Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
made another batch of earrings for my coworkers - they're all getting scooped up for quick and easy gifties - i sure hope the women who get them enjoy them! i'm particularly fond of the long rolled paper beads in the lower left corner.
Monday, December 13, 2010
my coworker asked me to make a couple special christmas cards for her two granddaughters. i went for the sparkly winter theme. both the ice skate and snowflake embellishments were trimmed out from my stash of recycled cards. the backgrounds are "fairy frost" fabric from michael miller. bling!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
at our office holiday luncheon last week, we celebrated with a secret santa gift exchange. our sales manager, sandy, had drawn my name. she knows i am an artist and a crafter, so she headed to the mixed media aisle at our local art store to shop.
now...sandy's not so much into these kinds of creative pursuits herself...she said she was totally flummoxed by all the different products and couldn't decide what to buy. a couple of our craftier co-workers helped her choose things in the end, reassuring her that she doesn't need to know what to do with it herself to know that i will love it!
she selected three large sheets of gorgeous collage papers, some decorative brads, postage stamp embellishments, hinge clips, and rub-ons of great words like "adventure." everything was fabulous, she could not have picked more perfect treats for me.
so it only made sense for me to use a little of everything she gave me to make this thank-you card for her. now she will know what we do with this stuff!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
this past tuesday, i was a guest demonstrator on my friend andrea's show, "craftastic live!" well, actually my alter craft ego, hazel q. flipwater, was the guest, lol. andrea and i sure love being silly together, you'd think we were both 10 years old. click here for the replay link - some great craft demos and lots of laughs!
i showed everyone how to make another version of a mini shadowbox ornament. it's super quick to paint with stamp pad inks. this one is a blend of purple and pumpkin colors. i curved some thick gold wire into a spiral and attached it to the back, then adhered my little picture on it so it floats whimsically in the middle of the box.
earlier that same evening, i was visiting in the charity wings chat room with another creative friend, laura bray. we were all talking about how we weren't so into traditional scrapbooking, but that other kinds of memory crafts with photos are really fun to make. i'll be hanging this little box on my wall at work to remind me how happy my brother was when he got to meet mickey.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
i experimented with white embossing powder on a black paper maché box...did some rough striping, then coated it with glossy pouring medium. the top is grungeboard painted with iridescent white, then accented with black metallic dots and a white plaster flower that i edged in black.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
making a bunch of art cards to sell at a holiday boutique...i start with handpainted backgrounds that i make for artist trading cards. then i layer them together with some coordinating papers, images and embellishments to make a greeting card. i love the process of finding different things in my stash that look interesting together.