Saturday, May 15, 2010

Art Nouveau Frames

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Put On Your Best Fur

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I know it's the wrong time of the year for wearing a fur but they are very pretty images.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Save Me From The Sun

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What's In My Drawers? (It Must Be Wednesday)

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Here is a chance to get a closer look at all the ribbon that you may see hanging down above my desk. I originally started with keeping my ribbon in a couple of clear shoe boxes but quickly outgrew that storage solution. My idea was to claim the space over my head using dowel rods and hooks to hold all the spools of ribbon. It's nice because all I have to do is stand up and pull a length out and snip it off. The drawback is that sometimes I don't wind the ribbon back up and it tickles my neck making me think I have a spider on me. (ICK!)

The top picture is all of my scraps that are too short for a spool anymore. I love the system I found to organize them because it is cheap and keeps them separate and unwrinkled. It's from a company called "Ribbon Ring" and consists of binder rings that hold these little plastic tabs. They come in different sizes and have 2 slots that hold the ribbon and keep it from slipping out. If you have lots of ribbon to tame be sure and check out their site and buy some Ribbon Rings.

I Shall Carry Roses

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

King Arthurs Court

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I love that these images all seem to tell a story. What would the story be if you used it in a piece of your artwork?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I Dream In Colors

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These 2 pages are for another circle journal (I Dream In Colors) and they are for Gina Goodling. She is another one of the wonderful ladies I got to meet in Florida recently. The colors she chose to work in are numerous and are red, orange, black, sepia and gold. Here are some of the details of the work I did.

1. Both of the background pages were colored with plain old walnut ink in several layers to get it really dark. I then took a Moon Shadow Mist color called "Pirates Plunder Gold" and splattered it over the page while it was still wet. (You can't see a lot of it but the original plan was to just have the saying on the second page by itself.)

2. I started with the plastic packaging bubble and sanded the back of the resin bird so he would sit flat inside the bubble and rest flat on the background without falling over. I took a small birds nest and tore it apart then glued the various branches under the bird to look like a nest. I cut an oval out of red paper to cover the bubble and then glued a black and gold cord around the edge of the oval to cover the edges. (The edge of the paper is rubber with black chalk.) I then made a frame out of German scrap which I colored by rubbing a black ink pad over it to make the raised design pop out.

3. The row of eggs are simply plastic ones that I found and cut in half with a craft knife. I colored them a dark gold with alcohol ink and glued them to a dark brown piece of paper mounted on metallic gold paper.

4. The tree is a stamp from Tattered Angels that actually matches one of their stencils. The background for that tree is sprayed with the Glimmer mist recipe that Tim Holtz came up with that mimics the Tattered Angels sprays. (I can't remember what colors I used because it was a scrap from another project.) The gold "brads" in the corners are actually decorative furniture tacks that I cut the posts off of.

5. The bird cage is a new die cut from the Tim Holtz line called Alterations and is in partnership with Sizzix. I cut it out of a metallic gold piece of matt board scrap I had. The bird is a stamped image but I can't remember what company makes it. I then hung orange/red crystal drops from the holes in the bottom of the cage and added a small piece of sheet music in the corner.

6. The upper box with the birds sitting on the telephone wire is a border punch made by Martha Stewart. The background was a piece of brown paper with a scroll design on it. I inked the edges with Distress ink and then glued on gold skeletonized leaves.

7. On the second page the border along the bottom is a EK Success punch that I colored with Distress ink and a foam blender pad. The ribbon was a "Halloween" find and the flowers I colored and stamped myself.

8. The bird in the upper corner is done using the inlaid embossing technique that I talked about and taught while in Florida. (I know I still owe a tutorial on that one. Sorry! I haven't done it yet.) Basically you cover a chipboard piece with a Versamark ink pad and powder then emboss it with a heat gun. (I usually like to do 2 coats to make sure I didn't miss any spots.) Then you stamp another image with the Versamark pad and emboss like normal using a contrasting color. I used Zing embossing powder in Mustard for the background and Moon Glow Two-Tone embossing powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang in Midnight Bronze Obsidian.

The rest is pretty easy to figure out by looking at it but if you want to know for sure just email me and ask.

Play It Again Sam

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Here are some beautiful old covers for sheet music. Some of the titles are pretty funky but the artwork is gorgeous.

Sunday Digital Download (Oops It's Monday!)

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Sorry about forgetting to post these yesterday. I got so caught up in finding Mother's Day images that I completely passed it by.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

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