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Sunday, October 31, 2010


It's here,  yes it is!  The night when all the neighbourhood children knock on your door and demand candy.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!  Life is good, yes?
 A few months back, I was wondering what on earth I would do to celebrate Halloween, since my kid no longer lives here and I don't really know any littles ones..then I started making Halloween Art.
And this season has been a blast, because of that.  Well, actually seeing what others have made has been as much if not more fun than making my own.
HOWEVER, I am left with all of these little creations that will (I thought) probably end up in a box somewhere...
SO, I made a little book where they can live.
So now I'll say Adieu to Halloween...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dia de los Muertos

Soartful challenges has given us a link to learn all about the Day of the Dead.  (That's English for Dia de los Muertos)  I checked it out and it's pretty interesting. You might want to too. When we were in Mexico, there were lots of skull-ish items, but I never really asked about it. Belly-button gazing, I suppose.  Or maybe checking out those cute Spanish guys... Hey, here's a memory for you-when my daughter and I were in Playa del Carma (or something like that) there was this guy on the street and out of the blue, he asked me what the scar on my neck was.  I told him it was a bullet wound.  (jerk)  ANYWAYS...this is the image we got to play with this week:
It's SO cool.  I'm going to have to make some other stuff with it.
But in the interim, here is my interpretation:


One More Sleep

Little bird/bat girl by Lisa's Altered Art
But you knew that.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Art Creation Friday Challenge #93

93 is such a great number, don't you think?  And this is a great image, don'tcha think?
It's what we were given over at Art Creations Friday.
I don't even remember how I found these lovely folks, but I'm so glad I did. 
They always have the bestest images!
If I were a Mucha lady, I would dance, just like her.  Above the city, in the sky.
and I still like the number 93.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday Fill In #197

1. While the cat's away_ I don't have to buy cat food.
2. I think having time to myself is_ fabuloso!
3. Children _will play with the mice while the cats away
4.  _The mice will probably have them surrounded_ when I get home from work or shopping or what have you.
5. This may seem odd, but _I think mice are kind cute_.
6. _I would like to quit my job_ and that seems like a fine idea to me!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _maybe going to see friends_, tomorrow my plans include _driving south to take my girl out to lunch to celebrate her birthday_ and Sunday, I want to _go to a sweat lodge_!
See lots more FFI's here

Extreme Masking!

You should REALLY get Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities book.  REALLY.  It is SO cool.
And if you do get it, or if you are lucky enough to already have it, you should go to Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 and participate in her Compendium of Curiosities Challenge.
Just say'n.
(The only items I can actually identify on this tag are the Concord,
Mustard and Peeled Paint distress Inks I used. Every other treasure is from my stash. I wish I kept packaging, but I'm not good that way.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Autumn Colours

Does anyone remember the NBC Peacock?
(If you don't, you're too young to be  up this late.)
Well, I do.
Kimmie over at Digital Whisper has given us the brilliant panorama of autumn's celebration this week:

Last week that luscious rose and now this-you have to admit, she has the BEST images!
It looks pretty peaceful, eh?
THEN, I thought of the peacock.

Plan to be in front of your TV Thursday at 7:00
(8:00 MST)
You won't want to miss this!
And when you're done watching, why doncha go visit
Digital Whisper  to see lots more interpretations?

Addition to Original Post:  A couple of people have complimented me on the zetti birds I used on my collage and I cannot take credit for them.  (I should have put the credits on here)  The birds are by Nancy Baumiller of Crowabout Studios.  You can see and purchase her work at Deviant Scrap.
I hope you'll forgive me and I'll try to be better about this in future!

Wordless Wednesday

See more Wordless Wednesdays here

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Have a Cuppa

Challenge #...wait, let me go look...#77 at The Order of the Opus Gluei is to make something along the lines of a "Have a Cuppa" theme.  And I'm doubly excited because I get to use baby blue for my font, and it's not a Halloween Colour.  Let's think about that though.  Just imagine, if bats were baby blue and witches wore pink.  Black cats would become furry white persians (hey, have you ever wondered why you don't often see psychotic black DOGS in Halloween parap-paraph-that's hard to spell-paraphenalia?) and all the gravestones in the graveyards would be jewel tones.  Jewel tones.  I just like saying that.  Say it with me.  Jew-el tones. Isn't that nice?
and cauldrons.  Caudrons would be made of Swarovsky (again, a hard word to spell) crystal.  Brooms would have long flowing, vrant, soft fibers instead of pokey old straw.  And the ubiquitous skeleton?  Well, she or he would have a stylist of course. Duh.
But I digress.

Here's the point of this, my most recent tangent:
All of the tiny little inchies that I had cut out one evening while watching TV are what inspired this.
You can find them at Lisa's Altered Art
Now I just have to find someone who is my cup of tea to give it to.  lol

I'm not done yet!

