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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.


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.


July 31st, 2015

4 x 4 art card with gold embossing and a gold rosette This 4 x 4 art card is intended as an addition to a fat book or chunky book. I made it for a Swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “strong” and the color was to be gold.

I started with a 4 x 4 piece of gold scrapbook paper, and layered that with gold and white designed scrapbook paper.

I used a piece of thin gold metal and embossed it using the Big Shot and an embossing folder.

I then used the Big Shot to cut out the Tim Holtz rosette die and made the rosette that appears in the upper left side.

Since the theme was strong, I used a quote found on the Internet and applied it manually using a Micron Pen.

The text reads, “It is in herself that she will find the strength she needs…”


June 12th, 2015

copper colored art card with owl This is a four by four page for a fat book or a chunky book. In the swap group that I belong to, we are calling them art cards, and there is a monthly theme.

This month, the card was to be copper in color, and the theme was wisdom.

I used some copper metallic paper for the background, then layered some copper mesh over it as shown.

The owl is cut from an advertisement. Wisdom as a theme seems to call for a wise old owl.

I had some copper metallic tags in my stash. I dry embossed one by hand, using a brass stencil and a hand held embossing stylus.  I also had some copper star shaped brads, so I used them as well.

The words “social wisdom” appeared on a flyer of some sort, and it was talking about using wisdom in social media. I thought it apropos.

The swap group is Art for the Creative Mind.


February 13th, 2015

Artist trading card in silver colors This artist trading card (ATC) is called Silver Simplicity.

I made it for a monthly swap at Art Ventures. The challenge was to make a card using predominantly silver colours, and to depict how silver makes me feel.

I decided that Silver gives me a sense of simplicity, so I attempted to depict that feeling.

I have used two types of embossing on silver colored card stock.

The embossing to the left is dry embossing, done with an embossing folder and the Big Shot Universal Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.

The flower to the right is a stamped image heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

I added a little silver embossing powder around the edges of the card as well.

December 13th, 2014
stained glass 4x4
stained glass 4x4

A while back at the swap group called Art for the Creative Mind, we had a swap of a 4 x 4 chunky page or fat page. The theme was stained glass.

I used a rubber stamp and gold UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).

I stamped the image on acrylic page and heat embossed using the gold UTEE.

I backed the top one on plain paper and I backed the bottom one on glittery scrapbook paper. I trimmed the bottom one with a narrow strip of rickrack.

As for the top one, I colored it on the back of the acrylic using marking pencils.


Fat books or Chunky books are books that are 4 inches by 4 inches. When I get a collection of 4 x 4 pages, I will assemble them into a hand made book.



September 6th, 2014

ATC in bronze color tones This Artist Trading Card, or ATC, was made for a swap at Art Ventures, an email swap group through Yahoo!

The stated theme was to use the color bronze, and to make an ATC depicting how bronze makes us FEEL. I decided that bronze gives me a “poignant” feeling, so that is what I went for.

I used a Formica sample for my inner rectangle. I  covered it with Versamark, then stamped it with a rubber stamp. Next,  I heat embossed using bronze Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

I had some bronze colored glittery card stock, and also some bronze colored scrapbook paper.

I wrinkled the scrapbook paper as shown, then smoothed it out and glued it on corrugated card stock.

I layered the Formica sample on glittery,bronze card stock, and affixed that in the middle of the other layers.  I cut small triangles from the glittery bronze card stock to make photo corners.

And that is it.

July 15th, 2014

romantic card with a doily, hearts and flowers This greeting card features a lace doily, hearts and flowers.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The background is dry embossed with  small flowers. It is an embossing folder used with the Sizzix.

I used a doily, punched shapes and free drawn shapes to form a large flower as the central point in this card.

The doily is a lace doily, given to me as a RAK by someone in our swap group.

I cut the hearts using a small heart-shaped punch.

I made the stem and leaves by hand. The leaves are covered with green microbeads. The flower’s center has pink and clear microbeads as well.

It would do very well for Valentine’s Day.

July 2nd, 2014

front of mini star book with travelog theme
back of mini star book with travelog theme
 star book with travelog theme opened

Art for the Creative Mind has a swap that involved creating a mini book with a travelog theme. I had been wanting to make a star book for quite some time, so that is what I did.

As it turned out, I had won some lovely travel-themed paper, plus matching embellishments, in an online contest. They were pressed into duty for this project, and they worked well.

Otherwise, I did not purchase anything new. I drew from my stash of supplies and used what was available.

I made a video demonstrating how to make a star book. I will post that tomorrow.

The little round circles that are serving as devices on which to thread strings for closures are called boshers.  We used to be able to buy boshers years ago, and I stocked up well. I think they are the handiest thing. In this particular case, I heat embossed them with Old Paper Embossing Powder from Ranger Industries.

June 8th, 2014

gold colored ATC with treasure chest and gems This cold colored ATC is a swap at Art Ventures. The theme was to make a gold ATC, and it was to represent how the color gold makes you feel.

Gold makes me feel abundant.

I have a sheet of thin, gold colored metal. It is thin enough that I can cut it with scissors or a die cut, and emboss it using an embossing folder.

I used gold card stock for the background and for the forefront.  I embossed it using an embossing folder and the Sizzix Big Shot.

I ran it through an embossing folder to make the raised dots, then I cut photo corners as shown.

Using black Stazon ink and a rubber stamp, I stamped the treasure chest onto the gold metal. After cutting it out, I glued it to the front of the card as shown.

For embellishments, I used a gold circular paper clip and two amber colored rhinestone beads.  Gold beads would have been better but I didn’t have any.

Often, I believe in using what I have rather than buying yet more supplies. 🙂

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