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February 19th, 2016

postcard with a raised I This is an art postcard that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. Our group had an ongoing postcard swap in 2015. Each postcard had a raised letter of the alphabet. At years end, we had postcards that spelled out CREATIVE MIND>

This particular postcard had a raised I.

For the background, I used a selection of torn papers and collaged it. I added a row of black blanket stitch (rub-on stickers) around the border.

I printed out the words to spell “I am what I am”. The I was a 3-d sticker.

For the design element, I used a plastic window thing that I found in my stash. I used it to frame a stamped image of a woman’s face. I added some rubon stickers to the window frame for added decoration.


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.



August 11th, 2015
front of mini journal showing stamped head of vintage lady
 mini journal fanned open
 mini journal fanned open showing calendar theme

It is perhaps a bit early in the year to be making a calendar for 2016. However, that is where my muse lead me. This mini journal, calendar themed, is made from folding one 12″ by 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper. The instructions for making it are here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

I made this mini journal for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, an online mixed media swap group. We called this project Swapped for Fun.  The list owner mailed each participant an identical stamped image. It was the woman’s head that you see on the cover of the journal. We each made a project using the stamped image. We were free to do anything we wanted with the image. The idea is to see what different approaches the members will take.

After some consideration, I decided to use it as the front cover decoration for a small calendar journal. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, then cut it out using a circular die cut and the Big Shot.

The words “Calendar for Year 2006” are computer generated, as are the printouts of the tiny calendars.

The front and back covers are made with heavy, glittery scrapbook paper, as are the seven tags that are tucked into the page “pockets”.

I decorated with die cuts and occasionally with stickers.

I left the backs of the tags white, but stamped a meaningful word on the back of each, using black ink.

I closed the mini journal by attaching two silver colored decorative buttons to the front and back covers, and running peach colored ribbon through the holes, as shown.

I hope my swap partner likes this project. It was interesting to make.

June 20th, 2015

postcard with raised letter D This postcard is for an ongoing swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We are making a monthly postcard with a raised letter. At year’s end, the postcards will spell out CREATIVE MIND.

My postcard’s background is a collage. I used vintage sheet music, scrapbook paper and images cut from wallpaper.

The D is a chipboard alphabet.

I stamped the alphabets to spell DREAM BIG. I also stamped the three small “dream” words using three muted colors.

I suppose you would call this a vintage art postcard.

June 19th, 2015

art postcard with raised letter T This art postcard is for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The instructions were to make a postcard with a raised letter T.

I had a nice teal colored background that someone sent me as a RAK (Random Act of Kindness). On top of this, I layered a tag that I made and decorated with alcohol inks.

I stamped an image of vintage clocks on the tag using black archival ink.

I found the raised T in my stash. Its a sticker.

I stamped the words to read Take Time. I cut the words “for the love of art” from a sheet of scrapbook paper.

The final touches involved adding a silver eyelet to the tag and gluing two lengths of cream colored lace along the width of the tab, top and bottom.

We are exchanging postcards that at the end of the year, will spell out CREATIVE MIND in raised letters.

June 15th, 2015

lifebook painting This is another lesson from Lifebook Week 19.  Its called Stamping Shadow and Light, and its taught by Jessica Swift.

In this lesson, Jessica showed us how to carve our own stamps. I did not do this, as I did not have a proper carving tool, nor did I have any rubber or other material that would have worked for the carving. I might have tried if I had found one of those great big school erasers, but I did not locate one.

I did have quite a number of big foam stamps so i decided to go ahead and make the picture using them.


The idea was to have a light and dark image on half of the paper, and a dark and light image on the other. We were to use a monochromatic color palette, mixed with black.

I did pink and plum on one side, with white mixed in,  and plum, black and white on the other side.

I just stamped randomly. Sometimes I just drew the paint across with a stick,  forming lines. I also used as a stamp one of those foam rubber things that women put between their toes when they are getting a pedicure.

I like monochromatic color palettes a lot.

June 11th, 2015

art journal page showing painting of Johnny Cash This Art Journal page represents the spirit of Johnny Cash. I am not a fan of country or CW music — unless its Johnny Cash. Then I’m all for it.

I made this for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, an online art group that I have participated in for a few years now.  The theme for this month is “SOUND”.

I thought about SOUND for quite a while, and of course, I considered all the obvious images  that come to mind — musical notations, people speaking, ocean waves crashing, trains approaching, birds singing, etc.  None of those images resonated with me.

Then for some reason, the words to Sunday Morning Coming Down started playing in my head.

“For there’s nothing short of dying
That’s half as as lonesome as the sound
Of the sleeping city sidewalk
And Sunday morning coming down.”

I’m learning to do male portraits. I’m not yet very good at it, but unless I try, I will never get better. So this cowboy is not really supposed to look like John Cash — but he is supposed to represent his essence and his particular sound.

I drew the picture with graphite pencil and colored it with acrylic paints and watercolor crayons. The background is collaged. It has papers, paint, stamping and stenciling.

The words to the song are computer generated and distressed with light brown artist chalk.

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 25th, 2014

multimedia collage showing girl on swing This is Week 11 at Lifebook 2014. It’s called Tree of Life and the instructors are Tamara Laporte and Gracie Howle.
If you are interested in knowing more about Lifebook, please use this link: Details about Lifebook 2014.

The idea was to show that everything is interconnected. The girl on the swing connects to the tree, which connects to the earth, which connects to plantlife and birds and animals, and all is connected to the universe, as represented by the moon and stars.

My project is hand drawn, mostly, and painted with acrylics.

I used a stamp for the moon face and for the stars.

I drew the owl by hand. He wasn’t depicted in the lesson, but for some reason, I felt the need for an owl.

April 15th, 2014

kids easter card This is one of the two Easter cards that I made for a kid this year.

The bunnies and chicks are stamped with an acrylic stamp and colored with Copic Markers.

The small photo corners are stickers.

I cut the borders and frames using Nestability dies from Spellbinders.

The yellow and red card stock is left over from some other project.

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