Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Winter Wonderland

I've been playing with some of the new art media I purchased recently. In the Yahoo group called art techniques, members were raving about this stuff called glass beads gel medium. This was a couple of weeks ago and I remembered seeing some of this at Michael's. Everyone was really excited about some of the effects you could pull off with this stuff, so the next time I visited Michael's I bought some.

It doesn't photograph too well (my bad), but if you look closely at the bottom of the page you'll see the glass beads. This stuff is pretty cool. When you open the jar you have to stir it up a little bit and you spread it on with a knife, like frosting a cake. You can put it on as thin or as thick as you'd like. I drew a winter tree, painted it and then added the glass beads to the bottom. After it dried I decided to add some to the branches, too, to give them a snowy effect. The glass beads dry to a spongy texture. I like this stuff and will use it in my skinny book scene I'm working on.

The other medium I was curious about was something called, "iridescent medium". I ordered this from DickBlick since nobody here had any. It's really cool, too. You add it to your paint and it makes the colors iridescent. Very pretty. I glazed some of my new Golden Fluid Acrylic Phthalo Blue and then added the iridescent medium to it. I loved the color. Again, it doesn't photograph very well, but the blue turned out with some iridescent pinks and greens to it. Very nice against the background. If you click on the photo, you may be able to see a better view.

Then, of course, I had to add some Swarovski crystals to finish the job. I think this does mimic a small part of a winter wonderland. Now back to playing...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Beautiful Season

I love Christmas cards. They are so ornate and are like little works of art. I have a whole box of cards that I've received through the years and decided it's a shame to keep them boxed up. I thought I would make mini-artwork out of them. This is ATC-sized (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") and backed onto illustration board. I embellished it a little bit and now it's perfect for setting on one of those little display easels they sell with the picture frames.

I received this card from my BFF Sharon. Now, I'll always have it to admire; even when it's not Christmas. And when I want to change these out, I can keep them in little ATC albums. They fit perfectly into the sleeves!

I think Winter is a beautiful season; Christmas time, especially. All of the lights, decorations and colors truly make it a wonderland. Thank you Sharon for such a beautiful card!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Vintage Lady Button Fairy

Here is the final button fairy ATC. I think I like the second one best. She kind of looks like Princess Di. I loved this old photo and thought she would make a pretty little fairy. I do like how this one turned out. I finally learned how to coil the ends of the wire like I've been trying to do! You can't really see it on this photo, but that was something I'd been trying to get right. I am learning to manipulate the wire better.

So, tomorrow these little gals go off to California for the swap. I'm sure the ones I get back will be much better, but I wanted to try my hand at these. I'm going to TRY all kinds of new things in the coming year. No more letting my insecurities hold me back. So what if they don't turn out perfect. I'm ready to jump in and see what I can do! More on that later...

I went to Hobby Lobby today and found some really nice beads on clearance. They are amethyst colored Czech glass! Very pretty! Hope to show them in something soon. Stay tuned...

Vintage Button Fairy

Here is the second button fairy ATC I made. I like her a lot better. I think I'm getting the hang of this now. I love these vintage images that have just a touch of color to them. I gave her a little more color in her cheeks and a nice pink crystal for her hair ribbon. I found these wings in the Bridal clearance aisle at Micheal's. They are the perfect size! They are made of vellum with pretty glitter swirls on them.

I have one more to make and then off they go. I was searching through my huge baggie of buttons and came up with a multicolored one that looked nice. The first crystal underneath her chin is actually a crystal brad. It could pass for a button and I'm not telling! I love that second button. Its made of glass and I got two sets of those. They are much prettier than their photo shows.

After I get a few more of these ATC swaps out of the way, it's on to the larger projects. I'll keep you posted...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Visit From A Button Fairy

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday! I had a good visit with my family and now am trying to get started on a ton of projects I have signed up to complete in the next couple of months.

This is my first attempt at a button fairy ATC. I signed up for a swap that needs to be postmarked by 1/5. I think I like her OK. She's the right size; they have to fit onto an ATC card. I like the buttons. I guess maybe she needs some more embellishing.

