I have been playing with the embossing Sizzix Big Shot machine that I just got.. It is so much fun to use. Here is a card that I embossed. and die cut the center out. Then I made the middle of the card with alcohol inks and a can of air with a left over piece of a cellophane envelop that some supplies came in. I added Swarovski crystals and here is a sparkling birthday card that is suitable for framing after it is received by some lucky person. It is listed in my etsy shop here; https://www.etsy.com/listing/205930250/sparkling-handmade-birthday-card?ref=shop_home_active_4
Gordon Lightfoot, A man who was so beautiful in his voice and his body. Today he is a hollowed out shell of an singer and a man. I was almost afraid he would pass out on stage he was so thin and frail. Time and illness had taken its toll on sweet Gordon and it reminded me that I must seize the day and keep living every moment.
He was singing to his faithful last night and we did not care how he sounded. We just want to slip back in our memories and remember our beautiful young bodies and our lost loves. Musical shadows of the “lazyday” 1970s.
I was one of them, sitting there waiting to hear the gems of his famous hits that he doled out carefully between songs that were unfamiliar to me. Sadly he mumbled most of the lyrics so I could not enjoy his song writing talents that were captured in these unknown songs.
I wished that he would only play the songs that I knew so that I could help to soft the cracks in his voice by singing the chorus with him. It was a sad concert for both of us.
Sad because when he talked you could hear that his spirit and sense of humor was still young. I believed that the audience identified with him in varying ways. I think that we all felt that under our gray hair and wrinkled faces that we were still young when we heard his music. That is probably the reason why we sat there under the stars last night and remembered sweeter times and heard his beautiful voice in our hearts.
I like to make art trading cards. They are small pieces of art that you make in different art mediums; ; painting, mixed media, clay, quilting, or stamping. They are little miniature canvases that reflect an artist’s work. There is only so much space in any home or office to display large pieces of art. This is a small inexpensive way to have an extensive art collection.
Some people trade them with other artists, and some cards are sold to collectors. The ones that are sold are called ACEOs = Art Cards, Editions & Originals. . ACEO stands for ‘Art Cards, Editions and Originals’. . They are the size of a baseball trading card , 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. People collect them to create a small art gallery. Holiday cards are especially treasured since you can put them out on small easels to make a holiday display that does not take up much room.
I put our Halloween, Christmas, Easter and 4th of July cards in my home that I have collected from artists around the world. There are interesting stories that come with each card. My guests are always curious about the medium that the card is made from and where the artist lives. I have over 250 cards in my collection. I keep them in a binder like you would keep baseball cards.
Here is one that I made yesterday. It is a simple mixed media collage called Peace. The dove was part of a recycled Christmas card that I received last year from a dear friend. I like to use old Christmas cards to make new art for the new holiday season. This one will be on my mantel this year.
Just got a Sizzix big shot and went crazy with die cuts and embossing folders. Here is one of my favorite Spellbinders Edwardian door die cut. I made these stained glass doors embellishments from it to use in my mini journals, scrapbooks and greeting cards. I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make one
then I pushed out the holes in the card stock. Next I made the material for the stained glass insert. I used alcohol inks, spray air and foil and wax paper. I dropped the ink on the foil and sprayed with the air can to make different designs. I did the say with the waxed paper. The foil insert is shinier than the wax paper insert; I use them both depending on what effect I want to get in my project. I cut a sample of the size I needed to fit the colored insert onto the back of the door. and then glued it with glossy accents ( you can use any liquid glue that you like). When it is dried I decorate the door with paint and./or other embellishments.Here are some examples of how I used them; Hope this helps.