More bugs and butterflies

Yesterday I was standing at my kitchen sink, lost in thought over a print project I’m designing right now, placing my thrice-filled-and-drained coffee cup in the basin, peering up at the gray skies, and down at the drenched grass, when I caught a flash of orange flitting in and around the buddleia bush. I grabbed the camera and dashed out before the skies opened up with a torrent again. I think this captivating creature is a Fritillary. If anyone else knows otherwise, please post in the comments.

I have also uploaded some new Magnolia seed pod images on Flickr. Click here to see my photo stream or click on the Flickr sidebar to the right.

Just for giggles, I’m throwing in a Soldier Bug image, too. I love these guys! This one was out front on my magnolia tree. Its giant seed pods are beginning to burst.

Just for giggles, I'm throwing in a Soldier Bug image, too. I love these guys! This one was out front on my magnolia tree. It's giant seed pods are beginning to burst.

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Companion piece

I’m following my muse. Here’s the companion piece to “Do you love me?

Variation on a theme. More shiny stuff. Love it!

Variation on a theme. More shiny stuff. Love it!

Catching the light on an angle.

Catching the light on an angle.

The background paper is from the new Coredinations Whitewash Collection, which I found at my local Joann’s — they just started carrying it here in their open stock papers. Yay! This is the coolest paper — you can sand it, tear it, basically abuse the heck out of it, and the result is still beautiful, as the core of the paper shows through whatever damage you’ve done to it. The paper has a lovely woven texture to it that adds even more depth. Too fun!

Stamp credits: Frame (Roben-Marie Smith/Paper Bag Studios); Couple (The Stamping Ground); Sentiment (Catslife Press); background image in celery (Stampa Rosa).

Overcoming my fear of flocking

When I was four, my family moved into the house I would grow up in. Of the many changes my parents made to the decor, none was more immediate than taking down the wallpaper in the dining room — shiny silver paper flocked with pink and orange flamingos. It left a lasting dislike for flocking in my impressionable little mind. One that until recently I thought would never change. But I’ve gained a new appreciation for the fuzzy stuff — not on my walls, mind you. On my art. There are lots of gorgeous papers on the market sporting the stuff, just begging to be touched, and added to a paper creation. But I recently found a nifty package of rub-ons from We R Memory Keepers that allows you to add flocking to paper just where you want it.

So working with a palette inspired by a recent visit from goldfinches, I went to work, well, play

The palette inspired by the goldfinches in my purple salvia garden.

The palette inspired by the goldfinches in my purple salvia garden.

The “Foil Glitter Flock” pack:

Swirls galore! Rub the glue image onto your paper, rub the flock over it and voila!

Swirls galore! Rub the glue image onto your paper, rub the flock over it and voila!

I couldn’t resist the YELLOW flockĀ  … as bright as the goldfinches:

LOOK at that yellow!!! Too cool.

LOOK at that yellow!!! Too cool.

The created pieces:

Can you see the yellow flocking? Smashing. And check out those flighty little cherubs wrapping themselves around the "JOY"!

Can you see the yellow flocking? Smashing. And check out those flighty little cherubs wrapping themselves around the "JOY" (stamp by Stampfrancisco).

Very pleased with the flocking here and another Ebay find - the perspective stamp by Stamp Out Cute.

Very pleased with the flocking here and another Ebay find - the perspective stamp by Stamp Out Cute.

The bird and egg stamps in these two pieces are by Michelle Ward – awesome, awesome artist. Her blog is in my list of faves, or if you like the images as much as I do, you can visit her store directly: greenpepperpress.com.

Going to seed isn’t so bad

While I was exercising my passport in Paris, my purple Salvia out front went to seed. Zut alors! I discovered today, however, that wasn’t such a bad thing. Here, 4 goldfinches find sustenance in the Salvia seed (say that 10 times fast!). There were 2 other females and another male, but I couldn’t fit them all in the picture. A gleeful find, indeed. Will this inspire an art creation? You bet! Just look at that yellow …

Goldfinches find the Salvia that's gone to seed

Goldfinches find the Salvia that's gone to seed

I start with tape

Welcome to bcreative2day. For a while now I’ve been thinking about starting a blog that might inspire creativity and chronicle things that inspire me in my art and my days. During a recent week in Paris with a dear friend, Holly, I found my inspiration to start this blog. Must have been all that wine and cheese, cheery chatting — and incredible art and architecture — that opened up my mind.

What will this blog be about? It’s going to be about things that make me smile … things that inspire an A-ha! hand clap … things that are cool, or designed well, or simply gorgeous … things that, I hope, are just plain worth sharing and that might make you smile, and spur your own creativity, too.

So, I start with packing tape:

Tape from Le Bon Marche - Gorgeous!

Tape from Le Bon Marche - Gorgeous!

Now, this is no ordinary tape — it’s tape fit for royalty! I bought it at Le Bon Marche in Paris, so it came at a regal price (14 Euros). But I had to have it, because it spoke to my artsy-fartsy soul. And because Holly walked me all the way to the store to show me their glorious paper arts department. I needed a souvenir. Plus, at 60 meters (175+ feet) it will keep me busy for a while.

The tape is produced by Donkey Products out of Germany, but after a look at their website, I’ve discovered they are simply the creators of products that creative geniuses come up with, not a site from which you can buy. So, thank you to the creative genius behind this tape. And, anyone reading, please let me know if you have a selling source for this or other cool tapes, and I’ll post it. Coming soon … a creation of mine inspired by this tape!