"...at its core....art is simply the language of the soul" -Robert Redford

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Wednesday, October 28

ART Quilties to share

I am doing a 2 quiltie mingle with 2 wonderful ART friends: Penny and Wanda. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to begin for the longest time. Then I found these 2 smallish embroidery patterns and "knew" I had found my starting point. :) I LOVE the look of Redwork and would someday like to make a redwork quilt. But for now, I have made a mini redwork (and bluework) quiltie. It is satisfying to be able to complete a project in a short time.

I did both embroidery pieces one night while on the couch "listening" to TV. I know you can relate to not "watching" TV, but "listening." Most ART friends I have are like me and unable to just sit and stare at the lighted box of mindless entertainment. It's just not enough for me.....my hands need to play too!! :::Smiles:::

I kept them simple and really like how they turned out. I like that some of the edges aren't perfect and a bit frayed. It gives them a story. Anywho, just sharing.

Tuesday, October 27

Okay, now I can share this new ART....

....I was waiting for it to be rec'd by my friend Eileen. She won a BINGO prize in one of my ART groups. So, since she calls herself the Paper Queen.....I made her a crown!! :)

Thanks to Burger King for the template!! I cut out the crown from coated poster board and covered it with funky wrapping paper. I added glitter, trims and of course jewels to jazz it up. I can just see here sitting at her ART table, wearing her crown!! LOL

I also made her a paper weight. I purchased them at Dollar Tree. They are designed to be filled with a photo (or a piece of ARTwork). She is all decked out for Halloween!!

Thursday, October 22

More new ART to share....

I have been having fun with a couple of past charms swaps, so I signed up for another one. This time I only had to make 8 charms. I have been wanting to play with Shrink Plastic again so that is what I chose as my medium.
I recently acquired some new, retired Stampin' Up sets. I thought this lovely lady would make a graceful charm and I believe she did. She is from the Days Gone By stamp set. I stamped her with Jet Black Stazon Ink on the front. On the back side I colored her in with my water color pencils. I used a corner rounder to soften the edges, punched a hole for the jump ring and let the shrinking process commence!! :::Smiles::: I'm still a kid at heart.....no matter how many times I use Shrink Plastic....it still amuses me greatly!! When the charms were cool I edged them with a black sharpie, added a jump ring, a beaded eye pin and another jump ring. I attached them to a Moo card made using DCWV Le Creme paper.

The other project I finished up today is for a mingle. We were given a stocking pattern and the challenge was to make it from a brown grocery bag. I actually chose brown mailing paper as I had several rolls in the studio. I cut out the brown stockings and used Spray Mount to attach them to the printed scrapbook papers. I cut them out again and used my Mat Pack from Stampin' Up and a needle tool to punch holes around the stockings. I stitched them up with embroidery floss, added some embellishments to the cuffs and added a little sparkle with my gel pens. The stockings are to be given empty for the recipients to use as gifties themselves.

That's what is new in my neck of the woods. Thanks for stopping by!!
Oh, I forgot....these guys were hanging out and posing while I was shooting my others pics today. I guess they wanted to be famous too!! LOL

Wednesday, October 21

2 dozen Christmas Cards from 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

Impossible you say?? Nope. I beg to differ. Today I will show you how I turned 3 printed Scrapbook papers, some cardstock, a bit of adhesive, a handful of rubber stamps and a Versamark and Jet Black Stazon ink pads into 24 Christmas Cards, size 6 x 4 1/4 inches. I began with 3 coordinated papers from this stack from Joann's.

Since I am sharing so many pics I left them at medium size. Please click on them to view larger!!

Here are the 3 sheets I choose. It is important to choose papers with lots of focal images and stripes.

First thing I did was cut each paper into segments and sections and set aside.

I designed them to fit in these ready made envies from Walmart. While I simply adore handmade envies, due to the sheer number of cards I will need for this Christmas I will be jazzing these up with some rubber stamping instead.

I grabbed some coordinating cardstock and made up the cards. To give them a bit of pizazz, I used a snowflakes background stamp and my Versamark pad on all of the card fronts.

This is how little waste I had left from cutting up the three sheets of scrapbook paper.

These are the images that were still left over after making 24 cards!! :)

Drum roll..........and here they are in sections of four. All are similar, yet different. I used Jet Black Stazon ink and a few stamps to give each one a little greeting on the fonts.

I hope this inspires you to find the time to make yourself some cards for this Christmas!! Remember, there are only 65 days left!!

Friday, October 16

2 more Christmas Card Prototypes....

....that I have been playing with. The first one is my design....simple, yet effective. I LOVE the JOY stamp in conjunction with the Christmas words background stamp.

This one is modeled after a technique by Michelle Zindorf and can be found here. She amazes and inspires me. After getting my feet wet with this card I hope to design my own inspired art pieces. :::Smiles:::
I also ordered 2 new 12 x 12 Christmas stack today at Joanns. I cannot wait to get them and get busy with all my ART for Christmas projects: Cards, gifties, mingles, tags.....

BTW, there are 70 days left!!

Sunday, October 11

Christmas in October...

....so I decided to play with some of my new toys and make some prototype Christmas Cards. It seems it is snowing in South Georgia today!! :)

I was happy to find the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder. Here are the first 2 cards I made with it. I added some glitter and gel pen glitter to the first two, but don't think I like it near as well as plain. So, here are the plain versions I made .....one dozen cards and envies done.......no idea how many more to do or what the next style will be!! LOL Stay tuned!!

Thursday, October 8

More Day of the Dead ART....

....as promised. Here is the other ART piece for the Day of the Dead Mingle I shared yesterday. Originally we were to make an ATC and a domino. Then it was changed, happily, to make an ATC and then another ART piece. Yippee. I found this skeleton pattern and went to town painting him with my Sakura Glaze pens. I decided he needed a "home" so I made him a coffin. I filled it with sparkly tulle fabric snippets for a cobwebish effect. I really like how he turned out!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 7

El Dia de Los Muertas

So, here's my newest ART. I am in a mingle for The Day of the Dead. I LOVE this theme. So much fun!! I am to make one ATC and one other piece of ART. The latter is still drying and needing some assembly from Hubs in the shop. I can, however, share with you the four ATC's that I made. I simply adore the skeleton lady.

The background paper I used was a lime green cardstock. I used the swiss dots and flower fantasy cuttlebug embossing folders, along with cactus green and jet black stazon ink pads. The technique was shared by a dear friend Eileen and can be found here. It is a very fun technique....give it a try.

Anywho....just sharing.....

Tuesday, October 6

New ART for one of my groups

I am working on my newest ART commitments. I am signed up for an Inspiration mingle and a Christmas Ornie mingle.

For the Inspiration Mingle you are to view the photo and use it for "inspiration" to create an ART piece. My inspiration mingle is a coaster. The crow is clip art designed by a friend, the pumpkin is made from 3 oval punches and the words are mine. It is top coated with Krylon triple thick aerosol glaze.

The Ornie had no other theme but make one, anything goes. :) My Ornament is on watercolor paper, sketched out first with a black sharpie and then water colored using pencils. It was then sealed with a matte sealer. I still have to punch the hole and put on the hanger but I knew it would scan better flat!! :) I created 2 versions.