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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Illustration Friday: BLUE

Blue Christmas, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Could I have done anything else? I don't think so!
And blue is my favourite colour, so I was happy to work with this theme!

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you will be glad that you did.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Small World

Small World, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For the Illustration Friday theme: small.
I had fun with colour on this one!

Saturday, November 12, 2005


strength, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday...

www.illustrationfriday.com to see other entries for this challenge!


ABOUT ME..., originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is the title for the new class I have started...I finally finished it! The class is basically a step by step handbook in how to create a journal about you. The class notes are 30 pages - and will help you to create 17 pages in a journal of your choice.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Tag! You're It!

Well, I was tagged, and now I have to list 20 random things about me. So here you go....

1. I work at a local grocery store.
2. I have three children.
3. I have two dogs, two birds, and two fish.
4. I usually read a book about every two weeks. I used to read a book a week, but now art gets in the way!
5. I am an official member of the Pointy Hat Art Posse (PHAP for short).
6. There is a huge picture of Elvis Presley above my dining room table. Really.
7. I LOVE coffee. Especially Vanilla Bean Lattes.
8. I have more markers than you could count. But I need more!
9. My husband runs a bookstore.
10.I have always lived in Edmonton, Alberta.
11.I had braces when I was fifteen.
12.The last movie I watched was Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
13.I love to swim.
14.My favourite magazine is Somerset Studio.
15.I have two brothers.
16.Saturday is my favourite day of the week.
17.I love bluegrass music!
18.I have been a Beatles fan and collector since I was 14 years old.
19.I have been married for 19 years.
20.My favourite colour is blue.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

I carved this pumpkin for my son's Halloween Dance at school. I was thrilled with how it turned out. I found this awesome website,
that has amazing pumpkin carving patterns!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Snowflake Heaven

Snowflake Heaven, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Dare I post this? Maybe I should have waited until December....
but I loved the quote, and had to make some ATC's for a swap coming up....
I liked the colour combination as well - I thought the blues gave a nice "icy" feel to the card.

Monday, October 24, 2005


halloween2005, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Something for Everyday Matters....Halloween...
Using one of my favourite colour combinations!
I did this in a Moleskine sketchbook - it took my marker ink quite nicely.

Saturday, October 22, 2005


witch, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Penelope's Witch contest....
Another illustration project....Fun to draw, fun to colour!


and have a look at the other entries!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


cold, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is the drawing that I did for Illustration Friday. Not really something I want to think about - especially with a possibility of snow overnight in our Alberta weather forecast! However, the snowman seemed so appropriate - I guess I could have drawn a popsicle...oh well! If I wake up to a winter wonderland, I am blaming Illustration Friday!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


aliens, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Some trading cards I made the other day...

Monday, October 03, 2005


float, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday.
I am sorry, but there is only one way to interpret the word FLOAT. And that would be ROOTBEER.

visit www.illustrationfriday.com
to see more interpretations of this theme!


eye, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For the Everyday Matters Challenge...
I used a regular HB pencil for this drawing - I would like to try it again with some varying pencils...
I was happy with how it turned out - not sure if I could do a whole face, though!

Faerie Eye

faerieeye, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Wedding Card

My Aunt Doris got married a few weeks ago, and I attended a wedding party for her this weekend. This is the front of the card I made for her and her husband Murray.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

fall haiku

fall haiku, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

I did this for a sample of a challenge in my Additional Alphabets lettering class. This is one of the alphabets students learn how to do. I thought a haiku lent itself very well to this type of layout.

Friday, September 23, 2005


fresh, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday....
When I saw the word "fresh" I thought of a fresh, crisp apple, just picked from the tree. Sorry, I got hungry!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Delightful Doodles

Delightful Doodles, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Introducing... Delightful Doodles!!!

For those of you who have been asking for more...

Would you like to create those whimsical drawings on your cards, in your journals, and on your scrapbook pages?

Would you like to create eye-catching borders on your pages?

Introducing Class Number 3 .... DELIGHTFUL DOODLES.

This class includes colour theory, some of MY colouring tricks, and lots of, you guessed it, delightful doodles. 21 pages in all....

Sunday, September 18, 2005


escape, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

My interpretation of this week's Illustration Friday theme: Escape....Some of the books that I have read lately.

Please visit IllustrationFriday.com - you will be glad that you did. Really.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Free Lettering Lesson!

September is a time for those harvest apples, brand new notebooks, and a fresh new start for those in the school age years. I don't know about you, but I also get in the mood for the classroom when fall rolls around...

Many of you may have been wondering what my lettering classes are all about.
I am offering a free lesson, for those of you who would like to try some of my creative lettering.

