Monday, December 3, 2012

Asian Geisha Drywall Tape ATC

I really enjoy making Art Trading Cards and I made the card on the left for the launching of the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine. The main focal point is my Digital Stamp Design Geisha Montage1. She has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine using paper stumps.

The gold and white sections as well as the simple red section are left over scraps from recycled greeting cards. The netting on the back is actually dry wall tape. I bought a big roll a while back and love using it because it adds so much texture to a piece. I printed the back and white sentiment especially for this ATC and made the gold coils from 20 gauge brass wire.

For a little more info on this piece and some other great projects be sue to visit the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine.

Not only is there some great art being featured but there is an Interactive Section where readers can participate, show off their own art and even be eligible to win some prizes.

 Check out the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine 
An Expressive and Innovative Mixed Media Ezine for 
Paper Crafters, Collage and Assemblage Artists 



My Asian Geisha ATC has been entered in the following challenges.

The Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes #163
ATCs With Attitude ... Anything Goes #28
Lady Anne's Challenge ... Anything Goes
Crafty Boots ... Anything Goes
Simply Create ... Link Party 12
Artistic Inspirations ... |Anything Goes #18

Blizz at Peace Art Tag


I am so excited to say that today the first issue of Art With No Boundaries Ezine / Online Magazine has finally gone online. Above is one of the projects I created for the new Ezine. The Art Tag uses my Digital Stamp Design Blizz from my Winter and Christmas collection. Blizz has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine and paper stumps.  The Green layerwith the little glittered rounds under Blizz is a scrap piece of recycled Christmas greeting card and the white layer below it has been dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.

For a little more info on this tag and some other great projects be sue to vist the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine. Not only is there some great art being featured but there is an Interactive Section where readers can participate, show off their own art and even be eligible to win some prizes.

Check out the new Art With No Boundaries Ezine
An Expressive and Innovative Mixed Media Ezine for 
Paper Crafters, Collage and Assemblage Artists


 


Blizz at Peace Art Tag has been entered into the following challenges.
There are so many wonderful Christmas and Winter challenges going on right now and couldn't resist in playing in some of them. Be sure to check them out there are some amazing projects.

 Make it Monday... Anything Goes Link Party #118
Totally Gorjuss ... Anything Goes With Glitter  #160
Natalie and Amy's Challenge ...  Winter Wishes
Oozak ... Anything Goes + Red #9
2 Sisters Challenge Blog ...  Christmas Sparkel #120
Crazy Catz ... Recycle / Up-Cycle 161
Totally Paper Crafts ... Anything Christmas but a Card #145
Craft Your Passion  ... Snow #139
Creatalicious ... Winter #40
Fussy and Fancy ... I love Christmas #77
Divas by Design ... Glitter and Sparkle #63

I love it when you come to visit me, and enjoy reading all your comments
 so be sure to leave me a note and let me know you came to visit. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Piece of Your Own Heart

Sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way of even the things you love and because my life has been so busy and hectic lately, I have been neglecting my Doodle Pieces blog which I truly enjoy. I now realize that it is time to make a few changes. Today besides the ATC on the left, I have a bit of news for you but first I will tell you a little bit about my ATC on the left. The main focal point is one of my new Original Expressive Hearts which you will see released very soon. The Expressive Heart Digital Stamp Design has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine and paper stumps. The background  on the left half of the card is some of my hand made paper which has been wrinkled, painted and spattered with gold to give it a little sparkly. The right side is a piece of recycled greeting card.  The flower was punched out of the same home made background paper and the quote is one of my original sentiments. I hope you will enjoy seeing my ATC and promise to add more Art on a regular basis.

Now for the New. If you visited our challenges Art With No Boundaries and our Recycle-Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenges today you probably notice that there were no challenges on either blog and there was a note telling our visitors and regular followers why. For those who haven‘t visit our challenges yet, I have included the explanation below.

