Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My Latest Projects

   I felt that it was time to update my blog. It's not that I haven't been creating...I have. This week I finally got around to doing some floral arrangements for my porch. I took everything that I would need outside and worked on the picnic table. I hate getting styrofoam, moss, and just the general clutter that I make doing my projects inside on the carpeting. They took me longer than expected because the wind chased me off the porch for two days. So this morning I finished them!


   I made two, one for each side of the doorway. I got these planters years ago at a home improvement store. They had live flowers in them, but they didn't live very long because I kept forgetting to water them. So this summer I bumped into them while cleaning out the porch storage area, and I decided to put artificial flowers in them. I had a couple hanging baskets and a little wagon with two buckets of artificial geraniums in. They were really battered and worn. They had to be ten years old! My husband kept trying to get me to throw them  out. I'm sure glad that I held onto them. With a few things from the Dollar Store I was able to create both of these for less than $15.00. Tonight when my husband sees them they will be gracing the porch instead of cluttering the porch. 

   This morning after I finished my planters, I decided to dead head my flowers. Before I knew it I found myself bringing my Wizard out and pressing flowers on the porch. It only made sense because I planned  on doing some anyways for an ATC swap that I joined. Not to mention that it gets kind of messy and the best place to do it is on the porch. I had so much fun! It was hard to stop making them. I have no clue what I'll use all these background for. By finishing these I now have all my background done for The Backgrounds Only Swap. I can't wait to see what I get in return! We have to write on the back how we made them. This is wonderful. It's going to be a learning experience for everyone. When I get my returns I'll have them on my blog.

   I have also joined a Keys And Locks ATC swap. Once again I never put these on my blog until the swap is completed. While I was making backgrounds for the Background swap I also made the background for another swap that I plan on joining. So be sure and check back soon.

   It is known that I recycle many of the things that I use in my art. Don't worry. I still have a jar of flowers left. I'm very sure they will show up once again somewhere.



  I hope that everyone is finding new ways to create this summer.

Take Care
Kathy
 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mermaid ATC Swap

   I recently joined an ATC Mermaid Swap. I think mermaids are fun. Last summer while looking for water creatures for another swap, I bumped into a mermaid picture that I just loved. So I saved it hoping to one day get the chance to use it. Now was my chance.  How could I not join this swap.

MY MERMAID ATC


   This started with re-sizing that picture that I was talking about. I really loved this mermaid...she is just so different than most other mermaids. I thought using the Tiger Fish for her body was just unreal. It looked like a beautiful dress with ribbons flowing. I painted all the details with Extreme Glitter paint using a detail brush. In case you don't know what that is, it is a tiny paint brush with a few hairs making it paint a line finer than a sharp pencil. The black glitter was applied using that same brush with glue and then sprinkling Ultra Fine Black Glitter over it and tapping away the extra. The black Extreme Glitter paint was disappointing. The sea weed that crosses her chest and runs down her arm was done with a green glitter gel pen. I highlighted her face by outlining it with a gold gel pen and then using my fingertip I worked it away from her face leaving a little behind to empathize her face, as before it was very hard to see. I then covered the fish with Glossy Accents and then using Glossy Accents I gave her a few air bubbles drifting away from her mouth and nose. I then cut the seaweed from green vellum using my Silhouette and glued it in place.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED 

 Madeline Semple

 Gabriele Haider

Jo Giessner

   I really love my new Mermaid ATC's. I keep thinking that I need to stop making them for awhile...work on some other art projects. But then I receive my new ATC's from other artists and I just can't stop now. I need to gather even more of these little works of art. Thanks ladies. I love them.

Take Care
Kathy 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Everything's Coming Up Roses ATC Swap



   This is my latest swap. For Valentines day I received a box of chocolates. I couldn't save the box but I could save the lid. I couldn't look at it and not see the potential of using it for the background of some ATCs. I finally got the chance to use it with this swap.

THESE ARE THE CARDS I MADE




   I carefully cut around the lettering to get these three background pictures. I edged white card stock with pearlized green acrylic paint and mounted the rose photo. I then used a cutting die and my Wizard to cut the trellis from pearlized scrapbook paper. I glued it in place. Then I started searching for just the right roses. After looking through my stash and coming up empty, I started looking elsewhere. I found my perfect roses in of all places, the artificial geraniums on my porch! They are the blossoms that haven't opened yet. I glued them onto my card. I used a heart punch for the leaves. I cut them from green vellum. I cut each heart in half and folded them down the center, and tweaked the tip just a little. Then I glued them on.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED

Kathy Scholl

Bonnie J. Ray

 Katherine Walker

   These are so pretty. It would sure be nice if only they smelled as good as they look! Thanks so much for my beautiful roses.

Take Care
Kathy



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dragonfly ATC Swap

   I have always loved dragonflies. As a child I was told that if a dragonfly lands on the end of your fishing pole that you were going to catch a fish. As an adult I still believe it. I don't catch as many fish as I once did. The insecticides and the herbicides have taken a toll on both dragonflies and fish. I still feel a thrill if I have a dragonfly land on the tip of my pole. So I tried to capture the magic in the ATC that I made for this swap.

THIS IS THE CARD I MADE FOR THIS SWAP

  


   This ATC started with a photo that I used a photo editing program to remove the fishing pole and dragonfly. Then I changed the water color from murky green to blue. I used Glossy Accents to make the water look wet. I then used green flock for the grass. I didn't have any green Flower Soft so I put a small amount of ivory Flower Soft in a small container and colored it green with watercolors. While it was drying using a dragonfly stamp I stamped several dragonflies on a piece of paper and then scanned it into a photo editing program and re-sized it. Then I printed it onto vellum. The dragonfly was painted with Extreme Glitter paint in hologram for the wings and black for the body. I sat it aside while I hand cut the fishing pole. I used black string for the fishing line. Then I went back and added the green Flower Soft that I made for the vegetation on the shoreline. Then I glued my fishing pole in place. I went back to my dragonfly and cut it out and glued it onto the end of my fishing pole.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED 

 Mary Hughes

 Jo Giessner

  Christi Conley

   I hope that you have enjoyed seeing these wonderful cards as much as I enjoyed receiving them.

Thanks for visiting and as always
Take Care
Kathy