Wednesday, December 20, 2006

a few new atcs' and a giant size tag that I did the other night
the tag was inspired by another group and is handdrawn the ATC's are mostly college with various embellishments

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Paper bag book

this book is made from 4 of the brown paper lunch bags that you can buy in packages of a 100
this is a really fun book to make i took the 4 bags alternating the open end and the bottom of the bag stack them together folded them in half then punched holed in the center for the binding . then I took a large needle and sewed thru the center creating a small book ready to decorate
I hid tags in the folds you could also put things in side of the bags

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Some New ATCs
had fun makeing these

Faith on the left and Eyes 1 & 2 top and bottom images

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Cigar box challenge

I was in a swap where we send each other a cigar box , and some items for the other person to use to decorate it . When we are finished with it we fill it with goodies and return it to the orginal owner.
I was sent the following items a very nice cigar box . I kept some of the images that were on it . covered up the rest with brown paint. a purple bracelet , a few vintage pictures of women, some number thumb tacks I had Hubby file these down for me so I could glue them onto the box. misc papers, woode bingo numbers , keys and a spoon.
I think the spoon give me the biggest challenge. I had a hard time deciding how to use it.
below is what I came up with. I really like the results.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

I have been making fabric ATC's all weekend
im new to making them from fabric but I like the way some of these turned out.

The first one is called September Fairie, next is Scaredy cat and Sun

Halloween and Guitar

ghost Fairie, flower fairie, and another leaf

the first one is Fairie with Gym, next September Fairie

Dragonfly, fall fairie 1 & two

Monday, August 28, 2006

Sharpies storage solution

this is what I did to store all of my markers and gel pens and still keep them where I can see them and within easy reach
I use a tube from plastic bags recycled from where I work but you could use Pringles potato chip cans or shipping tubes,
I measured my markers and cut the tubes about a quarter of an inch shorter than the markers. then I glued them together using clothpins to hold them in place till they were dry , Painted with black paint added a back of matbord placed on my desktop and filled.
works great .

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Autum Fairy

I have been playing around with watercolors this week
this is the first time I have ever tried to do anything other than make backgrounds with them.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Swap ABC's of Emotions

I am hosting a new swap called ABC's of Emotions
I need some more playes
Please E-mail me at if you want to Play please include your name, E-mail address with your name e-mail address , and the letter you are going to do also the emotion or emotions you are doing for that letter you don't have to do the same emotion for the letter for example you choose the letter H you could do Happy, and Hopeless and whatever else you can think ofthe following letters have already been taken A,C,H,P,Details below This will be a fat book 4 X 4ABC's of Emotions .you choose a letter and an Emotion that starts with that letter for example A might be Anger where Z might be Zetti Like or Zealous or Zany M might me for Moody or Manic there is a lot of room to play so use your can do these any style any medium digitals are ok as long as they are embelished
embellishish however you want . You will make 27 of the letter of your choice.please use heavy colored cardstock so the pages are sturdy and bright and colorful please do not use plain white cardstock, leave a margin of 1/2 inch on the lefthand side to allow for binding this area can be decorated but no embellishments there
I will do the cover and bind them. Not real sure how I will bind these maybe just one hole in the corner and use a large ring
create you emotion on the frontyour letter should be somewhere on the front page
This is what I want on the back of themYour name where you are from your choosen letter and emotion for example A is for Anger
How this emotion or feeling effects you in your everyday life
A tip on how you handle the emotion or feeling or something that you do to make you feel that way for example if my emotion is happy the back of my card would look like this
Carolyn hartley
From Missouri
H is for Happy
Happiness makes everything worth doing it tends to be contagious If one person is happy it tends to make everyone feel a bit better
I try to look on the bright side of even the worst situation if I am feeling down and depressed I make it a point to smile just the act of smiling at a friend or co worker makes me feel better I also try to look at what is botherinng me from different points of view
you get the idea This should be typewritten and you may decorate the back if you want
I know some letters and emotions will be harder than other to do. Just use your Imagination and think outside of the box
.if you want to do more than one letter you will get a finished book for each letter you do sign up will be open until all of the letters are taken mailout by January 15 2007 giving everyone plenty of time to work on them and get them to me
I will then get them returned by Feburary the 15th giving the pages plenty of time to arrive and me time to bind them. if all works well they will be mailed sooner then that.please send 7 dollars Hidden cash , or postal money order per book to cover shipping and binding
A large return envelope with your address on it
Thanks for playing
if you know of anyone who would like to play please pass this on to them
Carolyn h

Sunday, August 13, 2006

some tags I made for a swap

Sunday, July 30, 2006

someone sent me this little book and I decided to altered it I like the way it came out

some ATC's i made using alcohol inks and papier glass finish to get the colorful effects
the circles are actually pogs ( a kids game popular in the early 90's ) I painted them with gresso then stamped my image on them. then covered them with the papier glass finish and added a couple of drops of alcohol inks
lots of fun you never know exectly what you will end up with

Sunday, July 02, 2006


here are a couple of masks I made today the first is just images colleged onto the mask the second I used pearl-x and sharpies the words on it are
Forhead Believe
left side Dream
right side Explore

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I just started a new group called Atcs over the edge
it is for ATCs whos subject matter doesn't really fit in with the
other groups either to dark, or contains adult content, themes I
have in mind just to list a few are
creepy hands
fariy and elfs they aren't all cute
something in the fog
and my favorite art dolls of goth proporations
I am sure we will come up with a lot more ideas as time goes on
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What can you do with an empty shipping tape roll and a cereal box , a few pieces of material or paper and some misc. embellisments.

This is what I started with

Below are some photos of what I made with them . I made 3 different ones this evening . once I got the general pattern they were easy and fun to make.