Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gothic Arch Mingle - February

This month at AAS I am creating a gothic arch for Tamara C. and her theme is "whimsical wings". We are to decorate the front and put a little something on the back with our name, etc. I haven't really done a lot of "whimsy" yet but thorougly enjoyed the process and will definitely want to do it again. It made me happy and I love the text "Wake Up every morning with the thought that something WONDERFUL is about to happen!" Now isn't that the perfect way to start each day!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I'm an ARTchix Studio Contest Winner!

ARTchix Studio just announced the five winners of the "I Love ARTchix Studio" sticker contest and out of 46 entries, I am one of the five winners! I will be sending them the ATC that I made for the contest and it will be turned into a gorgeous sticker that will be added to their orders as gifts. PLUS I won a $25 gift certificate to the ARTchix online shop along with some free “I Love ARTchix” stickers. Now how about that! What a fun and exciting year I have been having. I am so honored to be a part of this art community. Humble hugs, Carol

Here is my winning ATC (soon to be sticker)...woohoo!

I have been given a "You Make My Day" Award

Linda over at The Art Sook gave me this great award and now I want to pass it on .... "The rules for the “You Make My Day” award are to pass it forward to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration or just makes you feel good when you visit them. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved. Here are 10 of the 100's of blogs that keep me inspired and bring a smile to my face. Check them out when you have a few minutes... perhaps there are some new friends to be made!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February 8x8 Tip In

This month, one of my projects at Altered Art Swap is an 8"x8" tip in using a French-inspired "Life is Beautiful" theme in sepia tones. I started out with a paper background mounted on 140# watercolor paper and then used a lovely rubber stamp and distressed ink to give it a vintage feel. Then it was "create away"!
I planned to make a bookmark to put in the library card pocket but as usual, a doll crept her way out and next thing I knew, I had made a beautiful French ballerina instead. I have to admit that I am very pleased with the results. Those Dolls just always sneak into my art, don't they? I wonder how many more are inside? :)

Victorian Romance Fan

I enjoyed the fan blade template so much that I decided to join a second group. Our theme was Victorian Romance. Isn't it amazing that 5 different people can end up creating something that matches so well?

Pictured is three of my blades and our completed fan. Completed fan participants are from left to right; Carol Stocker, Patti Crump, Linda Kunsman, Mary Ann Severin and hostess Angelina Thoma. We each made an extra blade and Angelina assembled it for charity.

Spring In Bloom Romance Fan

Everyone asked to see the finished fan so here it is! Didn't it turn out beautifully? Blades from left to right are Patricia Schweitzer, Joan Lawrence, Gina Wise, Carol Stocker & Anne Hartman. It was so fun to create something this beautiful with four other ladies that I like and admire so much! Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Another Gothic Arch

These Gothic Arches are kind of addicting. Here is one that I made for Caryl Hoobler, the host of the PW swap.

First Attempt at Needle Felting

I decided to give Needle Felting a go and found that I love it! It's like painting with fibers! I started with a pale cranberry wool felt and added roving, prima flowers and ribbons along with a lovely coppery frame and whimsical image.

I took an 8"x8" rusty metal ceiling tile and cut an "X" through the middle of it, rolled the points back and used it as a frame! Pretty cool, huh? I am going to add some rivets in the corner to hold it all together and then hang it on my art wall.

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