Topic: New Work
This pattern was stitched up in just two colors which lend this card a 1970s feel. I remember clothing, curtains, and furniture with these sinple color combinations.
A calendar of waterfalls yielded this illustration which I trimmed with scrapbook border and square stickers. Mounted on dark blue cardstock to match a text sticker which is backed with a sky blue card with rounded edges.
One of my groups put up this challenge - everyone using the same pattern. We all stitched it up with different interpretations. Lisa Burns is the pattern designer.
I took a recent opportunity to re-stitch this harpsichord from my own pattern. It uses bugle beads for the slide adjustments and seed beads for the string adjustment keys. I used metallic threads to make the strings liik like metal and brown thread for the edge to suggest wood construction.
I used a striped and a dotted scrapbook paper as backgrounds for these 3D pillows. I've done these up and shown them before with a different background.
The final project we made with Tim Holtz was this acrylic album. We learned to paint on acrylic with alcohol inks and added a lot of free product.
The first project we made with Tim Holtz was a mini scrapbook using Heidi Swapp papers, grungeboard, and tons of free products. I have mine finished off with photos of our trip from home to return, a few bits of ephemera, and journaling in white pen.
This necklace was made using Ideaology product that Tim Holtz supplied for a workshop. We had a couple of samples but used out imagination to combine the pieces we had been given.
This frame was made on the Tim Holtz cruise. We distressed the pre-stamped background, decorated acrylic Fragments with bits of clip-art with an Alaska theme and attached them on the surface. The grungeboard tag was pre-stamped for us and we distressed and atached it.
On the cruise with Tim Holtz we made this mirror by covering the wood frame with grungeboard pieces that we had distressed with paint daubers, a scratch tool, and distressing ink. I used some of Tim's Ideaology metal elements for decoration.
In my month-long quest for blog comments I was delighted to see that I had 6 (yes, six) fans!
In addition to my mother and my daughter, four people commented either on the blog or emailed me directly. Three names were drawn and they have been contacted regarding their prizes.
Lois will be receiving this box
Muffy will be receiving this box
Jill will be receiving this box
Thanks to all
And so, we come to the last entry in the 6-month A to Z self-challenge. After this it will be back to posting whatever, whenever.
Today I made this birthday card. Only the zipper is real (and it does still zip open and closed). All of the other fastenings are rub-ons and the letters are drawn with Sharpie.
When the zipper is opened you can see a Happy Birthday sticker inside the flap.
"Yeast' brings to mind 'bread' so I designed this stitching based on that. It is on a 6 x 6 scrapbook paper and double-matted with two 8 x 8 cardstocks in complementary tones. My plan is to frame it.
And you say "WHAT? What is a Xiphias? I don't remember this on the big list of topics!"
And you would be so right! It was not on the big list of topics. I inserted in place of Xylography. I have not done woodcuts before, I really put it off as long as I could and STILL had no inclination to do it.
So I inserted Xiphias in it's place. Now as to the definition? It's the scientific name for a swordwish.
I printed this guy and cut him out, mounted on scrapbook paper and cut to size. Then I made a picture for the back of it, a sunset on the beach. A few text stickers and I slipped it all into a bookmark sleeve, trimmed with a ribbon.
I call this project "Watch Band". Constructed out of real watches, they link together using their band attachments so alternate between bars and holes. The ball-chain is strung through all the bars to keep the watches aligned and to provide a closing mechanism.
Here are three shots of the band so you can see all the different faces while being worn.
Only ONE of the watches works so it is functional as well as decorative - as long as you can remember which one it is!
The ideas for 'Volume' ranged from 'glass is half full' to making a book, but I finally knew it was right when I realized I had to make a 'volume' of items.
Now, I do not like to make the same thing over and over so this was a big challenge for me. The way I resolved the issue was to make them all a little different.
So what did I make? Inchies! Have you heard of them? They are one inch square little works of art. I used yellow Mat board as a base, rubber stamped them with a variety of stamps in a variety of ink colors. These I colored with watercolor markers, added bits of stickers, rhinestones, and then covered with two layers of UTEE. The last step, after adding identifying stickers to the back, was to use metallic gold leafing pen on all the edges.
This is the whole group:
Here are the individual styles - based on the original stamp used.
So, you ask, what are these for? I took them on my Alaska cruise with Tim Holtz to trade with other artists.
I love the layout of this summery card but in the photo you can't see the theme element - Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel. The frame and each of the shells are printed die-cuts. They are covered with three layers of UTEE and mounted with pop-dots.
I added stickers for the text and the seahorses.
This mini-lunchbox tin has the cutest window! I painted it with Ranger Acrylic Paint Dauber, distressed the paint with walnut ink and added bits of rubons to the edges.
The same rub-ons were used for my name and the other surface embellishments.
I've been struggling for the past few weeks, trying to decide whether posting on this blog should continue. YOU will be the deciding factor.
Back on May 31, I posted a notation that the blog had reached it's ONE YEAR anniversary. In celebration of that, I asked for comments to be posted 'through June 30' with all comments being put in a drawing for one of three items made during the A to Z self-challenge.
To this date I have received exactly ONE COMMENT - from my MOTHER!
Ia anybody else out there? Are you still reading this blog? Do you care? Shall I just forget it? I mean, really, if my Mom is the only person reading about my art, I can send her emails with photos!
So, if anyone wants this blog to continue, please leave a comment. You will be entered into the drawing to be held on July 1. If you don't want the blog to continue, why are you reading this now??? Hmmmm?