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 2014 Week 3!

Today is June 24th. That means that in order to be caught up with my ICADs, I must have a total of 24 completed by the end of this post!

Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Day 16 found me using an index card on which I had randomly swiped extra paint off my brush….

A Symphony in Lime and Grape Day 16

A Symphony in Lime and Grape Day 16

Day 17 was a washi tape day!

Measure Twice, Cut Once? Day 17

Measure Twice, Cut Once? Day 17

On Day 18, I played with leftover canvas scraps and punched circles.

Playing With Shapes Day 18

Playing With Shapes Day 18

Day 19 similarly used canvas scraps and punched circles to a different effect.

Polka Dot Bounce Day 19

Polka Dot Bounce Day 19

On Day 20, I used a previously collaged scrap and added a cut-out.

Shadow of a Girl Day 20

Shadow of a Girl Day 20

Day 21 found me playing with circular ink pads… I truly can’t escape circles for long!

Whorls Away Day 21

Whorls Away Day 21

On Day 22, I was again playing with canvas scraps and punched circles.

Shades of Black and White Day 22

Shades of Black and White Day 22

On Day 23, I had some fun with blue gingham!

Bouncing Blue Gingham Dream Day 23

Bouncing Blue Gingham Dream Day 23

Say what?! Day 24? Yepperoonies! I did it!

Day 24 was a combination of ink and punched circles.

Plaid 'N Simple Day 24

Plaid ‘N Simple Day 24

Next week might find me lagging once again, but for now, I am caught up!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD 2014 Week 2!

Weekend get-aways really have a way of thwarting one’s efforts to stick to the challenge. The second week found me already lagging behind. I took any opportunity I could to catch-up, even going so far as to delay my Monday post ’til Tuesday.

A Cigar Band Sampler

A Cigar Band Sampler

Day 9 was a cigar band collage. I worried, needlessly, that I may not have collected enough to cover my 4×6 card. I really liked the way it turned out.

Big Pharma

Big Pharma

‘Big Pharma’ was a collage of prescription label bits and some medical security envelope print. Not my best work, but the point was to poke fun of the prescription drug industry.

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

The ‘Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin’ card was strictly for fun. I combined coordinated bits of this and that to give it a vintage feel and yet keep to the S&H Green Stamp colors.

Liars' Club

Liars’ Club

‘Liars’ Club’ began with an old newspaper clipping and grew to include tape, a stamped image and vintage advertisements layered on a 4×6 index divider.

Scrap Work

Scrap Work

‘Scrap Work’ was a fun way to use up bits of paper I’d found scattered on my table top.

Security Flowers

Security Flowers

Experimenting with security envelope print as an art supply gave life to ‘Security Flowers.’

It's Black & White

It’s Black & White

The work with security envelope print continued in ‘It’s Black & White.’

That brings me through Day 15. I’m still down by two days and hope to be fully caught up by next Monday’s ICAD post. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

First Weekly ICAD Update

The first week’s ICAD catch-up is always a full post. This time around, there are eight pieces to bring us up to date.

Day one was a hodge-podge. I began with the 4×6 index card, stitching and gluing scraps to it until I liked what I saw. It’s pretty enough to be a mini journal cover, don’t you think?


My second ICAD was a little simpler. I worked with a piece of Tim Holtz packaging and a scrap of Christy Tomlinson paper for my background. I was inspired by the baby blue. The message really spoke to me.


Day three found me stitching a piece of painted canvas to my index card and stitching and stamping and gluing my way to a garden themed piece. The book paper leaves were cut from the first page of an old copy of The Secret Garden. I think I might use this one as my Whimsical Garden Card Exchange piece.

Whimsical Garden ICAD2014

Beach Glass Delight was created by gluing scraps, magazine bits, packaging bits and punched circles to my card.

Beach Glass Delight

Calypsos Dream was a simple piece. Torn card stock was first glued to a black index card and the circles punched from an envelope lining were added atop. I like the movement of this piece.

Calypsos Dream

Rustic Nature was also created on a black index card using a scrap of paper, a piece of an old book spine, a found rusty circle, a slice from a champagne cork and a circle punched from a scrap of sandpaper. I really liked the look.


In need of a easy piece for Day 7, I reached for a card on which I had already inked a background. I stuck three chip board circles onto it and began doodling. This was the result.


It seems like black is calling to me in much the same way that orange did last month. This next piece was also created on a black index card. It had a more playful tone than my previous black pieces.


Thanks for checking in on my ICAD progress. Our next update will come on Monday, June 16th!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD 2014 Has Begun!

Life’s a Circus!

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

Circus Tent ICAD June 13, 2013

There’s been so much happening these days that I ALMOST (only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, right?) missed the start of ICAD 2014!

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

Worthy ICAD June 6, 2013

When the hits started coming in for my previous ICAD posts, I could hardly believe my eyes. At first, I was slightly confused. Then I panicked! Where did the time go? In March, I couldn’t believe June 1st was so far off and willed it to hurry up and get here!

Well! Now that I’ve got that all out of my system…

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Mellow Yellow ICAD July 19, 2013

Tammy Garcia over at is inviting everyone to participate her Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) Challenge 2014.

Children's Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Children’s Insurance ICAD June 14, 2013

Once again, I’ve taken the plunge. I strongly encourage you to do the same, if the idea appeals to you even the tiniest bit!

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

Blue Flow ICAD July 17, 2013

The challenge is simple. Working on index cards (either 3×5 or 4×6) you create a small piece of art each day, for 61 days. You can jump in at any time! The point isn’t to stress, it’s to create daily. You liked one card and hated the other? Fine. Everything you make won’t be a masterpiece. In fact, the point is the creative expression and trial and error which are often messy and experimental. Be open to whatever comes and  I promise you will walk away with something amazing at the end of the challenge.

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Treasure Map ICAD June 9, 2013

Last year, I started out strong, intending to post my ICAD progress weekly. Two weeks in, my laptop died, but I kept creating. By July 31st, I was so used to to the ICAD rhythm, that I didn’t want to stop. I kept on making them daily… until life got in the way.

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Vibrant Woodsong ICAD July 20, 2013

Weekly posts of this year’s ICADs will begin on Monday. Sprinkled throughout this post are scans of my ICADs from 2013.

One Heart's Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

One Heart’s Flight ICAD July 22, 2013

Although I kept all of my ICADs, I am now ready to let go of most of them. I will be using them as mail art since I worked in the 4×6 size. There are so many options for these miniature works of art. Some of the images herein were used to create professionally printed postcards and note cards over the winter. I am sure you’ll have no shortage of ideas for yours!

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Sunshine on My Shoulder ICAD June 10, 2013

Jump in and get started! Use what you have. Simply let go and have fun creating!

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!

In the Mail: Postcards from Moo!

As much as I love to stretch a buck, I also love to get maximum performance from each piece of art I create. Scans of everything I make help to ensure multiple appearances.

This time around, scans were used to create these postcards at The clock piece was mail art sent to a friend some time ago. The bird was one of the icads I designed last summer for the icad challenge at

Moo postcards

My order arrived over the weekend. It was my first experience using moo. Impressed by the quality of the product I received, I found the paper heavy and the finish glossy. It more than suits my purposes for the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap. Learn more about the swap here:

My Valentines came in this order too, but they’re top secret!

If you’d like to try your hand at creating postcards from your artwork or photography use this link to head on over to moo and save 10% off your first order.

As always, I would enjoy hearing what you think and seeing what you create.

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!

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!