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 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.

December 24th, 2014

holiday pennant with glitter This is another pennant made for the holiday banner project that I wrote about earlier. My swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, has been making and swapping holiday-themed pennants all year long.

This is the one I made for the month of December. The theme was Glitter. All pennants are expected to be winter white or vintage white in color.

I used lace and two colors of micro glitter to make this lacy effect.

I hung a Christmas star as shown. The star is attached with gold thread and a small safety pin.

It has been sent away to the swap partner who will receive it.

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.

June 10th, 2014


winter holiday pennant with theme of Christmas music This is another pennant made for the banner series that we are making at Art for the Creative Mind. Every month, we create a winter-white colored pennant with a theme pertaining to Christmas or the winter holiday.

The theme this month was “Christmas music“.

I made all of my pennants back in January. They are fabric pennants backed with iron-on interfacing. I decorate them monthly as needed.

For this one, I created a digital image using Photoshop, and then did an image transfer using gel medium.

The background is sheet music with a Christmas song. The blue part is an image from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. It is Christmas ornaments — horn, flute and a few others.

I trimmed with bluish-white fibre along the top, and added some felt snowflakes which I filled with Diamond glitter glue.

In my stash, I found a silvery gray tassel and attached it at the bottom.

 

February 13th, 2014

vintage girl and plaid ribbon on this pennant for holiday banner Yesterday, I posted about the January Pennant for our Banner Swap at AFTCM.

This is the February pennant.  The pennant itself is made from cotton fabric with iron-on interfacing for stiffening.

As before, I used an image of a vintage girl and did an inkjet image transfer using gel medium.

I decorated with old fashioned tartan ribbon, which I love so much.

I added a little gold mesh to the bottom of the pennant, and I added a little glittery gold thread underneath the fabric flower The pearl button is actually a clip-on earring. I used wire cutters to remove the clip.

Since the optional theme for February was glitter, I added some dabs of clear glitter glue to represent snowflakes.  Also, I think the gold thread and the gold mesh at the bottom sort of represent glitter.

February 7th, 2014

black and white non-traditional valentine with white lace I made this non-traditional, black and white valentine for a challenge at Canadian Stamp Talk group.

I used cream colored card stock. I stamped the image onto white paper, using black pigment ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I stamped the heart shape — which is part of the original stamp — again, and heat embossed the same way. I cut this out and attached it with dimensional tape.

I glued the stamped shape onto the card stock as shown, and attached a strip of frilly white lace around the entire front of the card.

Finally, I used a gold sticker to attach a little heart and used platinum Stickles to add some glitter to the flower, which is lower right.

Finished, I think it has a vintage look, although I was not aiming for that.

January 25th, 2014


black perceptions ATC This Black Perceptions ATC is made for a swap at Art Ventures Swap Group. We were told to design an ATC that reflected the way black made us feel.  I chose “elegance“.

The ATC itself is black card stock. Over top of that, I placed a layer of clear acetate paper that had a black floral pattern in it. The pattern stands out clearly against the black background.

At the bottom, I placed a layer of double sided sticky tape and covered that with Tarnished Mica Chips. The chips appear black when placed over black card stock.

Lastly, I adhered a wide strip of doubled sided sticky tape to a scrap of black card stock, and then used a die to cut a bird shape. I covered the top of the bird with black glitter, and then glued the bird in place so as it appeared to be sitting on the strip of mica flakes.

This does not show up well in the photograph, but in real life, it is quite elegant.

 

 

January 14th, 2014


art journal page with texture I made this art journal page for a challenge at AFTCM. The technique we were asked to do was to use texture in our layout.

I used a couple of colors of acrylic paint to cover the page, then did a little stamping using paint and foam stamps.

The sun is made with a brass embossing stencil, embossing paste and a couple of colours of glitter. I put a small silver colored charm in the middle.

The genie in the teacup is an image cut from a brochure that was in my stash.

I used a black pens and wrote around the edges, “”Just watch what I can do when you sent me free,” said the genie in the teacup.”

December 25th, 2013

tag with reindeer and holly theme This is one of two tags that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was Reindeer and Holly.  We were also supposed to use a background that involved reinkers and a spry mist bottle. We were permitted to use a substitute product if we did not have reinkers on hand.
Since I do not own any reinkers, I opted to use Tattered Rose Distress Ink and a spray mister bottle.

The results was a subtle rose coloured background. I rubbed some extra colour along the borders.

I was in the mood for humor and I thought of the song, Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer.

Instead of Grandma, I went with Grandpa. I had a vintage picture of a gentleman, which I believe had been on a Tim Holtz paper.

The frame is a stamped image that I heat embossed using a pale pink Distress powder. It is applied with 3D tape for dimension.

The reindeer and the holly are both made with stamps. The red berries and the red nose are glitter glue. The text is computer generated.

Finally, the row of holly along the bottom was cut from some scrap paper in my stash.

I added a length of red and cream coloured string for hanging.