Friday, January 21, 2022

Rainbow Journal Page

 My son tossed out this old journal of his when he was moving out.  I, of course, grabbed it knowing that it could use some arting up.  I love that it has some of his wonky sketches from he was little.  This page was created  over some shapes he had drawn.  It came about because I joined the Creative Jumpstart workshop and this was one of the lessons.

The idea was to create texture with layers.  I really enjoyed the exercise.


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Postage Stamp ATC

Postage stamps are fun to use in mixed media creations.  I joined a postage stamp ATC swap and struggled to figure out what to do at first.  Then it dawned on me to use the postage stamps as a background. 

Here's what I came up with...

I hope it makes you grin.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Silver & Gold

 The title says it all.  I always am aghast when December 1st rolls around and I haven't done anything about Christmas cards.  If I enter this challenge every month, at least I'll have 12.  Ha ha!

I bought a pack of silver and gold card bases years ago thinking I'd be able to whip up some Christmas cards easily with them (and yet, here they sit...).  I die cut 'Believe' out of white cardstock and layered it over a solid gold base.  The stars were stamped and then embossed with silver embossing powder.  Can't get much more CAS than that!


Monday, January 17, 2022

Monthly Stampotique Swap - "Anything Goes"

 I love Stampotique stamps.  After a bit of a hiatus I joined their monthly ATC swap.  To start I dug around in my stash and found a music sheet that I had gel printed over a while ago.  That was the basis for all of the bits below.

I can't believe we're halfway through January - yowza!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Trading on SwapBot

 It's kind of strange how I go through phases with ATC-making.  I go for long periods of time with no interest in making and trading them and then I realize I miss getting pretty stuff in my mailbox.  I'm only trading on SwapBot these days and the following of some of my recent ATC makes.

This one is "Purple" (not very creative title, eh?" for a monchromatic, you guessed it, purple swap.

This was for a 3-layer swap: pink background, vintage holiday, the word 'dream'.

I was immediately intrigued when I saw the name of this swap - Exquisite Corpse.  What's not to love about that!  This is a 3-round swap.  For the first round we traded the head, next will be the body and last will be the legs.  Can't wait to see all 3 together!  Honestly, I kinda wanted to keep 'Ernest' for myself...

"Beware the Stinger" was for a bee swap.

I called this "Halitosis" - ha ha!  I had to use metal, steampunk and thread on an ATC.

I don't remember what swap this one was for, but she's called "Mother Had Me Tested".

That's it for now.  Toodles!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Catching up

 This morning I was looking up old ATCs that I created and I discovered that my blog was a great resource.  Why have I been neglecting it??  A year or so ago, I read something about blogs being obsolete now with other social networking platforms taking the lead.  My thinking was that why should I bother blogging if there isn't an audience for it.  But wait!  I'm the audience!  So I'm back...at least for now.

At the beginning of this month I started a workshop series: Creative Jumpstart.  Damn!  I had heard about it before, but never could justify the price tag.  Was I wrong!  Each of the lessons I've watched so far has been well done and I've learned so much.  We're still at the beginning and I'm so pleased that The Muse has been roused from her slumber.  Here are a couple of the projects I've done so far...

Inspiration Journal

Recycled Envelopes for collage or mixed media projects


The theme of the workshop series is 'connections'.  How perfect to start blogging again. ;)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Christmas Cards for Seniors

I'm alive!  There's a group that I'm part of that sends cards to seniors.  I made several of these to send to them and, as luck would have it, they fit in with the challenge theme at the Lawnfawnatics blog.  Woo hoo!

I love this little germ-free bear.  So cute!