Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cards for All Occasions

My latest card creations...a card for my brother, Sam, who just bought a new house and a birthday card for my friend from high school, Roberta.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Latest ATCs Done

I've completed my ATCs for the 'Get Celtic Knotted' swap on Here they are:

The only other artsy thing I've done lately is a pencil drawing of a fountain at Evergreen Cemetery. I'm a taphtophile and love photographing the cemetery...the cross on my ATCs is actually a tombstone from Evergreen.

The big news is that Bo, my most excellent husband, pre-ordered the Nikon D300 D-SLR camera for me!!! I won't be in until early Dec, but I'm still excited!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Homemade Paper

I finally found an old blender at the flea market and made some homemade paper. I bought the kit at the flea market a couple weeks ago for $.50...brand new!! The blender was $8, so for $8.50, I have my own paper. I've attached pictures of some Halloween shapes I made. I also made a very nice, light green sheet, but I've already cut that up for ATCs. My first two attempts were measured wrong, i.e I didn't measure the correct amount of shredded paper and ended up with something more like cardboard...very nice cardboard, but not what I was going for. Once I used the corrected amount of shredded paper, it turned out really nice and wasn't very hard to do at all.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Worst Possible Taste

OK...that ATC swap theme is "In the Worst Possible Taste" here are my submissions. I probably could have gotten worse, but I was on a short timeline since these are going to the UK.
They were all done digitally, which I haven't done before...not the digital stuff, just never for an ATC.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Working Weekend

Despite the fact that I had to work this weekend, I managed to create the journal card for the theme "Funny". I love the movie Slingblade and when I saw the theme, this is the first thing that came to mind.

Monday, September 10, 2007

First Journal Pages

OK...I was invited by a fellow crafter to do a couple journal pages for her in exchange for a couple ATCs. I was a little intimidated since these are the first journal pages I've done, but here they are...the theme is fantasy (dragons, fairies, etc.):
The dragon is drawn with colored pencils and the background and castle are done in watercolor. I used salt for the weird effect in the sky. I used a corner punch to add detail to the corners.

The background and body of the fairy are done in watercolor (again, salt was used to get that mottled look in the background). The wings are handmade paper with watercolor detail, the wand and explosion are done with embossing powder over watercolor. I added fibers to the two corners...not for any particular reason. I punched the corners and did a little embossing detail in the two right corners. The journaling on both was done in Photoshop CS2.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

I've completed half the invitations to our Halloween Games Night Party. We do this every year for Halloween and St. Patrick's Day. I made my invitations to look like coffins...