Two creative cards…

I had a play-day this weekend and created two fun cards.  The first is a pop-up birthday card with presents.  Very easy to make, and it really “stands out!”  The second was a thinking-of-you card for my mother.  They really turned out nice…

Valentines Day: Paper Fortune Cookies and Take-Out Box

This Valentines Day I made a special treat for my husband: a handmade Chinese take-out box filled with paper fortune cookies each with a special message. I made the fortune cookies with a variety of gold and red decorative papers and placed four in the take-out box, plus one on top. A wide gold ribbon, chop-sticks and a large red …

Featured Artist: Vanessa Valencia

I spent a relaxing day at the book store with a friend today, chatting while pouring over art books and magazines. It’s good for the soul to have a regular dose of art, friendship and inspiration. One of the gems I stumbled upon in a Somerset Studios magazine was the artwork of Vanessa Valencia (at left). She makes the most …

Letter K Inchies set

New Artwork: One-inch square ‘inchies’

I’ve just finished 26 letter “k” inchies for an alphabet swap.  Each inchie is a one-inch square piece of art.  The outer shell has a cut-out “K” window to give a glimpse at the pull-out art piece inside. See more photos in the Swaps Gallery, or jump directly to the first image in this set.

Featured Artist: Wanda Hibbs

Wanda Hibbs is an artist in Austin, Texas who paints primarily in oils and has a passion for color.  At left is one of her most recent paintings, a portrait of a couple’s beloved pet dog. Below are two commissioned oil portraits, “Youngest Daughter” and “Oldest Daughter.”  All three are in private collections.