I downloaded some different directions for making one; most are made without adhering to an ATC, so that makes the size a challenge. The dots in the background (didn't photo well) are green Swarovski crystals as are the ones on the wings. I colored her face in with some colored pencil for her cheeks and hair. Not bad for a first try. I'll post another one when I'm finished.
Stay tuned...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa's Helper ATC

Why is this little guy smiling? Because I finished my December art doll ATC's! Finally!! I decided to make this little elf and then make another of the snowman (he seemed to be very popular with my friends and family). That fulfilled my obligation to make four cards. So, they were sent off in the mail yesterday. I really struggled making these, as I mentioned before. You would think they would be the easiest to make. They really were, it's just I wasn't inspired. Hubby had it right, I think. He said I'm more creative thinking "outside the box" and being locked into the "Christmas" theme, I struggled with creating the "usual suspects". Whatever the case, it's done!

Now, new projects: Button fairies. What are they? You need to Google them to get an idea. Here is a link for a real elaborate one:
The button fairies that I make have to fit on an ATC card (2 1/2" x 3 1/2"). I bought some really nice buttons to decorate my little fairy. I will post one as soon as I finish.

Other projects: Altered Christmas cards, fat book swap, skinny book swap, and jewelry making! Stay tuned for further details...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Welcome to the Zettihood!

I've been playing with my Zetti stamps and collage sheets. I thought it would be fun to mix them with digital art. This is what I came up with. I'm glad we only have to make one page for our Zetti zine (and then 10 copies of that so every person will have a copy). I'm not sure what I'll end up with for a final product but this is just playing around with different elements today. Yes, this is what I'd rather be working on than the other two cards that are due. Stay tuned for more...

Snowman ATC

This is the second ATC I made for the December art doll swap. I don't know why, but I'm having to force myself to get these done! I still have two more to go...I guess it's because I would really rather be working on other things. But I think that if you sign on to do something you should finish it and do the best job you can. I'm having to gut this out, though. The cards are due to the hostess by the end of the month. If I make myself do one a day, I should get these in the mail by Monday. Maybe tomorrow I'll be more motivated and finish up the other two.

I think it could be the pressure of Christmas and all that goes with that. I haven't finished my gifts for the family yet. I still have to get something for all of the guys (brothers, brother-in-law, nephews). Ugh. Could be just the winter blahs setting in.

I'm trying to complete at least a few items on my to do list today. This little card was one thing marked off. Sometimes if you can just mark off one thing, that will motivate you to finish a few more items and you won't feel so bad by the end of the day. I am just holding off on the different projects I've got lined up until I finish these other commitments first!

Back to work. I keep telling myself that other, more exciting things await...just press on!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snow Angel ATC

Here is the latest art doll for the Art Doll ATC Swap. This is the first one for December. Of course, the theme is Christmas. I have a digital version of her that I bought in a digital kit, but I wanted to make a 3D version for the swap. I call her a snow angel. She's flying around, not only at Christmas, but whenever there is snow! And, there is snow here today. Not much accumulation is expected, but it's been coming down all afternoon. I think the snow is pretty; I just don't enjoy having to get out in it. Happily, I didn't need to leave the house today.

I'm not making as much progress as I'd like on some other things. The days go by and there are "real life" situations that take up chunks of time. I hope to have at least some uninterrupted days toward the end of the week.

Hubby helped me put together an awesome workshop in one of the rooms of our basement. It already had a workbench built in when we moved in. We added a pegboard wall for tools, a nice sturdy work stool, my new Dremel drill and Dremel workstation and a ton of tools (both his and mine).

Why do I need a Dremel and accessories? You'll have to stay tuned to find out! That's it for today. Stay warm...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

And Now For Something Completely Different...

This is one of the images from a collage sheet I just got from the artist Teesha Moore. Her website features all of the Zetti stamps I've been using lately. I show this to tell you about the new projects that are taking up my time. I don't have any finished pieces to show yet, so I thought I'd put up one of Teesha's collages.

