Thursday, December 31, 2009


My complete set of tags from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. What a blast it was making these - can't wait for next year!

Tim's Tag - Day 12 - Finally!!

I was chugging along so well with Tim's tags, until Day 12. It fell on a Saturday and I had a party to go to. Well, after that it was just one thing after another and I didn't get a chance to work on this until Christmas was completely over! I'm so glad I did it though - the Grungepaper roses are a little challenging, but lots of fun. You can tell I was challenged...there is only one rose! I cheated on the second one and just covered the Grungepaper with some vintage French paper and called it good. I do love the look of the sanded edges on that one! I also added a little faux metal flower that I made using the technique I posted here.

For my background I used the Metallic Pop technique from the latest Technique Junkie newsletter. I finished it with ribbon from RockCandy Studios.

I also wanted to show you how I store my Mini Misters. I found this flower frog at an estate sale a couple years ago. I had it sitting on my table just because it looks so cool. One day I had my misters out and..........

It's probably a good thing that I don't have too many. I don't think it would be practical if I had more than a few. I do love how it looks for my small collection.

I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy New Year. I hope your worries are few and your inspired, art-filled days are many!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tag Tuesday - Shaped Tag

This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was to make a shaped tag. I have been wanting to make a little Christmas stocking ever since these Oxford Impressions stamps were released. Of course, while I was ruminating on the design, the amazing Elizabeth Shea made one and I was like - man, if I do one now, I will look like such a copycat! I guess enough time has passed and I feel ok to make my own, lol. Check out Elizabeth's (as well as a lot of other amazing artist's work here.

While you're drooling over all that art, I hope you are inspired to make some of your own. Suzanne, the owner of Oxford Impressions is having a Christmas card contest and you still have plenty of time to enter! Head on over to Suzanne's blog to get all the details. Good luck!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 11 + Tag Tuesday

I can't believe there is just one day to go! I will really miss this challenge - it was a great way to try new things and use supplies that hadn't seen the light of day in awhile.

I must confess....I didn't really like today's tag. I have seen the brad maker before and wasn't very impressed with the results. For my style of stamping, it just doesn't really have a place. I am also not a big gadget person - things like this seem to get used right when you get them, and then slowly make their way into a closet or drawer, never to be seen again.

Ok, enough of my opinions! Go buy the brad maker! You'll love it! ;-)

My tag was basically done the same as Tim's with a few changes. First, I created my tag using the Watercolor Distress technique from the Feb/Mar 07 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. I don't have the reindeer stamp so I embossed a Grungeboard bird with white embossing powder and then painted over it with maroon paint. When it was dry I wiped it carefully to reveal the embossing. It was a little boring so I covered it with glitter. I totally discarded the idea of covering brads and instead, glittered up some velvet flowers I found at Michaels and layered them with a white flower. 'Peace' stamp is from Fancy Pants (as is the flourish on the bird) and is embossed with white ep. The other stamps used are from Oxford Impressions and Inkadinkado.

When I was deciding on a color palette I thought of Louise's Tag Tuesday challenge and thought the colors of blue, green, and wine would be perfect!

Wow, on another note - those of you who use Blogger, did you notice the new composer? How cool that you can make pics bigger?! I have always been frustrated by the size restrictions. Very cool improvement!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Theme Thursday - Vintage

I haven't been stamping much for the past few months. Not sure why, I think sometimes I just need a total creative break so that I can recharge. The only problem is - sometimes you can stay away so long that you get out of the habit! Following along as Tim Holtz creates his 12 Tags has gotten me back in the studio and back to doing what I love the most - stamping and playing with techniques.

Today's Theme Thursday challenge is Vintage. Well, not sure I do anything that isn't vintage, lol! I never really think about it, it's just my style. I don't even think of it as vintage. Anyway.....I am madly in love with the Metallic Pop technique from the latest issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. Doesn't that background look like embossed metal? Too cool! I added a photo stamp from Oxford Impression's April in Paris collection, and some gorgeous trim from RockCandy Studios. Do you see the little Tim touch? I used the faux eyelet technique on the brad that's attaching the flower. Love that trick!

Tim's Tag 10

This was another fun tag! I was feeling very lazy and really liked his example, so I pretty much copied Tim's exactly. The main difference is I used metal tape from my friends at RockCandy Studios. It was just a bit shy of the full width, so I added little strips to the edges.

