Saturday, August 1, 2009

I Love My Dog!

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Yeah I admit it... I am a dog person and really have no admiration for cats at all. I much prefer a happy, wagging tail to greet me at the door.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Ready For A Sunday Stroll

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These ladies look all dressed up and ready to go to the park for a Sunday stroll.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Flourishes A Plenty

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Here are some beautiful black and white drawings from a molding catalog that would be perfect to use on an ATC for a border. Think of all the wonderful ways you could color these to frame your art work!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Postcards From The Past

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Remeber when you actually had to write your letter by hand? Well here are some of the front pictures of some wonderful postcards.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"E" Is For Elk

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This is a 4" x 4" card for a monthly swap I host on my Yahoo list called "In Alphabetical Order". Yep you guessed it. Every month you make a card for the assigned letter of the alphabet and send it to a partner. (This will be going to a newer member, Erica Velasco, all the way in the Phillipines.) I just love being known world wide. LOL!!!

Anyways this card is a departure for me because I usually work in a "vintage" collage style. This time I used a photo I recently took on my last trip up north. (Some of you may recognize these 2 handsome animals.) I printed the photo on an inkjet transparency and then I scratched and burned the edges to make it look old. (Just can't get away from that vintage style.) I took book pages and tore up pieces to glue all over the background under the transparency. (To make the words less apparent I painted them over with white gesso.) I then took a piece of mulberry paper and tore a hole out of the center of it and Modge Podged that over the book page background so that the elks would be the centerpiece and the rest would fade into the black. The letters are cut from a small piece of fancy tooled copper metallic leather. The horns in the corner are "german scrap" that I colored with alcohol ink. The tassel is threaded through a small copper brad collar and if you look closely you'll notice in the fringe that there are 2 very small bullet casings tied into the fiber. (No I would never shoot such a beautiful animal, but I do have a warped sense of humor.)

Baby Got Back

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So what if all these men are long gone. They still got some nice tushes. Enjoy the eye candy ladies!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dance Like No One is Watching

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Remember the circle journals I am involved in? This is for the first one called Through The Eyes of an Artist and the pages are for Alison Brandist. I was feeling in an "art nouveau" mood for some reason. I think it was the colors of some of the previous pages in Alison's journal that inspired me. The main image is of course by the most well known art nouveau artist of all, Alphonse Mucha. The title of the painting is "Dance" so that is what made me think of the little poem I hand lettered on it. The flowers are punchart and they have been shaded with chalk and colored pencils. (They are also embossed and then pop dotted to make them stand out on the page more.) The curvy or "whiplash" border was penciled by hand and then painted with a very thin brush. The blue lines I added afterwards to accentuate the copper with a colored pencil. I added the some beads on copper wire between the openings and some rhinestones on the flowers and I was all set.

Christmas In July

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I thought that since the weather is actually starting to feel more like a hot summer in July that some snowy Christmas images would help us all feel a little cooler.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Morning Wake Up Call

Sorry that the post on my blog was so late today but there is a pretty good reason. At 6:30 am this morning my husband and I were jolted out of bed by an extremely loud thump somewhere in the house. As we raced around looking for whatever it was we thought had fallen of a shelf somewhere we noticed that our power was out. I finally put 2 and 2 together and went out onto the deck that goes across the back of our house and overlooks a creek area. Why, might you ask, would I go out there? Because the line that runs from the pole to the house goes over our deck through all the trees that overlook the creek area. Sure enough the big thump we heard was a tree finally "giving up the ghost". (It had fallen across the line that runs into the house and ripped it right off the pole.) The power was restored around 11 am when the guys came out from Consumers and reattached the line to the pole, but the phone lines took until 4pm to get someone out here. (We have our cable service through AT&T.)

So now everything is restored but we have to go cut up a tree and haul it out next weekend. (If it's not one thing it's another.)

Sunday Digital Download

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These are the only embellishments that I did for any of the "Pixel Stripe" papers.

Interesting Geishas

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Here are some interesting and unusual photos of Geishas.