First, I'm participating in an international collage challenge based out of New Zealand. It's a collage swap/challenge. You create 13 collages that are 8" x 10" in size. You send them to the artist Dale Copeland (who is hosting this swap) and she will, in turn, send you 13 collages from all around the world! Cool, huh? Here is the link that explains more about this fun project: Also, you will have one of your collages chosen to be included in the exhibit at a museum in New Zealand. She hosts this challenge every year and this is her 11th year. I read about this in the Artella Daily Musepaper a while back and decided to give it a try. I've already talked two other people into joining in the fun: my sister and an art buddy at Artella.

Your collages can be on any theme you wish, so it's pretty open. I'm thinking of doing part of them on a fashion theme (kind of grungy, Gothic style) and the other half on a "masks" theme. We'll see what shakes out. Stay tuned...

I'm also getting serious today with the art techniques background swap I mentioned earlier. My first batch of fabric paper is coming up. I've just received a new shipment of fun Zetti images, some iridescent medium, clear tar gel medium, and glass beads medium. Oh my! What will I do with all of that? You'll see...

And, finally, my good art buddy at Artella, Mr. Billizetti, is hosting a ....Ta Da! Zetti Zine swap! This one will be pretty simple. We all have to create one page (8 1/2" x 11") from any medium we choose, embellished however we like. Then, based on the number of people who sign up for the swap, make that number of copies of our page (or make them all originals, your choice) and send them off to him. This will be fun! He's already created a cover for the zine! I'll post that later.

Now off to work. Just wanted you to see what's going on behind the scenes. By the way, we had our annual Christmas party for hubby's students on Tuesday night. All of them seemed to really like their ornaments!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ornamental Angels

This is one of the 25 angel ornaments I made for hubby's students that are coming to our Christmas Party Tuesday evening. You can click on the image to get a larger view.

First, I'll state that I have NEVER done any beading before attempting this, so excuse the funky wraps. But after looking at it, I like how it adds to the homemade charm. Second, I've NEVER used this type of polymer clay before: FIMO glitter clay. I love it! It's perfect for holiday crafts.

I found a small angel cookie cutter and just used her to cut my clay. Then I used my rubber stamps and stamped different images throughout. The middle of the body is stamped with an Asian symbol for the word "Love". I thought that was a nice touch. I then colored it in with different Pearl Ex powders and baked it.

Then came the beading. I used as a model the "paper doll" made of clay that I received in the paper doll swap a couple of weeks back (see previous post). I added a small heart charm at the bottom that says, "Made with Love". Finally, I adhered some pretty ribbon to the top. On the back of the ornament I stamped with my, "Handmade For You By" stamp, signed my name, then dated it.

Now I must get back to beading the rest of these. Maybe by the time I get to the last few I'll have it down. I do have a few beading books to look at. I think part of the charm of a handmade piece is adding your signature touch. Funky beading is mine! (at least for this project)

Stay tuned for more little projects I have in the works...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Follow Your Bliss

This is the second ATC I created for the "Winner Takes All" game in a Yahoo Group I belong to. This person specified that she liked as her theme: anything shiny and sparkly. The background is a holographic paper I found at JoAnn Fabrics in the scrapbook section. Who knew? It's plenty shiny! The woman is a clay tile I made a while back. She's really a deep magenta color. For some reason she photographed more of a copper.

A dear friend of mine always has this advice: "follow your bliss". I like that! So, for this winner I chose that as the name of the card. I gave her some bling with a queen's crown that I embellished with pink Swarovski crystals. I added a clear Swarovski crystal near the top of the crown and at the top of the card just inside the heart cutout. That should take care of the sparkly part!

Just for fun I added a 3-D heart sticker and placed a cut out crown around it. Hopefully she'll like what I did. I'm off now to the post office to send it off.

