Saturday, May 23, 2009

Beautiful Winged Creatures

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Here are some winged beauties dressed up to go flitting about town.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bitsy Bottles

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These are 2 bottles I decorated for a swap on my Yahoo list hosted by Maggie Lind. She found these adorable little bottles on the American Science & Surplus site. (this place has all kinds of unusual stuff so be sure and look around while you are there.) Anyways here are the details on the bottles.

1. First of all these bottles are only 3 1/2" tall so they are smaller then they look.

2. I colored both bottles using alcohol ink. (orange and pink, aqua and lime green.)

3. I traced the outside of the bottle to get a pattern of the bottle and then traced it onto a piece of acetate. I then cut off about 1/8" around the whole shape so I could roll it up and insert it in the bottle. (I stamped it with a swirl pattern stamp in white Staz-On ink.) When the acetate is rolled up and inserted it pops back open in the bottle and looks like it is suspended inside. (You can see the swirl pattern on the orange/pink bottle.) I then dumped an assortment of beads in each bottle in matching colors.

4. To get the decoration on the pink and orange stopper I took tigertail and put a crimp bead on then 3 to 4 colored beads and then another crimp bead. (This keeps the beads at the end of the wire.) Then I just stuck holes in the cork and glued the wires in.

5. The beaded collar is done by stringing the right number of beads to go around on a strong beading thread. I then tie a knot and hide the threads. (The ring of beads is sitting in a ring of glue to keep them attached.)

6. I wrapped a hot pink piece of wire around the neck and coiled each end and bent them up. A few beads is hanging on each swirl. I then tied fiber over the wire and trimmed it off.

7. The beaded collar on the glue-green bottle is done by coiling the end of an aqua colored piece of wire. I then hung many beaded eye pins between bead on the wire and then slipped the end through the coil I made and twisted it shut.

8. The stopper is made from white polymer clay and then painted with metallic acrylic paint and sealed with varnish.

9. The finishing touch on the blue/green bottle was to glue a ribbon around the bottom of the bottle.

Put on a Fancy Hat

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Yep, you guessed it... Time for more women in hats. I think I have more of these kind of images then any other. I just can't resist em'.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Through The Eyes of an Artist

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The window opens to reveal a picture of me. (See below)



Me in my natural habitat.



"Free Your Heart and Your mind Will Follow"



Each artist will do a tag that Sarah will attach to the last page.

Some of you may remember the journal cover I did called "Always An Artist". Well as I explained before it will be part of a 14 month journey where it will pass through the hands of the same number of artists who will each do a page about themselves. The above result is for Sarah Walker's journal.

Journal Details

1. I made the backgrounds by mixing my own glimmer mists. (See my video tutorial on how to work with metallic powders.) I used Spiced Marmalade (Distress ink) mixed with Bronze Perfect Pearls and Raspberry ink (Adirondack) with Blush Perfect Pearls. I used both pieces of a die I have to spray the background.

2. The gold scroll heart is another die cut I have that I cut from chipboard. I then rubbed Versamark over it and heat embossed with 3 layers of gold powder. To keep the layers apart and allow the stuff in the shaker to move I cut another heart from pink fun foam and cut out the inner pieces. The heart is full of small words that I cut out of a book page along with micro beads and some hearts glitter.

3. The small wings are from a McGill punch that I recently purchased and they are punched from packaging plastic that had a swirl design printed on it. I then colored them with alcohol ink.

4. If you look closely at the swirl design behind the word "Free" you will notice that is has a fine texture over it. I achieved that by die cutting some bridal tulle in hot pink then I glued it down with Mod Podge.

5. The idea about the window came to me as I laying in my bedroom about to fall asleep for a nap. I opened my eyes and noticed that I could see shadows of the plants outside the window through the curtains and the idea just popped into my head. (I immediately grabbed my notepad I keep by the bed for this exact reason and I jotted it down.)


What's In My Drawer's? (It's the day after Wednesday)

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Last week I showed the first row of containers in this storage unit that I built so I thought I would continue with the second row.


This is all of my mini bulldog clips, ball chain, and metal photo turns.


This is all of my metal glue on studs, shaped brads, and sequins.


Oodles of glue on rhinestones. Both acrylic and Swarovski. My self adhesive rhinestones are in another drawer. (Can you tell I like rhinestones?)


The container on the left is all my watch parts and the other one holds more shaped brads.

Queen for a Day

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Feel like royalty for a day with these beautiful images of queens.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

From Antirrhinums to Zinnias

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Here are some pretty seed packets to inspire you while you garden outside.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover

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Too bad they don't make the covers like this anymore.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Digital Download

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Yet more stuff for the "Sandy Beach" collection.

Fashion Forward or Fashion Flop?

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You gotta wonder if these were serious fashion outfits or just some crazy costume dreamed up for the photo. Enjoy!