Thursday, July 30, 2009

Freebie Silhouettes

Here's a new whimsical drawing I drew and then
tweaked it in PSP. Below I used the same drawing but
made it into a silhouette to use in another
digital piece using PSP.

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freebie silhouettes to use in your art.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Aloha Banner

Here's a banner I made for my son and soon to be DIL (they're getting married in Hawaii). I used scrap pieces I had for the background and tore strips of fabric for the ties in between the flags.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

How to Rejuvenate Your Art Muse!

It feels sooooo good to do some drawing again!
I've been feeling out of sync or scattered with my art. Between kids home for the summer, the blasted heat, and hubby's schedule changing this time of year. I've had a hard time getting motivated. A great fix for me to get me recharged and inspired is going to the bookstore and look through the magazines and books that are out.....I'm beyond having to buy each and every book or magazine. I'm now at a point where I can browse through them and feel myself-page by page recharging my art battery if you starts in my core and begins to radiate out where the excitement builds and the energy gets strong (probably not unlike what Wonder Woman feels, I'm sure!). Then I have to race home and create something, anything! I can feel the power surge from my finger tips like lightening as I begin to draw and create!
I am an artist hear me roar!
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Best Seller!

For the first week's #1 Best Selling book is
Ties That Bind
A Collaboration of Love

All proceeds from this book go
to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
Click the link below to get a preview
and order your copy today!

Use the following code to receive
$10.00 off

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Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Check out a A Floral-tasticly good project from the new book- Kanzashi in Bloom

The Artful Crafter Do you know what a bead board is? No, not the kind you nail to the wall. LOL.

The Impatient Crafter Madge shares a couple of sneak peeks of some mixed media jewelry she's created to wear to the CHA Show!

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love 25 Signs that you love to create!

About Family Crafts Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween crafting? How early do you start your Halloween planning? Cross Stitch Can You Stitch and Ride? Connie barely can and she wants to hear what your situation is - be sure to read the comments and add your own.

Cathie Filian Whip up a custom belt buckle with a little paper, creativity and Dimensional Magic.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to do recycled paper napkin casting, make a movable fighting girl element, an interview with Norma V. Toraya author of Paper Puppet Palooza, a video on how to die cut and needle felt a bookmark from a recycled wool sweater and how to create a window for pressed botanicals in your gathering journal.

Crafty Princess Diaries If you have always wanted to make your own crafting video but didn't think you had the techie know-how, then you'll love this new free software the Crafty Princess recently discovered.

Mixed Media Artist If you get inspired by seeing fabulous work by other artists, check out some of the fabulous profiles that Cyndi has posted!

Naughty Secretary Club Jen takes some of her favorite free embroidery patterns on the net and transforms them into plush dolls.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Last Chance to Vote!

Please take just 30 seconds and go HERE to vote for this photo. It will serve a very worthy cause! Just vote #1 for this photo. The other 2 votes are up to you.
Please confirm your vote! In 30 seconds or less you
can contribute to curing ovarian cancer. thanks!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One More Beer Label...



Okay now I have a delima I originally
posted the below beer label but then
I made changes.....which one should
I use....label A., B., or label C. ?


I couldn't resist making just one more
beer label for my county fairy entry.
You can see my previous labels HERE.
I used one of my past whimiscal drawings
for this label.
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Whimsical Felt Banners

I am finally finished with 18 felt banners for the swap I mentioned here. I will be thrilled to mail these babies off now that I'm done with them...I admit it I'm sick of looking at you ever feel that way where you just get sick of looking at what you've made? I don't know what the heck I was thinking when I decided to hand sew them all...the hardest part was trying to come up with different ideas because I get bored doing the same thing.
Take a peek at a few of my friend's banners for this swap:
Here's Joanne's elegant banners she's our hostess with the mostess! Kathy, had a wonderful earthy flower theme going for hers, aren't they gorgeous?!? Vicki's pretty banners have hand drawn faces on them. Here's my pal Christy's bright and cheery painted canvas banners. Lori made some lovely serene banners.

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Crafty Blogger Blurbs

I'm a bit behind on my Crafty Blogger Blurb link postings, lets just say that it's hard to type when you've melted into a puddle. I'll sure be glad when we get out of the triple digits here Ugh!

The Artful Crafter Eileen shows you how to make a multi-strand fiber bracelet.

The Crochet Dude Drew reviews the new Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine - offers up a free crocheted project using fabric strips - and he's giving away a Rotary Cutting Machine to one lucky commenter!