Feeling much better today. It's a good thing because I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for a gathering we are having here on Tuesday evening. It's a Christmas party for some of hubby's students. Have I even taken my Christmas tree out to decorate? NO! Have I made the students their little gifts? NO! So, enough chattering. Must get busy. Stay tuned to see what I make for the students...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Zettiland Dreams ATC

This is an ATC I created for one of the winners in a "Winner Takes All" drawing from an ATC Yahoo Group I belong to. Each month you put your name in and your preferences of themes for an ATC. Through a random generator a name is drawn and whoever has their name drawn gets an ATC from everybody on the list! There are usually about 25 to 30 people on the list, so the lucky person gets that many ATC's coming their way in the mailbox. As you can see I was not a winner. But the lucky lady did specify she likes Zetti! Yay!! Another chance to play with my Zetti stamps. By the way, in this particular group, there are two winners chosen each month, so I still have to make another card. That person likes anything shiny/glittery. Hmm. Still thinking.

For this card, I made all of the charms myself! The background is this really cool fabric. It has that dark feel I was going for. The house is one of my polymer clay creations colored with some Pearl Ex powders. The little girl and the flying Zetti creature are charms I made, colored and adhered.

I'm almost at 100 percent, healthwise. Sinus issues are compounding things. Jeez, it's no fun getting old! Well, back to work. Must find something shiny/glitzy... Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Out of Whack

I've been fighting a stomach virus since Thanksgiving. Thought I'd put up a little image of what I feel like today. Kinda funky...out of whack. Bluesy... Hope to be back in good form soon. I'm on the mend, just not all the way there yet. I have my family and my art to help me heal. See you soon...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Three Ladies Come Calling

Look who I found hiding in my mailbox today! Isn't she adorable?

The paper dolls arrived from the Artella Paper Doll Swap; and so FAST! These ladies made record time in getting here. This little gal is made of clay and look at her pretty beads!

And this sassy lady came with her own wardrobe, complete with an extra set of eyeglasses! How cute is that?

You have to look more closely at the detail of the beautiful lady who popped out first. Isn't she fancy with her ribbon dress and velvet boots?

These little ladies are so cute, I'll have to find them a permanent home where they can be comfy and watch me work. That was a fun swap and we may do another one after the first of the year. I hope so!

I also received some special rubber stamps in the mail that I had ordered. A little preview of those will be coming tomorrow. I see some more polymer clay tiles in their future.

I had a nice (but way too short) visit with my sister this weekend. We laughed, shopped, ate too much and, in general, had a great time. It's always sad to see them go. :( So, today I'm trying to get the art studio in shape to begin my next projects. It will keep my hands busy while my mind misses my sissy! More to come tomorrow...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Memories: Vintage Style

Here are the final two cards I made for the Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap. I decided to make these last two cards with more of a vintage feel. I had a little scrapbook kit in my stash that had these cool vintage Christmas images on them. I cut out the images that would fit nicely on my card and just collaged them all together. Of course I had to put some doll images on there! The backgrounds I painted and then embossed with copper embossing powder to give it an old "rusty" look. I'm pretty happy with these. Now I can get them in the mail today!

I forgot to mention how many people had signed up for the fat book swap in my post yesterday. So far there are 112. The deadline for sign-ups is supposed to be Sunday, but today the hostess said she may hold out to see if they can get 120 people for this swap, like they did for the one that was just completed! Regardless of how many sign up, I'm going to be making at least 125 pages!

I've already cut 90 background sheets, so I'm a little ahead of the game so far. You have to adhere your technique to a sturdy base page that measures 4" x 4". I'm using a heavy watercolor paper for my base page. You also need to leave the left 1/2" margin of the front side clear to allow for binding your page. Same goes for the back (right) 1/2" for when you turn the page over and read your instructions! I've even marked off the margins on the pages I've already cut! I've found that this is a good activity to do while watching football. Am I good, or what! :)

