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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Here are some pieces that I put together for our Annual Christmas Craft and Bake sale that I put together at my day job. In addition to these, I also had some cards, small tree ornaments, and altered domino ornaments (which I will post in a day or two). I love doing Christmas Craft sales!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mixed Media Artist Blog Feature!

I am so excited!
Cyndi L. over at MIXED MEDIA ARTIST BLOG has done a feature on me today! Talk about validation....
She chose a couple of my favourite pieces featuring my latest love, which is combining vintage images (in the one case a photo of my momma as a little girl) with my own artwork and lettering.

Thank you again, Cyndi - this made my day!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Love is Like a Butterfly

On the Blissful Art Journaling group, we had a prompt challenge about butterflies. When I think about butterflies, I always think about the this song by Dolly Parton. Inspired by the prompt, and by the exciting buzz going on with my Creative Lettering workshop on the Artists of the Round Table Yahoo Group, I created this piece tonight. I thought it would make a nice card, so I am adding it to my Greeting Card Universe cards, if you would like to order a copy! Please click on the image for a better view...

Sunday, October 18, 2009


This is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday: Frozen....

This made me think of the Snow Queen, from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

The quote is from the 2002 movie version of the story....

A combination of a favourite vintage image, my own doodles, and lettering.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Holiday Doodles...for free!

From now until Christmas, if you buy any of my other online classes, I will send you my Holiday Doodles class absolutely FREE!

Holiday Doodles will give you 21 full colour pages in a printable pdf format of holiday designs.
A value of $20

Please visit www.nicolettescreativelettering.com

Stephanie's Card

A friend celebrated her birthday this week, so I made her this card. In case you are wondering, she is a huge Bruce Willis fan. My apologies to Mr. Willis for any discomfort this piece of art may cause.

Monday, October 12, 2009

pumpkin trio

pumpkin trio, originally uploaded by sapphire252.


beautiful, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

This card was created for the Art Creations Friday blog. The challenge was to use this lovely vintage photo of a lady at her spinning wheel.

I made the card so that it folded open to reveal two other panels. I was really happy with the way the vintage paper and lace worked with the colours in the photograph. A special thank you to Art Freeby for supplying the wonderful image!

Autumn Quote

As you know, I love doing art blog challenges! I think I have one for every day of the week now...

This challenge is from a great blog, called One Powerful Hour. The trick is to try and complete the challenge in one hour. This week's challenge was AUTUMN. A favourite subject of mine, the quotes about this season are always so beautiful, and have such great imagery to work with. Combine that with the beautiful autumn color palette (provided courtesy of my favourite COPIC markers) and I was able to come up with this lovely little piece.

This is a 4x6 postcard that I have available for trade.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Vintage Inchies

Here are couple of VINTAGE inchies that I did for a challenge posted at the Small World of Inchies and Twinchies blog. Inchies are so much fun! The challenge of creating on such a small scale is a great thing to do, I recommend you give them a try...

Friday, September 11, 2009


For this weeks Illustration Friday prompt, I decided to create a Welcome sign using a retro autumn palette.

I would like to introduce you to one of my heroes, my online friend, Bernie Berlin.

Bernie is an amazing woman. In addition to being an incredible mixed media artist, Bernie runs a shelter for dogs and cats called A Place To Bark. Bernie has rescued thousands of sick, abused and abandoned animals. She is up all hours of the day and night caring for sick dogs and cats, and every week Bernie drives from Tennessee to Chicago with her van full of healed dogs and cats, so that they can be put up for adoption.

Right now, one of her dogs, Alphie, is in the Cutest Dog Competition on the All American Pets Brand website.


If her dog wins, Bernie will receive desperately needed funds for her shelter. If you’d like to help Bernie, and all of the animals, please register and vote here for this little love. You can even vote every day!

Molly and I have a challenge for all of you who have dogs or cats that YOU love. Go and make a donation to A Place to Bark, as I have. (I used PayPal) If all of us make a donation, we can help Bernie continue her amazing work!

Monday, September 07, 2009

I created this piece as part of a challenge on the blog, KIMBERLY'S MIXED MEDIA ART. Kimberly is running a contest using her Peaceful Lady image, and will be creating a collage sheet of some of the selected entries. Using my COPIC markers, I used a quote, featuring my lettering. Please visit Kimberley's blog after September 15th to vote on your favourite entry. Who knows, it may even be mine!

More Inchy Magnets...

So here are a couple more Inchy Magnets, created for the blog challenge,
at Inchy by Inch. This time the theme was stitch, so I decided to stitch some buttons onto these magnets. The background designs I created with my Copics.

You'll soon find these on a refrigerator near you!


Strong, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This piece is for another Illustration Friday prompt, STRONG.

When I think of Strength, I think of the women, like my mother, who have had to battle breast cancer in their lifetime. Some, like my mother, have won that battle, and some, sadly, have lost. But all have shown strength that always leaves me in awe.