Today we would like to announce that both our Art With No Boundaries and our Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenges are closing. We have had alot of fun with these and would like to thank all of you for the wonderful inspiration and friendship you have shared with us. Although this seems like it should be rather a sad occasion, it is actually a very happy and exciting one. Just like the caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly and takes flight, our Art With No Boundaries is evolving into something new and we hope very wonderful. Starting next month Art With No Boundaries will become an online Magazine / Ezine for Papercrafters, and Collage and Mixed Media Artists. We have some great things planned for you and hope all of you will continue to follow us and visit us often. Our Primer / First issue will go on line December 1st. You will be able to read more about this throughout the month on our personal blogs. We will be taking both project submissions and applications for Guest Artists and Contributors and hope you will consider sharing your art with us once again.

:) Chris and The Team

I though the sentiment on my ATC quite appropriate for this occasion. Even though I did so on our challenge blogs. I wold also like to take this opportunity here on my personal blog and say Thank You to Everyone who participate in our challenges and for sharing a piece of their Heart with us.


A Piece of Your Own Heart ATC has been submitted to the following Challenges;
Make It Monday #114 ... Always Anything Goes ... Always a Fun Challenge
ATCs with Attitude ... #26 Add a Sentiment / Anything Goes
Raise the Bar ...  #18 Anything Goes
Simply Create  Too #25 Yellow, Orange and  B

Monday, September 10, 2012

Paper Doll Templates Digital Stamps


Paper Art Doll Templates... Digital Stamps
Sept 8th, 2012 ...

The Art Doll kits in this collection are all menu driven and will print right from your a Web Browser. Templates are mix and match and can be combined with my other doll templates to create unique one of a kind Art Dolls

Besides menu drive print pages this kit will also allow you to print the High Resolution Designs  from a Word processor so you can mix my doll templates easily and create your own combination of print pages for later use. All my Art Doll Templates are black and white ready for you to add your own unique style and embellish them how you wish.

Each Doll Template also comes with a High Resolution face design which can be used with doll parts or as or separate elements which can be used inside bottle caps, or the centers for flowers which can be used as special elements for ATCs, Tag Art, Handmade cards, Journal or Scrapbook pages. The possibility for these kits  have endless possibility.

The CS Designs Team has created some wonderful examples using these templates. You can see them on the Such a Doll challenge on Art With No Boundaries just posted today.

Monday, September 3, 2012

CS Designs New Digital Stamps for September


I know I have been very quite lately and everyone is probably wondering where I have been hiding. I have been busy creating up a storm with some new lines of Digital Stamps. This month I have add a bit to the Performing Arts collection and created several other new and distinctive collections to add to your wish lists.

 Directly below are just some of the new designs I have been working on. I will be posting a few more collections throughout the week so be sure to come back and check for more selections.

 
Edwardian & Victorian Digital Stamp Designs:
I love the beauty of the Edwardian and Victorian eras. Everything always seem much more grand and women always looked so feminine and demure, which must have been difficult considering the clothes they wore. The styles then were so beautiful but must have also been very restrictive. I wonder what they would say about today's bunny slippers.

I have started a new collection which will contain Edwardian and Victorian designs from the late 1800 to early 1900s... The design on the right is the first design in this collection. To read more about her visit the Victorian Designs Collections 

Performing Arts Digital Stamp Collection:  This digital stamp collection depicts designs inspired by various facets of the Performing Arts and encompass Starts for the Silver screen, Vaudeville, The Silent Film Era, Theater, the Ballet and Opera.

The Sassy Clara Bow from the Silent Film Era of the 1920 is the third Starlet to join the




Face Paint & Tattooed Digital Stamp Designs:
This collection was created for those that love the look of facial paint or more permanent tattoos. I can still remember how much fun it used to be to paint on ourselves and each other in Art class. The media was only watercolor, but it made for some wonderful art that we could carry around with is all day and how very expressive. Of course it only lasted as long as that night's shower but it was wonderful while it lasted. The rest of the faculty and regular students found it interesting, expressive and at times even weird, but it was fabulous fun and I wanted to share some of this pleasure in my designs even if it only came in the form of something digital. 


Western Themed Digital Stamp Collection:

Sept 2nd, 2012: The little stylized Coyote is from my new Western collection and this one is for those that love that love everything Western. From Western Paper Doll Templates to stylish Cowboy Boots and I've even mixed in a bit of the Desert.