Since you have to include a few extra pages in your packet, you also don't want to forget to keep one for yourself. Duh! That would be a bummer; send all your pages off and not have one of your own for your book. You just need to slow down and think about what you're doing. I can't wait to dive into doing the actual technique. I want to do batches of the fabric paper in different themes. You'll see what I mean after I do a batch. :)

Right now I must get ready for my sister's visit. Her room isn't quite ready. I've been using the spare bedroom to store all of my yarns, fabrics in. So, off to clear a tiny space for her to sleep! Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Holiday Memories ATC's

Here are three of the five ATC's I have made for the Artella Holiday Memories ATC Swap. I want to get the other two made today and all of them mailed out tomorrow. The deadline for mailing isn't until Dec. 3 but I have so many other things in the works that I'd like to get these marked off my list so I can concentrate on my big projects.

I'm pretty happy with these so far. You can click on each photo to get a better view. I found this glittered white scrapbook paper that just looked like snow with either the sun or the stars shining down on it. I knew it would be a perfect backdrop for these memory cards. I now have to decide on how I want to do the remaining two. I'll post those when they are finished.

Other things in the works: I've signed up for an art techniques swap. This is a big project. I recently joined the Art Techniques Yahoo group. This is a group whose main focus is on art techniques; not so much the art itself, but the backgrounds and effects you get when you make your art. This sounded real interesting. I started looking at their photos and they have some very talented artists; some whose names I recognize from the Somerset Studio magazine and other Stampington publications. So I knew I was in the right place.

I was sad to see that they had just completed a fat book swap. What is a fat book? It's a sampler book of, in this case, 120 different art techniques. The swap entailed each artists making as many 4" x 4" pages as there were people signed up for the swap. That swap had 120 people signed up, so each artist made 120 separate pages; one for each participant. They used the same technique that they had signed up for on each of their pages, but they had to make 120 separate pages. No photocopies allowed. Basically you just make a big bunch of huge sheets of your technique and cut it down to 120 individual 4 x 4 sheets. Anyway, that swap had just ended and people were starting to receive their box of pages in the mail.

One person was responsible for hosting this swap. What a job! She had to make sure that each person who sent her a box of 120 pages of their technique had actually sent 120 pages. (You were supposed to include a couple of extra pages, just in case your count was off.) Then she had to swap them all out. She had 120 people mail her their boxes of pages. Then she had to turn around, swap all of them out and mail 120 packages back to the participants. You include the postage for her when you sign up, so she's not out any money. It's mind-boggling, but it seemed to work out pretty well. Everyone was raving about their packages! They received 120 loose pages that they would then bind however they wanted to. It would be impractical for the poor hostess to have to also BIND the pages. Plus, people have their own way of how they want to bind their pages, or even IF they want them bound.

So I was feeling let down that they had just finished this huge project, when one day one of the messages said, "Why not do another one?" I perked right up and before I knew it they had a database set up for people to register for the 2009 fat book swap! Yay!! I signed up the first day and picked as my technique, "fabric paper". It's a technique I read about by the artist Beryl Taylor. I saw it in the premier issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine about 4 years ago. They have since revisited the technique, but I keep all of those mags and I have her step by step instructions on how to do it. Sooo... that is what I really want to start working on. I love my ATC's, but I'm ready to start tackling this project!

I'll explain more about the technique and how I'm doing different variations as I get into it. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thankful Art Dolls

These are the final two art doll ATC's for the November Art Doll ATC Swap. The top one is named, "Thankful for Nature's Bounty" and the second one is called, "Thankful for Change of Seasons 2". I had a hard time trying to come up dolls for this theme. They will be sent off in the mail today! Whew!

I've also been working on the Holiday Memories ATC's for the Artella ATC swap. I need to make five cards, so I'm trying to get those out the door before the end of the week. Then I can concentrate on some new things I've got going in the mix. More on that later.

I'm also excited to have my sister Sherry come visit me this weekend! I haven't seen her since May, so we have a lot of catching up to do. That's all for today. I'll share with you some other projects I've signed up for in the coming days.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thinking Out Loud

What would happen if you took this AWESOME book, added these materials...

