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Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Stained Glass Woman Window - Rev 2"

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I experimented further with this, because I wanted the stained glass window framing to be thin, the way her lead (gold) framing had come out. I also added attachments to her, because that’s how a real stained glass window would be. Then I increased the blue tint to the window glass, to make it a little more noticeable. I wanted to learn how to make stained glass images, and I’m very happy with my results so far.

"Children" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 17 was “Children.” I used a stunning freebie from Elizabeth at the last door… down the hall for the child. Autumn is in the air and in the challenges, so I went with that theme for the background. The tag fastening point is my experimentation with circular shaping.

"Stained Glass Woman Window"

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Windows.” This is my second creation, and is closer to the medieval stained glass window that I had envisioned making. Purely by accident, I created the woman with the appearance you see here, which looks like a style of Christmas ornament that I love but can’t remember the name of. (It’s a thin opaque milky white glass type material, usually made as angels and stars, with pseudo silver lead stained glass edging.) I had to reverse engineer the woman, to figure out how she was created, because I couldn’t duplicate what I had done the first time, to make her, and I want to be able to do this same affect again with other images. (Don’t ask how many hours that took.) Then I created the stained glass window framing around her. I’m not sure the frame looks exactly like what I wanted, but I’m thrilled about my discoveries! It was worth the time I spent on it.

Updated 14:00 EDT: The ornaments I was thinking of are capiz angels and stars. I think they are made using capezio shells.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Stained Glass Window"

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Windows.” I wanted to create a medieval stained glass window, but that’s going to take more time than I have so I had to give up on that idea for the moment. I made an art nouveau style stained glass window instead. I “drew” it in GIMP. It probably looks simple, but it took awhile to create.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Black Magic"

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This week’s Thank God It’s Friday challenge number 103 was “It’s Magic.” I made a Black Magic piece showing a sorceress creating a love potion to cast spells over men with. I used a single wall tile and a section of floor molding to make the wall. I created the floor tiling.

"Gypsy"

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Gypsy.”

The tambourine clip art image was free to use and is a copyrighted work of ©2009 GospelGifs and Jim Sutton. (I changed the color of it though.)

Freebie Box Template - ATC storage box (Dove Go Fresh soap box)


I made the above box template by scanning in the Dove Go Fresh soap box then creating the outline for it. I’m offering it as a freebie for anyone who wants it. The size will fit ATCs inside of it.

Below is a box I made using the template. The picture is copyrighted and not for copying.
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"Surprise!"

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I made this for a surprise party I went to last night.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Bette Davis" - Black, White, and Silver

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The GC23 Gingersnap Creations challenge due by Oct 18 is “Black, White, and Silver.” I made a greeting card featuring Bette Davis, one of my favorite actresses. I used dark silver for the background colors. I printed it on parchment paper card stock, which scanned in looking slightly pink. I used Serif’s PagePlus SE version 1.0 to layout the image so it would print like a greeting card.

Oh no! Frost tonight?

There was a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” posted this morning when I checked the forecast for what is supposed to be a beautiful day today. I knew it could be only one thing, and sure enough: “A FROST IS LIKELY ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND INTERIOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT TONIGHT. A FREEZE IS ALSO POSSIBLE.” NWS

Friday, September 18, 2009

"Pockets"

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Pockets.” I’ve been having difficulty coming up with ideas for all of the challenges lately. A Google search uncovered Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 29, 2010! which gave me the idea to use a song in a pocket. My piece uses the words and images from Natasha Bedingfield’s song Pocketful Of Sunshine, which has a personal meaning for me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Catching Mr. Right"

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Mr. Right.” It took me awhile to come up with an idea for this one.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Grid Tag"

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This week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 16 was “Grid Tag.” I used 1 x 1 inch squares, but they wouldn’t fit three across, so I used slightly smaller ones for the outer squares. I made a 3 x 3 grid using those rows, then added one long rectangle on top, to create my grid matrix. Then I used one flower picture within the grid matrix, to divide it up. I mirror imaged and clipped another flower image to create the tag fastening point.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Movie Stars" - "Charlie Chaplin"

