Saturday, October 5, 2013

More Halloween fun

 I created these large tags (#10) for a local Halloween tag swap. No requirements except use the large tags. I repeated a couple of tags I did for my other swap, but since the tags were large I could fit the entire art doll onto them. All the others I created on a whim just playing around with what I had on hand.I did put a lot of work into some of these, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Happy Halloween!
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Character Construction Halloween Art Doll Swap

 Well, it's that time of year for all the Halloween swaps and Halloween crafting. I have never participated in this yahoo group before, but I have been a member a long time. This one though made my muse tingle. The requirements was simply to use the character construction stamps, of which I already owned several, mostly Halloween themed. So naturally, it was a no brainer. I usually make my Halloween crafts on the dark side, but these cute stamps, you just have to make something whimsical and magical.  Happy Halloween
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Alpha Stamps, Arabian Nights swap

 Newest swap I joined from Alpha Stamps. They are ATC sized (picture of women in center) then used a chipboard house frame and added domed top of chipboard as well. I used the kit they sell at AS, and added embellishments. If interested they hold monthly swaps and kits.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Alpha Stamps "Sea Sirens" swap

Didn't have anything to do July 4th, so I decided to work on
my swap ATC's! I love to do beach/sea themed art in the
summer, just feels like summertime to me, and there's no
better subject than Mermaids! Hope you had as much fun as
I did for the holiday.  Enjoy
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Vintage Earring Bracelets

 I've been enthralled about these vintage earring bracelets I have been seeing, so, of course, I had to set out to make my own. These are three of my first. It takes a while to collect all the different earrings, then try to compliment each into a certain style. (sorry about my poor photography skills) These are 7.5 inches long and all faux pearl and gold tone settings. I know they are big, they are from the 50's and I guess that was the style back then, but what a way to re-purpose them!  I am making some silver-tone ones and still in the collecting phase, will post when I get those done. I hope to have some in my etsy shop, so keep posted.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Alpha Stamps French Coutour postcard swap

 I haven't participated in a swap for sometime, but I love creating little dresses on dress forms, that I had to do this one. I enjoyed making these, I will espically enjoy on what I get in return!
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Vintage fish broaches mixed media collage.

 I had been thinking of making something with all the vintage pieces of jewelry that I have been collecting for sometime now. I have been collecting these fish broaches for almost two years until I finally got enough to do something with. My sister loves broaches, so I thought it would be a great idea to make her something special for her birthday. Here is what I did to complete this collage. I started off with a plain canvas board which I painted a extra coat of gesso so my image transfer would adhere well. I have many digital images I use in my art and used photoshop resize the image to fit the 8x10 canvas board. I applied golden fluid matte medium to both the canvas board and the inkjet image and placed it face down on the canvas board. Using a brayer to ensure all bubbles were removed and left overnight to dry.  I think the transfer went really well, you always get some small areas which do not take as well which is easily fixed with a touch of acrylic panit mixed to match. I used my acrylics to paint in some plants to add intrest. I used some coral chips to make the collaged coral branch in the scene. Next all that was left was to arrange the broaches with backs removed and glue using E6000 and frame! I think she will love it.
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 Next, I wanted something springy for my front door. I had seen a basket just filled with tulips on Pintrest and it looked elegant. That was my inspiration for my piece. I did alter that idea just a bit. I had some birds nest left over from last year and wanted to add one into the basket along with a mother bird. I found some pretty yellow tulips on sale at Michaels and I had some other spring flowers that I added to make a full arrangement. Then finished it with a sweet gingham bow . I think it looks pretty good!
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Shabby Chic Birdcage

