Posts Tagged ‘artful blogging’

boo to you
So here are my Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sacks. I was kind of in a hurry when I took these pictures – and it shows. They’re not very good, and they really don’t do the sacks justice. But I won’t have another chance to photograph them before I pack them up, so these will have to do. The handles, which you can partially see in the pictures, have ribbon wrapped around them.

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - Boo

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - happy halloween

Vintage Halloween Party Favor Sack - trick or treat

I love how they turned out – way cuter than I ever imagined! I’m very pleased with them.

One of my goals with these sacks was to not use any liquid glue. So I used my sewing machine to sew together the image, the orange cardstock, and the text, and then adhered that to the sack with double-sided adhesive. I used brads to attach the hats and sewed the beads onto the flowers. The only liquid glue I used was Diamond Glaze, to attach the flowers and for securing the ends of the ribbons.

It was fun using non-glue methods, and faster too, since I didn’t have to wait for glue to dry.

I’m still working on the tags. I have all the components completed; it’s just a matter now of sewing everything together.

artful blogging
I finished reading the latest Artful Blogging. These were my favorite articles:

Michelle Ward’s Raising the Bar: Photo Presentation for your Blog. Michelle shares tips on turning the photos on your blog into something special, memorable, and interesting. I’ve already started to use her ideas.
Angela Harris. Pure, delicious eye candy.
Teresa Sheeley. Love her delightful, whimsical art.
Jenny Doh. Great article on what it means to be an authentic artful blogger.
Lisa Parks. On living a beautiful life.
Gillian Hamilton. Love her gorgeous art.
Project Blogway. I totally would wear that blouse on page 95.

~off to play with my scary ladies~

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a lovely surprise
I received the current of issue of Artful Blogging in the mail the other day.

Artful Blogging - Feb/Mar/April 2009

I don’t subscribe, so I’m assuming that I must have received a free subscription for having my banner published in the previous issue. How lovely! I wasn’t expecting anything in return; I was more than happy just to be published.

ancient techniques in a new age
My husband gave me a box of gourmet chocolates (by Burdick Chocolate – most delicious!) for my birthday. The box was wrapped with a ribbon which was held in place with a wax seal…

Chocolate box, Burdick Chocolates

As soon as I saw that wax seal, I thought – how cool! I could use that in my paper art! It’s elegant and unusual and old-fashioned – everything I love.

So I did a little searching and found this website – Nostalgic Impressions – that sells writing instruments and accessories from bygone eras. These people are serious about their sealing wax. The imported genuine traditional sealing wax they sell? Handcrafted by Scottish artisans using techniques that are centuries old. I had no idea such things existed, and that people still had such passion for them.

It’s truly wonderful, and I am ever so thankful that I live in an age where I can order handcrafted sealing waxes from my living room.

is there a lost and found
I seem to have either lost or misplaced my Polyshrink bracelet. I swear I vaguely remember taking it off at home and putting it…..somewhere. I’ve looked in the places where I usually put my jewelry to no avail. oh well. If it’s around I’ll find it eventually. I still have some practice pieces left so I’ve started to make another one. I don’t think it just fell off, but if it did I hope some kind soul has given it a new home.

in the lab
I’ve been doing some experimenting with the sealers I have on hand – Folk Art Matte Varnish and Krylon Matte Spray. At first the pearlescense seemed to vanish with the application of either of them. But upon inspection a couple days later, the pieces sprayed with the Krylon retained a bit of sparkle, while the Folk Art pieces have no sparkle left. I bought some Krylon Workable Fixatif which I am going to experiment with as well.

