Saturday, November 29, 2008

Starting the Christmas Season

Well, Thanksgiving is over and I'm turning my attention toward Christmas. I know, most people start planning Christmas in July, but I wait until after Thanksgiving. Every year, I plan on sending out homemade Christmas cards and ever year I don', I got out all my Christmas themed materials and stared at them for 1/2 a day...this is the first card I've, at least one person will get a homemade card this year! :-)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Silver Necklace for Mom

A couple posts ago, I showed a picture of some silver oak leaves I created with metal clay. This is the final necklace I made with them for my mom. I used a small branch from the cottonwood tree in our front yard to make a mold for the silver branch. I connected the leaves with silver wire and attached the 'branch' to a silver chain with silver jump rings.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Friend...Another Birthday Card

I realized this morning that if I plan to send a card to my friend, Linda, for her birthday on 1 Dec...I better get creating. This gave me an opportunity to use the Cloisonne Cat stamp from Michael Strong. I'm still on the 'stamp on mulberry paper' kick, but I got a little more whimsical with this on by adding embossed cat prints on the blue cardstock.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Card for a Friend

My friend, Cheryl's, birthday is on 2 Dec. We work together and will be in Dublin, OH then. I really wanted to do something with my Michael Strong stamps, so I made this birthday card for her. The inspiration was from a photo uploaded by tlgirl353 on the Michael Strong Yahoo group.

I used Distress embossing power on mulberry paper for the hummingbird and gold embossing powder for the half circles on the green cardstock. The background is white cardstock that I inked with Distress Tea Dye ink. The text is a foil sticker that is a huge pain to get on...I gave up on getting it straight.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Coffee Tag

In keeping with the coffee theme from the latest MIM, I created this tag bookmark for my Mom. I added a charm that I created by gluing a plastic star over a stamped coffee cup image...kept the same basic format as my ATC with the exception of the phone book paper background.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blog Candy Offer

While checking out Ink Stain Survivor blog, I found a link to Passion for Crafts which is hosting a great blog candy giveaway. Check it out and her great crafts as well.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Taking Time to Craft

I had two motivators to take a break from a hectic workday and do a little crafting. One was my mother's birthday on Friday and the other was a challenge from Crafted by Us and Go Make Something Make It Monday...I killed both challenges with one ATC.

Michelle at Crafted by Us has been following the projects in the book, "Artist Trading Card Workshop" by Bernie Berlin (who also happens to run an excellent animal shelter). The challenge for this month is Phone Book Paper...hence the background on my ATC. The MIM challenge theme was coffee or tea...hence the theme of the card. :-) I was apparently is a dark, distressed mood while making this...lots of distress ink on this one. :-)

For my mother's birthday, I started working on a silver oak leaf necklace. I've finished the silver oak leaves (which is the only real artist part of the whole thing). I just need to get a nice chain on which to attach them. I also made her a birthday card using stamps from Michael Strong and inspiration for the inside from a TVWeekly episode he just did.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time for A Few Things

I've been on the road a lot lately between work and a Air Force retirement ceremony. I did take some time to try out my new Prismacolor colored pencils. You can really tell the difference between a good set and cheap pencils. In the past, I've only used them to color in stamped images, etc. This is the first time I've actually done a picture with them. I don't draw very well, but I liked the way this turned out. I started the picture while curled up in my, it ended up a little tilted. :-)

I also tried a painted leaf technique with metal clay paste. Basically, you take a leaf with good vein texture. Paint a layer of metal clay paste on and let it dry. Do this 10 times!! Make a small bail using metal clay. I used the metal clay in a syringe to make a small loop with a little tail on it to be used to attached to the leaf. After the bail dried, I attached it to the leaf with metal clay paste and let the whole thing dry to bone dry. I sanded the edges of the leaf down and fired it. I used a couple rose leaves. They are a little 'waxy', so the leaf pealed off the clay before firing. If your leaf won't peal loose before firing, make sure you have plenty of ventalation, because the leaf will burn away during the firing process. Small items like these can be fired with a kitchen butane torch. Once I had polished up the leaves, I attached them together using silver jump rings and a tiny piece of silver chain (hidden behind the top leaf). I bought the silver chain on which they are hanging from Hobbie Lobbie.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Well, I didn't do any art or crafts to post for Halloween, because we were busy setting up our Haunted Garage for the little Halloweeners...some of which weren't so there a maximum age for trick-or-treating?!? I did use my potion bottles for the party afterward. Here are a few pictures of the event: