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A Creative Day

Today I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple hours in my room with little interuption.  I got caught up on my ATC FUN swaps and tried a couple “mini” ATCs- one is 1/2 the size (1×3) and the other business card size.  I have a lot of cards that I received from VistaPrint so I used those!  Here are a few, please see my ATC gallery for more of todays work!

These are my business cards.  I stuck them to contact paper to keep them together and painted them with gesso and acrylic

Business cards

This is a book mark that I made for a mingle in the FUN group

One of my minis- I liked them so much I had to make one for myself!

Black and White and Color

I belong to a very active ATC group – ATC FUN.  And through this group I’ve “met” (online but not in person) LOTS of creative ladies and love following their blogs.  One talented lady, Raeven, had posted a few black and white images that she added color to (check out her blog here) and I thought it was a great idea! So….I selected several of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the past couple years, converted them to black and white and printed them.  I added some selective color with pastels and here are a few of my favorites:

Amarylis from behind

Lower Falls

Dew on a Petal

Twin Daffodils

My room

A while back I had posted that I now had my own art room.  It’s been a work in progress (and probably always will be) but it’s finally pretty functional!  I’ve made lots of scrapbook pages, ATCs and paintings in my new room.  It’s a pretty small room, only 7ft x 9ft but I’m making it work…it’s better than the dining room table!

This is the view from standing just inside the door

from the door

This table was custom made by my Dad for all my paper crafting.  Adjustable shelves hold all my paper and stickers.  Underneath I’ve attached an envelope for scraps and my stencils.  The shelf above the table holds my pictures that are ready for scrapping, Sharpies, and little bitty stuff! My cutter hangs just under the shelf.

my paper crafting table

I have a nice window in my room!  It’s recessed and has a nice wide sill that holds my dock for my iPhone and a few old Care Bears from when I was little.  The long hanging frame will slowly be filled with a few of my favorite pics of my girls.

above the table

To the right of my table is a bookshelf for all my scrapbooks in progress, stamps, ink and other accessories.  And some of my favorite artwork on the wall.  And my painting corner.

to the right of my table

On the same wall as the door (well, in the corner behind my table) is my painting corner.  Finally, a permanent spot for my easel, canvases and paints!  My dad built me the paint table out of scraps so it doesn’t matter if it gets a little messy!  I hung my brush roll with push pins on the wall to save a little room.

painting corner

Next to my painting corner (behind my table) is another bookshelf with ATC and smash book supplies plus other odds and ends.  On the wall is a little shelf with my softball stuff- one player made me an Orbeez filled softball and I had an extra trophy last year (a player dropped out after the first practice) so I added that to my shelf too!  On the back of the door is a shoe organizer I use to store all my adhesives- tacky glue, mounting tape, E-600, Mod Podge, etc.  And a left over Little Mermaid painting on the wall from when this used to be the girls’ playroom.  Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie so I left it on the wall for me! 🙂  There’s a little storage space under the stairs that I just added a few plastic bins to for misc stuff and my sewing machine.  Much easier than hauling it upstairs all the time!

from next to the table


Getting good use of my art room

I’ve been busy in my art room- that happens when the Superbowl pregame starts at 10am and the “festivities” don’t end for 12 hours.  I am NOT a football fan but my husband is!  So…I hid downstairs with the radio on, spreading glue, glitter, and paint! 🙂

Here are a couple of my favorites.  Please see my ATC gallery for the rest that I’ve been working on!


This is a photo I took over the summer.  Printed a few copies and layer them up for a 3D effect!

Rainbow Pinwheel 'cracked wax'

A new technique- color a design on lightweight paper with crayon.  Crinkle it up, cover it in paint, and wipe the paint off.  The paint will settle into the cracks in the wax and wipe off the surface wax.  I had a lot of fun with this one!

I have a couple works in progress, too.  For Christmas I got an airbrush that I have just started playing with- going to take some practice!  And, I bought a set of water colors; just something new to try!

Thanks for stopping by – comments are always appreciated! 🙂

New Website!

Well, I’ve realized that my blog started out for my photography and artwork.  Then I added a little of everything!  But, my photography seems to be buried among everything else, so….I created a website specifically to display my photography!

I’ve picked my favorites from the past couple years and will continue adding to it as the months go by.  I’ve also added a special gallery for weddings!