This is for you, ladies.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Copic Certification

Those of you who follow my blog, or have seen a lot of my artwork, know that one of my favourite weapons of choice are the COPIC markers. Oh, how I love thee, let me count the ways!!!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take a COPIC Certification Class with Sherrie Siemens, a member of the COPIC design team, and a cardmaker extraordinaire. Visit her blog, Card Creme and you will see what I mean! Inspiring in so many ways, Sherrie is truly a kindred spirit. Anyone who names her blog after the frothy top of a latte is a girl after my own heart!

So I spent last Saturday in a creative heaven, learning great tips and tricks to use with my beloved COPIC markers. I also had the opportunity to work with the COPIC Airbrush system....I have to get one of those. As the girls in the class heard me say, I want one so bad it HURTS!!! Copic ink will color on pretty much anything - metal, glass, fabric, so the airbrush is a great way to add these colors evenly to your embellishments...

Being in this class gave me an opportunity to meet some wonderful people from near and far with similar interests, not to mention some wonderful business owners.

Here are my buddies from my table, Peggy and Amanda from Paperworks Co. and Camille from Scrap 'N' Bean.

We all had so much fun, and I am now a Certified Copic Instructor, which means I can teach others all about my favourite tool!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Latte Anyone?

Latte Anyone?, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

My daughter Amanda and I, along with my sister-in-law and nephew went to a local ceramic studio called Crankpots during my vacation. Ever since this local business opened, I have wanted to go their and paint some ceramics. These are the latte cups that Amanda and I made. (Amanda's is the one with the hearts)

I hope this will become a traditional event with us, it was so fun! I would like to do some Christmas cookie plates next...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lady in Green Altered Dominoes

Years ago, I created an altered talisman for a friend to carry with her during her chemotherapy treatments. She liked having something with inspiring images to hold in her hand and fiddle with while she sat in the hospital.

From that evolved these Altered Domino Talismans. These pieces are meant to be even more of tactile experience than a visual one. For those of us with restless fingers, these are perfect!

These 2 use a favourite vintage image, of a lady in green.

Another Altered Domino

Another Altered Domino, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Here is another altered domino talisman...

Fairy House

Fairy House, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A visit to the thrift shop found the perfect item to become a fairy house.

Saturday Treasures

estate sale treasures, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

These are some costume jewelery treasures that I found at an estate sale during my garage sale adventure yesterday. I love to look for vintage type costume jewelery (or really costume jewelery of ANY kind) that I can use in my altered art. Usually I go looking for any broken pieces that I can pull apart, but at this sale I found some lovely things that I can use in their entirety.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quiet Lady

Quiet Lady, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This ATC was created using an image from a magazine, gesso, and a rubber stamp. It is not available for trade, as my daughter has claimed it as her own.

Monday, August 17, 2009


wrapped, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Inch By Inch Challenge: Trees

These are the inchies that I made for the Inchy by Inch Challenge: Trees. I had forgotten how much fun it was to make these little pieces of art! I plan on doing more... I think that these will end up as magnets eventually...

juice lid magnet

juice lid magnet, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

An altered juice lid. I added some collage elements and illustration to it, and made it into a magnet for my fridge!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Flower Power ATC

Flower Power, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For the Think Monday-Think ATC Challenge...My beloved Copic Markers, and a little glitter pen on top!

Monday, August 10, 2009

floral lady

floral lady, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

An altered magazine photo. I made the flowers out of various paper, etc. The tie-dyed flowers are actually baby wipes coloured with watercolour paint. (Another technique from Bernie's wonderful book - see below!)

This will eventually become a page in an art journal.

Face ATC's

Face ATC's, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

These ATC's were created using a technique from Bernie Berlin's book, ARTIST TRADING CARD WORKSHOP. They are actually altered images from fashion magazines!

Sunday, August 09, 2009


bluebird, originally uploaded by sapphire252.


dreamer, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A collage that I made with a favourite vintage image, and some garage sale finds.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Idle, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This week's prompt for Illustration Friday was "idle". I found this great quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and it was perfect for what I wanted to do...watercolours, a fine line black pen, and a white gel pen were my tools of choice.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Tango, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A quote for Illustration Friday....

remember to visit
www.illustrationfriday.com for more interpretations of this prompt!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Harmony, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Here is another page in my journal, a combination of inks, paints, stickers, and found items.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

magical woman

magical woman, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is a 4 x 6 postcard, once again a combination of collage, and my own lettering. I just loved her face.

Summer Special!

From now until September 1st, I am offering a SUMMER SPECIAL with my classes. Buy one class ($20 usd/cdn), and receive the class of your choice for FREE! Simply e-mail me and let me know what class you want for free....

If you don't know about my classes yet, visit http://www.nicolettescreativelettering.com

Classic Page

Classic Page, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This is another page in the altered art journal that I have. A little bit of everything, I like to combine my own lettering and doodles with found art. I added beads to the design on the bottom right of the page - the front of a thank you card I received.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


drifting, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday - memories of summers past.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hendrix Peace

Hendrix Peace, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Even through his purple haze, the man had a vision...