Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Samples For Kansas Classes

These photos are samples for the classes I will be teaching in Kansas in November.

This one and the one above is a shadowbox. The class is called Kings & Queens of the Neighborhood.

The whole weekend has a crown theme and the store (Mrs. O'Leary's in Wichita) is calling it Weekend with the Royals. They are serving tea and scones.

I will be teaching my soldered crowns.

This pendant is a torch soldered one filled with resin. I used German glass glitter behind the the little crown charm.

These are made from wool blend felt and so fun to make. It will be a great class.

Here is the schedule for weekend of the classes. If something changes I will let you know.

Saturday, November 5th
Glitter Crown Pendant (torch one) 9:00am - 1:00pm
Queen for a Day Crown (solder one) 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday, November 6th
Wool Felt Crown 9:00am - 1:00pm
Kings & Queens of the Neighborhood 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Call the store to sign up at (316) 262-0600. Store address is Mrs. O'Leary's, 126 N. Mead, Wichita, KS 67202


Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Pieces of Art

I had two art group meetings this week. So I have some fun pieces to share. My friend Jeanne has gone crazy for crowns! I just love anything she does! She blows me away with her creativity. These fabric crowns are made from various kinds of fabric. The two in the photo above are thicker upholstery type materials.
 These two here are made from t-shirts. Really cool idea!!
 The dark brown crown in this photo is made from a sheer fabric. I forgot what type the other one is made of.

The two photos above are art pieces made by another friend, Donna J.. She used encaustic wax, acrylic paints, oil based paints and collage pictures to create these. They are stunning in person.

 I had to make samples for one of my classes in Kansas so I had left over resin that needed to be used. So the items above are what I came up with. These are all torch fired bezels.
 This was my swap item for one of the meetings (Rubber Banders Art group). I used wooden pumpkins on dowels and covered them with Halloween papers after painting the dowels and sides of the pumpkins orange. Added seam binding ribbon bows and vintage rhinestone buttons to the bows.
 These pieces are what everyone else did for the meeting as their swaps. Traci S. did this necklace above. Copper bezel with a silhouette photo and cracked faux glass on top. Looks spooky!
 Suzie did this cute little cat picture. He is behind glass. She made a stand from a coat hanger and that is very clever.
 Sammie made this adorable paper doll from stamps. His arms and legs move too.
 This was Olga's. Hot glue around the skeleton and she colored it with a Krylon silver pen. There is glass over the skeleton.
 Mary was my guest and she made these wonderful paper wreaths. She worked really hard on the rosettes. It was more work than she thought. LOL
 This is Jeanne's hostess gift. Crepe paper lollie on a dowel with ribbons hanging down and she had paper items at the ends of the ribbons. Great idea.
 Donna J. sewed bags from Halloween material. They are really nice.
 This funky guy is April's creation. He is a bobble head. This took some engineering to make. Who would have thought to use a cupcake stand as the base? But she did!
 Caroline sewed this little fabric wall hanging piece. She is a wonderful sewer. Very neat.
 Denise came up with these ghosts from clay. Very Ghostbusterish!!
 This was our project for the meeting. Traci H. came up with it. She is a wiz at sewing too. These were fun to make. Last year we did a bat so this little guy has a playmate for Halloween at my house. These were the ones Traci did. I did finish mine but have not taken a photo of him since I had this photo of these.
 For my other art group (Hearts & Ho's, don't ask LOL) this was the swap I came up with. A composition journal and then covered it with papers and made a flower from burlap. The theme for the swap was flowers. I got these journals at Target, all three for 65 cents! What a bargain!!
This wonderful thing is Rosalyn's piece for the swap. I love it! Very creative idea to take Edger Allen Poe's poem The Raven and type it up and print it out then stamp some spooky images on the pages. The cover which is what the photo to the left is, she wrote out on a ledger paper she copied then stamped blood splatters and added the glittered bird to the front.  It is bradded all together at the top. The photo below is a page inside with the poem on it. She also gave us a cute black metal sign shaped like a tombstone with a bird on top of it. You can kind of see it behind the piece in the photo.

