Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boy, do I have some catching up to do!

First, Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family. I have so much to be thankful for!

Second, even though I haven't posted in a while I have been super busy creating. Here are just a few pieces....

These are "Fat Book" pages I am doing for my ArtChix-Sister Site Yahoo group. We have a new color(s) each month. Super fun and great for stretching my creative muscles.

                                                    fronts                                     backs

                                                   fronts                                      backs

Above are my Halloween Houses for a swap we did at ArtChix-Sister Site Yahoo Group. It was really fun getting to play with all my witchy ephemera and images.

 These are the fronts and backs of some ATC ornaments I made.

These are pieces I did for a college studio drawing class.

Okay, off to enjoy my vacay at the beach. See you next week.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Has it really been three months!?!

My latest work is for the wonderful Marion Bockelmann's latest world-wide swap called Mona & Friends.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

This week at Otter Blue

Ever since I took the Painted Petals class at Archivers I have had greeting cards on the brain.
Below are three of the cards I did in the technique class (I have already used one).
My darling husband took one look and proclaimed that I should be making cards for a living. While this is very sweet, I did not come up with the ideas or the designs for these cards. I simply created what I was told to create with minor variations to the watercolor painting. 

I was however, very inspired by the techniques as I mentioned in a previous post and have played with the techniques a little here and there. This next photo I posted before but thought it was worth posting again in this context. I used the same technique as the bottom photo above but with my own personal spin.

This is another card I created this week. I used the same stamp and technique as the top left photo above but made it more my style.

While at Archivers I bought a new 6x6 paper pad by Basic Grey called Hello Luscious. The colors and papers are fabulous, bright, spring-like and so inspiring. I used the papers in the card above and the two acts below. The images are from TenTwoStudios

The last thing I want to share is another card I made called The Fortune Teller. I used the Painted Petals technique to create the hand, a 7 Gypsies tag and rub-ons, and various papers.

I hope you enjoyed my latest work and are inspired to try something new.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back at the art table...

I sort of took a few days off from creating so it is slow going at the moment. Here are my latest creations.

The first is a CCC project incorporating Tim Holtz fragments. I call it ART Fragment. I love this technique found on page 63. One could really go crazy with this one.

I have the Cricut machine and have amassed a large number of cartridges so purchasing another machine is not high on my priority list. However, after taking a technique class at Archivers I fell in love with the textures and the possibilities that a texture/embossing machine offers that the Cricut does not. This weekend I finally broke down and bought a Texture Boutique from Sizzix and here are the results of my playing.


This card is the combination of skills/techniques I learned take the Vintage Card and the Painted Petals classes at Archivers. It incorporates embossing and watercolor stamping. If you have an Archivers near you call them immediately and sign up for the Painted Petals class!

Here are two other random creations.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today's musings...

are all completely different from each other.

 "A crow's view" - stamped and inked

 "Feather your nest" - stamped & inked, collage

"She is who she is" - pen & ink, collage

Monday, February 14, 2011

LOTS of goodies to share

Altered Trading Arches for Art 42 - any theme, any style arch, artist trading card size

Paper Bag Swap on ATCs For All - background must be a recycled brown paper bag. I used a Starbucks treat bag.

Personal challenge to incorporate textures and shapes using my Cricut machine.

 Playing with mail art. 
Top: Flutterby Garden Postcard created with cardstock, decoupaged napkins, and water color crayons. Bottom: Graphic Butterfly created with recycled CD art and a clothing tag, a Cricut cutout leftover, assorted green papers, and Stickles.

 Various collages for trade on ATCs For All.
Left: Dutch Travels; Middle: In the Pink; Right: Love

 Fine art ATCs available on ATCs For All (middle one is already traded).
Left: Flower Abstract; Right: Koi II

 The following pieces are for a Colorful Fat Book Swap on ArtChix-Sister-Site Yahoo Group. This months colors are pink and orange.
 In The Nest

 Remember Paris

 Sew Make Something

Queen for a Day Swap on ATCs For All

CCC #32 - Inking and Stamping Masks!

This was a super fun challenge! I will have to remember these techniques for future pieces.