Thursday, April 28, 2011

Puttin on the Ritz

Today I have another sample from one of the newest plates from
Flapper Fashions. I teamed it up with a vintage photo frame.
some lace, brown velvet ribbon and  A flower with a touch of bling.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Full Steampunk A Head

That's right a Steampunk Head, at least my version of one. I have been trying to get this finished up to play in two challenges. Studio L 3 for Grungy Monday.  The challenge was to do texture fades and distress a technique by none other than 
 Followed by the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show 
to use a Tim Holtz technique.
See the Bow tie, Ta-da!!!!!

The hat I constructed from heavy card stock.
The stamps are from Oxford Impressions
Tim's large clock face, and various bulbs from my private stock.

I covered one of those Styrofoam heads with torn music paper and gel medium,
followed by a wash of Gesso and sealed , The brows  (or wings) are from Oxford Impressions and the eye is from I brake for Stamps. The other eye is Tim's key hole plate and various other hardware!
It feels good to be A-Head of the challenge deadline this week.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Paint Party Friday or Faux Friday

First let me apologize for the quality of the photo.
 I had to take a scan from a photograph I did of this mural.
At Paint Party Friday its week 6 , they asked us how we go about doing a painting.
In this case it was for my client. She wanted a large Trompe l'oeil painting
in her dining room of a garden scene. You can see the size by comparing it to the chandelier hanging in front of it.  
After working out the details I lightly sketch my design on the wall
using watercolor pencils, I paint in the sky, mountains and all background images. Then begin layering in all the foreground. When its dry. I taped off for the gate and used a flexible curve for the metal work.
I use regular latex paint so its washable.
Go check out all the artwork this week at
Paint Party Friday and get inspired to do some of your own painting!
Again sorry for the terrible photo!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cherish Box

I'm still here! A bit busy these days, most of which I can't share with you quite yet.
 But here's a piece I did recently. An altered cigar box
I fell in Love with this image from The Graphics Fairy
I made a fabric transfer of her with the printable PC paper then ironed onto fabric, easy peasy!
 Stitched onto layers of fabric.
 I painted and distressed the cigar box, some antiqued trinkets.
I guess you could say this is a collaboration of sorts.

The hummingbird from my friend Jo, some lace from Debbie,
metal flowers from Oxana,
and the metal plate from Mindi. What generous friends I have!

All came together to make a Lovely box, Don't you think?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Steampunk ATCs

The Conductor

A Romantic Vision


Pocket watch flyer

Victorian Tech

Heres some Steampunk ATC's I did for an online swap. The theme was planes, trains and automobiles.
Collage images from Inka at Altered Artifacts. Inka always has wonderful free printables along with great collage sheets on her Etsy site, be sure and pop by to see what shes offering up these days.
Background papers from Graphics 45.  Text from Steampunk words at Alpha Stamps

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paint Party Friday

Its week 5 at Paint Party Friday .
I'd like to share a commission I did for a client. she had this wonderful purple wall in her living room and wanted a large canvas of a horse over her fireplace. I wanted something dramatic that would pull in the purple. The mane has metallic gold but doesn't show well in the photo.
This piece measured about 5 ft long x3 ft high and was done with acrylics.
Shes Loves it by the way!
 Pop on over and join in the party!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Real quick giveaway!!! We Have a Winner

Hey bloggers SS has sent me a extra copy of the newest magazine. April/May 2011. My loss is your gain. Its up for grabs. Who ever would like it leave a comment,
I'll draw a name Friday (tomorrow)evening.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-04-16 05:30:53 UTC

Congratulation Toni
from Mistijay Your the winner of the SS Magazine.
Thanks for playing along everyone. I will be having a humongous Giveaway very soon!
So stay tuned!

Easter Egg Hunt

I have many memories of Easter morning searching the yard for hidden eggs
the Easter Bunny had put out for us. Filling our baskets with colorful eggs.
Later to become Egg salad sandwiches.
When I first saw this door stamp from the newest plate
Windows and Doors at Artistic Outpost
I knew it would make a perfect backdrop for for my chunky atc.
A little nest of eggs and some grass fiber trim finish off the Easter Egg Hunt.
Little girl and rabbit Collage image from Alpha Stamps
What special memories do you have of Easter Morning? I'd Love to hear them!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Some Lovely bloggers

I feel so blessed to have made so many wonderful friends in blogland.
I'm so surprised when I find a card or gift in my mailbox
made from the heart from such talented ladies
who took the time to think of me. You bring such Joy to my life. For that
 I Thank You!
From my Dear friend Martina at Stempel-Gewerkel 
who sent me this wonderful card just because.
Martina does such creative art and is the
 Queen of Steampunk.
A must see when your blog surfing.

