Grandma and Her Children

February 23, 2011

This is an 81/2 x 11 1/2 Canvas featuring my paternal Grandmother and the children she raised alone after her husband died in a hunting related accident.

Third from top is my Dad and below that  is my Dad with my Auntie Maude. They were very close all their lives.

The document shown is a scan of the original marriage licence. I still have it in the Family Bible.

I feel very fortunate to have these photos and to be able to do  something creative to showcase part of my heritage.


$2 purchase from my stash.

February 16, 2011

From my stash.

This is an older photo album purchased in a used book store/

It is like a child’s board book. Pages are rigid. Cut outs are already cut to hold photos etc.The image loads from the top.

Pages are 5×8 inches.

The objective is to use this book to alter. This is the page above after lightly sanding and coating with gesso.

One page complete.



February 9, 2011

serendipity [ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtɪ]n the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident

[coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift]
When I found this paper,I immediately remembered this stamp.-serendipidous
Love it when a plan comes together.

Sketch Challenge #107 OSA

February 2, 2011

My take on the sketch.

The images were gifted to me by a friend who owns the stamps. That would be “My pal Kal”.  I will find out the maker and insert it later.

How it developed.

I chose the images first. Next I chose the papers.  The orangey background came included in a copy of Stampington Studio. Each image is mounted on bamboo design then Asian mat design paper.

I then chose the colors for the Geisha.

Copic markers were used for coloring.

Stamps by Beeswax Stamps


January 30, 2011

I purchased the film strip die by Tim Holtz.

Of course I just had to play.This involved downloading images of Audrey Hepburn from the internet. Saving and sizing the images to fit the openings in the film strip. I used double sided tape to adhere the film strip sections to the background The sprocket holes along the edge were sticky from the adhesive so I used fine clear glitter to cover the tape. Doesn’t show on the scan, but it is there.

Playing Around

January 29, 2011

This started out as a colored image downloaded from the internet and saved.

I uploaded it into Digital Imaging (Graghics program)

I then went to the “effects” command and made it black and white.

I then made it into the negative. Played with the contrast a bit and this is what it looks like.

The original.

The Other Bunnies

January 29, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

January 29, 2011

This card is for a swap on OSA (Oriental Stamp Artists)

The stamp is by About Art Accents.They have just released four mini sheets honoring The Year of the Rabbit.Lots of layering but kind of unconventional.

There is a link to About Art Accents on the home page of this blog.

Below,I will post the other cards I made for Year of the Rabbit.

Oriental Fan

December 31, 2010

Fan blade template from Stampington  Studio website,

Choose heavy card stock   and trace and cut out 6-8   fan blades.

I used one main image and several background images.

Make all blades the same. Fasten with a brad  .

Add an embellishment to cover the brad if you wish

Tassels and fibers  are nice.


I created a case to hold the fan.’


December 14, 2010

What is a Scrappling?

A folded card made of scrap paper resulting other projects.

Size  1 1/2 “x 8 1/2 “,folded to become 1 1/2x 4 1/4 inches.

Gift tags perhaps?