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Do you sew? I am attempting to make my first apron with out a pattern. I am totally winging it. I'm actually going to make a couple and one will be a mixed media style one and one a more traditional apron. Have you ever made an apron?
I had a chance the other day to make a couple of Artist Trading Cards.
I had the urge to create something so bad. I didn't want to mess around with finding the perfect supplies or images so I rummaged through the stuff laying around on my work table and made these two atc's with what I had on hand.
The second one is my favorite! I really love the way this one turned out.
Yesterday I dyed some fabric, lace and trim with some lemon balm leaves and stems that I needed to trim. I didn't want it to go to waste. Last year I dyed some other fabric and was really happy with the way it turned out. Sorry no pictures of the dyed fabric right now. If I get a chance I will take a few and then compare the two batches of fabrics. Last year I used the new growth on the plant and I really think that fabric dyed a darker color.
I forgot how much I enjoy dying fabric with natural dyes. I think I may try to use some leaves off an orange tree to see if that will impart a decent dye.
Wow it is hard to believe that the holidays are over and January has come and gone already. The month has flown by. I wonder if this new year will fly by as fast as the first month.
I am sorry I have been neglecting my blog. It's not that haven't been being arty but I just don't seem to have the time to post much lately.
As soon as the Christmas decorations were packed away I started working on a new project. I decided I was tired of the cold winter temps and couldn't wait for spring so I started making a mini Birds & Butterflies book. I have finished all the pages. 12 in total of various sizes. Some just tiny little tag like pages like the one above. I'm proud of the fact that I actually finished it. 12 pages with both sides arted up means I actually created 24 book pages. I have a bad habit of biting off more then I can chew and not finishing big projects.
Now as I was working on the book I planned to use eyelets and a book ring to bind the book together. But I am having a problem finding black or copper colored eyelets here in the crafts stores. What is up with that? Used to be they would carry tons of different colored and different sized eyelets. Now all I can find is small packages with multi colored eyelets. And we're not talking pretty colors either. Green, yellow and red? Come one people. And yes I could find them online but the shipping would be more then the eyelets.
I guess I will have to wait to bind my little book until I find some eyelets in a color that goes with my pages. I hear a Hobby Lobby is opening up in town. I hope I don't have to wait that long.
Have you all had a chance to stop by the Daily Window Bags website and check out the awesome bags? Did you see how great they look with an awesome piece of designer art in the window? I am sure if you did stop by you probably would love to have one of those bags for yourself. And what better way to get your hands on one them then to win one?
Who might be interested in this challenge?
Well if you are a mixed media, altered art, art journaling, art quilt, collage artist, card maker or scrapbooker this challenge is perfect for you. I bet you probably have lots of art work that you have already created that will be perfect for this challenge! And even if you don't have something already made I am sure you can whip something up in no time.
I told you a bit about the Daily Window Designer Challenge the other day. Now I am going to tell you how easy it is to win one of those awesome bags for yourself or as a gift for someone special in your life.
Daily Window is looking for some fresh new art work to add to their I Love To Inspire Card site. That's where you come in. Members of the I Love To Inspire website can create a personalized card that will fit into the window slot of a Daily Window Bag then print it out and personalize their bag.
The artwork that wins in this challenge will be featured in the I Love To Inspire Artists Gallery, on the Daily Window website and the Daily Window blog. What a great way to get exposure for your art work!
Here is what you need to do.
Submit a background piece of art that measures 5 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches, scan it at 100 dpi and email it along with your contact information and website or blog address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners will be selected by the staff of Daily Window.
Submissions will be accepted until November 26th, 2010
Winner will be notified and announced on November 30th
Do you need an example of art work?
Here is a background piece of my art that will be listed in the Artists Gallery soon.
For more indepth details read below.
Daily Window Designer Challenge
“Using art to personalize your Daily Window Bags”
Deadline November 25th
Winners Announced November 30th
Prizes will be mailed within 4 business days
First Place Winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a Daily Window Bag
Five Runners up with receive a Daily Window Bag of their own.
Submit a piece of your own newly created art for this challenge or any previously created back ground art that measures 5 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches. Be sure to leave a journaling space on your background –no words or statements please. Previously published art will also be accepted.
Winner’s artwork will be featured in the “artist gallery” at www.ilovetoinspire.com where visitors to the site will be able to create their own one of a kind personalized and printable cards.
Winning artwork will also be featured at the Daily Window Blog at: http://dailywindow.wordpress.com/ Artist’s names and websites will be credited to any artwork that is featured if that information is provided to us.
All submissions will be the property of Daily Window Products and will not be returned to you
COPYWRITE INFO: Daily Window will copywrite all artwork that is featured in the “artists gallery” under DailyWindow. Use will be restricted to Daily Window customers on the I LOVE TO INSPIRE site who have registered under the websites rules. Questions: email email@example.com or call 541-432-0714
HOW TO ENTER:
Email a scanned jpeg image of a mixed media background measuring 5 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line should read Daily Window Designer Challenge . Scanned image file size must be at least 100 dpi.
THEMES: There are no theme requirements for this contest. You may submit any style background that you wish. Any background artwork suitable as a card background will be accepted.
Suggested styles of artwork to be submitted but not limited to: Mixed Media, Collage, Art Quilt and Art Journal Pages.
Disclosure: Daily Window will be sending me some of their product/products for hosting this challenge on my blog. I have not been paid for this blog post or any other blog posts about the Designer Challenge. All opinions are my own.
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