Live out loud! 61

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 9:30 PM | , , ,

Hi there dear blogging friends! Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am! I've been busy studying for the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) recertification exam that I am taking Saturday morning. UGH!!! Makes my brain hurt but it is a necessary evil for my job. To be brutally honest with you, some patients cardiac or respiratory arrest while in the Operating Room on the table and that is where ACLS comes in handy. Anyways, I took a break and made a little something.
While I had my mixed media supplies out, I made a canvas project. I have learned soooo much valuable information and techniques from taking Christy Tomlinson's online She Art Workshops. I can't stress how much you will walk away knowing when you have completed the courses! I'm trying to process it all, while working out my own style. So here's the first girl I made using my very own patterns. I have to give credit to my sweet DH Scott for finding the word rub ons used on this project. Thank you baby for ALWAYS thinking of me ;)
I recently cleaned out my stamp closet, boxing up all of my "old" stamps that haven't kissed an ink pad in years if at all!, making room for new supplies. They were sitting in the garage for several months waiting to make their way to a new home. Guess what, I brought the boxes back in the house and put the stamps to good use! Scott thinks I have lost my mind or I have been inhaling too much paint these days!
The blossom shown below is not one from the garage ~ it's a Ranger foam stamp from the Claudine Hellmuth line that has only been neglected for 2-3 months rather than years! :) LOL
For color inspiration, I played along with the current ColourQ challenge:
I'm VERY flattered and blown away with a few requests asking if I sold my creations! It's something I am considering but before I think I am ready for that, I need a bit more practice so I made this girl to give away. If you would like to have My Girl to hang in your craft room, please leave a comment on THIS post telling me how you are living YOUR life out loud in 2012 :) You have until Saturday, January 7th, 6PM Eastern. I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 8th on my CR84FN post and you will have until Monday, January 9th 9PM Eastern to contact me via email to claim her.
Thanks for visiting! Be Sweet :)

Supplies Used:
Other: Too many inks, paints, rub ons, stamps to list
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61 Sweet Comments So Far:

Evgenia Petzer said...

sweet!

Linda R. said...

Amazing.. I love your she girl.. Christy's class is so fun. And you rocked it my friend.. I LOVE IT!!!

Hugs, Linda

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh you are hilarious that you brought back supplies and then used them.
I love to do swaps with friends and am always amazed at what we create with something someone else didn't think they needed.
LOVE,LOVE the work you are doing with the class you took-it is so pretty and amazing details.
Living out loud? I am doing my best to be the best i can be for 2012, making myself happy and healthy, and growing in all aspects of my life (not physically though...LOL)
Thanks for sharing

Alina said...

This canvas is wonderful! And I love the "Living out loud!" encouragement! Love your work and what you did with this canvas! I would be glad o have something like this in my home!
Oh... good luck with your exam!
Hugs from Romania!
Alina

Tumbleweed said...

OMG, Mona, this is another impressive design! You are getting very good at this technique! This canvas is absolutely a work of art! Love it all!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Soooo pretty, Mona!! And that's my resolution for this year, enjoy life!! Live out loud, don't hide away! I loooove the colors that you chose!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Pauline said...

This is a gorgeous canvas, a real work of art, and I love these colours for this challenge. I love the sweet girl, and the reflective sentiments. Wonderful!

Lulu/cy said...

Jeekers Creepers Wowza Wowza! U R very Smart 2 take care of U. You did the right thing, as if U need 2 B told, but sometimes a
confirmation of what we know 2 B true in the very fiber of our
being.(which is when we are stressed(do u remember B4 U took Ur Boards U (we)were encouraged to RELAX)Of Course U remember, this si WHY U came 2 Your Creative Area. Do Your remember Hammersthines
Cinderella's Musical? Where she sings "In my own little corner...I would think that a crafters area is liken 2 this song. I will light
a candle 4 you on Sat 1.7.12(in the morning? yes? All the best U know You'll do well, & Thank You for being there for all of us. I
think so often we forget All the wonders of the various positions.
Relax, use your mantra, & whatever Your muse, May the force B W/U!
I bet it was FUN 2 pull out the stamps and use your inks. The doll
/or girl U speak of is this the image on Ur canvas?, I thought U
made this free-hand, & was going 2 ask, why her arms& hands were not out in front of her body? WOW thoses colors on that HandBag.is that Your Purse? I can see why You liked it so,...Kinda look like you're walking along the coast in The Grand Camens. Just a lovely
purse, and the colors are "the BOMB"

Ros said...

