Saturday, November 29, 2008

Winter Wonderland

Here's my Winter Wonderland contribution to Sunday Postcard Art.

Gothic Arches: Snow

Snow is the theme for this week's Gothic Arch challenge. All stamps from Oxford Impressions.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Marie in the House

Marie Antoinette is the Dans ma Maison challenge this week.

Playing House

The TGIF challenge this week is Games. I used an image and background stamp from Inkastamps for this one.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Santa, Santa, Santa

The upcoming Theme Thursday challenge is Santa. I created an ATC and two paint chip tags. The idea for the tags comes from Helga's (the grand dame of ArtChix) blog, My Artistic Life. I ran over to the hardware store after school today to pick up a handful of paint chips for this little project and am pretty happy with the results. Stamps from Time to Stamp/I Brake for Stamps, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, and Inkastamps. The three collage images are from Collagevisions.

Monday, November 24, 2008


The Crazy Amigo challenge this week is hands. Stamp from Art by Moonlight.

Christmas Music Card

Trying yet another new-to-me challenge this week. The Created Byhand challenge of the week is to create Christmas music cards. Couldn't resist adding a Santa hat (from Collagevisions) to Raven (raven, music and flourish stamps from Quietfire Design).

TMTA: Cloth + Paper

The TMTA challenge this week is to use a bit of cloth in an ATC. I'm again going with Marie Antoinette as part of my swap with Cathy. The ATC in pink/gray/linen actually is the one with the piece of cloth as a background layer.

Art Creations ATC

Another new challenge blog has tickled my fancy this week. Art Creations Friday offers a weekly picture/background for the creating. I printed out the vintage gal of this week's challenge and voila - an ATC.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mixed Media Monday

I'm working on a Row House swap through Oxford Impressions and as I was putting together my tiny house, I realized this gal has a set of eyes that might just qualify for the MMM (Eyes Have it All) challenge! So here's my oh la la gal, with brooding eyes and some shiny bling. All stamps from Oxford Impressions.

Sunday Postcard Art: Raven

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge is Jokester. I took some liberty with this theme. In Alaska Native cultures and Norse mythology, raven is a trickster image, so I brought out raven for this one. Stamps from Ma Vinci's and Inkastamps.

Assorted Christmas Tags

Here's a variety of Christmas tags I've started for the upcoming holiday season. Can't say I have near as many Solstice/Christmas cards made!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gothic Arch: In Celebration of Winter

Celebration is the Gothic Arch challenge this week. I'm working my magic a bit, hoping for snow, so my arch is in celebration of snow. Collage images from Inkastamps and Altered Pages. Stamped flourish from Stampington. Quote by Dickens reads, "Nature gives of its own to every time and season some beauties."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Theme Thursday: Old West

Old West is the Theme Thursday challenge this week.

TGIF: Vintage

Birds of a Feather is my contribution to this week's TGIF challenge.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Merry Star & Snowflakes

The WS challenge is Snowflake Kisses. I got to open my bday gift two days early tonight! :) Bruce gave me the new Slice! Now, I admit, I have been slow to jump when it comes to gadgets and cutters and such, but for some reason I was intrigued with this little machine. And rightfully so. I played a bit tonight, cutting one and four inch stars, frilly circles, even tags. My first created piece is Merry Star. Background stamped images from Oxford Impressions and collage image from Collagevisions. Slice from Bruce - THANK YOU! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Blue Moon

Moon is the Crazy Amigo challenge this week.

Let Them Eat Cake!

The TMTA challenge this week is Food and Drink. I'm also engaged in a 5/5 Marie Antoinette swap with Cathy, so combining the two...CAKE! Marie images from Digital Collage Sheets and background stamped images from Oxford Impressions and Silver Crow Creations.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Creative Blogger Award

Gayle was kind to offer me the Creative Blogger award this week, so in turn, I get to choose five inspiring bloggers who should also pick up this honor. Thanks much to the following bloggers for their continued blog-spiration and consistent good art! :)

Oh yes, and the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs for the award.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Christmas Ornaments

The MM challenge this week is to make an ornament...or in my case, three. Using Staz On ink, I stamped three images by Oxford Impressions on white tissue paper. I added touches of color using Twinkling H2Os. These were then adhered to glass marbles using Mod Podge. A touch of ribbon and glitter branch made the final touches.

