Friday, October 31, 2014

Some Finished Pendants

Hi Everyone!  Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates!  Thought I'd stop by with a little eye candy--no worries about calories!
Some of the pendants I finished this week for my upcoming craft shows. Some are polymer clay, some glass, and some are stone cabs....all beaded on Nicole's bead backing and backed with delicious soft leather.
Another look!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone! I'm onto my next crafting adventure......

Friday, October 24, 2014

CB#21 Hug and/or Nowhere

Hi everyone!  I managed to complete my ATC for Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge #21 during the first week despite having a hard time finding a quote.  I settled on "A hug is a handshake from the heart" --Author Unknown.  If anyone knows who actually said this...please let me know in the comments.
For the background, I layered on some small heart cutouts that had various patterns.  Afterwards I thought it was too busy for what I wanted to do so I applied gesso and then some pink watercolor over it.  The heart was hand drawn and cut out and a separate piece of paper glued in the middle for the quote.  A few pieces of pink striped washi tape finished it.
Another look!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a happy creative weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

APC Week 8

Hi everyone!  Time to show my latest playing cards for Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge. This week it was all about hearts!
Here they are together, same theme, but quite different from each other.
 For this first card, I used Gelatos as did Claudine for the background.  This is my first time using them, and I think I could have blended them a little better--funny how ALL the flaws show up online! None of the black pens I had would write on the Gelatos, so I resorted to last week's trick of cutting a shape out of scrapbook paper and writing the quote on it.
For my second card, I dripped watercolor in a method similar to the example.  I had just let my daughter "raid" my paint box for some watercolor paints to take back to college with her so I had only a few colors left.  I decided to cut my heart from some gold metal foil, drew a design on it and mounted it with some padding behind it so it was dimensional.  I added the lines,but it still looked unfinished to me,so the tiny hearts outlined in black and filled with gold paint pen did the trick!

Thanks for another fabulous week or inspiration, Claudine!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi everyone! By now I think you can picture what my tea stained cup with the circles looks like....I forgot to take a photo of my usual morning tea, but it was English Breakfast this morning!

I have been happily crafting away making stock for the now two craft shows I will be doing this season.  The first is not until Nov. 22, so I have plenty of time.  But since time has a way of slipping away when we least expect it, I have really been going at it.  At the same time I am focused on using only supplies I already have, doing the challenges I have joined, and working on an order of 3 scarves, four beaded flower arrangements and a rose corsage for a local customer!  And my silly husband wants to eat, too?  Just kidding, because he is my biggest supporter!

So for tea day today, I will show you what I have been working on....
This is a re-working of one of the revolving trees I made last year.  You can see the original here.  I ripped off the brown yarn, re-wound it with jute and am now making tiny yo-yos to cover it.  The spool on the base is covered with twine and not glued on yet which is why it may look off center.  I covered the base of the tree with cork and when the yo-yos get down to the bottom, I will cover the seam somehow.   I like it better, but those yo-yos take forever to make!
The rest of the time has been spent beading (big surprise, huh?) some pendants.  The three in the top left corner are finished while the others are in various states of beading, or not.  Sometimes I just look at them for awhile to think on how to bead them, and sometimes it comes right to me.  I purposely keep them simple since the price they will fetch at a local craft show is not on a par with a museum gift shop.

Hope you will visit some of the other Tuesday gang and maybe even join us!  Here is the link to our fabulous host Elizabeth's post this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

APC Week 7

Hi Everyone! Time to show my latest two altered playing cards for Claudine's APC Challenge. This week her cards were nautical themed.  This is a favorite theme of mine and I had fun creating these!
Here they are together.  I tried to stay pretty true to her cards while still making them my own.
I made my background by applying a relatively thick coat of blue acrylic paint to the card and pressed n some bubble wrap before it was dry.  It looked a little like bubbles when dry, and I added some white bubbles with a pen.  It's hard to see the sea weed, but I used some fabric paint that I just free-form scribbled on.  I drew and cut the seahorse out of some thin blue cardboard.  I grunged up the edges by filing with a metal file and added the eye and fin for a little detail.  I wrote the words on yellow paper that had been dabbed with distress stain. I finished it off with a spot of sparkles here and there.
I masked off the center of this card like Claudine although you can hardly tell since the distress stain I used to color the card seeped under a little.  I like it anyway! I dripped some other miscellaneous ink here and there and since I only had a sand dollar stamp, used that and a swirl here and there. After removing the tape, I added a dimensional sticker that I removed the foam backing from. The anchor & chain were old, tarnished and just perfect! A definition of "explore" and part of a travel sticker, and I called this one done!

