Saturday, September 28, 2019

Foliage – Art Elements September Theme Challenge

Photo by John Mccann on Unsplash
Art Elements September theme is Folliage. Caroline Dewison from the team selected Folliage  for the challenge which is open to all in any type of media. Take a photograph, make some jewelry, create a mixed media assemblage any thing goes.  Since I typically use elements from nature, I was able to create several pieces of jewelry as well as few handmade cards.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
Even though it has been very warm in the East this month, I am thinking about the leaves starting to turn colors. I pulled out an enameled leaf by Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel to use as the finishing touch on a fun necklace that I was inspired to make.

Where the Wild Things Are by BayMoonDesign
This is a simple chain necklace with a floral pendant that says "Find Me Where The Wild Things Are".  Since in my previous life I was a children's librarian, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a favorite book of mine.  I love the addition to the phrase  with "Find Me Where the Wild Things Are" .

 I used a red English cut bead to draw attention to the flowers on the pendant. The brown enameled leaf hangs below.  The natural brass ball chain is 18 inches long and brings out the browns in the jewelry. The oval floral bead with a message is by a Scottish artisan at Grubbi Ceramics.

Fall Leaves Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
Fall Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These gold fall leaf earrings combine small handmade art beads with delicate gold leaf charms. These earrings are a little over an inch from the top of the ear wire to the bottom bead. These autumn leaf earrings are inspired by foliage.

The brown and white leaf beads are by polymer clay artist Humblebeads.  They remind me of a walk in the woods. Earthy and woodsy earrings!

Photo by Doug Linstedt on Unsplash
I made a few cards with leaves as main feature.

This handmade log slice card is perfect to express gratitude for a fall gift or autumn favor.  It can also be used to thank a Thanksgiving hostess.  It has the word grateful in gold lettering with a log slice and green leaves mixed with gold leaves.  "Inside of the card card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.

I am in the process of weeding out some of my paper supplies and I came across some gelli plate prints that I made a year or so ago and forgot about.  I love blues and greens in the paper and I made a bird on a branch with the papers.

This is a blog hop so please visit all who participated and leave comments.  

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Friday, September 20, 2019

We're All Ears :: September Inspiration :: Dotty

Photo by Kiy Turk on Unsplash

The September We're All Ears Challenge is to celebrate the polka-dot by making some dotty-spotty earrings. Polka dots are very much in style in 2019.  These days, polka dots are prized for their familiar cheerfulness.

You can find them in nature on land, sea and in the air. 

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

 "A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colourful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can't stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement... Polka-dots are a way to infinity."
                                                                                                                       Yayoi Kusama
Photo by Marcelo Belini on Unsplash

Polka dot fashion wasn't possible in the pre-industrial era.  Dotted patterns didn’t become popular until there were machines that could make them perfectly spaced.  Now they are found everywhere from on the streets to in the home.  They are even perfect for earrings!

Black and White Polka Dot earrings by BayMoonDesign

I created some black and white polka dot earrings with handmade gold ear kidney wires. The dangles are a perfect accessories for black and white outfits.  If you are like me. those colors are staples of your wardrobe. These fun earrings hang from 2.5 inch.

Blue and green polka dot earrings by BayMoonDesign
My next pair of dotty earrings are navy blue and green polka dot dangles with sterling ear wires. A pair of navy Swarovski crystals add some shimmer. I can't decide if these round dangles have a retro or boho look. What do you think?

I have to agree with Marc Jacobs who says "there is never a wrong time for a polka dot".

Photo by Crawford Jolly on Unsplash

This is a blog hop.  I hope you'll check out what everyone else was inspired to make over on the We're All Ears Blog HERE.  We love to read your comments so tell us what you think of our creations.

