesn't produce the best results. I'll be sure to post a photo of the finished project once it's underway and to my visual satisfaction. Until we meet again.....

Fresh Reading

Sooooo, I picked up the latest issues of Somerset Studio and Somerset Memories. Sigh, I don't think I will ever find such perfect, and beautiful reading anywhere else. I only discovered the magazine last year but it has forever changed my life. The amount of knowledge and confidence you gain by reading this magazine is immense and I cannot think of a better thing to do on a lazy day than get in my bed with a pile of these mags, and melt into the pages. I don't even get tired of reading the same issues over and over. I am trying to muster up the courage to send in some of my own submissions. I think I'd scream and jump for joy if I received the issue showing me my published artwork. But then I think, how will I ever be able to part with my things. It's not unheard of for your pieces to be held for a few months, even up to a year! Especially if they want to use your submission for another issue, or even another publication. I also think I need to brave the craft room and hole myself up for at least a day without escaping. How much would I accomplish? I doubt that it's even feasible. Lol. I have 2 kids.....and it's almost summer break! So that means they'll either play and keep each other occupied and give me some "me" time, or they'll both be at each other's throats and need me more than ever! Either way, I'm blessed. At least I know I'm doing something instead of nothing.

OH, I'm not sure if you read my old-ish post about the essay contest I entered...but anyway, the results are in and.......

dun dun dun.......

I didn't win. Lol. Oh well. Knowing this was an international contest as well sorta kept me in the mindset that I probably wouldn't win, but that I might as well give it a go. It would have been cool if I did win, but all is good and I'm no sore loser. The winning submission was by Danielle Shelley and you can read her winning essay here if you'd like.

So I know I started this post talking about Somerset and all it's perfection, but now I have nothing left to say and I'm sorta losing my typing mojo. So a big au revoir to all of you. I will be trying to make time to create some more stuff and put it up in Etsy...but we all know me.....procrastinator of the century!

Hope you all have a good night and I'll be back....soon......I think....

Friday, May 1, 2009

Follow Me On Twitter

I'm on Twitter people!! Not like many of you care, but I thought I'd give a heads up anyway. I'm trying to post more interesting stuff (art wise) but it seems to be a little burdensome. I feel like I need to remember not to forget. Lol. How twisted is that?!? But anyway, If you wanna follow me, please do so. My screen name is :
or you can add my by my whole name:
Natalie Tynda
There should only be one me. So therefore, if you want not so entertaining news, please find me. Lol. I'll try, but I can't guarantee I'll amuse you.