Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jester, Our Angel Dog

We had to say goodbye to our dear, sweet Jester boy last month.  It has been difficult adjusting to life without him.  His presence filled our lives for 12 wonderful years.  We are now left with only emptiness and deafening silence.  This month, my card honors his independent spirit. 

I chose one of my (many) favorite photos of Jester.  This was taken on the beach behind my parents home and it was a special place where he loved to play.  I love how this picture captures his regal, majestic stance.  

Since Jester has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and is in the company of angels, I decided to give him wings.  These wings were created by spraying a mist of water over the photo, laying a wing stencil down and using an awl to gently scratch the surface.  I think he wears his wings well.

Jester was a very special companion to all whose lives he touched.  He leaves a huge hole in our hearts but we take comfort knowing that his spirit is now happy, wild and free.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Explore (Chicago!)


I travelled to Chicago last month and the Windy City was all the inspiration I needed for this month's mindfulness card.

I met up with a friend from college who lives a few hours outside of Chicago and together we explored the City.  From the Riverwalk, the 
awe-inspiring Architecture Boat Tour (by night), Millenium Park, the "Bean," the Art Institute of Chicago, deep-dish pizza, Chicago hot dogs, Buckingham Fountain, the Sky Deck at the Willis (fka Sears) Tower, Stony Island Arts Bank and even walking two labyrinths--we did it all in just over two days.

I just knew that that I could share a lot of the sights of Chicago with this fun "napkin fold" pop-up card.  

Saturday, September 29, 2018


With the recent passing of the Queen of Soul, I decided to create my monthly Mindfulness Card by honoring Aretha Franklin.

I found a high contrast image of Aretha which I ran off on transparency.  I also wanted to use the "Respect" sheet music in my card.  I wasn't quite sure how these elements would all come together to create a 4 x 6 card, but over time--and after considering a few different ideas--I began to feel a 1960's vibe emerging.  After all, this image of Aretha is probably from the 1960's.  

The circle-patterned scrapbook paper really completed the look I was going for.  So instead of trying to incorporate the sheet music onto the front of my card, I used it to complete the back of the card. I found coordinating washi tape to bind all three layers--Aretha, scrapbook paper background and sheet music--together to create my card.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fun with Pink and Orange

I had fun creating my page for this month's color journal.  When I think of Pat, I think "fun," "playful" and "funky."  It's no wonder her colors are pink and orange!

I don't know why, but the other pages created for Pat's color journal seemed to all feature faces.  I did not intend to include a face in my page for her.  I actually wanted to incorporate Pat's own image into my pages.  To do this, I stalked her on Facebook!

Pat had a number of images that I could picture using in my pages.  I chose this one:

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The first thing I did was to run off this image in black and white.

Next, I took white cardstock and colored it with pink and orange ink pads.  I then copied Pat's black and white image onto the colored cardstock.

Since she had used vintage Japanese newspaper for her background, I took Japanese text pages and colored them with Dylusion sprays in pinks and oranges.

I then cut out tresses of hair from the colorful text pages and re-imagined a new "do" for her image.  Pat usually wears hints of blues and purples in her hair, I gave her  pink and orange highlights for this spread. 

The Pat I know is not that recognizable to me in this image.  The Pat I know wears glasses, so I added glasses and now I see Pat!

Saturday, August 18, 2018


I had a lot of leftovers after working on the gold and cream color journal pages last month.  Since I had not yet started my mindfulness cards for August, I thought I would play a little bit more with Jane LaFazio's  "Recycled Circles."
When I was finished, I took a moment to study what I had created.  I love how the seemingly different pieces of tissue paper are united in harmony by the similar colors.  I love how the concentric arcs, though made up of separate bits and pieces, come together to form a complete whole, and I love how the stitches bind everything together into one cohesive circle.  All of this led me to this one word, "Unity."  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Life is a Circle

 The pages for this gold and white color journal were weeks in the making.  I was inspired by Jane LaFazio's Recycled Circles.  These circles are made with several different gold and white tissue papers I had in my stash.  
I started by creating a background on watercolor paper.  I used a variety of gold acrylic paints applied through a few of my favorite stencils.  I then cut the decorated sheet into 4" x 4" squares.
Next, I selected 8 different patterned tissues and cut them into 8" circles.  This way, the finished product would fit onto an 8" x 8" page (folded in the center).  I used binder clips to hold the stack of tissue papers together while I quartered the circles.
From there, I cut each quarter circle into half c-shapes in concentric circles.  I laid out the half c-shapes in decreasing size to decorate each of the 4" x 4" squares.  When I was happy with the design, I used a glue stick to hold the tissue papers in place.  
For added texture, I sewed some of the circle outlines by machine with gold thread.  I trimmed the excess tissue and thread for clean edges.
I mounted all four squares onto an 8" x 8" sheet of watercolor paper folded down the center and then added the "Life is a circle" quote around outer-most circle.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Summer Mail Art

Hot off the heels of my "Sacred Geometry" Mindfulness cards, I decided to also make these string art nautilus cards for the 2018 Summer Mail Art Swap.  I had wanted to join this annual swap last year, but did not have the time to make the commitment last year  I understand that some years they can have upwards of 20 people that join!  That's a lot of mail art!  Sign ups closed at the end of May and you have the months of June, July and August to make and send mail art to the participants.  So I made up my mind to sign up this year.

This is my well-worn template.

Eighteen.  Count them.  Eighteen.