Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
After building up the layers I have added images, stamps, and 3D embellishments. These are very fun and fast to do. I like the sense of completing some pieces of art as some of my quilts take months to finish.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
ATC 7 was done by Mimi Dzyacky. She lives in Germany an what an honor it has been to receive her card twice!!!! I received one of hers in the ATC Nest Swap!!!
I love her ability to layer and to use unique elements. I will cherish this one!
ATC 9 Find Places to Grow was done by Kelly Barrow. I absolutely adore the hand holding the flowers!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The first card "Beauty" is by Peggy Stork.
ATC 5 was done by Christina Newman-Aumiller.
Her's was so original as it was on canvas and painted. Truly unique!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
The tree is such a treat. It is in my garage so I get to see it every day. It stands just over 6 feet tall, so I do need the step stool. The leaves were falling all over the place since the two sided tape was not working out in the summer heat and humidity. I took the time this weekend to stitch all the leaves together, making big clumps. This seems to be working wonderfully and in case I move it will be easy to disassemble!
A toast to turning frustration and mishaps in a colorful work of art!
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I just love these colors. I don't use them very often in my art work, so I love when I can put them together. I love the word breathe. Sometimes when things get stressful that is all it takes to get back to center.
ATC 116 Alphabet
This was a bit serendipitous.
I had made this fabric paper and the letters came out as you see them. All I did was add a few 3D elements and I loved it just the way it is.
I loved this balloon. Again it was in the fabric paper I made, so I added the little girl and the words. Who hasn't lost a balloon before? I don't know, but it seems like as I get older is so much easier to let go.....
I had this image of this hawaiian woman. I couldn't resist putting the larger than life flowers in her hair.
Ok I am a big sap. I don't like the circus. I think it is cruel to the animals. However this elephant seemed pretty happy so I decided to use one of my favorite backgrounds for him.
This was a tough one. I wanted to call it "lost without directions". Can't help but tease men about asking for directions......However journey seemed to fit! These two guys were smart enough to cab it!
Sunday, August 4, 2013
These leaves are made from various substrates including painted paper, scrap book paper, water color paper towel, and other scraps. I enjoy this tree so much and since it is in my garage it is still a conversation piece with neighbors! Here are leaves 221-250 and suffice it to say the tree still is looking bare!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
ATC 111 You! I love this little card. It is a mixed of all types of media. I am not sure where my love of birds comes from, but I do love them. This card just fell together and I love the bright colors. Not my normal palette.
ATC 115 Floral sat around for a while. It took me a while to find all my cool doo dads. I did end up liking this card even though it has a more earth tone appeal.
ATC 113 Sentimental was done using an image from an old book. I enjoyed this background also as it was by complete accident the periwinkle and the orange came together.