Thursday, March 29, 2012

I don't have artwork to share today, but will shortly. I'm participating in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 1o1 class online. I am very familiar with Ranger products, Tim's lines in particular, but even so, I am learning a BUNCH from this class. If you have thought about it and passed it up, change your mind and go register. It's not too late. You have lifetime access to the videos and th e comment sections, although those can't be added to after 4/9. It's one of the best class investment's I have ever made.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tim Holtz has a habit of presenting the most delightful technique samples on #8 shipping tags. I only rarely have the stuff to do one like his and generally try the technique in a different format.
Well, this time I was surprised to find that I had almost all the stuff and what I didn't have could be approximated fairly easily
The tag isn't Kraft Tag, but the back side of one of the scraps of a paper from his Kraft Resist pad. I cut the tag using Tim's Bigz die.
I didn't have and can't find the Antiquities Cement EP. I used Distress Powder Weathered Wood in its place and I think it came out well. The real fun was making the Butterfly Mosaic pieces. Who'd a thunk????
And I truly love that saying. It's one that I will use again and again.
I hope you like it and will try this yourself. It's really an easy tag and I love the techique. You can find the instructions at

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Second Saturday altered book group has been blessed with four new members between Feb and March!! Since some of you aren't experienced in this fascinating art, You might want to look at the tutorial I posted in 2010. Look in the left column and find
"Older posts". the tutorials will be there. It shows how to choose a book and how to prep it.
We are jooking forward to sharing our art with you!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Today I went to a friend's house and 'played' with my art. We belong to a local altered book club. In addition to the altered books, we do other projects. Currently we choose one member per month and make a 4x6 inch post card on a theme chosen by the recipient. This month the card goes to a member who chose to have the individual artists work on a theme of their own choice
I know that she loves dolls and paper dolls. But I learned that she also collects pictures of little girls and their dolls. There were a lot of images on the Internet, so I chose two for the basis of my design. The pictures I found are very Edwardian in character so I used that style for my design.
I really love how the dolls look so much like their little girl "Mommies
Here is the result. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Yes, I know it's been a while. I haven't been hiding. Just busy. I recently worked an a book for an online friend. Her theme was French white - provincial. The pages were done in a book she sent, already prepped. Normally I like to do fold-downs and pockets made with the pages. and then insert tags. So this was a challenge and it was fun to do things in a different way. See what you think of the pages.
The first page has a little French doll In a pocket made from a nature study page. Nature and botanical drawings were popular in the 17 -1800's in France. The second page is a cutout border with a tag that has a smaller image of the lady on the tag. It was inserted into the border cut out.
The third page is silk moire with a maroon velvet layer and then the tag in it's pocket
The last page is a gold threaded background with tags made from fleur de lis paper. All pages are decorated with gold German scrap, lace and ribbon. There are some paper flowers on most of the pages., as well. These are all elements that were popular in French Provincial style, which used a lot of white, gold trim and pieces that were just a little heavier and sturdier than the more elegant court style favored by the ultra rich and nobility.