October 25, 2006
This is the new book cover I created for an online workshop I am taking. The class is "You Think You Know Me?" by Shimelle. It is all about making a journal that explores 10 different emotions. I am (of course) a bit behind, but Shimelle also tells us to work in our own time frame. I just happened to find this Basic Grey paper at the scrapbook store. I used cardboard as the base and glued the paper onto the front and back. I stamped on it with some neat stamps and embellished with things I had on hand. In the upper right hand corner are my initials. The binding is stick binding. The size of my journal is 6" x 8". Now I can't wait to get started with the inside pages. I am going to Quilt Market this weekend with my friends so I may have to wait to start the pages until I return on Monday. It's a fun class! Classes like this always jumpstart my creativity. I think I have been collecting embellishments, paints, etc. for a long time just waiting for that special project. But, today I realized that collections of such things are only passed on, unopened and unused, so I should use them to create beautiful things that I will enjoy today!
October 23, 2006
This is Taylor. She is lying on the floor in my studio waiting for me to throw her mouse. She does like to give her opinion now and then on what I create. Today we decided to make some ATCs (altered trading cards). Taylor is a big fan of Quilting Arts magazine. If you want to make some ATC's, go to the Quilting Arts blog . Patricia Bolton has great instructions (March 2006) for making some beautiful ATCs on the blog. So, I thought I would give it a try. The ones I made today are made with cardstock as the base and I used glue instead of Wonder-Under. Usually, I make ATC's with fabrics but not this time. I even got to use my Dr. Ph Martin watercolors! Careful not to squeeze the dropper too hard!...don't ask. It only takes a tiny drop of the Dr. Ph Martins to go a long way! But, not a problem, I always wanted purple spots on my cutting mat.
This is the tool that I use to audition where I want to cut. I got it at a workshop I took at European Papers in Columbus, OH.
I think this one is my favorite. It still needs some ribbon or yarn. What I love about these is that each one is different.
October 19, 2006
This is a picture of one of the little ATCs (altered trading card) I recently made for a swap. You can't see in the photo, but the dragonfly has a tiny bit of embossing powder on it. The gold is mulberry paper and the background is overstamped. Making ATCs can be addictive but fun. It also allows you to try out new techniques using just a tiny bit of supplies. Tomorrow, I am making the trek to a craft store to check out their supplies.
October 18, 2006
Here she is playing with her mice. As you can see, one of them is quite dead. She loves the crocheted one the most because it keeps coming back to life.
October 11, 2006
The movie Traci and I saw on Thursday was "The Guardian". What a great movie! But it's one of those when you think "this is the end, wow, how great!" it keeps going and I didn't like the ending.
This is the weekend we are picking up Taylor. I bought her new toys. One is a mouse that rattles, crinkles and has such a cute face. I see that it has catnip in it, too. I am making her some new toys that are stuffed with batting and have long yarn on the ends....they are fish! I hope she likes them. I have to introduce her to the color "pink" as she is use to living with two guys. The only pink she sees is when one of their girlfriends visits. Tomorrow, I am going to look for a nice cat carrier for her...hopefully it will be pink, too. Ok, enough talking tonight. Tomorrow, I will try to post pictures of the new ribbons I just bought at G-Street fabrics.