Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

I want to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad and Happy Holiday. Thanks to all who have visited my blog this past year and especially those who took the time to comment. I know I haven’t blogged for quite some time now, but hope to do better in the coming year.

I thought I would share a few photos of my Christmas village with you. Sorry, not all photos are the best.

You can click on photo to see larger image.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Steampunk Photo Album

It’s been too long since my last posting. I don’t know if anyone is still stopping by to check in or if anyone even cares any more. If you are still out there I really appreciate it and a comment would be welcome to let me know.

I have been working on several different projects involving lots of paper. If there are any scrapbookers out there you are well aware of the wonderful papers out there from which to choose.

Anyway, here are a few pages from an album that is not quite finished. It is very closely made like the one that Kathryn of The Scrap Beach did a good while back. She did a few things in her album that I had never done before and wanted to try.

The album was made using Graphic45s’ Steampunk Debutante themed scrapbook paper.

I stamped and embossed the butterfly onto a piece of the scrapbook paper which opens to reveal a place to journal or a photo. The gear on the tag holds the flaps shut.

The next page has several photo mats that flip up. Love the gears.

Here is the page underneath. Love the headdress bling. This is the first time I ever used this kind of embellishment.

The big blue flower on this next page is one I made using cardstock. I glued an orange crystal bling in the center. The smaller flowers were white and I sprayed them with blue inks. Love the butterflies!

This page has a long pocket with a tag. The top edge of the pocket was cut using one of Tim Holtz' On the Edge dies. A photo or whatever can be placed in the empty space of the page. Love the key and the clockface. The flowers here started out white and were sprayed with three different colored inks.

These are tags that I made and stamped.

You can see all pages at my Flickr photostream here:

Friday, May 13, 2011


I just don’t know where the time has gone, really. I honestly think the number of hours in a day is getting fewer as time passes.
I don’t think I have touched my journals since my last post. I have a new toy, well actually I have had it for a couple of months now and I have been playing around with it some.
This is the Ellis Sizzix Die Cutting Machine called the Vagabond. It was designed by Tim Holtz.

Of course, there are a bazillion accessories that have to be bought in order to use the thing, but so far I have only about two dozen or so.

The bird and birdcage were cut out from a die. The tag is one that I had and used and embossing folder on it. There is a die that cuts the strip that makes the flower but I don't have it. I just made it on my own.

I created a birthday card for my son on the computer using Photoshop Elements and then I embossed it using one of the embossing folders.

Here it is before embossing.

And after embossing

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

New Pages

Jeesh, where has the time gone; we are into April already. Well after meaning to do this forever I finally got around to updating in my sidebar the "Blogs of Interest" category.

I want to share a couple more pages I have worked on in one journal or another.

This first is the start of another background in the Strathmore journal. I used a wax crayon to make the circles and create a resist to the acrylic paints. These first two pages will eventually have more done to them.

This one I did in another art journal. Just added paint and did some stamping.

And here is one I created in my AJC journal for the verb "Wonder".

Credits for this: background, candlestick, raven--Holliewood Studios-ATC2 at elephant, cabinet, chair--Holliewood Studios-Auntie Em at ravens' hat, carpet--FineCrafted-FSA at lady--plaisanter on flickr You can see more over on my Flickr photostream at:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Still Here

Well it has been a while since my last post but trust me I have doing some art on and off since then. I have recently decided to join the Art Journal Caravan hosted by Tangie Baxter over at Studio Tangie and Since getting Photoshop Elements 8 I have really become interested in learning the software program and creating with digital art. I am way behind the others as this "class" started at the beginning of the year.

Here is the first page.

I have also been involved in the free Strathmore Visual Journal Online Workshop which is actually three different classes taught by three different artists. As yet, I have not done anything for the first class, but I did finally get a start on the second one which is to start with a new journal and get some things onto the pages so as not to be looking at a stark white page.

Here are the first four pages in the journal. The first three have been cut back in increments and then I glued scrapbook paper on them to look like one page.

I have done a little more work on some background pages in the art journal I created a few months ago.

Here is one of the new pages.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Last Page

I have been sick with a miserable cold the past week or so and haven't felt like doing anything, but I am beginning to feel much better now. I meant to post this a week ago, but that is when I starting feeling really bad.

