Sunday, November 28, 2010

Deck the Banner with Boughs of Holly

With the holiday season officially here,  I decided to deck my Etsy banner with some holly boughs and flourishes.
I like the idea of grid/graph paper as my background of my hand carved stamped images. And a touch of Photoshop.  Go see all the fun, cool, unique items for sale all over the world of Etsy, as well as some great things in my shop too.  Tell your friends.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Collaged Card


Making collaged cards is always so much fun and making them for guys is more interesting and far more challenging. No flowers, butterflies or hearts, just good old masculine stuff.  My daughter was going to her friend's 16th birthday party and I put this card together.  I love rusty pieces and hardware like the fasteners.  I added his initials in a few spots and I even found a way to include some fabric and a button.  
I do love collaging and I could go on forever.  Thank goodness I didn't have much time or this could have gotten out of control.  And yes, the envelope was stamped nicely too. Don't be afraid to try collage style cards for the men in your life, you might surprise yourself.  Thanks for stopping by.










Saturday, November 20, 2010

Carving Stamps

I decide to push myself to carve some stamps with a lot of detail.
Here is what I created.
This rose is from one of my favorite pieces of clip art.

This deco piece is only 5" long.  The detail was a challenge. But I am happy with the results
This pretty scroll with a tulip is 3" long.

Thanks for stopping by.  




  

Monday, November 15, 2010

Journal Pages

ART JOURNALS (Moleskine)
I love building pages with mixed mediums and then return to them when I am ready to write.....
This page I dry brushed with gouache and filled the background with a collage of stamped imagery.
Then the finished page.

 Below is a page collaged before writing.
 Paints, papers, inks, gouache and ephemera.
Here are a few segments of the page after journaling.


This background was colored with watercolor crayons 
and of course a wet brush.
Then the more imagery and words.

creative expression......ahh.





Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall Quilted Table Runner

Many years ago I decided if I was going to do sewing projects, then my carefree style had to be embraced.  When I was a teenager working at Hancock Fabrics I was surrounded by women who made their own incredible clothes and made it look easy.  As much as I tried to eagerly embark on patterns and fabric and follow the directions of the patterns, my clothes just never came out right.  I gave up trying to sew clothes but never lost my interest in sewing, and kept it alive with baby quilts for my kids, curtains, pillows, pillow cases, cushions and even re-upolhstering several pieces of furniture.  When I started rug hooking, I was reunited with of my love of fabric and made a decision that my sewing machine was not going to be "put away" anymore....it had to have a permanent place in my studio.  My collage art and book art grew and it was an easy fit to incorporate sewing into my projects Also my love for quilts and my desire to make them was growing stronger.  So I decided to make what ever quilting projects I wanted and forget about perfection.  Last fall before my 50th birthday, I made wonderfully imperfect quilted table runner. I was planning on posting it then, but never got around to it.  So here it is.  I must say I love it!
 My very talented fiber soul sister, Robyn was throwing out some of her quilting scraps and I literally pulled a big pile out of her trash, salvaged them and used a good many of them with my scraps and some fat quarters I had collected to create this quilt.

I simply cut strips of fabric and pieced them together in a very
casual, collage style.  Happily, I did not give any attention to accuracy or straightness of the piecing. My joy was playing with all the fall colors and making this beauty big enough for my dining room table (with the leaf added).  I just made sure all the strips were wide enough. It measures 82" x 26".  I got a beautiful color of wonderful high quality thread for the quilting and again did not worry about perfection.  You can see my uneven quilting stitches here.
This is not being entered into any contests. But I am proud to say this is my style of quilting and it feels so good to let myself off the hook of quilting perfection. When I put this runner on my table I get tons of compliments.  And I know why, I followed my love of quilting and created something of beauty without worrying about perfection.
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