Saturday, June 28, 2008

My Salon Buddy...

... has not been much help today!!

No art yet today, don't know why, and I'm a little frustrated!!

My salon pal, Samantha, who really is a dog and not a house pig :), has not helped one bit. I'll try again and if the muse is still gone, I'm going to watch some Wimbledon action.


Friday, June 27, 2008

Get Well Card...

... to accompany the bound journal! Collage image from Lisa's Altered Art, ribbon was RAK'd to me :), letter stamps by Hero Arts, Ink is Black Sepia pigment from ColorBox, flowers are Primas and Hero Arts, and the card is edged with a black Sharpie.

Now to go deliver the package! Peace.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bound Journal

I used my new Bind It All machine for the first time on this project, a journal which is a gift. One of my students that I tutored during the Spring had surgery yesterday on her knee - BUMMER - one week into summer :(. She's 15 and a very sweet girl - I made this journal for her, which I hope will help her to feel better soon.

The outside and inside of the covers are done with Basic Grey paper. Each inner page is edged with ink and stamped. I had many stamps and inkpads out for this process...

I hope she likes this, I plan to take it to her house tomorrow.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Small Art ~ AKA Inchies

I admit it, I have been lurking around Small World of Inchies challenge for awhile and wondering, "How do they DO it??!!" Working so small.... So the theme this week is 'Celebrate' and I decided to give it a try. Anyone who knows me knows that I'll celebrate pretty much anything!!

The backgrounds for these were done with ink DTP on glossy cardstock. They were overstamped in white pigment ink with a variety of small party/birthday stamps, old ones mostly from Hero Arts. I also stamped a swirl in gold metallic ink. I stamped several of the images (cupcakes, hat) on turquoise and hot pink cardstock, then added glue and either clear microbeads or glitter sparkle. The hats and cupcakes were attached with 3-D foam dots.

These are my first inchies!! So let's celebrate!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Another hot one!!

I think it was 104 here yesterday - ewww - and the same today... I'm hittin' the beach on Monday with some friends, can hardly wait!!

Here's an ATC for a group swap, the theme is "Twins". I have been seriously stumped about this for awhile, and today my muse woke up - FINALLY!! The playing card was sanded lightly and painted with Twinkling H2O's. The stamped image is from Inkadinkadoo, stamped with Colorbox Black Sepia pigment on lavender cardstock, then clear embossed. Iridescent punchinella was layered across the card, and jewels ( K and Co) added to the diamonds. The stamped images were glued onto the card and I oversprayed everything with Glimmermist (Patina). The words were printed onto paper from Deja Views, cut into a diamond shape, and edged with pink metallic Decocolor pen. The entire card is edged with a black Sharpie.

Stay cool everybody!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer ATC's ~ on a sizzlin' Summer Day!

The temp outside is about 100 - which I thought was against our city code. Apparently not. I've been in the house all day, not being very green either (the thermostat is set at 80), finishing up these Summer ATC's for a swap.

The first 2, 'Visiting' and 'Summer Garden', began as sanded and gesso'd cardboard. I painted with acrylic paint and then glued on the fabric pieces. I LOVE the colors and texture of this fabric! The grass is grosgrain ribbon, cut and glued. I went through my stash of paper punch shapes - I have lots because I always punch up my small scraps of paper - and assembled the flowers and butterflies. The larger flowers and butterfly are double sided and 3-D. I also added some brads (Making Memories) and beads (Blue Moon Bead Co).

The next 2, 'California Candy Fish' and 'Offshore California', began as above through the paint step. Bought a pack of summer party napkins the other day for $1, the fish are a single ply panel. I glued them on with gel medium. The crazy eyes are paper punches from my stash, which I went over w/Glossy Accents (from Ranger, similar to Diamond Accents I think). Added a few more paper punches for bubbles and seaweed, then outlined everything with a white Galaxy marker. Finished with some glitter glue dots.

I love all these happy colors of summer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Baker and the Bee Maker!