I love wordpress and will continue to post my “creative endeavors” here.  My new website will also free up a little space for pics of artwork and other projects! 🙂

Please, take a look and let me know what you think!

Have a great week!


ATCs completed!

I’ve joined a couple of swaps in my favorite ATC group and I’m even hosting one of my own!  I’ve made a few tshirt ATCs, a couple watercolors, one with pastels and an acrylic!  The swap I’m hosting is Fine Arts.  The tshirt swap could be anything you’d like to see on a tshirt- all 4 of mine are softball themed; I’ve got softball on the brain- registration is coming up, we had a hitting clinic earlier in the week, a coach’s meeting later this month…I can’t wait for another season!

Here’s one of my favorite tshirts.  See my ATC page for the rest of them!

Nothing soft

Fine Art ATCs

I decided to host my first swap in the ATC FUN group I belong to and decided on a fine art theme.  I got started on mine and created a few of them today!  I did 3 water color and 1 pastel.  I also started a larger water color with my new water color set (which I’ll post as soon as it’s done).  Here are 2 of my favorites- see my ATC gallery for the others!  Thanks for looking!!


Lone evergreen- pastel ATC

We finally got some snow so I thought a winter scene was appropriate for my 1st pastel ATC

Water color softball ATC

Despite the weather I have had softball on the brain lately!  We haven’t played a game since late October, I got a new bat for Christmas that won’t be used for a while and registration is coming up in a month!  Can’t wait to coach another season!




A Solution!

I have received some beautiful ATCs in the swaps that I’ve joined but a few are larger than the standard 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size because of embellishments.  And, because of this, they don’t fit in the sleeves that I have in my binder.  I had them in a sleeve in the pocket in the binder but they weren’t really displayed…until now!

I took a regular full size page protector and made it into 4 sections!  Now the oversized ATCs fit nicely and I can add the pages to my binder!

First I put cardboard in the page protector and using an Xacto knife I made a slit horizontally through the middle (you HAVE to use the cardboard because you don’t want to cut all the way through the page).  Then I went to my sewing machine and sewed across the page just above the slit to seal the top section.  Then I made a vertical seam through the middle from top to bottom making the 4 sections.  I was surprised at how well it worked- who knew you could sew plastic!  🙂

2 of my sewn pages. One already filled with ATCs I've received

A close up of the sewn page

Oh, and if you’re going to try it, make sure you start at the bottom for the verticle seam!  The first one I started at the top and the plastic bunched up a bit at the center.  The second one I started at the bottom and had no issues!

I’m pleased with how my pages came out- a cheap solution when you’re on a budget!


Now that the Christmas rush is over I found a few minutes to spend in my room.  I had joined a couple of ATC swaps in my favorite ATC FUN group and needed to get working on them!  I finally got them done and a couple I liked so much I had to make extra to keep for myself!  They went postal today and this set is on it’s way to the Netherlands!

fingerprint swap

In December I won the monthly lottery and was lucky to receive 13 beautiful winter themed ATCs.  One of them was a layered scene; I loved the technique, called paper tole, and thought I’d try it myself.  I printed off 3 copies of one of my own photos and took a stab at it…and loved it!

City Hall Reflection tole

This is an awkward angle but I tried to show the layers of the card:

City Hall Reflection tole- side view

Please take a look at my ATC gallery to see the rest of the cards I’ve made recently!



A North Pole Warning

The girls were having a pretty bad day yesterday and Holly had to give a bad report to Santa.  He sent her back with a warning note and some coal.  This time, he warned, it was not the real thing but they would need to do some good deeds and show a lot of GOOD behavior to stay on the nice list!  The girls were on the quiet side this morning- hopefully thinking about their behavior!  Please see Holly’s page for pics!

On a good note, I got a few more projects done- I am loving having my own space to work and actually complete so much more now!  I finished a holder for all my pens, pencils and markers, completed my Christmas cards, one necklace and a couple more post-it holders.  I am going to hold off on the pics of the Christmas cards and some other items because I don’t want to spoil it for the receipients!  So, for you now, is a pic of the newest ATC I’ve completed- New Year’s glitter for the December lottery- the theme I chose (as winner of Nov) was New Year’s Celebration:

New Year's glitter - swapped

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