Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Flat paper doll swap for February "Hearts"

Hearts is the theme for the February swap. I like having a theme. I use templates for most of my dolls. This is one of my favorites.

In her pocket are three hearts, and a card that has a vintage lady playing a lute and singing. The cards says creativity. The saying on her chest reads: "Seeds like hearts must open to grow". This saying caught my eye because I have a few seeds sprouting already.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snow Queen for flat paper-doll swap finished

Besides a big case of indecision, I had a glue emergency, events I had to attend, not to mention loosing things in a big clean up. I also had a sudden urge to emboss copper, which I thought I was going to use on this piece.

The dress is a flocked large snow flake pattern, and the "fur" is embossed card-stock. The inset in her dress is colored pencil and marker on sanded shrink plastic. The wings are embossed frosted vellum.

The inspiration for this paper doll was Russian Fairy tale folk art painting, and the cold days we had in Jan/Feb.

I also did the Ice Queen Trading Card Swap:

She fits into her own ATC holder. I haven't figured out how to make it fit into a trading card sleeve.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

February 2009 Nibblefest Entry

This is my entry to this month's Nibblefest contest.

The Nibblefest Contest is on Ebay once a month. Themes are chosen in advance. This month's theme is Vintage Cat

Search the letters NFAC (nibblefest art contest) to see the
other great entries.

Bid start at .99 cents and run for seven days 20th - 27th with some people adding auctions in between.

(If you look closely the paintings hanging on the wall are copied from the shrink plastic pieces shown here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Appearing soon

I am working on some Valentine ATC size cards. I am beginning to put the inspiration gleaned from the fraktur and folk art that I have studying.

They will be in my Etsy shop soon.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Preparing for spring

I am a little behind some of my projects. There is so much inspiration in the air for me. When my life is is total chaos, that is the time I find it easy to make sweeping and major changes. I think that is because
with everything swirling around in uncertainty, i am less attached to the outcome, and trying to stay in the moment.

One thing I am working on is my garden. Last year I learned a lot from my garden. This year it was productive. That means lots to clear out for the next planting.

The drip lines are anchored to the fence and the soil is turned. I will cover the box with an old sheet and rake the old morning glory seeds and vines off the top. The large leave fro the sycamore will stay there to delay some of the weeds from growing in the early spring.

This is a small part of iris bulbs that were re-palnted and slit from the main ones growing in the driveway. These are extremely hardy, and fast growing. I hope they like this spot. This is just a small part of my chores for the winter. I'll post more when the almond trees flower in a few weeks.

Inktober wrap up

Some of the last things I made in Inktober and what I accomplished.  I cut out scallop shapes that came with my Scan n cut. I used water...