Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Project Share: Altered Playing Cards

These are a fun bunch of ATC's I made after a You Tube binge a while back. I've been putting them in my junk journals and sending them out in swaps.

They go pretty fast once the initial collaging of decorative napkins is done and it's a great way to use up scraps and perhaps elements you may not care for on a larger scale. I had received several napkins in various swaps that really weren't my style or colors I tend to be drawn to, yet had not passed along in subsequent swaps, when I saw a video and had an "Aha!" moment.
That's what I love about these swaps is the inspiration that comes about when you venture out of your comfort zone 😉





Monday, June 17, 2019

Project Share: Book page Envelope

This is a collaged mini folio I made as an entry for a giveaway.

Inspired by Rachel at Roxy Creations  and made for Andrea at Artymaze. Two of my favorite You Tubers. Andrea recently reached a subscriber milestone and created a beautiful junk journal that she plans to give away to a lucky subscriber drawn from us crafty peeps who send her a piece arty ephemera.
Inside pockets...
... hold these tags...






Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Project Share: A Postcard Swap


I had a crafty fun day today. I finished up a couple of postcards for a swap for one of my Facebook groups.

I was having so much fun I made some more...


This is for another swap in the same group. It's a Template swap. The shoe template was determined by the groups admin as is the prescribed dimensions of 6"x8". This kind of thing is way out of my comfort zone, especially the glitter.

I started my crafty morning with this awesome caprese wrap. The sun was shining down on my cutting board and the colors were so gorgeous I couldn't help but take a photo😉





Friday, May 24, 2019

Project share and a new tangent...

...collage. Much in the way that Zentangle relaxed me, gluing things to paper has weaseled its way into my daily artsy endeavors.
These are for a monthly swap series I've been making for the Facebook group Trashy and Flowish Junk Journals. Each month, we're given a template to incorporate into a 6" x 8" journal page. The idea is that at the end of the year you end up with 12 pages to bind into a journal.

I had two partners for this dress form swap. In a different swap, my partner had sent me a bunch of vintage buttons. I had so much fun with them.


The flower at the top is made from tea bags;-)


Monday, May 20, 2019

The Cheese Stands Alone...

At my day job, what keeps me in art supplies and a roof under which to craft and create, I'm a Cheesemonger. I work behind the cheese counter of a small, family owned specialty food market.
Back in January, I competed in The Cheesemonger Invitational. The video below  is from a CBS Sunday Morning feature of last years competition. It's pretty fierce and when all was said and done, I placed 11th out of 37 cheesemongers. I won a trip to visit Wisconsin dairies in October so I'm really jazzed about that.


My signs describing the 3 cheese presentations/pairings I had to create

I did NOT create these cheese boards. They were at our meet and greet party to kick off the 3 day event. They were prepared by the guy who won last years competition and is going on to compete later this year in France.






This is a CBS Sunday Morning feature from last years competition:


Yes, I'm a curd nerd.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Project Share: Baby Journal

This is the project that pretty much de-railed me from everything else over the last couple of months.
It was a labor of love, created for my niece's baby shower last weekend. We know it's going to be a boy. A big boy apparently...he's currently known as Brutus😉






Thanks so much for stopping by!







Thursday, March 7, 2019

Re-Booting, Catching up and Diva Challenges


Somewhere along the way my holiday blog break detoured into a black hole of sorts...well, more like a rabbit hole of many artsy diversions along with family stuff, work stuff, dead computers and more family stuff....and YouTube;-)
Through it all, I started all of the Diva challenges in my Trainwreck Journal but never managed to finish any of them until yesterday, whilst hanging out, on rainy day off, at my neighborhood cafe.
This current challenge almost did me in though. After my second failed practice attempt I decided to go big and do it in pencil first. Much better. Although I'm pleased with the results, it vexed me in terms of knowing where and how to stop it, or how to integrate other patterns.

My morning at the cafe...


...finishing up abandoned challenges, which was it's own challenge I believe:




I'll be posting my Project Shares in short (hopefully), random posts as I try to get pictures off my cell phone camera.

Thanks so much for stopping by!