Friday, January 24, 2014

Comfort Quilts

Two more quilts for Comfort Quilters. This one is 4-1/2" finished blue squares:
 These are finished 12" blocks. The border is finished 1". The smaller squares are finished 4".
Hope they bring comfort to the recipients.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Snowflake cards

I played around with embossing folders and snowflake punches to make a couple of snowflake cards.
For the first one, used the same snowflake embossing folder to emboss both the blue layer and the shimmery off white paper. The embossed off white paper was cut in strips and the ends punched out with different snowflake punches. The ends, that were punched, were trimmed to look like decorative ribbons. The ribbons and snowflakes were layered on the blue embossed layer, then adhered to a white card. Used an "ice" Pearl Pen to add to the center of the snowflakes.
Second card. White paper was stamped with a "let it snow" stamp using crystal blue dye ink, then embossed with a swirl embossing folder. This was layered onto blue paper, then onto a white card. Three snowflakes were punched out of shimmery off white paper, adhered to the embossed layer and "pearls" added to the center of the snowflakes.

Both cards are on top of blue paper, so the white card doesn't blend into the background in the photo.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mixed Media with Use of Maps ATC

  This month in the 9ATC Group, the theme is Mixec Media with Use of Maps. I have an old atlas, I cut up some maps of the Caribbean and South America into 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"pieces. Stamped a crackle texture image with vintage photo Distress Ink.
Colored the edges with brown Distressing Ink. Used Distress Markers to color a palm trees stamp and stamped it over the map.
Used gold fast drying metal gloss paint over parrot charms and along the edges of the atcs.
Used a bronze metallic Gelly pen to add texture to the palm trees. Used a colorful fiber to attach the parrot charm to the atc.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Black Color Perceptions ATC

For February on the ArtVentures Group, the color is Black in the Color Perceptions ATC Swap. We are to make an ATC that is predominately Black, and the theme is how Black makes us feel. I'm a casual person, but when I put on a black dress, I feel elegant. And I love the look of the dancers in the 20's & 30's.
Choose a vintage drawing of two dancers. Added black soot Distress Stickles to the woman's dress.
 Added black lace and a sparkly black fiber to the left side of black corrugated cardboard.
 Added the dancers with a black feather and a black rhinestone in the woman's hair.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Gray Color Perceptions ATC

 This month on the ArtVentures Group, the color is Gray in the Color Perceptions ATC Swap. We are to make an ATC that is predominately Gray, and the theme is how Gray makes us feel. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have plenty of Gray days, which to me is a cloudy and rainy winter day. I often feel alone on these Gray days. And alone isn't  always a bad thing. Time for contemplation and reflection.
I started with a light gray card stock, stamped a bare tree image with iced spruce Distress Ink, embossed it with clear embossing power and heat set.

 Next, colored the tree with two shades of gray Distress Markers.
Stamped rain image with gray dye ink and filled in the drops with frosted lace stickers and let dry.
 Added a bird image and colored with the same two gray shades of Distress Markers. Used a dark gray ink to color the edges of the ATC. Tore some textured gray paper, inked the upper edges with gray ink and adhered to the bottom of the ATC and stamped the letters A L O N E on this paper with dark gray ink.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Gloria's World of Color Round Robin Journal Page

 Gloria choose the colors Teal, Cream and a little bit of black for her World of Color Round Robin Journal on Kindred Souls Art Group. Here's the page I made for her journal.
I choose some cream colored background papers and a preprinted tag and inked them with peacock feathers Distress Ink. Found some lace and ribbon in my stash that were white, used tea to stain them a darker color. Created fabric flowers by die cutting some dark teal batik fabric and some lace, sewing them together and adding buttons or "pearls".  Also added "pearls" to the lace. Stamped a saying with black India ink on the tag.
The back is another sheet of preprinted paper inked with peacock feathers Distress ink. Stamped another saying with black India ink. Added "pearls to the ribbon. Added some more fabric flowers & pearls.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Stephen's World of Color Round Robin Journal page

Steven choose the colors Purple & Gold for his World of Color Round Robin Journal on Kindred Souls Art Group. I decided to play with masks and stencils for his front page. I started with a piece of printed background paper that had printed text and some glittery embossed words and designs on it. I Used dusty concerted Distress ink over the whole page and also used that ink to stamp key images over the paper. Used gold fast drying metal glossy paint over the glittery bits (as they weren't gold or purple) and also used tis paint to color the edges. Then I placed some masks over the paper and sponged on some seedless preserve Distress ink, moving some of the masks around on the page to cover more areas.
Then I lay down two different layering stencils over the page and only inked part of the stencils with the dusty concord Distress ink, again, moving the stencils around the page and inking parts of the stencils.
 And this is how the background turned out:
 To complete the front page, I stamped a variety of sayings over the page with black India Ink. Adhered textured gold paper over grunge paper and cut out the cage with a die. Adhered purple cotton fabric over grunge paper, cut out the wing shapes with a die, then used a co-ordinating wing embossing folder to create texture on the wings. The gold fast drying metal glossy paint was rubber over the top of the wings and also some of the metal bits, which were adhered to the page. Also adhered a key to the bottom of the page.
For the back, I choose a gold embossed design on cream paper (seen as the center strip unchanged) and rubbed the two shades of purple Distress inks over the paper, then used a tissue to wipe the ink of the embossed areas. Then added the center strip with my info. Rubbed the same gold paint over a fabric ruler ribbon and adhered it to the left side. Used a zutter bind it all to remake the holes Stephen had in the page.