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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.

December 13th, 2014
stained glass 4x4
stained glass 4x4

A while back at the swap group called Art for the Creative Mind, we had a swap of a 4 x 4 chunky page or fat page. The theme was stained glass.

I used a rubber stamp and gold UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).

I stamped the image on acrylic page and heat embossed using the gold UTEE.

I backed the top one on plain paper and I backed the bottom one on glittery scrapbook paper. I trimmed the bottom one with a narrow strip of rickrack.

As for the top one, I colored it on the back of the acrylic using marking pencils.


Fat books or Chunky books are books that are 4 inches by 4 inches. When I get a collection of 4 x 4 pages, I will assemble them into a hand made book.



July 2nd, 2014

front of mini star book with travelog theme
back of mini star book with travelog theme
 star book with travelog theme opened

Art for the Creative Mind has a swap that involved creating a mini book with a travelog theme. I had been wanting to make a star book for quite some time, so that is what I did.

As it turned out, I had won some lovely travel-themed paper, plus matching embellishments, in an online contest. They were pressed into duty for this project, and they worked well.

Otherwise, I did not purchase anything new. I drew from my stash of supplies and used what was available.

I made a video demonstrating how to make a star book. I will post that tomorrow.

The little round circles that are serving as devices on which to thread strings for closures are called boshers.  We used to be able to buy boshers years ago, and I stocked up well. I think they are the handiest thing. In this particular case, I heat embossed them with Old Paper Embossing Powder from Ranger Industries.

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 6th, 2014

artist trading card in all white I made this artist trading card for a swap at Art Ventures swap group. The theme was to make a card in all white, and the card was to depict how white makes us feel.

For whatever reason, perhaps because I have recently lost a family member, white makes me think of grief.  I know that in some cultures, white does represent grief, so perhaps it feels that way to many people.

It is not easy to make an ATC using nothing but white. White does not come in “shades” like most colours.  Off-white is a different colour, not to be used for this swap. We will do off-white next.

In any case, the card contains white card stock, white lace, white chiffon ribbon, white eyelets, white heat embossing and the word grief spelled out with white stickers. The card doesn’t look like much, but a lot of work went into it.

It looks rather stark and cold — and that is how grief feels to me.


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.

December 31st, 2013

violet coloured artist trading card or ATC This ATC (artist trading card) is themed Violet Perceptions. The goal for this particular swap is to make an ATC that represents how the colour violet makes us feel.

For some reason, violet makes me feel lucky.

I made the background using an embossing folder, and rubbed over it with some violet coloured ink.

I made vellum photo corners using a fold found on the Internet.

The shamrock is cut with a punch and heat embossed with some violet coloured embossing powder.

I used a purple pen to write the words “lucky” around the edges.

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.

December 22nd, 2013

christmas card with steampunk tree This steampunk Christmas card is my favorite one for this year.

The steampunk holiday tree stamp is by Inkadinkadoo. I heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.

The background is blueish-green card stock which I have dry embossed using the clock embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I did some heat embossing around the edges using the silver powder.

The tag is cut with a punch, and is stamped and heat embossed with a stamp from Quietfire Deisgn. The stamped sentiment reads,”Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is soft and more beautiful– by Norman Vincent Peale.”

Other little doo dads added include a  silver coloured charm, a rhinestone bead, and blue and cream colored string.

December 18th, 2013

stamped holiday ornaments
potted rosemary tree decorated for xmas

I made these ornaments to decorate my small, potted rosemary tree.

The ornaments are made by stamping the cat and the tree shape (both from Outlines) onto double card stock or light card board. I stamped with Versmark Ink, then heat embossed the tree with green embossing powder and the cat with gold embossing powder.

I cut out the stamped images and used a few Sworovski crystals and assorted beads. I used Dimensional Magic (or similar dimensional glaze) to put them in place.

In the bottom picture, you see my tiny tree ready for Christmas.

If desired, you could turn the ornaments into a brooch by adding a brooch pin at the back.

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