If you would like one of my free lessons, please e-mail me directly, and I will send you a file a.s.a.p.!!!

Be Strong

Be Strong, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is another card I am sending to the Kards for Katrina fundraiser raffle. They are collecting original 5" x 7" cards (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm) from calligraphers, greeting card artists, collage artists, and other artists around the world during the month of September. You can purchase raffle tickets online for $5.00 (usd) each for a chance to win a packet of 5 original cards. Visit www.acornarts.org for more information, and to see some of wonderful art that has been donated...

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Eeyore Quote

eeyore, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A personal favourite quote of mine....
This is a sample project for my Additional Alphabets class...by I thought I would share it. The illustration is a sticker.


faerie, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Inspired by some illustrations from a children's book that a young friend named Selina lent our family, I thought I would draw my version of a faerie....hope you like it, Selina!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Depth, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday. Just a silly little drawing with markers. Visit www.illustrationfriday.com for more great drawings interpreting this theme.

Card for Katrina Relief

Card for Katrina Relief, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is another card I made for the raffle. Many artists have contributed....please visit
http://www.acornarts.org for more information!

Card for Katrina Relief

Card for Katrina Relief, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is a card I made for a raffle, to aid the survivors of Hurrican Katrina. For more information, visit


bear, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Isn't he sweet?


Marilyn, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This was another attemp at collage on a 4x6 postcard. I loved how the colours turned out on this card!


Audrey, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is a 4x6 postcard that I made for a swap. One of my first attempts at collage - not as easy as it looks! I was happy with the end result, I wanted it to have a soft, gentle feel.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


diane, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

I do not usually post artwork that is not my own, but in this case I had to make an exception. This was done for me by Diane Salter, who has taken my lettering classes. I think she is doing a FABULOUS JOB - don't you? Thanks again, Diane!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you out there who have taken my online classes! Your support and enthusiasm means so much to me...a sincere thanks to you all.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


friendsbearable, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Just something for fun - I took the image of the bears from a greeting card that I have saved for many years, because I loved it so much.


reflection, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday.

Creative Lettering with Tria Markers

Words, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Just some of the techniques from my classes - using tria markers - LOVE EM!

Sock It To Me...

Sock It To Me..., originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is one of the cards I did for a "Sock It To Me" sixties swap. I love the colours! I used some Crystal Effects on the dots to give them dimension. It turned out very cool!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Wisdom Dude

wisdomdude, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday, theme: WISDOM.

wisdom quote

wisdomquote, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

a quote about wisdom...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Framed in my kitchen...

dollar store frame#3, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

my new mantra?

Water sprite?

dollar store frame#2, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Mermaid? Water sprite? I thought she looked like one of those sea monkeys in the back of the comic books when I was a kid...

dollar store frame

dollar store frame, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

I found these great frames at Dollarama - for - you guessed it - one dollar! They fit my atc's quite nicely, and I thought they were a fun way to feature some of my art around the house.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Wonder, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

I did this as a sample for a challenge for my lettering students...Margo will like this!

Happy Garden

Happy Garden, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A composition journals page recipe experiment. With my own personal variations, of course!
I thought it turned out quite bright and cheery!

I Try...

I try, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This was a challenge from Art Journal friend Penny Hackett-Evans, so I thought I would oblige. I hope you like it Penny!

inside the 70's box

Altered Box, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Thought I would add this view, showing off more of the shag rug from my old room...

Monday, August 01, 2005

Altered Box Project...

Altered Box closed, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This was a wooden jewelery box that I took from Corrinne at one of the PHAP meetings, so that I could alter it. I decided to alter it in a 70's theme, pulling pop culture images and memories and from my preteen and early teen years. The colour scheme was from my childhood bedroom. I am using the box as a place to keep some keepsakes from those days. I have never attempted anything like this before, but was thrilled with the end result.

Altered Wooden Box...

altered box view 3, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

The inside is lined with shag carpet from my childhood bedroom. And yes, that is my retainer that I had to wear in junior high!

Monday, July 25, 2005


Tranquility, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday.

Sunday, July 24, 2005


cyndi, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Cyndi Lauper, another favourite from the eighties.

David Bowie

bowie, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Nona and Gina...who challenged me to draw another Retro rock star!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Fairy Tales 2

fairytale2, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Part two for the swap that I signed up for.

Fairy Tales 1

fairytale1, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For a Fairy Tale ATC swap that I signed up for.

Work Lovingly Done

lovinglydone, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Creative lettering with a fine Micron pen...

Words to Inspire...

inspire, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A page in my composition book journal. I used post-it notes to mask areas, and used chalks to make the frames for the various words.