August 1st, 2015

4 x 4 art card with purple color theme and picture of vintage lady This 4 x 4 art card is also made to be included in a fat book or chunky book. It is also made for a swap at the Yahoo group known as Art for the Creative Mind. The color was to be purple, and the theme is grace.

I used a piece of purple card stock for the bottom layer, then added a second layer or purple scrapbook paper. I printed out the image of the vintage lady in a hat from the computer and blocked it with both the paper and the card stock. Prior to printing, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements to add the words “Courage is Grace Under Pressure.” The image is courtesy of Graphics Fairy Blog.

I used a die to cut the treelike shape, and added some diamond colored glitter glue for emphasis. The purple flower in the upper right corner is a brad.


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…”


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.