March 28th, 2015

page for fat book with blue crackle background and a silhouette of a dancer This project is a page for a fat book or chunky book. These books are 4″ by 4″s.

Since this was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, there was a specific technique and theme. We were to use blue crackle for the technique and the theme was allure.

I began with navy blue card stock, then painted it with crackle medium. When the crackle was partially dry, I painted over with white paint.

The result reminded me of a snow storm or blizzard. I made this during the time that much of eastern North America was experiencing the worst snow storms in years, so perhaps that is why it brought a snow storm to mind.

How to make a snow storm alluring? By adding a beautiful ballerina dancer, of course.

The dancer is a die cut. I covered the black card stock with double sided sticky tape and then ran it through the Big Shot die cutting and embossing machine. I used black micro beads to cover the dancer and then glued the dancer onto the page as shown.

To add a touch of warmer color, I glued in place a small red-borderd strip of text, which reads “Speak Without Words.”

December 14th, 2014

artist trading card with copper colours Copper comes in two colours. There is a regular copper colour, the colour of a penny. Then there is the beautiful green colour that happens when copper oxidizes.

We have all seen buildings with lovely green roofs. The Hotel Vancouver is one such building. The green patina of the roof is one of the best attractions to that historic old building.

So to get on topic, the swap group called Art Ventures is doing a monthly swap of Artist Trading Cards.  It is called Colour Perceptions and each month we are to make an ATC depicting how a certain colour makes us feel.
This particular month was copper.

After giving it some thought, I realized that copper makes me think about Ageless. As it ages, it changes colour completely, but the new colour is equally beautiful, just different.  I wanted to use both the copper and the green in my card.

For this card, I used textured, copper coloured scrapbook paper for the background.

I located some glossy copper scrapbook paper, and also some specialty paper in the exact colour of green that resembles copper patina.

I used some dies to cut the flourishes and attached them as shown.

I also found some glittery copper paper and used that to put triangles on two opposite corners.




December 13th, 2014

artist trading card with chartreuse coloring This Artist Trading Card (ATC) was designed for a swap at Art Ventures, another swap group. This ongoing swap is called Perceptions. Each month, we are given a color, and our task is to create artist trading cards that display how that colour makes us feel.

To me, chartreuse makes me feel mellow, understated and natural.

This monochromatic card has various textures in chartreuse, covered with a die cut of a bird and some oak leaves.

I added some chartreuse beads for the birds eye and a bit of glitter glue around the edges.



September 2nd, 2014

art journal page with texture I made this Art Journal page for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The theme was simply, “texture.” We were expected to create texture using any method we wanted.

I began by smearing gesso over watercolour paper and then raking through it with a fine comb. This created the second layer of texture.

Next, I added color by spraying various colors of inks onto the dried gesso.

On top of that, I used a star stencil to create stars with Liquidex Modeling Paste. The Modeling Paste takes on the color of the inks underneath, so I ended up with colored stars throughout the page.

I cut the two dancers using dies and the Big Shot Universal Embossing and Cutting Machine.   I glued the dancers in place, then added the key and the leaf, which are both rub-ons.

At the bottom, I used a Sharpie pen to write the words Artfully Vague. I have no idea why those words came to mind, but they died. Maybe its because the dancers are silhouettes and the background has a misty quality.


April 8th, 2014

off-white pennant made for Christmas or holiday banner At Art for the Creative Mind, we are making and swapping a monthly pennant with a Vintage white theme. In December, we will have a dozen of them to string together to make a holiday or Christmas banner. This is the one I made for the month of March.

We had an optional theme, which was French royalty.

All of my pennants are made from off-white fabric which has iron-on interfacing for stiffness.

For this one, I used an image transfer of an image of a French queen. The image is courtesy of Graphics Fairy Blog. I centered it in a die cut fleur de lis and surrounded it with small rhinestones.I added some nice lace to the pennant, and trimmed with red ribbon and a couple of red rhinestones at the top.

t the bottom, I added two gold fleur de lis charms and some additional red ribbon.

The die cut fleur de lis is made from a Spellbinders die. Here is is at Amazon: Spellbinders S4-318 Nestabilities Fleur de Lis Squares Dies

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.

February 5th, 2014

cup shaped valentine card for kids, with a lollipop inside
cup shaped valentine card for kids, with a lollipop inside

Here are two more cup-shaped Valentine cards similar to the one I showed yesterday. These two cards are Valentines gifts for kids, though.

The top one is for a little girl. It is pink card stock with large rose colored hearts. It has a picture of a Telus panda bear. Telus is my telcom company, and they use pictures of cute animals in their promotions.  Thanks for the artwork, Telus!

Other than the panda, the cup has green ribbon and green rick rack, a small red heart and a couple of sparkly flowers. I wrote the little girl’s name on the handle of the mug, after I had uploaded the picture.

The bottom card is rose coloured with a big pink heart. It is for a little boy but he is too young to know he is not supposed to like pink and rose.

I decorated with some circus figures cut from Graphic 45 Circus paper, and trimmed with rose and white polka dot ribbon.  I also stamped Happy Valentines Day, and added a little ribbon bow and a button.

I also wrote the little boy’s name on the cup handle.

Both cards contain a couple of heart shaped lollipops, which are definitely not hand made.

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 4th, 2014

artist trading card with steampunk train This is the second ATC (artist trading card) that I made with the theme of steampunk train, or Victorian train.

The train image is an actual picture of an old steam train that is currently being used at Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The image is cut from a brochure. I have distressed it around the edges and darkened the edges using black Distress Ink.

The embellishment is made from a stamped image, using black die ink and brown card stock. I made two identical images, cut them out, and layered them onto the artist trading card as shown.

January 3rd, 2014

pop up box birthday card, open
pop up box birthday card, open

I made this pop-up box birthday card to send to a little girl on her 3rd birthday. The box folds flat for mailing, as you can see in the lower picture.

The instructions for scoring, cutting and folding this card are located here: Pop Up Box Card at Splitcoaststampers

Despite the apparent complexity, this pop up box is quite easy to make and the instructions given at splitcoaststampers are clear.

The box itself uses only one 12″ x 12″ sheet of card stock, plus whatever papers and trims you want to use for embellishing.

I used a set of coordinating birthday papers and stickers that I won in a prize draw awhile back.

I added some ribbon that I found in my stash.