Thursday, May 29, 2008

Skinny Max Book







This is a book I made using the skinny max book kit by Debbie's Die Cuts. The clip art comes from the Birthdays book in the Instant Memories series published by Sterling/Chapelle. The pages are colored with Chalk and Brilliance inks. The lone rubberstamped image on the music page is by Stampcraft. The words and definition were computer generated. This one was lots of fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Simply Pink

I'm playing around with ideas for a 'pink' themed swap. This isn't my swap item but a quick little ATC I came up with using some of the stash on my table. The little girl is from a purchased DVD of images, the frame of the ATC is from Debbie's Die Cuts and was embossed using one of the Cuttlebug folders in my Wizard. Quick, simple and cute!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Remembering Terry

Three years ago today, we said 'so long for now' to my husband's son. He was a son, a husband, a brother and a daddy. And he was a remarkable person. He lived life to the fullest. The greatest thing I can say though is that he was a Christian so there is comfort in knowing he is OK and our goodbyes were only temporary.

You may have noticed the Donate Life button on my blog. Terry died waiting on a liver transplant due to Chronic Active Hepatitis, an autoimmune disease he'd had since 1982. I couldn't let today go by without remembering Terry and mentioning how important life-saving organs can be to those that wait.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Inchies

These inchies were created using images from an Inka Stamps collage sheet and inchie blanks from Debbie's Die Cuts. They're very addictive!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Could it be....yard art?

The computerized board that controls the spin cycle of my Maytag washing machine stopped working this week. It will wash but it won't spin the water out; at that rate it would take three hours to dry a load of towels...ask me how I know. For only $410, it can work again. Considering the age of the machine, we opted to put the $410 toward a brand spanking new machine which will be delivered and installed tomorrow afternoon. Who knew they made deliveries on Sunday now? This week I've taken advantage of the wonderful racks on the back of one of our company trucks that sits behind the house when not in use. I'm sure the neighbors are thankful it's behind the house and not in front. I just had to share my 'redneck clothesline'. I hope that's not offensive to anyone and considering that Jeff Foxworthy has gotten rich with all his redneck jokes, I guess it's OK. So, do you think it could qualify as yard art?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Artist Trading Cards

I recently started working with Debbie of http://debbiesdiecuts.blogspot.com/. Here are three ATCs that I made using her ATC blanks. The card on the left features Oxford Impression stamps and the middle card features a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. I can't recall where the little girl image came from but the little row of lace on the bottom of the blue card is a stamp from Artistic Outpost.

School's out! Now Clarissa's question each evening is, "What are we doing tomorrow?" And I thought I'd have more art time this summer. At least my mornings are mine!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Masked Girl





This is one of my favorite images to use. I think there's several messages in this image. I hope you like my interpretation for a moo card made for a swap.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hectic Week!

This last week was Clarissa's last full week of school with Monday wrapping up her freshman year. There have been tests, essays and other projects due every day. It has sure made this a stressful week. The last minute stuff has just been a bit overwhelming. We love her school but can not wait for summer break!
Here's a little tag I managed to get made. It's no surprise that 'time' was on my mind. The tag is a diecut from http://debbiesdiecuts.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Small Houses

After deciding to do several of the punch art pieces, I found this house punch online. The houses are about the size of a quarter each. This might be my favorite one so far.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Etchling Card

Today I pulled out a frame die cut from Debbie's Die Cuts and realized that it is a perfect fit for the oval shape Etchling stamps by Stampendous. I went a little crazy a few years ago and collected all the Etchlings I could get my hands on. The stamp is colored with water soluble oil pastels and more color was added with colored pencils. The die cut began as white but I used a stone finish spray paint on it for color and texture. The photo makes the die cut look a bit like cork but it actually looks like stone with flecks of sage, beige and a touch of burgundy.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rainy Thursday

It's the perfect rainy day for a little art and so I did another repetitive punch art piece. The next one is in the planning stages. BTW, these frames are at Big Lots for just $5 complete with mat. There's a spacer on the inside which allows enough room between the glass and the art so the art can be dimensional. Don't you just love Big Lots?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Stamp Club Project

This past Sunday was Stamp Club Sunday and I always look forward to it. Member Jane Harrison found a beautiful piece online that inspired this month's project. You can see what inspired Jane at http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/2008/02/weekend-creat-2.html. We each brought some supplies along with Jane's contributions. With this project, you're only limited by your imagination and the size of your frame! I just have to share the piece I did. Now I'm looking at punches and die cuts with new eyes. After having my entry way and staircase painted last year, I haven't been able to put a nail in the wall. I believe I've found the perfect theme for decorating the staircase wall. So let the punching begin! I'll post more photos as I complete a piece.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Art Therapy

After a week of not feeling great, I decided to just do art today and see if that would improve things. Ever have weeks like that? If you live in Tennessee, you know how the weather can change hourly. The barometric pressure has been killing my neck and a headache has been my constant companion most of the week. One of my medications has made me feel sleepy and I hate feeling like I'm missing out on a perfectly good day. Today I've tried Tylenol and chocolate peanut M&Ms for the headache and spent most of the day in my art room.

I've been very introspective lately. Maybe it's because I'm getting older or because my parents are getting older. Maybe my baby getting her driver's permit did it. I don't know. It might even have been some forms I had to fill out. They always want to know what you do...what is your occupation? I haven't gotten a traditional paycheck in years. So what IS IT I do, I ask myself. The little blank is maybe two inches long and I do more than that but how can I express what I do? Mother, check. Wife, check. Friend, check. I'm tempted to put "artist" but never do...why is that I wonder. I've often heard that artists are moody so maybe I do qualify. But I put n/a....no answer. So I have no occupation but I stay busy. At the end of the day, I sometimes wonder what I accomplished. And I sometimes wonder how I arrived at where I am. So today I decided I'm taking the day off from my 'no occupation' life and just do art for me. My mood may explain the art.

The photo is of course me. I seem to be in deep thought even then. The quote is from an Oxford Impressions sheet called "School Days". The die cut scrolls are from Debbie's Die cuts. I put random amounts of the product 'Touch of Texture' on the die cuts and allowed them to dry. I added color with a chalk ink pad.

My day of art therapy turned things around. The M&Ms didn't hurt either.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Lisa Vollrath Image Giveaway

Lisa Vollrath's Mother's Day image giveaway begins today. Check out http://countdown.tentwostudios.com to get images each day beginning today until Mother's Day.