I didn't have the pens so I just used alcohol inks, a little alcohol, and a paintbrush. I think it worked just fine! I used a black Copic marker to do little stitches since I didn't have the stapler. They look much less dorky in real life! For some reason they really stand out in the pic.

I will share one tip that my friend Cyndi had: We were discussing the tag and she said, of course you can use your Cuttlebug to do the embossing. I was like - !!!! - I had totally forgotten about using it to do the smooshing. I shimmed it up with about three pieces of fun foam and it worked great. I did a tiny bit of detailing with my stump, but most of it was done with the CB. Great tip Cyndi!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 9

Such a fun tag today, but so many things I didn't have! I think that's what made it fun for me. Here is what I didn't have, and what I did to make it work:

Film Strip Ribbon - To make my own film strip, I stamped Tim's film stamp repeatedly on acetate using black Stazon ink. I trimmed it and put the pictures behind it as shown on Tim's blog.

Metal Flower
- I used my Martha Stewart hydrangea punch (love this punch!) and punched two flowers out of red cardstock. I brushed them with copper paint and then with walnut Distress ink. I bent the petals and coated them with a light layer of Diamond Glaze. For the center I punched out a flower (daisy punch) and then trimmed off the petals. I painted that gold and brushed it with walnut ink. Assembled using a brad. Isn't that faux eyelet tech cool??

Metal Numbers
- I used my Slice to cut the numbers from cardstock. Then I covered them with aluminum tape from RockCandy Studios and sanded them to make them dull. I sponged with a little black Stazon to give them an aged look.

Typewriter Keys
- I punched the letters from a sheet of scrapbook paper and then glued them to little wood disks. I used the bent part of a paper clip for the jump ring. When it was dry I covered the edges with silver embossing powder and embossed. Then I added clear ep over the top. Should have done that in the reverse! Next time....

Dymo Tape
- I am out of black tape, so I tried black cardstock. I didn't like the look so I used this font and printed it on photo paper.

The background stamp I used is from Oxford Impressions' Paris Poste collection.

Whew! That was a lot of improvising, but I feel like I learned so much, which is why I LOVE these tags!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 8

Today's tag required a LOT of reworking before I was happy with it. I didn't have the lantern stamp that Tim used, so like last year, I substituted the Eiffel Tower. This time I used a stamp from Prima. I love this stamp because it is giant! It fit perfectly on the tag.

I felt like there was something missing in the example - it didn't feel cohesive to me. I thought maybe adding some texture to the tag would help, so I brushed on Antique Linen crackle paint and inked it all with Antique Linen ink when it was dry.

Oh, and I don't know about anyone else, but when I tried to heat my vellum it bubbled up! I tried a couple different sheets and it was the same on both. I ended up using a sheet of sandwich paper (like they use in delis). It was a bit lighter texture-wise, but it ended up working just fine. I felt like it looked too plain so I tied it with a bit of string that I saved from a bag of cat food - it was so cool, I knew it would come in handy some day. :-)

All in all I was happy with how this one turned out!

*FYI, the music background stamp is from Oxford Impressions, but is currently not available.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 7

Lots going on in today's tag. A little too much for me to be honest! I am pretty happy with how this came out though. I adore this Santa stamp from the new Oxford Impressions St. Nicholas collection. I think he really 'makes' the tag. The music and snowflakes are also from OI.

I had trouble with the white paint absorbing the Distress ink. I also had a hard time getting the black ink to come off of it. Finally I decided to just leave it alone. If I'd had more energy I would have started over and used the Faux Designer Paper technique from the Dec 08 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter. I think it would have worked much better for me!

I changed it a bit by adding my favorite French border trim from RockCandy Studios. Since my Santa had fairly straight edges, it looked a little weird just floating in the middle of the tag. I think the trim helps set the image off.

Thanks everyone, for your comments on my previous tags. I hope everyone is having as much fun with these as I am!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 5 & 6

Ok, I'm back from Indiana (what a nice place!) and back on track with my tags. As usual, I didn't have most of the right stuff to make the tags, but since improvising is so much fun, I didn't mind at all!