 These two items in this picture are Joyce's and Mary's pieces. Joyce cut the flower from metal on a die cut machine. Love that idea! I hope she gets me the die for my birthday this year! Mary was tired and could not get her brain to work. So she bought these little sunflower bags. She did stamp the tags though. She is sooo funny!!
Our project for this meeting was to make a nest from shredded paper, glue and water. It was fun!!! I used old ledger papers and kraft colored braille papers for mine. I added the feathers after it had dried. I think it came out pretty good. I would like to make a few more in my spare time. What is spare time?
These fabulous creations are for one of my classes in Kansas the weekend of November 5th. I will be teaching how to make a soldered crown. More info on the classes later but I wanted to show these. I just finished them today. I also will be teaching this same class at Stamp Asylum in November. No date yet though. We have not got the schedule done out that far yet. Anyway, I added these vintage rhinestone buttons to the peaks on the crowns. Also, I added wire spirals to the sides of the outside peaks. The one crown has a vintage rhinestone pin attached to the front. These babies are very elegant indeed!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Classes I will Be Teaching Soon

Holiday Cards
Saturday October 15th, 3:00pm - 5:30pm at Stamp Asylum in Plano, TX. Call the store to sign up at
972 596-1224. We will be doing Thanksgiving and Christmas cards in this class. The above photo is just one of the cards. There are six total. Here is their blog to check out

Check out the classes for October 8th too. Joni is coming from Mrs. O'Leary's in Kansas to teach and she has some great classes. Speaking of Joni, I will be going up to Kansas to her store and teaching in November. As soon as I finish the samples I will post the photos of them.

Creative Cards
Saturday October 29th, 2:00pm - 4:30pm at Memory Bound in Royse City, TX. Call them at
972 635-6211 to sign up. The above photo has three of the six cards we will be doing in class. This is a new store for our area. Here is their website  .

Mouse Cards For September & October

I forgot to post the samples of the mouse cards for September and October. So here they are.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Canton Finds

 I found a few things this past weekend when I went to Canton. The spoons I want to turn into hooks for the wall. I will hammer into the spoons after I flatten them with my metal letter stamps to spell different words. I thought the fabric pumpkins were so cute. Not sure what the little metal round cup thing is. It has a hole in it. I am going to put a nest on it and then a glass cloche on top. I love white pumpkins! This is fake one but that's OK it will last longer than a real one. I am always looking for the old black metal with silver numbers tape measures. They are hard to find. Well I found one. Finally the bag makes a great purse. Not sure what kind of bag it was. Mail or whatever I guess. It's lined with blue ticking material and the leather handles are nice.

 I bought these metal trays at Canton several trips ago. I have been wanting a chalk board to put on the closet door at the end of my hallway. So I attached the two together and painted the chalk paint on the inside of the top one.

 Makes a good magnet too. I had these glass bubble magnets on my fridge so I tried them on the trays and they worked. I wasn't sure if the chalk paint would demagnetize the trays or not.

I bought this ribbon with writing on it this Canton trip. I love it!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Art Group Swaps

The other art group I belong to met last week. The swap theme was buttons. Below is what I ended up making. I took a canvas and spray painted it robin's egg blue. I attached a piece of ledger sheet and then dry brushed gesso on top to tone things down. I added some walnut stain distress ink to the canvas and then I cut a heart from felt and glued on lots of vintage buttons. I attached the heart to the canvas and used a charcoal pencil around the edge and also glued a piece of lace down.

 This was Ros' piece. She made a card and used a vintage button on it. The photo is a relative of hers. Great photo!

 This funny looking thing is Mary's piece. I love it because it looks to me like it's an alien or something! That is a huge button and I love the paper it's mounted on. Bark paper and then a handmade one she made. Great colors on both.

 This cute thing is Joyce's. I love how she used a spool for a vase. Very creative idea. Of course thread in one of my favorite colors is wound on the spool.

 This how I packaged my canvas to give to the girls. A brown sack and I made a special button tag to go with each.

Tags I made.