Saturday, June 13, 2009

See Everyone On Tuesday

I packed a tub of margarita mix, a bottle of Tequila, 2 good books and my swimsuit. Should be all set for the long weekend trip. (Of course I may go into computer withdrawal but I will try and cope.)

See you when I get back!!!

Yet More Big Hats

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I was able to find time before we left for "up north" to download one more set of images for everyone. Of course they had to be women in hats. Enjoy!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gone for the Weekend

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be "up north" for the weekend so there will be no new images from Saturday to Tuesday. Don't worry though I will be sure and post the Sunday Digital design when I get back plus lots of extra images too.

Taa, taa for now.

Don't Judge a Book By It's Cover

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Here are some old book covers that I have digitally removed the titles from so you can out what ever you want in the blank space. (The top one is actually I book I own.)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

An Outfit for the Shoes

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Every woman also knows that you have to have the proper outfit to go with those fabulous shoes. (Don't we usually buy the shoes first and get the outfit later?) I found these and many more fashions online at the Galaxy Of Images for the Smithsonian Institute Libraries. Spend a couple of hours there and you find lots of great images.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fashionable Shoes

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Every woman knows an outfit is not complete without the right pair of shoes. Here are some very lovely vintage shoes for your art.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Home is Where You Nest

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This page is for a chunky book swap on my Yahoo list. I found these books in the dollar bin at Michael's so I grabbed about 40 of them. The whole idea for this page started when I saw the wire nests that Diana Becker had posted on her blog. Once I found out how to make them it was only natural to pair it with some "field guild" illustrations of birds and eggs. The feather is a carved bone bead that I found at a local craft store and the poem I stumbled across on the web somewhere. Here are some more of the details.

1. The frame around the egg is die cut from chip board and then painted with the "Sophisticated Finishes" paint that I so love. I used the "blackened bronze" metallic surfacer with a "patina blue" solution to give it that deep teal color.
2. The inside of the frame has a piece of acetate that I lightly dabbed with hazelnut alcohol ink to make the egg print look aged.
3. The bone feather bead was too stark as a natural bone color so I darkened it with several colors of alcohol ink. ( hazelnut, espresso, rust and sandal.)
4. The feather is sitting on a piece of plain cotton muslin that I dyed with Tim Holtz Distress ink in "old paper" and "tea dye" colors. I then pulled threads out of each side to make it more tattered.
5. The edges of the house page are rubbed with "old paper" Distress ink and then rubbed with light blue chalk once it was dry.

Good Old Grunge

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Never under estimate the use of a good old grungy background. Here's a few good samples of just really old, dirty, grungy paper. Perfect for the background of a vintage piece of art.

Monday, June 8, 2009

And Now For Something Weird

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I found these images and many more from this artist/biologist who lived from 1834 to 1919. He did a lot of work in the genealogy world and coined many scientific terms like "phylum" and "ecology". A lot of his art work is of flowers and other recognizable species but I am most fascinated by these drawings of sea life. Most of them are microscopic and something most of us have never seen but a few are recognizable like the hoseshoe crab and octopus. I have no idea if anyone has any use for these images but they are just so pretty to me. (I found them at the Vintage Printable Site.)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Never Underestimate A Little Embellishment

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Tomorrow I am going to be teaching a scrapbooking 101 class to a bunch of ladies that live in the retirement community with my parents. I chose this tag as a small project to do once they learn all the basics like using a paper trimmer, what's the best glue, all about punches, matting a photo and so on. The reason there are 2 tags is kind of a before and after. I wanted to show how to dress up something by adding a few little things. I have posted it here because I think it shows what a difference a few embellishments can make to turn a tag from OK to really CUTE!

1. The flowers are pop dotted and the center is embossed with glitter embossing powder.
2. I added black lines around the inside edges of the flower, leaves and title.
3. The edge of the title and the tag has been rubbed with Distress ink.
4. The border lace at the bottom has been embossed with glitter embossing powder too.
5. The hole of the tag has an eyelet and ribbon added to it. 

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is a new set of papers called "Studio" after my favorite colors that I used to paint my studio/workshop.

A Visit to the Botanical Gardens

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Whenever I travel I am sure to stop by any Botanical gardens in the area. It is always a peaceful and beautiful place to be for me.