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Newsies: TTM challenge

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Newsies: Monday's Child...

The challenge this week over at The Three Muses was Newspaper. Please stop by and see all of the entries, they will be bound to amaze you!

My piece started with a lovely stamp of a cherubic child’s face. I stamped the face several times on an article in the LA Times on health care, (fitting). I then cut and glued the faces onto a heavy stock paper, then this to cardboard. I painted the papers with acrylic paints, and matte Mod Podge. I added in the text and doodles with ink pens.

Monday’s Child is fair of face.
Tuesday’s Child is full of grace.
Wednesday’s Child is full of woe.
Thursday’s Child has far to go.
Friday’s Child is loving and giving.
Saturday’s Child has to work for its living.
Sunday’s Child is fair and wise and good and gay.
(I paraphrased the last line so that it would fit onto the paper!)

Have fun with what you do, make it count, and enjoy- Christen

And Bingo was his Name-O: TTM challenge

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The prompt over at The Three Muses was OH Man, and I chose a shortened version of the prompt. Billy AKA “Yukon Jack” and his trusty steed “Bingo were the BMOTB (Big Men on the Block), 100 proof, all boy and all horse!

My collage started with this lovely image of a happy little boy on a pony, I added in bingo paper, image of a ruler, image of text, art papers, acrylic paints, and some bits of paper from a bottle of whiskey.

This one is for my Hubby, cause he is 100 proof, OH My Man! Love C

Our House: TTM challenge

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Our house is a very very fine house, with two cats in the yard... from"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The prompt over at The Three Muses was architecture, and I thought of gingerbread houses and log cabins, and this song. I used a cardboard piece cut out in the shape of a house with cardboard flowers and gingerbread pieces that I bought at Michaels. I photo copied an old ruler, then glued this down to the cardboard in a log cabin pattern. I painted the flowers and gingerbread pieces with acrylic paints and ink pens.

This was a fun prompt, stop by and check out the other entries, there are so many creative people who participate!

Here is the rest of the song:

I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good
Such a cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
‘Cause of you
And our la,la,la, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la…..

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
‘Cause of you
And Our

I’ll light the fire
And you place the flowers in the jar
That you bought today….

Enjoy, Christen

Summer Sweet Scents: TTM Nature Challenge

Summer Sweet Scents

Summer Sweet Scents

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week: Nature. I chose a sweet little girl holding her puppy, and placed her in a field of butterflies, paper roses, shell buttons, and other treasures.

Great prompt, thanks again ladies for all the work that you do to keep these challenges, challenging!

Enjoy- Christen

Angel of My Heart: The Three Muses Challenge

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Angel of my Heart

Over at The Three Muses the challenge this week was to use an angel in your art. Here is my entry with a lovely little angel that I found at the thrift store. The true Angel of my heart is Gwen our daughter, who by the way gave me all the cards that I have used here in this collage.

Thanks for the great challenge ladies! Christen

Dream What May Come: The Three Muses Challenge

 

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Dream What May Come

The Three Muses challenge this week was all about dreams. We all have them, we all have nightmares and we all have trouble at some time or other getting to, staying, and returning to sleep. This is how a night may look in my head.

 

Enjoy- Christen

Long Ago and Faraway: The Three Muses

Long Ago and Far Away

Long Ago and Far Away

This is my (very late) entry for The Three Muses challenge this week which was “Long Ago and Far Away”. This is a pen and ink drawing from my imagination.

I think that I ponder on the challenges that I seem to have so many ideas for. I found a picture of the  Brighton Palace at the thrift store and wanted to use this in a digital piece, but I couldn’t figure out how to use a new program that we downloaded from the internet. So I adapted the plan and drew something instead.

Please take a look at the other entries, they are always so creative, and join if you haven’t! Christen

Through the Fairie’s Window: TTM Challenge

Through the Fairies Window

Through the Fairie's Window

The challenge this week over at The Three Muses was to use a window in your work. Please stop by and see the rest of the entries, they are always creative and wonderfully varied!

I started with a cardboard box from my face lotion which I had taken out the clear cellophane window. I gathered three greeting cards and cut, painted and cropped until I got the right length for each image. I glued these onto the box along with bits of vintage lace. I then added a clear glaze which crazed wonderfully (but I don’t think that it was supposed to!). The box is 6-1/2″ tall x 3-1/2″ wide x 1-3/8″ deep.

I added a vine of fabric leaves along the edges; a vintage celluloid pin of pink roses; vintage paper roses which are peaking out of the inside of the box and the top of the box; vintage painted glass leaves; mother of pearl butterfly charms; gold dragonfly charms; plastic fairy charms; a glass lady bug; and handmade flowers made from vintage ruffled ribbon.

Through the Fairie’s Window

Peering through the garden’s window
Amongst the roses and the garden vine,

I see you are already waiting there for me
Fairy fare dear friend of mine.

Who is looking through your window and asking you to play? Enjoy your day! Christen

Blue Jean Baby: TTM challenge

Blue Jean Baby

Blue Jean Baby

This week the challenge for The Three Muses was Pockets. I immediately thought of the song by Elton John, “Blue Jean Baby”. I grew up wanting to be that “ballerina, can’t you see her, tiny dancer in the sand, the seamstress for the band”.

In high school I embroidered jeans and work-shirts for friends and family. In fact the reason that I now wear a thimble while stitching is from being poked so much from working on the heavy jean fabric.

pocket1So here is my pocket, where is the pocket you say, well…ahem… I used the reverse of the pocket.

I really had meant to stitch right on the pocket, but when I took it off the jeans (so I wouldn’t have so many heavy layers to stitch through) I was left with this stunning reverse image of the pocket. So I just decided to work with this instead.

I appliqued a lace heart, and many hand made flowers into the heart vase. I added vintage and new beads into the centers of the flowers. I embroidered ribbon down the side edges using traditional embroidery stitches.

The little cat (made from an old quilt from 1880) was a gift that came along with an ebay purchase and the creators name is Marcia Marcantonio. Thank you Marcia, I think that your gift is quite at home here.

Happy stitching, love what you do, and enjoy! Christen

Moonshadows: TTM challenge

moonshadows

moonshadows

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week which is Moonstruck. I used the song by Cat Stevens as inspiration and many years of gazing up and greeting the man in the moon.

I drew, doodled and mused with five sizes of Sharpie and Prisma pens. What fun, I felt like I was back in high school. I think that I channeled the Grateful Dead poster artists, Peter Max and for that matter the entire groovy “60’s culture here.

Happy day, Moonies…Christen