The Impatient Crafter Madge shows you how to make a quick and easy Altered Chinese Paper Lantern in her first post on Kid/Teen Crafts for I Love to Create!

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Check out Vickie's free pattern for a knitted lace, iPhone cozy!

Crafty Princess Diaries Have you thought about taking your craft hobby to a different level? Tammy has some thoughts to consider before crossing over the hobby/professional line.

CraftyPod SisterDiane is thrilled to unveil her new ebook, Weaving Un-Loomed: Simple Ways to Weave Cool Things.

Cross Stitch at Have fun trying out these new free Candlewicking patterns Connie's sharing. If you use one, send in a photo to show it off!

Mixed Media Artist Using two very different book pages, you can create a found poem for an altered book...or just because!

Naughty Secretary Club Jen shares clever and crafty uses for suitcases that have nothing to do with holding clothing. Side tables, laptop cases and portable craft studios oh my!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Drink Mermaids take the plunge into some silver paint and get transformed into some swimmingly fun necklaces inspired by the wonderfully innovative book- A Charming Exchange.

About Family Crafts I need your help! Be the first to submit a photo of this completed craft and be featured on the Family Crafts site!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner Alexa shares the mentall process behind creating a post on her swell craft blog

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world Craftside's got a how-to's on bleaching photos and juxtaposing images, a mixed-media journal out of a wide variety of recycled materials and a video with Scatha G. Allison where she shows the incredible designs from her book Jean Therapy. Be sure to answer the day's questions to be entered to win a free book!

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Many ways you can help...

As many of you know I've been part of an art doll project to help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) . It's a collaborative project with the help of almost 100 amazing artists. Our goal is to raise $10,000 dollars by the end of September which is Ovarian Cancer Month. At the end of September a lucky individuals' name will be drawn and they will win the amazing art doll. I know many people who hope to win her just so they can donate the doll, since not every body has room for her. We still need your help we are at $2311. There are several ways you can help:

  • Vote for the project to be featured on the cover of this magazine. The exposure would be great and this takes less than a minute of your time. Voting ends, Fri 24 Jul 09.

  • Buy tickets to win the doll- tickets are 1 of $5 or 6 for $20. The drawing will be 30 Sep 09.

  • Make a donation

  • Share with your friends and family. Print bookmarks or fliers HERE to help us spread the word.

  • And last but not least purchase a Ties That Bind book. You can view some of the pages of the book HERE! It's a 7x7 book with 68 pages of beautiful art, quotes and inspirational stories

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Book is Finished!

I'm excited to announce the completion of the
Ties That Bind Book!
Whoohoo! This has been a big project
I've been working on.
All procceds from the book sales go
towards Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
Click the image below to get a preview
and order your copy today!

A Collaboration of ...
By Aileen Roberts

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aileen's playlist for the day...

I've been in a music mood today, so I thought I'd share my playlist for the day...yes, I know it's a bit eclectic.

Music Playlist at

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Another weekend flew by! Whew where did it go!? I wish I could say it was because I was out having fun, but instead I was feeling under the weather. My apologies for the late Blurb links.

About Family Crafts As a parent, one of the biggest crafting dilemmas you may face is what to do with all the wonderful masterpieces your child creates. How do you display each piece so it gets the attention it deserves?

Cathie Filian When you need a crafty break - whip up this quick and easy snack of homemade hummus and baked bagel chips.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world This week at Craftside there is the latest episode of Look, Learn & Create featuring the fabulous cloth doll artist, Patti Medaris Culea, a fun vegan recipe for Frushi (fruit sushi), a how-to on making a tennis ball training tool, and an Illustrator tutorial to make a digital word ATC and as always a bunch of questions that if you answer you are entered to win a free book!

Crafty Princess Diaries Have you thought of starting your own craft weblog? Here is why crafting rocks when it comes to niche blogging.

Cross Stitch at What do you do with odds and ends of embroidery floss? Read these ideas and share your own.

Mixed Media Artist Do not fear...making altered books will not cause lightning to strike you!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Dada Mosaic, or is it surreal? You be the judge.

The Artful Crafter If you’re a polymer clay beginner or just want a quick professional looking project, use molds!

The Crochet Dude See a sneak peek video of Drew's new pattern line that launches August 1st!

The Impatient Crafter Madge shares the 411 on how she made a gorgeous crystal, rubber and exposed wire collar inspired by African jewelry.