Last year, I was the lucky recipient of  a sweet little Halloween albumette made by one of the Poobahs over at The Order of the Opus Gluei.  Very cool

I would like to show you and Jana what I've done with it:

Remember this, Jana?

Do I need to show over to orange type now?
,Jana, it in now a home for my Halloween Inchies!   And there are two other lucky recipients who also have one of your awesome little albumettes for their inchies.  How cool is that?
I'll bet you never knew when you put that little treaasure into an envelope and mailed it to Canada, how famous it would become.
Didn't Cha!

Monday, October 25, 2010

OK, on my last post

I tricked you and DID NOT scare you at the window.
Scared yet?
(click on it to be really scared.)

Have you ever looked up and seen a face at your window?

HAH!  You thought I was going to show you something scary, didn't you?  HAH!

Photo Trip

We wanted to take some appropriately "Halloween"
photos on our trip to Waterton Park not too long ago.
This is what we got.
(don't tell the tourists)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Did you read?

There was a headline in the newspaper the other day: 
The Indestructible McDonald's Burger
No word of a lie.  the article stated that a New York woman who purchased a McDonald's Happy Meal six months ago says the uneaten burger and fries are in as good shape as they were the day she bought them....
...Mcdonald's declined an interview request.
(I don't make this stuff up, I just pass it on.)

Still on the spider theme

funny dog pictures-Of all teh vets in town, YOU had to pick Doctor Moreau!
see more dog and puppy pictures

Getting ready...

You may click on the picture to make it bigger.  If it doesn't work, come on over to my house and you can see it in real life.
Soartful Challenges has given us this lovely image of a key to work with.  a key with which to work.  I went ta school, ya know!

What can you do with a key?  About a gazillion different things, of course.
I didn't do a gazillion different things, just the key to my (or your) heart stuck with me and that was my inspiration.

Please visit Soartful challenges.
Yu have a whole week to create something with this key.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Are you sick of Halloween stuff yet?  Not me, I'm still givin 'er.
And so are they over at Dezinaworld
I hope you go see.
A person can never have too much Halloween you know.

This is somewhat irreverent, there are those who will say

I got barred from the Two Peas Message Board, because I did a challenge putting someone in a burlesque outfit. At least I THINK that's why. I thought it was tasteful. It was burlesque, not pole-dancing. Good Grief. The thing was, they did not remove my entry and say, Electra, that was not appropriate, please do not do that again. and I would not have done that again.  But they didn't do that.  Nope, just booted me off.  I never have been let back in and no one has has the presence of mind to tell me why they did it. I've just drawn my own conclusions. I was very surprised and offended by it all.  That's me, offended, not offensive.  Oh well, their loss.
Have said that, here is my contribution for this week's Art Creation Friday.
This is the image we were given:
These are great toadstools, aren't they?
I mean no offense to the toadstool branch of the Greenpeace group (I'm sure they have one).
And I'm sure the art nazis over at Two Peas would disapprove.
I just had this image of the garden statues in a row and wondered what if...
And THAT is how art is made IMO. 
If this one offends you, at least go over to visit the artists at and tell them I sent you.
And enjoy their art.  Cus it's wonderful.  And not at all offensive.
I hope you like my piece, but if you don't, at least you won't bar me from your message board.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Fill Ins #196

1. One of my strongest beliefs is _that there is a god and I'm not it._.
2. _Cruise ships are_ huge!
3. The sky is cloudy with a threat of rain and wind and cold, so _it will probably snow this weekend_.
4. _My art_ is comforting to me.
5. I always thought I'd be _an airline pilot_
6. _I noticed hair growing on the back on my hand_ and then I went outside to look at the full moon.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _relaxing_, tomorrow my plans include _work_ and Sunday, I want to _work on my Tea Party album_!

See more FFI here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Still feeling purple tonight.

Opus Gluei

Look at this: 
 Challenge # 76 - Woodn't it be loverly... (Electra be warned - spider alert!)
THIS, my bloggy friends, is the first line of this week's post at 

I could complain about it, but to tell you the truth, I almost had an accident, I laughed so hard when I saw that.  I should tell you that I did NOT look at the post they were warning me about and so I don't know how wonderful it is (and they are all wonderful over there), but I DID take part in this week's challenge.
We had to make something with wood. 
First I began a digital piece with some woodish paper, but then I remembered they said, wood, not paper.
Although a person could probably use rubber bands and they would still love it.
So this is what I did instead:

See the big purple blog at the top?  Know what that is?
Here, look closer:

HAH!  yes, that's right, your eyes are not deceiving you, that, dear readers, is a
(aaack, I can barely write the word without gagging.)
So there, Grand Poobahs, take that!  lol
In case you are totally thinking I've lost my marbles, this time for real, I mean, please go visit The Order of the Opus Gluei and you might understand a bit better.  They are so much fun.
No spiders were harmed in the making of this project.
With the exception of the Graphic 45 Halloween In Wonderland paper, the coffin, skeletons, key, bats, chandelier, candelabra and yes, even the spider (which fortunately was so cute, I was able to convince myself to pick it up, put it in my basket and make this without using tweezers) are all from Mike's.
Where would we be without Mike's?
Who knows, next year, I may be farming the darn things.
But I really, really, really doubt it.  Really.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Look at this rose!

