Sunday, January 31, 2010

Main Street Block Swap - Block Three

 I once again used photos from a trip to Mackinac Island for my third building for the Main Street Block swap with the In This House and Garden yahoo group.   We really enjoyed spending time at this little coffee house by the water so I couldn't resist using it for one of my buildings.
A quote along with coffee bean embellishments adorn the top.  Only two more blocks to go!

Main Street Block Swap - Block Two

This is the second block I've done for the Main Street Block Swap for the Yahoo group "In This House and Garden".  The front of my antique shop features the picture of a window that I took while on Mackinac Island.  It's outlined with pencil and then smudged.  The jewelry is an old earring purchased at a flea market.
The back of the antique shop features another shot from Mackinac Island.  I love this pink bike with a basket on the front.  The bike and the quote are also outlined with pencil and smudged.  Be sure and check out "In This House and Garden" where there's lots of creative things going on.  Only three more blocks to go for this swap!  Later...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Happy To Be Featured...

I'm so happy to be the featured artist today on .  Please take a minute to check out all the wonderful things you'll find here.  Happy Monday and thanks to Tedi Mercer for the feature!

One World One Heart

It's that time again! In 2007, Lisa of A Whimsical Bohemian created this event. The mission is for bloggers to get better acquainted. In doing so, each blog will host a giveaway which will end with winners being selected and announced on February 15, 2010. I will be announcing a winner at 6:00 P.M. on February 15.  My current favorite thing to do is make collage papers using deli wrap. I'll be giving away a baker's dozen of those along with some sheets of deli wrap so you can make your own. Here's a glimpse of a few of the sheets you'll receive...

All you have to do is leave a comment for this post.  Be sure that you have a blog so I can reach you or leave an address that I can email you in case you're the winner.  For more information and additional blog links, visit


Let the fun begin!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

By Request...A Painted Deli Paper How-To

There are many possibilities for painting paper or deli wrap.  I've shared just a few...Enjoy!  Hold the mouse over the photo if you want to slow the slides down...they're a bit fast.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Project

I've had some time to play and decided to work on Valentine's Day projects.  This hanging heart is made using painted papers as the base.  Three Rock Candy  products were also used: "To Dye For" hand-dyed silk ribbon (American Beauty), french border dresden foil in red, and the image is from the Girly Girls Collage CD.   The words are from magazine clippings.


The back of the heart shows the pattern of the painted paper as well as the stitches that add a bit of interest.  A thin piece of batting was used between the front and back layer.  It adds a little cushioning and a tiny bit of weight to the piece.

This close-up shows the dot pattern in the paint as well as some of the handstitching.  A blanket stitch was used around the edges and a Smyrna cross stitch was used over some of the dots.  The dots were achieved using a piece of gutter guard which was discovered at a home improvement store by my friend Alice Arterburn.  Thanks Alice!

Love the Dresden foil border...

The painted paper begins as white computer paper with a coat of gesso on the front and back.  Layers of color and pattern are added using acrylic paint, stamps and stencils.  This shot shows off another one of my favorite 'stencils'..paper doilies.

Paper doilies are wonderful stencils and can be used later as collage material.

Another closeup...

Diamond pattern bubble wrap was used for the above portion of the heart.  I think I received this in a goodie bag in a class and I'd love to find a source for it.  Anyone know where I can get some more of this diamond-shaped bubble wrap??

Wallpaper is another great way to decorate painted paper.  This great piece came from my friend Allison Revetta.  Thanks Allison!

And finally, a close-up of the image from Rock Candy.  The image and words were all outlined with a Pitt pen.  Love this little girl!

The key to the painted paper is to add layer upon layer of paint and pattern.  This paper has seven or eight layers and it was hard to stop! 

Another sheet of painted paper was made using the same colors but the base was deli paper.  The deli paper is quite thin and would make great paper for collaging but I decided to mount it onto white cardstock to use on another project.  More later...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

License Plate Books

THE party of the year is our art club Christmas party...I'm still talking about it!  One of the gifts given this year was a license plate book kit from Alice Arterburn.  The Zutter was used for making  holes in the plates as well as the pages.  The photos I'm sharing  are of both my book and my daughter's book.  The above shot is a side view of my book.  It is divided in sections and features calendar pages, a notes section, address pages and papers for sketching.  Scrapbook paper was used to cover the inside of the tags as well as the divider pages.

This is a front view of Clarissa's book.  All the plates are from the great state of Tennessee!  TennGRITS (Tennessee Girls Rubberstamping in the South) was organized over ten years ago and so it was fitting for all the plates to be from Tennessee.  The "perfect closures" used are from Zutter.  The leather strap comes in a light tan color but we stained ours with black Stazon.  These would look great in a multitude of colors especially when paired with a different coil color.  The coils are 1 1/4" due to the bulk of the book.

Alice created all the pages in the kit.  If you'd like to know more about the pages, feel free to contact Alice for more information.

I love the detail of using brads in the holes of the tag.  Great touch!

This was a great project for our January meeting and such a great idea to give as a kit.  I think there's several more license plate books in my future!

Friday, January 1, 2010

It's A New Year

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." - Mother Teresa

No, I'm not becoming a hermit in 2010.  But I will come to terms with my need for solitude and embrace it as often as I can.  Hopefully, it will be guilt-free.  That's another area I need to work on.  Solitude with guilt isn't really very rewarding and the purpose is pretty much defeated.   I'll never be the life of the party; the truth is I usually don't even want to go to the party.  Can you tell I turned 50 this year?  It's time to be honest.   I don't want to do the expected anymore; I want to be myself.  My best work is created in solitude, my best decisions are arrived at in solitude and I thrive in solitude.  My head clears and my mood improves after time alone.  I'm a better person when I give in to being the way God created me instead of fighting to be someone else.  And if it makes any sense at all, I'm much more sociable if I get my solitude!

So here's to a wonderful 2010!  May God bless us all.