Hitchcock Halloween

March 31, 2011

For years family and friends have been nudging me to submit some of my artwork to Somerset Studios and see if they would publish me. When New Year’s resolution time rolled around I decided that this would be the year I wouldn’t just say I was going to submit some work, but actually do it!! When Somerset called for “A Hitchcock Halloween” I knew this was the project for me to do. I have my fingers crossed that Somerset will like this and publish it. But even if they don’t, I really enjoyed the process of making this piece.

I used a sewing pattern tissue paper to print Alfred on and decoupaged him onto a egg I bought at the Salvation Army  thrift store. I paid a whole dime for the egg!

I also paid a dime for the wings. They were a clearance Christmas ornament that was originally gold and I painted them black.

The nest is lined with black feathers, gauze stained with black and brown ink and beads on the edges. Of course, there is also my favorite little wooden skull tucked in there too. (I swear I am gonna cry, Deb, when I use these all up!)

A little orange and black alcohol ink…

A little warning hanging from the finger….

A little better view of the image

And last but not least the skeleton hand…

I picked up this hand at a wonderful store called Dallas & Co. They sell costumes, party supplies, magic stuff, etc. They really have an amazing variety of Halloween stuff. I was so grateful when I went to the store looking for a hand (how weird does that sound??? lol) and they graciously dug through last years Halloween stuff and found me this hand.  It was perfect and what I envisioned in my head–how often does THAT happen? 🙂

Cross your fingers for publication!


Nursing Bookhouse

March 31, 2011

Here is another bookhouse. I hate to even admit how long this one took me to do. I started off with a bang, decided I wasn’t crazy about the color(too dark) and I set it aside for a LONG time….

It bugged me to death that it was sitting half done and finally decided to bite the bullet and finish it up.

Once I started adding this and that it kinda grew on me and now I feel pretty satisfied with it.

The two lovely ladies here are Florence Nightingale and Clara  Barton.

The old medicine box was a must have because of the date on it…August 8th…my birthday!

Doubt it shows up in the pic but the paint I used has a faint amount of glitter in it.

This is the top of the word house…Isn’t that tube of eye ointment cool?? The images are from the book and I used an old pharmacy advertisement measuring tape. The little syringe on top is an antique as well. I don’t know for sure what it would have been used for because there is no way to attach a needle. (At least that I could figure out.) I still thought it was pretty neat.

This is the back. These are old containers used to hold balms and salves.

These are the nursing sisters on the sides. I used a collage sheet from ArtChix Studios.

This is the other side of the top.

My ink box

February 18, 2011

I got this box at the thrift store and I found it’s perfect for keeping my

Tim Holtz distress inks in.

I have had it for awhile, and knew from the get go I wanted

to embellish it with some metal.

Here would be the final result!



a little close up of the danglies!


It’s moo time again! (with a little twist)

February 18, 2011

Got some moo action here for Plain Jane’s swap on Splitcoast!

The Fashion Show

February 17, 2011

Boy, talk about a labor of love!

These are my dress forms from Maya Roads altered.

I would be afraid to add up how many hours are wrapped up in these!


This was the first one-that little heart…..about sent me over the edge!!

“Wonder Bread”

This was fun to do! The skirt is made from tissue paper. The form

is covered with tissue paper too. The image is from an old Anne Taintor calender.

up closer

“There Was An Old Lady”

Remember this story? There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don’t know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she’ll die…

Each of the fragments are the things she has swallowed and the center is cut out with a dangling fly in her “stomach.”

(I actually went back and added some small white polka dots on her dress..seemed too plain.)

“School Days”

This dress form is all individual images collaged together.

The belt is paper as well and the necklace has a few school items..a pencil, chalk, a paper clip, rulers

and a clip. Two apple charms finish off the bottom.


I made the mini rosary and the quote comes from Mother Teresa.

“His Garden”

This is my favorite of the collection. The background is from an old flower magazine from the 40’s.

The shovel makes this pretty chunky!


This is the flat one of the group!

Hope ya liked! 🙂

Hoodoo Voodoo

January 12, 2011

This was my contribution to the OPI swap. The subject of voodoo I found to be a bit creepy, but interesting subject matter to make a chunky out of. It seemed too expected to make a voodoo doll, so I looked for other voodoo related items to compose the card from.

The wooden little skulls are once again from my Deb Moon donation! (not sure what I am going to do when those run out?!)

this is the front

and this is the back.

Drum roll please!

January 12, 2011

I just wrapped up my OPI round 2 swap and

I wanted to show everyone the winners in each category.

There were twinchies, atc’s and chunkys.

In case you don’t know what OPI is, it is a brand of nailpolish that

comes up with some really interesting (and witty) names. For this

swap folks needed to use the name of the polish as inspiration for their art.

(not necessarily the nail polish color)

And I am happy to announce that the winners are……

In the category of  twinchies the winner is Deb Ramsey! Loved this twinchie for two reasons:

it is Alice in Wonderland paper by Graphic 45, which I love, and she combined it with

a darling little charm. Good job, Deb!

Next is the atc category. The winner for this one goes to Eileen Sterba!

The subject of coffee is a favorite among people who make art and I have seen a lot

of cards done with that theme. What makes this card stand out to me is the texture of the coffee

and the fact she chose such a strong close up of a face to use as the base of the card. Very cool!

It sort of reminds me of the cover of Lord of the Flies…

Awesome, Eileen!

And our last group was the chunkys. This one was hard. I liked so many of the chunkys.

I finally narrowed it down to this chunky made by Kathy Ferris!

Sort of like the coffee theme, Asian themes are popular. What

put this beauty over the top for me was the rich colors, fantastic embellishments

(lov’n those pins on the ribbon!) and her neat execution of the card.

Bravo, Kathy!

Thanks to EVERYONE who played! Very nice groups!!


A few months ago….

January 9, 2011

Yeah, I know, Halloween is done. Orange and black was replaced

with the red and green of Christmas. And that too is making way for

Valentine red and pink, but I thought you might want to see anyway!

the front

right side inside

left side inside

(recognize those skulls Deb?? :))

inchies I put inside!

obviously, not all of them were Halloween

spirit chicks

this is a postage stamp on a  scrabble tile with the

bubble dome on it and micro beads…might be my fave of the bunch.

Art for a friend

January 4, 2011

I was inspired looking at an old Somerset Studio magazine

to use the back side of a canvas for this piece of art.

A friend of mine is redecorating her house and I wanted to give something that

matched her new decor. Hope she likes it!

Book Houses

January 4, 2011

Here is a project I have been working on for a bit.

Book houses, as I like to call them, are a different way to enjoy books.

The “reader” gets to enjoy the artwork of the cover as well as a few pages or images from the book.

The Secret Garden

this is the back

this is the side

view from the top

tiny rocks, sand and flowers

This is my first book house, My stand by favorite, Nancy Drew.

I think she is a bit Halloween-ish, but that really wasn’t my intent for this one.

Still like that little ‘ol inchie!

the roof

the back

Aren’t these images just too cool? 🙂