Monday, December 13, 2010

One World One Heart Event...It's Coming Soon

For the fifth and final year, the One World One Heart event led by Lisa of A Whimsical Bohemian will begin on January 30, 2011.  For more details or to participate, click on the image below.  I'll be participating so watch for an additional post with my giveaway information!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Paper Bead Fun

I've been having fun making paper beads for my inventory.  I love to have these on hand for projects.  This is the first version I made.  They're coated in a high gloss varnish.
This is the second version and they've been grunged up a bit.  I'm really liking this look.  Which do you like best?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make A Book, Save The World

This past weekend was the TennGRITS' art club retreat.  It's hard to believe that this was our 11th retreat and that we're finishing up our 11th year as a club. 
I want to share one of the projects that was led by club member Alice Arterburn.   What began as a neat box for crackers made the perfect cover for a recycled notebook featuring the long stitch.  The cracker box came with the leaf cutout window--just perfect for this project.  The tiny leave stamp that can be seen through the window is from Claudia Rose.  Thanks Alice!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Welcome Mac!

Hello!  I'm loving the change of seasons here in Tennessee.  Sorry I haven't much in the way of art or craft to share; I'm working on projects but just not things I can share right now. 

What I can share is this beautiful ball of fur...Mac.  I had a sweet cat many years ago that reminds me of Mac but I didn't think I'd ever have another cat.  Why?  My seventeen year old daugher has always had an intense fear of all animals and so it was just a given that we would be a pet-free home.  Over the years we attempted to help her overcome her fears: therapy, trips to the pet store, we even attended several weeks of dog obedience classes in order to expose her to animals.  She did hold a puppy once but the whole experience backfired when the mama dog got loose and came for her baby...actually I think that probably made the fear worse. Mac.  Mac the little miracle maker.

Why this little guy found favor with Clarissa's heart...I don't know but I am thankful.  She has no fear of him.  That in itself is a miracle.  Mac's been with us since Thursday.  We were actually going to babysit him for my son and look for a home for him at the same time  My son rescued Mac from a parking lot a little over a week ago and fed him and loved him back to health.  We had no clue that Mac would become a part of OUR family.  Clarissa decided on Thursday night that we wouldn't be finding Mac a home; he'd be staying right here.  Now that's a miracle.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pretty Pink Tags

It feels like I've been neglecting my blog but I have been so busy.  In the art department, I'm working away on Christmas gifts for my art club and I've been in a RR or two.  I keep thinking that life will slow down but so far I've been wrong.  My daughter's school started fall break today and I'm so excited to lay the regular hustle and bustle of school aside for a week.  Sleep and leisure will hopefully be my companions for the next few days. 

I do have these tags to share.  They were quick and easy and I used Altered Pages' images as the focal points.  Between the sleep and leisure, I hope to have more to share soon....Later!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Collage Unleashed Swap

The Yahoo group Collage Unleashed is having a calendar swap and I'm happy to have gotten in on it.  I think my favorite thing might be to play with acrylic paint, stencils and stamps so it was alot of fun to create these June and October pages.  I can't wait to get the calendars back!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Christmas Planner

This week I finished a Christmas planner that I can use year after year.  The planner is an altered board book that measures 8" square.  It was prepped with a light sanding to remove some of the glossiness from the surface.  All pages were then covered with coordinating scrapbook paper. 

I imported an image (Altered Pages) into my photo editor and created a book plate for the inside cover.

One spread is for the Christmas menu and recipes.  Library pockets and cards are great for recording and storing favorite holiday recipes. 

Naughty or nice?

A record of Christmas cards mailed and received

This DVD envelope will hold holiday photos.

The spine is covered with linen using Yes! Paste to secure.

Purchased embellishments adorn the front cover as well as the pages throughout the book.  All images are from Altered Pages. It's not too early to begin Christmas planning!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Square Tag Trio

I really like these 5 1/2" manilla tags that I found in my tag stash. I chose fresco cream, aquamarine and crimson from Golden's glaze collection to color the top half of each tag. Love those glazes!

