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For the love of family!

Salmon River Fine Arts Center 6x6 Show

This week I participated in the above community event (click on title for the link) and I loved the idea behind creating any artwork as long as the finished size was 6x6 with a donation limit of 3 pieces.  My sister and her husband also participated.  

What to paint was a challenge!  I decided to go with sunsets using the dime technique that I learned from Lynne Bauer of Dragonfly Spirit Studio (link to my blog post HERE).  Unfortunately, the tutorials to this technique are unavailable now.  I painted the crane and tall grasses in orange tones and for some reason painted the sailboat in blues.  I decided to paint another sailboat in oranges to match the other two.  All in all, I think I painted at least eight 6x6 paintings as I was working through what to settle on!

My sister, Alicia's, chalk projects on canvas are so sweet for February home decor!  I can see these mounted together in one frame to make a beautifully bold statement!
My brother inlaw, Tom made a gorgeous piece!  He even made the frame!  He said the fly tie is an actual salmon fly tie!  I guess patrons were practically fighting over this and I can see why!

Valentine Card Making Fun with MJ

I finally got to craft this week with my sister's MIL, Mary Jane and we had so much fun making this team effort of a card!  I made the background card panel at home using an embossing folder and Distress Oxide ink on the reverse side of the folder with the logo (stay tuned for more projects using this technique). The ink covers the area around the hearts. 

I had MJ smoosh the Distress Ink onto a craft sheet.  I spritzed the area and she dragged the scallop heart through the color.  Once dry, I applied glue to the top diecut heart and she affixed the two hearts together.  Meanwhile, Alicia sewed the ribbon loops.  In all, we made a total of 6 cards!  The absolute best part is that MJ signed each card to give to her family and friends.

Valentine DIY

I just had to share a Valentine project my sister pulled together from leftovers!  It is so darling and is quite the centerpiece on her kitchen table.

I sure enjoyed sharing the talents of my family members today!

Have a pleasant week!


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