Monday, July 28, 2008

CHA is over

Sorry that I have not posted in a while. Seems like everything I want to share is either being considered for publication or for the WWP/TPMS blog.

I can share with you the project that I did do for the WWP/TPMS booth at the CHA Summer 2008 convention in Chicago. My fellow teammates came out with some awesome stuff. I had to work with one of my fave things and that would be White High Gloss paper from WWP. I fell in love with WorldWin Papers High Gloss paper. It is the best glossy paper I have ever used. I am forever and hopelessly spoiled by the quality. If you ever want a great glossy paper for sure try High Gloss white.

Anyway, I had to come up with a wall hanging for my project. I love my inks and Ranger is one of my favorite ink companies. Especially the Adirondack and Distressed lines. I used the Adirondack alcohol inks on the polished stone background and the Distressed inks on the tiger to do photo tinting. The total size of the piece fit into an 8" x 10" frame.

I used some really small gold sticker letters to simply spell grace. The tiger is my OnyXpressions, it is one of my most favorite stamps. Krylon webbing spray is the other finishing touch along with the Krylon gold leafing pen. I don't know what I would do without either one of those products either. All the products I used are ones that I use on a constant basis. Hope you enjoy it. Hope you got to see it in person if you were at CHA.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Revisting The Boys of Summer

One of my favorite pieces that I have ever done was an altered board book about the game of baseball I did, four years ago. I made it in honor of my dad and to this day I believe he helped me put it together. He passed away just a few months before I started making it. He used to love to do art projects with me when I was a child. Some of my best memories are sitting on the floor in the living room with him and coloring. He would draw, cut out numbers and letters from cardboard boxes so he could teach me how to read and spell. I would color them in and we would just talk. He made me a clock with movable hands so I could learn to tell time. So, I know this is just the kind of thing he enjoyed doing. He was a great dad.

My grandson is a very good ball player and got chosen for the all stars team this year. He was the youngest and the smallest player to be picked. He made it because he wanted it so badly. Like his dad said (my son) he made that team because he of his heart. I am so proud of him.

So I am dedicating this book to my grandson David and of course my dad.

I can only share five pages per blog entry but you can see the book in it's entirety and read the story behind it here: I hope you enjoy it. A part of this book was published in Somerset Memories magazine also.

Have a happy July 4th! Have a safe, happy and healthy one!