Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mary Jane Chadbourne Class

A couple of months ago I joined the Artful Gathering Online Retreat and took a class with Mary Jane Chadbourne...absolutely loved the class and had a ball making the dollies....

I purchased the two kits from Mary Janes etsy shop... dolls are painted, collaged, stamped, embossed.... 

La Concierge

.... I added a set of little 3D houses made from a kit by 'Collections'


The Bird Whisperer

The Bird Whisperer and The Butterfly Inspector

Monday, June 2, 2014

Playing with Beads and Bits

Some years ago I purchased a velvet cuff wrap from Stephanie Lee when she was here in Australia.... I was looking at it the other week, and the thought occurred it would be great with a watch added... I tend to have a bit of a watch addiction.. only buy cheap ones, but once the backing wears to the nickel I get a reaction to them.. so I buy a new one... 

hence I had several watches, that still worked perfectly, but I didnt wear... so I got stephanie's cuff out.. and inspired by that... made these...

My Watch - the watch itself is an old one I got for my 21st!
I used black velour for the cuff.. added a peice of a vintage doiley... the hurdle was how do I change the battery when it dies if I sew the cuff on.. so I made little tabs and attached the watch to the cuff with them.. and a button.. when I need to change the battery I will remove one button to get to the back and then resew it

........and one I made for my sister

I also added bits of vintage lace, and made wrap-around danglies of pearl buttons, beads and chains

the danglies wrap around the wrist and 'catch' at the front with a parrot beak clip.. with the chains hanging like charms... mine has a crown (for the artqueens) and wing.. cause I have a wing thing too... now if I can just find the camera charm Lucy gave me, I will add that too :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

And The Swaps Roll On.........

It seems the only paper arting I am doing lately is swaps... I have made a few jewelery pieces for myself and family... but nothing in the way of paper

I took part in a tag swap on Denise's blog Birdnuts Mixed Media  ... using only Tumblefish or Crowabout images...these were my returns (and an extra one from Denise on the left).  Love Denise's swaps.. she always picks great themes... 

On PaperArts on Yahoo - I took part in some ATC swaps.... 

Retro - Mothers Advice

Mad Hatters

Still with Paper Arts.. we had an altered paintbrush swap.... 

mine went to Fern...

followed by a canvas swap, where we had to use dictionary paper to illustrate or image, or as a background
my canvas went to Jenny

On Arty Oz they are doing a monthly Gothic Arch Swap - with a different theme each month

First Month was 'Dress Form'
all pages are double sided
Second month is 'Quotes' 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

PaperTraders Swaps

This month I was involved in two PaperTraders swaps...

I took part in Mixed Media Postcards as hostess.. where all players make multiples of a  6x4 mixed media postcard .. they are due to me by end of March and I look forward to seeing them come in.  Mine were done on watercolor paper in shades of yellows and oranges, using Dylusions sprays, gesso, texture paste and stencils, washi tape, papers, stamps pens, machine stitching and collage

They are all pretty much the same except for the images

Also as hostess I made a fabric cover/envelope for each player and their postcard returns will travel home in them

The second swap I took part in was to make a 'swatch' page using your chosen colour (in my case light blue)

They are all on watercolour paper, trimmed down paint chips (thankyou Bunnings), RicRac, a collaged butterfly (from Itkupilli) , dictionary meaning of Blue, three circles of blue from different papers with a blue bling in the centre.... we had to have our own writing on there somewhere so I included some of the meanings of a Blue Aura

The swatches are off in the post monday to hostes.....

Monday, October 28, 2013

Catching Up On Swaps

I have had several swaps on the go lately, and this weekend managed to get them almost all finished.....
first up in my returns from a Wings swap I took part in on Paper Traders
(L) Ellen Lai and (R) Nydia

(L) Pettie Mc C and (R) Valerie T

(L) Judy H and (R) Beckie H

I am in a private ongoing swap with Barb, Lucy and Glenda.. we are working our way through Kelsey O'mullanes book of ATC techniques.. this one is #39 Texture Paste

Denise Phillips regularly runs swaps from her Birdnuts Blog - this time was for a triptych of twinchies... using images from Crowabout Studio's... this is my submission....

Little travelling packets

Also on Paper Traders  - I took part in their 8th anniversary project - of an altered book reliquary, with the number 8 or 8 of something on it......
Front Cover

Inside of Book

I went with a bird theme... and added 8 eggs... one is a bit larger than the rest.....

Inside front cover
which ties into the words inside the front cover......

I am still working on the ArtQueens Textured Tags.. and am about to start a chipboard art doll for Paper Traders too.... and my collab book from the Arty Oz swap is on the way home... looking forward to seeing what everyone did :).. 
What a difference a few months make...last year I had no arty mojo and I was sooooo over swaps.. not enjoying them... I took a good long break and am now totally loving them again :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sprays and Tip Ins

I recently got together with Glenda and Lucy and while Glenda made a new set of sprays, I added more pigment to those I had made earlier.

Originally my 'home made' sprays were made with the Tim Holtz distress re-inkers in the mini misters and perfect pearls added.. they worked ok.. but I wanted a more luscious, deeper colour.

Enter Luminarte Artist Pigments.. they are pure powdered pigment and they created the depth of colour I was looking for and they really do spray the colour you see in the bottle...not washed out like they were with just re-inkers.  As I am also currently in love the sprays, the mini misters no longer cut it for size and I ordered a larger size of spray bottles from eBay.

 This is the new tip in page I made for a swap I am in.. its on its way to Ruth this week... I used the new sprays, a Tim Holtz stamp, Collections Tissue Paper.. cut the banners from a old book... flowers are drawn on with a white Posca pen... and finally added a quote.

I had seen these fab houses on Pinterest a while ago and decided to have ago making my own.  I finished off my 'big' house during the week with the roof... the roof lifts off and it holds 6x4 cards and tags... image of girl and duck is from a Ode to the Muse by Holliewood Design at Deviant Scrap... wheels by Tim Holtz/Ideaology

Stamps are by Dylusions... (my new addiction) and rub-ons by Kaisercraft

Monday, August 26, 2013

Retro Art Cafe Swap

Still motivated to join in swaps I signed up for the Retro Art Cafe Swap making Tombstone ATCs... we could use any images we liked, but must use the Masonite Tombstones as a base and in a  Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos theme

I used images from Hidden Vintage and Holliewood at Deviant Scrap and some I found online... these were fun to make and will be in the post back to Retro Art on Tuesday

Another swap on the way to the Canada is for Denise Phillips of Bird Nuts Mixed Media Halloween swap ...