Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Holidays & Blog Freebie, Week 21

Christmas Angel
The week in between Christmas and New Year's Eve is always a breath catcher for me.
I hope many of you are enjoying some peace and relaxation. I created this Christmas Angel last year and wanted to get it posted this year....which is better than next year.  Anywhoos.
Here is my Week 21 Blog Freebie, clip-art, Collage element, Journaling Tag....
whatever you want to call it. It is your's to creatively play with and make some fun.
For personal use clip-art,
To download this image..... which I created using my
own hand carved stamps...thank you very much....
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.

Happy New Year!

... here is another way to use this clip art. After I hand water colored some circles
 I added the Collage Element in Photoshop to create this 2012 banner,
I think it turned out nice and
 I make no apologies for my love of the the color purple.
 I eagerly look forward to the upcoming year to see what surprises the future brings.
Peace and love to you and yours.






Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Collage Elements Blog Freebie Week 20

Well, here we are a few days after Christmas and I am getting my blog freebie - Collage Elements
 from last weekend, up now. Thanks for your holiday patience people.
For personal use clip-art,
To download this image..... which I created using my
own hand carved stamps...thank you very much....
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.


These snowflakes will work for many designs throughout the winter. Although we have not any snow here in New England to speak of yet, at least we collage artist can create our own. Right?
I decided to play with these guys and add some background designs in Photoshop. 
Here is one with a hand painted background effect.
Hand Carved Stamp Snowflakes, Collage elements 20 with background
and then this one with some vintage post, colored and added to the background.
Snow Flakes - Collage Elements 20 altered in PS
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful holiday week. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blog Freebie, Free Collage Element - Week 19

It is such a busy time of year and here we are
 after the weekend and I am late for getting this to you.
Oh well, I do what I can and I am certainly not the only blogger in the world who
doesn't get posts out when they expect to....so enough about that.
So here I give you a swirly tree colored in a subtle multi-toned blue.

I like blue trees and think this is nice, somewhat elegant and it has many uses for collage.
I hope all you bloggers are finding time to create something lovely, I know my days are full.
But regardless, enjoy the season. I hope to have next week's free collage element up in time.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.

For personal use clip-art,
To download this image..... which I created using my
own hand carved stamps...
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.






Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blog Freebie Week 18


Here are some boughs of holly, free clip art.  I used this one to create a design on Pingg.com 
which you can view here.
I hope you bloggers and followers have more time than I do these days to
make some fabulous paper and fiber creations.  :/
Thanks for stopping by.

For personal use clip-art,
download this tag which I created using my
own hand carved stamps...
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Freebie Week 17 Holly Tag

Time for gift giving and some great tags make it even more fun.
Here is a simple and adorable holly hang tag.
Print out a bunch and cut up and add some lovely string or ribbon. Happy Holidays. 

For personal use clip-art,
download this tag which I created using my
own hand carved stamps...
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Freebie - Week 16

Happy Thanksgiving (weekend)! 
I hope the holiday found all of you sharing some great food with your family and friends.
Since my birthday was Friday I decided this week's free collage element should
 be something for me. Yum!

Cupcakes are so popular these days, both imagery and in real life. Yes, this is from my own hand carved stamp, but this one is altered a bit in Photoshop.
I have a set of tags I created with this stamp available in my Etsy shop.
To download this adorable cupcake 
for personal use clip-art,
 simply right click on the
image and click "save as" in your computer.

p.s. Thanks Adrienne for the scrumptious cupcakes you made for me. They were really fantastic,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Freebie Friday Week 15 Harvest Tags

For my Freebie Friday Clip-Art this week I wanted to use my last harvest colored theme before we jump into Christmas and Winter motifs.
So here we go....
Warm orange, earthy brown and vibrant plum make this swirly design resemble of fall.  
So many ideas to use for these tags. Let me know what you think. 


