Sunday, May 31, 2009

Through The Eyes of an Artist -- Circle Book

A while back I posted about a wonderful project I'm involved in. Click here for the details.

I received my second book to work on....Sarah's journal...and the beautiful pages already done by Sarah, Lillian and Val inspired me to think outside my comfort zone and try something new.

I had no idea I was so drawn to Alice Through The Looking Glass, but amid all the nonsense are some memorable quotes. I incorporated some into my pages, and had a blast doing them.

Can't wait for the next book to arrive.....not to mention the Colors circle book I'm also in, and which has just begun its journey as well. Many of the same artists are in both groups, and all I can say is that this is going to be a very creative summer!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chunky Book Pages Complete!

Here is the last of my chunky book pages:

I had a blast doing this one! I took the background I'd already made and used on all the previous pages, and inked it with some green (Peeled Paint distress ink, to be exact), using a foam blending sponge. Then I adhered the green swirls, cut from a Sizzix die. Over top all this, I glued a sheet of acetate that I had run through the Big Kick with a floral Cuttlebug embossing folder, and colored with alcohol inks (gold, pesto, and lettuce). The beautiful images are PID, of course, and this particular sheet comes with the script already printed. They are glued onto the acetate. The gothic arch is also from PID, printed on a transparency. Lots and lots of layers and texture, and even more interesting in person, but you'll have to take my word on that!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More Chunky Book Pages

I had some time today, and got four more pages done. Only one to go!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Chunky Book Pages

As if I don't already have enough projects going on, I recently signed up to do a chunky book swap at the PID Swaps group. Once again, Elena is hosting. How she manages to do all she does is beyond me, but I'm grateful for her friendship and energy.

There are ten of us, so we will each do 10 4x4 pages. No set theme or rules, except for the size and using PID images. And we are encouraged to embellish, embellish, embellish. Elena is going to make a cover page for each of us, and I know we'll have wonderful books when this project is over.
I've gotten 5 done, and here they are.
Weekend In Paris
Time To Fly
Marie Collage
My apologies for the fuzziness. My camera wasn't working so I had to scan. These pages are so full of dimensional embellishments (hard to tell that, I know), that the scanner lid couldn't close properly and the result is fuzzy pictures!

Friday, May 22, 2009

What Is The Next Level?

The Next Level is the exciting new concept of Dawn (All Pink Girl) and Ann (Madgesty - Love to Create) probably better known as blog name Madge. Their aim in designing this new informative style of blog is not only to produce really creative Weekly Challenges that are not tied to any specific brand, but also to explore new avenues, ideas and techniques with a completely fresh approach.

Sound like something that would interest you? It does to me. I'm always looking for new ways to challenge myself, and I do already participate in many challenges. But this entices me with the promise of something new and fresh, and one in which I can grab ANYTHING from my stash, with no worries about sticking to one product, brand, or style.

And what are all those goodies in the photos above? Well, they are the giveaways to two lucky people on The Next Level's launch date -- June 1. So get on over there, become a follower, leave a comment, and/or blog about this yourself. Three ways to get in the running for those fabulous prize packages.

Oh, and they're looking for guest designers too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


It's been too long since my last post, but I was busy with a family event and then some company, and haven't had any time to create. Back in the studio again, and wow, does that feel good!

This weeks challenge at Paper Imagery Designs is "doodle." I did an ATC:
All my doodling on the collage of patterned papers was done with a black gel pen and a white Signo uni-ball pen.
For my miscellaneous piece, I took a chipboard shape I had (with a pattern I didn't much like, but a shape I loved), covered it with two different patterned papers and doodled with the same pens. I then punched a hole in the top and added some ribbon scraps:
Of course, each piece has a lovely PID image.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mah Jongg Jewelry

In keeping with my new philosophy of trying to use up what I have instead of buying so much stuff, I made this bracelet today.

Some time ago I'd gotten these miniature mah jongg tiles. Can't even remember the source. They are like small bamboo tiles, with pre-drilled holes through the sides.

