Friday, May 24, 2013

Floppy Diskettes

A little over 3 years ago I made some hanging photo ornaments from floppy disks. You can see the instructions and finished sample in my You Tube video:

I have a web page that goes into more details on the supplies:

There are still quite a few diskettes hanging around my studio so I decided to surf and find some other projects. Here's a fun tutorial from Cut Out and Keep web site: It's a floppy diskette card designed by Harmini A.

I'd love to send some of these to friends. I can only imagine how long a diskette would take to break down in a landfill--so reusing them makes so much sense.

Here's a blog post that shows 10 ways to recycle floppy disks:

I designed some digital versions of cards featuring floppy diskettes that can be glued to the front of a floppy or just sent via email or Facebook.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Samples of ATC books from Alpha Stamps Design Team Online

Ah, the glorious artist trading card. I can't get enough. Alpha Stamps (no affiliation) has a new challenge out to make ATC accordian books with their products. The products are gorgeous and the designs splendid. My style has gone quirkly lately so I thought I'd share something totally different and totally gorgeous. Enjoy.

 Tool around the links on their blog to see a total of three design team books and check out the gallery for even more ideas.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Getting Patriotic all Summer

I love my country. No matter what your politics you have to admit that you were blessed to be born or naturalized as a citizen of this country.

As summer begins I think about two kinds of cards, decor, entertaining, etc. The first is patriotic and the second is "beachy fun."

Take a look at all these ideas for patriotic party crafts and recipes at

Patriotic rarely goes out of style--this card was
made in 2005 and I'd still send it today.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Art Journal and Doodle Inspiration

Journal doodles are popping up on every page lately. At first I was working on doodle dollies and then I moved on to bunnies (from Noni Art) and bugs and flowers like this bee on a purple bloom.
I’ve been asked often where I get the inspiration for doodle shapes. Most of the Noni art is just Zen. I look at the painted area like I’d look at clouds to find shapes. On fancy artist days, I think of myself as a sculptor looking at stone before chipping out the statue.

Doodling on blank paper or newsprint is a bit more defined. I look online for inspiration, I practice, and I make it my own. I’ve traced photos in my journal to turn them into doodles, I’ve doodled photos, and I’ve looked at my rubber stamps for inspiration.

Some of the Zen-tangle things I worked on a while back are coming into play as well. I don’t concentrate on filling each space as much as I start with a few lines and work out. Next I “find” shapes in the doodles much like the Noni art process.