Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tip-In Swap "Disjointed Figures"

I am hosting a monthly Tip-In Swap on CCSwaps. With the constant increase in the price of postage, Altered Round Robin's are getting to be a bit pricey when mailing the entire book. I decided to host a tip-in swap for those who might be interested. I have come up with all sorts of monthly themes, running through the end of 2008. I quickly created the pages below for anyone in the group who was unsure of what to do.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I've been tagged . . . . .

I have been tagged by Fiona

and now I must tell you 7 things about myself . . . .

1) I love to dance!
2) I have a tatoo on my butt (too much info.? ? ? )
3) I don't like spiders or snakes or any thing that crawls on it's belly!
4) I can't sit still!
5) I love to read - anything and everything!
6) I tend to write and talk . . . . a LOT!
7) I really don't like to be alone.

Now it is my turn to tag two others . . . . . . .



Saturday, July 7, 2007

My First Commissioned Art

I received a phone call two weeks ago, asking me if I would create an altered canvas for the mother of our son's principal. She has a girlfriend who was turning 60 on the 4th of July. They are having a party for her in two weeks and she wanted a canvas created like the one I created for her daughter. She even wanted it to be a modified exemplar - all of her friends figured out words for each letter of the alphabet that reminded them of the birthday girl. She also asked that I place the names of all of their friends on the side of the canvas :)

I was sent a photo of the birthday girl - as well as a close-up of her dog's face, and told that her favorite past-time is golf. With that ammunition in hand, below is what I created. I googled for Bernese Mountain Dogs - so I would know what the rest of the body looked like. This is the first dog I have EVER painted - and other than
the eyes, I am pleased with how he came out :)

Helen's Altered Board Book

I received Helen's Board Book from Chrissy last week. Helen's theme is "Garden". Because of my "name", the one side was a no-brainer :) I received this gorgeous stamp from TeaPot a few years ago. I created an alcohol ink background and embossed the stamp with some GORGEOUS "stuff" I was given awhile back. It is called Pipe Dream Ink "Rosevears" It is very crystal-like (not fine at all) and sparkly! To be honest, I didn't even know if it would melt or not . . . . LOL! But there is only one way to find out! I added green embossing powder to the leaves and black on the words - and then this "stuff". BOY IS IT COOL! It is raised higher than the other embossing - and WAY SHINY AND SPARKLY! I love it! Might have to find some more.

On the other half of the page, I created a seed packet and made a shrink plastic garden doll. I was happy that it shrunk relatively uniform!

As I was the last one to work in Helen's book - I have now sent it on it's journey home to Helen. She will be the first one in our group to receive her finished book back.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

"The Lost Van Gogh" Book Shrine

I had some time on my hands and decided to start another book shrine. I had no idea where I was going with this, but just finished reading the book "The Lost Van Gogh". hhhmmm, that could work . . . . . I found some muslin stuffed bodies that I received from my BS Patsy Cline! PERFECT! I DTP'd to some of the book pages with different colors of ink - then cut them out in one line strips. I put glue on the body of the doll and began adding the paper strips. While the doll is actually rather small, this process took lots longer than I anticipated! I colored the pages - added some corner and border stickers and VIOLA!