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Showing posts from April, 2018

Feeling Flowery

Spring seems to have finally arrived for most everyone.  YIPPEE! I have dimensional ATC's for your viewing today. I do like using up older papers for sweet little ATC's. I die cut the flowers on a Cricut, I cut the leaves from one of our papers, used another paper as my background.   I then used a pentel pen to doodle around the flowers and leaves.  I also like to corner round most things, it echoes the rounded flowers. A bit more of the same but with a different background paper.  Less doodling due to the busy background.   Just paper, scissors and glue and VOILA! I also want to share some of our blooms around the house.    These grace our front and backyards and make me so very happy due to the bright colors.  The birds, bees, and butterflies like them too.        The RED Hibiscus is a full 9 inches across! Here's to Happy days of Spring and summer. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, if you do, we will send a lovely printable sp

Sewing Notions

This old-fashioned sewing stamp set reminds me of the pajamas my grandmother used to make us when I was little.  Unfortunately, the "sewing gene" didn't make it to me!  I think she would have liked my trio of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I'm sharing today. I chose to work with the Prima 6x6 paper stack called Life Time because the distressed patterns played well with the aged look of the Stitches stamp set . Rather than coloring most of the images after they were stamped, I just stamped them in different parts of the papers to get the different colors.  All of the images were stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink . Bits and Pieces

More Bright ATC's

Continuing to play with Bright Colors and my love for randomness and inky mess, I grabbed out my Circle Gel Press Plate and the three primary colors of Paint - Red, Blue and Yellow. I applied the paint in sections onto my plate and proceeded to randomly and not fully lay my pre-cut ATC Cards onto the plate, I then picked them up and picked up more paint in different areas, until most of the paint was removed from the plate. I then took some gold paint and a bottle cap and pressing the cap into the paint then applied some circles of gold to the plate which I then once more randomly pressed my ATC Cards into. Next I took the 6 x 6 Heart and Arrow Stencil by the Crafter's Workshop and with black paint and a stencil brush added the stencil design randomly across my ATC's. I had some let over butterflies and bird collage images from previous projects so I decided to use these and then played around with placement. A bit fun and funky! And I sti

Happy Banners

We have a big selection of what  we call HAPPY BANNERS ™ You can choose your color scheme and we will send precut pieces plus embellishments for a 6 panel Banner. Here are some examples for you: The BEST part is, they are only 6.99 per set! Click here to order


IT'S A DAY FOR CLEANING AND STRAIGHTENING AND YES, THAT INCLUDES THE OFFICE AND ART SUPPLIES. My least favorite task is the office.   But someone has got to do it!    How about some soothing art to pass the time...

Super Textured ATC

Hi again guys! Today, I have a quick little lotus inspired ATC.   The supplies I used are listed below.  It all starts with this piece of card stock that a little pot of pain tipped over on.  I figured, hey, let's make a background rather than trying to scoop it up.   I added more paint and smoothered it all over that piece of cardstock with my palette knife allowing it to keep as much texture as possible and I set it aside.  That was months ago and here is it becoming something beautiful!    I added a touch of gray ink to the white areas of the paper and cut it down to ATC size.   Next, came a ripped scrap of Asian vintage text. I then took some of that same vintage paper and inked it a bit with my Niji metalic watercolors in green.  I wrote the phrase "No mud - No lotus".  It is just something I have always loved. I adhered that to the ATC with a bit of gray scrap under that.  To top it all off came the pretty lotus image fussy cut from my colla


STAMPS INKS STENCILS ART CREATED by NANCIE LIVELY Nancie is an amazing creator, her scrapbooks are award-worthy, her cards are sublime. I want to share some pieces of her work today for your enjoyment.  She used inks, stamps and one of our stencils for the fabulous backgrounds. Nancie lived in Ohio, moved to Tucson AZ with her three amazing boys, quite the adventurer!   Settling in Phoenix, she and I got the opportunity become lifelong friends. She is now back in OHIO loving her life as a creator, enjoying her retirement.   Thanks, Nancie for adding beauty to our world.

Turning scrap into art

I know there are other artists and crafters out there like me who have a bin full of wonderful little bits and pieces leftover from other projects.  You know the ones...the unique paper, the stamped image that didn't get used, the random Altered Pages collage image from a full sheet of images.  I dug into that bin this week to create a trio of artist trading cards (ATC) to share with you. Normally, I share how to pictures with you but since I use using remnants I don't have any.  Everything was already (mostly) ready to use.  I hope you enjoy! Supplies used: Tea Party collage sheet Pretty Purple collage sheet Pocket Quotes 2 collage sheet Chinese Textiles collage sheet Year of the Dragon collage sheet Stained Glass Windows collage sheet Collage Backgrounds 1 collage sheet Metal charms Dew Drops Glue/adhesive Fancy Ribbon (used only the pink & black dangles)

Bright Blots, Black and Butterflies

I love creatng small makes such as ATC's and another love is creating my own background papers to use for such projects.  Today I was tidying up some paint supplies and noticed a lot of my paint bottles were pretty much empty so I decided to simply add some water to them and use up the last drops of paint.  I simply dribbled and poured out the now runny paint on some A3 Sized Papers and then pressed others into these to absorb up the wet paint.  This blotting messy fun took me back to my childhood. Knowing it's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere I was inspired by the birds and the bees who are busy at this time of year and selected an assortment of Collage Sheets to play with.  Those that know me, probably guessed that the butterflies would win out! I then cut down some of my papers into ATC Size Pieces. I grabbed a stencil and black ink to add further marks to the backgrounds before adding some butterflies and text. The text was stamped on white pape