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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

More "gifties" from the 12 Days of Christmas Swap

We went out of town for Christmas week and just returned this evening. (More about our awesome week later.) I've just opened the remaining 7 gifts from my online group's 12 Days of Christmas swap - such fun to return to some handmade gifts! 

Darling ornament by Liane C.

How cute is this vintage-looking snowman by Joan W.

Beautiful and useful notebook by Jeri A.

Lovely altered Altoid tin by Gwynn (love that the snow is
a piece of styrofoam packing material!)

Gorgeous tag and embellished chain from Nancy
Adorable double-sided ornament

Clever lipstick pouch with "Chicken Poop Lip Junk";
love the cute reindeer packaging

These were the gifts I made for everyone. I started with a mousetrap and originally planned to use it as a note holder using the "trap" to hold a notepad. But when I primed them for paint and stood them all up with the "traps" opened, they looked like little freestanding frames, so I changed course and created standing vintage Santas. I had planned to search the Internet for printable Santa images, but found the perfect Santa in the perfect size on pocket-size Christmas tissues in the $1 bin at Michael's. They even had 8 Santas per tissue! 

I decoupaged the tissue images on the back side of the mousetraps, painted the "fronts" of the traps which were now the backs of my project, stamped a sentiment on the front, edged with gold Krylon pen and tied a gold bow to the top. You would never know they were lowly (and inexpensive) mousetraps!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Gifts Swap

I am participating in my online group's 12 Days of Christmas Gifts swap.  The twelve participants have each been designated a number which corresponds to the day our gift is opened. We make 12 identical gifts and send one to each person.

We started opening gifts on Saturday the 13th and will finish on Christmas Eve.  It's so much fun to open a little handmade "giftie" from a friend every day!

 Here are the first four I've received.

Primitive stitched ornament by Julie W

Holiday magnet by Yooper

Beaded snowflake ornaments by Jean B.

Silver heart earrings by Linda S.

I'll be back to share more in a few days.

More Art Journaling Pages

For the December LBH Art Journaling class we repurposed old Christmas cards.

I shared my first sample page in my December 2 post.

I also created two more samples for class.

For this page I tore music paper randomly and adhered to the entire background. I added washes of white and cream paints and a bit of light brown to tone it down, as well as some light stamping. 
Then I punched one-inch circles and cut them in half to create the scalloped border. 

For the tree I cut random strips, starting with the bottom strip and each slightly smaller than the previous one. Even the star was punched from a card. I used brown and green Inktense pencils to outline the tree and scallops to add definition and then outlined all with a permanent black pen. The tree needed some decorations, so I glued on three red bows, also from a card!

For this page I used a snowflake napkin for the background. Napkins usually have three plies and, if you use the top ply, it creates a background similar to tissue paper. But the middle ply still had faint printing on it so I used that for the entire background and then tore the darker snowflakes from the top layer and decoupaged them in a few places.

The "landscape" scene in the center of the page was a pretty card which I tore into three vertical strips. I glued these down staggering the bottom edges so it would look more realistic than just gluing down the entire card. I added my new snowman stamp and mixed pearl paint with texture paste to add some snow and snowflakes through punchinella.

So, don't throw out all those pretty cards (Christmas or otherwise) you receive. They make great fodder for your art journals!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Fall Card Swap

I'm late at posting this swap that I hosted for my online group in November. The "rules" of the swap were to make a fall card inspired by the November 2014 Tim Holtz Tag. 

This was the original tag created by Tim.

This was the card I created. I did not have his large leaf die but I had the Tattered Leaves set of three. Of course they wouldn't fit on a card front  so I had to improvise. I ended up using two leaves (the negative of the die cut on corrugated cardboard) and then added the third leaf as an embellishment. I also don't have an of the Distress Stains yet so I improvised on that technique also by adding some reinker and water to a mini-mister.  The "fall" title are some old stickers which I added to twill ribbon.

This was the card I received from Linda S (thanks!) which is a very close interpretation of the original tag. I love it!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Rolodex-Card-A-Day for November

We were out of town for the last part of November, so I did not get 30 cards done for the month, but I did create 22. You can see that I was very influenced by the colors of fall as well as Thanksgiving.

