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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Latte Anyone?

Latte Anyone?, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

My daughter Amanda and I, along with my sister-in-law and nephew went to a local ceramic studio called Crankpots during my vacation. Ever since this local business opened, I have wanted to go their and paint some ceramics. These are the latte cups that Amanda and I made. (Amanda's is the one with the hearts)

I hope this will become a traditional event with us, it was so fun! I would like to do some Christmas cookie plates next...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lady in Green Altered Dominoes

Years ago, I created an altered talisman for a friend to carry with her during her chemotherapy treatments. She liked having something with inspiring images to hold in her hand and fiddle with while she sat in the hospital.

From that evolved these Altered Domino Talismans. These pieces are meant to be even more of tactile experience than a visual one. For those of us with restless fingers, these are perfect!

These 2 use a favourite vintage image, of a lady in green.

Another Altered Domino

Another Altered Domino, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

Here is another altered domino talisman...

Fairy House

Fairy House, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A visit to the thrift shop found the perfect item to become a fairy house.

Saturday Treasures

estate sale treasures, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

These are some costume jewelery treasures that I found at an estate sale during my garage sale adventure yesterday. I love to look for vintage type costume jewelery (or really costume jewelery of ANY kind) that I can use in my altered art. Usually I go looking for any broken pieces that I can pull apart, but at this sale I found some lovely things that I can use in their entirety.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quiet Lady

Quiet Lady, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

This ATC was created using an image from a magazine, gesso, and a rubber stamp. It is not available for trade, as my daughter has claimed it as her own.

Monday, August 17, 2009


wrapped, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For Illustration Friday.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Inch By Inch Challenge: Trees

These are the inchies that I made for the Inchy by Inch Challenge: Trees. I had forgotten how much fun it was to make these little pieces of art! I plan on doing more... I think that these will end up as magnets eventually...

juice lid magnet

juice lid magnet, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

An altered juice lid. I added some collage elements and illustration to it, and made it into a magnet for my fridge!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Flower Power ATC

Flower Power, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

For the Think Monday-Think ATC Challenge...My beloved Copic Markers, and a little glitter pen on top!

Monday, August 10, 2009

floral lady

floral lady, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

An altered magazine photo. I made the flowers out of various paper, etc. The tie-dyed flowers are actually baby wipes coloured with watercolour paint. (Another technique from Bernie's wonderful book - see below!)

This will eventually become a page in an art journal.

Face ATC's

Face ATC's, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

These ATC's were created using a technique from Bernie Berlin's book, ARTIST TRADING CARD WORKSHOP. They are actually altered images from fashion magazines!

Sunday, August 09, 2009


bluebird, originally uploaded by sapphire252.


dreamer, originally uploaded by sapphire252.

A collage that I made with a favourite vintage image, and some garage sale finds.