Monday, March 31, 2008

Discovering Moo Cards


Where have I been and when did Moo Cards appear? I kept reading about them and found that the handmade ones are a take on the printed ones sold by flickr.com. So, here's three that I did today in preparation for a swap. They're very addicting. I can see how they would look really good on the front of a small gift card, too.

Now I'm wondering what else am I missing?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Spring Break


We've been away for a few days enjoying a couple of games in Atlanta. My daughter has been on spring break and that's what she wanted to do. While at Turner Field, I snapped this shot of the folk-art style coke bottle that stands proudly. According to the website, http://roadsidegeorgia.com/site/coke_bottle.html, the bottle is made from
60 shoes, 2000 bottle caps, 48 batting helmets, 2000 Coca-Cola cans, 18 catchers mitts, 86 Fielders gloves, 290 bats, 6680 baseballs, 24 jerseys, 64 bases, 16 chest protectors, 24 pitching rubbers. Cool or what?

It's great to be home; I think we need another spring break to get over this one...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

More Diamonds





I received a comment from Michelle and she mentioned the diamonds would make a great trademark. I think you're right Michelle. This is a page I did for a TennGRITS swap last year at the height of my diamond craze and it's funny that I leaned toward the same coloring as the coffee box. The photo is of course ME and the page is pretty simple. I do want to add more color to my work. Maybe that will be my new goal...more color!! We'll see about that.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Coffee and Diamonds








One of my favorite things is the diamond stencil that used to go with me to every retreat or club meeting. I've actually used it on so many projects that I'd given it a break for a while. I think it's back.... Take a look at my coffee and diamonds box. I haven't quite figured out where I'm going with it yet. It's sitting on small feet that I haven't attached...I think they're a bit low key. I really like the blue & green ones' shape (for a different box of course) but they're a bit large...maybe something in between is what I need. Now I'll be forced to go to Lowe's!! The diamond stencil is definitely back in business.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Framed At Last!


I promise this will be the last you see of the Tim Holtz-inspired piece but it is framed and it has a home so I couldn't resist sending out one final shot. The great story is that I found a frame at the local craft store that was waay overpriced to begin with ($88) and got it on the 90% off aisle this week for $1.50. Yep, I did the math and that's not even 10% but I guess mustard yellow frames aren't hot and they had knocked the price down even more. I used black mat board cut to size for the back and went over it here and there with black gloss acrylic and a bit of mustard yellow paint using a scrapping tool. I doubt the pic will show that much detail. I glued and nailed the black mat on the back and attached the canvases with 527 bond...thinking it was E6000 but it seems to have stuck just fine.

The sewing machine was my first and it turned out some interesting Barbie clothes in its' day.

Grace




Easter is tomorrow and although I've been playing with egg and bunny images (and loving it), I thought I'd share a card I did for a swap a few months ago. The gift of grace, new beginnings, learning from the past...these are important to me. I hope you enjoy the card.

Friday, March 21, 2008

You Make My Day Award


Do you have blogs that you enjoy checking out every day to see what new creations or inspiration you'll find? Someone saw fit to bestow the "You Make My Day Award" on my newbie blog and I'm feeling quite happy about that. Thanks Roxi!


So, the rules for the “You Make My Day” award:
Re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved.


Here's ten (and I could name more) blogs that I frequent and enjoy!









Life Snippets Ronnie Goff

Artistics Julie Evans

Cabinet Card To Share

On my latest trip to the junk store, I found this guy. I'd love to share him with you. The fine print says the photo was taken in Memphis, TN.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another Simple One


This is the Easter card I just finished for the senior citizen's class. The one special feature is the white wallpaper that I put a little watercolor wash over. The stamp was purchased at a long ago convention and I don't remember the company name.
BTW, do you remember the first time you saw heat embossing? I so enjoyed the reactions of these dear ladies the first time I demonstrated embossing. We've come along way since the days of embossing over light bulbs....
OK, these are my simple cards for today. I'm off to package kits and cross my fingers that we can get it all done in an hour.

Simple Cards















I'm working on some very simple cards for a class that I'll be doing at our local senior citizens center tomorrow. Most of these ladies have never stamped but love it when we gather to make cards. Tomorrow's theme is spring and Easter. I've done some very simple spring cards using supplies that I already had. We're on a tight budget, both in funds and time. Each person will make two or three cards in about an hour. So, the simpler, the better. But I have to say I like the clean, uncluttered look of these spring samples. I've got to come up with a couple of Easter cards and will share those later.
BTW, for these cards I used a 1" square punch, a Hero Arts' shadow stamp, Family Treasures' flower punch and the sentiment is by PSX. The ink is Brilliance pearlescent orchid and pearlescent jade.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Tweaking...


Do you ever look at a piece and think you could make it better. I never was totally satisfied with the scissors on the Tim Holtz piece. On Friday, I stopped by a junk store that I frequent and low and behold the perfect pair of scissors with just the right amount of rust was among my finds. How could I go wrong for $1? So, I've cut through the E6000 with a really sharp blade and made a change that feels right.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Clocks, batteries and getting sidetracked


As I went about cleaning my room this afternoon, I found that my clock needed new batteries. I have to tell you about this great clock. My stamp club friend, Jules, led us in altering drugstore clocks some time ago. I think it may have been $3 at most but not much for a little altering fun. After removing the workings, I covered my clock in white tissue paper and allowed it to wrinkle for the great texture. I painted the entire surface green, let it dry and then used black acrylic and a diamond shape stencil. Each diamond was accented with acrylic paint for more interest. The center design is a coaster collected by friends who know about my need for "stuff". The colors of the coaster set the theme for my clock. The workings were reattached and buttons added for the numbers. Sooooo...like I said, everytime I start cleaning I get sidetracked if only to stop and tell you about this great clock.


To Clean Or Not To Clean


Sunday is here and it is nice to rest. I'm looking around though and the remains of the week look pretty messy. Should I adopt my daughter's bed-making philosophy, (Why make it up, you're only going to sleep in it again tonight), or should I try to carve out more than six inches of workspace? I bet I'm like a lot of others, as soon as I start cleaning I get distracted by something I find. The next thing you know I'm off and running on another project. Guess I'll start cleaning and see where it leads...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Latest Project


An art club that I'm a part of recently had a mini-retreat and one of the girls led us in this great Tim Holtz inspired project. It is finally finished and ready to hang. Check out http://www.timholtz.typepad.com/ (Jan. or Feb. archives) for the original inspiration.

To blog or not to blog

I've decided to take the plunge into the blog world. Life is pretty busy so I don't know how often I'll show up here but I'm ready to give it a try. Stay tuned and we'll see where this goes.