Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Accepted as a Vendor....

for the upcoming Unique LA show and sale. This is a first for me.

Here's the link about the show:

I have LOTS to do......

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shades of Scarlett Conquering

Here's an ATC made using a piece from a Starbuck's gift card holder that I've had for awhile. As soon as I saw the pink and green, and that window image, I knew I could use it somewhere!!

I painted the background and added the orange dots with Pumpkin StazOn. The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art and her expression is perfect for the diva stance I was going for....

The background is also layered with some stamped napkin tissue, leftovers from before. I used Sharpies and Zig brush markers to draw in the border and the dot ornaments, and printed the song excerpt on handmade paper, tore it up and glued it down.

I do believe Scarlett was quite a diva, joining up in a long (and still ongoing of course) procession.

"Out of the fire and still smoldering
She says "A woman must have everything"

Shades of Scarlett Conquering

She says "A woman must have everything"

~ Joni Mitchell, 1975

Garden Gate

Here's an ATC made with paint in the background and a gel transfer. I couldn't really decide how to color the rest of the card so I got out my pastel pencils and started fooling around. Came up with these showers of flowers and supplementing the image beyond the transfer border. At the end it was sprayed with Matte sealer to prevent the pastel dust from flying off!

I love looking into a beautiful garden through a gate, that whole sense of adventure and surprise...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Night Flight

Here's an ATC made for a swap in Trish Bee's Creating Chaos group. The swap theme is 'Flight' and as soon as I joined up I thought about flying at night, under the stars.

Starting with yellow cardstock cut to ATC size I stamped and clear embossed the stars (Inkadinkadoo) and the floral flourish (Tim Holz ~ Stampers Anonymous). I used several dye ink pads and sponges to apply the color, then melted off the embossing - I love this technique and haven't done it for awhile. I painted a piece of watercolor paper with Twinkling H2O's in Black Orchid, then stamped the bird (Tim Holz ~ Stampers Anonymous) with Bright yellow Twinkling H2O on top. After all the paint was dry I stamped the bird over the paint using black StazOn. The eye is a french Knot done with gold embroidery thread. I coated the background of the card with some Art Accent glitter glue, for just a smidge of sparkle in the night sky. The remainder of the background was covered with a light coat of glossy gel medium. The birds were cut out, adhered, and outlined with my gold Signo pen. The entire card was edged with my Krylon gold leaf pen.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's officially Spring!!


I know that all of you know about these nightmarish winters here in SoCal.... heehehehe.

The great thing about spring here is that many critters return to my backyard for daily visits (remember the rattlers last summer??? NYAAAAH). My absolute favorites are the California quails that come through every morning and again in the late afternoon. They are always in groups, never alone. I absolutely love these guys. They feed on the ground and scratch like chickens. Their call is very distinctive and I can hear them coming along the back wall from several yards over (our yard is big too, we have about 17000 sq ft!!). I have yet to take a good photo of them, they are quite shy and sensitive to movement.

Here's a photo of one courtesy of the National Zoo, and a lovely painting by Ron Sumner. You can see his art at Ron Sumner's artwork.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Important Message #4

This collage is 4" x 6" and adhering the metal piece was not easy.... but I did it!!

Available on Etsy :)



Sunday, March 15, 2009

Important Message #3

Here's the next collage in this series. This one is 5"x7", so I had room for 3 birds this time....

These colors are gorgeous!!

All of these collages are currently available in my Etsy shop.......

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Link to Morgan Donato's Blog

My youngest daughter Steph is a student at LaSalle Univ, just outside Philadelphia. She also works part-time as a nanny to Morgan, for the past year or so.

Just before last Thanksgiving Morgan wasn't feeling well and went for a checkup. She was diagnosed with leukemia and didn't leave the hospital for nearly 6 weeks. Morgan is 7 and in 2nd grade.

Her parents have a blog where they keep us updated, post photos, and have links there to send her a card or a well wish. I have added the link on my sidebar. Morgan is a riot and definitely loves to play. She (and her parents) are the most courageous people I know and Steph confirms this for me nearly every time she and I speak. I plan to visit Steph this summer in Philly and look forward to meeting Morgan at that time. By then she will have had her bone marrow transplant and will be on the way to less hospital time and more fun time!!

If you need affirmation about the strength and resilience of the human spirit, as well as the wisdom of children, this is a good place to find it.


Ready to Fly!!

In my Altered Start art group we are having a swap of these chipboard butterfly books. One of the members scored a bunch of these on a shopping trip to Michael's (for $1 each :) and sent them out to those of us participating in the swap. We each make an entire book and send to a partner.

When figuring out what I wanted to do here I decided to use all scraps from my various papers, ephemera, and collage images. I put down various papers for the backgrounds on each page, added paints and texture (monoprinting, stencilling), text stickers from K and Co, a set of focal collage images cut from a magazine, a stamped butterfly image flying from page to page (Impression Obsession), stamped wings for the front and back covers (Alpha Stamps), ColorBox ink in Black Sepia, and embossing in Kaleidoscope EP (Stampendous). This was a lot of fun to do and I really enjoyed all that paint, new techniques, and the overall look here!!

This is flying away to my partner today, I think she's gonna like it.