Embossed metal butterfly w/ Inka Gold; resist stamped flower;
background is scrap of modeling paste and spray inks

Embossed paper with Versamark and Pearl Ex; die cut word
and punched leaves

Paint scrap background; stamped and embossed "twinchie"; gold
Delicata ink on die cut flourish

Spray inks on WC paper, text from book, butterfly stickers
and stamped and colored poppies (Inktense pencils_

Heidi Swapp scraps repurposed from old CHA Make n Take

Paper and fabric scraps; stamped image

Dina Wakley stamp painted, deli paper, Dylusions spray
ink background over book text and gesso

Magazine and contact paper image transfer on scrapbook
paper; stamped title

Envelope liner background, heart is dryer sheets Mod Podged
together and embossed and inked

"Art Pop" collage sheet from Robin Marie Smith, enhanced with
magazine letters and stamps

Washi tape background; "reduction stenciling" w/ Xacto
knife cutting out hexagon shapes

Scrap letter and number stickers collaged for background; stamp;
camera washi tape, TH film strip and pin

Sprayed and stenciled background; flower stickers; Inktense

"Faux riveted metal"; stamps

Music paper with Shimmerz paint; collaged papers

Tissue paper ephemera leftovers - perfect for Nov. 19

Techniques from Tim Holtz November 2014 tag - Distress
Stains and paints; inked embossing folder

Spray inked and stamped background, bird sticker, die cut branch,
"22" scrap - perfect for Nov. 22

Decoupaged napkin background; punched, inked, embossed and
crackled ovals for pumpkin

Painted book text, small dragonfly cut from napkin, old transparency
butterfly sticker

Backing paper from purchased bracelet used on background,
stamps inked and colored w/ Inktense pencils; gold pen

Silhouette die cut (matches old Hero Arts stamp) inked w/
Distress Inks; gold pen

One more month to go! It won't be a full month again since we will be out of town for Christmas, but I will do what I can!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Family" Mixed Media Wall Decor Workshop

We've added another day for this workshop since several people were unable to attend when it was first offered.

Join me on Wednesday Dec. 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to create this lovely mixed media piece. Using an acrylic die cut frame as the base, this project incorporates many textural techniques including VerDay paint, Gesso, Texture Paste and more.

More information is on the LBH blog here: www.thelittlebluehouseblog.blogspot.com
Call or stop by the LBH to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Calling All Art Journalers!

Come join me next Tuesday, Dec. 9th, for our next LBH Art Journaling Workshop.

A Christmas Play Party!

Sample page

Let's celebrate the last workshop of the year by PLAYING in our journals this month. Have you been saving old Christmas cards but not knowing what to do with them? I will show you some ways to recycle them incorporating them into holiday (or not-so-holiday) artsy journal pages. 

Also we will be doing a Christmas Napkin Swap! Bring 10-12 cocktail size napkins to swap with everyone. They do not have to match. I will give you some ideas on how to use these in your journals and everyone will leave with an assortment of new napkins to play with.

When:  Tuesday December 9th  

Time: 10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm $25 

See further information and the supply list on the LBH blog. 
Call or stop by the LBH to reserve your seat.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Last week was super busy and then we left for Thanksgiving in Albuquerque so I am late in posting the remaining ornaments. I hope you followed the LBH blog to see all these lovelies and to read the tutorials.

Here are the last six days' ornaments.

Day 7  - Mini Coffee Cup Ornament by Cat Grigsby

Day 8 - Snowman Bell Ornament by Rhonda Merry

Day 9 - Mini Junque Tree by Lynette Chiles

Day 10 - Merry Mason Jar Lid Ornament by DeeDee Roe

Day 11 - Cupcake Liner Tree and Cone Ornaments by Susan Tidwell (ME!)

And Day 12 - Verday Wonders Ornaments by Tracy Pounds

Be sure to check out the complete tutorials on the LBH blog here: www.thelittlebluehouseblog.blogspot.com!