Monday, July 30, 2007

Dimensional Watercolor

One of my favorite techniques is Dimensional Watercolor....I have had projects using this technique in multiple publications so I decided I would post my instructions for other to try....enjoy!

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Here are a few of my creations. The purple one is done with Lumiere Paints and stamps....the white one is done with Adirondack Acrylic Paints and stamps...the multicolored one with the rectangles is my Bargello shirt that I designed a template for....lots of work to design but more fun to make...

Carson 2007 ATC Won 2nd Place!!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Post Rain Storm

A picture of my car's back window after it had rained and dried then I used the rear wiper and this view appeared....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Vintage Hat Girl

Vintage hat girl will go anywhere because she loves to travel.

Um's & Storage Conquered

Thanks to my good friend, Jan I am organizing my UM's and even unmounting some of my wood mounts using a modification of her wonderful system she developed. Basically, here's how mine works.....

1. Need 2+ notebooks - 3" wide 3 ring for storing the stamped image (SI) and one to hold the actual rubber (RS).....(I needed more than 2 sets because I have 21 yrs worth of stamps to store - no idea how many I will end up with)
2. Need storage panels...mine came are Stamp n' Stor from Sunday Int'l...I bought bother the regular sheets and the tabbed sheets....if you can't find a source I have one and can get them for you discounted.
3. Need subject dividers - school supply item....I use the dividers to separate the stamps by company name in the image notebook (SI) if I know it and it not by subject is where I split into two different notebooks....1- stamps are listed by company and 2 - stamps company unknown are listed by subject matter say birthday, funny verses, nature, and etc. Note: I only use the dividers in the stamped image notebook.
4. The idea is to cross reference the notebooks. The system I used was not only alphabetic but I coded the pages - in the stamp book (RS) the first page of Artful Illusions would be marked on the tabbed storage panel with the words Artful Illusions....the code AI #1 would be marked in the upper right hand corner and placed alphabetically in the stamp notebook.
In the image notebook I would add a page using cardstock paper with the image....then label the upper right hand corner with the same code AI #1....

When I am looking for a stamp to use instead of having to pick up the heavy RS notebook of stamps to go through I go to the SI notebook, find the stamp I want then go directly to the correct RS notebook and coded page and easily locate the stamp.

Hopefully this makes some sense if not please ask any questions you might have...if you can't post here please just email me at and put "blog ??" in the subject.

I know this sounds like a lot of work however it's the "how do you eat an elephant?" syndrome - on bite at a time....and I have sat aside at least 1 hour a day to work on this project and I am amazed at how well it is going....amazed enough to share it with you all!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Carson 2007 ATC Winners

#1 by Kerry from Huntington Beach....this doll folded her legs up to fit in the small pocket at the bottom of the ATC....the ATC was clear acetate...this was definitely the Winner!....

I was on a design team with Kerry but had lost track of her because of a provider change on her was great to see her again!

I am proud to say that my submission won 2nd place so I had $35 in funny money to spend at the free money....

More later today!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Home at last!

My 2 weeks vacation is now a thing of the past....just wanted to let you all know that I will be back in the swing of things tomorrow....still recovering from Jet Lag....can't want to get some things posted about the trip to Carson Stamp Convention....

More later -

Monday, July 9, 2007

I'm on Vacation until July 19th...sorry - come back and see me when I return...I will try to do some posting before I return but I'm not sure how well that will go....

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

ABC ATC Vintage Sage

Charles Dubois - Father

Dr. Charles is the head of the Dubois family. He is a General Practitioner specializing in children. In the past he was an aviator in the war. This sparked his desire to help others. Nothing brings him more joy than making people well and happy. He always has a lollipop for his youngest patients and some of the older ones who are young at heart. Dr. Charles is a loving and caring person who has a wife, Katherine. Not the nicest person in the town but more on Katherine later. He is French and Katherine is English. There has always been a conflict between the French and English. The Saga continues.....

Monday, July 2, 2007

ABC ATC Vintage Sage

Bernice is the youngest of the Dubois daughters. She is a dreamer and hopes one day to be a writer of novels. She dreams of writing about things that she will experience once she gets to go to Europe like her oldest sister, Alexandra. She is a quiet child. Bernice often sits by the window with her fathers dog, Blue and dreams of great adventures.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Carson 2007 ATC to Swap

These are my Carson Convention ATC Swap trade....each tag has additional stamping/stickers/ephemera on them....