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The GC21 Gingersnap Creations challenge due by Oct 5 is “Movie Stars.” I had made a Charlie Chaplin collage for a Three Muses challenge a few weeks ago, and Jean kindly mentioned this challenge. I printed the postcard size image on parchment paper card stock, cut it out, and then scanned it with another piece of card stock behind it. (The print out reduced the size of the postcard, which I didn’t realize until I cut it.)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Aloha Island" - Skulls

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This week’s Thank God It’s Friday challenge number 102 was “Skulls.” I made a movie poster. I modified 50% of the island image, and 10% of the skull image. I created the acc film logo.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"The Moon" - Tarot Card

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Moonstruck,” where the theme was anything involving the moon. This is one of my favorite themes! I decided to make a tarot card, which I just started doing as my own theme, but I’m not necessarily using the same names as the original deck. I used several images to create this, and reconstructed half of the moon before further modifying the overall appearance of it.

Monday, September 7, 2009

"Celestial" – Tarot Card

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I’ve wanted to make Tarot Cards for awhile now. I’ve seen several sizes listed on the Internet, but I settled on 2.75 x 4.75 inches, which was called “standard” in some places. When I found this woman, that was my original intent for her use, but I ended up using her for the Gothic Arches Pennant/Banner challenge. My design for that made me decide to use it to make my first Tarot Card, Celestial. I’m not necessarily using the same names as the original deck though.

"Architecture" - ATC

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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Architecture.” I used a mosque construction theme for this.

"Funny Animals"

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This week’s Thank God It’s Friday challenge number 101 was “Funny Animals.” It took me awhile to think of something to do for this. I used several images for this, and created the border and repeating pattern background for it.

"Card" – Gothic Arch

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The Gothic Arches Gothic Palooza Challenge #2 was “Card.” I reused the piece I made for the last Soartful Saturday challenge that I did, and printed it on the parchment paper card stock I just bought. Unfortunately I didn’t realize it would end up folding in the wrong direction until after I scored it, folded it, and turned it to face me. I want to make more cards for various occasions, so this was a good learning experience for me.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

"Celestial Pennant/Banner" – Gothic Arch

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The Gothic Arches Gothic Palooza Challenge #4 was “Pennant/Banner.” I created a Celestial theme and used several images to create this.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

"(Male) Dryad" - Tag

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My fourth entry for this week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 15 “In A Word” is “Dryad.” I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a male dryad, but this guy looked like he could be one. I used several images to create it, did a checkerboard tile for the background, and used an Art Nouveau ornament for the tag fastening point.

"Sun" - Tag

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My third entry for this week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 15 “In A Word” is “Sun.” I used several images to create it, and a large planet from one for the tag fastening point.

"Spooky" - Tag

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My second entry for this week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 15 “In A Word” is “Spooky.” I used several images to create it, and a pumpkin (jack-o-lantern) for the tag fastening point.

"Flowers" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Tuesday challenge number 15 was “In A Word” where the challenge was to use only one word on the tag. I just bought some parchment paper card stock so I wanted to test printing on it, and see how many tags I could fit on one 8.5 x 11 page, so I made four tags. My first tag is Flowers. I used several images to create it, and leaves from one for the tag fastening point.

"Yale"

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “School.” I created a postcard showing an incoming Yale freshman student, with a reflection back on his early days in school. (I chose Yale because it’s just up the coast from me, about 30 minutes away, in New Haven, CT.)

Friday, September 4, 2009

"Tag" - Gothic Arch

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The Gothic Arches Gothic Palooza Challenge #3 was “Tag.” I used an arch inside the tag, and an inverted smaller arch for the tag fastening point.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Charlie Chaplin"

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Charlie Chaplin.” I wasn’t sure what to do for this one, so I used several images.

"Black Duck Cafe" and "Sunrise"

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I took some pictures on my way in to work this morning. The first one is the Black Duck Cafe in Westport CT. The second one is the sunrise.