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, July 29, 2010

OPH Favorite Flower Challenge

This week at One Powerful Hour I have chosen the theme of "My Favorite Flower".  I seem to almost always have a flower somewhere in all of my designs since I can't have them in the house.  I have allergies to flowers and grass so I like to create pretty flowers that I can have around the house all the time.  For this challenge I have chosen my favorite flower - the Tulip.  I hope you will come and join us at OPH for this fun project and I can't wait to see your favorite flowers!!

For this project I have selected a tag and embossed it with my Cuttlebug using a leaf embossing folder. Using a decorative scissors I cut the bottom of the tag for a bit of a lacy look.  I then used Distress inks in Bundled Sage, Rusty Hinge and Barn Door and applied these all over the background of the tag, using the green to bring out the leaves.

I cut out Tulips for some paper I had from K & Company and added Stickles in Fruit Punch to all the edges of the flowers. I attached them to the tag with pop dots to give a bit of dimension to the project.  Using my trusty Dymo Label maker I created the Tulip sticker.  I then added a few words on my feelings for the flowers and a couple of buttons.  To finish off I added the blue and red ribbons.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Circle Of Friends 2010 Journal Rotation

I have another journal to share with everyone - I did this one in June and I ended up really liking the way it turned out.  This one was for Cheryl's Journal and there wasn't really a theme.  There were a number of sayings in a little envelope and you had to pick one of them, or use one of your own, and create a page from that.  The saying I picked was "The sound of her wings".


I knew I had a die to cut out the wings, so I cut them from embossed  Grungeboard and painted them gold.  I stamped the image on velum as I wanted some transparency in the piece.  The background paper is an artist paper from Summerset Studio - I love that there is a picture of a girl in the background and lines of poetry.  I added some vintage sheet music and stamped a few notes.  I also added "Can you hear the music?"  I added amber beads at the top for added texture

On the back of the page I chose to add pictures of angels with wings and the caption of "Listen to the music."  With different sized circle  stamps I made some interesting patterns in two of the corners and added some swirls of crystals that were an amber color.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Birthday Card

Monday afternoon I found out that I needed a birthday card for a friend at work on Wed.  Well I came home with no idea of what I was going to do so I started looking through some of my papers to see if something would spike my interest.  I found this pretty bright stripe that reminded me of summer.

I cut the paper on the diagonal for a bit more interest in the background and then I wondered what I could put on the front.  I know that Tammy likes flowers so I started out with the largest flower, lite orange and pink (that's how I came up with the pink center) both from Heidi Swapp.  When I saw that one lonely flower on the paper I knew I had to find something else to go with it, so I started going through this little basket of flower pieces that I have.  I found the orange flower which was a little smaller and then the cream  one that I thought would work well for the center.  I added the pink stripe enter - it's a padded center from Heidi Swap that I have had for a very long time.  I added the bright jewels to the center for more dimension and color.
Using a Terra Cotta ink I stamped the Happy Birthday and the flourishes around the card.  All and all I'm pretty happy with the final results and Tammy and the other ladies at work really liked it a lot.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Circle Of Friends 2010 Journal Rotation

Last month I had Caroline's Journal and completed this piece for her.  For this Journal you had your choice of two templates for making a castle and two subjects to use - Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.  She had included many collage images for you to choose from and this is what I came up with.

I chose this castle, it just seemed to speak to me, and I used the Cinderlla theme.  I cut my castle from Grunge Paper and I had this glitter embossed paper that seemd to work perfectly for this project.  I used Distressed Inks on all of the edges in Rusty Hindge and Wild Honey to give a little extra depth to the paper. After I attached the image I coated it with Rock Candy Distress Paint to give it that old crackle look. I have also used Distressed Stickles on parts of the castle.  You have to have a bit of sparkle in your work!!  I then added ribbon, beads and flowers to the project.

I really enjoyed creating this piece for Caroline and I believe it has finally started me back on the creative road.  I will thank Caroline for that and I really hope you like your page.