Friday, August 30, 2019

August Art Elements Theme Challenge-- the Octopus

Photo of octopuses by Gary Sandoz on Unsplash
Photo of octopuses by Gary Sandoz on Unsplash
This month's Art Elements challenge theme is - Octopus! The hostess Claire Fabian selected the octopus because this creature is so wonderfully weird and strange. She loves them and shared what they inspired her to create for her home and just for fun on her blog.
Photo of Octopus by Bryan Burgos on Unsplash
Photo of Octopus by Bryan Burgos on Unsplash
This challenge is wide open to interpretation of media and subject. You could use the theme literally or broadly. You could use colors, shapes, materials inspired by the ocean. The idea of creating whimsical fantasy creatures - mermaids with tentacles, steampunk octopus are all possibilities.
Octopus tentacles Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash
Octopus tentacles Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash
I decided to make a couple of octopus themed handmade cards. I had a lot of fun with a new stamp and die set.
Octopus Card by BayMoonDesign
This octopus card is a perfect card for a birthday, thank you, thinking of you, or anniversary. There is an under the sea scene with an octopus, starfish, and ocean reef.  "You're One of a Kind" sentiment makes this a personal and special greeting. I love the pop of the turquoise and purple colors. The purple was hand stamped on the octopus. The inside the notecard is blank which makes it a very versatile card.

Reaching Out  Card by BayMoonDesign
My second card has a very different color palette. I sponged a very pale aqua color on the white card stock and sponged pale shades of blue and green on the octopus. The sentiment  "Thanks for Reaching Out"  makes this a very special notecard.

This is a blog hop so take time and enjoy the wide variety of creations inspired by this theme.  We love to read your comments. A special thanks to Claire Fabian for this perfect summer inspiration.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July Theme Challenge: Flowers

Water Lily Photo by BayMoonDesign
The theme of the July Art Elements blog hop is flowers.  The sponsor Marsha Neal thought behind this theme is that there are participants in this blog hop from all of the world and it will be fun to see what is in bloom in different areas.  I totally agree.

I decided to photograph a new flower in my own backyard in Lewes, Delaware, USA.  I have a small manmade pond in my backyard with some goldfish. Our first water lily is in bloom and it looks very pretty floating in the crystal clear water. 

Garden container at local pool
My next flowers to be photographed are in a garden container that I have been admiring all summer.  It is located at a pool in Lewes, Delaware where I swim laps in the summer. This photo will help remind me to try this combination of flowers next year at my house. I love all of the yellows and greens. This combination of flowers does well in a shaded area. It is a combination of begonias, pansies, and a snake plant. These flowers thrive in the shade and bloom all summer long. These plants are all are hardy and have a striking appearance when combined. Even those without a green thumb will find these plants easy to care for. These plants can put up with almost anything! That makes them perfect for me.
Humorous Crown Card by BayMoonDesign
This challenge inspired me to use some of my newest floral paper to make some hand stamped cards. I made this sassy floral card that could be sent to cheer someone up. I am fond of the sentiment that I stamped on this card --"Sometimes you just have to throw on a Crown and remind them who they're dealing with!" The inside is blank so that you can personalize it.  The magenta colored card stock is layered on top of white card stock. The regal crown has tiny "diamonds" Who wouldn't get a kick out of this fabulous floral card.  This is a fun card for a special person!
Next, flowers  inspired me to made a cheerful floral birthday card with the words "Just for You" on the front. A trio of birds are layered on the floral paper. I decided to add it to green and orange card stock. Happy Birthday is hand stamped on the inside of the flowers with birds birthday card. There is plenty of room on the inside for you to add your own special words.

Make a Wish Floral Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
My floral bracelet features a pale green leather and aqua blue ceramic with "Make Wishes" on one side and a dandelion on the other. This flower bracelet also has the word bead "Kindness" and it is adjustable. It fits a 7 to 8 inch wrist. Size adjustments can be made easily by adjusting the amount of leather that you pass through the floral.  The ceramic word beads are by Scottish artisan Grubbi.  
This is a blog hop so take time and enjoy the flowers and what see what they inspired. We love to read your comments.  A special thanks to Marsha Neal for this perfect summer inspiration.