This is fabulous ... I always see your happiness reflected in your creations ... Living out loud? Well I'm taking my first cruise (mini) to Norway with my sweet Aunt of 85! That will be living out loud ... she is such fun! .... Have a wonderful day ... and as for that exam ... good luck ... and bless you ... you save lives!

~amy~ said...

Mona, I seriously LOVE this! happy friday!!!

lynn said...

first, good luck on that test! and your she art creation is so darling! you've captured the technique christy taught and did so in your own style--perfect! i went to a garden center and found a large flat rock that i want to put a she girl on, for my garden.

Mirna said...

Gorgeous work of art, Mona! Your she art technique is amazing! Lynn is right, you have taken Christie's technique and added your own creative style to it! Your results are magnificent!

1CardCreator said...

This looks fabulous Mona! I will say a prayer for your test on Saturday.

Ruth S said...

Wonderful canvas Mona - a really inspirational message ;)
I love what you mean about those unused stamps making their appearance back in the house again... I was having a clearout and before I managed to take my box out to the charity group, one (or two.. or three?!) items slipped back into my stash again, hehe!
Good luck with your exam, I will be thinking of you, and thanks so much for the giveaway chance, Rx

Carol Reisner said...

Incredibly gorgeous canvas, Mona!!! Love the soft colors and the beautiful sentiments! You are lucky to have an involved DH!!! Your technique really demonstrates your beautiful style! You should be selling these works of art!

Rachael M said...

Absolutely stunning!!! What a beautiful technique! You are a true artist!

Davi said...

Oh way to much fun Mona!! Love it!!

Kaylene said...

well, for the very first time my girls and I are working on New Year Resultions. I am aiming for 2012 to be a year of self improvement with some measure of adventure through travel and trying to branch out in the culinary world.h
Thank you for your sharing with us your many talents! You are amazing!

Ashley said...

So beautiful, Mona!!! Simply amazing!!!

Deborah Frings said...

I think your canvas is just beautiful! I don't think you need any practise :) I'm sure the studying will mean that you'll fly through the recertification exam!

BTW - saw your fabulous feature with the masculine Valentine cards - brilliant!

Vickie Z said...

Wow...this is fabulous!! Might have to try that class!!! Kudos to your husband for finding the rubons and kudos to you for finding ways to use your old stamps!!! Used to be an ICU and CVRU nurse- understand the ACLS and feel your pain!!!!

Natalie said...

Hi Mona, your canvas is so phenomenal!!! Most professional work I've seen you do! My jaw dropped when I first saw it! You are truly talented!
For 2012, I am trying to live life to the fullest! I have promised myself to try more new things and be less cautious! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Denise B said...

Awesome project, Mona! What a beautiful way to blow away this color challenge! I'm totally floored by your technique! Thanks for a chance to own it; I plan on traveling more to see and understand more of the world! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning work of magical art!! Every inch is amazing!
Mary Lainden

Sylvia said...

Fabulous piece of heArt, Mona! Love what you did with the colors. Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week for the first challenge of 2012.

Julie C said...

A true masterpiece, Mona!!! Your She art is so compelling and totally gorgeous!!! It really show off your amazing talent!! TFS!

Ellen S said...

BEAUTIFUL! OMG, what a wonderful piece of art, Mona! Your canvas projects are just mind blowing! Love these soft colors and all the pretty flowers and the words! Your DH did a great job finding those! I would love to give a project like this a try this year!

Nancy L said...

Mona, you are such a talented artist! This canvas is stunning to me! I really love the pretty colors and the gorgeous layering! I need to check out Christy's workshops! Good luck with your ACLS test!