I have to get this written before I forget the details....
I have lots of dreams. Vivid dreams. Sometimes I just remember snippets of them (not sure what kind of measuring device that is but I AM sure it's the right one for these dreams :), other times I remember entire sequences. I can't explain this at all. Up until about 2 years ago I couldn't tell you anything about dreaming....

Last night I had a very vivid dream encased in color, images, and harmony. I was at some sort of music festival at a very large venue. The venue combined earth and water and the mingling of the two was perfect ~ there were people 'camped out' on floating rafts that were tethered together, and we could swim freely to see our friends at other sites. There were LOTS of faces in my dream including those of unfamiliar people, family members (mostly cousins??), friends (current and from long ago), no famous or celeb faces though; just faces of a personal nature, if that is sensible. The whole place was vividly colorful and all the audience sites were tied together with beautiful flowing ribbons made of all different colors and weights of materials. There were vendors selling food (of COURSE there's food!!) and their 'stalls' were on land. The most prominent image I have is one selling fruits, including strawberries the size of cantaloupes.... YUMMMMMMMM. Although we were all swimming around, when we left the water we were dry.

I had to get this out so I could return there, hopefully. I woke up energized and astonished by the depth of the memory. A perfect end to a terrible day of subbing in middle school.... the kids were REALLY badly behaved yesterday.

*I had to include a photo for you, so here's my wonderful tea cup given to me by a dear friend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Street Crusade #29 - Follow Up

Since my last post I've had such fun painting this butterfly book more, mostly drybrushing. Here are the monoprinted pages I showed the other day, now in final form and waiting to be bound together and swapped out :)

This crusade has been fun for me as well as a great learning and sharing experience, and making new friends along the way. Still plenty of time left to play - check it out at Michelle Ward's blog!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

MM* for MW's Street Crusade

Pre - Monoprint
MM* with green

MM* with dark green using a mask

More MM* with dark green

MM* with pink and using sequin waste!!!!

This month on Michelle Ward's Street Crusade she has challenged us to show our brush strokes!! I have never joined one of these challenges before, but she has shared various paint and brushstoke techniques this month, so I had to give it a go!!

MM* (Monoprint Mania) is what I have for you here. I am currently working on a butterfly book swap in one of my groups and decided that I will use only paper scraps for the base of my backgrounds for each page. The book is pre-cut blank chipboard in the shape of a butterfly and the pages have to be completed on all sides (5 chippie butterflies = 10 sides). I knew that after I glued down the initial collage papers I'd want to add paint in some fashion, and woldn't you know that Michelle's instructions for making monoprints with paint seemed like just what I was looking for!!

So here are some shots I took this afternoon of my MM*, hehehehe. I was painting and monoprinting all sorts of scrap paper, tags, sequin waste, and using a recently die cut paper as a mask to monoprint!! So easy and a great effect! Thanks so much Michelle!

By the way, if you have a chance pick up the new mag from Somerset, Apprentice, and try Michelle's process for gesso resist. You'll probably like that too, I sure do ;)

Thursday, March 5, 2009


We have a swap going at Creating Chaos with the theme of "puzzle": incorporate anything puzzle into your item. I have several of these large blank pieces (about 5.5" square) so I thought it would be fun to alter it. This particular group emphasizes using stamping techniques within the work that is swapped, so when I did this piece it is ALL paint and stamping, NO collage (I thought I was gonna die but I'm okay!!).

I started with some pinkish paint that I mixed up , also added some Liquitex Iridescent medium to give it a little sparkle. Then I stamped images in gesso (Stampington, Autumn Leaves) and allowed the gesso to dry thoroughly (waiting, waiting, waiting, FINALLY it's dry!!). I painted over everything with Golden Interference Red, which alters the pink color slightly and really amps up the shine factor! The woman's face is so beautiful and is from a great set by Lost Coast Designs. She was stamped in Blazing Red StazOn on shrinky dink plastic and cut out. I added the blue scalloped edge with a colored pencil. The blue chipboard flowers are from Maya Road and were painted with Twinkling H2O's . I also painted the same twinkling blue on the scalloped edge of the plastic piece, as the blue color of my pencil didn't look right anymore. Finished it up with a few Svarovski crystals (yes they're real, and they're spectacular), some lace, a ribbon hanger with wire wrapping and a few beads along the way.

Perhaps my Spring fever is showing??

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This video is SOOOO FUNNY~~

This video cracks me up, my dog does this too!!
Enjoy ~
Wish I could carry this in my pocket :)

Journal Page

Here's my journal page for this week at Collage Play with Crowabout Group. The images she provided were all from vintage children's books ~ very fun indeed. Once i saw them I just could NOT get this Bob Seger song out of my head!! So I got it onto the page hehehehehe ;)

I had a lot of fun extending the drawings onto my page, a fun technique I'm sure I'll return to again! All the colors here are on top of a gesso-washed patterned paper, and all color is from crayons ~ my Neo's and my Crayola's!!

"Just take those old records off the shelf,

I'll sit and listen to them by myself.

Today's music ain't got the same soul,

I like that old time rock 'n roll!!"

~ Bob Seger

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A new series....

... of mixed media collages. I have had these simmering in my head for awhile and have now finished the first two.

Important Message Numbers 1 and 2, now available in my Etsy shop :)

More messages to follow!