~exploring as always~

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When I came home from work on Friday, I noticed a magazine sticking out of the mailbox. I thought nothing of it until I got closer and read the word “Artful”. Immediately I knew what it was, and what it meant. I grabbed it out of the mailbox (leaving the bills for my husband, of course) and hurried inside. I threw my stuff down, tore off the plastic wrapping, turned to the table of contents, and then to page 141 –

(bottom right corner)

oh. my. god. yay! My blog banner. In the latest edition of Artful Blogging! oh my god! yay! double yay! I can’t even say what it means to me – that people, and not just any people, but Stampington people, think that something I made is good. The Stampington family of magazines only showcase the most fabulous work by the best artists. Not that my banner is fabulous, but to be included in such a high-quality publication, and one that I look up to so much, means everything to me. Of course I think all the other banners shown are better than mine, but still. My banner is in Artful Blogging. yay!

And…my digitally-altered book took third place in the Artella contest. The two books I mentioned previously that I said were amazing took first and second, and they absolutely deserved it. But my little book got third place, and I’m very happy with that. It’s wonderful to know that other people not only liked my work, but liked it enough to vote for it.

Sometimes I wonder why I bother to make anything. Am I wasting my time? What is the point? And then I’m so frustrated all the time now too, because of the lack of time I have in which to make anything! But then my banner is in Artful Blogging, and my digitally-altered book won third place in a contest, and I thank the universe and am very grateful, and take it as a sign that I am doing what I am supposed to do.

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All art is but imitation of Nature. – Seneca the Younger

I’ve been working on my inchies for the next Artella swap. I’m hoping to have them pretty much done by tomorrow night. Saturday we are off to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days of rest and relaxation. I had to order some blue and aqua glitter glue, so if I get that before we leave then I will probably take them with me to finish by the sea, which would be appropriate. Hey, maybe I could get some real beach sand and somehow glue that on. I like that idea – I’ll have to think about it.

I received an email from one of the assistant editors at Artful Blogging – they are interested in publishing my blog banner in an upcoming issue! I would be absolutely thrilled to have my banner published in such a fabulous magazine. The main reason I started this blog was reading the first issue of Artful Blogging, seeing all the amazing blogs, and thinking – hey, I want to do that! So I emailed her the image and I’m putting my faith out there.

I bought a digital book and a couple digital ephemera packs from Artella for their current digitally-altered book contest. The deadline is September 20. I think my idea is pretty simple and I shouldn’t have any problems getting it done. That means I will be up at least one night until 1:30 in the morning to get it done in time. That’s not too bad, though.

I also finally purchased the bead I’m going to use as the focal point in my mom’s birthday necklace. I can’t post a picture yet, but I will just say that it is gorgeous, and it was made by a very well-known lampwork bead artist. I have an idea of how I’m going to do the necklace, but I’m still working out the details.

Here are a few pictures of Lily from Knoebel’s. They’re a little blurry; apparently our camera does not have an ‘action’ setting.

Knoebel's - On the merry-go-round


Knoebel's - The Flying Tiger

Knoebel's - The Red Baron

She’s much more adventurous than her mother!

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

One of my intentions in beginning this blog was to become more involved the art world, whichever world that may be. To that end I wanted to participate in challenge blogs. In the first issue of Artful Blogging, there was an article on wednesdaystamper.wordpress.com. Every Wednesday (or every other Wednesday during the summer) a new challenge is issued. The only requirement is that you use at least one rubber stamp.

So last Wednesday I checked and the challenge was summer tea party! Yay, what a fun – and I’ll admit it, easy – challenge. I decided to go for it and make something. Immediately I thought of a bracelet I made years ago that I called my “garden tea party bracelet”. It was my favorite bracelet for several years.

This served as the inspiration for my piece. I would use a scrapbook paper background, have a teacup with a fairy peeking out (using a picture of Lily as the fairy) and cut out some flowers and butterflys, and voila! Done. By August 20th, anyway.

Except….I checked the blog today just for the heck of it, only to discover that I had my dates wrong and the summer tea party challenge ended today! The brain malfunctioned again. That seems to be happening with increasing frequency these days.

Since I already started the piece, I decided I might as well finish it, as a celebrate-summer-even-though-it’s-pretty-much-over sort of thing. And the new challenge is keyholes, which I’m not particularly interested in.

And I’ll see what the new challenge is on August 27th. And check the date at least five times.

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