Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Inside Me


So while working on these ATC's a thought ran over and over in my mind...ATC's have been around for a very long time and I have always loved creating them...but I dont want mine to look like the ATC's of the past...and I dont want mine to look like any that are out now...that almost controlling creative feeling shouts out..."I wanted to offer something new"...perhaps a new texture,or a new thickness...or maybe a new medium...sky's the limit right?

So,I say,reach.
Be original...
and always,always, think outside the box.


I painted the Retro Cafe frames in Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paint and let it dry completely.


Next I glued on the collage sheet to the back and sealed the image three times


I mixed up two equal parts of Clear Cast and added it to the center and to the frame


I then dropped in some metal watch gears and let the resin cure 24hrs.


Next I added a rub-on word


and mounted the frame to a chipboard blank ATC board for added thickness


I painted the light bulb black with a sharpie and glued the pieces together


Glued the bulb in place and added one final layer of resin along with confetti stars.


Covered the sides in black Dresden Trim.


Retro Cafe Products used in this tutorial

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Student and Teacher

The was so thrilled to be able to take a workshop with Midge and Tracy at Art More Place.

We learned all sorts of fabric application techniques!


Here I am having a great time getting my hands dirty!!


and by the end of the class...we all felt like this...pure happiness in the creative process.


Last night I finished one of the project I hoped to make with the yardage I created....my first ever apron...and I love it! 


Here I am giving another class at AMP...We made these fun Mary Oliver inspired soldered pendants



My favorite part was getting to meet some online friends...


what a blessing.


Thankful for this creative life.



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derby Car Collaboration

Amazing artist and friend,Tina Walker recently asked if anyone would be interested in doing a Derby Car makeover...I just thought it was a wonderful fun new idea so I jumped at the chance. 

When I was 17, I spent the summer as a camp counselor in upstate New York.I was part of the "design team" for the camp and one of tasks we had to accomplish, was to make a Batman Car out of the cafeteria salad bar....heehee...yes, it was quite a challenge,but tons and tons of fun.My Derby car is inspired by that Batman car...smooth and slick and ready to roll.


I first painted the car this yummy Seaglass color.My original plan was to use the rectangle piece,but later decided against it.


I then covered it in sparkly black and glitter cardstock...


Then using a circle punch I cut out some circles and added some embossing powder design and rub ons...



Next I used some Dylusions Sprays to create a vibrant sunrise color and cut out more circles and stars and glued them on to my design. I also added text and dimensional dots.


Lastly, I cut out some wings,glues them on and assembled the car.



Here's a peak at some of the other amazing cars...What a fun collaboration!! 






"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Birdy Talk



While creating,  these two happy little winged friends,began chatting about this and about that.
They each expressed strong opinions on how little Birdy's should spend each waking moment...one birdy quietly whispered... "if we are true to who we are,our heart will not lead us astray". The other little birdy shouted, and with his wing flapping said..."Dare,...despite the fear, dream and dream big"!!
Personally...I think they both offered good advice.

Be True to yourself
&
Dare to Dream
said the little birdy's.

I first covered the birdy's body and wing in book text.

I glued the stand to the base...


and when dry I added some distress ink with a bristle brush.


Next I added all sorts of findings to the bottom like paper flowers,fun mushrooms,coconut fibers and a frame charm that I embellished with paper and rhinestones.


Then I glued on the wing as well as tea stained cheese cloth and a button.



I added German glitter to the crowns and the tail of the birdys.



I then added rub on words and text...


and because something was missing I added black polka dot card stock to the stem.


I finished them off by adding a liquid dot eye, stitching on a fabric trim and sweet butterfly buttons!


Retro Cafe items used in this tutorial


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sweeeeeet Solder Charms

Blessed to make some new friends and re-connect with some old ones in my Sweet Solder Charm mini class last night at Art More Place!










Here are just some of the sweet solder charms my students made...pretty wonderful right!!


So thankful to all the students and to the wonderful Sherri,owner of my Art home,Art More Place!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,