From my sweet friend Lynne at Adorn
who's shabby chic style has such a romantic flair.
She sent me this Lovely card and some sheets of canvas printer paper.
 I'll be showing you what I did with that very soon.
She also sent me some beautiful lace and ribbon,
 but I have to confess I put it away before I remembered to take pictures. oops.
Some of it is the same that she used in her beautiful card. Pretty huh!

From Connie at She Dreams Big. She made these cool flowers. Aren't they awesome!
 I've never seen anything like them before and these pretty ribbons and more stash to create with.

A close up of the flowers!

Diane from An Artists Life sent me these awesome Tags as a
Thank you when she won one of my giveaways.
Lovin that Bunny!!!

Just this week I received the most darling little flag from
Katie at Ragamuffin Gal. just look at that little sailor. Isn't he the cutest thing!
and all the gorgeous lace, ohhh I have a thing for lace!

and some lovely vintage goodies. No doubt they will be showing up in my art soon!

Be sure and stop on by all these talented ladies, you'll find tons of inspiration.

Also so happy to be included in two Etsy Treasuries this week.
and the other at Sacred Heart Designs
Thank you both for including me I am so honored.

Tiny Dancer

One more thing. My project from Designing Divas last week.
My dear friend Mindi hosted
and we made these awesome frames.
She showed us how to create these paper flowers.
I took it home and finished it up.
With a fabric transfer of the ballerina from Graphics Fairy and more flowers.
This will be going in my Etsy shop soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Female of The Species

Female of the species. This time you can use any stamp company for your image,
I choose an image from Blockheads Rubber stamps.
I had planned on entering this in Studio L3 challenge and missed it by 10 minutes. Sheesh...
Oh well, maybe next time.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Faux Friday- Paint Party Friday

A mural done in an entry way in a private home.
This is quite large ,but a nice way to greet visitors
A Bit of Tuscany with a patio leading to the countryside dotted with Villas.

The kitchen of the same home.
A faux finish on all the walls and some faux bricks here and there.

Close up of some of the faux bricks and walls.

Hope you enjoyed a little bit of Tuscany all the way from Eagle,Idaho. hahaha.

Entering this in week 4 of Paint Party Friday Where lots of Great Artists are
showing their stuff.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


With spring almost here I was reminded of a time when my son would
venture out into the yard to Explore all nature had to offer, collecting bugs in his bug house, gathering feathers and twigs, all those things little boys do.That was my inspiration for this Explore card.
Using the images from the newest plates from
Artistic Outpost  Huck Finn.
I stamped the main image on a scrap of muslin, added some twine and feathers and
mounted all to a torn book page.  Not to worry it wasn't a Huck Finn book!
I hope your spring is full of new adventures!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WoooHoooo Published Again

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to receive this
complimentary copy of Just Cards in the mail.
This is my first time being published in this magazine.
I had sent in a couple of cards just to see if they would make it!!!
So glad I did.

They selected two of my pieces, How the West Was Won.
Stamps are from Oxford Impressions

and this bright and Cheerful Birthday card.
 Stamps are from I brake For Stamps

Work has been crazy lately, So if I haven't been by to visit you lately.
I will soon. I miss all my blogging friends!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Altered Alice Challenge

For the month of April Artistic Outpost 
will be sponsoring the challenge at  Altered Alice, You can win a GC worth$14.00. Worth playing along!
I decided to do a Chunky ATC with the infamous White Rabbit from the Wonderland plate.
With Easter right around the corner seemed most fitting.

The Altered Alice challenge this month is to create something that is predominantly blue and yellow, the colors associated with Alice! Although it is not required that you use Wonderland in your project, those that do feature Wonderland will receive two chances at the drawing instead of one! Enter by Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) and the winner will be posted sometime on Sunday, April 24


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