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Friday, June 3, 2016

Strathmore/Steve Mitchell Watercolor Painting Tutorial

What delight I have in finding the many watercolor painting tutorials available online. Strathmore recently offered some "classes" by current artists that are such a great help for me in learning the many wonderful facets of watercolor painting. Be sure to check out Strathmore's website and that of Steve Mitchell's! Here's what I recently learned and created following Steve's instruction for painting a botanical rose... (Mine is a peony picked fresh from my garden!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sandie's Hand-Beaded Cuff

What fun to complete this hand-beaded cuff this past month!  It has such a lovely drape yet holds it's form so well.  A pleasure to have it adorn my wrist!  
Pattern and beads come from 

Sandie's Hand-Beaded Cuff 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Time For Learning Watercolor Techniques....

From October 2014 'til now my life has been ever so busy with many other activities(such as enjoying my sweet 3 year old grandson as much as possible) ~ alas my blog has been VERY quiet!  I'm still here...alive and well!

My quiet time has found me using a few spare moments to learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting!  Soon I will share from my stash of practice pages.  Love the experimentation & being able to use it in my mixed media projects!!  

The following are little snippets of birds from Dina Wakley's "Scribbly Birds" ~ stamped images with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink on 140# coldpress paper and then I watercolored the images.  SO FUN!!!  One can color each bird in any way one's heart desires ~ realistic or not!

YouTube has so many talented watercolor artists that willingly share video tutorials for watercolor painting techniques.  As if you have your very own personal instructor!  AMAZING!!!

With today being a celebration of my birth 63 years ago, I am SO VERY EXCITED to have this opportunity to apply many things I have artistically learned over my lifetime to this recent endeavor!  Truly one is never too old to learn!  OH YAY!!!
Sweet blessings to each who read my infrequent & quirky posts....Joyfully, ~Sandie

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Accordian-Hinged Autumn Journal

Warm Autumn greetings, my friends!

AUTUMN has moved in so quickly it seems!!  God shared some of his glory today in the clear azure  sky, trees and shrubs in a multitude of glorious colors all around, with leaves drifting on the breeze, and a crunch under foot.   A sweet warmth to the air made the day so lovely!  MAGNIFICENT!!

After enjoying some time out of doors I couldn't resist playing with a lovely autumn-hued papercrafting kit from ClubScrap that a dear friend gifted me earlier today.  WHAT FUN to receive and to have a hand in creating something special from it....

Using Tim Holtz Wallflower Vellum for the front cover helped to coordinate the 
four pre-cut 
colored cardstocks used.

Accordion Hinge With Beaded Cord Added
Autumn Journal Interior Pages

Truly it was an enjoyable and quick way of completing a photo journal.  New ways of creating the spine of a journal always fascinates me!  This one is particularly fun.  It does require one to be accurate in your folding.

Now I'm off to decorate the
multitude of interior pages.....

Monday, September 1, 2014


"SUMMER BOUQUET" collage by Sandie Luck

"SUMMER BOUQUET" collage by Sandie Luck

Here in Minnesota my gardens have been filled to overflowing with vibrant colors and textures during our cool summer!  So thrilling!  This collage brings to mind my memories of the pleasure I have enjoyed in my gardens.  Hopefully we will continue to enjoy them a while longer before winter's chilling temps put everything to sleep!

Friday, January 17, 2014

1 hour 6x6 Mini Album ~Instructions on "Dawn's Inspirations" Youtube Video

Here is the mini-album that I made today after watching Dawn's video through twice.  
It's a good idea to do that so that you know where you are headed as each step progresses!!  
This project turned out so well!  
More of these will be made in the near future!! 
There are many creative possibilities to embellishing this album. 
Using coordinating 6x6 papers makes the prep work so easy! 

Designer Papers I used were from Kaisercraft's "Secret Bird Society" Collection
This is the beginning of assembling the pages with the added hinges that create
space for the photos & embellishments. 

I used Delta's Blue Spruce & Martha Stewart's Champagne Metallic Acrylic Craft Paints on the covers & the spine. 

For the covers it worked well to use the thick chipboard that I keep on hand.

Inside Pages
The Spine

On the spine I changed the way that the paper wrapped the area ~ placing the vertical edges on the inside instead of covering the outside of the covers.   
OOPS!!  The photo was taken before the glue totally dried!  It is now sealed tightly.  
Allene's Fast Grab Tacky glue is my favorite liquid glue.  
It gives just a bit of time to make adjustments before it adheres securely.

The finished album awaiting embellishments!  With our sweet grandchildren
I have many photos that need a home where they can be seen & enjoyed.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's Time to Get CREATIVE!

Welcome, my friends, as I begin again with my blog!  It has been a busy year with family, friends and work.  Grateful that it all has been good!!  My creativity waned a bit BUT I am ready to try anew! 

As a "jumper" on CREATIVE JUMPSTART 2014 I am eager to join the group to stimulate my creativity in this New Year.  HOW EXCITING!!   My heart and mind are ready to CREATE and to see where God leads me on this journey.

As you enter.....
Here is where I will be eagerly delving into my creative inspiration:
Welcome to my "Creative Haven" studio.....

My desk is neat and tidy for the moment!!

I so enjoy that I have everything for supplies, tools and technology at the ready!!

Well wishes to each of you as you begin YOUR journey into your New Year!!!