I always love knowing you came to visit and enjoy reading your comments so be sure to leave me a little note. I would also love to know what you think of the new designs. :) Chris

Chris Stern / CS Designs Original Art & Digital Stamp Designs

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Paper Art, Great Buys and Fabulous Finds.

I couldn't help it.

  Above is some of the stuff I bought while I was away on vacation. Some of it I bought in stores like Michale's and Wall-mart and other stuff I found in second hand stores. Besides the humungous stash I have in my Art Room, I think this might be enough paper for a little while at least. 

There is a second hand store close to where my son lives that sells packages of used greeting cards  and whenever I go visit him, this is always definitely one of my stops.  The come sealed in fairly large packages and what you see on my table cost a whole $2.50. Is that a great bargain or what? This time I tried to control myself and this was a rather small purchase for me and I already have baskets full of these things lining the shelves of my Art Room. Every time I purchases these packages, I rush right home and tear open the packages. It is like Christmas and so much fun seeing what I got. I love recycling these in my Art on things like my Tag Art, ATCs and even my Paper Art Dolls, there is always so much color, texture and bling on cards and it is a shame that more people do not recycle them. 

Besides being a Paper Addict, I'm a box and frame junkie. I just can't resist them no matter how many I have.

The extra long purple Purdy's Chocolate Tin was from my Daughter, she thinks I'm a horrible packrat but she saves me things anyway becasue she know I get so much pleasure from them. The little sectional wooden box was purchased from the Salvation Army Thrift store. It is actually an old beat kit, and while the beads are kind of cool and a plus, I bought this because, I immediately though Re-Invented Shadow Box. The three small boxes came from the same place I bought the used greeting cards. and the Shadow Box Frame was from another Salvation Army store. When I saw the frame I thought how cool is that and instantly thought I wanted to use it for our Recycle, Re-Invent Challenge and with those little hearts on the bottom section, this one says Harlequins all over it.

This frame has a few little dents on the left hand side and instead of seeing this as a bad thing, as an Artist I see it as a bit of character and I guess you could also call this distressed. Besides, how amazing is that price and how many cool things can you usually buy for a buck.

Needless to say I feel some major creativity coming on in the next little while.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CS Designs Twisted Paper Bag Flowers

I made these flowers awhile back and decided to share them here today because my head pins got such a nice response and though you might enjoy these too. The main flowers are made from a recycled paper bag but any kind of paper, fabric, ribbon or lace could be used. I haven't tried colored shoe laces yet but think is is something that might be fun.

Making the Flowers:
These are so easy to make. All I did was cut some long strips of paper bag and starting at one end twist them all the way down.Once I had a long twisted strip, I started on one end and folded the end into itself a little bit. This created the center of the flower. After that I just started wrapping the strip around and around the center until I came to the end which I tucked under neath the finished flower. On the flowers above, I cut a circle out of double sided sticky material and I peeled on side off to sticky. It was this that I used to keep the flowers in place while I was wrapping them, but I have also used a glue gun and just added a little bit to a small area as I wrapped.

Adding Color: After the flowers were finished, I did a little direct to paper on them for some extra color and dimension, but they could be dry brushed, with a bit of paint, glitter, rub and buff metallic, spatter painted or a variety of other things. 

Creating Centers. I used copper brads in the centers of these but any little doodad could be used, even little lumps of glitter or they could be left plain. These are similar to the large flower I used on my Steampunk Shadowbox.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cosmo Hold Fast to Your Dreams Art Tag

After a very long time without a printer, I finally have not only one but two, (Long Story), but the gist of it is I can finally print out my new designs and not only put them in my CS Designs Store but I can play with my own designs once again. I must admit I was going through a bit of withdraw.

This is my first new project since my Solitaire Steampunk Solitaire which you can see on the left hand sidebar. It won a featured spot on the Love To Create blog and it is my first for a challenge and was a nice surprise.

My New Art Tag uses my new Cosmo design, she is part of my ever growing Celestial Digital Design Stamp Collection, and I have grown quite fond of her, she has a quite and lovely demure and whimsical personality. Cosmo, as with most of my other work has been colored with Prisma Color pencils and blended with orderless turpentine. The middle layer of the Art Tag is a piece of recycled greeting card and the long green and brown beads are handmade and rolled from scrap paper. beads, The bottom layer of the card has been embossed with my Cuttlebug and sanded for a distressed effect.

