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October 29th, 2015

postcard with raised letter N This postcard, with its raised letter N, was made for an ongoing swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

We have done a postcard every month with a raised alphabet. At the end of the year, the raised alphabets on the postcards will spell CREATIVE MIND.

For this one, I used pictures of little girls supposedly from a vintage catalog.  The pictures are cut from scrapbook paper.

I trimmed with striped scrapbook paper and added a sticker with a raised N.

I stamped the frame for the text, and used alphabet stamps (small ones) to spell out New, Nice, Nifty and Neat.



June 14th, 2015
lifebook collage showing girl with farming background
lifebook collage with door open

This Lifebook Collage is a lesson taught by Kristen Van Valkenburgh. The title is Here’s Looking at you Kid.

This is about a hundred miles away from the lesson as taught by Kristen.

The idea was to use a picture of ourselves, as a kid, and to fill the collage with playful images that delight the young child.

I don’t have any pictures of myself before the age of 18.  Its a long story.

However, the woman or girl in the picture resonated with me. Its cut from an advertisement about Fair Trade Products. She reminded me a bit of my childhood because I was born and raised on a mixed farm.

So the picture came together based on my childhood farming experience.

At age 6 or 7, I loved playing in the soil and being in the outdoors. I “helped” my dad farm, although he may have had a different name for my input. In any case, the background is filled with the grays and browns and glues and blacks that I remember from those days.

I was also starting school and I was learning to read and write and count. So the stenciling along the side has alphabets and numbers.

The little door that opens is covered with brown scrapbook paper with images of rulers and measuring tapes. I distressed it with brown artist chalk.

The door opens to display something. It be frank, I forget what it is that Kristen wanted us to show inside the door. I think it was a letter to our six year old self. Maybe it was from our six year old self. Like I say, I forget.

I had been using a strip of bubble wrap to sop up paint. I thought it was pretty so I used it inside the door.

I added a few other little doodads, like the sunburst stencil on the two corners, and the stars and beads.

This mixed media painting is a little weird, but I like it a lot. I think my six year old perhaps did have a role in creating it!

April 7th, 2015

postcard with raised letter M This is another postcard for the series we are doing at Art for the Creative Mind. This month, the letter is M.

I used some old scrapbook paper that was in my stash, and which appealed to me. It seemed to me that romance is magical, and magic starts with M.

I bordered the pictures with gold pen.

The M is from a set of alphabet tiles. I added the word “magic” with small black alphabet stickers.

I am making an effort to keep these art cards as flat as I can, to cut down on mailing costs when we swap.

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December 13th, 2014

art journal page with image of wonky house Be is Ever So Humble There is NO Place Like Home.  Or so says part of the message on this art journal page.

The theme was Wonky Houses, as as is often the case, it was made for my swap group, Art for the Creative Mind.

The background is mixed media paper over which I have sprayed some various inks, forming blobs and smears and streaks at random.

I made the wonky house from scraps of scrapbook paper, and outlined it with a brown marking pen.

To add a bit of texture, the steps are made from folded papers, glued in place.

I made the tree from more scrapbook paper, and attached a cut out, hand made flower on top of it.

Using a marking pencil, I drew some branches extending from the tree and made a few birds flying above the house.

Some small yellow circles cut from scrapbook paper formed a border of flowers along the steps, with stems drawn with brown marking pencil.

And that is my humble little wonky house.


June 11th, 2013

child's birthday card This birthday card was made for a five year old boy named Brendan.

I used a Z-fold for the card and decorated with child-themed scrapbook paper.

I also used some number and alphabet stickers and a couple of two-dimensional stickers to decorate.

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January 15th, 2013

child's birthday card I made this birthday card for a child — for my friend’s granddaughter.

It is a pretty simple card to make. The polka dot scrapbook paper is blocked on plain white card stock. The little girl is cut from double sided scrapbook paper. The green stripes are the back of this paper.

I found the happy face in my stash and stuck it on.

Happy Birthday is stamped on the inside of the card.

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November 26th, 2012

card with floral French design and text reading happy days This Z-Fold card features floral two sided scrapbook paper on a base of peachy cream card stock.

I cut an oval shape using a Nestabilities die and then layered flowers from the scrapbook paper in the middle.

The stamp says, “Happy Days.”

This card is entered into the Playing in Paradise Challenge #94

August 7th, 2012

artist bingo card. At the Art for the Creative Mind Swap group, we are having an interesting little swap game. We are playing artist’s bingo.

Our instructions were to make an 8 1/2 by 11 inch Bingo card. The card could be decorated anyway we wanted, but the actual BINGO part was to be a grid with 24 squares.

The hostess posted a list of art  words to be put in the squares under the appropriate letter.  We chose from the words given, then mailed the card to our partner.

The game will commence in August. Words will be posted every morning and players will mark off the squares as in a regular BINGO game.

I found some appropriate themed scrapbook paper in my stash and used that to decorate my card.

I also found a tiny deck of mini playing cards in my stash. I used a couple of them as well, given that it is all game related.
This should be a fun swap. I have received my BINGO card from my partner as well, and it is lovely.

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July 20th, 2012

altered Rolodex with Johnny Cash and persimmon color theme For this month, the AFTCM swap group is creating six altered rolodex cards with the theme of persimmon.

What a fun type of altered art!

In my stash, I found some persimmon colored scrapbook paper with flames and fire on it.

This lead to me to think about the late Johnny Cash and his song, “A Ring of Fire.”

I am not big con CW music, but I do love Johnny Cash.

Anyway, I used the scrapbook paper and I enhanced it with three different colors of glitter glue.

I added an edited, computer generated black and white image of John Cash (that is in the public domain), and to the image I wrote “I fell into a burning ring of fire).

I added two alphabet stickers with the initials JC–referring to John Cash.

And the cards are in the mail to the swap host for distribution.



February 24th, 2012

altered ruler with theme school days Our List Mom at Art for the Creative Mind comes up with the most unusual swaps. This month, it was to make an altered ruler with the theme of School Days.  I call mine The Key to Learning.

Altered art can take many forms.

For this project, I used a 12 inch wooden ruler.  I covered a computer disk with Tim Holtz scrapbook paper and then made a pointer or clock hand out of card stock. I attached the pointer and the disk to the ruler by using a large brad with long prongs.

The computer disk spins and the hand turns, similar to a clock hand. I glued computer generated text at 90° arcs. The text reads, “Reading“, “Riting“, “Rithmetic” and “Recess.”

I covered the ruler part with scrapbook paper and ribbon, and attached tags that somewhat resemble the teeth on a key. The key teeth tags are attached with the same type of large brad.  The teeth contain a die cut reading Art Project on one and Science Fair on the other.

On the back, I decorated in a similar fashion. The text on the computer disk reads “Teachers Have Class“.  Stickers along the ruler read Play and School Rules.

This altered ruler was a fun project to make.


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