Sep 29, 2009

My Journey Into Art Giveaway!!!

Mary Beth of My Journey Into Art is having a giveaway!! Leave a comment on her blog NOT MINE!!  http://www.myjourneyintoart.com/?p=678







(Quoted from her blog)

All you have to do is just tell me your favorite memory of this time of year … Autumn, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving etc… . I will pick the winner on Sunday Oct. 4 so it leaves me enough time to get it to you before Hallowe’en!. Please feel free to spread the word, if I get enough responses, I’ll make another something and have 2 draws! lol


Sep 24, 2009

Witch Shadow Box



"Boo"

This OOAK Shadow Box has a vintage witch standing holding a sign that reads "Boo". Comes complete with a real witches potion and handmade potion spell book. Shadow box is distressed and crackled in a bronze color. 3-D in every way possible. Picket fence and black stars.

Size - 4" x 4"
Finished back signed by the artist

Ships priority mail in US everywhere else regular mail.
Available in my Etsy Shop

Vintage Witch Shadow Box


"Happy Halloween"

This OOAK Shadow Box has a vintage witch sitting on a chair. Comes complete with a real witches potion and handmade spell book. Shadow box is distressed and crackled in a pewter color. 3-D in every way possible. German Dresden around the edges and gold stars.

Size - 4" x 4"
Finished back signed by the artist

Ships priority mail in US everywhere else regular mail.

Available in my Etsy Shop 

Haunting Witch Wall Hanging


"Haunting Witch Wall Hanging"

This Spooky Vintage is a OOAK Wall Hanging. The background is from an old book and distressed along with a haunted house, a picket fence and cobwebs. The Vintage Witch is holding a sign that says "Haunting". Made on laminate and sealed to protect.

Size 5" x 3.5"
Hangs from a Swivel Clasp

The back is finished and signed by the artist.

Ships priority mail in US everywhere else regular mail.


Available in my Etsy Shop

Sep 21, 2009

Messiest Art Table Sept 09 Contest - "Who is the messiest of them all"

Messiest ART Table September 2009

"Magic mirror on the wall, tell me who is the messiest of them all"






Where do you create? The kitchen table where you have to clean it up every day? In your own creative work space? Your bedroom? Your living room on a TV dinner table? It doesn't matter as long as it is messy!


Send in your pictures of YOUR messy art table and you could WIN!

Rules: No more than 2 photos aloud per person. Only photos of your work table allowed, not of your room itself. We want to see up-close messy photos! All entries must be received by September 30, 2009 Midnight EST. Please email your messy ART space to pidinfo@paperimagerydesigns.com subject "Messy" Please tell us also where your MESS is!! Feel free to pass the word around the more the mess the better! (email should be ok now)

Contest Starts: September 21, 2009
Contest Ends: September 30, 2009

Live voting starts October 1st 2009 at the Paper Imagery Designs Blog. A poll will be set up for you to see the photos of the messiest art tables for ALL to vote. Don't be shy send in your messy art table!

Prizes:
1st Place: A prize package worth $75.00 from Paper Imagery Designs plus a badge to place on your blog to announce you have the messiest art table around!

2nd Place: A prize package worth $35.00 and a runner up badge that says your not as messy as the first place winner!


Modge Podge Rocks Giveaway!!


Amy has a great giveaway on her blog!! If you love modgepodge like me hope on over there and read how to enter to win!!

Potion Bottles


What fun little potion bottles for my Halloween Project!

Sep 10, 2009

Halloween ATCs

I am in a 3/3 swap Halloween ATC Swap (if you'd like to play click here) and had some time to play! Well lots of time I decided I was going to take the time and use it! Mona Lisa Witch and Marie Antoinette Witch! Here is what I made











All images from PID
I also used some distress inks and shiva paintstics!

Aug 27, 2009

I won!!

Over at Art By Canace I won a new blog makeover Oh every girls dream for a makeover :D
While there check out her awesome work she does amazing things!

Aug 19, 2009

Blog BG Giveaway

Art By Canace is offering a free customized blog BG to one lucky winner ... click the pic to learn more

Bella Blvd Giveaway



AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!! CHECK IT OUT AND ENTER TO WIN! CLICK THE PICTURE TO LEARN HOW TO ENTER.

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I have a kid on my lap and can’t type around her

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I’m short on time (what else is new)

I agreed with everything you said and didn’t want to just post “I agree!”

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What’s the #1 reason you don’t comment on blogs you read? Let me know!


Cont Reading......

Aug 18, 2009

I Want a new Blog Name

I am sick and tired of my Blog Name alterediva.blogspot.com.

