Mini Glue Book Round Robin 2014

If you’ve visited my studio page ( on facebook, you might have seen that I am participating in a round robin collaborative affair, sponsored by Melodee Isaacs over at The Studio- a thriving artist community (

All participants created “glue books” from tiny composition books. The books are being kept in the Zetti-style of collage, originally created by Teesha Moore (

This is the front cover shot of the book I created for this event.

A Bird's Eye View

The title of the book is meant to be the theme as well. Each artist who receives the book will create two pages or a two-page spread in the Zetti-style, based on the theme. I am very excited to see what they come up with.

Meanwhile, I have received the first book to head my way. It was created by Julia Jae. I am using her photos of the book, as I felt they were better than any I could offer.


Circle of Life (contributor page) Julia Jae

Circus of Life (inside back cover)  Julia Jae

Circle of Life (back cover) Julia Jae

Julia’s Circus of Life theme appealed to me in so many ways. Having seen photos before the book arrived, I’d already begun creating in my mind’s eye. I knew, right away, that I would use my circus tent design from ICAD 2013 in some way.

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

This is where I find that scans of my artwork come in handy. All I had to do was print and cut.

Scan, Print, Cut

My vision of what I would create had changed several times by the time the book arrived. I realized that the size of the tent was much larger than I would require and it was back to the printer to reformat so that I could get four smaller prints from one 4×6 index card.

I cut them out and began stacking them, creating a gown of sorts and this is what transpired.

Circus Tent Gown

Many of my preconceived ideas tend to fall apart as I try to bring them to life. Fortunately, this one actually cooperated and I am pleased with the end result.

Make the Most of What You've Got!

It’s just about time to send Circus of Life on its way….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!







ICAD to Valentine

Last year, while participating in the ICAD (Index Card A Day) challenge, I came up with the following piece…

One Heart's Flight

I began with a 4×6 scrap of cardboard and layered it up with paint and ink. Details were added using scraps of paper and metal wings which had been saved from a broken angel bookmark in years gone by. In the end, it was a simple piece, but it made me happy whenever I looked at it.

Recently, when I placed a postcard order with, I allowed for twenty copies of One’s Heart’s Flight to be printed as Valentines. If you’d like to try their services, you can find a 10% discount through this link:

In years past, I had created unique Valentines by hand, often with hand-stitched details. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but in the end, I was not disappointed.

Despite being unsure as to whether I would use them this year, a time crunch dictated the necessity. I was glad to have them on hand and hope my friends will be happy to receive them.

Wishing all of my readers and followers all the love their hearts can hold!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD Follow-up!

The prompts for ICAD 2013 have been so inspiring that I have taken them in order. I’ve also decided to use all eight prompts each week, which has me off by a day. I must confess, last weekend was unproductive in the ICAD department, leaving me scrambling to catch up in time for the weekly Wednesday ICAD update.

Week 2 ICAD Sampler

The first of seven ICADs this week, Worthy, is one of my absolute faves. The prompt was crown. Glimmer Mist provided the background color. Bird was cut from a scrap of printed paper, tinted with chalk ink. Crown was an embellishment from Theresa Collins, made glorious with a gold sharpie and other assorted colors. The “nest” was a fun piece cut from a previously used envelope. Rub-ons and dot stamp added texture and depth to the background. Stick-on gems added just the right amount of bling!


I love the way bright colors seem to POP! off a black background. That’s what I had in mind when I created this Paisley Sampler with my ZigWriters and gel pens.

Paisley Sampler

The Calligraphy Sampler was done on a 4 x 6 graph printed card with both regular and calligraphic ZigWriters. (The bottom portion of the image did not scan for some reason.)

Calligraphy Sampler

Treasure Map was a response to the map prompt. Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads directly on the card for the base color and edging. Came in with ZigWriters and a gold Sharpie to add details.

Treasure Map

The sun prompt gave me, Sunshine on My Shoulder. I love the bright feel of this piece. I began by using a found object as a stencil for the sun. I put in the yellow rays with a ZigWriter and  then re-positioned the stencil between the yellow ones, to add orange rays. The sun’s center was done with Pan Pastels. The sky and tree were done with ZigWriters. House was collaged from scraps, highlighted with a brown Staz-on ink pad. Clouds were added with a white gel pen.

Sunshine on My Shoulder

As someone pointed out earlier, this piece has a Sark feel to it. List of favorites was the prompt, but I tweaked it to List of Favorite Things About Making Art. Using the rainbow ZigWriter palette, I let those things spiral off the page.

Favorite Things About Making Art


The final ICAD for today may not be finished. I haven’t decided yet. I began by creating a “wall” using a brick patterned stamp and brown Staz-on ink. Color was added with Pan Pastel. Sky color is a combination of ink layers beginning with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Once fixative was applied and the card was dry, I went in with gel pens to add the vines and flowers, inspired by the ivy prompt.

Vines on the Wall

That concludes this week’s ICAD update. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!


Create Your Own Fabric!