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Vickie's 10 Craft Tips for Busy Parents!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Sneak Peek Felt Banners

If you've read my blog for awhile you know that I just LOVE banners! Here's the first of my felt banners I'm making for a fabric banner swap I'm in. Only 15 more to go! I made them out of felt, man do they have such fun felt out now! I would have used pinking sheers to cut them, but mine I discovered are not sharp enough for fabric now....No telling which kid cut what with them! I'm not a sewer so I used Fabric Tac to glue the pieces together after tracing around the cardboard template (5"x7").
Rolled Felt Flowers
The rolled flowers are easy to make, I cut about a 3.5" strip about 1" wide and glue and fold over the strip lengthwise. Then run another long bead of glue down the length of the strip and begin rolling tightly from end to end. Hold it for about 30-60 seconds (Fabric Tac sets up fast). You can then use some embroidery floss and come in from the bottom (rough edge) through the middle to the top (folded edge) and sew a bead in the center. After I cut leaves out and glue the leaves down and then the flower in the center.

Update: Click HERE to view all of my finished felt banners

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Please take a moment... help us make a difference.
We have a chance to get our ovarian cancer charity project on the cover of a northern CA magazine. All we need is votes. Our project benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Only one vote per email is allowed, please use any emails you have. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to the emails you must confirm the vote from each email address.

Please vote #1 for the teal/blue doll form photo called

Fight Ovarian Cancer and vote your choice for #2 and #3.

Click HERE to Vote
Please forward this to anyone you think will take the time to takes less than 30 seconds to vote.The winning photo will get the cover/story on the autumn issue...the project could use that attention!
Click HERE to find out how else you can help!

Our project benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

No disrespect, but...

A friend sent this to me, and I found it to be very profound...
With no disrespect intended to the Jackson family, this sure does reveal the shallowness of our value system in this country.

This puts things into perspective:
by MIKE aka Mr. Brutally Honest

While the focus today, tomorrow and for the next God-knows-how-many-days will be the death of a pop culture icon; while many will mourn, wail and quite literally make fools of themselves over it and while as many will speak endlessly about it, allow me, if only for a moment, to remind us all that others have died this month; others whose lives were cut short; others who leave behind loved ones and whose families will dearly miss them; families who'll suffer with much more dignity and honor than we'll be exposed to on the tube in the coming days.
Yes... it's true... we've suffered a great loss... but forgive me while I tell you that I'm not talking about the king of pop music.

These American military members died in Iraq this month:

Sergeant Justin J. Duffy
Specialist Christopher M. Kurth
Specialist Charles D. Parrish
Lance Corporal Robert D. Ulmer
Staff Sergeant Edmond L. Lo
Sergeant Joshua W. Soto
Captain Kafele H. Sims
Specialist Chancellor A. Keesling
And these members of our U.S. Armed Forces died in Afghanistan this month:
Sergeant Jones, Ricky D.
Specialist Munguia Rivas,
Rodrigo A.
Command Master Chief Petty Officer Garber, Jeffrey J.
1st Sergeant Blair, John D.
Sergeant Smith, Paul G.
Staff Sergeant Melton, Joshua
Sergeant 1st Class Dupont, Kevin A.
Specialist O'Neill, Jonathan C.
Chief Warrant Officer Richardson Jr.,
Ricky L.
Specialist Silva, Eduardo S.
Lance Corporal Whittle, Joshua R.
Major Barnes, Rocco M.
Major Jenrette, Kevin M.
Staff Sergeant Beale, John C.
Specialist Jordan, Jeffrey W.
Specialist Griemel, Jarrett P.
Specialist Hernandez I, Roberto A.
Sergeant Obakrairur, Jasper K.
Staff Sergeant Hall, Jeffrey A.
Private 1st Class Ogden, Matthew D.
Private 1st Class Wilson, Matthew W.

Let's remember and honor this day those whose deaths are truly impacting.

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Stuffed 8 Ball Zucchini Recipe

Stuffed 8 Ball Zucchinis

Hubby planted a new (to us) variety of zucchini plants this year called 8 Ball Zucchinis. They seem to be growing much better then regular zucchini. 8 balls are called that because they're suppose to be picked when they're about the size of a hard ball. They're perfect for stuffing. We've also found them to be a bit sweeter then regular zucchini.

Here's my recipe-keep in mind I used what I had on hand, it can be easily adapted and changed as desired.