To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quilted Tissue Paper

Recently, I had to wrap a present for a gift I was giving to a friend.
I impulsively grabbed some tissue paper and folded it in half. 
Next I picked up one of my hand carved stamps and some 
pretty pale violet dye ink and started stamping.
Knowing that this was just play, I let myself experiment, explore and see what developed.
When the piece of tissue was covered with my stamping it looked so pretty how
the ink soaked into the paper and gave it such a soft water colored look.
Quilted Tissue Paper

Quilted Tissue Paper1
I decided that if it was to be used for 
gift wrap then maybe I should reinforce it by stitching all over it in a quilting manner.
I added an extra piece of tissue paper inside the fold and went to my sewing machine.
I used a straight stitches and ziz-zag stitches in a grid pattern.
Quilted Tissue paper2
It turned out unique and pretty.
Quilted Tissue Paper! What a great idea for the holidays.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Freebie Week 14, Blog Giveaway

This week I have another freebie collage element for you followers.
Very casual and with soft and bright watercolor effects on a mixed media background with some 
some fuchsia and butterscotch colored buds rising from the ground.

As fall is quickly bringing us its finality with Thanksgiving nearing I am resisting any of the 
standard autumn imagery for this blog's collage freebie, such as leaves, pumpkins and turkeys. 
Yes, I know that fall isn't officially over for yet another month, but you will
find that once the Thanksgiving meal is over the Christmas holidays have suddenly begun.
Just turn on the t.v. or open a newspaper, or as we all know happily know too well, open up the internet. Oh well enough about the holidays, right now it is still fall.
 So, enjoy this richly colored journal tag or collage element.

Print this image a few times and adhere into your own art journal and you instantly have
a lovely fall background for any journal. Actually this came from my own art journal.

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)




Thursday, November 10, 2011

Felted Wool Strips Make Colorful Stripes For Fall

I do love wool and here it is fall and I am normally rug hooking some kind of primitive
something or another. But, this year I have no time to get busy hooking
anything warm and homespun. However, I just couldn't ignore my 
many piles of felted wool strips that 
I use to hook with that were beckoning me. 
I decided to answer the call and create something with them
that was fast and beautiful.
Wool Strips cards
After pilfering through my many piles of wool strips and putting
together colors that satisfied my fall aspirations I pulled out my sewing machine, grabbed some 
card stock and created some colorful and primitive cards.

But my real yearning was to make a pillow from this very simple method.
I made one for a gift and loved it so much I made one for myself.
Did I say simple? !!
Stitching  the strips on a natural linen fabric, one after the other.
Random, effortless and I changed the thread occasionally for more color.
What could be easier and with such cheerful, warm and cozy results?
Wool Strips Pillow 5
When I cut my wool, I don't worry about keeping the widths consistent. 
The more primitive the better which is more my casual style when it comes to wool.
Wool Strips Pillow 3

Wool Strips Pillow 2

Wool Strips Pillow 1
My wool collection is from various sources....I love to get recycled, 100% wool, from old clothes and over dye them. Spot dying and ‘stewing’ assorted wools together is another fun way to make new colors. I also use new,  white mill wool and dye them with Cushings Perfection acid dyes.
 My process for dying these wools varies, depending on my mood and desired colors.
No matter what method I choose, I am always so delighted that I  have created some marvelous colors,
 of lovely warm felted wool.

Cards made of wool strips

Wool Strips Card
So even if this fall passes by without any of my rug hooking dreams manifesting, 
I will still have indulged my wool passion. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Friday Freebie Journal Tags Week 13

Hi followers, here is week 13 of my
 free journal/collage tags.
This is a pretty fall colored mixed media distressed image...
perfect for journaling in a scrapbook or creating a spot in 
your art journal for a heading or a title.

To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)




Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday Freebie Journal Tags Week 12 - okay, so it's not Friday

Hi there. Here is your week 12 of FREE collage elements
and or journal tags, clip art or whatever you want to call it.
This piece has a real collage feel. Graph paper, paint, a stamped border...
all in soft earthy colors.  


To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)

This journal tag would work just as well turned horizontally.
Thanks for stopping by...Please leave a comment.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stitch Alchemy, Blog Giveaway and I won!

Several weeks back I entered a blog giveaway from
and then danced the happy dance when I found out I had actually won.
Kelli generously sent me a big stash of her original "paper-cloth" right after 
I was notified of winning this giveaway.  
Along with Kelli's gorgeous stack of paper-cloth originals,
Interweave Press publisher of Kelli's new book, 
Stitch Alchemy 
also contributed to the giveaway
and sent me a copy of her book
Also available as an e-book.
btw, don't you just love the cover? I do. 

PaperCloth1
Here are pictures of the original paper-cloth pieces Kelli sent me.
 PaperCloth2  

The layers are truly rich and plenty.