Tall ATC: Santa Baby 2

Just for fun, I extended the length of this ATC to 5", creating a card front for an upcoming Christmas card. Image from Collagevisions.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunday Postcard Art: Santa Hat

The Sunday Postcard Art theme is Hats. Collage image from Collagevisions.

Gothic Arch: Silhouette

Silhouette is the newest Gothic Arch theme. I'm pretty sure my Muse is linked to the snow somehow as I'm working a lot of snowflakes into recent pieces with little snow in the actual local forecast. Fairies and snowflake stamp from 100 Proof Press. White snowflakes from Oxford Impressions. Muse word stamp from Ma Vinci's.

Yuletide Blessings Arch

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TGIF: Hats

The TGIF challenge this week is Hats.


Bookmark is the challenge for One Powerful Hour this week. I created this with the intention of adding funny comment to it about desperately in need of a good book, because really, who has time to sit around in flowing green dress and play with birds? But I found myself a bit keen on the end result, keen enough to make it my official Jane Austen bookmark. Last spring I bought the complete Jane Austen, read one story, and it's now collecting dust under my bed. Time to revive Jane, this bookmark will help.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

10/10 ATC Winter Swap

I'm hosting a 10/10 ATC Winter Swap at Altered Gypsy and you're welcome to join! Ten wintery ATCs due to me by Winter Solstice (December 21st) and I'll mail back out to you December 22nd. Post either here or to the thread under "Challenges" at Altered Gypsy if you'd like to join.

Raven Snow

This week's Theme Thursday challenge is the infamous bird. Here's my snowy raven for the occasion.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blue Red

Crazy Amigo's challenge this week is Blue Red. Collage image from my friend, Kris. Background stamps from Oxford Impressions. And if you haven't yet stumbled upon it, do check out my friend Cathy's new blog. She has some cool artsy stuff posted already! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

TMTA: Purple!

One of my favorite colors, purple, is the TMTA challenge today.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Magic Door

The TGIF challenge is Doors. I used a door from Altered Pages, a fairy from Lisa's Altered Art and "Magic" stamp by Inkastamps.


The Sunday Postcard Art challenge is Italy. I broke out my Venezia plate from Oxford Impressions for this one and a whole lot of alcohol ink.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gothic Arch: Button

Button, button, who's got the button? The Gothic Arch challenge, of course!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Be Happy

Happy is the Theme Thursday challenge for the week. Collage images from Spice It Up and Collagevisions. Stamps from Time to Stamp/I Brake for Stamps and Hero Arts.

Sweet Christmas

One Powerful Hour's challenge this week is Christmas decorations. It's the perfect opportunity to start on some Christmas tags. Collage image from Lisa's Altered Art. Stamped images from Oxford Impressions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote for Hope

Today was election day in the U.S. Of course concession and acceptance speeches were made well before ballots were even counted in Alaska, but that does little to squash my happiness surrounding the day's events. I was inspired not only by the day, but by Shelly's Vote for Hope piece posted to her blog. Do check it out. My own little artsy piece sports a collage image from Lisa's Altered Art, lots of German scrap and just some scrap in general, flourishes from Quietfire Design, and letters from Hero Arts. Angel is also the Wednesday Stamper theme. Today I cast my vote for hope and hope has been restored.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Dream of Hearts

Hearts are the theme at Crazy Amigo this week.

Autumn Angel

TMTA's challenge this week is angel.

Colors of Autumn

The Mixed Media Monday challenge is Colors of Autumn. Stamps from Savvy, Hero Arts and Magenta. Image from Collagevisions.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vintage Children

The Gothic Arch challenge this week is Vintage Children. Collage image by Inkastamps. Stamps from Oxford Impressions and Jody Poesy.