Heather Jensen said...

She is beautiful Mona. I think you did an amazing job with the pretty colors and combo of rub on's and stamps. I don't think you are crazy pulling out your old stuff...I totally understand. :)
Hugs~

Lisa said...

When we don't use "old stuff" and kind of forget about it...I think that sort of qualifies as new stuff again! LOL ;) This is stellar Mona. I always love your projects and this is another beauty!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Absolutely stunning, Mona! Your creativity really shines on your fabulous mixed media projects! Can't wait to see more... thanks for sharing!

Lucy G said...

Amazing mixed media project! Breathtaking!i wish I could do something like this! You are so artistically talented!!! Hope things go well with your ACLS!

Gale Evans said...

Gorgeous and so creative! I love the design on her dress, the colors and the beautiful layers, flowers and the sentiments!! Truly incredible!!!

Kelly S. said...

Ohhh I wanna win! Hmmm, let's see. Living life out loud. Well, I want to be braver and try new things, whether new crafty things, foods, get out of the ole wardrobe rut (I am trying better to actually purchase accessories :)! Also, to try and get out and enjoy things in larger venues...like the Bills game! I tend to get anxious in crowds like that, but it was so much fun! I think a concert this year is next on my To Do list. I reeealllly want to see Foster the People (even if I AM older than most of their groupies for sure!)

Kelly S. said...

Oh gosh, I didn't even say how much I LOVE your canvases! I love your girls, you should turn them into a stamp for those of us that are illustrating-challenged ;)!

Regina said...

Spectacular canvas, Mona! So incredibly inspiring!

LindsayZ said...

GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW! So fabulous! Mona, your she art canvases are true works of art! You have quickly become an expert with this technique! I just love seeing what you will do next! Thanks so much!

Donna H said...

OMG, Mona, this canvas is wonderful! I just love the colors and the beautiful words! I want to try lots of new things this year and live life to the fullest!

Julie said...

Incredibly beautiful, Mona! Practice? I don't think you need ANY practice! This is phenomenal! Hope your test went well! Have a great weekend!

Paulette Still said...

I can't even imagine how you work in surgery all day, come home and cook, laundry, mother, wife, etc., and have any brain left at all for creating such lovely works of art. I bought a stamp several years ago, while randomly collecting stamps and before I even really knew how to stamp. LOL It says, Love Out Loud. And like the sayings on your canvas, I just love the license it gives us to not hold back with our love. Life is short. I had 2 surgeries close together in 2007 and another in 2008. I was 45 and 46 and for some crazy reason I had a little bit of brain melting that occurred with the first and it just got more severe with each one, but by the time we got to the last surgery and the gaping break at the bottom of my spine, I absolutely had to have that surgery. I've had to relearn how to tell time, spell, do math and try not to burn the house down multitasking
while food is cooking on the stove with no recollection of turning on the burner. I would get lost on the most familiar streets in town and panic. Which both my OBGYN and Neurosurgeon totally disregarded and even laughed at me and changed the subject when I inquired about these bazarre things. I've just had to muddle through at home by myself every day for 3 years while my husband goes to work. Paper crafting really helped with all of the measuring and cutting, scoring and folding and assembling things. I'm so addicted to die cutting!I also breed exotic birds,which is very interesting and I'm a genetics nut and love the most diversity and different color outcomes as I can get per nest box experience. But its all so time consuming to feed the birds fresh foods, hand feed babies and it takes great daily maintenance. It's like having a zoo in your house and its just not that fun any more. I'd rather be paper crafting than giving my life to the birds. LOL So for 2012, I'm down sizing my aviary to free up some time for more crafting as I'm doing birthday cards for all of the people at my husband's work, which is challenging since there are more men than women. But fun and they enjoy it so much and they all sign each other's cards. And every now and then I get to make a mini album for the new babies that come along, which is great fun as well. Thanks for sharing all of your greatnart Mona. I enjoy it so much.

Deb Hickman said...

