Monday, August 31, 2009


I had every intention of kissing my daughter goodnight and heading to the art room to make my ATC for Think Monday . . . Think ATC, but I just sat at my art desk and couldn't get inspired. I think I am just adjusting to the new routine of my daughter's school and now swim lessons. I'm hoping that tomorrow brings a new day & new inspiration:)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Art Journal Page

This is another art journal page. I tried a new transfer image technique and have fallen in love with it. Its transferring the image with gel medium. Below the art journal page, is my latest project, altering a suitcase. The suitcase will hold my art journals. Loving spending so much time in the art room!

Credits: Time stamp from Stampin Up & stickers from various scrapbooking companies.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friendship Book Entry

My friend and I send travel journals back and forth to help us stay in touch. One of her entries had all the words about her on one side and a designed page for me to enter all the words that describe me. This is a fun exercise. Give it a try, write down all the words that describe you.

Credits: Travel Girl Image from creative imaginations stickers.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Collage Canvas Friday

I've decided to stop "Wish Friday" and instead I plan to create a canvas collage every Friday. I wasn't thrilled with the results of this one (this was the 3rd or 4th version later), but I'm hoping that each week I will see an improvement!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Seeking Color in My Travels"

I have been having so much fun creating ATCs. I plan to buy a smaller journal book next time because I am really enjoying the little collage surfaces lately. Sometimes I look at my art journal & I think do I have the time to create a collage, but with an ATC I just jump in.

Credits: Girl image from Artchix studio collage sheet & coin from Karen Foster metals.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Garden of Lights

In my photo pile, I noticed this picture from Santa Fe with the star lights hanging in a shop window. I decided to cut out the star lights from the window and create a garden of lights.

Credits: Woman Image from Artchix Studio collage sheet.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Art Journal Page

just day dreaming . . .

Credits: Wings by doodle genie & female image from artchix studio collage sheet.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Dreaming of Chocolate" ATC

The theme for Think Monday . . . Think ATC is desserts. My favorite dessert always includes chocolate!

Credits: Female image from artchix studio collage sheet.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Art Journal Page

I was experimenting with different background textures in my art journal today. When I lifted the plastic wrap (once the paint was dry) the outline looked like wings. It looked really cool, so I just went with it.

About the feelings attached to days. I never thought to ask her why she doesn't attach feelings to days. I was worried about my perspective because it shows that I don't embrace each and every day (however I really enjoy Friday, Saturday & Sunday:) I plan to work on waking up in the morning and celebrating every day, even Mondays!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I said to someone yesterday, "Aren't you glad its Friday?" She said, "I don't have any particular feelings attached to days". Is it wrong to have feelings attached to days? When I wake up on a Monday, I feel ill. When I wake up on a Friday, I feel elated! When I wake up on Saturday, I am smiling. When I wake up on Sunday, I feel peaceful . . . . You probably get the point. Do you have certain feelings attached to days? Please make me feel better about this:)

Credits: Letter stickers by cosmo cricket.

Friday, August 21, 2009

"Wish Friday"

Have you ever wished to have knowledge of what your pet is thinking? That's my wish today. I think my dog is just patiently (& not so patiently sometimes) waiting for these words, "Walk, dog park, & go for a ride". Ahhh, if only my needs and desires were that simple :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Art Journal Page

Another journal page. My mother bought these photo hinges and I love the idea of covering up my writing with hinging an image on top. The hinge is from making memories company.

Credits: Journal stamp by diffusion & face stamp by hampton arts.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I laughed out loud when I saw this license plate, 1 Grouch. This is me before I have my coffee in the morning:)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunflower found

I haven't seen a sunflower since I moved to the desert. I entered a funky, eclectic store and the shop lady said, "Don't forget to check out the patio area around the back". There were all kinds of different art sculptures in the back area, but when I spotted a sunflower I felt overjoyed. My daughter said to me, "Mom there is art all around and you are taking a picture of a sunflower". The sunflower was art to me.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Breaking Free ATC

I wasn't sure that I would have time to make an ATC for Think Monday. . . Think ATC, so I decided to post an ATC that I made this weekend. I got frustrated halfway through making it, so I began to poke holes in the card. Then I couldn't get a string through the holes, so I decided to just cut an opening. I never thought of cutting the ATC into strips before. Now I have way too many ideas & not enough time:)

Credits: Artchix Studio Woman Image & Butterfly image from collage sheet (company unknown).

