Saturday, June 6, 2009

Butterflies Flutter BY

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Here are some beautiful butterflies (and a couple of moths) to flutter about on your art.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Through The Eyes of an Artist

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These 2 pages are for Lee's circle journal. I mentioned this group a while ago and every month I will be receiving another person's journal to work on.



Close-up of the shell.


Here are some of the details on how I did these 2 pages.

1. The background is colored with lime Tintz by Fiberscraps. I like using an old file folder because the finish is slighty glossy and allows the ink to be moved around and played with.
2. I then stamped various images on both pages some using just ink and others I embossed over. The diamond pattern I stamped with distress ink first and then rubbed Perfect Pearls over it. Once it dried I lightly sprayed it with water and that made the Distress ink seep out from underneath the metallic powder. I then stamped it again with a Versamark pad and embossed it with clear powder to make it shiny.
3. The lace and the background paper for the quote I dyed with a mixture of Distress ink and Perfect Pearls. (China Blue and Turquoise)
4. The seaweed on both pages is either silk ribbon embroidery or beaded.
5. The bubbles are done by taking a piece of packaging plastic and adhering a sheet of iridescent film to it then punching out a bunch of circles with various hand punches. Then I took Diamond Glaze and put a drop of it on each one to make it look more rounded and shiny.
6. The seashell is from a punch that I embossed and hand colored with pencils. I attached both sides with some silk ribbon and then filled the inside of one half with stencil paste to nestle the pearl in. I painted over it with my Primary Elements in pink after the paste dried.
7. The mermaids tail I designed myself and then just attached the vintage photo I found of the woman to the top. The tail is painted with the same mixture as the lace and then rubberstamped with a slightly darker color. The tail fin is hand painted with Diamond Glaze to make it appear shiny and wet.
8. The mermaid actually comes off the page and is held in place with magnetic tape that is adhesive backed.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

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I found these beautiful botanicals at a site on-line yesterday that has hundreds of wonderful images. It's called "Vintage Printable" and it has all kinds of images that are now in the public domain. They are free to use for whatever you want so click on over and check this place out.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Going to the Birds

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My current fascination is with birds and eggs and the kind of drawings you might find in a field guild. The colors are very muted and vintage looking. I just can't seem to get enough of those blue birds eggs with brown speckles.

What's in My drawer's (It the day after Wednesday)


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Remember this storage unit? Well it's time to see the last row of containers.



This is a bunch of mini binder clips in different colors and an assortment of odd metals parts that just looked interesting. Just never know when you might need a funny looking thing-a-ma-bob, gee-gaw or hoo-zee-whatzits.



An assortment of paper flowers which I have since added another container of to this row. There is also several jars of paper flowers that sit on top of this storage unit.



Whenever my husband goes on a business trip he always saves a bunch of coins from that country. So far I have coins from Japan, Spain, England, and France. Maybe one of these days I will actually get to go with him. (SIGH!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I Dream in Colors

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I finished these a few days ago and almost forgot to post them . So here is the intro page and the back cover of my hot pink and lime green Circle Journal.

I basically started with a printed scrapbooking paper and then added all the stamped images. Some are embossed and some are not. The jewels are self adhesive swirled frames that I cut apart. Each of the contributing artists will get a ticket to embellish which I will then make envelopes for and attach them to the last page.

Still Got Stamps

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I still got more stamps then this so there is still more to collect.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"C" is for Cherry Blossom

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This is another 4"x 4" card done for the Alphabetical swap on my Yahoo group. It was harder to come up with a letter "C" then I thought it would be. I finally settled on Cherry Blossom as I seem to be stuck on doing Asian inspired themes lately. Here are the details for all of you that are interested.

1. The branches are cut from real wood paper and then tinted with acrylic paints to add the shadow and highlights.
2. The background is a handmade paper that I used a large mop brush and "Fired Brick" Distress ink to darken the corners with. I also rubbed it on the outside edges of the card.
3. I took a gold paint pen and carefully edged the red background paper. The asian calligraphy is an old book page.
4. The flowers are punches that are shaped with an embossing tools and then chalked to shade the center.
5. The title is an alphabet die cut set from Quickutz called "Katie- Skinny Minnie"
6. The birds nest was something I saw on Diana Becker's blog and she got the idea from another blog called "Just Something I Made." It is made with very small "rice" pearls and 26 gauge wire. You simply string the pearls and then wrap the wire around them several times then continue wrapping and weaving in and out and around until you have a mess of wire to form the nest. (The more kinks, and the messier it is, the better.)
7. The kanji in the lower left hand corner is one I had made especially for me using my name and interests to create it. (I ordered it from a company called "Good Characters".)

Cartes Postales de France (Postcards from France)

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These are the best translations I could find. If someone speaks french and I got it wrong please let me know.
I think we all know this one.

All the translations come back as "A Cordial Safety" but
I think it may be closer to "A Gracious Welcome/Hello"


"My Best wishes"


"A Kiss"


"Hello"


"A Good Kiss"


I found these beautiful raised postcards on-line somewhere. I only wish I could see them in person and touch the raised surface. Oh well... c'est la vie!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Put Your Best Head Dress On

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Sometimes you just have to go out with bangles on. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Digital Download

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This is the last of the "Sandy Beach" set so look for a new set beginning next Sunday

Double The Art Deco & Nouveau

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Since I love all things Art Nouveau and Art Deco I couldn't decide which one to do so I chose to post both sets. Enjoy!