Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Magic

Needing some simple but catchy gift card holders, for teen age boys!!
So I looked for ideas and templates at Mel Stampz blog and found this tag box template :)
BTW if you have never visited this blog you need to see all her stuff there......... so tremendously talented and generous in her sharing!!
All the above transformed to


Done in one hour - love that :)

Merry Merry!

A Winter's Morn.....

in a deep and dark December.....

Ah, the holidays

and the view

in my kitchen window

looking into the back yard....

as some flowers flourish

while others are fading.....

Thanks for visiting with me............

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Metamorphosis Journal

met⋅a⋅mor⋅pho⋅sis  /ˌmɛtəˈmɔrfəsɪs/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [met-uh-mawr-fuh-sis]
–noun, plural -ses  /-ˌsiz/
1. Biology. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly. Compare complete metamorphosis.

2. a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.

3. any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.

4. a form resulting from any such change.

5. Pathology. a. a type of alteration or degeneration in which tissues are changed: fatty metamorphosis of the liver.

b. the resultant form.
6. Botany. the structural or functional modification of a plant organ or structure during its development

The above definition is courtesy of  My idea for this journal sprouted shortly after beginning my new teaching assignment this year.  So much to do! So many new things to learn!  So many ideas to develop and implement! So many students with so many needs... sometimes so much hurt.... sometimes so much apathy.... sometimes so much laziness.....

This journal serves as a way for me to have a visual record of my changes and growth through this year, both personally and professionally.

The above page from November reflects the finish of a particularly awesome week in my classroom.  The students enjoy my ar class (YAY) and my chairs are always full for that time.  It's wonderful and there is such a wealth of talent among them.

Christmas Journal page

I have a journal project underway with the theme of 'Metamorphosis'. The objective is to create a visual record of this school year for me, as it has brought many dimensions of change and growth for me.
So here's a page inspired by the season :)
Blessings and love to all,

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art ~ Merry Christmas!!

VACATION!! At last.............

Here's a postcard for this week's SPA (can't get my linky to work now :(), with a theme of Christmas. All collage here on this card, using some old Susan Branch paper, painted red corrugated paper, an image from Cavallini (YUM!) and a sweet 'Christmas wish' pup from my Blue Book of Dogs.
I've got a couple of other cards in mind, will get back to you later, heheheheheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dia de los Muertos Cards

ooooh this is such fun!!

These cards are for a swap on Facebook, with a Halloween theme. such fun to make and color!! The skull is a stamp I got from, stamped with StazOn on white glitter it looks nice and sugary :) Colored in with fine point permanent markers, added some black glitter tree branches below (Martha Stewart) and handstamped, cut paper flowers for atmosphere below the skulls, glued down some orange netting from recent purchases of delicious oranges, and used some text from a book I have, 'Spanish for Beginners' (published in 1958!!).

Stay tuned for more Muertos things.....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Back to School with the Street Team!

Michelle Ward's Street Team Crusade for September is "Back to School". As a classroom teacher and lifelong learner, I had to step up.

I have not had my own classroom for 2 years but have a (new to me) full time teaching position ~ see the post just prior to this one. The school where I teach is a continuation high school. Students at this school have not been successful in the larger and more traditional school environment. The approach to education for these students at this school is definitely unique and different than any experience I've had before ~ and I've been teaching for 12 years. There are about 70 students total, and I am one of 5 teachers at the school. My primary subjects to teach are Integrated Science, Biology, and Chemistry. I am also teaching 2 electives, Art (YAY) and Yearbook.

Am I learning a lot? You bet! Not only about how the school works, and each of my academic areas, but especially about some of the students. With 70 students there are 70 stories, and AT LEAST 70 reasons why they are here at this school. These students are 'at risk' kids: some are in the court system all ready, some are affiliated with gangs, many have drug abuse issues, and the list continues.

So what are they teaching me?


The common thread I have seen, thus far, is a general lack of being engaged in the system. Many of these students might be considered 'outsiders' on a large high school campus, but at our small school there is a much greater sense of community.

The teachers all meet daily, after the students are gone for the day, and often the principal is there as well. We can all share observations, concerns, and successes. The collaboration is awesome and makes it very difficult for any of these students to be unnoticed or anonymous.

Although overwhelmed at times, I am confident I am in the right place.

My dream as a teacher ~ and as a person ~ is to do my best to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Waiting for this particular door to open, and stepping through, definitely gives me an opportunity to do so.

