Saturday, June 12, 2010

Everyone Loves A Clown

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Been Very Busy

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I actually finished these necklaces last week but I have been trying to get other art pieces for swaps done. The bottom necklace went to an on-line friend that I met at the Florida retreat. The top necklace I may keep for myself or I may give it away. (I haven't decided yet.) I wanted to make a charm necklace that had more of a found object kind of look like the mixed media artist Susan Lenart Kazmer. If you don't know who she is then you need to check out her book called Making Connections. For those of you that are not very crafty when it comes to making jewelry she has a new line of charms already pre-made that are available at Michael's exclusively called Industrial Chic. If you are handy with a pair of pliers then she has an on-line store with lots of cool jewelry findings to buy called Objects and Elements.

Do As The Romans Do

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ancient Wisdom & Magic Book

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Both of these pages are for a swap going on at my Yahoo group called Ancient Magic & Wisdom book. It's hosted by Ali Brandist and is based on a book she already owns that describes the different types of "magic" in each chapter. Every month we do a new type of magic with the top page being "Aboriginal" magic and the bottom page being "Egyptian" magic.

The Aboriginal magic page is supposed to have opposing forces on the front and back. The front represents the light side and the back represents the dark side of magic. For these images I based them on real aboriginal art and I created my own version which I then hand painted in acrylic paints.

The bottom page for Egyptian magic is supposed to have one of the 114 gods represented and described. For this I chose Anubis since I have always liked the way the god looks. I know the subject matter seems a little morbid since he is the god of the dead but the Egyptians always saw death as simply a passage into another life. For this page I started with some tissue paper that someone sent me and I dulled it down with acrylic paints. I rubbed the edges with Distress ink and glued on the image that I manipulated in Photoshop. The hieroglyph symbols on the bottom are a border punch that I have. I printed the description and added a small scarab charm.

Adorable Babies

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tea With The Mad Hatter and Alice

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These 2 projects are the next installment for a chunky book swap with the Alice in Wonderland theme that is being hosted on my Yahoo group. The themes we could choose from were either the Mad Hatter, The tea party or Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. For this one I had to choose the Mad Hatter. I love costume that Johhny Depp wears as this character in the new movie but I didn't want to use his image as it was. (In fact I used someone else's face altogether.) I knew I wanted to use the phrase "we are all crazy here" but I wanted the Hatter to be more sinister looking then all of Johhny's photos were.

Here are the rest of the details.

1. The background is done on watercolor paper that I smeared with an Adiraondack ink pad in "citrus". I then took a wet brush and blended the ink a little to smooth it out. I stamped a swirl pattern in metallic lime green ink and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz's Distress ink in "Spiced Marmalade".
2.I enhanced the image of the Hatters face in Photoshop by adding very green eyes and smudging hot pink under the eyes and lavender on the eyelids.
3. The hair and eyebrows is fiber that I combed out and glued to the sides of the head.
4. The hat is cut out of chipboard and has a piece of black and gold metallic fabric glued around it. The fabric was permanently wrinkled and I left it that way.
5. The hat band is made from several pieces of hot pink organza that I folded and layered.
6. For the hat band decorations I took an old ripped piece of black lace and rubbed antique gold Rub-N-Buff over it. I then glued several feathers on top of it. (Some of the feathers I curled like ribbon by using my scissors.) The ornament is a resin sticker from Jolee's that I antiqued with black paint and then glued a purple rhinestone onto it.
7. The "stick pins" I made myself from beads and head pins which are glued into the hat band.
8. The teacup on the other page is simply a pattern I traced from a teacup image I found on the internet. I cut it out of white paper and shaded it myself with chalk and colored pencils.
9. The table clothe is a harlequin pattern stamp from Tim Holtz that I rubbed with "rusty hinge" Distress ink to make it look worn. The lettering is from a alphabet die cut set from Quickutz.
For the Alice ATC I used an image I found on the internet and used a Photoshop filter on it to make it look more like it was painted. The background is a harlequin stamp on black paper with black embossing powder. I cut the checkerboard pattern from paper and attached pearls to the white squares. The letters are an alphbet die cut set from Sizzix.

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

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This little set of small drawers used to hold my polymer clay but as I collect more stuff I outgrew the size of the drawers and had to switch things around again. (The polymer clay is now in the drawers that are next to the small oven on the shelf below.) Anyways these drawers now hold all my markers, gel pens and chipboard pieces.


These drawers hold the chipboard pieces that I cut for projects and then for one reason or another I decided not to use them on the intended project. (Right hand drawer) Some of them were even decorated before they were rejected. (Left hand drawer) The middle drawer holds a bunch little plastic"Mosaic" stickers in every color they had available.


The left hand drawer holds all my laminate sample chips that I collect every time I go to the home improvement store. (Just can't pass up free stuff you know!) The center drawer holds some very special chipboard pieces that are only available in Australia so far. They are little windows that are ATC sized. The right hand drawer holds all the pieces of chipboard that I have rusted and not used on other projects.



The left hand drawer holds my Versamarkers, the center drawer holds my black fine line markers and the right hand drawer holds all my Galaxy markers. (They are great because they write on anything.)



The left hand drawer holds my water based metallic markers from Marvy. The center drawer holds all my markers used to hand color photos and the right hand drawer holds all my gel pens.

Men, men, men, men....

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There are so very few good vintage images of men.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS........

SUE YOUNG.... Congratulations Sue!
And thanks to everyone else that left comments and stopped by to see what I was up to. (I can't believe there was 72 comments left.)


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In The Pink And Feeling Blue

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Since I couldn't post any images yesterday here's a double dose of vintage beauties.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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This is the last of the embellishments for this collection. Look for a new set next week.

I Bring You Flowers

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I just love the colors of all these images.