Archive for June, 2007

Elijah Sleeping


Neither poking him nor calling his name could wake him from this nap.


Birthday Card


This is a design I made as a birthday card for my great-grandmother, the gold lettering is embossed. All clip-art from Dover.

Haven’t posted much lately, I’m working on an extremely time-consuming clock right now, and hope to complete it this week so I can do a couple of cards. : )

Ethan Napping


Took these photos of Ethan napping at the computer… apparently the keyboard is in his way. : )

Slow Dining


These are some photos I took of Elijah, he eats his food this way, too…



I like this tyrannosaurus rex, I wonder why I haven’t used it until recently. I sense that he will be a frequent fixture in future art-work…


This is Willow, the cat featured in my avatar, I took these photos while working on the above card. She seems to think that she’s a permanant fixture on my bed, though has taken the occasional respite to visit my studio.


I think I made her mad


Sea-Side Promenade


This piece was created while playing around with some old clip-art I’ve had around for some time, but never found a use for. I was swapping out different items that the tyrannosaurus rex could possibly hold, and the last one I came to was an HOTP palm tree that I thought looked neat being held as a parasol. The second piece that came into play was the seashell in the other hand, and I thought it looked like a fan. After three trips downstairs to the computer to print out more clip art, I’d built the rest of the scene around this.

Shadow-Box Clock


Bad photography today, I couldn’t get a decent head-on shot without it glaring or blurring. I just finished this one last night, it is made from a picture frame I purchased during a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby. The box is made from cardboard covered in scrapbook paper, and there are so many pieces of clip art packed into this one that I’m not even going to try to credit them all! : )


Here’s my little helper, Ethan, again. I don’t know what I’d do without him… : )

My Favourite Tools


This picture (above) shows how I use the EK-Success Precision Tips and a Making Memories craft knife to cut out clip art. Normally I prefer X-Acto to Making Memories, but I snapped my last blade while misusing it… The EK-Success Precision Tips are designed for accuracy in detail cutting, I have had them for 2 years and have never run across a piece of clip art they couldn’t handle. : ) The shown piece of clip art could actually have been done without the craft knife, and I don’t know how I ever managed to get along without them [precision tips].


This picture (above) shows the Provo-Craft Chizzel-It. Images 2, 3, & 4 show me using the brush tip and a Tim Holtz Distressed Ink pad (vintage photo) to antique the edge of a piece of scrapbook paper. I came up with this technique while trying to find a quick and accurate, but not time-consuming and messy, fashion of antiquing torn edges. This is a rotary tool, so while one side of the brush is picking up the ink, the other is depositing and brushing the ink into the paper. I added to additional images, one is of the porcelain sanding tip sanding a papier mache chess piece, the other is of the engraving tip sanding an eyelet to be repainted. The engraving tip is not meant to be used this way, but the Chizzel-It is one of those tools that you can misuse to your heart’s content without it being any the worse.


This is the Provo-Craft Silent Setter, no hammer needed. Both the punching and setting processes are accomplished by simply applying pressure to the top of the handle. The Silent Setter also comes in handy for things like this…


Postage piece from K& Co.

Papers I Like


These four (above) are from Sonnets by Sharon, and can be purchased at I have used these papers, and others from Sonnets by Sharon, again and again. They can be seen in “Italy”, “Giant Flowers”, and “Greek Columns”.


These four (above) are from K&Co, the Garden Collage Collection. What I love most about these is that they can be chopped up and the images used as individual pieces of clip art. I love them so much that I have 27 sheets of the upper-right one!!! : ) These, and many others from K&Co, can be purchased at .

These four (above) are from Diane’s Daughters, the Rustic Gem Collection. They can be purchased at I love the rich colours.



I made this one as a birthday card for my mother. Aside from the giant orange flowers (K&CO) all of the clip art is from Dover. Background paper from CI Sonnets by Sharon.

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