"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Snippet Roll Received!

This is the snippet roll I received. Thank you Cher! This is lovely, with bits of trim, lace, silky fabrics, some decorative stitching, sequins, buttons and beading. I love the colors - burgundy, pink, cream and a taupey-green. It's about 1.5" wide and 24" long. What a great swap!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


And some more collage... I'm so enjoying doing these! Both collages were made with collage sheets, all from Mischief Circus. I just mixed and matched from several sheets and had fun combining different elements and sizes. So relaxing to fussy cut and glue!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recent Swaps

I am participating in a few swaps this month. One is "Sew Beautiful" ATCs and the other is "Snippet Rolls." I started working on both projects while I was at my friend's house for an art retreat last weekend and finished them up last week.

For the ATC swap, we are supposed to make two fabric, lace, stitched ATCs and send them off to our two partners.  These are the two I created in similar fashion. I layered fabric, laces and ribbon over a card stock base and machine stitched. The photos are printed on sticky-backed inkjet-printable fabric. I then hand-stitched buttons and pearls on.

This is an additional piece that we are incorporating in our group this year. We are calling it "Hitchhiker Art." One person starts a small piece of art and includes it in their next swap mailing. That recipient finishes off the piece and send it on to the next person they are mailing a swap to. That third person gets to keep it.

This tag's background was started by Roxanne and sent to me last month in a swap. It is very grungy with many textures of copper, silver and a blueish metallic. I completed it by adding a butterfly and quote stamped on a Distress Oxide background and a few strips of washi tape. I added clear Wink of Stella to both the butterfly and the words and then Glossy Accents to the black markings of the butterfly. I added a messy "nest" of copper metallic thread behind the butterfly and a pen nib for its body. I sent it on to the final recipient who is also receiving the second ATC above. I hope she likes it!

This is the snippet roll I created. (If you don't know what that is, google it or check all the You Tube videos showing beautiful rolls. It is basically a base fabric or ribbon covered with bits and pieces - snippets - of lace, fabric, ribbons and lots of embellishments such as charms, buttons, beads etc.) This is about 24" long and 2" wide. I used a vintage floral drapery fabric as the base and went to town adding lots of bits. This is a great project to use up some of the tiny pieces we hoarders save! It was hard to get the entire piece in the photo but, hopefully, you can get an idea of what this looks like.

These snippet rolls can be rolled around a ribbon spool or a wooden thread spool or hung with a ribbon. Or you can leave it as is and cut it up to use in other projects.  I did not have an appropriate-sized wooden spool but I did have a heavy cardboard tube from a spool of metallic thread that was perfect. I covered it with vintage music paper and then glued on a "tab" of scrap fabric and pinned the end of the snippet roll to it. This was it isn't permanently attached in case the recipient doesn't want to keep it rolled this way. I threaded pink seam binding ribbon through the tube, rolled up the snippet and tied the ribbon in a pretty bow to keep it intact.

I can't wait to receive my ATCs and snippet roll in return. It's fun to see how other people interpret the theme and to receive other artists' work.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Two Quirky Collages

Here are two more quirky collages. Yesterday, Joann (craftyhodges on You Tube) posted another quick and easy collage along with a free collage sheet. (You can see the short video and get the collage here if you'd like.)

This is the collage - almost identical to hers - that I made. For changes, I used a different patterned paper for the background and added a paper strip border along the top edge and a doodled border along the other edges. I also added a Tim Holtz "small talk" sticker. 

Flower Princess (or Frida)

I made this collage last week, totally original from magazine images and paper strips.  I used a face and separate eyes from magazine ads and legs/feet and hands/arms from a catalog. The body is a pear and the skirt is a funky lampshade, both magazine images. The bottom part of the hat is a pendant lamp and the top part is cut from a Marimekko-patterned vase, both also from magazines. The flower at the bottom is also part of that same vase. The borders are just strips cut from scrap papers.

As you can see, just about anything can be used to create a quirky image! It's fun looking through magazines to find images that might morph into other images.

Monday, March 5, 2018


The past few months I have been embroidering some holiday felt ornaments. It started when my two art friends and I had our monthly art date in early Feb. and we decided to do some Valentine hearts for little wire trees we all have. We were inspired by Vicki Chrisman (my online friend and fellow crafter) and her felt hearts. You can see some of hers here.

These were the ones I made. We die cut the felt layers from various dies and then used simple embroidery stitches and buttons to embellish them. I have a few more cut out but ran out of time before Valentine's Day. Next year...

Then we decided to continue on for Easter ornaments. We used dies for the egg shapes and scallop circles (sheep) but hand-drew and hand-cut the other shapes. I added a combination of embroidered flowers, vintage paper flowers and felt flowers and buttons to embellish these.

They all looked super cute on the tree for each holiday.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

February Art Marks - Done!

It's March 1 and the February Art Marks Challenge is officially finished. And, I am done! It was a fun challenge but I have to admit I was running out of marks to make! Looking back on these pages, I think I like circles and dashes as well as black and white!

Days 22/23
Prompts: less; invent

Days 24/25
Prompts: build; root

Days 26/27
Prompts: replenish; rest

Day 28/back cover
Prompt: joy

Now that this project is finished, I will be looking for something else to work on. But in the meantime, I will be spending the weekend with a few of my artsy friends making art and enjoying our friendships!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Another Collage

Yesterday I woke up and could hardly move! My lower back is killing me - it might be sciatica. I've never in my life had back problems so this was quite a surprise. I cannot think of anything I did out of the ordinary to cause this. 

So, since I'm pretty much out of commission but can sit comfortably, I made yet another quirky collage. This one was very easy as Joanne posted it on her YouTube channel today and very generously made a free collage sheet of all the elements to share. Click here to get the collage sheet to make your own!

I printed the sheet out once at 100% and then again at 75% because it was a bit large to use in my traveler's notebook journal. I used the larger head, "wings," colorful strip and the word "live;" and the smaller body and words "out" and "loud." 

I glued all the pieces onto a patterned paper that I lightly gessoed to mute the background. I doodled a border and outlined many of the elements and was done. She called it "five-minute collage" but it took me longer to cut, glue and embellish!

I think she turned out pretty cute and I was happy to be able to accomplish at least one thing today! Hopefully my back will improve quickly or I will be going to see the doctor!