Sunday, July 24, 2016


   The King has found his Queen.

                  Do you remember this lonely King? 
 If you saw my post on the King that I made with supplies from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, then you know that the King was a bit lost without a Queen.

The King has finally met his match in a Queen and she has officially been received into his Kingdom today.

As every Queen is, she is strong and keeps her cards close to her crown. She is the brick and mortar of the castle. 



For the foundation of the this Queen I used the Articulated Dress Form Art Doll in my stash from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and she looked like she could become a Queen so I got to work to make this King happy.

The face is from a collage sheet by Dina Pratt found over at Retro Cafe. I thought this face had the perfect attitude that only a Queen could carry off. I made her a paper crown just like the Kings and tucked in mini playing cards just where she likes to keep them...She is not one to show her hand.
She proudly wears a  necklace that says: "Just Received" so everyone will know the King is no longer available.

She was a wee bit shorter than her King so being a Queen she needed a pedestal anyway, so I glued her onto a wood block to give her more height and to allow her to stand tall with her King. To the block I added words that say "HIS" and a word scroll cut out that says: "BELOVED". 
  She is a fashionable artsy type Queen as you can tell by her leopard print sleeves and her one of a kind dress of many colors.

 I  also used the mini playing cards after adding a color wash and paper, to make a ruffle at the bottom of her dress.

 I think they make Queenly couple in the art world,
and the Queen's dress says it all.... "DREAM BIG... LIKE A QUEEN".

Thank you for welcoming in the Queen and to Retro Cafe Art Gallery for the most Royal suppies. I hope you are "Dreaming Big" a QUEEN!

Monday, July 18, 2016


It has been a wild week of playing cards in my studio. I finally completed one full deck of altered playing cards for The 2016 International Card Deck Swap hosted by Jessica Brogan on Face book. All those cards will be flying out this week and once she works her Magic, I will get back a full deck with 52 different cards by a variety of creative individuals doing what they love.


I also played with some images and collage sheets from Reto Cafe Art Gallery and I am very pleased how these playing cards turned out as well. Retro Cafe has a great variety of heads/faces  and awesome collage sheets that worked perfect for these cards.

I am now finishing up a second deck that I made for myself. I may trade a few, have some cards printed with them, and maybe frame a few for small gifts. They were great fun to make and I can't wait to see the cards I get back in return. This is my type of card game, wild and fun, high energy, and no one loses!

Thanks for stopping by ~ I wish you a happy creative week and maybe some card games in your future! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


It's time again. I have missed a few Wednesday's life, work, vacation and now I am happy to get back to my insane schedule. I am currently working a two decks of cards for The International Card Deck Swap Group with Jessica Brogan on Face Book.

This is the second time I have participated and looking forward to it once again. You complete one deck of cards anyway you like and add quotes to them, along with any images, stamping or other ways you want to decorate your cards. 

They can all the same if you like since they are all going to different people. Jessica will sort all the cards and send you back a deck with 52 different cards made by a variety of artists from around the globe. I decided to do an additional deck for myself and I am doing each card differently. This is what I have done so far and have layers and images to go. I will be very busy this weekend completing this deck to have it ready to mail off next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Check out the Stamping Ground over at Julia's to see what other crafty people have on their desk today! 
 Thanks for stopping in today and Happy Creating!

Friday, July 8, 2016


Whether it's Love or Cards, it's never a good thing when you can't find your Queen.

    I had a blast making this Manikin Male Art Doll Kit. You can find this kit and many more Art Doll Kits over at Retro Cafe.

It's funny what inspires you to create something. I was inspired to make this lonely King by the little bity miniature playing cards - the ones used here in the King's hat.

There is a place on the back to hang him on the wall or he also stands up nicely against a wall or anything that he can lean on with a little support.

 Don't be fooled by the size of this doll next to the larger playing cards. The bigger playing cards you see next to him are actually Big Jumbo Playing cards that I purchased at my local dollar store and quite bit larger than regular cards. This Manikin Male Art Doll stands 16" tall from his toes to the top of his crown.

 How did I make this Cutie?  I started by choosing a base color and first applying white gesso. After it was dry, I painted all the pieces back and front with the red acrylic paint color I chose.
  Next I picked out faces from my stash,and found this face from One Crab Apple on Etsy. I used bits and scraps of some of her images on the body as well as cut out letters from Crowabout Studio to make words that say: "To Myself Be True", those are good words to live by and a good sign of a King don't you think?
 I created his hat from paper scraps in my paper collections and added the mini playing cards. Then I began adding paper to his body to design his clothing. The face I used is bigger than the dolls actual head, so I added a stiff cardboard backing to the head image for stability. Then I glued the hat to the head and set it aside.

  After I was finished with the collage on the body, I took some blue paint that coordinated with the other colors and added some contrast to the edges of the doll, and around the feet and hands. I stamped the word "Create" on his leg and added a little heart.

 Next I began work on the little shrine box that goes inside the center of the doll. After assembling the box with E6000 clear glue, I added a card image inside the box and washi tape to the sides and then added some contrasting paint color.

  The next step was to put the arms and legs on with the brads that are included and attach the box into the slots of the body of the doll from the backside. I added a touch of clear glue to the slots and edges of the box and then popped it into place and let dry.