I have to say, I even went to the store this time but they didn't have the right fragments! I think it is really hard to duplicate the look of them - they give so much depth and are so clear. I decided to try and work with the shapes I did have and I think it came out pretty good! I thought these photos would be perfect on my tag. They are actually gift tags that I found at a store recently. They were so adorable....I knew I would find a use for them.

I did the rest of the tag pretty much exactly like Tim's. I decided on the blue and green color scheme when I chose to use the tags. It reminds me of the time my dad did our tree all in blue and green ornaments - it was so pretty! The branch stamp is from Artistic Outpost. After I embossed it with the Distress ep, I rubbed a little silver metallic paint over it. It kind of gave it a nice highlighted effect. The music stamp is from Oxford Impressions.

The German scrap trim is from my friends at RockCandy Studios. They have a fantastic selection of trims. They also carry the metallic rub ons, which I used on my branch, and also to highlight the raised portion of the trim.

I thought tag #6 was going to be impossible, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I had the perfect stamps! I knew right away that I would use this truck stamp from Artistic Outpost. I think I've actually seen someone use it this way before. Isn't it the most perfect stamp? I used a PSX tree stamp for the tree and various acrylic stamps for the rest.

I made my own snow by rubbing two pieces of styrofoam together to shred it. I got the idea from this video on making your own flower soft. She's a genius! I added a sprinkle of Martha Stewart glitter to make it sparkle. It sparkled a lot more before I got impatient and started putting it together before it dried.

Here is a little freebie for you. The wooden number piece on my tag is an old French game piece that I found at an estate sale. It was one of those fantastic finds - an old French tin that everyone had overlooked. I picked it up thinking that the tin was cool in itself. I opened it and it was FILLED with dozens of the pieces. What a find! They are really thick and would be hard to use on something like a tag. However, you can print it out, glue it to a scrap of Grungeboard and voila - vintage game piece!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 4

I think today's tag was the easiest - IF you had all the stuff! If you didn't, it was a little harder to improvise. I am supposed to be getting ready to leave for Indiana in,! LOL! But I wanted to hurry up and post this.

I only had the larger Memory Frames. I had no bubble thingies. I had no cool metal corners. My Memory Frame only had one jump ring. Sooooo.....I used the larger frame. I tried to use a piece from an Ideaologies package for my bubble. Great idea! But it didn't really work so I chucked it. For my 'roof' I used a corner of a die cut (thanks Cyndi!) that I covered with aluminum tape from RockCandy Studios and then aged with Stazon. I used a clip from the Stampin Up hardware set for my attachment.

All of the background stamps are from Oxford Impressions. The stamp in the frame (isn't it just perfect?) is from Innovative Stamp Creations.

Thanks for stopping by! I am off to throw some socks and a hairbrush (seriously, I am horrible at packing) in a bag and hit the road! xoxoxoxo

Technique Junkies November Treasure Hunt!

Hello Junkies! I hope you're enjoying this month's Technique Junkie Treasure Hunt. If you have arrived here without first visiting the Design Junkies blog, make sure you go back and start there. At each of the Design Team member's blogs you will be collecting letters that you will put together to spell out a word that you will post on Pat Huntoon's blog. She has a fantastic prize package this month, you will not be disappointed!

My card uses the Metallic Pop technique from the Dec/Jan newsletter. This is such a versatile technique that adds a lot of depth and shimmer to your backgrounds (unfortunately my scanner has a horrible time capturing the shine!). The stamps I've used are from a wonderful holiday plate by Innovative Stamp Creations.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are busy making lots of cards and artwork using the new Technique Junkie techniques! Your next stop is Jane's blog - I know you will love what she has created for you.

Your letter for this stop is:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 3

Another cool tag today with a technique I've never tried. I love this alcohol ink plaid! It is just too cool. Again, I was missing quite a few of the elements Tim used, but I found some good workarounds. First, I don't have black alcohol ink. I was ok with that though, because I knew I wanted a lighter, kind of shabby chic look and black stripes would definitely be out of place. My plaid is more of a preppy plaid than a lumberjack plaid. :-)

The other things I didn't have were the washers and philosophy tag. For the washers, I used the same technique as I did on yesterday's flower, but I used silver and white embossing powders. The circle is a 1/2" punch from Stampin' Up. For the tag, I made it similar to the one I did here, but I added ep over the top to give it the same texture as the faux washers.

