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Friday, January 28, 2011

A Valentine Cone

Next month our Art Party we will swap cones. These photos are of a Valentine's Day cone that I created. I made a cone out of card stock and covered it with cintage music paper. I then made a handle out of a silver pipe cleaner and attached it by punching holes in the sides. An adorable vintage image, topped with a crown came next, then I glued feather boa to the top. A little birdie and some wired beads completes it!
Our group will be swapping these with a french them, ooh la la!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Looking at the Eiffel Tower through a perfect Crystal!

I am hosting the ArT pARty!! next month and of course the theme will be Vive la france! This lovely Crystal will be our project. An Eiffel Tower collage on the back of a crystal, an an addition of silk ribbon and an austrian crystal beaded hanger makes this a fabulous little ornament to add to anything - a glass bottle, a vase or candle or even a journal.
We will be having a crepe buffet at our fun little ladies night. Crepe restaurants are popping up all over the place. I even ate a divine chocolate and rasberry crepe from a food truck pod in Portland. It was so yummy and I can't wait to try it out with my group.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Love is in the Air!

Here is my complete Valentine's Day Book! Thanks so much to my girlfriend Lorraine for the inspiration for this book. We started it at ArT pARtY!! and all I complete there was the cover and the cute pocket that Lorraine showed us all how to make. For the pocket we used some wonderful Shappby Chic items from the dollar bin at Michaels. K and Company had such a fabulous little pack of Valentine's Day cut outs, and I've used many of them throughout the book. I also was so enamored with a puffy paint technique that I found on Paulien's blog - see her link on "my favorite blogs" section. I added color to puffy paint with reinkers and added glitter to take it to another dimension.
I had sooooo much fun working on this. I just love Valentine's Day! I was thinking of taking this to a Valentine's Day swap at Paper Tales on February 11th, but now I'm just not sure I can give it up! Michelle is hosting this even which will prove to be fun! You can find out more by following the Paper Tales link.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I've Caught The Journal Fever!

Well our Journal Swap at the Art Party Club was great! Here is the journal that I created and I believe Rosa was the recipient. Once again, I created it with the Vintage pad of paper at Michael's, using a composition book. The ballerina was an image that was included in the pad. I added embellishments and rinestones and capped it off with a glitter crown.

Everyone's journals were absolutely beautiful. I really wished I had taken photos of all of them but I forgot my camera. Figures! Mary Ann created an interesting pocket on the inside, by adding cardstock and punching a half circle in the top middle. She then scored and folded in tabs and glued the tabs to the inside cover. I will be using that technique in my next one!

Any of you San Diego Paper Artist, we are looking for a few more members for Art Party and would love to have you! It is really a great group and such a fun night. We meet one Tuesday evening every month. For more information visit the Stamping Details web site:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another in the Eiffel Tower Box Series

It's looking like I'm going to start a series of boxes that incorporate the Eiffel Tower in the design. The head on this box is a paper mache ball. The graphic for the head comes from a wonderful book full of projects for you to try called Fanciful Paper Projects by Sandra Evertson. The papers used to decoupage on the box are also found in this book. I glittered an eiffel tower and added it to the hat, just to make it fit my new theme. Paris, Je'taime!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another Altered Composition Book Journal

I am really having a fun time altering composition books using a paper pad of Vintage Images that I found at Michael's. This lovely lady comes with a bird on her shoulder and the text "A Little Birdie Told Me." Perfect for a journal to keep all of your secrets in! I think we should all start off the new year with a new journal.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ooh La La Eiffel Tower Box

I love the Eiffel Tower and love to create anything using it as a component. I made the glittered Eiffel Tower out of cardstock. Then I decorated a paper mach box with french inspired papers (harlequin, one of my absolute favorite prints!) and a handmade flower out of text and other embellishments. Someday I'm going to get to Paris and see it in person.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Altered Journal Swap for Art Party

It's a New year for our ATC Club at Stamping Details in Poway. We've changed the format and are changing the name to Art Party. I'm so lucky to be involved with this very creative and warm group of ladies that meets once a month at the stamping store. We are now going to have a one-on-one swap every month starting with an altered journal. I created mine starting with a memo book. I covered it with vintage music paper and an image of this girl with a cupcake that I found in a wonderful pad of scrapbook paper at Michaels. I had so much fun making this one that now I want to make more of these!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Can You Beleive This is a Matchbox?

I was the recipient of this fabulous Angel Altered Matchbox made by Ginger. The Art Party Matchbox swap was a huge success. Everyone made fabulous projects and we were all so happy with our little gifts.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Swami's in Downtown La Mesa, A New Fave!

Cassidy and I ventured out for a wonderful morning to downtown La Mesa. We started with a very tasty and healthy breakfast at Swami's and then visited the numerous boutiques and used clothing stores. We made some purchases for Cassidy at Act One, one of our usual stops, and then headed to my peronal favorite, Wildflowers, which displays many unique and creative gift items.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Matchbox Swap for the Art Party Club

Here is the altered matchbox that I created for my monthly Art Party club at Stamping Details in Poway. I found a new blog that I love,, and used a few of her techniques. Paulien's blog introduced me to a new technique using an old favorite, Tulip Puffy Paint. I added a few lines of it to the chipboard flourish. I sprinkled some glitter on it before heating it to "puff" it. I also used it in the same way on the edges of my flower. Thanks Paulien for such an insoiration blog!

My good friend Lorraine drew my name and was the recipient of this matchbox filled with Christmas goodies.

Brady's Origami Ornaments

Look at these Christmas Tree ornaments that my son Brady made!