All of you in blogland inspire this with the constant joy and generosity you share daily.

The Girl's All Right!!!

Just super-duper-uber-busy with my NEW teaching job!!!
After not having my OWN classroom for 2 years.... I have one now. YAYAYAYAYAYA!
I am teaching at a high school for struggling students, primarily science.
I have students enrolled in Biology, Chemistry, and Integrated Science. As you can see from the book stacks, LOTS of preparation required.
I am also teaching an Art elective (BIG YAY on that) and Yearbook.
After 2 years of trying to find the 'open door', this one definitely feels right.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wisdom of Heart and Mind

I read about this in a book I recently added to my library,
Image Transfer Workshop, and played with it when making this mixed media collage. The collage is a 4" x 4" stretched canvas and is for a swap in Trish Bee's Creating Chaos group. The quote must be incorporated into the piece and as I thought about it more and more and then saw this stamp, it hit me that men and women work together and complement one another in this way. There are many layers here, beginning with collaged text bits (mostly scraps and leftovers actually) wrapped around the canvas. The entire canvas was painted with 2 colors using the peeling paint technique. The man and woman are a stamp from Paper Bag Studios (I think!!), and the gold embossed half circle stamp (part of an old barometer I think) is from an unknown source. Both images are stamped on handmade paper. All the words for the quote are cut from various books around here, ranging in publication dates from 1868 to 1980.

The crackle medium was tinted a mossy green color and applied with a palette knife around the edges and onto the top a bit. I wanted the piece to have a sense of the images being 'buried' in those cracks.... I really like this medium it was very easy to work with and apply. It had to dry for 24 hours for all the cracking to develop. Then I painted over all 4 sides with a mix of gold and copper acrylics and dabbed off the paint with a paper towel as I went along. The resulting patina look is really nice, I like it a lot and will definitely be doing more of this. I hope my swap partner Maggi like this!!
This is also a good fit for
Mixed Media Monday this week as the theme there is 'Together' and these complementary wisdom's in the Dickens quote work together, as do men and women. I believe we are meant to be together, I sure love being married to my best friend. *(sigh)*

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One-A-Day #'s 10 & 11

Aug. 20, 2009 One-A-Day #10

Aug. 21, 2009 One-A-Day #11

So far, so good in staying with my One-A-Days :)

Kind of like 'Art Vitamins'...........

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One-A-Day #8

Aug. 18, 2009

Morning Inspiration

If you like patterns and detailed work and inks and pens and charcoal you might like this.

BTW, T- 4:48 to my Etsy shop sale.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Paris Salon Redux Continues...

and the good news for all of you is a
Please come visit to see a
variety of mixed media, collage, and altered art supplies
which will be available for purchase
at extremely reasonalbe prices!!
and be sure to tell a friend!!

The Color Purple

'Dare to...'

A color that is typically NOT a part of my palette!! I participated in a swap with this theme and had fun stretching a bit artistically and creatively. Often I feel that my work with pastels is not too good, but I like this card ;)

Detail view

Stamps are from I Brake for Stamps, Invoke Arts, Inkadinkadoo, and the splatter spots are unknown source. I've had that purple mulberry paper FOREVER, and the big purple-dome iridescent buttons were a recent score at the sewing store ~ I LOVE them and had to incorporate them here for my purple theme!! There are touches of Frosted Lace Stickles on the skirt of her dress, and the cards are outlined in silver pigment ink embossed with 'Psychedelic' ep.

One-A-Day #7

Aug. 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

One-A-Day #6

Aug. 15, 2009
Woodstock at 40: definitely looking ageless and timeless.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

One-A-Day #5

Aug. 14, 2009

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40 years ago!!

The bands came to Woodstock to play...
the crowds came to Woodstock to rock...
everything was perfectly aligned.
So glad to be part of the so-called 'Woodstock Generation' :)

Paris Salon Redux

You know it's time to clean the studio
when getting to the worktable has become an X-treme sport.
The desk??
Floor?? What floor?? Who needs a floor??

$1,000,000 (just a refresher for numbers with only 6 zero's ;) to the first one to find my copy of 'Acrylic Revolution'.....

Yet I still feel compelled to accumulate MORE paper.... BETTER paper....

and, of course, one cannot have enough cardboard on hand, can one?
Did I mention we live in EARTHQUAKE country?

A small platoon of fluffy pink and yellow chicks...
Will keep you updated as to my progress here, along with any helpful organizing tips.
Back later w/some more One-A-Days!