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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.


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.


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.


December 21st, 2013

2 christmas cards with die cut reindeer
christmas card with stamped pine cone and die cut ornament
christmas card with green die cut

Here are three more Christmas cards that I made this year.

The top picture shows two cards made with glittery embossed backgrounds, reindeer die cuts made from velvet paper, ribbon and gold stickers spelling Merry Christmas. The reindeer have a red nose made from glitter glue.

In the middle card, I used blue Bazzil card stock and a paler shade of blue scrapbook paper with snowflakes. I stamped a pine cone from a rubber stamp and black die ink. The ornament is a Memories die cut using sparkly paper. I used a blue and winter-white string to “hang” the ornament. The words Christmas Joy are stamped with a stamp from Quietfire Design.

The bottom card was more or less an experiment. I used red card stock, and cut a large label shape from the middle of it. The inside of the card is lined with green card stock, which is showing through the hole.  I cut a couple of holiday tree shapes using a die and patterned scrapbook paper.

The corner die cut was given to me in a swap, but it seemed to work well for this card. The words Merry Christmas are gold stickers.



December 19th, 2013

child's christmas card I made this Christmas card for a child — a little girl, to be exact, age three, I think.

The scalloped circles are cut with die cuts using the Big Shot.

The penguin is stamped on a white circle, then colored with markers.  I added some white Fun Flock to the cuff on the hat and the pom pom.

The words, “Merry Christmas” are gold stickers.


November 2nd, 2013

tag with theme of Paris Here is another tag made for a swap. The theme is “Passport to Paris”.

The tag is cut from burgundy card stock. The second layer is a subdued glittery gold card stock. It does not show up well in this picture.

I decorated with some laser cut vellum die cuts,. I used the Eiffle Tower, luggage, and some currency.

The words “La Joie de Vivre” are spelled out using burgundy stickers.

I added a ribbon of Twistel at the top, and attached a partial piece of old earring as decor.

August 19th, 2013

front of Charlottes web arch
inside of Charlottes web arch
back of Charlottes web arch

This gothic arch, with the theme of Charlotte’s web, was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

I drew the arch on light card board and covered it with white paper. I made two half-doors that open and close.

I am not familiar with the story of Charlotte’s web, but I did a little online research and determined that it involves a pig and a spider. The spider spun the words “Good Pig” in its web as a message to the farmer who was thinking in terms of ham and pork chops.

I drew the spider’s web using a glue pen and black glitter.  Likewise, the words Good Pig.

I had a couple of cute pig pictures, cut from advertising materials from Telus, my telcom provider.  Telus uses cute animal pictures in their advertising.

Anyhow, I positioned the pig as shown and covered it with a dimensional lacquer.  I added some green leaves cut with a die and covered with wedding mesh.

I twilled some flowers as seen on the web, and I twilled the spider that is attached at the bottom. If you have not quilled and want to learn, Amazon has a good beginners set: Quilled Creations Beginner Quilling Kit

Inside, I put a quote from the book Charlotte’s Web, and a couple of die cut fence sections.

On the back, I used more cute pigs from Telus’ advertising materials.

Thanks, Telus.



August 3rd, 2013

front of altered cd case with pen and nib
opened altered cd case\
back of altered cd case\

These pictures show the front, back and inside of an altered CD case that I made for Art for the Creative Mind Swap Group. The theme was My Diary.

The case is made of clear plastic, so I took advantage of that by using the front as a window.  I placed a strip of hand crocheted lace along the inside border of the outer cover. I affixed an old fashioned nib pen on the front, tied with organza ribbon  in a pale yellow colour.

Inside, I decorated a CD with scrapbook paper covered with a gel image transfer, and a stamped image of a clock. I nestled the CD on a bed of eyelet lace.

The words, “My Diary” are cut with a Cricut and the Jasmine font.

On the back of the CD, I have embedded more scrapbook paper and a stamped image reading, “Remember”.  The eyelet lace is clearly visible from the back.

The CD case is in the hands of my swap partner now.


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