  • 1/2 lb. Turkey Sausage
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 Box of Zatarains Rice Pilaf
  • Zucchini Pulp removed from centers.
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. of Curry Powder
  • 1 C. Grated Cheese (I used cheddar and Jack)

Cut stem side tops off--for the non-stem side, trim a little off to make a flat base on the rounder ones. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch shell and set aside to use later. Brown sausage and drain, saute onion and zucchini pulp. Cook rice pilaf as directed when done add in sausage, onion, zucchini pulp and seasoning. Mix well and when rice mixture has cooled some add grated cheese and mix well.
Fill shells. Sprinkle each stuffed shell with grated cheese. Place stuffed 8 balls in a pan lined with foil and sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Bake at 350° about 20 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

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Fun with PSP

I had a little fun with this picture I took
yesterday of our Vintage metal chairs, hubby collects.
I used Paintshop Pro (PSP) to alter the picture.
(Click each picture to enlarge)
Which altered picture do you like?

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

Happy 4th of July to all
my American blog buddies!
Stay cool, safe and sane
through all the festivities!

The Artful Crafter Eileen suggests you go shopping for craft supplies in your jewelry box and closet. Make an old accessory into something new and fresh.

The Impatient Crafter Madge shares the clip from her recent appearance on Lifetime TV's The Balancing Act for Beadalon.
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Old plastic bead necklaces go under the knife (and in the toaster oven) to make Melted Plastic bead Star Earrings perfect for the patriotic holidays

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love Learn how to finger knit with Vickie's step-by-step how-to, featured on the CRAFT website!

Crafty Princess Diaries Tammy shows off her cool new sewing cabinet that was surprisingly inexpensive.

Cross Stitch at Why no knots in Counted Cross Stitch? Find out why and how to secure your floss in alternate ways.

Mixed Media Artist Cyndi reports on her experiences with using the new CopprClay. This stuff rocks!

Naughty Secretary Club Thinking about starting up your own craft business? Jen has a few suggestions of things you might consider first. Plus learn how you can take a Crafty Business Seminar with Jen from anywhere in the world!

Cathie Filian It is summer and that means beach & pool time! Visit Cathie Filian's blog to learn how to stotch up a terry beach throw.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world At Craftside there is a bling-tastic video on hand lettering with Lisa Engelbrecht, from the new book The Crafter's Devotional a how to make a leather book cover and flag cuffs made from a book cover, an "actual size" silver heart using PMC, and a fun snack recipe.
About Family Crafts If you are looking for a creative way to celebrate every day during the month of July, check out this special events calendar!

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Baby Dove

My son took this cool picture after the dove had first decided to land on hubby's shoulder. It's still a fairly young dove. We seem to be inundated with doves lately.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

How to add a Copyright Symbol using PSP

I've had several emails asking how I create a copyright watermark on my pictures. Here's a simple tutorial. I use Corels Paint Shop Pro so if your using Adobe Photoshop you'll have to try to to see if you can adapt my directions as best you can. I've used both programs and personally I've found PSP (Paintshop Pro) to be much more user friendly and the price alone is a lot cheaper. In fact I just found a great deal where you can get PSP at Frys for free with their rebate.
Keep in mind there are many ways you can add a watermark this is what works for me :-)

1. Open an image. Select the text tool and click on the image where you want to place the text.
2. In the text entry dialog, type the copyright symbol (see below) or any other text you want to use for a watermark.

3. Still in the text entry dialog, highlight the text by dragging across it and set the font, text size and formatting as desired.

4. With the text still highlighted, click the color swatch and set the text color to light gray or white then click APPLY.

5. Scale and position the text if necessary.

6. Go to Layers > Properties and set Opacity to 35-60 (the level of opacity depends on how light or dark your background is-the above sample was set at 50 opacity) OK out of window.
7. Now click on File and SAVE AS > rename your file so you still have a clean original photo with no watermark.

How to Create an Alt Key Copyright Symbol
© - Hold down the ALT key with your left hand and use your right hand to enter the numbers 0169 on the number pad. Release the Alt key and the symbol © will appear.

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Wonder Girdle Don't Fail me Now!

Here's the winning quote for the Blog giveaway!
Congratulations Kari!
You can see your winning quote on a new
Zazzle Mug that you'll be receiving!
Thanks everyone for participating
all your quotes were awesome!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Altered Book Yahoo Group Anniversary

Front Side
Here's my tip-in page for the
It's their 10 year anniversary!
It's hard to believe it's been 10 years for this
group. I've made, and are still friends, with so
many wonderful altered artists from this group, which I'm very thankful for!
Corrine Stubson aka Grand Poobahette who
is one of the moderators of the Altered Book
group has generously offered to create a book
using all the pages sent in....what a BIG job (Thanks Corinne!).
Back Side
You can click HERE to see my
4th and 5th anniversary pages
from years past.