The top half of each tag was put through the Wizard using embossing plates.  The embossed images were then highlighted using metallic rub-ons.  I love the sheen that the rub-ons give the embossed patterns.  I used a zig-zag machine stitch for the edges and to attach decorative trim to the tag.  Images are all from Altered  Pages.

Embellishments of buttons, flowers and poetry beads complete the tags.  Beautiful fibers were added to the holes in the tags. 

Happy Sunday morning all!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Design Team!

I'm happy to have joined the design team for Altered Pages.  I love their collage sheets and look forward to working with their images.  Excited!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Book of Chocolate

Just want to share a book I made using images from Altered Pages.

The cover features an image from collage sheet #426 “More Chocolate Please” (copied onto muslin using a laser printer)
For the pages, I used design sheets #178 and #426.

The edges are finished with a blanket stitch.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Christmas Stars

It's hot but not too early to work on Christmas decorations.  I traced a star pattern onto a sheet of computer paper and cut two stars, one for the front and one for the back. Gesso was applied to all surfaces and allowed to dry. The star was painted with a watered-down coat of Plaid’s metallic  acrylic paint in either rose, peridot or bright red.  An image from Altered Pages' Christmas Cherubs collage sheet was centered onto the front of each star. Decorative papers were added to four of the star’s points. Once dry,  Christmas images were stamped onto the star and buttons were added. The back of the star was decorated with stamps. A piece of thin batting was cut to size and placed between the front and back of the star. The sandwich was secured with a clip to prevent sliding while being sewn. The edges were sewn using either thread (rose star) or embroidery floss (red and green stars).  The  holes were made by using an unthreaded sewing machine.  Acrylic paint on the edges, a hanger made of thread and an embellishment completed the pieces.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Free Image Sheet

I made altered playing cards using Altered Pages' Vintage Babies image sheet.  Each card was prepped by sanding the glossy coating from the face of the card leaving corners visible. A light coat of antique white acrylic was applied. Two types of shelf liner were used to create a grid pattern on the cards using either red or pink acrylic paint. Using gel medium, a piece of vintage dictionary page was layered onto each card before adding images from the Vintage Babies collage sheet. Distress ink and Golden glazes were used to add depth of color. A checkered-pattern stencil was used on each card to further coordinate the five cards. Once dry, a sewing machine was used to zigzag stitch around parts of the images. Stamps were used on some of the cards and embellishments were added using Beacon 527 glue. A thimble was dipped into the antique white paint and a circle was stamped around a word on each card. Red acrylic was dabbed around the border of the cards using a cosmetic sponge. Black dots were added for a final touch using the end of a paint brush dipped in black acrylic paint. The box was altered following the same directions.

Jackie at will give you a free image sheet if you'll send her an email at  Please put "Dianne Adams' blog" in your subject line.....that's all you have to do!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

we're in this together

The busyness of summer seems to be crowding out my art time.  I found a few minutes here and there for art today and created "we're in this together".  Acrylic paint was used to create layers of texture on the 6"x9" canvas.  Shades of green, blue, beige and brown were used along with vintage text and buttons.  Hoping for more art time soon...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Little Puppies

Clarissa and I took advantage of the great sale at Plaza Art and picked up several stretched canvases last weekend.  I really like the 4 X 12 size and finally had some time last night to try one out.  The girl and puppies is from Rock Candy Studios' Girly Girls image CD.  I resized her to just over 9" tall and the quality was not affected at all.  Acrylic paints, stamps and stencils were used to create the piece.  Later!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Monochromatic Red ATC

ChristianPaperArtists is having a Monochromatic Red ATC swap and this is my completed card.  I used printed cardstock and added Golden's bright red glaze.  Layers of paint were stenciled on and then the painted piece was mounted to red cardstock.  I used a sewing machine to make the holes around the border and then finished the edges with handsewing.  The text was typed using my antique typewriter...mostly due to the fact that my computer was down and I couldn't print anything.  A punched heart was paper embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.  All the elements were mounted and then outlined with a burgundy gel pen.   This was the last of the swaps I'm signed up for so I'm off to look for another swap or two.  Know of any good ones?