June 7th, 2016

artist trading card with winter picture This is an artist trading card (ATC) themed Winter Vacation.  I made it for a swap at the online art group called Art for the Creative Mind.  You anyone is interested in the group, the address is https://ca.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/artforthecreativemind/info

For the background, I went with the polished stone effect, made with alcohol inks on a glossy paper.

I used black ink and what I thought was an appropriately themed stamp called Clapboard Houses from The Old Island Stamp Company.

The ATC is mounted on sturdy green cardstock.

February 20th, 2016

artist trading card with cat and big red eyes This is an artist trading card (ATC) made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The ATC’s theme was to be “the eyes have it”.

I had a rubber stamp with the cat shape that is shown. I stamped the car on light card board and heat embossed with pewter colored embossing powder.

Next, I glued small seed beads along the edges of the cat. I added some glitter glue where I thought it might look good.

Finally, in keeping with the theme, I glued large red rhinestone beads to form the cats eyes.
The background of the ATC is a lovely velvet fabric, given to me by a friend who sews.

I had some red and gold mesh fabric that looked good with the purple velvet, and also matched the cat’s red eyes.

The ATC is on its way to its new owner.

February 19th, 2016

postcard with a raised I This is an art postcard that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. Our group had an ongoing postcard swap in 2015. Each postcard had a raised letter of the alphabet. At years end, we had postcards that spelled out CREATIVE MIND>

This particular postcard had a raised I.

For the background, I used a selection of torn papers and collaged it. I added a row of black blanket stitch (rub-on stickers) around the border.

I printed out the words to spell “I am what I am”. The I was a 3-d sticker.

For the design element, I used a plastic window thing that I found in my stash. I used it to frame a stamped image of a woman’s face. I added some rubon stickers to the window frame for added decoration.

 

February 18th, 2016

fat book page themed trivial This is a page for a fat book or a chunky book, designed for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

A “fat book” or “chunky book” is a mini book that is 4 x 4 inches square.

The theme for this one was “autumn”.

I used black card stock as the base. I stamped the image and heat embossed using a watermark ink and bronze embossing powder.

I added some colour with marking pencils.

Lastly, I used doubled sided tape to glue a selection of tiny beads around the border of the page. I used gold, red and clear colored beads.

 

October 29th, 2015

postcard with raised letter N This postcard, with its raised letter N, was made for an ongoing swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

We have done a postcard every month with a raised alphabet. At the end of the year, the raised alphabets on the postcards will spell CREATIVE MIND.

For this one, I used pictures of little girls supposedly from a vintage catalog.  The pictures are cut from scrapbook paper.

I trimmed with striped scrapbook paper and added a sticker with a raised N.

I stamped the frame for the text, and used alphabet stamps (small ones) to spell out New, Nice, Nifty and Neat.

 

 

August 12th, 2015
front of mini journal showing gold embossing and rosette
 mini album back cover with stamped clock

I seem to be on a roll making these mini albums recently. I made this one after being made aware that a friend is celebrating a landmark birthday soon. I decided to make her a small scrapbook album using this design.

The instructions for making the fold are found here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

The album uses one sheet of 12 by 12 paper, folded to make several 3 x 3 “pages”.  Each page has a pocket, resulting in seven pockets.

For the album front, I used bookboard for firmness, then covered with textured paper. I added a strip of thing gold metal that I had dry embossed using an embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I added a gold rosette made with a Tim Holtz die.

For the back cover, I used a larger strip of embossed gold metal, and a stamped image of a clock face. The text circling the clock face reads “The Best of Times.

Since this is a scrapbook, I used a digitally edited photograph for each page front, trimming with small embellishments such as rub-ons or stamped text.

I used a travel theme on the seven tags. The recipient has travelled quite a bit and taken photos. I used her own photos for the background images on the tags, and used Photoshop Elements to add a travel-related quote on top of each photo.

I tied the small scrapbook closed with a strip of beige organza ribbon.

 

August 11th, 2015
front of mini journal showing stamped head of vintage lady
 mini journal fanned open
 mini journal fanned open showing calendar theme

It is perhaps a bit early in the year to be making a calendar for 2016. However, that is where my muse lead me. This mini journal, calendar themed, is made from folding one 12″ by 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper. The instructions for making it are here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

I made this mini journal for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, an online mixed media swap group. We called this project Swapped for Fun.  The list owner mailed each participant an identical stamped image. It was the woman’s head that you see on the cover of the journal. We each made a project using the stamped image. We were free to do anything we wanted with the image. The idea is to see what different approaches the members will take.

After some consideration, I decided to use it as the front cover decoration for a small calendar journal. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, then cut it out using a circular die cut and the Big Shot.

The words “Calendar for Year 2006” are computer generated, as are the printouts of the tiny calendars.

The front and back covers are made with heavy, glittery scrapbook paper, as are the seven tags that are tucked into the page “pockets”.

I decorated with die cuts and occasionally with stickers.

I left the backs of the tags white, but stamped a meaningful word on the back of each, using black ink.

I closed the mini journal by attaching two silver colored decorative buttons to the front and back covers, and running peach colored ribbon through the holes, as shown.

I hope my swap partner likes this project. It was interesting to make.

August 7th, 2015

art postcard with raised letter V My online swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, is doing an ongoing postcard swap. Each month, we do a postcard with a raised letter of the alphabet. At the end of the year, we should have postcards that spell out CREATIVE MIND.

This particular postcard featured the letter V.

I stamped the lion face and colored it using stamps and markers from Local King Rubber Stamp Company.

Iblocked the lion and affixed it to a layered background comprised of card stock and scrapbook paper. I cut the purple label using a die and the Big Shot, and cut flowers from an extra scrap of scrapbook paper.

The letter V is a silver charm from my swap. I attached it using a silver brad.

I stamped the words VICTORY and glued them in place along the bottom edge of the postcard.

August 4th, 2015

mixed media painting in style of Jessica Swift This painting does double duty. Week 27 in Lifebook 2015 featured an artist interview with Jessica Swift. There was no particular assignment, but we were invited to do a painting in Jessica’s style. As it turned out, I also had to do an art journal page for Art for the Creative Mind, my mixed media swap group on Yahoo. The theme for the AJ page was soul, and the style was to be frilly and funky.

I designed to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and do a Jessica Swift type painting for the Art Journal page.

This is my attempt.

The background consists of collage papers covered with acrylic paints. I also used some of the hand made manilla stencils that we created a couple of weeks ago in another Lifebook lesson.

The bird is made from scrapbook paper, plus orange acrylic paint to make the beak and feet.

The word namaste is stamped with black stamping ink.

Namaste is a Sanscript greeting that loosely translated, means my soul honours your soul.

I thought the painting was sufficiently frilly and funky to meet the requirement, plus also resembled Jessica Swift’s style. The text and the stamped word represented soul, as required for the swap.

Its bright and funky and I actually like it quite a lot.

 

 

July 30th, 2015

art journal page with painting of orca whale This art journal page has a painting of an orca whale. The theme was DREAM. I made this for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, a Yahoo mixed media art group.

I started by doing some paper collaging, then painted over the collage with acrylic paints.

I drew and painted the whale free hand, then did some stenciling with stencil paste. I used a rubber stamp to apply some shapes that resemble seaweed, at least in my opinion.

I drew on some bubbles, and used a stamp to apply the word DREAM.

I printed the word BIG with a Sharpie.

I live in Vancouver, and we often see orcas in our coastal waters. They are always a thrill to witness, and this one was fun to paint.