Artist Trading Cards

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I’ve always turned up my nose at the idea of Artist Trading Cards. I mean, why would I want to start a new collection when I hardly have room for what I already have? But when Martha, Kathy, and I scheduled a trip to Dallas for a big crafters’ conference, Martha suggested we make some ATCs in case we have the opportunity to swap with other crapspeople, er, I mean craftspeople. So I approached the task with my usual blend of ineptitude, mixed media, and luck. Here are a few of what I’ve created so far.

I used a stamp and a label on the back of each to identify the “artist.”

They’ve been strangely addictive to make, and I’ll create more before our trip in mid-September. I might even sprinkle them throughout the conference hall for my donation to found art!

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Easy Ornament

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This project is most definitely a fine representation of my “crappy to happy” crapsmanship. It all started when Dan the Man and I took a cruise to Alaska. (We had a wonderful trip seeing awe-inspiring scenery.) One of our excursions led us to an old mining town, complete with an opportunity to pan for gold. I couldn’t quite get the technique down without help, but Dan the Man was a natural! Read the rest of this entry

My Craft Stash

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If you need a whole closet for your crafting crap, it might be argued that you’ve got too much stuff. But how else can you make what you want on a whim?! Though my crafting materials were once well-organized, I’ve been piling stuff upon stuff upon stuff, and the closet desperately needed a re-do. It didn’t help that we had hardwood floors installed in July and I’ve yet to clean up the additional stacks created by the moving process. Read the rest of this entry

Negative Painting — Part One

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My inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite crafting magazines and websites — Cloth Paper Scissors.  In this blog post (http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/perfect-mothers-day-art-project/), the author writes about a process called “negative painting.” With this technique, you start with a colorful background and then use a solid color to paint around the objects you want to show rather than by painting the objects itself. Read the rest of this entry

Cork Monogram

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I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry

Memorial Day Watercolor

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For Easter, my BFF gave me a watercolor of two cute chicks in a square frame with a mat opening of 6″ x 6″.  We decided that I could replace the chick pic with seasonal art of my own design. So using mixed media paper, cheap watercolors, and a white Gelly Roll pen, here’s my product. I think I’ll leave it on my table from Memorial Day weekend until the Fourth of July. Go, USA!