July 15th, 2014

romantic card with a doily, hearts and flowers This greeting card features a lace doily, hearts and flowers.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The background is dry embossed with  small flowers. It is an embossing folder used with the Sizzix.

I used a doily, punched shapes and free drawn shapes to form a large flower as the central point in this card.

The doily is a lace doily, given to me as a RAK by someone in our swap group.

I cut the hearts using a small heart-shaped punch.

I made the stem and leaves by hand. The leaves are covered with green microbeads. The flower’s center has pink and clear microbeads as well.

It would do very well for Valentine’s Day.

December 21st, 2013

artist trading card with purple colorings This ATC or artist trading card is called Purple Perceptions The idea in this particular swap is to make an ATC with a colour that is given, but it is supposed to reflect how that particular colour makes us feel.

Purple makes me feel REGAL.

I used purple card stock and dry embossed it using a TM embossing folder. The lady with the purple had is clip art, printed from the computer.

I cut a fleur de lis with a punch, using purple vellum.

October 22nd, 2012

steampunk Halloween themed 4 x 4 This 4 x 4 is made for a swap at AFTCM. The project was a 4 x 4, or a page for a fat book or chunky book. The theme is Steampunk Halloween.

My background is paper by Tim Holtz. It isn’t truly steampunk but it sort of looks steampunky to me.

My main element is what I call Gear Head Glue Cat. The black cat is made from an acrylic stamp and hot glue from a glue gun. When cool, I painted the glue cat with black gesso, then added some metallic rubons.
I made a couple of gears using a punched shape that is heat embossed with pewter embossing powder. I attached these as shown and ran a small chain between the two.
I second element is half of a plastic skeleton from the Dollar Store. I cut the skeleton in half and then painted it with pearl colored Luminiere paint by Jacquard.

Here’s hoping my swap partner is pleased.

September 17th, 2012

easel card This easel card is made for a swap. The theme was butterflies or dragonflies. The directions for making an easel card can be found on splitcoaststampers.com web site.

As you see, I used yellow and blue card stock for the  card itself.

The floral element is an example of punch art, made with a punch-ins stamp from Make an Impression. The shape is stamped, heat embossed with a mint colored opaque embossing powder, cut and attached with  dimensional tape.  The flowers are made from punches.

The text along the side reads, “Laugh, Hope, Dance, Love, Wish, Dream”. It is also stamped and heat embossed.

The butterfly at the bottom is made with a punch.

The sentiment, at the bottom, also from Make an Impression, reads, ” “A butterfly, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, it may alight upon you.”

I put a couple of rhinestones along the butterfly’s body.

 

 

June 22nd, 2012

pop-up twirl card with twirling butterfly This card is made using the tutorial for the Pop-up Twirl Card at Splitcoaststampers.com.

On the outside, a square piece of patterned vellum reads You’ve Got Style.  It sits on a die cut made using scrapbook paper and a Tim Holtz die.

I made a butterfly using a punch, and attached it to the left hand corner. I added a rhinestone bead in the center of the butterfly.

Since this is a pop-up twirl card, the main feature is on the inside. The card opens to a double sided butterfly that twirls around as the card opens and closes. I also added rhinestone beads to each side of the twirling butterfly.

The twirling butterfly is made from the same scrapbook paper as the Tim Holtz die cut on the outside.

This card is entered in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #72. This challenge is a sketch challenge and by coincidence, this card basically matches the sketch they used.

 

 

 

 

 

May 3rd, 2012

artist trading card with newsprint background I am involved in an ATC swap, in which we work through the alphabet, systematically creating techniques starting with each letter.

This technique is N. I didn’t know of any techniques starting with the letter N, so I created my own. I call this one Newsprint Glam.  It didn’t scan well, but in real life, the look is quite interesting.

I started with a strip of newspaper. I used the sport section since it is always in pristine condition at my place. I am not a sports fan.

I colored the newsprint with green and blue artist chalk.

Next, I sprayed with Radiant Rain and Glimmer Mist.

When this dried, I gave a coat of glitter Mod Podge to seal.

The last step involved making the actual artist trading card. The butterfly is cut from the pages of a book, I think. It was sent to me as a RAK but I think it is a punched shape.

 

March 15th, 2012

artist trading card with butterfly This ATC (artist trading card) is another one made for the swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

For this card, I used the traditional approach to coloring backgrounds with alcohol ink. That is, I dropped a few colours on glossy paper, then mixed them around with the blending tool and blending solution.

The butterfly fairy is stamped with a rubber stamp and black dye ink.

I mounted the glossy paper on some blue mesh and on white card stock.

Lastly, I added a butterfly that was created with a punch.

I added some finishing touches with Liquid Pearls.

November 8th, 2011

steampunk calendar for 2012

I made this Steampunk Calendar for a Swap at Art for the Creative Mind.   There are six calendar pages, stamped on both sides with a calendar stamp. I added the numbers by hand.

I used Graphics45 Steampunk paper for many of the images. Other images I found online at free clip art sites.

The calendar is bound with O Rings using the Zutter Bind It All. It has a front cover and a back cover and easel-like stand so it will stand upright.

Embellishments include rubons, shapes cut with the Cricut, punch shapes that are heat embossed, brads, metallic doo dads, a chain and various other items.

 

Here is a video that demonstrates the entire calendar:

It was an interesting project to make. I am not well experienced with steampunk but it is a look that I totally love.

August 21st, 2011

ATC with crackle finish and stamped image of Jack London This ATC (artist trading card) is entered in at Challenge Number 29 Scrappers Paradise Blog.

The artist trading card has a crackle finish background. I painted the card stock first with brown acrylic craft paint. After that had tried, I applied a layer of crackle medium. When the crackle medium was tacky, I painted over top with Muslin colored acrylic craft paint.

When that dried, I was curious to see what would happen if I stamped over a crackle finish.

I used chocolate colored Memento dye ink and stamped the Jack London stamp. I think it is one of the Tim Holtz Limited Edition stamps but it doesn’t say so I can’t be sure of that.

I added a ticket that had been stamped with the word LIVE and embellished with a punched butterfly and the heart, club and diamond shapes.

June 27th, 2011

christmas card with shredded text and red punched flowers This week’s card challenge at Scrappers Paradise Blog is to make a Christmas card.

I admit that I cannot truly get “into” Christmas cards in early summer. I was considerably tempted to ignore the challenge, but then I decided, what the heck. Let’s do something different instead of traditional Winter Holiday images.

My compromise is kind of Tim Holz -y with torn, distressed text that I ripped out of a book.

I fooled around with punched flower shapes, made from Christmasy-colored paper.  The punch is from Marvy Uchida.

“Merry Christmas” in the bottom left corner is an Outline sticker.

Later, I discovered a challenge at I Brake for Challenges blog. This challenge was to make a card inspired by a red and white polka dot dress that a little girl is wearing. The card works for this challenge as well.