Finally, I added a stamped image from Oxford Impressions' Season of Giving collection, and finished my tag with the Drywall Stitching technique from the April/May '09 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.

Again, I can't wait for tomorrow's tag - the first thing I do each morning is check out Tim's blog and see the new tag (ok, I also look to see if I won!). If you're following along too, please leave me a link to your blog so I can come and check out your tags!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday Stamper - Santa Claus

This is a quick card I made using the Petite 4 technique from the latest Technique Junkie newsletter. I used my favorite stamps from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods collection, which made it perfect for the Wednesday Stamper Santa Claus theme!

Tim's Tag Day 2 + Tutorial!

Hi everyone! Today I not only made a tag - I also created a little tutorial. I don't know if any of you saw my tags last year, but there were a few times when I had what I called a 'MacGyver' moment, when I had to create something that would work in place of an item Tim used that I didn't have. I live in the boonies, 40 minutes from the nearest stamp store that carries a lot of the elements that he uses, and I am just too lazy to pop out and get I've become fairly adept at adapting.

This time the element was the rose he created by cutting apart metal flowers. I had just bought a Martha Stewart hydrangea punch last week and the gears started turning......

You will need several colors of metallic embossing powder (I used gold, black, and two kinds of silver), flower punch, VersaMark, heat gun, and tweezers.

Start by punching flowers out of black cardstock and covering with VersaMark. Then sprinkle various metallic embossing powders on flowers. Tap to remove excess.

Heat until embossing powder melts. See how cool the mixed metallics look?! If you're happy, you can move to the next step. If you'd like to add more, just dab on more VersaMark and add more ep.

When you're happy with the finish, bend each petal up and curl as shown. Do this with three flowers.

Cut one flower in half and cut one petal off another. Punch holes in the center of each flower.

Assemble using a hammered brad.

I didn't have the petals Tim used, so I embossed another Marth-punched branch using silver embossing powder. Why have I not done that 'til now? It looks really cool!

Finished tag. The scanner squished my flower a little, but I think you get the general effect. I really wanted to use Grungepaper for this, but the Martha punches are a bit on the puny side. I tried to punch and it didn't want to, so I didn't push it. I think if you have a small flower die, you could use Grungepaper and it would come out even better.

Hope this helps someone else who is embellishment-poor. Oh, and I apologize for some of the blurry pics, it's dark and overcast today so my lighting stunk!

Sentiment is from Artistic Outpost's fantastic Christmas collection.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tim's Tag Day 1

Woo hoo! It's time again for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas! I have been in a bit of a stamping slump lately and I think this is just what I needed to get myself back in the studio.

I love today's tag - what a great start! I didn't have the Rock Candy crackle stuff, so I used some old Fragile Crackle I had lying around. Not quite the same effect, but better than I thought it was going to be. I also didn't have the Distress Stickles, so I used regular Stickles and then sprinkled a bit of Martha Stewart glitter on it to make it a little more snowy looking.

Almost all my stamps are from various Oxford Impressions Christmas/Winter plates. The main image is from their latest collection - St. Nicholas. I am in love with this stamp! I would never have thought to emboss on Grungeboard and then go over it with white paint. VERY cool effect. I finished my piece with a bit of black twill tape and a snowflake charm from OI.

Hope you enjoyed my interpretation. I can't wait to see what tomorrow's tag is!


On my way to check for eggs this morning I saw all these beautiful leaves that had been edged with frost. I grabbed my camera and took this pic. Nothing like the amazing photos my mom takes, but I try!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Technique Junkies - Sepia

I have been a bad, bad blogger. Too many things right now are keeping me from hanging out in my studio and I really miss my art time! Today I decided that I was going to stamp, no matter what!

After seeing so many wonderful cards made with this new stamp sheet from I Brake for Stamps, I HAD to have them. They are some of the prettiest holiday stamps I've seen in a long time. I thought that this one worked perfectly with the Sepia Technique from the latest Technique Junkie newsletter. Such a fantastic technique!

