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October 11th, 2015

fat book or art card using orange unicorn This is a 4 x 4 art card (or page for a fat book) that I made. I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The color to use was orange, and the theme was “magic”. Hence, we have an orange unicorn.

I made the orange and cream background in Photoshop Elements and printed it out. The text, also digitally created, reads, “Nothing is more magical than the unicorn”.

I printed out the unicorn from clipart found at Graphics Fairy Blogspot.

I added Orange Fun Flock for texture on the bottom, and glued orange beads in place for the necklace. The tail is made from orange fibre.

The flower is a purchased die cut.

I blocked the whole thing on orange cardstock.

I am fond of unicorns.


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.


February 12th, 2015

Artist trading card in brown colors with picture of mushroom As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I belong to Art Ventures, an online swap group that has been trading ATCs (artist trading cards) on a monthly basis. We are currently doing ATCs in a monthly colour. The goal is to produce a card that depicts how the Color of the Month makes us feel.

This card was themed Brown, and I decided that brown makes me feel earthy.

I located a picture of a mushroom at Graphics Fairy, a site that offers free clipart and other images.

I blocked the mushroom photo on various types of brown paper and included a strip of text, that spoke to me at the time.

The text reads, “What you give you get, ten times over“.

I rather like this monochromatic brown ATC.

February 12th, 2015

Artist trading card in amber colors I belong to an online group that has operated a monthly ATC swap. ATC stands for artist trading cards. Every month in this swap, there is a different color theme. Our goal is to create an ATC using that particular colour, but we must depict how that colour makes us feel.

The ATC colour for this particular month was amber. I decided that amber makes me feel watchful.

The card to the left is my offering. It is a bit weird, but that’s okay. I like weird.

I made the background using a technique that was supposed to be crackle created with paint and glue. I did not get a very good result, crackle-wise, but I thought what did happen was interesting enough to use.

I printed the eye from the computer, using free-to-use clipart from Graphics Fairy. I added the word Watchful in Photoshop Elements.

The amber colored sticker is something I found in my stash and I thought it worked.


November 5th, 2013

tag with Paris theme This is the second tag I made with the theme of Paris. This time, I did something a little different.

I used a couple of free images made available on Graphics Fairy Blog. One image is of a Parisienne lady in dance costume. The second image, above and framed, is of four red necked young males.

The text reads, “It’s hard to keep them down home on the farm…“.

I added a small tag as an embellishment, with a French theme and attached it with blue fibre.  I also put a row of blue rhinestones along the edge of the femme.



October 31st, 2013

altered spool book, open
altered spool book, closed
altered spool book, inside

This altered spool book was a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were to use a large spool and make a “page”, as shown. The theme was “It was a dark and stormy night.”

I found a large, wooden spool at the Dollar Store. I removed the thread and painted the spool black with black, acrylic paint.

Rather than use paper for the page, I discovered a strip of old film in my stash. Since it was the perfect size, I opted to use it.

For the image to cover the film strip, I generated a computer image using a couple of pictures. One picture was a stormy sky that I took in the Skagit Valley in Washington State one year. The other image was a picture from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. To add the specific Halloween images, I used a free Halloween font fount on the Internet. It was one of those fonts that makes pictures rather than alphabets.

I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 as my photo editing software.

After printing the long photo strip, I glued it to the film strip, then attached the film strip to the spool as shown.

The brown element on the top (and also on the bottom) is simply a couple of buttons from which I have removed the shank.

I added a length of black ribbon so the altered spool book can be tied together.

August 7th, 2013

Paris street scene with impressionist style
back of Paris street scene with impressionist style

This 4 x 4 page, or chunky page, has Summer in Paris as the theme. It is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, and can be put into a fat book or chunky book if desired.

I used digital image found on Graphics Fairy blog and in the Collective Commons at Flickr. For the front, I took a Paris street scene and gave it an impressionist look, using the impressionist brush in Adobe Photoshop Elements. I added the French woman and then added the text. Translated, the text reads, “I love Paris in summer.”

The back is another street scene, which I again went over with the impressionist brush.

I added a heart and signed my name .

Digital art is so cool. I really must make an effort to do more of it.

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