 The last thing I do is to clean my hands (which are always messy with paint) and glue on the face and hat to the head so that no paint gets on the face as I am securing it to the doll.

 Finishing touches included adding some little heart and star bits to the front of the box which also covers up the slots.
And there you go, it's that easy and fun to do. The great thing about these dolls are that they just keep taking different paths as you are making them. I always marvel at the end result because it is usually much different than when I started.

Will you make some mistakes? Of course, but nothing that will keep your doll from being wonderful and it will just add some spark to your doll's personality. I am a huge fan of embracing imperfections.  

 I bet you can't see the mistake I made! (I got so busy and distracted working on the bottom front of the doll adding scraps of paper,washi tape and letters that I covered up the two little holes where you place the brads to attach the top part of the legs.(Just under the words - Be True.  Oops!  No worries, I just glued on the top of the legs to the back side and still added my brads to the bottom part of the legs. So my King can still dance a jig, he just won't be doing the splits! :)

 Now that you have seen my King, I am hoping you will be inspired to will visit Retro Cafe Art Gallery and make my lonely King a QUEEN!

                                KINGLY SUPPLIES USED

Papers from my personal stash
Words-Crowabout Studio
Face - Art Tea Life/Etsy
E6000 Clear Glue
Red and Blue Acrylic Paint
Washi Tape
Letter Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


 Welcome to my July Post for Retro Cafe Art Gallery, it's all about Tea, Dreams and Time Out.
Afternoon Tea is not a priority that I have placed in my life, it requires more scheduling and time that I already feel disappears minute by minute each day. I am by nature more of a coffee drinker than tea, although I do admire the quality quiet time that comes with the ritual of afternoon tea. There seems to be a rite of passage when you set aside time for tea.

  When it comes to tea, I am a dyed in the wool iced tea porch drinking Southern, and whether you drink tea hot or cold, there is definitely more to afternoon tea than what's on the serving tray.

Afternoon Tea, Where Dreams become Possibilities

Let us throw our tea bags into the Sea
And fetch some Dreams for you and me
And we shall sit and sup and dream, and wonder why
We ever dared to think we should not try
Come sit with me and drink some tea, and
talk of possibilities.
by Kim Collister

Since the label on her cup says: "Lucky Pearl", I thought it was only fitting that she  was holding a Pearl. I am sure she found it in her Tea Bag as she was Dream Catching.

How I made this Tea Cup Fairy

Tea Cup Fairy Kit From Retro Cafe Art Gallery
She stands 7" tall

I lay out all my pieces and dust off any residue.

If I am painting and not covering with paper, I gesso the pieces using white gesso.

I chose a face from my personal stash. This face was larger than the face on the body so I glued it to a thin cardboard and cut around it, making it more durable. Retro Cafe has a variety of faces that fit these kits perfectly.

I painted the arms and stamped them with a word script rubber stamp and set aside. 

I used a stencil on the tea cup on top of my  base color and let dry and then used a black gel pen to go around the design, also adding some dots of green paint. After the dots were dry, I added a gold dot from my Gold Pearl Pen. I let the cup dry and then went around the edges with some gold paint using my fingers.On the body I only painted the parts of the teacup on the body that would show since I would be gluing the teacup piece above onto the body. 

I added paper to the body using a map design from one of the ATC collage sheets from Retro Art Gallery.

I knew I wanted to incorporate a tea bag with this tea cup,so I went with a side view face that I had in my personal stash. I placed the right upper arm on top of the body with the included brads and the left upper arm behind the body which gave it just the look I was hoping for.

Before gluing on the top tea cup piece, I put the tea bag string on the front body and placed the tea cup piece over it with the tea "tag" hanging over the cup. After attaching the arms, I draped the tea bag over the arm. I put a dab of Inka Gold – Gold/Brown on the top of the brads so they weren’t a shiny silver.

The tea bag was made by first emptying all the "dry" tea and spraying a wet paper towel with Tim Holtz Dylusions spray inks, and then blotting the tea bag onto the wet paper towel where I wanted to add a little color to the tea bag and the tag. I let it dry and then glued on shells and used a black gel pen to write on the bag and finished it with some Fairy Sparkles.

On the bottom stand or saucer for the cup, I added two colors of blue blending them, edged the rim with Gold Rush Art Alchemy Paint, added some Art Ingredients Micro Beads, and some shell paper cuts.

For the Butterfly Wings, I used a blue acrylic paint and blended with Prima Art Alchemy Emerald Green. Then I took my black gel pen and added some enhancements.

After all the pieces were painted and papered and I felt comfortable with how they looked, I began assembling the pieces together using a clear strong glue. The last thing I glue on is the face and then when everything is dry, I glue the entire piece onto the stand.

Lastly, I added finishing touches around the edges where needed and I painted the back side a solid brown just to cover up my messiness back there. I added a shell and the word DREAM at the base.

There are many, many possibilities with this Teacup Fairy and there are different versions available! 
What a wonderful way to remind a friend that you are Dreaming and thinking of them when you are taking some time out and enjoying afternoon Tea!


Fairy Sparkles -on tea bag

Dylusions Spray Inks

Acrylic Paint

Tea Bag- any kind

Stazon Ink Pad – Timber brown

Word script Rubber Stamp (used with arms)
Small Pearl
Face-from my personal stash
Faces for this kit + 
There is a large variety of faces/heads and sizes