Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Garden Gate

It's a great morning here! I used my butterflies, bees, and flowers to make some 'Garden Gate' moo cards for this week's Make a Moo or Two challenge ~ dots and stripes.

The gates are some torn and painted cardboard that was lying around here. I looked through all my stuff (there's plenty of it here, trust me!), bur didn't find anything that suited me, so I made my own. All images were stamped with StazOn Timber Brown. Stamps were Hero Arts and others from an unknown source. Glitter is Black Diamond Stickles and Crayola Glitter Glue pens. The flowers were punched from paper scraps and layered - I have had those flower punches forever:)

These gates welcome you into the garden. Peace.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bees, butterflies and flowers

I'm working on some moo cards for this week's challenge and have spent the morning measuring, cutting, stamping, and glitter-gluing. I have gone a little overboard here making some glittery bees and butterflies - waiting for them to dry so I can cut them out! Waiting is boring though so I went through my Prima flowers and didn't find anything I liked for these particular moo's, so I made some layered flowers of my own with my punches and - more glitter glue!!

Still waiting...

Come back tomorrow to see what I do with these cuties ;)

Art Group Lottery Entry

My Altered Art group has a monthly lottery, and we can submit any small piece of mailable art for this. The current theme is 'Mommy and Me' and my muse just woke up to this theme a few days ago, thanks to inspiration from fellow group member Nancy, who makes incredible art in many forms!

'2 Sides of 1 Heart' is made from a blank papier mache ornament, which I have several of. I had actually forgotten that I had these lying around. The underlying layer is a vintage music sheet painted with several shades of Twinkling H2O's. Then Hero Arts shadow stamps were done (sort of) randomly in off white and blue metallic pigment ink. Collage images from Lunagirl, Paper Imagery, Tuscan Rose, and Altered Pages were attached. The pansies (my faves) were cut from the border of some Susan Branch paper I have. I thought the colors were a little bright and wanted to subdue them, so I mixed a color glaze with 3 acrylic colors and glazing medium, and covered everything with it. Did NOT like the effect on the pictures!! AAAAAGGGGHHHH! Serendipity stepped in. I used a damp rag (my husband's holy socks are the rag of choice in here :) and carefully began 'washing the faces'. I ended up with a different sort of distressed look which is okay for this piece. Then I washed some of the flowers too! Embossed some dragonflies (Impression Obsession stamp) and the edges with Gold Voile ep (Bmuse). The sides were wrapped with gold metal tape colored with alcohol inks.

Hope you like this...happy Tuesday to you!

Ventura County Birds

Our backyard is pretty good size (for CA standards) and we have open space behind us. So we have lots of critters back here, especially birds ~ many songbirds (we have 3 feeders, great food and excellent service, 5 *), California quail, roadrunners, doves, blue jays, horned owls (winter months), and red hawks like these. This guy was sitting on our sidewall yesterday afternoon, and very interested in something going on within that lantana bush! I've never seen one this close to the house. Quickly I grabbed my camera and snapped some pics through the very dirty dining room window! this hawk is on the small side, maybe a youngster?

I will also take this opportunity to post pics from last week of some of my flowers. I don't know why the camellias are still blooming, they're very confused by crazy weather I guess!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Altered Clipboards

Pretty and practical! I made these over the past couple of days, and am working on more now.

Ingredients for both: scrapbook paper, sandpaper, acrylic paint and various media, rub on embellishments, Prima flowers, misc brads, and Mod Podge. Haven't worked with Mod Podge in a long time and there is a learning curve, a short one luckily!

The first clipboard is 9 x 12", second is 6 x 9".


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Blue" ATC Swap ~ Part 2

The remaining 2 blue swap ATC's are here, and entirely different than my first two!

'Which way is up?' begins with a photo cut out from a great book I picked up off the bargain table, containing many fantastic photos of London architectural elements. The stars are punched from foil origami paper, and 2 have buttons glued on top. The card is edged with a mix of silver glitter and microbeads.

'Escape' also begins with 2 photos from the same book, which were pieced together. The flame portion was cut from a magazine page and stamped with a sunface from Lost Coast Designs. I added to the stamped image with a black Zig writer and gold gel pen. I also highlighted below the windows in the gold pen. Edges are embossed in Red Dragon ep.

I have been on a London beat all afternoon, listening to the Who and now Sir Paul. Really feeling good with all this productivity!