Then mixed in a few rubber stamps...?

You would get these cool polymer clay tiles!

I love this! I have always been intimidated by polymer clay; just the baking, conditioning, cutting, etc. turned me off. That is, until I saw this book. I've never even been that much of a mosaic person, but something about this book drew me in.

This is a great book. It gives in-depth instructions, lots of ideas to tailor your own art, I could go on and on. So, I thought, what would it hurt to try? I did have an ancient toaster oven that I had gotten years ago at a thrift store. I thought I would use it for my experiment. Unfortunately, when I plugged it in, a little trickle of smoke came out and I immediately unplugged it and tossed it. So, with a 50% off coupon I purchased an oven made for polymer clay. (small investment)

I have a pretty good assortment of rubber stamps. So I chose a few that I thought would make interesting tiles. The hardest part IS conditioning the clay. But after that you're good to go. It's worth it when you see your little creations come to life. And rubbing the PearlEx powders onto the clay before it goes into the oven is like magic! Beautiful colors bursting from these little tiles!

I have a couple of projects in mind for these that I'll share soon. I just wanted you to get a peek at what I've been doing behind the scenes. More will follow. Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November Art Doll ATC's

Here is one of the ATC's I made for the November Art Doll ATC Swap in one of my Yahoo groups. We have to make four dolls (cards) and we will receive five in return. The theme for the November swap is "Thanksgiving" and you can interpret it any way you want.

I wanted to do something different with this month, rather than the usual turkey, pilgrim or Indian doll. So, I made my theme to be what I am thankful for. This card's title is: "Thankful for Winter's Arrival." I am glad to see the heat and humidity of summer go and always look forward to Fall. Winter's white snowy blanket always reminds me of glitter and I found this white glittered scrapbook paper which I thought would be perfect for my little Mr. Winter doll. I made his face from the Sun/Moon push molds I received from my dear friend Joanne a few weeks back. I gave him a couple of coats of different white paints and added some "hair". The tree on the side of the card is part of a dollar tree ornament I am cutting up and using on my winter cards. You'll see that again.

Here is the second card for the swap:

This card is called: "Thankful for Change of Seasons". He's a little silk leaf I cut out of a fall flower garland and inked up with distress ink to give him that muddy look. His legs are part of the same garland that I snipped off the end of the leaves and just glued down. Behind him I stamped the background with a background stamp and embossed it with copper embossing powder. It doesn't show up very well in the photo but it's nice and shiny, kind of like the fall coppers and golds you see when you look at the fall foliage.

Now I have to make the other two cards. Stay tuned...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Isabella: The Paper Doll

OK, if I were a paper doll this is what I would look like! Tall, very thin and carrying my paints around with me at all times. Oh yes, I would have very long, multi-colored hair and my ever present jester hat. Ha! This one was fun to do. This is the last of three paper dolls I made for the paper doll swap at Artella. You can click on the photo to get a larger view. The other two dolls are shown on previous posts.

I don't know which one is my favorite. I like them all. This one is made of very cool Harlequin fabric glued to a doll template made of heavy watercolor paper. The most trying part of the whole doll was getting those pom poms and tassels to stick (I used heavy duty adhesive). I think they are on pretty good now. She's a little over 10" tall and I really hated to see her go (just like the other two). :( I'll post the dolls I receive in the swap when they arrive. I mailed all three of my babies off today. The deadline is tomorrow, but we'll see if everyone sticks to it.

Now I must finish (start) the ATC's for the November Art Doll Swap in one of the Yahoo Groups I belong to and the Holiday Memories ATC Swap at Artella. The mailing deadlines for both of these are very soon (two weeks) but there are other projects that need to be in the works asap. Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Halloween ATC's Have Arrived!

Look what arrived in the mail today! Boo! Aren't they cute? These are the art doll ATC's that came from the Monthly Art Doll Swap for October. I made four dolls and received five in return. Can't beat that! The hostess made a doll for everyone who participated in the swap (the little ghost). These people are good! Their dolls are so intricate; tiny parts and on such a little scale. They must have very thin fingers to be able to work so small. I love these! I have to have November's dolls finished and into the hostess' hands by the last day of the month. I guess I'd better get to it!

