Saturday, August 29, 2009

Another Day At The Beach

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Here are some more bathing beauties for you Dianna.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Seaside Couples

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Per the request of Dianna...here are some men and women on the beach. (Sorry but I only found one man in a straw hat.) Hopeully these will fit nicely in your next book.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tutorial on Basic Jewelry Making

Here's a quick tutorial on how to open and close jump rings properly, how to make a proper loop on a head pin and how to make a wire wrapped loop. (This is a pretty short one that runs about 12 minutes.)

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Long Time, No Hats!

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I would have thought by now that everyone would be tired of women in hats. Stop me if I have done too many... Please!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Almost Time to Trick Or Treat

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I know it seems early for Halloween stuff but my Yahoo list is in full "witches" mode for the swaps. Can't image what some of these ladies were thinking when they put these costumes on. The one girl looks like she killed a lion and is wearing the pelt. (Eeeewwww!)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Heavy Metal For The Birds

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On my Yahoo list we are having a charm swap and there is great excitement about doing something new and untried among many of the women. Nancy saw a really cute birdhouse on Tim Holtz' blog and made some very cute ones using the same metal corner pieces but for the body she used canvas and painted them. I saw the same birdhouse on Tim's blog and went "heavy metal". Almost all of the components are from the "Ideaology" line of products but I snuck in an old zipper pull and an eye hook from my sewing supplies. It is pretty much all held together with a few brads but the "roof" had to be glued to the house body and the eye hook which the chain attaches to.

The Morning Paper

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Monday, August 24, 2009

A Very Creative Day

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This is another installment in one of the circle journals I am doing. This is the color one where every artist picks several colors and all the contributing artists must use the chosen colors. This is for Karen and her colors are orange, cream and brown. She also loves the circus although we could choose to do a different theme. I thought the circus was a fun theme so I went for it. I got all the images off a wonderful CD from Luna Girls.

1. I started with the tickets which were originally an ugly light gray color. So I pulled out my mini misters and made up some Glimmer mist per Tim Holtz' recipe. (The recipe is about half way through this video tutorial that I did.) I used the Spiced Marigold Distress ink and the Blush Perfect Pearls. To make every other ticket raised I glued it to a piece of chipboard and cut around it.

2. The background is done on a heavy watercolor paper that Karen provided. I used walnut ink in layer after layer of just spattering and spraying with a mister that "spit" a lot. Once I had about 5 layers I spritzed a layer of clean water and dabbed off the ink. This left a very mottled background with very dark areas in the recesses of the papers texture.

3. The images are all hand colored with Prismacolor pencils. Before I printed the images I converted them to black & white then added a sepia photo filter over them to make them appear old. To make each image stand out more I colored around them with a dark brown and then black pencil to make a kind of drop shadow effect.

4. The especially like the way he trapeze turned out. I used a very small dowel rod painted gold and on each end I glued on half of a "screw barrel" necklace clasp. I then attached jump rings that I threaded red velvet cord through and ran a gold spacer bead over it to finish the end.

5. I stamped various images over the background as well as adding beads, rhinestones, orange cabochons, and ribbon.

6. The elephant mascot was provided by Karen for every artist to alter in some way. We were all asked to sign and date it and I think Karen will include them all in the book somewhere.
The blanket is a piece of ribbon glued over some card stock. The fringe on the blanket was done by taking a piece of red liner tape and sticking down threads of metallic embroidery floss until I filled up the whole length. (Yeah I have way too much tim on my hands. )

Stop Clowning Around

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Aren't these children just the sweetest thing you have ever seen?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Of Bullets And Beads

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Some of you may remember the recent pictures I posted of my trip "up north". What some of you may not know is that while I was there my husband and I always make a trip or 2 to the gun ranges. (Since our cousins were not there with all the skeet shooting equipment we only made one trip the rifle range.) I am basically a coward when It comes to guns and I am scared of most of the ones my husband owns but I managed to "buck up" and finally got a .22 caliber of my own a few years ago. Some of you got a stash of bullet casings to play with from that trip since I collected hundreds of the small .22 caliber casings. Here are 2 necklaces that I made from some of the casings. The silver ones I found on the "pistol" side of the range and so I have no idea what kind of gun they came from. The brass ones are all from a .22 caliber rifle some of which I fired.

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is the last of the "Sunset collection" Next week look for a new set.

The Beauty Of Roman Goddesses

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Enjoy!