This week Cosmo is being featured on Art With No Boundaries Challenge Blog along with the rest of my Team. This is part 2 of our challenge which was posted last week and the theme is Anything Goes and the Bonus Round is called Summer Skies.  If you create a project with the Summer Skies theme you will be elegiable to win the Original Quote / Sentiment shown in my Art Tag. This is an original quite which you won't find anywhere else on the web because I came up with it and created especially for Cosmo. I think she is such a pretty little thing and felt she needed something of her very own. Hope you like both Cosmo and the new quote.

I hope you will stop by Art With No Boundaries and share your art with us and know you will enjoy seeing the wonderful examples created but the CS Designs Team, as always they have gone all out and created some fantastic pieces.


Cosmo Hold Fast To Your Dreams is playing in the following Challenges.

Art With No Boundaries ... Anything Goes / Summer Skies
Make It Monday ... Always Anything Goes Link Party
Tammy's Scrappin Corner ... Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge ... 153-Sentimentally Yours

Monday, June 11, 2012

Steampunk Shadowbox The Ultimate Recycle

It's time for more Steampunk and this time I created a shadow box. This project has to be the ultimate in recycling because I used 16 different recycled items to create it. I have listed the items I recycled, at the bottom of this post, but it might be fun to see if you can guess what some of them are without first peeking any further. Some are more obvious and some are hidden.

 
 The embossed corner piece on the top right is a piece of recycled Christmas card.
The metal background is a piece of a pie tin I ran through my Cuttle bug
and then distressed with some copper acrylic paint
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The main focal point for this as well as all the other paper elements I used are all digital designs from my  new Steampunk Collection. The designs have been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.

I created my Steampunk Shadowbox The Ultimate Recycle especially for the Heavy Metal challenge on Art With No Boundaries which was just  posted today. 

My Recycled Steampunk Shadow Box is being featured along side the fabulous examples by the CS Design Team, on our Art With No Boundaries challenge blog. We have more amazing examples for you to look at so be sure to pop in and have a peek, you won't be disapointed.


The large copper element on the right behind the red bead is a puzzle piece
and the background is a piece of rolled roofing which I dry brushed with copper paint
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The list of Recycled Material I used:
1. A Cereal box to construct the inside of the frame.
2. Re-inforced outside and made shelves with leftover matboard from framing paintings.
3. Covered the mat-board with pages of an old book I bought for 25 cents.
4. The corner pieces on the top left and bottom are from an old Christmas card.
5. The embossed metal background on top the Steam Gears panel section and below the key are from an old Pie Tin.
6. The key on the left bottom is from one of my old floppy disk cases.
7. The background under the Distressed sentiment is a piece of rolled roofing that has been dry brushed with copper acrylic paint.
8. The wrapped paper Rose directly across from my Solitaire design is made from packing material an external hard drive came wrapped in, it has been painted and dry brushed with green and copper acrylic paint..
9. The gold cording around the paper rose is from the outside of a Christmas card box
10. The metal element on the top left corner is on old piece of jewelry I bought at a swap meet
11. Since Pop up dots did not give me enough height, I used an old piece of wine cork in back of the jewelry piece for more elevation.
12. I raised the key by gluing a small  metal nut  in back of it, the nut came from my Hubby's shop.
13. The copper piece under the red bead is a large puzzle piece also dry brushed with acrylic copper paint.
14. The little bit of fiber on the left side of Solitaire is a small piece of tattered ribbon, I had that was too small use for anything else, but was too pretty to throw away.
15. I did all the copper dry bushing with some acrylic paint I got from my MIN that she didn't want any more.
16. I glued a metal lid from an Snapple Ice Tea bottle in back of my Solitaire image for more height.

Artist's Note: I Hope this will inspire you to look at things differently.  Junk is only how one perceives it and it is amazing what can be used in your art if you are willing to have an open mind. One persons junk is an Artist's Treasure.




