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.

 

February 17th, 2016
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers

I know its late, but these are a few of the Christmas cards or holiday cards that I made for the winter holiday in 2015.

I used some Nutcracker Suite papers from Graphic 45. I had had the papers on hand for a couple of years with the intention of making a mini album. However, I decided that I should probably use them rather than hoard them.

I also used card stock, ribbon, some clipart images printed out on the computer, and I decorated the cards a bit with glitter glue.

I made about half a dozen.

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.

 

 

October 13th, 2015

art journal page showing painting of the goddess MinerveThis art journal page was actually a warmup exercise done for Lifebook 2015, week 34.  The art journal page was inspired by a lesson taught by Alena Hennessy, called Painting the Muse. I chose Minerva for my muse-goddess. I think she is a Roman goddess.

I used tones of green, white and black. The back relies heavily on black and green Dylusions sprays. The goddess is hand drawn and painted over top of the sprayed background.

The hand-printed text reads, “try to imagine what you desire”. I thought Minerva’s closed eyes looked as if she were meditating or visualizing her goals.

I gave Minerva a fancy headdress and used a little red for visual impact.

This was a warmup exericse. I did a larger, more elaborate goddess for my bigger painting. I will post that tomorrow.

If anyone is interested in Lifebook, owner Tam LaPorte is now accepting registrations for Lifebook 2016. You can learn about it here: Click here to view more details about Lifebook 2016

October 12th, 2015

fat book or art card using surprise This is a page for a chunky book or a fat book, as some call it, or a 4 x 4 art card as others like to say.

The card is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were told to use any color we wanted, and the theme was Surprise.”

Looks like I missed the theme because there is nothing here that represents a surprise. Sigh.

However, I made the background using various papers that I had created using tissue paper and paint. I added some red mesh, and a small picture postcard that an artist friend from Switzerland sent to me. It shows a young girl against an alpine background.

I decorated with various purchased flowers and some amber colored beads that went well with the colors in the image.

I rather like this card even though I missed the theme.

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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.

 

October 10th, 2015

art journal page themed courageThis art journal page is themed “courage”. I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group. We were instructed to use crackle as a technique.

I made the blue-white and blue-beige leaves using colored card stock, the crackle medium, the acrylic paint. I used a leaf die cut and the Big Shot to cut the leaves.

The background I made with two serviettes or napkins, in different shades of blue. I cut the two red leaves from red scrapbook paper, using a punch.

I cut the words “Fine the courage to be unique” from scrapbook paper, and I added a border of red acrylic paint around the outside of the page.

I thought the two red leaves represented uniqueness, given that the other leaves are all crackled and blue.