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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

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

One eyed wire work ...

Yep I said one eyed ... I had cataract surgery last Wed. and can't do much of anything in art since I have one eye near sited and one eye far sited .... it will be another 4 weeks before I can get glasses to make the far sited eye see things up close ... sooooo I am doing things kind of one eyed ...

This is some wire work I am working on for a mix media book I will be doing in July at a retreat, the theme is Woodland/Forest ... I have lots of ideas running around in my head so I am trying to get some of the ephemera done in advance so I can do the construction at the retreat ....

I am pretty pleased with my butterfly ... it's wire, diamond glaze (left to dry) then I painted, with a very small paint brush, alcohol inks for the colors and small wire with seed beads to decorate the body ... I may do another one when I get both eyes to see if I can get the wing proportions better

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#4 in the Altered Book Round Robin

This ladies theme is "Mica", I love to work with mica in altered books but truthfully I forget to use it so this really excited me ... I immediately thought of bottles of mica holding butterflies ... and then a window into another butterfly world so this is what I came up with ....