Really having a blast with these.  I'm also realizing that I will not use them as cards because of all the dimension, so I am toying with how to display them.  All I have come up with so far is a small photo album with the clear pages inside.  Any other ideas out there?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CB #20 Destiny and Gift

Hi Everyone! The holiday yesterday threw everything off for me...This should have been a T Stands For Tuesday post, and although I drank two cups of tea today, I really had no post prepared. So, instead,  here is my entry for the 20th challenge at The Craft Barn.
This was a quick little art card that I did with acrylics.  I hand wrote the quote from Jean de La Fontaine on a leaf cut out and glued it on the card. "A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it"

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

APC Week 6

Hi everyone!  I just finished my next two playing cards for Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge.  This week Claudine's cards have a Halloween theme.  I really enjoyed playing along this week and really had to think out of the box since I have next to no Halloween themed stamps, stickers, etc!
Here they are together.
For the first card, I used acrylic orange paint for the background.  I added some torn washi tape with words and then ran a cotton swab dipped in paint around the edge.  I also dabbed some black in the background & some white specks. The images and words all came from an old children's book.
For the background on this card I used two colors of distress stain which looked fabulous when wet, but very light and washed out when it dried overnight. So I added two colors of some miscellaneous dye left over from some kit or other and was much happier.  Claudine had a fabulous stencil that gave her a crackled effect--I decided to try to achieve this with crackle medium...which brings us to this week's lesson.  Crackle medium needs an undercoat of acrylic paint to work.  It does not work with dyes or stain as the undercoat.  But the result is no less awesome.  The medium left a "tooth" or texture which I brought out by rubbing on some black acrylic paint with my finger.  I added a moon cut from a foam sheet topped with an owl and some black washi tape.  The bird came from a craft store advertisement, the eye I drew on paper twist and cut out, the tag was a tag, and the numbers came from a supermarket flyer.

Claudine is amazing and so talented to come up with such different projects every week!  Have a deck of cards laying around?  Come join in the fun, it is never too late!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-Autumn Colors

Hi everyone! Another Tuesday has rolled around, and that means it is time to link up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T on Tuesday!

It has been pretty busy around here, keeping up with challenges and orders, and trying to keep my Etsy shop stocked.  I love to be busy, and I love that good tired feeling at the end of the day!

For this T Tuesday post I am going to share a few photos taken on some of my walks this week--not a lot of commentary since I think everyone knows what Fall foliage looks like!

I actually thought the colors would have been brighter, but apparently they have not peaked yet.  It was really windy the last few days, and I knew if I didn't get right out there, there might be no leaves left--orange, red, yellow, or green for that matter!  Looking across the lake at the mountains is usually much more dramatic--I will keep watching for a better photo.

I could see this bright orange fungus growing on this old tree stump from my kitchen window. To put that in perspective, I took the third photo above from where this was located.  When I went down to photograph it, I saw that they had just mowed the lawn so it was covered with grass.  I went again yesterday, but unfortunately it had fallen apart, perhaps with a little help from the teenage boys who were playing football down there on the grass.
The mornings and evenings are starting to get chillier although it usually warms up a little from noon to mid afternoon.  I found a new flavor of Chai to try, Hazelnut, and I am hooked!  It is almost like dessert in a cup!

Last, I will leave you with a photo of what I found while DH and I were out on our walk yesterday:

A heart-shaped rock!  Flat on the back just like a cabochon!  After the holidays, I plan to turn this one into a piece of jewelry!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Birthday Giveaway!

 Oct. 6 update:  Here are the current cards left:

Oct. 5 update: Hi everyone! Thanks for all the responses! I have updated the collages to reflect which cards are left, so if anyone stops by at a later date, please use the two collages immediately below this paragraph to select an art card. Thanks! 

Hi everyone! I'm celebrating my birthday today with an Art Card Giveaway!  I'm am offering your choice on a first come, first served basis of any of the following 18 cards.  These are all original cards that I have made in various techniques: zen doodling, color pencil, stamp collage, sun catcher, stained glass effect, beading, polymer clay, and even crayon (pear). They are fun little pieces of art to collect, use as book marks, turn into gift tags, etc.

All you need to do is leave a comment telling me your first and second choice, and email me your mailing info. You can refer to them by number reading left to right, top to bottom.  For example, the stamp collage would be #14.

This is open to everyone worldwide!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

APC Week 5

Hi Everyone!  I am so happy today to have successfully completed my next two playing cards with the help of Claudine's Art Corner! As always, you can click on the link in my sidebar to see Claudine's awesome examples!
Here they are together! 
My background is very similar to Claudine's except that I used a stencil of dragonflies and butterflies instead of circles. I didn't have butterfly washi tape, so I added a bee to a piece of tape that I did have.  I fussy cut the little figure from an old children's book and used a punch out dragonfly for the wings. I came upon the word in a magazine and thought it fit this one perfectly!
I "cheated" a little bit with this background since I had some nice paper that was already collaged.  I did add the numbers, orange strip, and the clear lettering that I cut off a package.  It is in french but I placed it backwards.  Alice was kind enough to make an appearance here with her wings.  I thought she had a dreamy expression, so I stamped on a piece of homemade paper and colored it with distress stain.

All in all, I am thrilled with how these came out!  Thanks for the inspiration Claudine!

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to visit again tomorrow when I will have a surprise up on my blog!