Every one has been enjoying the double challenge at Art With No Boundaries so much that we have decided to make it a standard pratice. The challenge for this fortnight challenge is Anything Goes & Heavy Metal for our Bonus Round, and you guessed it you have to use something metal. Those who play in our Bonus Round will also have a chance to win one of the sentiment collections from my new Steampunk collection. One of the New Design just posted today. can be seen above

Want to win one of the designs from my new Steampunkk collreciotn? 
have a look at my previous post.

Steampunk Recycled Shadow Box is playing in the following challenges: 
Art With No Boundaries ...  2 challenges Anything Goes & Heavy Metal... Fortnight
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent  ... 2 challenges Anything Goes & Heavy Metal... Monthly
Make it Monday ... Fun Link Party
Love To Create #19 ... Something Recycled (16 things)
Crafty Card Makers ... No Cards, Tags or ATCs
Moving Along With The Times ... Anything but a Card

Monday, June 4, 2012

Steampunk Heavy Metal Altered Sardine Can


I had such a great time making my last Steampunk creation, that I decided to create another one, only this time I built a little Steampunk scene framed inside a sardine can. I have been saving sardine cans with something like this in mind for some time now and it was fun to finally get to do it . The main focal point for this as well as all the other paper elements I used are designs from my  new Steampunk Collection.

The designs have been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.

I also made the gold colored coils out of some brass wire I bought for making stickpins some time ago. The round wheels are vintage buttons, I bought a couple of years ago, the are all metal and very heavy, so think they fit this project perfectly. The sardine can was a recycle from my Hubby, he no longer asks and just assumes if it's weird I will want it.

I created this piece especially for the Heavy Metal challenge on Art With No Boundaries which was just  posted today. 

My Steampunk Heavy Metal Altered Sardine Can is also being featured along side the fabulous examples by the CS Design Team, on our Art With No Boundaries challenge blog. If you haven't checked out this challenge, be sure to do so as the examples by the Design Team are amazing and will knock your socks off.


New Designers: We have also added 3 new designs to the CS Designs Team, so be sure to stop by their blogs, congratulate them and have a look around at their bog at all the beautiful art they have created..

Every one has been enjoying the double challenge at Art With No Boundaries so much that we have decided to make it a standard pratice. The challenge for this fortnight challenge is Anything Goes & Heavy Metal for our Bonus Round, and you guessed it you have to use something metal. Those who play in our Bonus Round will also have a chance to win one of the sentiment collections from my new Steampunk collection. One of the New Design just posted today. can be seen above

Want to win one of the designs from my new Steampunkk collreciotn? 
have a look at my previous post.


My Steampunk Heavy Metal Altered Sardine Can is playing in the following challenges: 
Art With No Boundaries ...  2 challenges Anything Goes & Heavy Metal... Fortnight
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent  ... 2 challenges Anything Goes & Heavy Metal... Monthly
Make it Monday ... Link Party, I always love playing in this one.
Smudy Antics ... Anything Goes & Skull Appreciation
Inspire Me Fridays ... Anything Goes 61
Our Creative Corner ... Embellished Frame  ... (My Steampunk Scene framed inside a Sardine Can) ....  I just found this last challenge blog and the work there is just amazing and is a must see.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Steampunk Solitaire Round Heavy Metal

You would not believe how much fun I had making this little metal wall hanging. Not only did I have fun coloring my new Steampunk Solitaire, but I got to smash, fold, spindle and mutilate, which is always a great way to spend the day. The main focal point for this is one of the designs from my  new Steampunk Collection. Part of the collection is being released today and the rest in the next few days for our challenge on Art With No Boundaries on June 4th. The lovely Solitaire has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.  

 The frame is actually a smashed canning jar lid and it has been embellished with all kinds of doodads including a couple of pieces of old chain, a metal butterfly I bout a few years ago, some gold wire and a couple of unknown oddities with the word Cleaver stamped into them. Well the little rounds are not really unknown to me, but you will have to guess what they are.

Want to Win This Design?

  About now you might be thinking you have no idea what they are, and who really cares. Well you might care because if you can figure it out what they are and will send me the correct answer, you will be entered into a draw to win this beautiful Solitaire design used to create this metal hanging.