Daughter Christine was here visiting over the weekend and we made the beehive cake. First you may notice that the cake is NOT in the shape of a beehive... I looked for the skep cake mold but only saw it online, and there was not enough time to procure it before her arrival. Then the baker (moi) made the executive decision that since I have loads of bakeware all ready we'd just work with what we've got.

I love making these Martha Stewart cakes, the challenge is fun and the result is...well, take a look!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mixed Media Monday ~ 'Unexpected Treasure'

Haven't played in this challenge for awhile, so now I am posting a late entry for Mixed Media Monday's theme of 'The Sea'.

I did several new things here - for me - but I am liking these results! 'Unexpected Treasure' is a 4 x 4 canvas board with gesso, then a mix of acrylic paint colors and iridescent medium. After that layer dried I used a palette knife (actually a PLASTIC picnic knife ;) to mix the glass bead medium and the underlying color, then spread around the glass beads and built it up with some thickness, for texture. The ocean portion was then highlighted with swirls of white metallic acrylic paint. The portions of ocean that were not painted with white were painted with interference green. The sand portion was painted over with interference red, resulting in this nice light coppery - sandy look. Shells were stamped in black StazOn on patterned paper from Current Catalog, then cut out and glitter glued (Crayola). The 3 metal dots in the lower right are from Colorbok, and the silver embossed metal, which has the word 'discover' on it, is from a larger piece by Magenta.

This will be available in my Etsy shop tomorrow! Enjoy the treasures of summer...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sea Dreams

Here's an ATC for the monthly swap in my Art Techniques group. The stamped mermaid image is from Time to Stamp. It's stamped in Rusty Brown StazOn and painted with watercolor pencils. There are also several glitter highlights which don't show up too well in the photo! The background is a result of my playing with paint all day today - so much fun. The base layer is a mix of acrylic colors, iridescent medium, and glass bead medium. I painted in curves/waves shapes, and on top I put down accents of metallic white acrylic. The remaining areas were painted with green interference paint - the whole background shimmers and has great texture, which doesn't show here at all! The words are from a collage sheet by Lisa's Altered Art.

Summer is definitely here ;)

Yippee, we're making a beehive cake!!!!

In my post of May 16 I referred to the June cover of Martha Stewart, which has a beautiful photo of the most wonderful and delish beehive cake ever. I said that as soon as my daughters come to visit we're making that cake.

Well we'll be making one this weekend!! My oldest called me a little while ago to say she's arriving late Fri and leaving late Monday night - WOOOOOHOOOOOO!! She's a college student in Mew York and I haven't seen her since January. I'm soooooooo excited - like Christmas and my birthday all together!!

My younger one won't be back until maybe July, guess I'll just have to make ANOTHER beehive cake then ~ just one of the many sacrifices of motherhood hehehehehe.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2 More Asian ATC's

Here are the other 2 ATC's for the swap mentioned in the previous post.


3 Asian Theme ATC's

My Altered Techniques ATC group is having an Asian theme swap - 5 for 4. Here are my first 3 cards, I am really liking these.

The backgrounds were laying around here - acrylic paints mixed, iridescent medium, glazing medium. I used patterned paper from a Far East theme pack by DCWV. Sliced up the papers I chose into various widths and started fooling around - that's how the weave happened. The fans are from a template I have and now that I have done these, I have pictures in my head of all sorts of fans!! Began by cutting the fans from the patterned paper, then decided they would look better against some coordinating I cut those. Fooled around some more and glued pieces together. Punched the hole for the tassel and edged in silver marker. Out came the silver microbead - glitter mix, and I glued that along the edges. WHEW! THEN I covered the whole thing with Perfect Paper Adhesive (glossy) and waited. The tassels are silver floss with glass beads attached. The card base was stamped in brown StazOn with the 'Peace' character and the finished fans were placed with pop dots.

2 more cards in progress, different colors though. Will post later.

