"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

For the Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge #18

The challenge at the Order of the Opus Gluei was to somehow involve music in your card. I found this vintage sheet music image, "Lucky Lindy." This is a song I have known since I was young. I know all of the words!

The card (center) has a transparency overlay. The picture on the left is the sheet music (with a wonderful pic of Lindbergh I added). The words to the right are on the transparency. These are the words to that wonderful song. If you want to hear it performed as it was originally sung at the time of Lindy's historical flight, go here. Unforgettable.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mondrian 1 through 9

These 9 cards were made for the August Meetup. Our theme this month was to use any method that includes heat to create the cards.
These cards were made by fusing plastic bags together. (See post below with link to Jenxo's marvelous tutorial). The fused bags were painted with acrylic paint, and I used copper colored stained glass tape and silver furnace tape to edge the cards.
The cards remind me of paintings by Mondrian.


Saturday, July 25, 2009




This card was made from fused plastic bags. I'm talking about the kind of plastic bags you get at the grocery store, and everywhere.
Check out the marvelous tutorial by Jenxo - who has really mastered this technique!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My entry for this week's Crowabout

Every Saturday a collage sheet is posted on Flicker. Our mission is to make a collage using those elements. You don't have to use all of them, and you can add anything you like.

To the left is the collage sheet I started with.
Below is my submission. You really have to click to enlarge this to see all of the crazy details.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Moon Beauty - with Bread Dough ornament

I threw together a quick ATC to show the moon guy I made with bread dough. Painted him with a gold marker. In person, he looks very antiqey!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Here's my first tutorial!
Hope you enjoy!
Bread Dough Clay Tutorial

by Jeanie Callaghan

This versatile clay does not need to be baked – it air dries.
The non-toxic dough keeps in the refrigerator for a long time


4 tbs. PVA glue (like Elmers – but not school glue. I use Allene’s Tacky Glue, gold bottle.)
4 slices white bread, no crusts
4 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. face cream that comes in a jar (cold cream is the best)
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. white acrylic paint (I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics White Pearl paint, for a pearly finish.

Food coloring or Tempera paint for coloring dough (optional)

Mix all together in a bowl until the clay begins to stick together.

Knead dough ball on a board as you would bread dough. Humidity may affect the amount of ingredients needed. I live in Georgia, where it's very humid, so you may need to adjust the amount of the ingredients.

If dough is too sticky, add another slice of bread and knead. If still too sticky, knead the mass into a teaspoon of cornstarch. Repeat until dough is smooth.

If dough is too dry, add one teaspoon glue, and knead. If still too sticky, add 1 tsp. white acrylic paint. Repeat steps until dough is smooth.

If you want to color the dough, divide it up into separate smaller bowls and knead the color in until you have the color you want.

Place dough in ziplok bags. Press air out before closing. Or, you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator. Use this just as you would modeling clay, or polymer clay – except you don’t have to bake it! Shape it as desired. Let dry. This may take a day or so, depending upon the size of the item you made. I let pieces dry on a cookie cooling rack and use a small fan to hasten the drying process.

I like to use the dough in its original, white state. This allows you to paint your finished items any way you like. Don’t paint until the item is thoroughly dry. Thinned water color is not recommended. I use the same type of acrylic paint that was used to make the dough.


Christmas Ornament Cut dough with cookie cutters, cut a small hole in top. Paint and embellish after drying.

Flowers Pinch off small amounts of dough and shape into petals. Wrap petals around each other until you have a rose, or other flower.

Make beads Be sure to poke a hole before drying.

Make embellishments for ATC Cards.

Roll dough thin and use to cover an ATC Card.

Press dough with rubber stamps.

Use non-flexible or flexible molds used for polymer clay to make shapes before drying. Dust a bit of cornstarch into your molds and then dump it out before pressing clay firmly into molds. If you see cornstarch on the unmolded item, use a small wet brush to remove it.

Embed things into the clay before drying Be sure to seal with a decoupage product, or acrylic sealer after clay is completely dry.

Hope you have fun!
Made with a Sculpey flexible mold.

Lady LaPlume

July Meetup - Atlanta ATC Group

Yesterday, I attended my first meeting of the Atlanta ATC Meetup group. I had a wonderful time! The meeting was at Millie's house. Millie is a Stampin Up representative. For the craft portion of the meeting, we went to her studio and had a ball playing with spray inks, stamps, and all of the myriad of artistic playthings she has. I created these four cards using Stampin Up stamps and the glittery spray technique we learned.

Before that, we all traded our cards with the theme Summertime. Eleven people attended and the swap was so much fun! It was interesting to see how many different types of techniques and talents were represented by the cards created by our group! I came away from the meeting with lots of new ideas, and inspiration to continue learning.


Yellow Flowers

I think it might be fun to combine beading with my cards.

Flowery Web

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 9 Mojo Challenge

I just discovered the Mojo Challenge today - and the July entries are due no later than tomorrow! Each week Mojo prints an arrangement and your challenge is to use that arrangement to create a card. This is only the second card I've ever made.