Monday, November 25, 2013

Old World Santa

This is the card I made for the group I belong to called "A Year of ATC's"

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Catch Up Post

My post today is just a sampler of the projects I've been working on for the last couple of months.

This is one of six cards I made for a new group I've had the honor of joining. It's called A Year of ATC's and the artist there are amazing. My first trade was for the month of July so I went with a patriotic theme.

This ATC was made for the VPI Yahoo Group where the theme was Take a Shape.

This ATC was another card made for the group A Year of ATC's. This was my August entry. And that brings me up to date with updating my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Wild Blue Yonder

I made these two ATC's for a swap with the VPI Yahoo Group where the theme is Wild Blue Yonder hosted by Jan Larson. I used a wonderful digital kit created by Finecraft Designs at Deviant Scrap. The title of the kit is also Wild Blue Yonder. Hope you like them Jan!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Under The Big Top

I made these cards for a swap with the VPI Yahoo Group and the theme is one of my favorite. I love working with images from the circus and found this really nice digital kit from Digital Scrapbook Place. I designed the cards in Photoshop and then printed each element so I could cut and paste them onto the 2.5 x 3.5 ATC.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I am hosting a swap with the VPI Group and the theme is "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Audrey Hepburn was such a beautiful woman and I enjoyed working with these publicity pictures promoting the movie.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Queen's Crown

This past week I have been playing with fancy lace and fabric stiffener. The first one was made for my little sister's birthday last week. I found a beautiful box that was the perfect size for the crown and put a note inside telling her that today she was "Queen of Everything." She immediately put the crown on her head and it fit her perfect! 
I formed the first crown around a circle made from posterboard and after it dried I spray painted it gold. Then I added a gold trim around the bottom and added rhinestones and pearls to finish it off. The second one was another trial run made a little differently. I painted the white lace with silver metallic paint and a brush after the fabric stiffener had dried. I sewed the jewels on this one since they were metal and rather heavy. I added two trims at the bottom to finish it off. Both are made from 20" of fancy white lace that dry to about 18.5" and once the two ends are joined together it makes a nice little circle that sits upon the head nicely. I am currently working on a third trial run with a totally different apporoach and will post it when it's complete.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Flea Market Fabulous

I found two of these metal frames at a flea market back during the summer and just had to have them. I didn't know what I would do with them at the time so I just put them away for safe keeping. I was cleaning up my scrap room and came across them again and knew right away that they needed some TLC. Out came the box of old broken and unloved jewelry (and some newer pieces too) and the E6000 glue and this is what I came up with. I truly love the way it turned out! I am hosting a swap with my Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group and we are all going to make one and send to our partner. Ooh La La!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden is the name of a swap I am hosting with the VPI Group. Tonight I worked on my design and was happy with the way the card turned out. It wasn't what I had imagined in my head, but it came out as a pleasant surprise. Theda Bara is such an icon of the silent film era. I guess she would fall into the category of "vamp" because of the parts she played. Who can forget her immortal character of Cleopatra in 1917 and the elaborate costumes she wore! The film was considered risqué and unfortunately the ast two films of it were destroyed in a fire at the Fox Studios.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Steampunk Marie

Made for a swap with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Love, Marilyn

I have been out of the loop for so long due to one thing or another. I've been itching to start cutting paper and playing with glue again for a while, so I signed up for several ATC swaps. These cards are the ones I made for a swap with the VPI Group where the theme is, "Love, Marilyn" just in time for Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Let me Introduce my Grandson, Christian

He's finally here! He arrived on Nov. 14th at 5:55pm and weighed 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long. He is our early Christmas present, and we are so excited to finally meet him. I would sit and hold him 24/7, but his parents don't think it's a good idea...LOL!

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's Getting to be That Time Again

I can not believe how fast this year has gone by! This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, and as soon as we blink our eyes, it will be Christmas. I noticed that the stores had Christmas stuff right along side the Halloween stuff this year. Two of the local radio stations are already playing 24-7 Christmas music. Is it me or are the stores pushing Christmas upon us this year? No matter, it's a wonderful time, and it's good to be with the family celebrating around the tree and enjoying good food.
Here are several ATC cards I made for a swap with the gals in the VPI Group. The theme is Open Theme Christmas, one of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Home From Houston, Texas

The International Quilt Festival was unbelievable; so many quilts and vendors, it made my head spin. It took us three days to make the journey around the convention center. We saw so many beautiful quilts and even more vendors selling everything you could possibly think of. I purchased a few small kits that I can work on at night while watching TV.

This is the view from upstairs looking to the right. I tell you this is only one small portion of what was inside this convention hall.

On Saturday we ventured down to Galveston to see the Gulf of Mexico. It was 89 degrees and the water was warm. We put our feet in and walked up and down the beach looking for shells. We had lunch at Bubba Gumps and tried the shrimp sampler. We also had their famous hush puppies.....yummmm!

and then....we had a little mishap with the rental car on I-45. This is something that belongs under the bumper, and it was held on by two pieces of telephone wire. I do believe that the people who had the car before us must have damaged it and wired it back on before returning it to the rental place. We were going 60mph and heard an awful noise and this was hanging by a thread. It caused one of the front tires to go flat, so we had to call roadside assistance. My sister was not a happy camper as you can see by the look on her! All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we had a wonderful time navagating our way in and around Houston.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

CASE Study Challenge #108

 This is my entry into CASE Study Challenge 108 for Sept. 13th. It's been such a long time since I made a greeting card, and this challenge was just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing again. Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to!

paper: Graphic 45
bat: K&Co.
punch: Martha Stewart
Here's the card Torico made and we were to CASE
glitter ribbon: Recollections

Monday, September 10, 2012

Harvest Moon

I couldn't resist....the images in Grant Wood's American Gothic painting from 1930 were good canidates for the way I wanted to represent the "Harvest Moon" theme for the VPI Group swap.