Monday, December 31, 2012

Shabby Chic Bulletin Board

I redid my bulletin board where I keep cards and art bits that virtual friends have sent me, and other memorabilia. This is the finished project.

I bought the frame for $5 at the DAV and the fabric at Hobby Lobby. Everything else I had in my stash. Total cost $13.  Even though the fabric looks a little more tan in the picture than it actually is, I'm not real sure I like the beige next to the white, but I have more things to stick in anyway so probably not that much of it will be seen.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gas Pump Mini

I made this mini using the Gas Pump Mini tutorial I purchased from Katha Orta at Paper Phenomenon.

(You can't tell from these pics that the window is shiny, but you can in a later one.)

  This drawer holds three matchbook minis.


The books and one of the pics. The license plates are double-sided. 
I glued two different plates together.

Inside of one book. 

It's 10.25" tall. I like the way it turned out. What do you think?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Love Poems

This little mini was just an experiment. I got the Alterations Book Cover dye and had to try it out, but am not quite ready to make an actual book yet—too many other things to do first. I had no intention of doing anything other than running it through my Big Shot to see what it looked like, but I just kept going back and piddling with it. So.....this is just a piece of cardstock folded like a folder. Instead of plain pages, I decided to find some romantic poems and make it a little mini book of them. It looks a little boring here. The pages look much better in person...and very antique.




Sunday, November 25, 2012

Beaded Spine Journal

As usual, click on an image to enlarge it.

There are 5 signatures of 4 pages each, so....40 pages. I have only worked on three pages so far. The stamped image on the first page bled through to the backside...which worked out fine for me. I just went with it. 

These pages are made to look old by tea dying and baking. The cover is a cereal box covered with a scrunched up paper bag. The colored flower is cut from a soda can using theTim Holtz Tattered Florals die. The closure is a button wrapped with crunched up binding tape dyed with Distress Stain. The colored beads are are handmade (by me).

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend collage

I posted this on Twitter asking for suggestions. Dede (Inkwell on Ustream) suggested the stars. I'm thinking this might be the kind of stars she meant (as opposed to Uncle Sam stars) because it does have a bit of celestial feel to it. Thanks so much for the suggestion Dede. It made a huge difference. It's still a hot mess though. lol  I'm not very good at this collage thing yet, but I'll just keep on trying because, good or bad, I really enjoy it. :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

♫ It was a teeny weeny little mini...♪ ♫

This little book was made using Barb Owens' technique for the cover. She is Creating_Faces on Ustream. I wanted to try it small before making a larger one. I made it from a large tag, folded. I created one signature that I stitched in. The actual color is more copper, with a little purple. The camera really picked up on the purple.

This half circle is actually a flap that opens. The other side is
covered with a piece of sewing pattern tissue paper.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Shabby Chic Paint Brush Carousel

I got this idea from The Gentleman Crafter (, a very creative and talented crafter. His carousel is way cuter than mine, but then mine is a little more frilly than his. :)  My craft room is shabby chic so my carousel is pink, smokey gray, and lacey stuff. I haven't decided yet if I will put a 2nd tier on like Jim did.

I will put markers or more brushes in the other cans—just haven't gotten around to it yet. I actually have room for one more can if I want. These are the short Pringles cans. It was a real hardship to eat all these Pringles to get the cans. :p

Friday, September 14, 2012

Playing with spray

This is me trying out my new bottles of dylusions spray from Ranger—bought at Hobby Lobby for 40% off course! They come in packs of two. I bought one pack: fresh lime and vibrant turquoise. After spraying the page I decided to try collaging a napkin with this winged girl on it. Of course the napkin is transparent when wet with the Golden Matte Medium so I tried gluing a piece of the white backing down first. It helped but still too much green was showing through and you couldn't see her very well, so I outlined her with a sepia Micron pen and then painted her. That was actually fun. :) Then I added collage bits and stamping—just playing around. I stamped the music notes in black then thought they were too dark so I sanded it a little bit (which lightened it some) then sprayed some homemade gold glimmer mist on it (you can't see the sparkly gold in the picture). As is my luck, the glimmer spray came out in kind of glob. The results aren't great but I find that I don't really care when it's just an experiment trying out new products. :) It's awfully green isn't it? It looks better enlarged for clearer detail though.