 The winner will be selected on June 15th by Random Org from the list of players with the collect answer.

Put on your thinking caps because, you have to answer correctly in order to be included in the draw. Not even my Designers got this one, so surprise, you can play too.  Be sure not to post your answer to the web or the comment area as you don't want to give away your answer to the competition.


This Steampunkk Soliaire Round was created for the Heavy Metal challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge which was just posted today. This challenge is also a tribute to the Handy Men in our lives and to celebrate Father's Day, so this would be a good time to go look at what those handy men have been saving and ask sweetly if we can use it in our Art. The oddities in question previously belonged to my Hubby. 

Steampunk solitaire is also being featured along side the fabulous examples by the CS Design Team, on our Recycle, Re-Purpose Re-Invent challenge blog. All the examples are Heavy Metal, are all absolutely fabulous and your just going to love what everyone created.

New Designers: We have also added 3 new designs to the CS Designs Team, so be sure to stop by their blogs, congratulations and have a look around at their beautiful art.


This  month we are again having two different challenges on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. The first is an Anything Goes and the theme for our Bonus Round is called Heavy Metal and you guessed it you have to use something metal. Those who play in our Bonus Round will also have a chance to win the Steampunk Solitiaire. This gives you two chances to win so what are you waiting for, shos us some metal.
  Besides having the possibilities to win the Beautiful Steampunk Solitaire on my Doodle Pieces, you can also have a chance to win by playing the Bonus Round on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent, so come and join  us and show us some Metal.


I've been working on new Steampunk designs for over a year now and hope you like this little glimps, I will add more when I have time.

Steampunk Solitaire is playing in the following challenges: 

Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. ... 2 challenges Anything Goes & Heavy Metal... Monthly Challenge.

Smudgy Antics ... Embellish It
Make it Monday ... Link Party 91
Tammy's Scrapin Corner ... Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays ... Anything Goes
So Artful ... Steampunk

Monday, May 28, 2012

Break Our Heart Paper Art Doll


I have really been enjoying creating these Paper Art Dolls, this past month. This week I have created another one using the Striped Circular Scalloped Frame from my new Digital Stamp Frame Collection.The Break our Heart sentiment is one of my new original sentiments and will be available in the CS Designs Store tomorrow.

I use the Striped Circular Petal Frame to frame her face The face was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine. The Circular Petal Frame was colored with Sharpie markers and the Doodle Art on her legs and arms were created with a white gel pen. The face and the body template are from my soon to be released Paper  Art Doll Templates. The "Never Too Old Sentiment" is from my Express Yourself Series.

Break Our Heart Paper Doll was created for and is being featured on this fortnight's Anything Goes / A Frame of Mind challenge on Art With No Boundaries.

This week we are again having two different challenges at the same time, an Anything Goes challenge and a special Bonus Round challenge called A Frame of Mind. We are also offering another prize for our Bonus Round this week so drop by for a chance to win and have a look at the rest of the Teams fabulous examples while you are there. We also love it when you share your art with us so be sure to add your creations to the challenge.



Break Our Heart Paper Art Doll is playing in the following challenges.

Break Our Heart Art Doll is playing in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries ... 2 challenges Anything Goes &A Frame of Mind


Monday, May 21, 2012

Never too Old Paper Art Doll

I had so much fun with my Spirelli Copper Art Doll I made last week that I decided to make another Paper Art Doll. This time I used some of my new Original Digital Frame Designs. I use the Striped Circular Petal Frame to frame her face and the Striped Square Scalloped Frame over her body. Instead of cutting out the middle of the frames, I left them intact. The face was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine. The frames were colored with Sharpie markers and the white is gel pen. The face and the body template are from my soon to be released Paper  Art Doll Templates. The "Never Too Old Sentiment" is from my Express Yourself Series.

Never too Old  was created for and is being featured on this fortnight's Anything Goes / A Frame of Mind challenge on Art With No Boundaries.

This week we are again having two different challenges at the same time, an Anything Goes challenge and a special Bonus Round challenge called A Frame of Mind. We are also offering another prize for our Bonus Round this week so drop by for a chance to win and have a look at the rest of the Teams fabulous examples while you are there. We also love it when you share your art with us so be sure to add your creations to the challenge.
 


