Thursday, December 30, 2010

quick card o' dee day


for a friend who is going to a baby shower...the background papers and birdie are from a super cool basic grey collection called "kioshi." the baby letters are graphic 45, and the three large colored circles are cut from lutradur painted with inktense pencils.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

going like hotcakes!

made another batch of earrings for my coworkers - they're all getting scooped up for quick and easy gifties - i sure hope the women who get them enjoy them! i'm particularly fond of the long rolled paper beads in the lower left corner.

Monday, December 13, 2010

a girlie christmas



my coworker asked me to make a couple special christmas cards for her two granddaughters. i went for the sparkly winter theme. both the ice skate and snowflake embellishments were trimmed out from my stash of recycled cards. the backgrounds are "fairy frost" fabric from michael miller. bling!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

a thank-you for my secret santa


at our office holiday luncheon last week, we celebrated with a secret santa gift exchange. our sales manager, sandy, had drawn my name. she knows i am an artist and a crafter, so she headed to the mixed media aisle at our local art store to shop.

now...sandy's not so much into these kinds of creative pursuits herself...she said she was totally flummoxed by all the different products and couldn't decide what to buy. a couple of our craftier co-workers helped her choose things in the end, reassuring her that she doesn't need to know what to do with it herself to know that i will love it!

she selected three large sheets of gorgeous collage papers, some decorative brads, postage stamp embellishments, hinge clips, and rub-ons of great words like "adventure." everything was fabulous, she could not have picked more perfect treats for me.

so it only made sense for me to use a little of everything she gave me to make this thank-you card for her. now she will know what we do with this stuff!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

santa's workshop

a few of my co-workers have asked me to make a batch of earrings so they can buy some stocking-stuffers for their friends...so i am spending the day blissfully buried in beads!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

more with the mini shadowbox


this past tuesday, i was a guest demonstrator on my friend andrea's show, "craftastic live!" well, actually my alter craft ego, hazel q. flipwater, was the guest, lol. andrea and i sure love being silly together, you'd think we were both 10 years old. click here for the replay link - some great craft demos and lots of laughs!

i showed everyone how to make another version of a mini shadowbox ornament. it's super quick to paint with stamp pad inks. this one is a blend of purple and pumpkin colors. i curved some thick gold wire into a spiral and attached it to the back, then adhered my little picture on it so it floats whimsically in the middle of the box.

earlier that same evening, i was visiting in the charity wings chat room with another creative friend, laura bray. we were all talking about how we weren't so into traditional scrapbooking, but that other kinds of memory crafts with photos are really fun to make. i'll be hanging this little box on my wall at work to remind me how happy my brother was when he got to meet mickey.

Monday, December 06, 2010

mini shadowbox ornament


join me (and my crazy alter ego, hazel q. flipwater, lol) on andrea currie's craftastic live web show on tuesday night (dec 7) at 7:00pm pt (10pm et).

i will show you how easy it is to make this super cute ornament for your family tree, using my favorite mini shadowboxes.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

distressed zebra

i experimented with white embossing powder on a black paper maché box...did some rough striping, then coated it with glossy pouring medium. the top is grungeboard painted with iridescent white, then accented with black metallic dots and a white plaster flower that i edged in black.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

more fun cards

all the same design, just lots of different combos of colors and patterns!





Friday, December 03, 2010

cards cards cards


making a bunch of art cards to sell at a holiday boutique...i start with handpainted backgrounds that i make for artist trading cards. then i layer them together with some coordinating papers, images and embellishments to make a greeting card. i love the process of finding different things in my stash that look interesting together.