Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rock Your Blog in 2012!

How would you like to "rock your blog" in 2012? Well, I have 3 Amazon books designed to help you do just that~

But, that's not all. I have a NEW feature on this blog. If you look at the tab above, you will see a new section entitled "Blogging Tutorials." From those, you can learn such things as centering a blog header, changing column widths on Blogger--and more!

In the meantime, if you want extra inspiration for your blog, my ebooks are availabe on Amazon--and no need to own a Kindle. If you want to know how to read them right on your computer, click the tab above that says, "How to read ebooks on your computer" up above.

Remember that each of us is unique~We each have much to share--Blogging is a wonderful vehicle to do just that. "I want to help you rock your blog in 2012!"


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Special Shrine

Recently, a friend of mine told me about her mother's passing that transpired years ago. But, right before her mother passed away, she had a dream about 3,000 butterflies. Well, my friend's sister started collecting butterflies and hopes to reach 3,000 in her collection to honor her mother....What a precious idea.

Well, I got to work creating this shrine from a book and, of course, I wanted it to feature butterflies...I can't wait to surprise her with it!

At City Crafter Challenge Blog this week, the challenge is to create something from a book or something for a book--So, I couldn't wait to display this piece.


Women: Launch Your Online Business

I have a brand-new seminar that was created to help you launch your online business or super-charge an existing one. The seminar is at the top of my Whimsical Musings blog and you can reach it directly by going HERE.

It is fun and informative--I hope you have a great time!!!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Easy Christmas Projects--Ooh-la-la!

I am the author of Mixed Media Art: Living Your Passion available on Amazon for $2.99. In this ebook, you can learn about myriad creative projects and where to get images and materials at bargain prices for your art. No need to own a Kindle to read it! Go HERE to download a free app. ...easy-peasy!

I am a gallery artist and love teaching others about mixed media projects that they can make easily. Here are some that I just created on large tiles...

Paris Dreams

Fleur de Lis

Postcards from Paris

I purchased large tiles at Home Depot for under $1 a piece. Then, I printed out graphics, cut them, and adhered them with a foam brush with Mod Podge. I used a brayer to flatten the images....Let the pieces dry, and voila! I was done.

Images are from:

The Graphics Fairy--(Eiffel Tower & stamps.)

Shabby Cottage Studio (Postcards & stamps.)

Dezinaworld (Fleur de Lis.)

Linking this to: The Graphics Fairy!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cheap and Easy Christmas Craft Project

I am the author of Mixed Media Art: Living Your Passion, a new ebook on Amazon. In addition to learning about numerous projects, readers can find out where to buy some of the best items for mixed media art at bargain prices. The book is only $2.99.

You don't need a Kindle to read it...You can download a free app. HERE so that you can read it on your computer...easy, peasy!

But, I wanted to share a new quick and easy project to make~

I am also a gallery artist and design for Shabby Cottage Studio. So, using a sheet of their images of postcards, I created these coasters.

I adore images of vintage postcards, so I thought they would be perfect for this project.

One sheet was downloaded digitally and I can print it out as many times as I need it. For purposes of this project, I only used one sheet and I created 2 sets of four coasters.

The tiles for the coasters were purchased at Home Depot for 16 cents apiece. I printed off the graphic sheet and cut the postcards.

Then, each one was Mod Podged with a foam brush onto the tile. You can use a brayer to make sure that the paper remains flat...(It tends to lift or bubble after about 10 minutes, so you can either smoothe it with your finger or with a brayer.)

I let them dry for 2 hours and then, I took 4 felt pads and adhered them to the backs of each one.

No need to glue as there is already adhesive on the felt pads. This is what the back of each tile looks like.

Finally, I tied them together with a bow~All done~Easy, peasy!

But, this is not my original idea. I saw it the other day on Angela's blog at Sew Loquacious and decided to give it a try! Thank you, Angela!! Trust me, you'll want to see Angela's because they are amazing--and hers are done with letter graphics and look fabulous!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Start a Blog: It Gives Women a Voice

I have made an awesome video to let women know just how special it is
to blog!! It's super-short--I hope you'll join me! (Oh, you'll want to
turn your sound up--the song is so cute.)

Over 1,000 women have attended my Blogging 101 workshop~Can you believe it?

And my book, "Blogging: It's a 'Woman' Thing" is available on Amazon. If you would like to read it, just go HERE.

The good news is, you don't need a Kindle...You can download a free app and read it
from your desktop. To download the free app. just go HERE. What I would suggest is, download the free app. first and then order whichever books you want.

In my book, I reveal how blogging opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me professionally and personally~I think that blogging is the most powerful social media tool available!!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Amazing Art Adventure Free Seminar!

Right now on my Whimsical Musings blog, I have a free seminar....It is all about the artist in each one of us! It is for anyone who wants to be inspired~I hope you'll come take a peek!!!
It's at the top of my blog on a tab. It's lot of fun! XO Cindy

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Completely Beautiful!

I received the most gorgeous surprise in the mail from my friend Jacira all the way from Brazil. Jacira creates some of the most beautiful and delicate art--and she is a true inspiration.

Each fold holds a different, specially made tag...When I opened it, I was astonished...and feel so blessed to have a friend that would create something so special for me. Thank you, Jacira!! You are so talented and loved by so many here in blogland.