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." ~ Confucius

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Playing with paper

So a few days ago, as I looked at my paper scrap pile that has accumulated over the past week or so, I thought about combining them together somehow. I think I read about this on some one's blog somewhere. I want to build a supply of patterns, colors, etc. so I have them available for using in other pieces, further altering, etc.

I cut a piece of 9"x 12" bristol board ( a favorite substrate) and started cutting, gluing, trimming, and finally doodling on. Here's the result. I will make color copies of this and use it in other pieces. I plan to try another one in the next few days, using paint and paper.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

'Woman Warrior' ATC for Group Swap

One of my online groups has a bi-weekly swap and the current theme is 'Woman Warriors'. My interpretation of a warrior is anyone who takes action toward a greater good.

'Integrity' is focused upon one of my all time heroes, Lillian Hellman. The card began with patterned papers from Mustard Moon and Deja Views, torn, sanded, and inked with Tim Holz Dried Marigold distress Ink. The photo of Ms. Hellman was retrieved off the internet and the quote printed from The Quotations Page. The quote is colored with the distress Ink. German scrap is from and lowercase "i" is from K and Co.

I was in high school, in the early '70's, when I read Lillian Hellman's memoir "An Unfinished Woman". The book truly changed me and I devoured everything else written by her that I could get my hands on, including her plays and other non-fiction books, "Pentimento" and "Scoundrel Time". I will always be a great admirer of her as a person as well as artistically.

Peace ~ and fight on!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Towers and Columns for TMTA

A fun challenge on Think Monday Think ATC this week. My ATC is here, 'Echoes of the Ancients'. The stripes below the image come from a piece of sheer silky fabric that was glued to the substrate. It's hard to see the rich color and shine in the picture, but this fabric is beautiful, sheer and silky with glints of gold and ruby. The image is a detail from a photo of London architecture - a book I got from the bargain table with wonderful and amazing photos. The bead trim across the top is from Decorative Details, and the rest of the card is outlined in Krylon gold leaf pen.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Mixed Media Monday has 'Bingo' for its challenge theme this week!

'I'm Thinking of a Number' is a 4 x 4 that began with a color wash/glaze. Sewing pattern tissue was glued over the paint - backwards! Oh well. The bingo board is from Digital Collage Sheets and the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art. The other players, the bee and butterfly, were made last week and they wanted to play in this game! The bingo chip is made from a stamp by Inque Boutique, plastic chip piece, red glitter glue, and edged with a Sharpie.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Layers of Color Challenge ~ Opening

I have had my eye on this challenge blog for awhile and made this today for the Layers of Color challenge to celebrate the grand opening of their web store!

A dear friend recently RAK'd the door element to me which I used here! Love this! 'Open your mind' began by inking the door piece with metallic green and gold pigment inks. The phrenology collage piece is from Lunagirl and I painted it with Liquitex gold Glossies paint. The butterfly above the door and the small one were punched from patterned paper painted with several shades of Twinkling H2O's. The mesh over the door is an embossed image from Stampington. The beads across the top and bottom of the door are from Beader's Paradise, with a dot of gold glitter glue on each. Inside the door I glued down some yellow-gold origami rice paper (source unknown) and stamped the mesh in black dye ink. The collage image is from Art-E-Zine with wings from Lisa's Altered Art. Inside the doors I sponged gold ink and doodled circles with permanent marker.

I love these door pieces, wish I knew where they came from! Thanks for looking, hope your mind is open to art and beauty!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Art Purchases Arrived!

Recently I purchased a couple of art pieces from Suzan Buckner's Etsy shop ( see Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist) ) and they arrived here yesterday! I am posting photos of them.

The Bee Woman was created by her after some blog exchanges between Suzan and I, I had to have this for the Salon! The 'Sing' piece is just wonderful too and I couldn't resist ~ I love birds, and the colors here are amazing. You need to visit Suzan's blog and Etsy shop to see more of this great art!!

Have a great arty day :)