Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Art Room

I love to see where people work and so I took a few photos to share this morning.  I've posted them to flickr if you'd like to see more.  I'd love it if you'd leave a link to art studio pics that you have.  My area is a work in progress and I'm always looking for ideas and inspiration for making my space better.  This photo is of a dormer area where I wrap packages for gifting or mailing.  It's probably my most organized area.

This is a wide shot of my work table.  It's probably the messiest area but I know where everything is and spend as much time as possible here.  If you'd like to see more pictures, go to this link and choose slideshow.  Later...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hearts for Christchurch

I'd like to share the felt hearts that I've made to send to Christchurch.  For more information about the Christchurch project, go to their blog here.

Each heart was cut from felted sweaters that I purchased at Goodwill.  The felting process is quite easy.  Here's a great tutorial on felting wool from sweaters.

The flower embellishments were cut using the Sizzix and handstitched into place.

Each heart was closed using a blanket stitch after a light stuffing of fiberfill.

I have to share this shot of Mac who had to get into the act.  I have a black fabric set up above and over a printer and this is the space where I photograph most of my blog art.  I had already finished shooting and looked over to see 6 month old Mac lounging on the printer.  I think he's beautiful and he sure is lots of company in my art room.  Later...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend Embellishments

I had a play date on Saturday with two of my art club buddies, Allison Revetta and Alice Arterburn.  We spent the afternoon working on projects that Alice had planned out for us.  I've wanted to try my hand at making rosettes for awhile so I was thrilled when Alice showed us how easy it is to whip these out.  I found a tutorial on YouTube by craftdiva99 that is very similar to the way we  made our rosettes.  Check it out here: 
This is a paper flower that we also made.  Alice couldn't remember where she got the directions for it and I couldn't find a tutorial online.  This flower is composed of twelve layers of paper punched using an approximately 2 3/4" scallop edge punch.  The paper is lightly spritzed and each piece is scrunched into a small ball and then gently unscrunched.  Lay each piece out and let it dry.   After the pieces are dry, stack them together and put a brad through the center of the stack to hold it together.  Next, begin with the top layer and scrunch each layer up again.  Once all the layers are scrunched, begin unfolding them very gently from the bottom.  Once all the layers are unfolded, the flower will look something like this photo.  (Clear as mud?) 

On Sunday I spent the afternoon making more rosettes and here's what I came up with:

This is a paper flower I made using Spellbinders heart shaped scallop die. 

And here they all are together...I can't wait to make more.

I found that I needed three hands to make the rosettes so I came up with a couple of things that helped me hold them in place as the glue set up.  A simple hairspray can top and a canning jar lid worked perfectly.

Thanks to Alice for the inspiration and my sweet friend Allison for always opening her studio up to her friends. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011


It's been a hectic week (again) but I had some time to work on a project. An Altered Pages image is featured on this fabric and paper collage. The base is a canvas board painted and stamped with one of Altered Pages' new rubber stamps. Fabric layers, a fabric flower and a computer generated word on muslin complete the piece. I like the way the fabric looks mounted onto a canvas board. It gives it a strong base and is easily displayed in an easel or frame. I'm having a playdate at a friend's today so I'm off to get ready. Have a good day all!