Welcome to my Blog and please have a look around. I want to share some of my projects with you and hopfully they will inspire you to try something new in your art world.
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The above picture is of my kitty Baxter, or better known as Mr. Boo, as he is a big scaredy cat.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Circle Of Friends April ATC Swap

For the month of April at The Circle of Friends we were give the theme of "Dance"  I found this great image on one of my Altered Pages collage sheets and thought  it fit the bill perfectly.  It reminded me of a beautiful flowing waltz.

For the background I once again went to my trusty Alcohol inks - this time using Latte, Shell Pink and Raspberry.  I used this on Glossy Photo paper and I made this by placing a dot of each color on my applicator and doing a crisscross pattern on a larger piece of the paper.  I then cut it down into the ATC's.  Each one is a bit different, but all have the same colors.  for the image I cut it out and then coated it with Crackle Paint in Rock Candy.  It comes out clear, but with really nice crackles on it.  Once this was dry I attached it to the card and place a couple of crystals on the image.  I added a ribbon flower, a colored bead and the work Waltz on the side.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One Powerful Hour Challenge - Military Women

This week at One Powerful Hour I have chosen the theme of "Military Women".  I found this wonderful image from Altered Pages and I just had to find a way to display it and honor all our Military Women that help to protect our country.  The image came from a sheet called American Beauties #500 and my image was printed on a transpariency. 

For this project I have used a 5 x 7 canvas and come to find out this ended up being a very challenging surface for me to work with.  I had a lot of problems with some of the inks drying.  I started by using H2O's in blues and painting the whole surface, I let that dry and then painted some white to just add the look of clouds - I don't think that worked very well.  I used some Modeling paste to create the stars and I had also used it to do some designs on the lower edge of the canvas, but ended up not liking that so I scraped it off which left some interesting white spaces on the canvas.  I then used Adirondack ink in Bottle and stamped flourishes all over the edges.  Now this looks good, but this is what I have has so much trouble with drying.  I've heated it, blotted with paper towels and it's still not as dry as it could be.  I finally just went ahead and added everything to create my finished piece.  To the stars at the top I have added Stickles glitter in red, blue and gold.  The hat, medal and insigna are from K & Company.  I have added shading to them by using Distressed Ink in Wild Honey.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

COF 2010 Round Robin Journal

The Circle of Friends is once again doing a Journal Round Robin with I think nine of the ladies.  This year I have chosen the Theme of "Circus/Clown".  Because I was running late to get my journal on it's way I wasn't able to get a page done on the inside, but I did get the cover done.  I have used a Grungeboard book page for the cover and I covered it with an orangish paper.  To that I added some Circus stamps from Tim Holtz.  The letters for the title are from Cosmo Cricket.  I can't wait to see all the wonderful pages that everyone will add to my book.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

One Powerful Hour Challenge - Patchwork

This week at OPH the challenge is "Patchwork" and Peggy has done a beautiful piece to give us all inspiration.  My piece is one that I did to support Breast Cancer.

This is a piece I did for a friend, it is made from all different sized pieces of GrungeBoard.  Some I stamped on and some I just embossed and then added either ink or paint.  I even did a bit of stitching on some of the squares.  I added the pink ribbon using a heart shaped brad.  Once I had all the pieces decorated I glued them to a heavy card stock.  The size of this is about 4" x 4".

Thanks for stopping by for a look

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Birthday Card for Kevin

I know I haven't spent much time here adding some of my projects so I am going to do a little catch up this week.  This is the card that I made for Kevin's birthday earlier this month.

To make the background I used pieces of old dictionary pages  and glued them to my cardstock.  I then used Distressed Inks in Tea Dyed and Antique Linen and applied them all over the page.  Once that was dried I used Distressed Crackle Paint in Rock Candy painted over the whole card - I wanted a vintage cracked look and that's pretty much what I ended up with.  The image came from Altered Pages and I paired that with a gold digital frame - I set that all on the red cardstock as I thought that would really pop against all the browns.  I also added a bit of red at the top and bottom of the card.  The letters are chipboard from Cosmo Cricket.

I have to say I like the way this came out, and Kevin was very happy with it!!