Saturday, March 31, 2007

Celestial Dreams

Thanks to all of you who read
my musings and write me personally
or leave comments, I don't always get the chance to say it but

I've been playing with more Slide Mailers (hey, no groans! its been fun for me to see something old with new eyes thus new ideas!) and I used one of my alcohol ink backgrounds (from the slide show to the right) to use for the background of this piece.

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Supplies Used

*I used a shallow cigar box lid that I painted with gesso to adhere the background and then the slide mailer. I used deli paper to cover the inside which is awesome it conforms to the shape inside really well! The image is raised up in the niche of the slide mailer with small pop dots.

Monday, March 26, 2007

In with the old...

I'm on a mission to use products that have been forgotten about and thanks to my good friend Christy who inspired me to dig out my alcohol inks and play! Btw, I'm still using the packs of 4x6 glossy photo paper that came with the printer ink I bought-at least I've found a great use for them they're the perfect post card size or snip off 2 inches and you have a 4x4 page.

Samples can be seen in the slideshow to the right--->

Here's a quick and addictive way to make some awesome backgrounds! I began by dropping 3 to 4 ink colors on the glossy photo paper and then I laid down another piece of the glossy paper on top, I then smooshed them together and pulled them apart and that's it! Next I stamped with black Staz-on Ink and or Krylon's gold leafing pen (I pump out some of the leafing pen paint on a piece of acetate and then slide it across the stamp quickly and stamp.

Here's one of my finished pieces using an alcohol ink background:

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Here's a couple of pieces I just finished up...the first is a necklace vessel I made from a
small perfume bottle copper wire and beads:

Glass Bottle Vessel Necklace

Next I decided to play with a Microscope Slidemailer (slidemailers are made from heavy cardboard and used to mail microscope slide samples in). It's been awhile since I've played with any slidemailers--So often we get caught up in trying the newest things that are out or popular that we forget about the old and I have always enjoyed creating using Slidemailers pushing the envelope so to speak with them.

Slidemailer Shrine Necklace:

I used a single slidemailer and first spritz it with Color Mists (talk about a fast way to color them wow!) next I stamped the front and back with Staz On black ink and then used Chalk Inks around the edges and inside. Next I Add the keyhole brad, I then ran black cording down the center across the spine and knotted it at the top and the bottom (I left enough cording at the bottom that I could add two beads and then knot it. I then cut three pieces of ribbon and ran them through the Xyron to use as form of binding to help keep the cording in place (see green ribbon in picture). Inside I cut out some paper for the small niche and added shrine elements using Crystal Lacquer to adhere them as well as adding small beads around the edge.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

I've been working on the backgrounds for some 4x4 pages for a bird themed chunky book swap I'm in. Here's a picture of some of them...I first used Punchinella for a stencil with Colorbox Cat's eye chalk inks then I used Krylon's spray webbing both white and silver:
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Here's an ATC I created for a Lottery I'm participating person's name gets drawn and everyone sends the winner their piece they submitted.

I cut up a greeting card to use as the background and added elements from the card using pop dots to make them 3D and then added the two girls from my Sisters Collage sheet. I also added some 3D Crystal Lacquer to the flowers and some fine glitter to give it dimension.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Have you ever...

...wished you had left well enough alone?

Yep, I see your heads shaking out there in cyberland! Well I had one of those moments yesterday and yes I could pretend it didn't happen, but I wanted to share this with you all because I know that I'm not the only one that has had this happen. It also goes along with a post I made on a list this morning where I was saying that so often we view other artist's work (especially when your a tender new artist) and you compare your art with theirs and it leaves you thinking your art isn't good enough! Try not to compare your art, we are all on different art journeys which means we are also at different art levels. Art is in the eye of the beholder and what may appeal to one person may not to another that doesn't make it any less art. Also, keep in mind that most times we only see the "WOW" pieces that an artist will post and that leaves us with the impression that each and every piece is a "WOW" piece when in actuality they are not or it could be that others think it is but for you as the artist it didn't reach the vision you had or the expectations you wanted to achieve....We tend to want each piece to be a "WOW" piece. Try focusing more on the creative process (read my friend Joanne Huffman's thoughts on this and her beautiful art!) and less on the out come and enjoy the creative journey your art takes you on and learn from and enjoy the experience!

Okay I've stalled long enough here's what happened...