Paper Cloth3        

Kelli also sent me a small bag full of paper collage ephemera. Yum and yes some of it has already been consumed.
I won a bag of collage goodies
And her awesome business card which I just had to show you.
I just got the book last week and dove right in so I could share it with you.
This paper-cloth that Kelli presents in her book is made with layers of printed papers adhered on top of muslin. Next it is colorized with paints, inks and other colorful applications. Then more imagery is added such as stamping. In my stash I did see there was a lot of embossing powder used, which I love. 


I was so inspired by the colors Kelli sent me and was pulled to create some fall leaves. 
Cliche, I know but, ..... it is that time of year.

This paper-cloth is right up my mixed media alley, using layers of paper, paint and fabric to create collaged imagery. The finished paper-cloth pieces are very fun to build, collage and create with. I even loved cutting it with scissors.  This may sound odd, but some things are just more satisfying to cut with scissors and this is one of them. Of course, paper-cloth also responds well to crafting blades. 
When I started stacking the cut out layers I really enjoyed the piecing together aspect of playing with the cloth-paper.  I certainly did not want to throw away any scraps. So here I have my first leaf, made from scraps and practicing getting use to sewing the paper-cloth.
paper cloth scrap leaf
I appreciated the common sense advice  Kelli gave about stitching these layers together and that it is not for the demure sewing machines. I could feel my machine struggling a bit. But if you use sharp new needles on your machine you should be fine for small projects.
paper cloth leaves
I will also understood when Kelli tells the reader that  smaller pieces are harder to work with.
 Trying to maneuver the smaller pieces through your machine is tricky but as long as you go with the casual freedom of collage, and just appreciate the serendipitous results of creating with paper-cloth, you will certainly enjoy yourself.
paper-cloth leaf trio
Speaking of serendipity, Kelli named the second chapter of her book Serendipity.
she writes, ..."there are no disasters, no accidents, and no failures. Paper-cloth is about layers of creativity."

This last leaf is the largest of the four from above, and this was before I cut it away from the many layers of stitched and cut up paper-cloth.
paper cloth leaf
Then this leaf found a home on a journal page.
Paper-Cloth Leaf Duo
This was such a fun process, now I am ready to create my own paper-cloth.
 I already have tons of ideas. Here I made the scrappy leaf from above, into a card.
Paper-cloth leaf card
Here are more of some of these beauties in my art journals.
Paper-cloth leaves in my journal
The scraps also make great page tabs.
Journal page with Paper-cloth

Kelli's book was very inspiring and entertainingly written. There were many other aspects of Stitch Alchemy to offer inspiration other than the over eighty (yes, that is right eighty) design recipes with photos of each for making this rich layered paper-cloth. Ten project ideas for creating with the finished paper-cloth are in the third chapter. Other features in Kelli's book include Thread Sketching, a game page of matching quotes with famous creatives, Right and Left Brain Exercises for Artists, a Workspace Feng Shui section, a Gallery with contributing artists and much more.  

I want to thank Kelli Nina Perkins and Interweave for offering this blog giveaway. It has been a whole bunch of fun to discover more mixed media projects to share. This book would make a great gift for yourself or any creative person you know.

And now,
 no I didn't forget. This week's free clip-art, blog freebie.



To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)








Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunflowers

I was playing around with a stamp of mine that inspired
 a small salute in my journal to the fading sunflowers of fall. 
sunflower
sunflower1

sunflower2

sunflower3

sunflower4

Okay, so I have yet to see reds and purples in sunflowers 
so let's just call this creative license.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Freebie Journal Tags Week 10

Happy Friday!  
 I am so glad you stopped by.
 Just for doing so here is a Blog Giveaway. Make that
Blog Giveaway #10. 
Yes, we are ten weeks into a year's worth of free clip-art.
 Call it a journal tag, a collage element or just a friendly piece of decorative paper.
Simply download this image and have fun creating.
To download, click on the image, then right click 
and save the jpeg to your computer.
Oh, why yes of course, those are my own hand carved stamps
that I used to design this  ;)
Here is one of the fun ways to play with this collage element in PhotoShop.
Using the cookie cutter tool to create a frame. Drag and click.
Easy.
Play around with your own PhotoShop program and see what you come up with.

I think this would make a great frame or turn it vertically,
draw some lines and journal away.
It is ever so much fun to write on crooked lines.


Very cool. Oh, and I make no apologies for 
loving my favorite color purple.




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