Saturday, April 12, 2014

New She Art Girl: "Believe"

My very first blonde She Art Girl. Im am super proud of her, I think she's adorable for Mothers Day. I have her on sale for $15 at my Etsy shop. The canvas is 4x4 inches. Yup, a little baby canvas and i love it!

I love art....sigh. Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Once Upon A Sketch April Challenge

I entered this month's sketch challenge at OUAS.

This was great to work with.
My journalling is on the left side on a rub on.
Having somewhere to go is Home.
Having somone to love is Family.
Having both is a Blessing.

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

CSI Case No. 117: Family

Here's the latest case:

And here's how i solved the case:

Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New She Art Girl: Be You. Happy Spring

In progress........ I kept having to redo parts and struggle through this process again. I have not created a "Girl" since December and that was a totally different concept. 

This is the newest canvas. Its taken a lot to get back into creating. 
This is the end result. "Be You" jumped out at me from all the words I could have chosen. I hope a Mom/Aunt/Gran looks at this and thinks, I want to give this to my girl so she knows how much she is valued. 

Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Friday, March 21, 2014

Uh oh....

So last week i deleted a whole bunch of pictures from my phone. Ofcourse this was a huge mistake! I deleted the ones on Google too which is why my blog looks like such a mess. Stay tuned, I will add them all back. Sigh.....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Art on Display.....

Its a good feeling when I walk into a room and see my work on display.
I sold a painting in February and this weekend I was at an event where it was on display. It feels pretty darn good :-) I love all the green around it. Plants are so healing.
Here's some shots:

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Embrace Imperfection: The Process

This is the sketch I started out with.
And this is how it started to come together:

I'd love to hear what you think.....
Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Canvas: "Oh Snap"

This is my latest canvas. I bought some Maya Road "Kraft Say Cheese" embellishments.
They were so adorable I had to use them with some paint and stencils. Last night was a good night to create!
Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Sprere

Friday, December 6, 2013

CSI Case No. 100: Light

So here's the thing about Luke, he's Mr. Incognito. One minute he's calm, cool and collected. But its all a facade. This is James Bond in the making. Luke is good times, I am always smiling around him and he's the perfect addition to my ever growing family of nieces and nephews. I am truly blessed.
Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CSI Case File No. 97: My Hero

I solved this case by using all five colours that were listed. 
Evidence: wooden door
Testimony:  I chose the word "Bright" as a jumping off point. 
My Nephew Mark is a bright star in all our lives.
Marky, my favourite things about you are:

  • You are so sensitive
  • You always share

  • You always smile
  • You're so much fun to be around
  • Every moment with you is an adventure
  • You love to cuddle
  • You're kind
  • You make me laugh
  • You make me live in the moment and I am forever grateful to you for that. 

Love You,

Thanks for looking,
Croppin Spree

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Once Upon A Sketch: Princess Hayley

Having this last week off meant being allowed to take my time with art and life. Ive managed to focus on resting and my health which has had great results. I feel amazing and that results in taking part in a lot of fun challenges. Visit the Once Upon A Sketch blog here to play along.
Here is November's sketch:
Here's what I came up with:

Hayley's "Belle" themed birthday. She turned six. 
This picture is of her and her Grandfather aka "Papa." 
The bond between these two is something special. Hayley can get away with murder and have her Papa cover for her--no problem. True Love. 

After her Papa cooks, cleans up and invents games to keep her and her siblings entertained, he is always ready to cuddle. Papa lives a long ways away and can only visit yearly. This makes the visits even more special. Forget the jet lag, exhaustion and tiresome plane food, Papa is ready to go from the moment he lands. To the kitchen for a good meal and time with family. 
Papa and Hayley have a very special and blessed relationship.

Every family needs a Papa and a Hayley. My journalling is on the back of the page.
Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Scrap Around The World November Challenge

Happy to play along this month and definitely found this mood board inspiring. 
To join in please visit their blog here
Here's the mood board and sketch:

Here's what I came up with:
I chose this picture since I loved how it went with the mood board. This is my Nephew Luke. His eyes say it all. He has a mind of his own and a lot of kindness for his Aunty. Luke is a piece of my rainbow. He inspires me, makes me laugh and this month is his birthday. 

He's had a head start on the terrible two's and he means business. I adore this little man for all his passion. 
When leaving Ontario, I was extremely emotional. 

There is something about Luke that makes me feel content to be around him; a sense of purpose. I chose parts of the rainbow that most show off his personality. 
A true boy: full of fire and fun. 
Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Saturday, August 17, 2013

CSI Case File No. 84: Boys Will Be Boys

Art has always been an escape and a mystery to me. Every individuals perspective is different and holds a story. I chose to express myself using paint and it has worked wonders in my life. This is a layout I created using Shimmers, alcohol inks, paint, gesso and mists.
My brother and my nephew, both boys dear to my heart.
Thanks for looking,
Croppin' Spree

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

For Hayley

My newest canvas is for my niece Hayley. My beautiful niece has a darker skin tone and I want her to love every bit of it and be proud of her heritage. This is my way of telling her she is beautiful and to always be confident. She is blessed with a kind soul, a wise heart and knowing eyes. Definitely an old soul.