Modern Geometry

This is an ATC for a swap in one of my online groups. The photo in the back is from a fantastic book of photos of London, got it off the bargain table one day! The photo is overlaid with a piece of acetate I painted with alcohol inks (did this awhile ago and the colors worked well with this photo ~ LOVE that!). The brads are very cool and made by Making Memories. The colors are much better in real life, vibrant but not gaudy. Shades of the 60's.

I'm definitely on a London beat today, listening to the Who and ready to work on some more of these!

Peace baby.

TGIF ~ Paper Scraps

Another fun theme this week at Thank God It's Friday. I dug through my paper scrap files and came up with this, hope you like it!

The house shape was a decision I made before pulling out any paper or stamps - just felt compelled to do this. The bottom layer is a piece of Bristol Board with a blue color glaze on it, I had that lying around. Both papers are scraps, one by Anna Griffin, the other is a copy of an original background I made awhile ago. Stamps are by Tim Holz, done with dye ink. Black netting is attached with YES paste, beads are from a variety pack at Michael's. House is partially edged in black Zig marker.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

"Blue" ATC Swap

The ATC Art Technique group is having a series of color-themed swaps, beginning with blue. Just finished my first 2 cards for this, still have 2 more to make :)

'Magical Boy Blue' began with sanded background paper from SEI, then painted over with blue color glaze. Pastel pencils were added and sealed with Krylon Matte. The stamp says 'those who do not believe will never find it' and is from 3 Bugs in a Rug; stamped with Azure StazOn. Collage image from Lisa's Altered Art. Edged in copper marker and jeweled with gems from Michael's value pack.

'Blue Boy Fairy' began with background paper from 7 gypsies, which was inked and color glazed in blue. I made the butterfly image the fairy is holding, intended as a self portrait of sorts. The NICE stamp is from the 3 Bugs in a Rug set, done in Azure StazOn. Pastel pencils were used below the collage image , which is from Lisa's Altered Art. Edge is embossed with Stampendous Blue Tinsel ep (LOVE this color).

Thanks for visiting and have a happy BLUE day!

A Wonderful Saturday

First of all, carryover from Friday...and the beehive cake! A couple of very talented blog friends left lovely comments on this, and Suzan said she was inspired by this ;) We exchanged a couple of emails and when I logged into Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist) yesterday morning I saw the result of her inspiration! Now I OWN it as I stalked her Etsy shop and scarfed it up when she FINALLY posted it LOL. If you haven't seen her blog you must visit, she is unbelievably talented and has an interesting perspective on things. Not to mention the second cutest dog ever.

The picture is part of the delicious lunch my friend Connie and I shared here at my house yesterday. She came over and we played together in the salon, stamping, cutting, making cards, eating, gluing, measuring, punching holes, looking at stuff, eating, sharing, inking, and eating! Lots of laughter too! The cantaloupe she brought was so beautiful I had to get a picture of it - too pretty to eat, really, but we managed and it was delish. The chocolate chip blondies were made in the morning by moi, in honor of our playdate, but truly to consume the healthy chocolate they contained, not to mention those antioxidant-rich walnuts.

What a great day! Enjoy your Sunday!


Friday, May 16, 2008

As soon as my daughters come to visit...

...we''re going to make THIS! My new Martha Stewart came in the mail yesterday and I didn't get a chance to peruse it till last night. As a fan of all things bee, I have to make this. Not to mention it looks yummy and is low cal, as it is drenched in honey and the bees are made of marzipan.

I have to email the kids right away with this and get them hopping on finalizing their trips!

Have a delicious Friday ;)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Birthday Card

A dear friend's birthday is just around the corner so I made her a birthday card celebrating her glamorous lifestyle. I used an Anne Taintor collage from a book I have. I altered the kitchen cabinets by gluing patterned paper on them which I had sanded. I embossed around the cabinets with Dragon Red ep and added red jewels from Me and My Big Ideas. The rub ons are from 7 gypsies and Heidi Grace (difficult to use ;( ). All edges are inked in Sepia Black pigment ink DTP.

Apparently the well-appointed kitchen includes jewel-encrusted cabinetry :)

Keep living your glamorous lives!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Theme Thursday ~ Tea or Coffee

Late entry here for Theme Thursday. I had to play as this theme is a perfect fit!