I am thinking of changing it to something else... whatcha think??

Aug 14, 2009

Got a New Do



Going for Meg Ryan only brunette!!



Aug 1, 2009

Michaels Coupon

Heres a Michaels 40% Off coupon in pdf for my ART friends.... print the sheet off and check out 10 times....




Click the image for your pdf to download !! There are 10 coupons for you to go back and get more. Cannot be used in the same purchase go back later that day or go the next week. Expires August 8

Jun 26, 2009

Michael Jackson



June 25, 2009 – Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era. His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever. We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work. The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him.

He will be dearly missed.



Jun 24, 2009

Jon & Kate. . . Too Late?

FYI: I did not write this click the link below to read who wrote it and more:

To Jon and Kate. . . I don't regularly watch your show. I've seen bits and pieces as I channel surf, and sometimes I stop to watch just to see,
.........
I did, however, see the recent clip where you, Kate, lamented what's happening through your tears. According to my newspaper, so did ten million other people. You expressed confusion and said you didn't know what to do. I know you're smarter than that. . . you have to be. Here's what you need to do. . . and I believe you know it. . . pull the plug. Pull the plug and pull it now.

Read More....

Jun 23, 2009

Paper Imagery Designs Blog Roll Contest!



Minnie says HI! And you must enter to win!!! Minnie is Nan's pooch isn't she just so stinking cute. We are babysitting while Nan isn't feeling well. I love Minnie how could you not?


Have your name entered UP TO 6 TIMES!

Paper Imagery Designs is having a contest in honor of the Design Team for their wonderful work and to Thank it's loyal customers.
Stop by each of the designers blogs listed below for your chance to enter, leave a comment and a way to contact you. Without contact information you cannot be notified of your winnings.


Rules:
Here's how to play!
Contest ends July 3rd and winners will be announced in the PID Newsletter. If your not currently receiving our newsletter you may sign up here
There is more than one chance at winning!

First Contest
Leave a comment - Our Design Team has posted giveaways on their blog for you to enter and win a piece of their art. Leave a comment on their blog and contact info to be entered in their drawing.
Blog about it - Blog about the design teams giveaway on your blog or website and link back to PID and/or mention our contest. You must leave a second comment letting them know that you posted it on your blog with a link to you.

Second Contest sponsored by PID:
Place an order at www.paperimagerydesigns.com between now and July 3rd and have
your name entered more times using the chart below and win a huge prize package!

Spend up to $15.00 and have your name entered 1 time
Spend up to $25.00 and have your name entered 2 times
Spend up to $35.00 and have your name entered 3 times
Spend up to $45.00 and have your name entered 4 times
Spend OVER $55.00 and have your name entered 5 times

Prize Package from PID
$75.00 gift package from Paper Imagery Designs which includes collage sheets, German scraps, Ranger products, Original Art from the PID DT, Stamps, Tim Holtz Products and much much more!

Now have fun and let the blog roll begin!!

Blog Roll:
Angie's Art Full Life
Arlene's Altered By Me
Eileen's Art Saves Lives
Carla's Collage Cat
Melissa's Altered Imagination
Linda Cain Friends in Art
Paper Imagery Designs Blog

What is my prize.... I will be adding some art up later today!!

Jun 15, 2009

Busy Weekend - Can I take a break?

This weekend went by quick but also pooped me out. Friday my hubby went to get a new fish to replace the one that died the day before for my boy. He bought a 25 gallon tank and not one but two fish. Oy Vey! The boy decided he would give one to his lil sister how sweet! Late Saturday night Lil Sis fish died :( How sad! The boy thought it was sleeping until he saw daddy take it out, put it in a bag and in the FREEZER!!!! Yes I said Freezer! Yuk!

So now Sunday afternoon the Oldest (13) had a soccer game in Bradford PA and was starting goalie only let 1 goal in but DH said she rocked. I missed the game I stayed home one to package orders up from my sale and clean house. I check out the new fish tank with now one fish left and hes not doing so good... Ugh! 3 fish in one week.... Husband comes home and the fish is dead. Poor fishes, so here we go fish 2 in the freezer. How gross!

Jun 12, 2009

Yart Sale

On my Etsy Shop.... Figured My online art friends would appreciate handmade better my craft show was a flop :(

www.paperimagerydesigns.etsy.com

Free Shipping today watch for the refund!

Poor Garfield

Poor Lil Garfield died last night.. I was only trying to be a good mother by cleaning the cloudy water ... not too hot not too cold just the right temp but no one told me that you weren't supposed to clean the water from a fish tank!!!

