Friday, March 27, 2015

What I've been working on...

My latest ATCs 
for artJOYstuff's March swap, "Fairy Garden"...

Twigs, moss and little flowers (and glitter, of course!)
added to the sweetest image of a baby fairy... 

I found this darling image in my clip art books 
to scan and use for signing the back...

My regular work has kept me busy.  
I've been doing more surface designs for tote bags, and
working ahead for the next holiday season.  
Here's a peek at a new chalkboard-style Christmas bag:

Sorry about all the copyright watermarks, but when these get reposted on Pinterest or elsewhere, I can't risk having them copied and printed by others.
Here's a peek at another chalkboard-style design for Halloween:

And a 'retro' Holiday design:

I have to re-paint the central figure on this one.  Her hands and packages look very weird.
And, finally, one more generic design for next Fall:

As usual, the buyer "loved" (I quote, skeptically) these, 
BUT the purchase orders still haven't been signed for these to go ahead and be printed. 
So I am on pins and needles hoping the orders go through.  
Not fun to put in hours and hours of work, on spec, with no guarantee 
that I'll see actual income from these.  
Fingers crossed!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Parisian Beauty Swap

The sweet "Parisian Beauty"swap mentioned in my last post brought me three delightful ATCs from other swappers.  And I received a 'party favor' as well, from swap host Kimberly!

 Kimberly sent along these very pretty earrings. I love them!  And they were so cleverly presented, strung on the tiny mannequin tag, mounted to vintage French text. I will feel tres chic when wearing them!

Three variations on the theme, from three talented crafters:
Left, from Kimberly, artJoystuff.   Middle, from Susanne Talbot (no blog).   Right, from Sherry, Creatology

Notice the paper I used in the background of these photos?  It is the beautiful handmade creation of Kathy from KathyInOzarks . I won several pieces of it in the Grow Your Blog drawing that she had recently. I can't wait to use it in a special project.  I love all the texture. Thanks again, Kathy.