Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Mermaids

It's almost Monday, here on the east coast of the I have to type fast! My mermaid is done and I hope you enjoy the Queen of the Deep Blue!

Paris Exposition at Gothic Arches

Bonjour! I have so many images of Paris that I feel like I've visited a time or two. Sadly, I haven't done that (there's still time!) yet. I shall have to make do with an arch instead! It gave me the opportunity to try Christine Adolph's Sticky2 foil...I just wish the scan would show it around the edges of the arch, plus I applied some gold to her hair. I colored her a bit with my watercolor pencils. In the meantime, merci beaucoup!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flourishes - Theme Thursday

I used Kelly's (CollageVision) images of an old salt and his fish (along with my flourish stamp and a little heart with a picture of his sweetie) for my theme. The background is created using the technique I describe in my steampunk arch below. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Architecture at 3 Muses

I used a gorgeous stamp from Paper Artsy. The quote featured on this little house is from former Catholic priest, John O'Donohue. He popularized Celtic spirituality. And he wrote so beautifully...when I saw this challenge announced, I immediately knew what I would use for it. The heart is also from this little collection of stamps. The butterfly is from Paula Best. I stamped the house several times, cut it apart and glued it all back together. Hope you like it...and more importantly, like this quote!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Steampunk at Gothic Arches

I used a fun technique I just learned. (See Val's blog: - stop by and wish her well, please, she's going through serious health issues). Natl Geo magazine strips glued to your base, sand, then go over with brown shoe polish and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. I threw down some Lumiere gold and turquoise for a bit of glitz here and there. Added my image and metal pieces to finish it. Thanks for looking!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

TMTA - Dancing

I created my ATC using Itkupilli's dancer and some of the elements. The background music comes from Optic Illusions and the Eiffel Tower is from Altered Pages. Thanks for looking...and go visit Think Monday, Think ATC...lots of beautiful art!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Twins

I used a specialty paper for my background...there's a gold decorative strip at the bottom of the image that doesn't show up well. The image is from my stash, don't know where I found it. Used other bits and pieces and put my card together. Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tag Tuesday - Cutsie

Ok, Louise's challenge is for a cutsie theme. Usually this would be no problem, but I experienced brain freeze (or something quite like it!) I went through images and stamps, then stamps and images. And then I realized there's nothing quite like a baby for cutsie. It just brings that out in us! So, thanks for looking at my cutsie tag!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Theme Thursday - Girls

Such a wonderful theme because there are so many wonderful images and ways you could go with it. I decided to use a lovely Paper Whimsy image so I had to do something lovely with it. I tore several pink papers and glued them down. Used ribbons and a sticker and some music tissue paper. The little comb charm completed my piece. Thanks for looking!

Three Muses - Nature

Here's my nature piece done with chalk inks for the background and Pipe DreamInk embossing enamels, B-Muse embossing powder, cardinals image from Kloud 9 Creations, Autumn Leaves clear stamps from a sale table at Jo-Ann's, and I think that's it! It's not the piece I wanted to do, but the one that came that I'm able to sit for longer periods at the "big" computer, the son is going to install Photoshop and I'm going to try to learn how to use it! I love all the beautiful art pieces I see many of the artists doing, and I'd like to give it a go. I suspect I'll be slower cause I still can't stay seated here as long as I think it will take. Who knew getting old(er), having surgery and still having some muscle issues would make life so frustrating. I don't even feel really retired yet...I'm still limited a bit, but now I'm whining! I shall get to the other side soon! See, I'm a work in progress! :o)

Monday, February 15, 2010

TMTA - Exotic

I love this picture of a beautiful Oriental girl. I used origami paper for my background and Inkadinkado clear stamps. The girl is colored with glimmer chalks, but they don't show up in the scan. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gothic Arches - Mardi Gras

Gothic Arches takes us to the Mardi Gras this week! My images come from ArtVisionStudio. Thanks for visiting! Enjoy!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Three Muses - Postage

I started by gluing down music tissue paper, brayered over it with blue and champagne metallic acrylics, then covered it with my image and postage stamps. I brayered over the whole piece with the champagne metallic acrylic to finish it off. I'm not sure why the scan looks a little blurry, and the champagne acrylic doesn't really show up, here I thought I applied too much. But, my piece is done, and at least not days late like the last one! Thanks for looking!

Theme Thursday - Flowers

I decided to go back to something I used to do all the time before my paper obsession took hold - painting. Drew the flower by hand, then used various acrylics to paint my flower. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tag Tuesday - Monogram

Will the snow ever go away? Yes! will I ever catch up on challenges? Well...I wouldn't take that bet! But I keep trying! Here's my Monogram tag for Louise's challenge. I used an image from AlphaStamps. Lots of lovely tags to see! Thanks for checking mine out.

TMTA - Eternity

My take on this theme is to show eternity in families and our connections to one another. I sprayed my watercolor paper with TatteredAngels Walnut Gold and used a photo taken of my son who is a horticulturalist at Oklahoma State University. That's a tattoo on the side of his neck..."Poet". He's published, too!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Cats

I made my card with Itkupilli's wonderful images. Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Three Muses - Birds of a Feather

Nuts....I'm so challenged on photos! I bought a new digital camera and really haven't had much time to play with it. For the Muses challenge, I created a shrine and painted, glued and used lace and ephemera on it. I grabbed the camera, took a couple of pictures, uploaded it...felt proud of myself for getting there...and then ran into a brick wall in sizing the thing. I think I just didn't play enough in PowerPoint to get the picture to where I wanted it to be...but I'm running out of time on this challenge, so I put it up with what I had done. And in this Google Blog, if you can enlarge a pic by clicking on it, I don't know how! Hmph! Probably need to go back to school!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Gothic Arches - Crackle

Kelly Burton has brought us an interesting theme - crackle! I decided to use a Western theme for my crackle arch. I'm sorry, I can't provide the image sources. Oh, does anyone need snow? I have about 33 inches of it I'd be happy to send over!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Theme Thursday and TMTA

We've finally had our power restored...almost 15 hours without heat or lights. Wow...made any art making really tough! So, I made my pink and black piece for Theme Thursday, and I can also use it for TMTA Circus. Sorry I'm so late!