'Tazo for Mona' began with patterned paper (Anna Griffin) which I gesso'd and colored with oil pastels. I made the cup from Me and My Big Ideas patterned paper, used red embroidery floss for the string, and of course a Tazo tag saved from a cup I recently enjoyed. Mona is stamped with black StazOn onto the same Anna Griffin paper that lies below (stamp is from Stamp Out Cute). The edges are stamped in silver metallic pigment (Tsukineko) using a flourish from Heidi Grace. I printed the label in word and edged in Cherry Pink StazOn.Mona enjoys taking a tea break from her otherwise stressful day - she's under a lot of pressure, don't you know ;)


Tuesday, May 13, 2008


This week Thank God It's Friday is in the pink! So much fun.

'The Three Amigas' are here. All use a mannequin template from (Mirkwood Designs). One of the ladies is painted with watercolor pencil, the other 2 are painted with acrylics and crackle medium. One has a white tissue overlay with flowers stamped in Azure StazOn, stamp by Sassafrass Lass; paisley stamp (source unknown) stamped with Cherry Pink StazOn. Belt is gold floss with butterfly accents (made by moi). Accented with glitter! The lady in the green dot dress uses Iridescent Ink for the dots, made by Daler-Rowney. Flower stamp (source unknown) embossed with Judikins Psychedelic powder; belt is by American Crafts, jewel from value pack at Michael's. The third friend uses an overlay from a large paper doily, belt is ribbon (source unknown) accented with layered paper flowers (Hero Arts, brad by JoAnn Essentials). Glitter glue accent is from Crayola.

I imagine these ladies will appear in other work down the road. Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 9, 2008

'Old School' ATC's

The Altered Art groups current swap has the theme of 'Old School'. Two directions came to mind for this and I couldn't decide, so I followed them both.

"The Greatest Generation" (thank you Tom Brokaw) uses patterned paper from Me and my big ideas. I sprayed Walnut Ink on it and then distressed the edges with brown and mustard ink. I recently received the photo from my brother. The woman is our mother and the picture is taken in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1943 I think. I cropped it, rounded the corners, and inked the edges. The lace is from JoAnn's fabrics, originally white but I inked it a little and then tea stained it. I made the tag from cardstock, inked with the brown and mustard inks, used Hero Arts stamps for the word and Autumn Leaves flourish. The key is from 7 gypsies, brad from Memory Makers.

"Dedication to the Craft" uses cardstock background from a collage pack I got, don't know the source! The red and white dot paper is about 9 or 10 years old, source unknown! The image is from the internet and I outlined the teacher with a white Galaxy marker. I punched the blue stars from foil origami paper, and the clock face is from a sheet by The card is outlined in red Zig marker.

Hope you like these. There is nothing 'old school' about dedicated teachers, there are thousands of them in the classroom at this very moment! And sometime I hope to find the key to reveal my mother's spirit to me - I'm on the watch for this.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Big Collage

I am excited about this piece!! This is the largest piece I have ever done, 11 x 14. The challenge for Step Outside your Box is to make something bigger than you are accustomed to, and Mixed Media Monday has a theme of 'paint'. I made this collage for both challenges ~ I don't usually do that but this is big and has taken me most of this week.

'Rock and Roll Dance Party Girls' is done on 11 x 14 canvas board. I used black gesso under the paint, then used various colors and mixes. I made dots using punchinella stencil and a couple of jar lids that were different sizes. The main image is by Anne Taintor (love her collages) from a book I have. I sanded the original drapes and added some polka dotty ones of my own! This was really fun, hope you like it.


Sunday, May 4, 2008

ATC's for Group Swap/Birds

I am a swapaholic currently!! But having a lot of fun with all of this.

In my Art Techniques ATC group we have a Bird theme running, with 5 cards to be swapped. Please meet the 'Parlor Birds'. All cards are all or nearly all cut/paste collage. Background pattern papers (rugs, wallpaper) are from my scrap folder. Collage images of chairs from Bmuse, colored with colored pencil. Collage images of birds are from Lisa's Altered Art. Windows, views, and window treatments created by hand from scraps again. All cards edged with black Zig writer pen. Cards with stamped letter use alphas from Hero Arts and Memories Chalk Ink.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

ATC for Grpup Swap

I joined a group recently which is focused on ATC's, and here is my first entry for a swap.

The Challenge is to use pink, black, and white. For some reason I immediately thought of Paris - I DON'T KNOW WHY!! - and came up with this. 'Independent but not Alone' uses a background of patterned paper which I gesso'd. Photo is from a wonderful book from the bargain table, 'The First Time I Saw Paris' by Peter Miller. I sanded the edges of the photo and inked with black sepia pigment. Stamp is also done in black sepia, source unknown. Card edged with oil pastel and uses Canson photo corners.