Monday, February 29, 2016

I'd like to thank the Academy...

I nearly forgot to post this all the Oscars buzz -- but my Superhero sampler is a Craftster featured project right now! Wahoo!


The thumbnail is down there on the second row, third one from the left. If you want to see my post about the project, check it out here.




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Gift Box

I made this box a few years (two Valentine's) ago, and at the time, it was a little "out there" for me. I'm not a cherub girl, and black and white was never something I'd use on the holy day of pink and red. But I was evidently feeling a little rebellious that day.


The top of the box is covered with one of my all-time favorite papers - the red part is velvety. (Velvety, I say! Fabulousness!) The black with white polka dots is some of my favorite washi tape.


Here's the base -- I love this paper too. I went around the edges with some ink to finish the look.


I discovered with this box that I really do like to incorporate black and white into as many holiday projects as possible. How about you? Do black and white make their way into your valentines?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Tray

I made this Valentine tray last year and loved how it came out! This is a bit more "scrapbooky" than I usual roll, but it was a great way to use up and display some of my favorite bits and bobs.


There are buttons, paper clay hearts, stamps, stickers, flowers and scrapbook papers involved. The big heart in the middle is an acrylic piece decorated with alcohol inks. The cherub at the top was white before I covered it with gold buffing stuff. He's stylin' now!

Mmm. Brains.

I'm posting this project in honor of the new season of The Walking Dead, which my husband adores. I like the story line, but as soon as the zombies show up out of the room. No thank you.


This is an altered matchbox that I made ages ago for a swap on Craftster. Not my usual style, but I really loved how it came out. May I present... My brain.


I used paper clay to sculpt the brain around the matchbox, and painted it with acrylics.


Part of the swap requires that you fill the box with tiny goodies. I have no idea what I included, but I'm sure it was equally creepy.


Kind of gross, huh? Sometimes gross is fun -- this was definitely fun!

4"x6" Artwork

Art doesn't have to be big. Art can be 4" by 6", if you really want.

I'm doing a new swap over on Craftster where you create a 4"x6" piece of art and then get a partner to send it to -- I had participated in this swap a few years ago and just found a photo of the piece I sent along.


I am beginning to realize how much I enjoy collage. This piece involved a little bit of everything: paper I had inked and embossed, origami paper, images, words, rick rack, markers.


You can see more of the texture here. I was really happy with the vintage look! Now I'm even more excited to work on the next one.