Hope all my readers are doing well and haven't totally forgotten me....I promise I will be posting more this month!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I just made a set of six of these postcards for a Halloween swap that my friend Cindy is hosting on the TN Stampers Yahoo group. I don't know how other people operate, but I tend to use swaps as an excuse to experiment with something I've been wanting to try - my swap partners are my guinea pigs! This time I wanted to play around with texture.

A couple weekends ago, my friends Roxi and Candice of RockCandy Studios taught a class for our stamp club's annual Stampers Day Out. They showed us a faux beeswax technique using different Golden products to duplicate the look of beeswax. I had an extra container of medium and thought it would be perfect to use for my postcard.

I love the whole concept of mail art and the idea of making something that would actually be enhanced by the process of going through the mail. I knew I wanted something very textured, but still able to make it to its destination without losing too many pieces. Covering the piece with the faux beeswax concoction sealed and protected it and also added another layer of depth. I hope my partners like them!

Stamps are all from Oxford Impressions' Wicked collection.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Technique Junkies October Treasure Hunt!

Welcome to the October Technique Junkie Treasure Hunt! If you've arrived here without starting at the beginning, please make sure you head over to the Design Junkies blog to start collecting your clues. When you have all of the clues, you will leave your answer on Pat Huntoon's blog for a chance to win a wonderful prize!

My card today (and the tag below) features the Sepia technique from the October/November newsletter as well as stamps from Alluring Impressions, one of our TJ sponsors. I have been a fan of these stamps for years - please make sure you stop by and see the amazing collections they offer. The main image above is from the Girlfriends plate. The sentiment and also the image on the tag below are from the Beauties plate. The typewriter letter on my tag is from the Typewriter Key alpha set (very cool stamp set!). Speaking of which, the letter below is your clue for this stop!

Thanks so much for visiting today - your next and final stop is Pat Huntoon's fantastic blog. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Created Byhand Challenge - Stencils

I have been intrigued by Michelle Ward's latest Crusade - Come Over to the Dark Side. I love the idea of layering gesso and paint over a black background. When I saw the stencil challenge over at Created Byhand, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with this technique.

I started with black cardstock and scraped gesso over it randomly. Then I did the same thing with green and pearlized purple acrylic paints. When I was happy with it, I used the waste from a sheet of Grungeboard flourishes as a stencil and sprayed it with black paint. The bird is from Oxford Impressions. It's stamped on Grungeboard and cut out - it's a great way to get a nice, solid image. I added a bit of cheesecloth that's been dyed with distress ink and a few stems left over from a silk flower spray.

LOVE this technique and will be experimenting some more with it. Thanks for the inspiration Michelle!

Tech + Stamps + Paper = Haunted!

Isn't it funny how sometimes things just come together? I recently received three things - a paper order from Paper Temptress, the Oct/Nov issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter, and new stamps from Oxford Impressions. I had been thinking about the Faux Paneling technique from the newsletter when I had an 'aha!' moment. I could use the gray paper I'd ordered + the Paneling tech + the OI stamps = haunted house! The scarlet cardstock is also from Paper Temptress and looks great with the gray paper. I also used a crackle stamp from I Brake for Stamps to add a bit of texture to my paneling.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Technique Junkie Treasure Hunt!

Welcome to the next stop on the Technique Junkies Treasure Hunt! If you have arrived here without stopping first at the Design Junkies Blog, you need to head back there so you can get the info on what you're hunting for.

During the Treasure Hunt the TJ Designers will be showing sneak peeks of techniques from the Oct/Sept Technique Junkie newsletter. My sample above is the Shadowbox Card technique - one of the coolest techs I've seen in ages. I changed mine up a bit by stamping chicken wire on acetate and putting that in my window. I think it really enhances the 3-d quality of this card. What's great is that the whole thing folds flat for mailing!

The Country Girl stamp collection from Oxford Impressions is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets. Can you believe the little girl and the house are both rubber stamps?! I will never stop being amazed by photo realistic stamps. I have used them with Paper Temptress' Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth cardstock. This is probably the BEST white cardstock I have ever used. The finish is silky smooth and it takes ink wonderfully, with no bleeding. You get a crisp clean image every time.

I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek! Your next stop in the hunt is Manna's fantastic blog. We will be having a treasure hunt on the last Monday of every month, so make sure you check back in October!

