Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Journal Tags

Bright intense colors were my inspiration for these journal tags.  I joined the ATCs for All swap site so I could participate in some mail art swaps and these first efforts are bound for Australia!

I first saturated some watercolor paper with Dylusions spray inks in different colors.  When the paper dried, I strategically die cut the tags from my favorite parts.  I then used stencils with water (to lighten the inked paper) or stencils with Distress Ink to add color on top.  Next, I stamped with watermark and inked again and\or stamped randomly.  The requirement was to leave space for journal entries.

I will post what I receive in return.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Easter!

I have been spring crafting like mad.  I made two different Easter cards for family and friends. (stamps used are from 'Stampin Up')  Also, sewed up the bunny using an old embroidered cloth that was too far gone to save.  It's a freehand pattern and I think I need to work on the ears a bit, but, I like the face that I embroidered for him.  Finally, I have been using my felted wool scraps to make felt flowers (see Aunt Peaches tutorial  on this).

Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easter Tags

Getting a jump on the upcoming Easter holiday and making some tags for a friend.  The rabbits are still one of my very favorite stamps and one of the first stamps I purchased when starting this hobby (online from 100 Proof Press).  I think I made my very first Easter card using that stamp.  The chick is from the Stampin Up 'Honeycomb Happiness' set.  I will be making more with this set in the next few weeks!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Butterfly Birthday Card

Continuing with the feminine themed cards!  When I went to the Heirloom Stamp festival a few weeks ago, Stampland was having a 50% off sale on their wood mounted stamps, so I picked up this beauty.  Used the Tim Holtz technique from this tag on the butterflies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mailing Day is my Favorite Day

One of the best things about making cards and crafts is sending them off to family and friends.  Besides the joy of (hopefully) making someone happy with a handmade gift or card is the pleasure I get from visiting the classic old post office in downtown Athens, Georgia.

And here is the birthday card I am mailing today.  It is a butterfly collage and I added a crackle glaze on top.  Definitely going through a pink phase these days!  Also showing my standard paper bag insert for protection against the USPS machinery.  Took this photo on one of the beautiful marble window sills inside the post office.

Happy Mailing Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Aunt Peaches Valentine Swap

Took a break from 'Project Catch Up' and made some fun valentines for the Aunt Peaches Valentine swap.  This was a stash buster project!  I used spray stains, watercolor paper, distress inks, a new Lost Coast stamp (heart), and arrow embellishments.  These came together so quickly - a real pleasure after struggling with the assemblage boxes.

I hope my swap mates like these!  Happy Valentines!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Garden Fairy Boxes - Assemblages

Here are the first finished projects from my catch up year!

I have been fascinated with assemblage boxes, but, whenever I try to make one it comes out kind of cutesy.  Which is OK - I live in a pink puffball world anyway, so that is just how my art comes out.

So I found these girls' photos in a Salvation Army.  I loved their dresses and their sweet expressions. I  papered the boxes with vintage papers, added wings and some metal adornments and then some faux foliage.  I just kept going until I felt they were 'done'.

These boxes are tiny - maybe 3-4 inches square.  They can stand on their own or hang by a sawtooth hanger glued on the back.

Meet Maybeetle and Junebug!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

I am so excited about this coming year!  This is the year of the forgotten project and the unused supplies.  My goal is to finish all of the projects that I did not have time to do over the years, but, projects that I am still excited about.  I have a plethora of supplies and found objects that are waiting to be incorporated into artwork.  In fact, I am still working on Christmas projects that were never completed!  I will be posting all sorts of things as they finish and they might be popping up during the wrong time of the year - LOL.  Rehash of Christmas in February anyone?

In order to get this done, I won't be answering any design calls or challenges - just working on the forgotten and fun things laying in wait in my craft room....

That's the goal anyway.  I'll keep you posted!

ATC Swap at Rubberstampchat - Just Use Metal

Happy New Year!!  I somehow forgot to post this Artist Trading Card (ATC) that I made for a swap on RubberStampChat.  The challenge was to use metal in some way and I had quite a few of these metal pen nibs in supply.  I decided to use the metal nibs as an embellishment and repeat the nib theme using a Tim Holtz stamp.

Here is the ATC...

and here are the lovely ATC's I received in the swap. . . .

Love the embossed metal and also using jewelry as an embellishment!  Cool ideas !!

I enjoy making these tiny art pieces and when I participate in a swap, it ignites my creativity.  A big thanks to my swap buddies for the cool artwork :-)