Friday, July 31, 2015

Altered Bits

I taught a demo last week at the local art store, Stampadoodle and the Paper Cafe, and one of the things I played with was big puzzle pieces from a floor puzzle for kids. My stash was gleaned from the free pile at an estate sale. Missing puzzle pieces? Not a problem, alter 'em!

This piece measures about 5 x 4 inches, and uses vintage sheet music, text pages, postage stamps, bits and pieces from decorative papers, and the baby image is from an old catalog page. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recycled Artist Trading Card Challenge

I'm hosting a swap on, the Recycled Artist Trading Card Challenge. I've included a list of various recycled type items and the requirement is to use at least three different items from the list on your ATC. These are some of the samples... 

This ATC uses a 1) security envelope liner as background, 2) vintage text, 3) paper napkin and 4) old sheet music. 

 This card also has a 1) tissue box background, 2) foreign text, 3) used postage stamps, 4) part of an old asian envelope and washi tape. 

This one has a 1) vintage dictionary page text as background, 2) used postage stamps and 3) bit of an old ticket and washi tape. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cat Artist Trading Cards

Sharing some artist trading cards made for a swap on Theme is Purrrfect Cats. I spent last weekend with a group of artists I met on atcsforall. Online friends in person can be such fun. We're heart sisters. :) Anyway, Christine is hosting a swap, and I decided I had to join, helped along with some postage stamp cats from Cynthia. Two are using backgrounds I'd intended for a swap I'll have posted next week - recycled bits. They use tissue box as background, vintage text, used postage stamps and other images and papers.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Low Tide at Marine Park

 Low tide on the 4th of July at Marine Park. So many people (and herons) enjoying the water on the lovely warm day.

About the time we were nearly back to the car, the heron moved closer to the "beach". I'd have loved to be where the lady on her cell phone was; she didn't seem to even notice the gorgeous creature near her.

How is your summer going?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hiding in Plain Sight

We found (and left) this nest sitting on ferns about an arms length off one of the trails at Whatcom Falls Park. It's the coolest thing. Babies have fledged, but I can imagine how cool it would have been to see them. It blends in and one has to really look.

It's quite amazing what you see when you look around you. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Angels be with you

Sending angels to by with you, my dear friend. 
Welcome Beloved
Artist: Jean Porche
Colored pencil

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

House Shaped ATCs

It's been awhile since I've posted. My muse is beginning to return for short periods, and I'm going to make an effort to post more frequently. 

While I haven't done a lot of art, I have started doing some trades on my favorite trading site,, where I'm a moderator. I can always count on a swap to help get the creative juices flowing again.  

These are a set of cards made for a house shaped vintage theme chosen by Elena.   

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