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December 9th, 2014

pennant with holiday theme At my swap group called Art for the Creative Mind, we are making a holiday-themed pennant each month and swapping them. By year’s end, we should have twelve pennants made by different people. We can assemble the pennants into a banner if desired.

This is the pennant I made for the month of August.  All pennants are to be winter white in color, and the specific theme for August was “pinwheel.”

I confess to not understanding much about a pinwheel, so I ended up making this shape from vellum. I used teabag folding as the technique.

The pennant itself is made from white fabric backed with iron on interface. I covered the front with the white lace as sown and trimmed with white ribbon along one edge, and translucent gold ribbon along the top border.

I put a clear rhinestone in the center of the teabag folded pinwheel just because I felt like it.




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 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.

February 7th, 2013

tag with pearlex background This is the second tag I made for Tag with the Pearlex Backbround, at Art for the Creative Mind.

The swap called for a background made with Perfect Pearls, or similar. Given that I have Pearlex and do not have Perfect Pearls I used what I had available.

I started with a standard shipping tag. I smeared it with watermark ink, then brushed that with a few colors of Pearlex.

You can get Pearlex at this link: Pearlex

I stamped the sunflower using an acrylic stamp and die ink. The text, reading Do what you can with what you have” is patterned vellum.  I attached it with an eyelet.

I used some wire, beads and a charm to make the embellishment at the top.


July 9th, 2012

altered jar with fish and mermaid inside, top view
altered jar with fish and mermaid inside, side view

This is my second try at making the altered jar with the theme A Child’s Play Thing. This time, I went for an underwater scene complete with mermaid and jumping fish.

For the top of the jar, I glued in place a picture of a puppy and a butterfly. True, these images don’t really match the theme but the colors worked beautifully.

I had some really nice ribbon with flowers on it. I glued that around the border edges of the jar top.

The jumping fish don’t really show up well in the picture, but they are sequins type things. I attached them to the top of the jar using a mobile type decoration made from twisted wire and buttons.  In truth, they are hanging fish not jumping fish, but the wires are not clearly visible.

The mermaid is Microsoft Office Clip Art.

I made waves at the bottom using vellum over scrapbook paper, trimmed with white gesso to make white caps.

You can’t really see this from the pictures, but in real life, the fish swap back and forth when you move the jar. This gives the impression that the mermaid is swimming among fish.

It was a fun project to do.  Altered art is among my favorite things.





April 10th, 2012

ATC with green roses These are some of the ATCs or artist trading cards that I made using the photo of the green roses that showed yesterday.

The swap Art for the Creative Mind involved creating six altered rolodex cards with the theme chartreuse.

I realized that the green roses were chartreuse, or close to it, so they made a great background. The title, Chartreuse, is computer generated.

I added various embellishments including a feather at the back.

I made a number of small shopping bags and envelopes out of vellum, and filled them with chartreuse colored sequin waste and assorted small die cuts.

I used various other die cuts, primarily white in color, as enhancements for some of the altered cards.

February 8th, 2012

atcs made with knitted vellum embellishments I belong to a swap group that is swapping ATCs (artist trading cards) using techniques made from each letter of the alphabet. This month, we are on the letter K.

Some of the other artists in the swap used the Kissing Stamps technique and the Kaleidoscope technique. I didn’t want to duplicate their techniques, so I came up with this technique that I call Knotted Vellum.

To do this, I cut strips of vellum that were 3/4 of an inch wide and about 10 1/2 inches long.  I tied two knots in the vellum — both at 4 1/2 inches from each end. In the first two ATCs, the knots are facing the opposite direction. In the third ATC, the knots are facing the same direction.

Otherwise, I used scrapbook papers for the backgrounds, sometimes using dry embossing and sometimes using collaging.  I decorated with gold Outline stickers.


November 5th, 2011

art journal layout with theme of seasons of my life This Art Journal layout, made for a swap, is themed Seasons of my Life.

The background is watercolor paper over which I have painted yellow and blue acrylic craft paint. I used a fairly dry brush as I wanted that particular effect.

The globe is cut from scrapbook paper.

The hand is a rubber stamp. I stamped it on scrapbook paper using black die ink, then cut it out and pasted it onto the collage.

The text box, cut from patterned velum, reads,”This is my Story”.

The computer generated text reads, “No spring fails to come. No winter lasts forever.”

In the background, the moon and stars are stamped with black die ink.

April 12th, 2010

comic mothers day card with dancing woman This is another variation on the Mothers Day card that I described yesterday.

It’s much the same. I use the same colors for the woman, but changed them around somewhat.

Also different, I used the emboss feature on the Nestabilities dies to add a row of embossing to the labels. As before, I used the Big Shot.

And lastly, the scrapbook paper at the bottom is different. This one features a row of green and blue vellum that I found in my scrap pile. It worked well.

January 12th, 2010

simple stamped birthday card I made this simple, stamped birthday card at a make and take at Making Memories last week. Making Memories is a scrapbook and stamp store in Burnaby, BC.

Because of issues with my cursed scanner, some parts of this card show as blue. That is incorrect. The blue parts should be cream and the ribbon should be orange.

The card is simple, fast and attractive. It could easily be modified for a Valentine or any other theme.

The two stamped images are done on vellum with StazOn Ink Pad: Timber Brown StazOn is one of the few inks that will dry on vellum without smearing.

The vellum is matted on yellow Bazzill Bling card stock, which is attached to a card of orange of Bazzill Bling orange card stock.

Quite a nice little card, I think.

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