Sunday, February 28, 2010

What a day!

What a fun day I had today!!! I decided to try something new for a change. Remember the House tags that I made for a swap? Well, the participants are also required to make a book for them to be "housed" in (heh, heh...a little humor there...)

I decided to try a deli paper technique that can be found on Marilyn Rock's blog. This is so easy and the results are so much fun to play with. After the paper dried, I cut it into pieces and glued them onto a 12" x 12" piece of card stock (front and back). This was to become my tag book and you can find the directions here on Paper Craft Planet

Making the book was a bit of a challenge because the paper was a little too thick. I did it anyway, learning from my "experimentation" along the way. I'm happy with the way it came out, however, I'll have to make something else with the deli paper next time.

Front cover...

and inside pages. I'm not finished embellishing them yet

I'll also add fibers to the book. I'm just mullinng it around in my head as to how I want to do this...

Friday, February 26, 2010

More House Tags

You just gotta love snow days! It is coming down, and I mean, coming down! My school closed so off I went, into the studio. I love being able to take advantage of these "free" days. It seems like we've had a lot lately!

I needed to finish my HOUSE tags for a swap I'm in. They'll get mailed off as soon as I can get up the driveway!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"House" tags for a swap

I'm participating in a house shaped tag swap. These tags are 2.5 x 4.5 inches. Today was the perfect day to make these because


and my kids didn't!!! Not like I felt badly for them or anything!

I need to make 4 more and will do that as soon as I have more free time. (Like maybe tomorrow if it doesn't stop snowing????)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I won! I won! I won!!!

I won this absolutely adorable heart from Jo James. If you haven't see her site, you really need to visit. Her work is absolutely amazing and I visit it frequently because it just makes me feel good. I think I was comment #172ish. I never, ever thought I would win. What a wonderful surprise!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mona's got a whole new gig!

Here's that Mona Lisa smile!

The Final Page

I love my Mixed Media Madams group. However, this journal swap has come to an end. The theme of my book was houses. I love houses...anything to do with them. I also love birds, eggs and vintage images. This is my addition to my book. I never did my own pages!!! This is front to back. The pages will be put together accordion style. The backs are as lovely as the fronts. I'll be able to switch it around whenever I feel the need and see both sides of the lovely artwork! I'll take a photo when I'm finished with it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I'm a Scrapaholic!!!

When I cleaned up yesterday, I put all my scraps and unused art thingies in a bin. I love scraps (or hoarding, as my DH sees it!). I can't throw away the smallest piece of ANYTHING because I think I may need it at some point. Believe it or not, I really do find uses for these bits and baubles. This whole piece is made from scraps and rejects. And see that little piece of silver tulle on the bottom left? That is what was left over from a 12 x 12 inch piece that I got from my friend Jen about 2 years ago. Mind you, this art piece is only 3.75 x 4 inches! See, I used that teeny tiny piece!

I made this piece in honor of my friend martha. She loves to sew and is so darn wonderful at it. She has always encouraged me to "just do it!" and I try when I have the time (or pieces of scrap!) Sew martha, I did it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eeeeeewwwwwwww! My studio was gross!

Well, today was the day. I had to do something about that space downstairs. I couldn't find anything anymore, and was stepping over all sorts of unidentifiables. There were dog toys as well. So, I bit the bullet and cleaned it up. Took me damn near three hours!

And I even had time for a little art when I was finished!

This is my "Book of Why" that I found buried underneath all my crap. I had completely forgotten about it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ravens for Marion

I FINALLY finished Marion's Raven pages for my Mixed Media Madams group. I hope it was worth the wait.

They call this a snowday?

For this they closed school? We're supposed to have a N'oreaster. What we're getting is bubkiss! It's not over yet, so maybe we'll actually get 5".

So, what do you do when you have lots of time on your hands? You take a picture of your true love and post it.

This is Petee. Isn't he a cutie?

I was in a Valentine Ornament Swap with some very lovely artists. I've known many of these women for a long time so it was a pleasure doing this with them. Being of the Jewish persuasion, I do not own a Christmas tree to display these, so I chose the next best thing...A NECKLACE HANGER!!!

Notice the fire in the background...cozy, cozy, cozy...

This was an absolute pleasure to do. And a HUGE thanks to our great leader, Barb, for taking the time to organize this for us. Can't wait to do it again!