My challenge piece I posted previously I wished I hadn't messed with...yep I made a mess (don't worry Patty I have other choices for you!) I went to seal it and decided to use gel medium to give the piece a bit more substance so I grabbed the gel medium but should have just used the spray sealer so it didn't get so wet because it buckled in some areas and accentuated some seams...well in my eagerness to fix it I then used a heavy glaze spray thinking that would cover it up well it didn' then I thought well I'll use some crackle glaze that will hide it, NOT! it was too thick and it made the piece very opaque and now you can't see the words I even used! Will I leave well enough alone another time? Of course not *chuckles* because many times some of the best happy accidents come from one of those moments that we might never have discovered, this just happened not to be one of those moments *sheepish grin* I certainly did learn from the process and my hope is that my experience will help others see that your not alone. It happens to us all at one time or another and its okay!

Boy do I feel naked now :::grabs her clothes and puts them back on::::
Okay I was asked to post my mishap so here it is
(scroll down further to see the before piece)

Okay now go

make some

art &

let me know

your thoughts

on this :-)

And the winner is . . .

Patty Miller!!!

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the time to check out my challenge!
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This is another piece I created using glossy photo paper which I am loving! I have two huge stacks of it that came free with some ink and I don't print out individual pictures so I'm happy to have found a great use for it. It's the perfect postcard size and takes the Color Mists well!

So This morning I created this by only using things I had out on my work space I'm not overly thrilled with it but figure its not bad for 10 mins work. I think I would have been more happy if I used other wording that I wanted to use but I was staying with my challenge of only using what I had in front of me. The background was created with a light mist of Tahoe Turquoise Color Mists and the Punchinella used as a stencil. Then I stamped with Gesso (hey it was on my work area) and then I added the images that were there from something else I was going to use them for but changed my mind on. I also used the new chalk inks on the edges. This piece took me about 10 mins to make just from bits and pieces.

My challenge to you is to try using just what's in front of you on your work surface and see what you come up with.

Leave a comment and your email (you must leave your email) and I'll enter you in a drawing for this piece and send it to you.

Pretty Treasures!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I had a chance to play for a bit today and created a piece using Color Mists, glossy photo paper, the new color box chalk inks and some mega size Punchinella (which is plastic ribbon that is left over after sequins are punched out, often referred to as "sequin waste.") sent by a friend (thanks Fran!).

First I sprayed Lemon Head on the paper until thoroughly coated then misted with the following colors: Bordeaux Blush, 22 Karat Gold and Margarita Magenta and let it thoroughly coat the paper then tipped and tilted it allowing it to run and drip. Then I dried it with the heat gun allowing the
Color Mists to bubble a bit (from the metallic gold). Once it was dry I laid down the punchinella and misted again with the Color Mists then I picked up the punchinella and dried it again with the heat gun. After I stamped the bug image using the chalk inks and then used the punchinella as a stencil with the chalk inks then added the inked letters and finished it with a coat of PYMII which I love because its not only non toxic, it dries quickly and leaves the same texture as it started with.

Vintage Soda Pop
Bottle Caps are Baaaack!
I just love vintage bottle caps they have such great colors not like the ones today. I have a mixture of both plastic lined and cork lined that are great to make unique jewelry and use as embellishments or just collect and play with them like I like to do LOL! If your wanting pairs you need to email me and let me know otherwise they come randomly selected.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

I get by with a little help from my friends...

I finished this piece today for a friend.

What would you do without your friend or friends?

Friday, March 09, 2007

It's Good to be Queen!

Yep I've been playing again with the newest version of Paint Shop Pro and loving it! I like it as well as my Adobe Photoshop. You can't beat the price and its a user friendly program.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Coolio Swap!

I recently participated in a charm swap with a group I belong to called the Altered Divas. The swap was one of the best swaps I've participated in! Big thanks goes out to Angela Hoffmann list mom and swap hostess extraordinaire and to all the Divas who participated!

I tried to scan the bracelet which really doesn't do it justice I'll try again on a less busy background and perhaps that will help. I posted my charms awhile back made from a ruler and PMC charms I created:

I rescanned as promised so hopefully this makes it a bit easier to see the charms...
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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Meet Froggy!

Yep, I've changed my name to Froggy! seems I've come down with a case of laryngitis and now sound and feel like I swallowed a frog "ribbit!"
Click the link below to check out this weeks project:
Designer Tiles