I finished up the paper doll that was supposed to represent "me" for the paper doll swap at Artella. I'll post it next time. I hope to have them all in the mail tomorrow. Saturday is the mailing deadline. Yes, I'm going to get a big monthly wall calendar with big blocks for the days so I'll be able to glance up and see when these various swaps are due.

Everyone who participated in the zine swap at Artella seems pleased with their zines. I've received some very nice comments and am in the process of commenting to each author on their zine. I definitely want to do another one when they announce it.

All of these art swaps are keeping me hopping. This is good. I've got more things in the mix that I'll share in the coming days. Right now I have to finish up a few loose ends and get packages ready for the post office tomorrow. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Zines Have Arrived!

See! All of that hard word DID pay off! I received all of these beauties in the mail Monday (minus my own, of course!). There were so many I couldn't get them all in one photo. Here are the rest:

They are all packed with color, wit, art, poetry ... just a little bit of everything. And most of them included little collage goodies inside. You know how I like the goodies! I am so glad I participated in this swap. It was a learning experience putting together a little mini magazine and a lot of work making ten (eleven--had to save one for myself) originals, but it was so worth it. There is talk of another swap in the Spring. I plan to join in whenever they decide to host it. In honor of all the wonderful artists' creations, I made this little digital collage:

I hope it gave you a little lift today! The last paper doll (finally!) will be posted tomorrow. She's almost finished. She is the one that is supposed to represent me. I WISH I looked like her! Hey, on the inside, I DO! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Woodland Fairy Bride

Here is the second doll that I made for the paper doll swap at Artella. I call her the woodland fairy bride. You can click on the image for a larger view. She will be my doll made for the "anything you want to make" category. The other two categories are: your muse, and yourself. She came about after I saw this book...

This is an awesome book if you are really into fairies. Of course, anyone who knows me knows I love these little creatures. This book is a collection of fairy clothes put forth by the House of Elwand. It's so creative! There are beautiful little creations in there made from leaves, flowers, beads, feathers, you name it. The ultimate creation, in my opinion, was the bridal gown. Here is their version:

I took their lead and filled this in with a base of white feathers like the ones shown here. Then I glued more curly, fluffy feathers on top of the base feathers and really liked the outcome. For the waistband I had some glue on pearls that matched the colors pretty well. I just left the bodice as is after many tries to embellish it. Nothing looked as good as the original. So, all that was left was to find a suitable face and make her hair. She is really special. Yes, I will hate to see her go.... such is the price you pay for a swap. Speaking of swaps...I received my box of zines in the mail! They are awesome and I will post a picture of them tomorrow. Now I must finish my third paper doll; the one that is supposed to represent me. This will be interesting...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Spinning My Wheels

This is the other ATC I made for the Winner Takes All drawing. The person listed under their preferred themes: anything Zetti. So, I took these little Zetti stamps (included as freebies in my last order!) and embellished them to pieces! The bottom design is actually a stamp! I glued seed beads in various colors to this "rocky road". I have a ton of buttons, so I picked two metal ones and made those the wheels.

It doesn't show up too well but I colored his hat and little collar thingie with a copper glitter gel pen. The background is a digital background from a digital scrapbooking kit. It's kind of a monotone card, but I liked the colors and the feel of the card after it was finished. So I send these off today and can mark that off my list.

The title today also refers to how I'm feeling this week; like I'm just spinning my wheels. I can't seem to make much progress on the other projects I've started. Things keep popping up like this Winner Takes All obligation or there is some yardwork that has to get done before the rain comes, etc. I'm very excited about these paper dolls and want to finish them! I WILL finish one today. Then I have to finish the November art doll cards and get those mailed. Yes, it's my fault for signing up for all of them but I'll finish it all on time. I always do!

