Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mixed Media Cell Phone Cover 3

I hope you don't get tired of looking at my cell phone covers!  I'm hooked.  I did find a home for the Southwest cell phone cover, which makes me happy.  Today's entry is another flower.  Here's how it all started.  First, I traced  the camera hole on the wrong side-it needs to go on the left.  Learn from my mistakes, people!  I had some paper for texture and a little bit of modeling paste for more texture.  You can see it in the blue section.

This is how the finished cover turned out.  I wrote "explore" beside the stem and added a tiny button, too.  I know what you're wondering-where's the blue?  I have no idea.  It just evolved into something else.  What can I tell you?   But there you have it.  I have one more cover that's ready for a design, so that may be coming later this week.   But tonight I have make a Valentine for my  college boy so far away, so that's up first!

Your fortune for this fine Sunday is "You will receive some high prize or award."  Hey, who knows, tomorrow may be your lucky day.  

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Southwest Mixed Media Cell Phone Cover

   As you know, I've just started making mixed media items.  My first piece I showed you was a cell phone cover.  I'm proud to say that I've been using that one and it's held up well.  It goes in and out of my purse a lot, so it needed to be sturdy.  Good ol' Mod Podge!
  So now I'm hooked on the cell phone covers.  I have no idea why; maybe because it's a small canvas.  I started making another one, and decided to go ahead and do two others at the same time.  It's not much more work.
  I never know where I'm going with mixed media designs-do you?  I just start layering paper and paint, change my mind a few times, and add more of this to cover up that, and on it goes.  Today's cell phone cover started out with the purple at the bottom, but I ended up flipping it for the finished project.
Janine Rudnick
 The cell phone cover is made out of heavy-duty watercolor paper.  It's a little difficult to cut the camera hole, but it mainly takes some patience.
  The wolf was stamped on different colors of paper and then pieced together.  It's a stamp from Copper Leaf Creations.  The decorative stamp is from Stamp A Mania. You can see a swirl stamped with acrylic paint above the wolf's head. Unfortunately, the company's name is not on the stamp, so I have no idea who makes it.
  Come back later this week to see another mixed media cell phone cover.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them!  Only time will tell.

Today's fortune:  The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sweet Baby Card

 It's the weekend!  Maybe I will get some work done on my mixed media canvas.  It's sitting on my work desk crying for attention
 In the meantime, I've made a card for my new little niece (grand-niece, actually). I chose this ladybug paper and cut out one of the ladybugs to put inside the card.  It'll go in the mail tomorrow.  Welcome, little one!

Today's fortune:  Hold on to the past but eventually, let the times go and keep the memories into the present.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Watercolor Poppies

Good evening!  Today's card is a quick little watercolor card.  Don't you like that image?  It's from BirdsCards.  There are all sorts of digi and cut files on her website.  It's a wonderful place to visit.
  I got some great little bargains at Michael's today-90% off of the reduced price.  That kind of sale just makes my day.  I found a few things for my cards, which I'll be pointing out as I use them.
  It's almost the weekend!  I hope you're staying warm wherever you are.
  Today's fortune is "We can't help everyone. But everyone can help someone."

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Crafting

I did finish up a few projects this weekend.  I got the idea from Pinterest, of course, but unfortunately, I can't find the pin that inspired me!  If this cut-out on black looks familiar, just let me know and I'll make sure you get the credit you deserve!

I really like Hero Arts stamps.  This set is called "Peeking Posies."  I wish I could collect all of their stamps.  If only I had the money and the space!

The cutting was done with an Exacto knife.  It didn't take as long to cut as I thought it would.

I often use watercolors to color in my images, but this time I just used good old markers.  It was kind of freeing to sit on the couch and color.

Tomorrow it's back to work, but I have one more card to show you soon.  Have a great Monday!

Your fortune for the day:  Instead of worrying and agonizing, move ahead constructively.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What to Do, What to Do

I'm a newbie at Mixed Media art.  I really haven't made much, except for the cell phone cover (see it here).  I'm pretty proud of that, and it's upheld well.  Anyway, I keep looking at everyone's cool Mixed Media art, and want to try my hand at it a little more.

 I found a hot deal on canvases at Michael's before Christmas (less than $1 per canvas), so I thought I'd give it a try.  But now I'm stuck.  So far, I've added a green base in a swirly fashion.  So far, so good.  Then I added a couple of other colors plus some paper and a few paint circles. (Sorry about the color difference-I need to work in my photography skills.)  My thought was to use the orange paper as a base for flowers.  But I didn't like how it was turning out, so now I've added some more paint over the top of the orange paper.
   Now I don't know what to do next.  For some reason canvas seems like such a Big Deal, even though it really isn't.  So I'll look through my Pinterest boards to get some ideas.  Ugh.  Why am I making this into such a Thing?  I'm sure everyone has things they've made that just don't turn out like they had envisioned-especially when they were Newbies, too.
    Stay tuned for a finished project.  I hope.

