Gift Guide – Leather Cuffs


I just got through making a new batch of leather cuffs this week.  These are fun to make because each one is a unique work of art. I use a lot of re-purposed materials in these which makes each one a challenge to put together!


First I cut the straps out of salvage leather or old belts.  Once in awhile I use a purchased cuff blank as well.  They get snaps put on and the plainest ones get a paint job with my Angelus Leather Paints.


Then I embellish with treasures from my stash.


Eventually I end up with a pile of lovely cuffs that head off to various stores and shows.

At only $15, these make a great affordable and unique gift for both guys and gals. My cuffs can currently be found at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, City Arts Boutique, and Arlington Market.

Gifting Guide – ATC Card Kit

A year ago I introduced my 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit!  I have sold oodles of them since then, mostly as gifts, or as an experience to be shared.  As the holiday season approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about some of my most popular gift items.

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Artist trading cards (ATCs) are little bite sized pieces of art that are quick and fun to create, trade, and collect.  They make a perfect project for the new artist and the experienced one as well.

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I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base.  I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards.  For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project.  They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in.  So many options for using these!

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  • Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
  • Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
  • The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
  • A cute little bottle of adhesive (may vary from the photo) for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
  • The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
  • An unmounted rubber stamp
  • The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
  • The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top

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I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards.  I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits.  This will really speed up your own creating!

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These would be a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2017!  I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!), quote, or bit of art to a card each week.  By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year!  Other ideas….

  • Gratitude cards – have each guest make one, or a few, as a Thanksgiving activity
  • Christmas ornaments – simply punch a hole at the top to hang from the tree!
  • Scripture cards
  • Gift tags
  • weekly art journal cards
  • Valentines
  • ????

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If you are in the Wichita area, these kits can be purchased at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  To make an online purchase, visit my etsy shop.

“Play” Digital File

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I love using digital download sheets.  They make such an easy starting place, or the perfect little something to finish up a page easy peasy!  I have chosen some bits and pieces out of my own art journal to share with you on this page of play themed collage elements.




If you like playful and whimsical, here are a couple of November workshops you may enjoy…





Someone asked recently about how my faces were coming and I realized I haven’t posted any faces for awhile… so here are some of the recent ones.  These are all quick works from my sketchbook, mainly working on proportions and not worrying too much about finish work.  It is amazing how just the slightest wrong size or placement makes the whole face look “off”!  It is also fun how easily a face can be given a whimsical look just by the size of the eyes, or the emotion can be changed with just a shift of eyebrows.  Faces are so fascinating!

This one with my new art snacks Zig Clean Color brown water soluble pen and Tombow markers… the portrait set is great for skin tones!


And another with just the brown and a gold Pentel water soluble pen My favorite about this face is the doodles in the hair.  Going to have to do more of those!


This one is all doodly and with some fun color…but the ear is in the totally wrong place and ruins the whole face!  I do still like the hair doodles and the pops of color though!


This one is done with one of my favorite face making tools.. the Stabilo pencil.


This one is similar, but with some blue Stabilo pencil mixed in. I dislike this shape of eye, and the eyes seem tooo far apart even for a whimsical face.  The only part of this face I like is the area from the bottom of her nose to the top of her upper lip!  But that is what this is all about, finding the little details that I like and will do again, and what I don’t like and will avoid!


This face is a lift the flap with a sad or upset expression underneath.  The face is painted with my new Watercolor Confections paint set in Decadent Pies, which I think is a great skin tone set.


And there is also a batch of what I call my Jane Davenport faces!  All are done in pen and ink and watercolor, playing with different ways of mixing skin tones by mixing a primary color with it’s compliment (opposite on the color wheel).

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Which face is your favorite?

As you can see, my faces are far from perfect, or even complete!  But the important thing is practice, practice, practice!


October Art Parts Boho Style


Each month I put together a different pack of fun papers and trims and embellishments, and artsy fun stuff ready for some creative making.  This month’s pack is based on a bohemian theme, and I had a lot of fun putting it together.


It contains hand painted as well as patterned papers, tissue paper, colorful napkins, a coloring greeting card with my own boho girl artwork, and another coloring page with feathers.  You can also see some colorful paper shreds that have all kinds of fun possibilities.


Look at all of these lovely papers yours was chosen from!


Each pack will have an assortment of trims and baubles as well.


You can also see there is a little sampler of some washi tape all handy and ready to use!


It is all packed up in a reusable cello bag handy for on the go creating.  Remember to send me photos of what you do with your pack and I will post them here on my blog!!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For those of you who have already subscribed, be watching for your pack to arrive in the mail soon!  For those of you who haven’t subscribed, or who would just like to purchase this month’s pack (shipping is free!) or any of the past packs, visit my etsy shop!






As you may know, last month I introduced my new monthly ART PARTS which can be purchased by the individual month, or by a money saving subscription for the whole year.  Each month has a different theme for all of the fun goodies included in the pack of papers, ephemera, cut outs, coloring pages, and mixed media fun bits of this or that.  The July pack theme was Summer Fun and Fin with sunshine, fish, sand, a variety of blue and coral papers, even a seashell.  Fun stuff.  But the August WANDERLUST pack is even bigger and better!

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There are maps, vintage postcards, die cuts, a cut out of my favorite little turquoise suitcase, a travel related advertisement from a 1940s National Geographic, pages of foreign languages, a vintage slide, a coloring page, a key…. so much fun all in one pack.  This one is definitely going on vacation with me!

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Be watching for what I will make with my pack, and send me photos of what you make with yours so I can post it here!


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I am beyond excited to be introducing my new supply kits which I have dubbed “Mixed Media Art Parts”.  I will have a new collection to reveal just before the beginning of each month.  I was so excited that I am hopping in a little early with the July pack, “Summer Fun and Fin”.

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I am digging deep into my personal stash of creative delights!  These packs will be full of colorful papers, bits of fabric or trim, die cuts, vintage items, and dimensional treasures.   The July collection focuses on water, sunshine, and fish with pretty blues, yellows and coral papers. They even have a little seashell and a bit of sand! This month includes one of my coloring pages printed on 5 x 7 card stock ready for markers or paints.  It all comes packaged in a reusable cello bag to keep everything gathered and tidy.  To kick things off, this month also comes with a bonus jpeg digital collage sheet that you can print and use over and over again.

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These packs are a great value for the money, especially when I add FREE domestic shipping!  You can save even more by opting for the 12 month subscription, a $180 value for only $150.  That is like getting two whole packs for FREE!  That way you just have the fun surprise of getting a fun package in the mail each month!  Supplies are limited, first come first serve!

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To add even more fun, I will be posting about ways to use the elements in your pack, and I would absolutely love it if you would email me ( an image of your creations using items from this pack and I will happily post them here with your name, and whatever link you would like to include.  They would be great material for art journals, scrapbooks, card making, or artwork. I already know some of mine is headed for my smash book.  This would be a great way to spur that creativity you keep meaning to nurture!

So, I will be back in July to show how I am using my art parts!