Never too old Paper Art Doll is playing in the following challenges.

Never Too Old Art Doll is playing in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries ... 2 challenges Anything Goes &A Frame of Mind
Make it Monday ... Always Anything Goes / Link Party

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spirelli Copper Art Doll

I've been  on an Art Tag and ATC kick for a while and decided it was time for something a little different. This Spirelli Copper Art Doll was created for and is being featured on the second week reminder post of the Anything  Goes / Fit to Be Tied challenge on Art With No Boundaries.

This week like last week we are having two different challenges at the same time, an Anything Goes challenge and a special Bonus Round challenge called Fit to be Tied.We are also offering the Gentle Heart sentiment shown at the bottom of this post as a prize for the Bonus Round so be sure drop by and check out both challenges. 

My Spirelli Copper Art Doll was created with on of my soon to be released paper doll templates and the round toothed piece with the copper embroidery  thread framing her face is one of the shapes from my original Spirelli, Manual Cut Ready to Print Kit. The face is from a new series I'm working on at the moment. The copper and gold circle around her face as well as the copper and gold blow at her waist has been recycled from a greeting card, I love raised embossed texture on both. The photo doesn't do it justice, in real life it looks like embossed metal.



The A Gentle Heart sentiment on the right is the prized being offered for the Bonus Round in this weeks Anything Goes  Fit to Be Tied challenge on Art With No Boundaries. Drop by and have a look at the rest of the Teams examples all are Fit to be Tied. We also love it when you share our art with us so be sure to add your creations to the challenge while you're there.

Solitaire Spirelli Fit to be Tied is playing in the following challenges.

CS Design Team Call
Our designer call is also still open so if you think you might like to join our fabulous team, please look at the following page and send me the required information from the following page:

Want to Join my Design Team?
Design Team Application

Spirelli Copper Art Doll is playing in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries ... 2 challenges Anything Goes & Fit to be Tied
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Reinvent... 2 challenges Anything Goes and Plastic
Make it Monday ... Always a Link Party.
Just Keep on Creating ... Anything Goes and Travel Stories

Monday, May 7, 2012

Solitaire Spirelli Fit to be Tied.

Before I get today's project, I have several announcements.  The first is CS Designs is having A Design Team Call. If you are interested in joining my team, please visit the Design Team Member Application Page and send me the information requested there.

Today it is also time of another great challenge on Art With No Boundaries. This fortnight  we are having two different challenges at the same time, an Anything Goes challenge and a special Bonus Round challenge called Fit to be Tied.We are also offering the Gentle Heart sentiment below as a prize for the Bonus Round so be sure drop by and check out both challenges. 



Now for a bit about my Art Tag above. The main focal point for this Tag is Solitaire Swirl and Monocle and she is one of my original digital designs from my Solitaire Digital Design Collection. Solitaire has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine. The top corner piece wrapped with silver embroidery thread is one of the shapes from my original Spirelli, Manual Cut Ready to Print Kit. The rose background is recycled from an old greeting card.

This Solitaire Tag was created for and is being featured on the Fit to be Tied challenge on Art With No Boundaries.


Solitaire Spirelli Fit to be Tied is playing in the following challenges.

Art |With No Boundaries ... 2 challenges Anything Goes & Fit to be Tied
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Reinvent... 2 challenges Anything Goes and Plastic
Make it Monday ... Always Anything Goes Link Party

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Solitaire Swirl Monocle Bingo Chip

It's time for another challenge  at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent hosted by CS Designs and this month we are having a combination theme of Anything Goes with a special sub-theme called A Plastic Existence were the Team would like to invite you to join us in recycling Plastic in your Art.
I created this ATC for the recycle challenge and it is being featured this month along with the Team's examples. The main focal point is the beautuful Solitaire Swirl & Monocle and she has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.
The round eye piece shown over one of her eyes is an old recycled plastic Bingo Chip. I went to a swap meet a few years ago and bought a basket full of all kinds of odds and ends I planed to use in my art. Once I got home and went to check out what I had bought, I discovered a bag full of old plastic Bingo Chips at the bottom of the basket.