Your letter for this stop is:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Theme Thursday - Script/Writing

This is a 4 x 4 piece I made a few days ago. The background was done using Trish Bee's worksheet wonder technique - one of my all-time favorite techniques! The addition of the vintage German paper made it perfect for the Theme Thursday challenge.

Little boy and dog stamp is from Oxford Impressions and the quote is from I Brake for Stamps/Time to Stamp.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Last year, I was lucky enough to be asked by the wonderful Audrey Hernandez to participate in a 'With One Image' challenge for Somerset Memories. It had been so long since I'd submitted that I was a little rusty! Sometimes I feel like my blog has taken the place of being published - there is no deadline, no typing up instructions, and no letdown if your pieces don't get chosen. Instant gratification!

The cards appear in an article in the Autumn issue of the magazine. The other artists are Carlene Federer, Karen Brown, Dawn Rice and, of course, Audrey. Everyone's pieces came out so great - unique and different, yet all of them seem to complement each other. Here are mine:

The first card was created using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique (aka Watercolor Distress to Technique Junkies), which I have been in love with ever since I saw it on Robin Beam's blog. I thought the blue and brown looked really good togther. I made another one with pink and brown around this time - also very cool looking. I need to dig it out and make something with it.

This card was one of my favorites. Guess where that tag came from? The dump! Well, the Desoto County Rubbish Pit to be exact. No, it's not a nasty garbage dump, just where you take all your stuff when you're remodeling or cleaning out your shed. Once I saw a guy bring a boat that had two jet skis sitting on top of it! Since we've been remodeling our house for the past 6 years or so, I've had lots of opportunities to hang out at the dump. Some day I'll post pics of all the cool stuff I've found there. This tag was in a bundle that was held together with a rusty bulldog clip. I did let it sit out in the rain for a long time before I used them. I figure nature cleaned anything nasty off. :-)

This is the third card I made. Sadly, it didn't make it into the magazine. I thought that of all of the cards, this one would have made it! I like the simplicity of it. I think I was in a 'clean and uncluttered' mood when I made these.

Thanks so much to Audrey for inviting me to be part of this - I had a blast making these cards. Maybe I'll get my submission mojo back. Maybe.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tag Tuesday - Children

I was so happy to see the theme for this week's Tag Tuesday - I could use my new stamps from the Oxford Impressions Haunted collection! Suzanne has outdone herself again. This is another perfect set of Halloween images that is truly a must-have.

Check out the trim along the bottom. It looks like Dresden trim, right? Well, it's a stamp! I was pretty proud of that, lol. I stamped and embossed it on the bottom of the tag and then cut out as well as I could. Now I will never run out of my favorite trim. ;-)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday Stamper - Dress

Every couple of months my stamp club has a challenge. We are given different materials to work with and/or alter. Our completed pieces are brought to the meeting two months later to share. At our July meeting one of the members passed out these:

They were little voodoo dolls that had been given out as part of a promotion - I think it was for DirectTV or something like that. The doll was supposed to represent cable, I think. Anyway......

I had thought that I might do something where I bound the doll and made it into more of a cone shape. Last night I was hit with a flash of inspiration and came up with what you see at the top.

Thanks to being such a junk collector, I had everything on hand. The legs and head were cut off and reused as the strips for the top skirt. It's hard to see, but there is a harlequin pattern stamped in black on the strips. I know it's not a lot of stamping, but I think it does (barely) quality for this week's Wednesday Stamper Dress theme.

It is always very interesting when we have these challenges. It brings out something in me creatively that I can't explain. Here are a few other things I've made for these challenges.

This is another art doll I made. The challenge this time was to alter an eyeglass case. This, along with some of the other member's cases was featured in an article in Altered Arts magazine. Unfortunately, they photographed most of them as a group and it was impossible to really appreciate any of them. Very disappointing!

This is a book I made to hold pages from a Gothic Arch swap. The covers are made of ceiling tiles. Very fun stuff to work with!

This one has been on my blog before. It's a plastic medicine bottle that I altered.

Last one! This is a cover I made to bind all the pages from our coffee filter swap. It is much cooler in real life - the brown ink on the burlap seems to have lightened and turn a bit reddish over time.

Apparently when faced with a challenge, my weapons of choice are wire, copper, and rust!