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 13th, 2014

vintage style pennant for holiday banner with image transfer
vintage style pennant for holiday banner with image transfer

I know its not easy to think of making winter or holiday or Christmas banners, just now, but nevertheless, that is what I am doing. It will get even weirder in July!

At Art for the Creative Mind, we have commenced a year long swap project, in which we swap hand made pennants each month. At year end, we should have 12 spectacular pennants which we can attach together and make a pennant.

The pennants are to be done in winter white or vintage white. Each month has an optional theme. The optional theme for January was Vintage Winter.

I made all of my pennants from fabric and I applied iron-on interfacing to the back. I will decorate them month by month.

This is January’s. I did two similar ones because I had two partners. I used an inkjet image transfer with glossy gel medium at the transfer agent.  As you can see, the little girl is vintage, and is wearing winter white clothing. There is a sense of a holiday tree in the back ground.

I glued the image in place and trimmed with various laces, ribbons, heart-shaped buttons and pink rhinestones.  For the second, I made a flower using the same fabric as the pennant, and cut it using Tim Holtz Alterations Floral die.

I am making a second set of pennants for myself, so all in all, I plan on completing at least 24 of these this year.

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.

October 31st, 2013

altered spool book, open
altered spool book, closed
altered spool book, inside

This altered spool book was a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were to use a large spool and make a “page”, as shown. The theme was “It was a dark and stormy night.”

I found a large, wooden spool at the Dollar Store. I removed the thread and painted the spool black with black, acrylic paint.

Rather than use paper for the page, I discovered a strip of old film in my stash. Since it was the perfect size, I opted to use it.

For the image to cover the film strip, I generated a computer image using a couple of pictures. One picture was a stormy sky that I took in the Skagit Valley in Washington State one year. The other image was a picture from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. To add the specific Halloween images, I used a free Halloween font fount on the Internet. It was one of those fonts that makes pictures rather than alphabets.

I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 as my photo editing software.

After printing the long photo strip, I glued it to the film strip, then attached the film strip to the spool as shown.

The brown element on the top (and also on the bottom) is simply a couple of buttons from which I have removed the shank.

I added a length of black ribbon so the altered spool book can be tied together.

July 12th, 2013

This tag has en embossed,  metal flower.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

For the tag itself, I used a standard shipping tag of the kind you purchase at an office supply store.  I stamped it with a Hero Arts stamp and heat embossed it using Tattered Rose distressed,  embossing powder by Ranger.

Someone gave me some die cut flowers cut from aluminum foil. I heat embossed them using the same stamp and embossing powder as I did for the tag.

I attached some corrugated card stock, ribbon and assorted brads as embellishment.

I stamped the word “Treasure” at the bottom with dye ink.

 

June 10th, 2013

card with asian theme This hand made greeting card has an Asian theme.

I used Bassil card stock for the card itself, with a layer of torn scrapbook paper along the left side.

I made an origami kimono using pink vellum, using a pattern found on the Internet. I tied a deep red bow around the kimono.

The Asian word is stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I have been told that the word translates to “qualified.”

A small Asian charm completes the card.

December 1st, 2012

ladies dancing vintage white tag
lords a leaping vintage white tag

I made these two Christmas or holiday tags for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “vintage white”.

I cut the big tags using the Personal Cricut Electronic Die Cutting Tool. The cartridge was Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season.  Joys of the Season has dies representing the 12 Days of Christmas, plus several others.

After cutting the big tags, I ran them through the Big Shot, using Cuttlebug embossing folders. Then I rubbed the raised parts with Old Paper distressed ink by Ranger Industries.

I affixed double sided tape on the back of each cut shape, and then sprinkled with glitter.  I backed the tags on off-white card stock.

I added the text, also die cut with the Cricut, for ladies dancing and lords-a-leaping.

I cut the small tags using a punch, dry embossed, and glued on the die cut shapes that had been cut out of the big tags.

Finally, I glued on vintage lace at the bottom and added a tie of sheer organza ribbon at the top. I used a different color cord to tie the little tags to the big tags.

 

October 5th, 2012

art bra or altered bra, front view
art bra or altered bra, back view

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Art for the Creative Mind swap group decided to make an altered bra or art bra, in honor of the survivors on our list and elsewhere. It’s a type of altered art.

This is my art bra. I purchased a shocking pink bra, then decorated it with a multicolored yarn and two kinds of ribbon.The checkerboard effect is done with the multicolored yarn.

The ribbon in the center represents the Pink Ribbon campaign, although I have placed a pink flower and a pearl over the loop.

I added some gold floral stickers on the sides of the bra and on each cup.

I also added a pair of clip-on earrings that were in my stash. The earrings are gold with a pink rhinestone in the center.

I hope my partner likes it. It is in the mail as of today.

This project is entered in Playing in Paradise Challenge #88

August 29th, 2012

grunge tag with theme blossoms This is the third grunge tag I made, with the theme of Blossoms.

Like the first two, this one uses a glue resist background, covered with dye inks.

On this tag, I used a masking technique to create a darker green border around the edges, and a lighter green background on the interior.
I stamped with a dark green using a pansy stamp and also a stamp that reads, “Art”.  The “Art” words are covered by the embellishments.

I added some text that reads,”They say you can’t do it, but sometimes that doesn’t always work” by Casey Stengel.

The flowers ojn the foreground are die cuts and they are attached with a three dimensional tape.

 

I tied an organza ribbon through the hole and added a hatpin with a decorate girl on top.

April 14th, 2012

front cover of collaborative art journal A while back, Art for the Creative Mind had an art journal swap. That is, we did not swap art journals but we each created a layout for other members’ journals. Each person participating choose their own theme and layout.

For a theme, I chose Me and My Muse, which is fairly vague and admittedly almost anything goes. LOL!  I chose a portrait layout as opposed to a landscape layout.

When all the layouts had arrived, I assembled them into an art journal book. I bound the book with binder rings so I could add to it as time progresses.

For the front and back covers, I cut light cardboard and covered it with scrapbook papers. On the front, I used a computer generated title and attached it with a metallic label holder. I covered this with a clear lacquer.  I cut several layers of labels using Spellbinders dies and attached the metallic label holder in the center of these die cut shapes.

I decorated with a large ribbon tied in a bow, and added a hand made flower cut from a paper bag.

This video demonstration shows the art layouts that I received from the swap members, as well as one or two that I made myself.

As time goes on, I hope to add more pages to the art journal. Perhaps there will be another swap.