 Spring is in the air. I have done a few spring things to freshen up a room or two in my house. I bought a birdcage (decorative) from Hobby lobby a few weeks ago, didn't like the muckle-e-dunk brown color, so, I spray painted it a white gloss. I had this faux branch with a vine and two nest with small eggs for years and thought it would do just fine inside. I twisted it a little to get the shape I wanted and fitted it inside and had it climb up into the top. I placed some moss on the floor of the cage and sprinkled some dried and silk roses on the bottom to add color.  I found two shabby chic birds at Michaels that were perfect so I added them. I had also added some lace trim to the outside of the cage to make it more dressy.  I had watched a you tube video to make the pic of roses and other frills added to the side of the cage and tied a bow of flat lace. It goes perfect in that spare bedroom I had decorated a little Victorian.  If your interested in seeing that youtube video I think this is the link
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Industrial Chic Junque Neckace

I have collected Industrial Chic charms since they came out, and finally did something with them. I loved the look of these charms and the steampunkish feel they inspire. I used a chain link chain and leather cording which I threaded in and out of the chain links and loaded it all up with everything I had and a few other charms that I have made myself so it would truly be a one of a kind peice.  I would like to know what you think of this peice, not sure what I am going to do with this necklace, but perhaps if I get a feel that is received well, I will place this in my etsy shop for sell.   Thank you for looking and Happy spring!
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Everlasting roses

 These are made of fabric and set on floral wire with milinary velvet leaves, wrapped in floral tape.  Not too difficult to make, but does take some time.I gave these to my daughter in law for Valentines.
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Give A Way Winner is.....

Number 31, which is Nonnies Cedar Chest! I will leave you a email so I can get your address. Congratulations!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Grow Your Blog Update....

January 31st. is the last day to leave comments that will be counted for my give-a-way. However you may still comment if you like, although it will not be entered into the drawing.
Thank you for all comments left.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter in a jar swap received

 This is what I received from my swap partner, Paulette. I love this little birdie nestled in some leaves of hollie.  No doubt trying to keep warm.  Thank you Paulette!
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow your Blog

Hello, "Grow your Blog" visitors!

Welcome to my art blog. My name is Debbie and I am a self-taught artist of various mediums.  I especially like to create in paper-arts; handmade greeting cards, mixed media collages, digital art using Photo shop, and assemblages to name a few. I also paint landscapes and make jewelry.

I started blogging in 2009 as a logical next step to expose myself and my artistic endeavors to the world.  During this time, I have been exploring how to stretch my artistic wings (and my muse) by sharing my art and participating in various online events such as this one.  I have made some art friends in the blogosphere world and I am pleased to be able to participate in Vicki's event in hopes of making new ones!

With that said, and in honor of this event, I am offering a give-a-way. To be eligible, please leave a comment about this post, be sure to leave your name and email address in the event you win, I can have a way to notify your to get your address. (you do not have to be participating in this event to win, just fulfill the requirement.) Winner will be determined by generator and results will be posted on or about February 1st on the blog.

Thank you for visiting me and for those visitors not associated to the "Grow your Blog" event, click on the link to take you to our hostess, Vicki for more great links to other great blogs. Good luck to you in my drawing!   Debbie

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter in a Jar

 For my "Winter in a Jar" swap, I decided to make a frosty Fairy that uses her magic snowflake wand to change the seasons, that gives us that wonderful snowy splendor we think of as Winter. It is simply a snowy scene with frosty glistening trees on a bed of iridescent snow and the frost Fairy herself as she waves her wand over the landscape. I used velum as icicles with a hint of stickles icing. Bleached bottle brush tress, heavly frosted with snow, and faux irridescent snow. I used a Yankee candle jar, upturned and used the lid as the base, (you can still open the jar, if needed) I used photoshop to make the Fairy and she is double sided and suspended from fising line from a giant snowflake glued from the top. I decorated the outside with some irridescent snow flakes from Hero arts embellishments, and topped another giant glitter snowflake on top over the one placed on the inside. I do hope my partner will like her jar. We are to mail our swaps out by February 5, but I now know where I'll be sending mine, so I can mail anytime.  BTW, I will post what I get in return. In the mean time, Happy creating!  Debbie

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