Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day (for the USA) and It's Been A Long Time But I've Not Been Loafing!

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I couldn't believe it when I saw how long it has been since I last posted. No reason for it either. Time just slips away so fast. Life really is an E-ticket at times isn't it ?!

I have continued my obsession with all things metal. These are a group of ATC's that are being sent out to my friends at Arts In The Cards.   Each month brings more and more fun with this group and I am so grateful to be a part of it!  I find that having a theme is an excellent motivator for me - I have never worked too well this way but I am beginning to really enjoy the challenge of making something that fits the need! Swapping regularly has also really given me some great ideas for the future.

These cards began as a piece of black foil that was burnished over a piece of alligator glass (it was one of my favorite types of glass when I was doing stained glass and fusing so I still have some). I burned off some of the color over the stove which altered the black somewhat and removed the black in some places. Next I added some color where I thought it was needed. The butterflies were punched from either paper, metal or etal - as were the 'moons'. The theme for this month was a 'favorite quote' - most of my favorites are a bit longer and I wanted something smaller - the one I chose has always been a favorite and it worked well size wise
The black dragonfly on the card on the right is is an
example of the black metal that the card backgrounds were at first.

This next batch of cards using some of my favorite, oft chosen, images are for another swap that I am horrendously late in sending out. I had fun yesterday in getting caught up. All of the cards on this page have been sent out into the world today and are on their way to their new homes. I have only three more ATC cards (for another swap) left to finish and send out tomorrow. ALL CAUGHT UP! Phew what a great feeling that can be.
I have signed up for some wonderful classed from one of my favorite journal artists - L.K. Ludwig. Author of, among many books, my favorites. "True Vision" and Creative Wildfire". She has a great - really big - sale going on now for her classes and I had been wanting to sign up for some time. Now that I am almost caught up I can begin working my way through the classes (I chose 5 to begin with).

My next surgery - a two level fusion will be on either October 19th or November 2nd. I have to choose and let them know tomorrow. I'm looking forward to having it over and done with and to feeling good all the time!  Happy Labor Day To All - hope it is labor-less - or if it includes labor - labor only of the fun sort !


Jeannie said...

I have missed you! Your ATCs are lovely! I have a deep fondness for dragonflies. I also am a huge fan of L.K.'s. Her books are fantastic. Have a great week!

Sandy said...

More nice ATC's. It will be good for you to get the surgery behind you.

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