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Friday, February 25, 2011

Alice Round Robin - book #1

I received Judi's book first in our Alice in Wonder- land Round Robin 2011.  Since I was first to work in her book, I wanted my pages to reflect the beginning of Alice's journey.  I chose my background paper with "dreamy" colors and the words:  imagine, dream, grow, create, become.
I constructed a small book at the top of the left page.  I randomly cut text from the beginning of the story to adhere to the page in the book.  Under each side of the little book are of Alice and one of the White Rabbit.  Tucked under the edge of the book is a picture of Alice following the White Rabbit down the hole.  I added tea cups around this picture as she was seeing many such items on the shelves of cabinets as she fell.  The tea cup on the right is dimensional and has a tea bag string hanging out of it with my favorite tea on it.  ")  At the bottom of the page I placed a stamped image of three watches and the sentiment says:  Time just keeps ticking.  I placed small round clear fragments over the faces of the watches (Tim Holtz).  I tucked a butterfly image under the upper edge of this stamped image.  I added three floral inchies around the page.

On the right-hand page I placed a sanded, distressed Alice in Wonderland playing card and surrounded it with several stamped posies.  I then stamped a little book, cut it in half and added more text from the beginning of the story and made "bookends"  around the playing card.  Next I stamped the White Rabbit and colored him in with colored pencils, cut out the image and adhered it to the lower right corner of the page.  Finally I cut out the stamped letteres that spell "DREAM" and added them to the page.  I edged both pages with a brown inkpad before adhering them to the pages in Judi's book.  Her book covers really give her book that "storybook" look.  ")

Monday, February 21, 2011

Third Cowgirl Collage

One sheet of paper in the packet was filled with text.  I first stamped floral images in VersaMark Watermark and clear embossed.  Then I inked across these designs with red/orange/blue inkpads and wiped the ink from the stamped images with a soft tissue leaving the text more visible.  I used the tape measure paper on the right side of the collage.  I tore out two of the cowgirl images and cut out one.  I inked these images with a brown inkpad.  I used my fence punch on the kraft paper and attached it across the bottom of the collage leaving an area in the center loose in order to place the image of the cowgirl behind the fench.  I attached the cowgirls at the top of the collage and the Annie Oakley image to the right side over the tape measure paper.  I used a label maker with red tape to print out "Don't Fence Me In" and cut the phrase part, adding the word helter-skelter on the collage.  I punched a hole at the upper left corner of the collage to add the Tim Holtz charm holder and attached the metal "Believe" to the it.   I looped the red leather strip and secured it with a brown brad and attached it above Miss Oakley.  Finally I added the three gold stars diagonally between the ribbon and the photo of the group of cowgirls.  (All materials used were in the packet.)

Cowgirl Center Collage

I loved this piece of paper with jeans on it and used it as the main focus of this piece.  I cut a slit at the top of the back pocket to slide the ticket into.  The tag on the ticket says:  "Ticket for One to Kansas City".  I used the piece or corrugated cardboard on the right side of the piece.  I tore it on the left side and swiped it with a turquoise inkpad.  I glued the netted ribbon over the right side of the cardboard.  I used the piece of paisley blue paper at the bottom of the piece.  I tore it in a jagged line and attached it, leaving a piece "open" to slide in the photograph of the little cowgirl.  She had a rope in her hands and I manufactured one out of twine and attached it to the photograph.  I used a piece of the torn cardboard to attach along the top of the back pocket to reinforce it.  I used the gold stars at the top of the waiste band and below the photograph.  I made a looped ribbon secured with a brown brad and attached it to the lower left corner of the collage.  Next I tore around the photo of Annie Oakley and edged it with a brown inkpad.  I used a tiny clip to attach it to the right side of the collage over the corrugated cardboard strip.  I tore out the "Cowgirl up" sentiment and the photo of the girls on the horses and edged both with the brown inkpad and attached them to the upper left corner of the collage over-lapping the sentiment slightly.  Then I used a Tim Holtz charm pin to attach the metal disc "Journey" to the netted ribbon.  Finally I udsed the metal corner guards on the left-hand corners of the collage.  (All materials were in the swap packet.)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cowgirl project

I'm in a group of artists that have chosen to do a "packet" swap for the next few month.  I received my first packet from Judi.  She had lots of cowgirl pictures and western style embellishments included in the packet.  I started a trio of collages with this brown leather-look paper.  Next I cut a section from a retailer's sack that had advertisements on it.  I sewed this section to the bottom of the collage and made pockets by sewing it into three sections.  Also included in the packet was a selection of cowgirl playing cards.  I chose Calamity Jane and Poker Alice for the two large pockets.  The name "Deadwood" decorated the back of the cards, so I cut along each side of the word and made a tag from one of the other cards to place in the narrow center pocket.  I had some beautiful yellow gold letters that I used to spell out COWGIRLS at the top of the collage.  I attached a silver star in the upper right-hand corner.  I used a brown strip of leather and made a ribbon secured in the center with a brown brad and attached it to the front of the center pocket.  I tore out one of the cowgirl pictures and edged it with a brown inkpad and attached it to the left pocket front.  Next I used red thread in four buttons and attached one next to the cowgirl picture and three to the top of the pocket on the right.  I used some thin brown twine to sew the shell buttons to the bottom of the collage.  Finally I attached the metal "Destiny" tag next to the brown leather ribbon.  Everything in this collage was included in the packet except the red thread and the brown twine.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lost in Wonderland!

This little Alice card was originally made for a challenge and to be posted on the 14th.  Alas!  I tried all day to get it posted here, but Internet Explorer kept shutting down everytime I was I didn't make it for the challenge.

The card actually does not say anything about Valentine's Day, so could be used for any other occasion.  I was given an Alice in Wonderland deck of cards as a gift and have loved using them in my artwork.  I edged the card with a brown inkpad.  I also cut out the doilies from a doily placemat (from my friend Pat in England......thank you, Pat!).  I used my sewing machine to sew on the doilies and the playing card.  I hand cut the hearts and used my Pilot Parallel Pen to try my hand a calligraphy............and I say "try my hand" because I am a beginner calligrapher.  I edged all the hearts with a red inkpad.  To finish off the card, I added the gold trim (also a gift from Pat).  I'm going to try to submit this to the blog:  The Altered Alice.  If you are a lover of all things "Alice", you must visit this blog.  There are some wonderful pieces of art to behold on this blog...........go on!  get over there and have a look.  ")

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine #3

I wanted to make a "Valentine" that could be sent anytime of the year.  The additions of the youthful faces around this cute sentiment really made it an option to send anytime.   The ticket with the heart and the "I love you" gives it a Valentine feel.  This is another one that will go into the silent auction...... there will most likely be 6-12 in the packet.   (I'm hoping to have time to make a packet with other occasion cards.  ")

Valentine #2

I especially liked this one.  Lots of elements here that I love to use:  stamping on text from old books, the new tapes everyone is so crazy about (including me!), coordinating papers top and bottom, lots of hearts, and using my own handwriting.  I love the turquoise and pink together!

It's that time again..................

............time to make Valentines.............this is one that I actually created for a challenge, but decided to put it in with some others I have made for a silent auction for the youth banquet at our church.  I can remember when it was considered a great faux pas to put red and pink together...... I'm so glad we got past that!  I love red and pink together!


I'm just looking at my Alice book and it hits me:  I didn't color in my Alice and the frame around her! LOL  Oh, well, something for me to do when the book returns home.  <**>