A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, June 28, 2012

todays photo

I walked half way across the Lake Murray Dam and came back I took my camera and here are some of the stuff I spied...

this one amused me cause the sun was playing peek a boo!


For all those who came to look at the flip flop picture this picture is for you

Karen H.

Flip flop

Karen H.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

#16 out of 30 atc

Inspired by this video

Oh I should mention... the ATC is actually the back side not the front side that I colored.  I liked the back side better.  I then added all the white and black details.  Here is the front side.

I havent made these cards but I thought I share the videos just the same.  Who knows maybe one day.  Not all of these are atc.  Keep that in mind :-)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

link to a video

the stinker would not let me embed. She talks a lot. I have no love cause I cant embed LOL


look what you can do with plastic spoons!

paint shop pro and Me

I was playing with paint shop pro again.

I made this little ditty

Using this little ditty

I hope my version can be seen since I did not resize it and I used a thin lined pencil to draw it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


the point of this post is I thought I would have the arch finished by Saturday so I scheduled it to post then.  Ha ha.  I had a gold arch now I painted it white and going to paint it silver LOL.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

#12, 13, 14, 15 ATC out of 30 ATC are complete

I am sure you heard the line I CANT DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE


yes it is true.  I suppose I should practice more.  Cracking out the sewing machine bi-annually is not going to do it for me.

I was inspired by Laura O. card to give the old zig zag a try.  It looked pretty durn good on her ATC for the Tuscany theme.

So I dragged the machine out.  I found a place to plug it up.  I unfortunately unplugged the pencil sharpener so after I put the sewing machine back up I am going to have to move stuff ... a lot of it to plug it back up.  Pencil sharpener is a must have tool!

Yesterday I had the pieces transferred and the paper pulled off.

Today I trimmed them down and I was so wild and crazy I chose black thread.  The thread that would be the easiest to see all my wonky stiches.

I threaded the machine.  It amazes me I remember how to do it.  I took sewing in the 9th grade and that is how I know how to thread the blasted thing.

For the life of me I do not know why I did not take art instead.  Why I waited till the 11th grade.  Art was even a second choice.  The class I wanted I could not get into... I think it was drivers ed.

Anyway in 9th grade my sewing teacher said... your not going to be  a sewer are you?  LMAO  well know but I do own a machine and I use it twice a year!

To be honest I love the wonky unstraight uneven stitches.   I was racking my brains thinking what else does it need... that was before I started sewing.  When I finished.  I decided it needed absolutely nothing.

Here are several shots of them

Rollar Skates

I ordered these on Saturday.  Cant wait to get them.  They were cheaper then Target and Dicks sporting.  They were just a few bucks more then the auction I lost (combined cost and shipping).  They were new and shipping was free.
 Since I am sharing, I rode my bike the other day.  The tires were flat and it was disastrous.    Next time I will put air in the tire.

Here is my bike anywho... I know I shared a personal picture but here is walmarts picture

Mandala swap

This came from Ruth P.  for the art for the creative minds group.  The first one is a shot from my camera.  The second one I decreased the color then increased it and cropped it closer.  I wanted to share what it looks like since I mentioned doing it before on this blog.

The book is here the book is here

Sitting on the door step Tuesday there it was.  I snatched it up and unwrapped it probably like I did when I got the original and gleefully flipped thru it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

#12, 13, 14, 15 ATC continued

Well I like to say my transfer experiment was a success!!!

Here is the low down. 

I took the dried sheets and spritzed them with water

 The wetter it got the image begins to show thru the paper

I started to rub the paper off the fabric very carefully or it will bring up the toner too!

The Molly Brown's face is reveled!  I keep rubbing until all the paper comes off the 8 cards. 
The lady on the video is right.  You think you got all the paper off and when it drys you find more.  So I rubbed off what I thought was all the paper and got these results

I am liking what I got so far.  Tomorrow I will do some stitching I suppose.   I haven't quite made up my mind how I will do it.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

#12, 13, 14, 15 ATC

Actually I got 8 ATC in the oven ha ha so to speak.  They are in the process of drying.  This is a first time technique and I have no idea how it will turn out.  I tried the ink jet transfer with the transparency and it was a no go for me at the time.  Lets hope this turns out better.    If this does not work I can go with packing tape transfer technique.  I got that to work pretty well.  I just did not want the shimmer plastic tape on it. 

I took the idea from the video..  posted in the link below

You can also scroll down its not the next post but the one after it.

The atc are for the Swap Titanic.  The Yahoo group is Art for the Creative mind and a link is to the right.

I found these images online

i mirrored this one and took the color out of it

 Here is some quick shots I took as I worked.

I printed the images smaller then the standard atc from my HP laser jet printer on regular copy paper.
I had some unfinished canvas.  Its called duck cloth I think. 
  I cut the pieces out so I can work two per piece. No real reason. 

I used mat gel med and glued the images to the duct canvas toner side to the canvas.

I have this little gizmo that helps get the bubbles out of wall paper its basically a wooden brayer.  Its cheaper then a rubber brayer.  It works like a charm to get the air bubbles out of mod podges projects too.

Now they dry.

The two problems I have encountered so far is after it begins to dry the paper will wrinkle even if I had smoothed it out.  I ran the wooden brayer over it and it seemed to smooth it out again.

The other problem is cat hair.  I think the cat used my fabric box as a place to take a nap.  Naughty kitty.

I actually only had to do 2 Titanic cards but I liked the images so much I used 4.  I decided since I am going thru all this trouble I should also make myself a set so I am making two sets of four.

I plan to drag out the old sewing machine when it drys and if it works and sewing it onto a card.

I mentioned about he mod podge in the previous post preventing fraying.  I tried not to get glue past the pictures but I did not succeed.  I want these to fray a bit.

We shall see if it works.

Here are some more titanic images that I did not use.  I had no idea what I was going with at first so I saved several. I was leaning towards using the song page and a metal heart that i have but then I was looking thru an atc book and saw the fabric and it got me to thinking about using fabric which generally i do not.

For some reason the unsinkable Molly Brown got stuck in my head and that is the what I am using.
The lady was a hoot and it was a pleasure to learn a little bit about her...