I created this piece for the third lesson before I got sick and I haven't done anything for lesson four.

Credits for some of the images used go to:

Butterfly-Sarah Barber Design

Stitches-Key of D Designs

4 Leaf Petals-Lou Cee Creations

Button-Sarah Cabana-DiD

All Designers can be found at

Friday, January 28, 2011

More Digital Journal Pages

Here are two more creations from the online class Digital Journal Magic. The first is following along with the lesson and using images provided by Marie. The second one is my loose interpretation of the things taught in the lesson.

Credits: bird on right from
dried flower, silk flower, button, fabric, fern from Manu at
Tree brush is from Shadowhouse

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another Photoshop Elements page

This is my latest digital journal page. I am really enjoying this.

Credits: bird and metal medallion by CRenee at
glasses from Rosey Posey at
ribbon from Maureen Zimmermann at
blue swirl brush from LivEdesigns
flower brush from Paula Kesselring

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Something New

As I mentioned in my last posting I am learning Photoshop Elements 8 and I am taking an online class called Digital Journal Magic taught by Marie Otero. I am familiar with what we are doing but never really did any digital journal pages before.

The first one pretty much follows what Marie taught in the first lesson. The other two I was playing around with on my own using some of the things she showed us.

Credits: all basic images provided by Marie Otero

Credits: background is from ShadowHouse Creations
crown by CRenee at
splattergraffiti borders by studio tangie at
postcard, journal tag and lace by Manuela Zimmermann at
dirty grid by ThinkDesign

Credits: background TextureKing at flickr
tree, bird, rose by Manuela Zimmermann at
statue from Marie Otero
rust curlique by Ztampf at
all other images from my personal collection

This is all I have been able to do art-wise the past few weeks. Over the weekend I was printing some images to play around with when I started having trouble with the printer and getting the ink colors to print. I had just replaced three of the ink cartridges and by the time it was all over with the brand new black was nearly empty, the blue which had been half full was almost gone and the new red and yellow cartridges were down by a quarter. I hadn't even gotten anything printed during this. AND it is still not printing the red or yellow. I have had this printer for nearly four years and I do a LOT of printing. I just don't understand why every time you change a cartridge it has to use a big part of the ink just to get started printing again. Ink is not cheap! I suppose the printhead could be getting worn out. I just hate to think I have to go out and buy a new printer again and end up with the same situation each time a cartridge has to be changed.

I suppose I could do like the lady who wrote a review for a printer I was researching (the all-in-one printer only cost $32 at a well-known chain store). She said it was a good printer and did a good job, easy to get set up etc. Then she remarked about the cost of ink. She said that for what it cost to buy new ink cartridges (this model uses 4 individual ones) it was just cheaper to go and buy a new printer which included the ink whenever she ran out of ink for that printer! No wonder the landfills are so full of our crap!

Friday, January 07, 2011

One Week Down

Here it is a week into the new year and I have yet to journal or create any new art or anything. It's not because I haven't wanted to or like I don't have anything to inspire me. I am following along on three different groups who are working in journals/sketchbooks and I have an online class starting up next week that I really need to participate in (paid class).

What have I been doing with my time? I got a new desktop computer for Christmas and I have slowly (read as all day and half the night, not to mention the phone calls) been getting it set up and manually transferring things from the old computer to the new one. This has been a pain because the old computer has Windows XP and the new one has Windows 7. Not everything is compatible and there has been one thing after another giving me fits.

But I am making headway and hopefully I can begin to start again making some art of one sort or another. There are soooo many things going on out there and my fingers are itching to start something.

I'll leave you with a little something I created a short while back. I am learning Photoshop Elements.

Monday, January 03, 2011

The Beginning-part 2

**for some reason these 2 posts are backwards**

These are the tags that are throughout the book.

The Beginning-part 1

I know I am late with these, but I just got around to scanning all of this. I recently took a class over on Joggles from Sarah Whitmire. It was a fun class and this is the Christmas Treasure Book I created. It is hard to tell that there are a number of three-dimensional embellishments on the pages. It is so much better in person.

Click on the photos for a better image.

There is more to see in part 2.