To Think About

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Another Snap Swivel charm bracelet; Black this time.

Pictures of two charm bracelets made with Bass Fishing Snap Swivels. More charms could be added to the bracelets. I have done mine in color waves. Have 3 more to make. The charms are representative of artists from Arttechniques, ChristianPaperArtists, and Altered Art Obsession groups. I used size 10 snap swivels. The sample I saw done on the Carol Duvall show used size 5, but they looked too big to me. I used 6 swivels per bracelet (fits a 7" wrist), and added a clasp. Also added seed beads. On the red one I also used a little larger bead, but this made it a challenge to close the swivel. My already pitiful nails are now cracked down the middle of both thumbs.

Friday, April 27, 2007

I just received 6 image CDs from, and they look to be very usable for altered art, mixed media work. I am going to play around with some different types of paper this weekend and will print some of what I come up with. Very nice people run the company. I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Enjoy my Garden!

Hope you enjoy looking at the photos of my garden. It is one of my most favorite places to be!

Sherre's Garden

More Photos from my Garden

Sherre's Garden

Here a few pictures from my garden. The yard is filled with the perfume of roses!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Another Fabric and Bead ATC (Artist Trading Card). I did strip-piecing onto Peltex; buttonhole hand embroidery on the outside edge; and added beads.

Fabric & Bead ATCs

Here are my first two Fabric & Bead ATCs for the April Swap in arttechniquesatcs. My machine is old and fritzy. I enjoy handwork more than machine!

Here are pictures of the Funky Journal I made and sent to Marva in Colorado Springs. I did a strip-pieced cover; did Traci's latch-hook binding (loved doing that!), and added some hand-stitched beads by the binding. On the front cover is a heart that has tulle behind it. I put in some colorful confetti that were flowers and butterflies. There are also hand-stitched beads around the heart.I machine quilted the cover with a metallic thread. This was a fun project, both the handpainted papers inside, and the quilted cover.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

ZNE Design Team April Challenge #2

This is the second art piece I made for the ZNE Design Team April Challenge. The transparency image of the young girl writing was the inspiration for this journal cover. I found in my sticker stash some old-fashioned letters which I used to spell out "journal." A definition of "reflection" was added near the spine, and some tiny collages from a scrapbook sheet were added to the bottom. I used "Tea" Distress Ink on the background and added pieces. Lastly I tied a ribbon and added an old key to the bow with an old safety pin. The background was a piece of scrapbook paper.

Monday, April 09, 2007


This is the first design I have made using the ZNE Collage Sheet I chose for our April Challenge. We are to use 1 image on our art from the chosen sheet. I chose the Little Missys sheet. The phrase (taken from a poem), says it all. She does have a sweet young face! I used a 4 x 4 canvas panel and covered it with a Basic Grey paper (yellow with stars). I then added a blue piece of scrapbook paper and the image of the girl's face. I dry-brushed the piece with white gesso, and added a bit of Nick Bantock dye ink in Chrome Yellow. I tied some sheer blue ribbon around the panel and added the gold heart with a yellow safety pin. I then found the little flowers in my stash and added them to give the right side of the piece some interest. I found the phrase in an antique poetry book, and voila`!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

This drawing was done by Jonny Binkard as part of a Letterheads Outline Drawing Partner Swap. We each did a line drawing and mailed it to another person to "decorate." Jonny's art was so detailed that I just played with color. I had made a few copies to try different color waves, and this is the one I liked the best. You can't see in the scan but I used really fun gel pens by Sakura. Some had sparkles, some were a glaze which results in a slightly raised image. I also used some Sharpie pens for some of the colors. Wish the sparkles showed up! Also, her face was lightly colored and shaded with a colored pencil but that doesn't show up real well either. The limitations of scanning!

Jonny is a fantastic artist! She does the most wonderful line drawings! Thanks Jonny, for letting me post this piece on my blog.

Monday, April 02, 2007


I just found out today I am a member of the new design Team for ZNE! I am excited about it and the art we will be producing!