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Friday, May 3, 2013

New Canvas: Butterflies

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Croppin' Spree

Thursday, May 2, 2013

CSI Case File No.69: Average of Five

I spend most of my time with my girl, Mia. From her, I've learnt to love and laugh. She is nurturing and loving and she always puts a smile on my face.
From my best friend, I've learnt to enjoy the simple things in life. Hot baths, a good glass of wine, the sauna, getting a call or email from a loved one and lastly, the beauty of good food.
I spent a lot of alone time with my boy Brutus. He is in Spirit but he is always with me. I learnt that life goes by faster than we ever expect and I will always be Momma. I've learnt that just because animals and people cross over, it doesn't mean they ever leave us. There is beauty in Spirit.

The fourth person is my Granma. She too is in Spirit but very present in my life. She gives me advice on what and how to cook, always encouraging and always patient.
The fifth person would be my Foster Mom. She has taught me about the beauty of family and how we take the good with the bad. From her, I also learnt to listen with my heart.
If I am the average of these five people, I am fortunate! I have a small group of loved ones that guide me through difficult times and celebrate the good ones.

Monday, March 11, 2013

VLV March Sketch #2: Antiques and Friends

Supplies Used:
JustRite Stamps
Paper by Paislee
Liquid Pearls

Thanks for stopping by,
Would love to hear from you,
Croppin' Spree

Monday, March 4, 2013

MFT Design Call Challenge: Serenity Now

This month MFT is having a Guess Designer Contest and I would LOVE (repeat: LOVE) to be chosen. I can truly say I gave 110% to this challenge and I loved every moment of the process.
Close Up


Supplies Used:
  • Paper by Bo Bunny: Gabrielle Promenade
  • Co-coordinating cardstock by Bazzill Basics
  • Stamps by: My Favourite Things (MFT)
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Clear gloss
  • Twine and orange ribbon
  • Spellbinders

I think representing MFT would be such an honour!
Hop on over to the SplitcoastStampers for design contest details or to just show your support.

To purchase MFT Supplies:
My Favourite Things Website:

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Thursday, February 14, 2013


I am so grateful to Alexandra Franzen for the motivation and inpiration.
When reading her blog I found a list of questions that helped me explore the what, why, when and how about my Art and the weight it holds in my life.
Here's what I came up with:

About Me
I am a Banker and Artist. I am an opinionated trail-blazer who finds beauty in the simple life.
I serve those with a raw need and appreciation for beauty and invention in all forms.
I provide genuine, handmade Art in various mediums as an expression of my Soul.
I am here to record memories, heal the weary and please the senses through Art.
I believe Art heals, nourishes and creates a spark in every life.
I create individual pieces that speak to healing and balance through colour and journalling.

Me to You
I would love to know what holds your attention, what makes your heart sing.

Here's Alexandra Franzens website:
What did you come up with? Write/comment. I would love to read it!

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CSI Color Challenge #56: Zodiac

I didn't use to believe in the zodiac, but as time went on, the mystery and beauty drew me in.
I've read plenty of Virgo traits and faults. Many of them are true.
I find the rising sun and alignment of the Planets intriguing.
I feel all of this ties in with time, the past and makes the present that it is.

I'm not talking about the newspaper horoscope. I mean the actual zodiac and placement of each sign.
I believe the Virgo is a true reflection of me.
I have many traits from other signs but I fell the Virgo traits complement my personality the most.

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree

Friday, January 25, 2013

CSI Challenge No.55: Tea Work

My scented journal page

Happy Birthday CSI! So excited to take part in this weeks challenge.
For this challenge, I decided to create an art journalling page.
The stain effect was created using actual tea :-)
I prepared tea and dripped it right onto the images and the page. It adds a stain-like effect which goes with the cinnamon colour as per the palette.
The best part was using the heat gun: the scent of tea filled the area I was working in. Just beautiful!

A little pocket for the journalling/evidence.
Inspired by the 6 tea cups took me to Six for Sunday: Six-word writing prompt #17
The words were: grain, silver, ashes, justify, flagrant, time.

At this time of day, I could think nothing more of tasting its sweetness. Milk hot chocolate from Blenz and a good book was all I needed to start my day. The sky was a silver- grey and I could feel snow in the forecast. I decided to go back upstairs when i heard feet stomping behind me. Oddly, these were not shoed-feet, they sounded like bare feet smacking the icy pavement. I instantly turned around to a tall dissarrayed man rushing towards the crosswalk, his shoes and socks in his hands. He calmly crossed the street without a moments notice as all the eyes turned towards him. From where I was standing, I could see the sole of his feet were are black as ashes. I smiled. His flagrant behaviour was abnormal in this upscale bourgeouis neighbourhood and more so considering the number of shoe stores around. Just walking up the street creates a feeling of entitlement and a desire to spend copious amounts on leather that cannot be justified by common sense. I watched the man until he disappeared thinking of how cold his feet must be and the strain on his body at this very moment. He began to run past the flower stand, only making me more uncomfortable watching him struggle to keep his balance. I winced for him. Making my way upstaris I considered what would make a man go against-the-grain in this way. No matter how many answers I came up with, I still felt there was something liberating about his actions.

Thanks for stopping by,
Croppin' Spree