Click on picture to enlarge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gratitude Girl

Mixed Media on canvas board. 
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I got this whole concept from the Willow & Friends Ning site. It was a challenge done by Tam. (Hers looks way way better.)  She limited her palette to black, white, gray, and a touch of pink. So I drew my own face, did a similar but not quite the same background, and copped her "gratitude" word. :)  I limited my palette to brown, black, white, and wee bit more than a touch of pink. Canvas board is what I had so that's what I used. I love that the lyrics on that middle bit of music says "What's the odds how much we spend". lol Spending is something most of us know about. Funny the things you notice that could have been done better when you're looking at a picture of it as opposed to the real thing.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today's Collage

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I started this background with the excess paint wiped from my paint scraper after playing with the technique Barb Owens showed on a recent Ustream show (making designer paper with glue swirls and scraped paint). I used Lumiere green and purple, with a little Folk Art Metallic Inca Gold thrown in. I adhered napkin pieces with Gold Matte Medium and a piece torn from an old music sheet. Stamped the word "Sweet" and added some lines. Lastly I wet the page with the matte medium and sprinkled Angelina Hot Fix fibers (which I did not "hot fix"). I tamped those fibers down into the medium, laid wax paper on top and gave it a rub. They are laying on top as a dimensional element, but stuck down with the medium.

Drawing Practice

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Man's Travel Journal

These are just a couple of pages. There is a mixture of patterned paper, plain copy paper, and graph paper. It's intended for a mix of journaling and pictures.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Artsy Doodling

This is a really junky journal I made that started out as a practice prototype for another journal I wanted to make. That's why it's really all over the place in materials. The main cover is made from kraft paper with a spine of just a piece of scrap paper in my pile. I decided to add a flap after the brown paper was already cut, so....added another piece of scrap paper. I made three sets of signatures out of plain copy paper, but I couldn't find some twine to tie them in with so I used this red and white striped I-forget-what-you-call-it string. In other words, this is a hodge podge mess, but....might as well put it to use, right? I decided to use it for my practice whatever journal. :)  Originally I had ribbon going through the hole in the flap, wrapping around the book and tied. But it kept falling out and I got tired of tying it all the time so I took it out. I added a couple of holes with eyelets in the back and tied a knot in each end of a rubber band, because that's what I had on hand. If I were making a 'real' book, I'd use either decorative elastic or a hair scrunchy (and would not have a useless hole in the middle of the flap).

The original of this boy was a photo on a pamphlet at the library.

This next page is a failed collage. (Which happens to most of my collages.)  I thought it turned out a hot mess so that's what I titled it. :) (left bottom corner)  Then to top off the disaster I unthinkingly practiced an eye and a mouth on the same page—with the eye over the mouth. That looks pretty freaky so I used mat medium to glue napkins around them. Doesn't really help, but it's colorful. lol

The next drawing is another pic from the library pamphlet. Just practicing people. Much more practice is needed.

The next two pages are just more practice. The left side is obviously practicing a nose. The eyes are wrong but they're not really part of it—just quickly stuck in there.The right side is a picture that was in the Artist Magazine e-newsletter. I enlarged it on my monitor until only this part was showing and then tried my hand at colored pencils—just a quick little thing. If I were doing a 'real' drawing with colored pencil it would have to be worked a lot more. I've never tried colored pencil before. One of these days I'm going to take Dede's class. It didn't help matters that I have a very limited selection of colors. I don't have the red I really need.

Well, that's all I've been up to lately. It's really freeing to have a tossed together journal like this to practice in because I don't care if I mess it up. After all, how much worse could it be? lol

Friday, May 11, 2012

Where has the time gone?

Wow, I can't believe it's been January since my last post. I'm going to have to do a little better. I bought a new house right after Christmas, so I've been busy with that whole process....getting moved, and so forth. Time sure does fly. Anyway, now that I'm all moved and settled I hope to be able to get back to making minis and painting. For the last couple of months I've had to spend my crafting money on things like a lawnmower, shovel, grass, flowers, repairs, painting, and all that fun stuff instead of artsy goodies. I love having my own space though, and really love having a craft if I would just put it to use. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I wish for all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.
May only good things come for all of us.