Enough for today. I must get these to the post office and then back to work. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

LOVE: Asian Style

This is an ATC I made for a Winner Takes All drawing in one of my Yahoo groups. The idea is you sign up and a random generator picks two names. Those are the winners. Each person who did not win has to make one ATC for each winner. When you sign up you list your favorite themes so people know what you would like on your card. This person listed Asian and birds as possible themes. I had a little set of Asian stamps and liked the "Love" one, so I stamped that on some gold lame.

The Asian -themed scene is from a credit card case my hubby gave to me. He received it from one of his students. Very pretty. Once again, the scan doesn't do it justice. I used a fabric remnant that I thought looked kind of Asian-y and adhered everything to it.

I'm not really that into Asian art or themes. I think I had my fill when I first moved out of my parents' house and got my own place. I had Asian everything. After years of living with all of that stuff, I finally burned out on it. But I see that it is very popular with ATC groups so I better have a few supplies on hand in case I have to make any more of these. I did get a little package of Origami paper that I can use for backgrounds. They just didn't match these particular items I wanted to use on this card.

Other news: I am LOVING my paper dolls. It will be very hard to let them go. I came up with a new theme for all three. Needless to say, the one I showed earlier is staying home with me. These three new ones are turning out divine! I will post them as I finish them. Also, I received three more Zetti girl stamps today! Yay! More images to follow...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Presents In The Mail!

I received my ephemera baggie today in the mail! Believe it or not, all of this fit into a little sandwich baggie. If you click on the photo you can see a much better view. I've got fabrics, foreign money, brads, charms, vintage photos and magazine page, ribbons, etc. There is just too much to name. How cool was this swap? I will definitely use these in my little collages and ATC's. I love the vintage little girl face. She will be used very soon. And the little Paris and Moulin Rouge poster sheets...I've been looking for some of those! Serendipity is at work here.

It's always fun to get presents in the mail! That's half the fun of the swaps; seeing what you'll get in return. The other half is making it in the first place and hoping whoever gets your creation will like it as much as you do! That's it for today. Stay tuned for more goodies on their way...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Little Girl Who Wouldn't Go Away

I guess I'm still in the Halloween "dark" mode. I made this little digital collage and printed it out on fabric. I'll definitely do something with this. I used another one of my Zetti stamps I received in the mail. Isn't she adorable? Well, maybe not if you read the little poem and look at the background. But she will be popping up in different colors and settings from now on. And I am going to have to order a few more! :)

On a lighter note, here are the remaining two 60's flashback ATC's that I received the other day. This one is a textured background (coffee filter) painted black. And the tie dye is real! She really dyed the coffee filter. How cool is that?!

This next one didn't scan well at all. Sorry about that. It's really neat, though. The peace sign is made up of seed beads. Hence the uneven scanning. Very nice effect with the Peace and Love stamped in psychedelic ink. This scan does not do the card justice. Arrggghhh! Maybe Santa will bring me a nice BIG scanner!

That's it for today. I am supposed to be making my paper dolls, but this little girl just wouldn't let me get to work until I gave her a spooky background! Stay tuned...

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

My Teesha Moore stamps that I talked about in my last post arrived today, can't you tell? FYI, the stamp is the little girl. You can click on the photo to get a much larger view. See her funky outfit? I colored her in purples and pinks today to match the digital background. She is so cute! I have another one that I'll post next time. I thought I would put her into a Halloween mood so I gave her a few frightful friends.

The mailbox had all kinds of presents today. I also received my '60's Flashback ATC's. Here is one called "Valium Mornings". It just has that vintage feel to it, doesn't it? I LOVE this card!

Here is another of the 60's ATC's. It has really captured the era with the verse and the art. LOVED it, too! The other two I will post next time. I'm still getting used to trying to figure out the spacing when you try to type between photos. As you can see, I haven't quite figured it out. Oh well...

That's all for today. I need to go get the candy dish ready for the little beggars that will be arriving soon. BOO!! Happy Halloween!