A friend and mail art cohort, Angie Cope, introduced me to a great website! At you can turn your artwork into fabric, or gift wrap, or wallpaper, or decals! You can understand my immediate fascination with the idea, can’t you?

I uploaded a couple of the ICADs I’d created this week with fabulous results! Rainbow Zebra used a mirror image repeat: and Textured Dots can be found here: You have to click over to see the results.

Those designs began with these ICADs:


Textured Dots

The templates are easy to use. You can share your designs publicly so that others can order them. Swatches (8 x 8 inches) are a mere $5 and yardage is reasonably priced for custom designs. Shipping is low. (I paid $1 to have a swatch and a fat quarter shipped.) Why not give it a whirl? The worst that can happen is that you don’t like what you see and then it’s back to the drawing board. Literally.

Let us know what you think, or share your fabric designs in the comments!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

I Think ICAD! I Think ICAD! I Think ICAD!

First Five ICADs

It’s Day 5 of the ICAD 2013 challenge over at Daisy Yellow: I am happy to say that I have completed a 4 x 6 index card for each of these first five days. That having been said, it might become tough to keep up the pace as summer moves in, bringing with it all manner of fun things to distract me!

The weekly themes and prompts Tammy Garcia created for this challenge are simple and fun! Check out the Week 1 prompts here:

Day 1 found me taking a very literal translation of both the weekly theme and the daily prompt. Using ZigWriters, I doodled the zebra stripes before filling them in with the colors of the rainbow. (Roy G. Biv, baby! Nothing makes me happier than a rainbow of color!) I count myself among others that appreciate the movement in RAINBOW ZEBRA:


The Day 2 prompt was Candy Land. A good tool for teaching colors, matching, counting and turn taking, I think everyone must’ve played the game as a child! On a graph lined card, CANDYLAND CARD PATTERN simply reflects my love of the card combinations:


Faux stitching was the prompt for Day 3. I began this piece by sponging hot pink acrylic paint over a plain white card. Next, I masked off a stencil and sprayed it with Tattered Angels Caribbean Blue Glimmer Mist. When it was completely dry, I doodled in some stitching with a purple ZigWriter. Some rub-on stitches were also applied. EMBROIDERED FLORAL was a fun piece to create!

Embroidered Floral

More than a year ago, I bought a roll of textured wallpaper at a yard sale. Day 4 gave me the opportunity to finally break into it! I happily tore a piece from the roll and glued it to a 4 x 6 card. Acrylic paint was applied with a brayer in layers of red, black and white. Circles in two sizes were “stamped on” with caps dipped in black and white paint. Dots were cut from a scrap of black that had been sponged over with white and glued in place. To finish, a black ZigWriter helped to highlight some of the textured ridges. A dramatic splash, TEXTURED DOTS reminds me of artwork one might hang over a sofa in a black and white, ultra modern living room:

Textured Dots

The Day 5 prompt was recycle or re-purpose. Regular readers of this blog know that I have no problem re-purposing and recycling bits of this and that in my artwork. This piece began with a 4 x 6 card from the backing of a k and company scrap book embellishment. The soft green of the packaging provided a perfect base. To that, I added three randomly placed circles, cut from an old greeting card. From there, I doodled with a gold Sharpie until three blooms emerged. ZigWriters and a white Sharpie paint pen filled in the color and details. DoOdLe FLoWeRs are a favorite relaxing pastime.

DoOdLe FLoWeRs

If you are participating in ICAD 2013, feel free to link your blog posts about it in the comments below.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Say Yes! to ICAD 2013!

Do yourself a favor and say YES! to the Index-Card-A-Day 2013 challenge. I did!

Tammy Garcia, over at Daisy Yellow, began this challenge in 2011 as tool to help jump start the creative juices. The premise is simple: Using a stack of 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 index cards, create one card a day beginning June 1st. (If you are reading this and want to participate, but think you’ve missed the boat, don’t worry. You can jump in at ANY time!) Tammy offers all manner of creative prompts to help you along the way. Details can be found here: Be sure to join the facebook group: to share your ICADs with other participating artists. ICADs can also be shared through the flickr group:

Index Cards

My size of choice is 4 x 6, allowing me to use my cards as mail art if I want. I like to work on either plain cards or graph ruled cards. For me, the choice depends on whether I want structure or not. Lined cards rarely appeal to me. I think that’s because I use them for other things like note taking, outlining and organizing ideas.

The ICAD challenge allows for the trial of new mediums and techniques in a size that isn’t intimidating. It encourages creativity while providing structure which is especially helpful to those who may wish to have a creative outlet, but don’t have a great deal of time on their hands. Another thing I like about the challenge is that it’s easily made portable. It takes little effort to stick some cards and pencils, pens, etc. in your bag, leaving you free to create on your lunch break, while commuting, or waiting for an appointment.

This is a no pressure activity designed to get you creating! Let me know if you’ll be participating in the comment section below, so I can be sure to look for your work. If you’re interested in following my progress with the ICAD challenge, I will publish a weekly ICAD blog post on Wednesdays throughout June and July.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!