My good friend Heidi gave me the bracelet blank a while back, and this morning I made a great discovery. The tiles fit perfectly into the blank spaces on the bracelet. I put wires with closed loops on each end through the tiles and then just started making dangles. Lots and lots of dangles. After I attached all the dangles to the loops with jump rings, I adhered the tiles onto the bracelet blank with jewelry glue (E6000). I have two tiles left over and there may very well be some earrings in my future.
Here are a couple of close-ups:

Happy Mother's Day

My friend Teri posted this video on her blog, and it is so perfect for the Mother's Day weekend, I had to do the same.
Of course, I found it impossible to figure out how to put it here in this blog post.
So click on the link to Teri's blog and enjoy this video.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone....because at one time or another we've all mothered someone!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Dream In Colors

This is my journal cover.Above, the inside of my front cover.

And above, the inside of my back cover.
The back cover.

I am involved with a wonderful group that is doing traveling art journals. These are sometimes called circle books or round robin books. The project is based on one documented in a FABULOUS book called True Colors. It is a bit pricey, but if you love art journals, mixed media, color, or just a gorgeously designed book, check it out; I think the book (and the art journals the book is all about) is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

But this is not a book review.....I want to share the project I'm doing.

There are 14 (or is it now 15?) women who were hand picked by our project coordinator, the wonderful Elena. Elena "met" us all in some of the various online art groups she's part of. She read the book, got inspired, and before we knew what was happening, she got us all to say yes, she created a private yahoo group just for us, and we are all very close to sending our journals on the first leg of their journeys. We call this project I Dream In Colors.

Each of us selected a color or color scheme. We each chose the size of our book, created covers and introductory pages. We have a travel itinerary. On the designated date we all mail our journals to the next person on the list. Keeping to each person's chosen color(s) we create art in the journal and mail it on. In a little over a year, we guess, our journals will return home, full of wonderful art from all over the US (and other parts of the world as well).

I love the ocean; I guess that is what inspired me to choose blues and greens (all shades) for my colors.

I will be posting not only what I've done in my own journal, but what I do in others as I get them.

The photos above are of my journal covers.

Below, the first page of my journal, to get things going, or as I said, to "get this party started." Because I really do feel like this is a party, a celebration, something special, something joyous.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Spring Cards Class

Yesterday I held one of my card classes for some of the wonderful and talented women who live in my development. I designed cards that have a fresh, spring-like look, and that could be used for many occasions. I brought along a bunch of different sentiment stamps, so the Mother's Day card became a birthday card, an anniversary card, etc.
We used a lot of the pretty Stampin' Up double sided patterned paper, as well as some great Sizzix die cuts.
I'd promised one card would be more masculine, and I really think the owl card does the trick. The SU paper with the little crowns is a nice background, and adding the crown to the owl's head continued the princely (or kingly) theme. That great stamp, by the way, is from Sideshow.
Everyone had a great time, made some outstanding cards, and they're now clammoring for a jewelry class. Hmmm...have to put something together before the hot weather arrives and everyone starts to scatter for the summer.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Little More Rock & Roll - Let It Be!

Couldn't stop until I did a card with the John Lennon stamp. A few weeks ago I found a book of Lennon/McCartney sheet music in the trash. Unbelievable, what people will throw out! I photocopied a piece of "Let It Be" and used it for the background. Lots of distress inks and glimmer mist, and the words are computer generated.

Rock N Roll!

One of my favorite stamp companies, Stampsmith, just came out with a great new sheet called Rock N Roll. It features photo-realistic stamps of some of my all time favorites: John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. If that isn't great enough, these fabulous stamps were hand carved by someone I know from my yahoo groups. Estrella Bianchi is a wonderful artist and these stamps just knock my socks off! I am slowly working my way through the sheet. Well, not too slowly. I just started yesterday! I still haven't done a card with John's image yet, but am very happy with my Jimi, Jim, and Janis creations.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Use What You Have Challenge!

Here is a challenge I made to the other members of my fabulous SU team: find something you love, something you must have, can't live without, but really can't afford. Hmmm, pretty easy to do that, right? Then, use what you already have and make it yourself!

What inspired me was a visit to a very nice but very expensive scrapbook store. I fell in love with these paper flowers:

I love the irregularity of the edges, and the use of sheet music. They are kind of grungy and edgy, and I really wanted to buy them. But....after tax they would be about $2 per flower, and I just thought that was nuts.

So, I went home, pulled out some scraps of sheet music, some inks, glimmer mist and patterned paper, a few brads, and created these:

What do you think? I'm liking my knock-offs a lot! And I didn't spend a dime.