 I've had these chips stored in one of the large drawers in my art room since I got them and though this was the perfect opportunity to use at least one of them. I think this chip looks like it was made especially for Solitaire and can't wait to try a few more on her. While most of the chips in the bundle are red and orange, there are also a couple of really pretty blue ones that I can't wait to use now that I've figured out what to do with them. I also thought I might try drilling holes in some of them to use as buttons.

Both the base and the background on this Atc are also recycled and I have use a couple of pieces of old greeting cards. There is a second hand store that I visit frequently that sells packages of used card fronts and I have baskets full of these so it is always easy to find the perfect color combination when I create art from scraps. 

Be sure to check out the new Anything Goes / A Plastic Existence Recycle challenge. This month we are offering another special recycle sentiment as a prize. This is a special sentiment that is not available in the CS Designs store and the only way you can win this one is to play in our Recycle, Re-Purpose- & Re-Invent Bonus Round and show us some plastic in your Art.


Solitaire is playing in the following challenge ...
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent ... Recycle Anything Goes / Sub-Theme Plastic
Smudgy Antics ... Drop Dead Gorgeous... I think Solitaire is always gorgeous no matter what mask she decides to wear.
Monday-challenge-Creative Monday ... #7 Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrappin Corner ... #8 Anything Goes
Make it Monday ... Link Party

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Psychosis Haunting Apparitions ATC

Today it's time for something a little different and this ATC is definitely all that.

The main focal point for this ATC is named Psychosis and she is anything but demure and has a quality that seems to draw your gaze in a way that is hard to look away. She is one of my own original digital designs from my  Haunting Apparitions Collection

Psychosis has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine although most of the color comes from the harvest yellow card stock it was printed on.



The sentiment used is also one of my own original designs and sayings and is part of my Halloween, Goth and Macabre Sentiment Collection.

The background is part of a recycled greeting card and the colors are a prefect match for this ATC and I love the raised texture.

Psychosis is playing in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries ... Anything Goes
Haunted Design House ...  HDH130 - Eye Can See You ... Psychosis just seemed to be made for this challenge. She is just a bit Haunted and her eyes follow you wherever you go.
Love to Create ... Anything Goes


Monday, April 23, 2012

Akiko Autumn ATC

All our snow has finally melted here in British Columbia, Canada and it is beginning to look alot like spring and though the lovely pastel colors in this ATC were just perfect to depict this time of year.

The main focal point for this ATC is the charming  and sweet Akiko / Autumn  who is one of my own original digital designs from my Darlings of the Orient Collection,

Who wouldn't want pink hair? Akiko has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.

To create the rest of the elements on my ATC, I used a piece with a bit of Asian printing from an old computer from an old computer catalog,, a paper doily, a flower punch as well as my Silhouette Digital cutter to cut the pale lime scroll.


Akiko, is being featured this week on the
 Anything Goes challenge at Art With No Boundaries 
hosted by CS Designs. 

 Akiko is also playing in the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries ... Anything Goes
ATCs & Cards with Attitude ... Anything Goes / Faces
Lexi's Creations ... Punches
Love to Create Challenge ... Challenge 12 ... Anything Goes
Make it Monday ... Fun Link Party


Monday, April 9, 2012

Hoshi Star ATC

I created this ATC for this weeks "The Eyes Have It" on Art With No Boundaries. The main focal point for this ATC s the beautiful Hoshi / Star who's serene nature and exotic eyes make her perfect for this challenge. Hoshi is one of my original digital designs from my Darlings of the Orient Collection, and she has been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine.

To create the rest of the elements on my ATC, I used several punches as well as my Silhouette Digital cutter to cut the pale blue scroll cutout in the background as well ad the corner element on the bottom right.

Visit my CS Designs
to see the rest of the
Darlings of the Orient


Hoshi, has entered the following challenges:
Art With No Boundaries / The Eyes Have It
Anything Goes Challenge / Anything Goes
Make it Monday / Link Party# 84
Just keep on Creating / Anything Goes... Yes, my art is the best therapy.