Thursday, August 19, 2010

Working hard. . .

but sadly not so much time for art! But I can share a few things with you, the little moments I can steal to get things done! I've been spending most of my time at my school, making things for my classroom, and getting things ready for September. Not art, but still creative!

But I have been keeping up with my swaps for the Yahoo group I belong to called Art For The Creative Mind. This group really keeps me on my toes!

First up, my Asian Book. We were supposed to use file cards which have a tab, and the theme was "Asian". Well my favorite Asian theme is Japan, so I did a Kimono based Asian book which now lives in Lake Whanapitae deep in Ontario (it almost didn't get there, I liked it so much I almost made a new one to send away, but there was no time!) I know it's in a good home!

I put smushed bottle caps on the tabs, and painted all the pages black. 
I love red and black together! I used theMizuhiki
Japanese cord to tie the pages together. The bird on the front came from 
a package of Japanese stationary!

  These are the first 2 pages. I have a kimono on the right side of each page and
things I felt reflected the kimono on the left. The word stamps 
I think are all Stampin' Up and maybe the coins too.

The images on this page, and the previous page came from a pack of Japanese
playing cards I picked up at a garage sale years ago.

The image on this page came from a set of postcards my dad gave me many years ago.
All of the kimono images came from Dover as free samples.

Back cover, I love this samurai stamp but rarely get to use it!
The "Hand stamped" is also from Stampin' up.

Next up we have Black and White Tags. This was a fun swap - I love B&W! I first saw these tags on Marnie's blog, and hoped they were coming to me - and they were!

I'm using the first one as my new fav bookmark, and the second one hangs in a place of honor on my fridge!

I made two tags as well, and they are now living in sunny Florida!

Well, I think I'll stop here, even though I have a few more things to show you. Maybe I'll post again tomorrow!