Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter ATC's

I spent the evening making these 4 fun Easter ATC's. The second one "Egg Hunt" will be used for the TGIF "Egg" theme ATC swap on AlteredDesigns Yahoo group.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Crocheted Hand Warmers

I took instructions from 3 different projects and combined them to make these fun crocheted hand warmers. So far I am on my 3rd pair. They are quick to make
and I can complete them while watching TV in about two evenings. Although the colder weather is passing, I think that I may just offer them for sale on my Etsy
shop. The violet pair above also have the ruffled edge at the wrist like the sunny yellow pair, I added it after the photo was taken.

Vintage ATC & Art Holder

The vintage stand that I had found at a great bargain is getting filled up with great ATC's and other art from swaps I have been in. I just love this being by my desk to look at. It is a miniature art gallery!!

Spring ATC's

Here are the 4 Spring themed ATC's that I made for the Monthly swap at AlteredDesigns Yahoo group.

ATC "Timeless"

I sat down and did four new pieces today. For this ATC I used the packing tape transfer technique on the image. I made fingerprints on the tape first to make the image look crackled (* a little trick that I figured out by accident) and put this over a printed digital collage. I added the word stickers, paper flower and button to complete.

Traveler Tag

I stamped the tag using various unmounted stamps that I had (had forgotten about is more like it!!) added the stamped image, butterfly wings and crown cut from scrapbook paper. Isn't it nice when you start digging through your supplies and end up making some great ART from stuff you forgot about? It is like shopping without ever leaving your home!! (C'MON...I know you ALL do this!!) PLEASE...tell me it is NOT just me!!

"Fly Me To The Moon"

Another ATC I made this morning using odd images that I had in my image box. The little girl is from, the moon is from The Mailbox Muse bi-monthly club and the crowns were cut from a sheet of scrapbook paper. The background paper was leftover from a sheet of Halloween scrapbook paper. I titled this one "Fly me to the moon".

TGIF Dictionary Page ATC

The TGIF theme for this week at AlteredDesigns Yahoo group is "Dictionary Page". Here is my creation. I am not sure what company the stamped designs are from as I received them in a stamped image swap some time ago.

Altered Spoon

I had signed up to do an altered spoon for a swap at AlteredDesigns Yahoo group and had no idea what to do with an ordinary vintage spoon. As I was looking through my supplies, everything that I needed to do an Alice in Wonderland theme jumped out at me. The spoon that I used is a large vintage silver tablespoon marked Hershey Hotel on the back of the handle (I didn't swipe it I swear!!). I left the spoon in its tarnished condition and added a tiny glass bottle, a clock button, tea stained tags, a tiny brass cake charm, a tiny brass, an image of Alice from the printed from original book and vintage rhinestones. Even my husband LIKES this one!! He says my art is getting better all the time, such a sweetie!!

Clay Face Pins

I started making these clay face pins using polymer clay, vintage rhinestones and watch parts. I thought this scan of them actually turned out really cool. (I plan on taking actual photos of these. When I do I will post them so you can actually see the details.) AND I finally figured out how to watermark my photos WOOHOO!! Just another step in my blogging adventures! Can't wait to learn Photoshop one of these days, though that would mean purchasing a new computer.......HINT, HINT (May 30th is fast approaching)...I LOVE you honey!!
P.S. and did I mention that I still have my eye on that Canon camera...?

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I made this 4 x 4 inch collage painting this week. I used a 4 x 4 wrapped canvas and applied torn patterned papers in a random fashion using Mod Podge. I then applied Gesso using a dry brush method. After that dried I used Fluid Chalk Inks and applied random color. Over the color I then added the Gesso circles, swirls and lines. I drew in the lamb, flowers, birds, clouds and hot air balloon using a Gelly Roll pen in white. Next I laid down the base colors for the face, shirt and hair adding detail using Sharpie markers. I touched up a few places with the ink again and I still need to apply one last clear coat over the top. I am not completely happy that I used black on this but it is the basic idea of what I wanted to do. It is a learning process for me and I am sure that the next one I do will be even better.

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