Sunday, January 30, 2011

Before and After

Here's another Zentangle done with a stamp, this one showing the stamp before and after the doodles were added:


Zentangles can be as simple or as complicated as you like!

Friday, January 28, 2011

From the Beach

Thanks to the miracles of modern technology I'm actually in Hawaii right now.  Here are a couple of appropriately themed Artist Trading Cards:




Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Heather at stamp club inspired me to complete a journal filled with background techniques.  She participated in Trish Bee's Background Noise challenge, and shared her journal with us.  I thought I'd give it a try:


You can see that my journal has a different title.


I have interspersed instructions with samples.  This "Celebrate" card was made by my sister Dianne, as were the polished stone cards below.


Thanks for looking at my journal!  Now I'm moving on to Volume 2.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Asian Dragonfly

This Sugarloaf stamp is one of my favorites, but one that I don't own. So I must thank my sister, Dianne, who lets me play with her toys when I go and visit her! We sprayed some watercolour backgrounds and stamped on them, and then I coloured this with Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Asian Dragonfly

Thursday, January 20, 2011


This  fern background stamp from Eureka was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons on kraft cardstock.  I love the delicate look of ferns, and I don't think these ones have to be relegated to the background!

Delicate Green Leaves

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bird Collage

This is a simple background technique using Elmers Glue-All and pigment ink.  Simply spread some glue on matte cardstock leaving some blank spaces.  After it dries, apply pigment inks and rub with a paper towel.  Overstamp with permanent ink.

Bird Collage

Monday, January 17, 2011

Once Upon A Time......

The themes for the January swap at the Vancouver Artist Trading Card group were purple, turtles, and beginning. 


We swapped at the Richmond Art Gallery this month where there is a display of ATC's on at the moment.  It is on until January 22 - if you're in the area and enjoy ATC's it is definitely worth a visit!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

White Rose

This Stampington collage stamp was embossed in white.  I think the background is acrylic, but I'm not absolutely sure.  I created it awhile ago, found it during a recent "clean-up",  and swapped it out at the Vancouver Artist Trading card December swap.  I'm so glad it has gone to a new home rather than in the garbage!

White Rose

Friday, January 14, 2011

Girl in Pencils

My sister Dianne stamped this image for me using white ink.  I coloured it with Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Girl in Pencils

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tree of Love

This Eureka stamp was embossed onto an alcohol ink background.  I love this image!

Tree of Love

Monday, January 10, 2011


I love this technique for using up scraps of paper. Simply cut them into strips and mount them on double sided tape! Then trim it all into a rectangle for an Artist Trading Card, bookmark, card, etc.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

In the Country

I recently came across some small watercolour paintings I did a few years ago.  I turned them into Artist Trading Cards.

In the Country

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What Happens...

....when you fly to close to the sun?

What Happens

Even after making this I'm not actually sure!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Purple Swirl of Flowers

I recently cleaned up a number of old "work in progress" projects.  Most of them either went in the garbage, or were turned into Artist Trading Cards.

Purple Swirl of Flowers

This is another Magenta stamp stamped in white and coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Flower Squares

This Magenta stamp has been stamped on a dark green background in white, and then coloured with pencil crayons.

Flower Squares