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Friday, June 24, 2016

Altered Cigar Box with G45 paper

ok now you get to see the cigar box I altered for a swap with the same online group ...

I call it "The Artist Box"

I did lots of gold leafing on this project which I haven't done in years, using gold leaf scraps from many colors ... it helped tie all the different hardware I used together nicely

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Dress Forms

The online group I am in had an Altered Dress Form swap and this is the one I did ...



This photo is of the other 3 I did and the one on the left is the one I received in the swap ...



The tall one is mine, the one with fairy wings is for my daughter and the one with the big flag is for my daughter-in-law,
they may not get theirs till the end of July ... I am taking them to an Art Retreat for decoration ;-) 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Remembrance



“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” 



Sunday, May 22, 2016

THANK YOU to so many ...


I hope you understand what so many have given us to stay free and have the best living conditions in the world ..... thank you each and every soldier from the time they fought the British to the time they are NOW fighting the radicals of the world ...

please click on the link to remember




Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to one and all !!!


Wishing all of you a wonderful Mother's Day and hoping you are able to share it with loved ones !!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Just a few more Christmas Cards

these are embossing folders and die cuts I haven't played with or not in a year ..... I also drug out my Pearl X to do the stencil background on one of them .... was fun to use those again


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Working on Christmas Cards

these are some of the ones I am doing ... somethings are scraps and something are new ... I like using what I have laying around on my work table when I get into my Holiday stuff and deciding on what different things I can do with them .... oops the gold embossed ornaments and the winter white pearl embossed ornament are new thing not scraps ... sorry I thought I had only the scrap cards in this bunch ...


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank ALL of you



for keeping us safe in the past, present and future ... we owe each of you a huge debt of gratitude and respect

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Oriental Theme Cards

I did these for a small swap I am doing this month ... it was harder than I thought it would be to work in the Oriental theme again ... wish the embossing I did on the black showed up better .....


Friday, September 11, 2015

NEVER forget 9-11


from the ashes of disaster comes a memorial that should never be forgotten by anyone especially the American people ... we live in a land that has seldom been touched by the horrors of such tragedy, if we wish to keep it that way we need to be very diligent

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yep I know it's August BUT

I have done some Halloween tags for an online swap and since it' been a while since I have posted anything I thought I would put these out there ...... each one is just a little different, I did use some Tim Holtz metal tape to do the numbers, first I embossed the tape with the Bingo card then I used alcohol ink to add some color and let that dry then cut them apart to use just as numbers ... I just love these images they are whimsical and yet appropriate for Halloween Spooky too ...


Friday, July 24, 2015

Forest - Woodland Book

Ok this is in the style of Nina Bagley from years ago ... I have always loved this style but only not got around to making my book ... hopefully you can click on the photo to enlarge them if you wish ...


I was going to make wired-beaded connections for all of the book but the arthritis in my hands wouldn't let me so I did a big mix or styles 


this it the front all of the pages/book covers I used are different sizes and I bound the very small book to the larger one with chamois and elastic band to the door knob


the brass butterflies and fairies and fairy house in the trunk of the tree is what I love about these pages, there is a butterfly wing in the little glass case under the sitting fairy


these pages are all about the deer that live in the forest, on the left side I used a transparency that I heated the edges to make it curl and give it more dimension 


these are more about the forest leaves, the page with the FOREST letters is actually an envelope pocket, and the leaves with copper butterflies I made from clear acrylic and leaf tapestry is also a pocket page with the tags of a fairy and mountain scene and Mr. Audubon that were made by friends in a tag exchange 


these are the last pages and devoted to the forest/woodlands in general and I made a earth stick that is wired to the side of the last page, there are beads and word drops also (they are made by using dictionary pages or music pages with wire and diamond glaze or crystal lacquer) 








Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Gesso-Vaseline Resist Technique

ok to start with do all of your coloring and stamping prior to the Vaseline and Gesso ... I used an Archival Pink Ink and Distressed Blue Ink ... be sure to stamp your image in Permenate Ink ... after all is dry take your paint brush or finger and apply Vaseline where you want the image to show thru, be sure to apply a heavy amount ... now brush your Gesso over all of it ... let the Gesso dry then use a paper towel to wipe the areas where the Vaseline was, do this till all areas are free of Vaseline .... oh when all was done I took the same inks and did a couple of swipes over the Gesso area, just because ...


Saturday, July 04, 2015

#7 of AB RR

This is the last in the RR this session ... the theme is Butterflies and Birds, it was fun working with this theme since they are two of my favorite subjects ...








Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A few more cards ...

I was messing around with some scraps and then decided to make cards out of the good ones ... 


this was just playing with re-inkers and alcohol inks and washi tape


this was using the same stamp and alcohol inks and oil pastels and water color brushes


the black one is clear embossing powder with background stamp then rubbing ink on it and rubbing it off , then the yellow one is color pencil and pop up partial images and the beige one is die cut with velum sandwiched in between cardstock to create a window


these are just using up left over scraps from a previous project ...

Friday, May 29, 2015

# 6 of the Altered Book Round Robin

This books theme is "In My House" and we were to complete that sentence with words and art ... so this is what I did ....








Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#5 in the Altered Book RR

This book had a theme of Green ... and who is better at Green than Mother Nature ... hope you enjoy






This on is just tags and pockets


This is the sign in tag I made for her book