About an hour later the oldest came around and saw Garfield at the bottom of the tank not looking too good and realized he had died. Poor fish he was a happy fish always swimming and swimming some more....

RIP Garfield
Jume 07 2009 - June 11 2009

Jun 11, 2009

Guess What I Got ?!

As you all know we just bought a new house... lots of work to do and so much time and energy. Ugh!!

Well today I knew it was coming but did not think this fast... today I recieved my BRAND NEW spanking shiny

Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 28-piece Stainless Cookware Set

Yes that's right!! My wonderful Grandma who lives in Vegas sent them to me they are HOT!! A wonderful NEW house warming gift! Now I can get rid of my old ones that are all scratched up and yukky and use my new Wolfgang Pots!













Whats a girl to do with so many pots and pans... Thanks Grandma Love YA!!! xoxox


Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 28-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set Includes:

  • 1 qt. saucepan with colander cover - measures approx. 5-1/4" in diameter x 13-3/8" (with handles) x 2-3/4"H
  • 2 qt. saucepan with colander cover - measures approx. 6-3/4" in diameter x 14"L (with handles) x 8"H
  • 4 qt. soup pot with lid - measures approx. 7-5/16" in diameter x 13"L (with handles) x 5"H
  • 8 qt. stockpot with lid - measures approx. 9-1/4" in diameter x 14-1/2"L (with handles) x 7"H
  • 8" omelet pan with lid - measures approx. 7-5/16" in diameter x 15-3/4"L (with handle) x 1-3/4"H
  • 10" omelet pan - measures approx. 9-1/2" in diameter x 17-3/8"L (with handles) x 1-15/16"H
  • 10" saute pan with lid - measures approx. 9-1/4" in diameter x 19-7/8"L (with handles) x 2-3/4"H
  • 11" casserole with lid - measures approx. 10-7/8" in diameter x 16-1/4"L (with handles) x 2-7/8"H
  • 2 mini nonskid prep bowls - measure approx. 2-3/4" in diameter x 1-1/2"H each
  • Solid spoon - measures approx. 12-1/8"L x 2-5/8"W
  • Slotted spoon - measures approx. 12-1/8"L x 2-5/8"W
  • Solid turner - measures approx. 12-1/8"L x 3-1/8"W
  • Fork - measures approx. 13-1/2"L x 1"W
  • Spice stand - measures approx. 11-3/8"L x 2-7/8"W x 2-3/4"H
  • 6 glass spice jars - measure approx. 2-1/8"L x 1-7/8"W x 4"H

Jun 8, 2009

A boy and his fish

Went to the Dairy Festival today to see all the totally rocking rides....

NOT!

There was only 2 rides for the oldest and about 6 crap rides for the boy and lil sis. Not fun but very expensive.

The boy and lil sis went on a few rides together ... lil sis screamed when each ride ended and daddy had to go in and take her out and pry her hands away. She did go fishing with the small fishing pools each one wins a prize. She was more excited about the shark she pulled out rather than the stuffed animal... like we need another stuffed animal.

The boy won a bunch also from throwing darts and tossing for a fish. We spent $5.00 for 35 balls and not one went into the fish bowl.. seeing how it was the last day of the festival he gave the boy one.

We named him Garfield.... they played together laughed together and he even sang his fish a song. How sweet!! Only one tap of food for Garfield each day otherwise he may get too big for his tiny cookie far I used to put him in.

Jun 7, 2009

Craft Show!