Sunday, August 16, 2009


“An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture, whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else: the possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows.” author unknown

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Journal Page

I read a book by Holly Kennedy titled, "The Silver Compass". In this book, was a passage from Winnie the Pooh (click on journal page to read). I actually have this passage written in the front of my daily work planner. When my confidence is wavering, I read this passage to remind myself that I can complete any task that I am assigned.

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Wish Friday"

I asked my daughter, "If you had one wish, what would it be?" She said, "To have more wishes". I love the way kids think!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tomorrow. . .

. . . . is only a day away! Waiting anxiously for Friday & the weekend to begin.

Credits: Image from Artchix Studio, wing stamp by inkadinkado, and remember stamp by 7gypsies.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Colored in Pink

I love the color pink, hence my email address (alteredpink). It reminds me of cotton candy, overflowing bubble baths, and little girls dreams of becoming princesses. Sometimes I hesitate to tell someone my favorite color is pink, since it represents being "girly girl". Oh well, is there anything really wrong with embracing our feminine side? Tough girls wear pink:)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Altered Domino Book

This is an altered domino book that I created for a swap. It's just a folded accordion book attached to dominoes (drilled hole in dominoes and strung together with the black/white ribbon). This was a fun project. Dominoes are easy to alter with Tim Holtz's alcohol inks.

Credits: Woman Image from ArtChix Studio and eye stamp is by Hampton Arts.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Artist Trading Cards

I kept thinking about the TMTA theme today, however feeling low on energy & studying for a work project caused me to forgo this week's challenge. I decided to post some old ATCs that I created. The images are from ArtchixStudio collage sheets.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


dreaming of changes and doors opening

Credits: Images from Artchix Studio & Dream Stamp by Vap! Scrap

Saturday, August 8, 2009


This is a photo from my daughter's past. I love that huge smile. I hope that she is always able to enjoy life's simple pleasures.

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Wish Friday"

I asked my husband today, "If you could have one wish, what would you wish for?" He said, "To have zero worries". What's your wish today?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Orange Obsession

I watched an episode of an interior designing show where the woman had an obsession with the color orange. It reminded me of orange pages that I completed for a chunky, color theme book. Orange reminds me of joy. What does orange make you think of?

Credits: Image and the Word Joyous from Zettiology photo sheet. The memories stamp is by 7 gypsies and the clock stamp is by Stampin Up.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

captured in time

My daughter at the beach.

Credits: Large Butterfly Stamp by Inkadinkado, Inc. & small butterfly stamp from Stampin Up. The clock and captured in time from sticker sheet (company unknown).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

from the past

One thing that I love about creating photo books and/or visual art journals, is going through them after time has passed. I found this old, mini photo book that I created several years ago. It was fun to just look through my past thoughts and pictures. I encourage you today not to give up on your scrapbooking, art projects, or photography because someday it will be treasured by you and/or your family (yes, this is what I tell myself when I have no inspiration or projects are becoming the good, bad & most of all the ugly:)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Think Monday . . . . Think ATC

The theme for this week's TMTA challenge was friendship. I worked so late that I thought I wouldn't have time to create an ATC. I decided to just try to finish one and I ended up making two:)

Credits: Photo altered on, crown stamp from, make me smile sticker from daisyd's stickersheet, and the women stamps are from Stampendous!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Journal Page

I was reading art magazines in Barnes & Noble's cafe when I came across this quote in a magazine, "Nothing Endures But Change" by Heraclitus. I love this quote, it reminds me that there is hope. Everything is temporary. At this stage in my life, I am glad that this is true.

Directions/Credits: Painted background and used bubble wrap to cover areas of the paint. Then I added two of my pictures and used 7 gypsies calendar card to frame my picture. Then, I stamped with my favorite time stamp from Stampin Up.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

for my daughter

anxiously awaiting your return home . . . . .