Stunning piece of art, I love her dress and the background is gorgeous. I 've got some old supplies in my garage that I keep dipping back into,lol. I''ll be embracing the good life I have, enjoy my family and friends,life's to short to be sat moaning about things you can't change.
Good luck with your exam.xxxxx

Christina said...

Love your project, Mona! Your best ever! She is so beautiful! Every element is perfect!!! Good luck with your test!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Wow! This is so creative Mona! I admire mix media artists and how they can put things together! Fabulous job! Great colors, and the rub-ons look perfect. Hope your exam is over by now and you can relax!

Barbara Andrews said...

Gorgeous canvas! Really love the colors and the wonderful message!

Lisa said...

Beautifully creative, Mona! I am so in love with your technique! Your girl is gorgeous! Love her hair and the beautiful dress! This is so inspiring; I'll have to check out Christy's workshops! Thanks!!!

Stella said...

I sincerely hope that your exams went well; I jumped in after being away too long. Your project shows how versatile you are. I love that; stamping, quilting, mixed media, sewing and so on and so on. Very inspiring and always pure to joy so sit down, look, read, enjoy, smile and sigh :)

Live out loud in 2012? At first; being healthy,being with my family, enjoy crafting ( my own craft room is almost ready..yes!), improving and developing my cardmaking and quilting skills, more sewing...but most of all; appreciate life.....there are so may people who are suffering through a horrible disease, who lost a dear person. People in finacial trouble, stress, no work....To be honest I feel blessed. I am healthy and there are no major issues to worry about. What else could I wish for. I live my life to the fullest....

Isabel Jett said...

I absolutely adore your canvas project, Mona! You are becoming the queen of mixed media!!! What a magnificent work of art you've created and the colors are fabulous! Those rub ons are inspirational too and so perfectly placed! Your DH did a great job finding these!!!! TFS!

Angi said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous. My fingers & toes are crossed!

Marie said...

Another beautiful creative project. Awesome!

Linda M said...

Incredibly incredible, Mona!!! Wow, you are a true artist! I love this mix of different media types especially the beautiful painting and the rub ons! Someone will be so thrilled to own such a gorgeous original! Thanks so much for sharing!

BethieJ said...

Mona she is BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE it!! I still havent tried one of these yet.. I am a bit nervous! :) Hope all is well and your having a FABULOUS weekend!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Really fun card and so artistic.

Christina said...

This is really wonderful, Mona! I've never tried my hand at a canvas, but this is truly inspiring. Thanks for joining us this week at the ColourQ!

Helen said...

Oh my goodness - Mona, how clever are you ?? Totally stunning - this canvas is amazing!! I love that you revisited old stamps too!! Such a sweet image and love all the wording in this too & the colours on her dress - pure beauty!! Xxx

Debbie K. said...

I know I'm too late to enter the contest, but wanted to tell you how BEAUTIFUL this piece is Lisa! Congrats to the winner:) Have a great weekend...
- Debbie Kaste

Lisa S. said...

Okay, I'm here too late to enter for your art but congrats to the winner. I also was a little late in wishing you luck on the test, oops, but I'm sure that you ace'd it.
I'm definitely going to check into these classes because your projects are wonderful and what a great gift idea this would be for my dd. :)

papertrails leaver said...

This is so incredible! Love it Mona! I love the mixed medias you have combined to make this canvas!

S said...

Mona--This is so cute and adorable, and really sends an inspiring message to us all. I really did LAUGH OUT LOUD when you said "Scott thinks I have lost my mind." You are so funny and creative. Thanks for the birthday card from you and Tina. It is such a sweet card (totally worthy of me......HA, HA). Hope you do well on your test.

papertrails leaver said...

so much color and great patterns mixed on this beautiful canvas Mona! I can't imagine working anywhere near an operating table or hospital for that matter because I am so squeamish. Good luck on your test and keep sharing these canvases with us! I love them!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic ideas. love the colors. ......hugs Pattie J.

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is amazing, Mona. I didn't even know you enjoyed mixed media...where have I been? I have everything one would need to do this kind of art, but it's the talent I lack. You have that is spades! AHmazing!


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