Well there was tons and tons of people there... the weather was AWESOME could not have had a better day. A little windy some tents blew over, a lot of my paper crafts blew away without damage. I was in a perfect location right on the sidewalk where pretty much everyone had to pass me to get to the rest of the show, there was about 30 booths....
It cost me $40.00 to have a booth. I spent 3 weeks making lots of goodies, everything from cute blank note cards, Xmas cards, Halloween cards, Gift Tags in every flavor. Cute handmade scrapbook embellishments, paper posies, large flowers, cupcakes. I made gift card holders which by surprise were a hit. I had handmade journals with chipboard and binded them all up. My collage sheets and some atcs to show art. My magazines lots of other scrapbook or ART embellishments from K&Company..... 3 long 8 foot tables full to the max... I ran out of space so had to keep some stuff in the boxes until I had more room. I Also had some coasters I made and some really cute magnets. I had so much stuff. Everything was labeled and tagged and had pretty ribbon and bows wrapped around it.. its about presentation if its looks cute and pretty its more appealing tot he eye to buy... RIGHT??
Craft Show started at 9 am it started out HOT I made $35.00 before noon and WAS so excited wow can I keep selling? Guess what? NOPE! Not one sale after that. It sucked so bad I was so embarrassed people walk by me and roll their eyes, ask what is this and I say its a handmade scrapbook embellishments (with a huge grin so proud of myself I made these cute flowers) they say O I can buy these at Joann's... WHAT? No these are handmade by ME much better than Joann's and such. No thanks! How can people be so rude. I had one woman walk INTO my booth and look around and say to her darling husband "O more junk" UGH! I cringed trying to hold back myself from slapping her!!! I had posters up about handmade items come from the heart and are made with love. A cute banner I made and printed about PID and my etsy.
I had the worse weekend of my life! I was embarrassed, depressed all day got SEVERE sun burn ended up being sick from it and its peeling already from Saturday. It was just awful.... some do not understand handmade items I guess they just wanted to buy the china made that others buy and resell for 3 times as much. It ended at 6 I Called my husband at 5 please come and get me, I cannot stay here any longer. He came and felt so bad for me I cried about it Yes I know lame but I spent so much time on my goodies everything was handmade by moi minus a few stamps and K&Company

Jun 3, 2009

Studios Summer issue now available

Studios Summer issue now available


Studios gives you all the great insight, advice, and inspiration you need to make the most of your studio space—whether you have a lot of space, or just a little. In the Summer issue, read about:

  • 15 Cool Art Excursions: popular artist getaways—from trips of a lifetime to treks down the road
  • 20 Summertime Studios: warm and sunny creative spaces
  • Cool products for taking your studio on the road
  • How artists move their art outside in the summer and how you can bring the outside in for extra inspiration

Plus design tips, projects, and more!

Enchanted Adornments (Pre-Order)

I SO WANT THIS BOOK!!!


Description

Enter the fantasy fairytale world of Green Girl Studios, where every charm has a story and each piece of jewelry is filled with magic.

Jewelry artist Cynthia Thornton combines her love of storytelling with a wide variety of innovative jewelry techniques in this book meant to teach unexpected ways to create unique pieces infused with personal meaning.

Presented in the style of an artist???s journal, the book includes watercolor illustrations and enchanting design sketches by the author and is richly infused with quotes, tips, and tricks.

* Discover the secrets behind new and innovative techniques for creating mixed-media jewelry with resin, PMC, polymer clay, wire, and more
* Learn Cynthia???s signature techniques for mold-making and stone setting, bead making with polymer clay and PMC, and creating your own custom jewelry components from resin pendants to PMC clasps
* All basic techniques are accompanied by step-by-step photography

Challenge yourself with creating the 20+ projects ranging from delightfully simple to exquisitely ornate. Along the way you???ll gain valuable insight into Cynthia???s design process for giving each piece of jewelry its own magic. Each project features its own fairytale introduction and project instructions are illustrated by Cynthia.
Table of Contents

Introduction ??? Finding inspiration and creating personal symbols

* Look Books and Inspiration Boards
* Documenting ideas in a Sketchbook

Basic Techniques

* Workspace setup and safety
* Wirework
* Polymer clay
* PMC
* Resin
* Chemicals and patinas
* Mold-making and basic sculpting

Projects

* Owl ojime with cabochon eyes on a wirework necklace
* Bracelet with nail-head studded beads
* Cabochon studded egg earrings
* Shrink film and polymer petal earrings
* Stamped charm and crystal necklace
* Vine necklace with drawn bead wires and crystals
* Bird-stamped earrings with crystals
* Bead caps wire-wrapped onto hollow glass beads filled with charms, stones, drawings and text
* Stamped crescent pendant with polymer beads and crystals
* Silver branch links, using texture plate and mica leaves
* Ring inset with beach glass
* Bezel pendant necklace embedded with wire spirals and secured with clay balls on chain
* Hollow pendant with watch crystal prong set, holding stones and crystals inside
* Wire-wrapped ring with dangles and bezel set with stone
* Flower corsage cuff using polymer, mica, wire and crystals
* Wing bracelet using wire and transparencies of wings coated in resin
* Resin pod necklace on chain using molds and dyes
* PMC bezels filled with powdered gesso and polymer mix with watercolor on top, encased in resin
* Sculpted and molded heart pendant poured in clear resin with text inside
* Keyhole locket with decorative bezel and painting encased in resin




Click here to PRE-ORDER now!

