Thursday, July 30, 2009

(Zetti) Dog Days

"Around the Yard"
'In the Nest"

"On the Town"
Here are my Zetti cards for Marion B's swap!! Brought out my dog characters here :) The backgrounds are all results of monoprinting with acrylic paint colors I mixed - these pieces of paper were what remained of the paint after it was monoprinted onto another surface. The puppies are all from a calendar gifted to me. The NEST is from Lisa's Altered Art, and the found text pieces are from short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Guy de Maupassant, respectively. The 'species' text combines 2 reference sources. All other pieces are doodles and circles I drew, paper scraps punched and cut into different shapes, and a jewel on the blue hat. Thank goodness, especially, for my Signo white pen!!! One of my favorite tools for sure.
There are many of us participating in this fun swap and you can see more of the cards ~ in addition to some beautiful posts of Marion's gorgeous art ~ by popping over to
Mariion B's bockel24 blog. Get your favorite refreshment and plan to stay for a bit :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pink and Orange

I was making the background for this journal page when all that paint play took off (see previous post). Who knew??

This is for the Collage Play with Crowabout Group on Flickr. Nancy provided some very colorful an fun retro images this week, I had to journal it! Lots of fun to make this and thinkin' about my friends (that means YOU ;). I am always so grateful for these friendships. The 2 girlfriends sharing 2 wings was inspired by a glass statue I saw in Philadelphia!

Cheers friends!


One thing
leads to

and another

and another!!

Back soon with more.............

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Here's an ATC done for a swap with the theme of 'time'. The background paper has a light gesso wash on it. After that I put down some color with my Neo II's and softened and blended with an old baby wipe. I think there is a patch of monoprinted paint on here too.... Got out my Staz-On inks in Timber Brown and Blazing Red. The stamps are from Gel-a-Tins, A Time to Stamp, and Art Impressions. The cards are lightly embossed with gold foil ep from Bmuse and edged in Krylon copper leaf pen. The beautiful button is actually a brad from K and Co., just the right colors and finishing touch for here.
I love the wistful sense of this card, sometimes a feeling I get when thinking about 'Yesterday'.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Buttons, buttons, where are the buttons??

This button fairy is for another swap in Trish Bee's 'Creating Chaos' group. I've wanted to make one of these for awhile and here was the perfect opportunity!! The image is from and I added some 'sparkle' to her dress, a Prima paper rose hair accessory, and wings using a Fancy Pants flourish stamped and embossed on painted paper, then highlighted with yellow glitter glue.
The buttons and beads are all from my stash.

I really like the way she came together, and these fairies are such fun to make!! Have a couple others in progress now. Once I started making this one I got all sorts of ideas for more of them ~ one thing leads to another. Does that ever happen to any of you out there?

NOTE: Philly trip was fabulous, no art was accomplished but photos were taken! Will post as soon as I sort through and 'fix' them up a bit;)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

To the city of brotherly love!!

Off I go, to visit with my 2 daughters for the next week. Looking forward to seeing them, getting away, some refreshment and rejuvenation!!

Got some art supplies packed and I'm off till the 20th!

Take care and I'll 'see' you when I return to soCal.



Monday, July 6, 2009

Back in the light!!

Definitely coming out of a slump of sorts.........
Here are some photos of some candle holders I recently made, planning to give these to some friends :). Also playing around here with my camera and Picasa effects. I downloaded the Gimp software this weekend (supposed to be similar to PS, I'll have to get back to you) and plan to play with that some this week.

Next Monday I'll arrive in Philly and be met by my youngest daughter.... can't wait!