Your fortune for the day:  A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Butterfly Punches

 How did you celebrate Martin Luther King Day? Next year, I'm thinking of organizing a group for the National Day of Service, but this year, I was happy to watch the Inauguration.  I love watching the events no matter who is President.  It just makes me proud to be an American!
  Today's set of cards has been CASE'd from Cindy Hall's blog Pretty Impact.  Mine are a little different, but I think they turned out OK.  I used some things from my stash that I've had for a very long time!
  The cards have the same paper behind the butterfly punch-out, but differ in the rest of the papers.  I used the Cuttlebug folders on both cards.
  My students start back to classes tomorrow, so it means I do, too!  I'm lucky to have a job that gives me a bit of time off now and then.  I do love to teach, though, so it's not a chore to go back.

Have a great evening!

Tonight's fortune is Do not fear what you don't know.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Easy-Peasy Lemon Squeezy

   Back to work, so less time to play.  I'm going to make sure I do get some crafty time this year, though.  To tell you the truth, I always get my crafty Pinterest time in (click on the logo on the left to see my boards), but don't often take the time to actually make the things similar to those that inspire me.  So this year, it's going to be different.  It is-really!  What's a life without play?
  Today's card is an easy one.  it's a digi stamp that you can get here. I used watercolors to color in the design.  It's very simplistic, but some days are like that.   Luckily, it's been used as a thank-you already, so I feel good about that.
  I hope your weekend is a great one.  Your fortune for today is "Someday everything will all make perfect sense."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Two of 10,000

   Good evening!  Today's card is a combination of mixed media and good ole' card making.  I used the Cuttlebug template to add a little dimension on the brownish paper.  The mixed media panel has a few layers, one of which is patterned scrapbook paper.

Here's a close-up of the flower.  I just had to have a bunch a Prima flowers, but don't use them as often as I should.  You can see the embossed word "grateful" on the right corner.
  I do not like the stems and leaves, but I'm hoping things will improve with practice.  I've read information that says you need to do something 10,000 times to be come an expert, so I have lots of practicing to do before my mixed media is where I want it to be!  Luckily, I have a lot of supplies to play with along the way.  I'm trying not to hoard!

Today's fortune is "You only need look to your own reflection for inspiration. Because you are beautiful!"  

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday's Tidbits

I've been making cards for a decade, and have the paper to prove it.  Does pretty paper make you happy, too? Even though I've been at this awhile, I don't see myself as having any expertise.  There's where Splitcoast Stampers list of sketch challenges comes in handy.   They show a sketch plus a sample card, which makes my card-making much easier.
  Here's a closeup of the flower.  It's made out of magazine pages.  I tried to use regular scrapbook paper, but the magazine pages bend much better. I like to add fun little things to my cards. Actually, I do love making cards, but rarely get them sent on time.  What's the deal with that?  In my extended family, if you get your birthday card/gift anytime during your birthday month, you should consider yourself lucky!

Here's your fortune for the day:  A big fortune will descend upon you this year.  Do you have any idea what your big fortune will be?

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Frosty Desert

There are not very many days where frost is seen on vegetation in the Desert Southwest.  This morning, after some snow and cold temperatures, we woke to fog and frost.  It's a nice change! I took this photo in our backyard.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mixed Media Cell Phone Cover

I'm very pleased to announce and show my first attempt at mixed media "stuff."  I've been looking at other people's fabulous things, watching videos, reading magazines, and generally learning from others.  So, without further delay, here is my mixed media item-a cell phone cover.
Cell phone cover
Here's how I made it.  I used heavy watercolor paper for the cover.  I painted it with acrylic paint and added torn text.  After adding the text, I used bubble-wrap to paint dots, added torn paper from my stash, and added gold and red acrylics.  Then I glued on the patterned-paper flower parts. 
Paper flower
   Before looking at blogs to learn more about mixed media and art journaling, I would have stopped here.  Now I know that adding a little outlining and doodling is a good thing!

Cell Phone Cover
Thanks for looking at my first mixed-media work.  I hope to do more, since it's so much fun.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Do I dare even post something on this neglected little blog?  YES!  I think this is the year that I actually try to take time out for myself and do some of the arty-crafty things I've been surfing and Pinteresting about for the whole year!
  I did end up taking the 21 Secrets  online course that ran from April through December of 2012.  I enjoyed most of the workshops, although some were not as beneficial as others.  There will be a new one for 2013, but I haven't decided if I will take it this year.  Only time will tell.
  I have found this little gem of a magazine, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, over the holiday break.  I purchased digital issues from past years, since it's all new to me.  There are many good ideas in the magazines.  I chose to put them in my Evernote account so I can look at them in my iPad.  (I highly recommend Evernote!)
  Well, this is the start of a new year.  I hope to  make this a blog to highlight what I've been working on.  Happy New Year!