Get inspired with these easy tips

Get inspired with these easy tips

Ideas can come at any time, and in the strangest places. It’s true that sometimes inspiration can strike out of the blue, maybe one of those sleepless middle-of-the-night flashes of genius that, when you think about it again in the cold light of day, isn’t always quite as impressive or indeed entirely practical. Before you launch yourself into fabrics and threads, you need an idea with which to work.

Here are a few tips for getting inspired and making your dream quilt a reality.

  1. Take time to think. Sometimes the idea that gets things going is more important to the development of a quilt than the time that will be spent actually making it. Draw, paint, and make lists in a sketchbook. Make basic design decisions. Bounce ideas off a trusted friend. Sometimes just telling someone about an idea can clarify it in your mind.
  2. Choose a subject. Ideas can come from almost anywhere. Once you have trained your eyes to see beauty and inspiration in everyday objects and places, it will become second nature to spot their potential. Study a favorite precious object up close. Sometimes inspiration can be an event or experience rather than a single object.
  3. Explore your theme. Although processes and products are vital to the success of any quilt, ideas are also valuable. Consider researching and developing your idea as a journey of discovery and don’t worry too much about the outcome. Brainstorm through photos, sketches, collected images, and objects.
  4. Team up. The creative process is often a solitary activity, but you may find that interacting with others on projects is enjoyable. Join a quilt group and set group challenges where collaboration is the key.
  5. Set a goal. Sometimes having an external deadline can be fun. You may find that you are tackling something completely new and outside of your normal comfort zone, or find something that initially didn’t fire your enthusiasm turns out to be enjoyable.

Excerpted from "Finding Inspiration" by Linda and Laura Kemshall in The Quilting Arts Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating One-of-a-Kind Quilts by Patricia Bolton.

Jun 2, 2009

Craft Show

This weekend!!! My first ever so excited yet sooo nervous! Springville's Dairy/Ag Festival Got lots of goodies made.... I mean LOTS!! My little town has never seen what I do or probably never heard of it... I am not sure how they will react to me. They are labeling me as Scrapbooking UGH!! O Well!

May 6, 2009

House Renovations....

What a tedious yet Exciting task!!

DAY 1

DAY 16

May 2, 2009

I won!!

Check out this AWESOME giveaway I just won!!!

Apr 28, 2009

I'm Hooked!!!

I Welcome myself to the world of Socially-isolate-yourself-because-you-cant-put-down-Twilight-long-enough-to-bother-to-answer-a-yes-or-no-question!!!! LOL.

Feb 21, 2009

Fat Book Pages

At the yahoo group we did a fat book swap and the theme was Vintage Valentines and we had to use a technique. My technique is patterned papers, painted and distressed!! Here are the rest of my fat book pages that measure 4x4.

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Feb 12, 2009

OWOH WINNER!!!!

Congrats to Sherry of Got Art?
Sherry Goodloe said...

Ok, let's try this again . . .

Heidi Swapp masks that I don't already have!? Oh yes, please enter me in your OWOH giveaway!

Please stop by and enter my giveaway when you get a change as well. I'm #73 GOT ART?

Jan 20, 2009

Progress Is Beautiful… Change Has Come…

I just have to blog about today's inauguration… this has been an amazing day for sure!!!

The people the nation coming together as one… its amazing how one man can make this all happen. Even with all the controversy if that's the right word. I did vote for Obama and am proud that I did. I did not vote for him because he was a black man. I voted because I believe in his views and where he stands, I do believe he can fix us, us as a nation. It just so happens he was black man running for presidency. I am hoping he can help me with my children's future I do have 4 of them. The president signed three documents soon after his swearing in Tuesday.

I saw a girl on my local Buffalo news today that said if he can be president she can be a nurse!! She is a black young girl who thought she had no future until today. How her whole idea of life changed right before her eyes.

Buffalo has a high poverty rate and there are so many people with no future, no job no nothing. Today that all changed for them.

A practically homeless man managed to raise enough money from Buffalo collecting pop cans, and holding his cup for months to get on a bus to see Obama sworn in. He could not get in the lines were too long but he made it to DC and that's all that mattered to him. He does not care if he makes it back to Buffalo where he has nothing he believes that he made it this far and Obama made that happen for him he can do anything. Update on him he has a job interview with a garbage company in Washington this week. How about that??

This life changing experience has changed my whole view on things. Honestly I do not believe he won because of his skin color I believe he won biased on his views and what he has said and DONE thus far, which happened to be coming from a black man. That's all I have to say about that!

President Obama renewed his call for a massive plan to stimulate economic growth.

The United States chose "Hope Over Fear"! President Barack Obama!