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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 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 30th, 2014

pennant for holiday banner This pennant for a holiday banner is another one of the twelve that I am making for our Yahoo swap group, Art for the Creative Mind (AFTCM).

All of the pennants are to be vintage white in color.

My friend Joan, knitter extraordinaire, made this tiny sweater with matching scarf for me to use on the pennants.

I made a tiny snowman or snow person and dressed him or her in the knitware.

Other trim includes white rickrack, a scrap of multi colored ribbon for the hat, beads for eyes and a strip of lace for edging.

I used a gold sticker for the Merry Christmas message.

I have a second little sweater done in vibrant yellow. I will use it for another pennant.

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. 🙂

June 7th, 2014

feminine ATC in shades of pink This Pink ATC was made for a swap in Art Ventures group.

The theme was “Pink” and we were asked to create an ATC using pink and depicting how pink makes us fee. Pinks makes me feel girlish.

The background is a textured pink card stock.

I added some pink flowers cut from similar card stock, and inked around the edges. I added some paler pink scrapbook paper, and a strip of pink seed beads.

Lastly, I added a store-bought pink flower and a pink ribbon.

The word “girl” is created with alphabet stickers.

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May 31st, 2014

artist trading card with velvet background and cat image outlined with beads
artist trading card with quirky cat drawn and painted with acrylic paint

I made these two “Crazy Cat” ATCs (or artist trading cards) for a swap at AFTCM.

The top one is better in real life than in the photo.  I made the background with a scrap of beautiful, rich purple velvet. It doesn’t look like velvet in the picture, but that’s what it is.

The lighter fabric is made from a sheer sequinned fabric that was a trim for the purple velvet.  I should add that both the purple velvet and the sheet sequinned fabric were gifts from a friend who sews. She had used them to make a dress for her granddaughter.

I made the cat using a stamped image which I heat embossed and then decorated with beads. The stamp was an Outlines stamp. Unfortunately, that excellent company isn’t around any more.

After I took the picture, I trimmed the card with a bow of lavender ribbon. Its not shown here but it made a good visual.

In the second Crazy Cat ATC, I drew a picture of a quirky cat, inspired by a Lifebook 2014 lesson. It is hand painted with acrylic paints.  The background is card stock that I have coloured using alcohol inks and shaving cream.

The word CATITUDE is a stamped image.

April 28th, 2014

pennant for Christmas panner showing image tranfser of a vintage child in a snow storm This pennant is the April addition of the all-year pennant swap underway at Art for the Creative Mind.

The 12 pennants are all to be vintage white or winter white. The specific theme for April was A Snowy Night.

I used a vintage image found at Graphics Fairy Blog, and did an image transfer onto a winter-white pennant made from fabric and backed with iron-on-interfacing.

I trimmed with lace and a tatted snowflake that my friend made.  A small red rhinestone added some colour to the project.

Near the bottom, I added a regular safety pin, but I strung some red beads along the pin part to complement the red rhinestone.

March 28th, 2014

a set of seven art dolls made from polymer clay This is the entire set of seven art dolls made from Polymer Clay.

They represent the colors of the rainbow, or the colors of the chakras (a concept from Eastern philosophies depicting seven centers of spiritual power in the body).

    1. Red — is Tribal Doll
    2. Yellow — Prosperity Doll
    3. Orange  — Creativity Doll
    4. Green — Rejuvenation Doll
    5. Blue — Clarity Doll
    6. Indigo Doll — Truth Doll
    7. Violet — Knowledge Doll

I cut the shapes from rolled clay, stamped them with rubber stamps so as to make an indent, but without using ink, and then brushed the tops with Pearlex. I baked them, and then decorated as shown.

I used a lot of beads and artist decorator wire.

March 25th, 2014

violet coloured art doll made from polymer clay These are Dolls Seven and the last in the set. They represent knowledge.

I made the dolls from violet or purple coloured polymer clay. I stamped in the raw clay and added Pearlex for colour before baking.

I have decorated the dolls with beads, wires, roses and various dangly things.

I am happy to be finished with this project. It was a larger undertaking then I anticipated when I started.

March 24th, 2014

art doll made from polymer clay This is the six in a series of art dolls that I have been making. I have been going through the colours of the rainbow. These dolls are indigo, and they represent TRUTH.

I made the dolls from indigo colored polymer clay. I stamped images in the parts before baking and coloured with Pearlex.

After assembling, I decorated with miscellaneous wires and beads.  All three of them have a red crystal heart dangling from the tail.

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