Isn't it lovely?  This is the image we've been given to play with at Digital Whisper this week.
The gorgeous paper, paint swipes and frame are by Jofia Designs and the overlay frame is by the Gypsy Chick.  I loved doing this one, have it on my desktop at work now.  It makes me smile.

I'm a Happy Camper!!

I'm a Gingergem!  for my inchies!  what a rush!  (oh, I know that's so "70's)  You should join in,  the challenges are terrific and the DT is so talented!  They have different challenges running all the time.Check it out: Gingersnap Creations.

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday

This is what I'm working on.
See tons more WOYWWED

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Just Because

Challenge 18-CCC

Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge has reached it's 18th week.  How cool is that?
The technique we have been invited to use is called the "Dabber Resist" technique.  Now, if you don't know anything about making art, or about Tim Holtz, (but why would you be here visiting me, then, you must have stumbled upon my blog accidentally, not that I want you to think I know Tim Holtz, cus of course I don't, but I do hang around with people who do - WAIT!)...Sorry, I lost my whole train of thought there, I do that sometimes.  what I was trying to say is that the "Dabber Resist" phrase may seem a bit weird.  Oh, I give up, I don't KNOW what I was trying to say.  If you visit StudioL3, it will make so much more sense to you.

I'm done.  :-)
PS.  The reason the lady looks kind of funky is that I've covered her with teeny-tiny beads. 
She's not really out of focus.
Now I'm really done.  :-)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Art Creations Friday

I went a different route this week and did a paper, rather than digital creation with this image:
This is what I've done.:

I quite like it.  She's bringing the keg for us. 
And that's what love is.  tee hee

If you go to Art Creations Friday, you'll see some artists who are way more talented than I.
It's well worth a visit.

Shine, My Pretty, Shine.

Ever Waited for a Man to Call?

and waited, and waited, and waited.....
demotivational posters - PROBABLY
see more Very Demotivational

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Feminine and Masculine

I'm having so much fun this weekend.  I have four days IN A ROW off and am doing exactly what I want to!  Which of course includes making stuff.  The latest stuff I've been making is some ATC's for a swap and one of them needs to involve glasses.  So I put a pair of glasses on this weird little girl (I can't remember the artist who painted her). and then some "accessories", and then the rest was history.
My little girl, when she WAS little really loved her own fashion sense.  I remember one day in particular when I walked into her bedroom and there she was doing whatever it is little girls do and she was wearing her jammy top as pants.  I don't even know how she did that.  Another time, I went into her room to cover her up, after she'd fallen asleep, and she was wearing her red and silver tutu over top of her nightie. I don't know how she did that either. Come to think of it, she wore that tutu EVERYWHERE for a couple of weeks. THUS, the ATC.
If you go over to visit Dezinaworld, you have a whole week to make something for their challenge. Plus, You'll be able to visit some of their other blogs from their and have access to all sorts of awesome digital art!
Why not?

CCC #17

CCC stands for Compendium of Curiosities
Get up off the couch and walk over to
Studio L3 and see what it's all about.
No, wait, that won't work.  OKAY, I take that back, just click on the link and you'll get there.  Not only is there the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges, there are pictures of hungry kitty-cats, Warrior Women celebrations and all sorts of other cool stuff.
But today we are talking about Week 17 of CCC. (I can't type the full name out one more time, it's just too much work.  lol)

Here's mine for Mr. H's Fragment Charms Technique:

"But this isn't a necklace, or a bracelet, or anything of that sort!", you cry.
How can this be about a Frament charm????
Well, if you know me at all, you'll have figured out that when I do things, I tend to do them a tad obsessively.
I was a quilter until I ran out of room to store my quilts.
I made jewelry too, for quite a while, and now I have oh, maybe 50 beaded bracelets and even more necklaces.
I cannot make any more jewelry.
SO, if you look closely at the young man's belly, you'll see that yes indeedy folks, it IS a fragment charm.
So there.
The young man is from
The background is made from some Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper that has been embossed and rubbed with some old metal paste that I've had for eons. The orange tag was drawn by my friend Lisa from

You Know How I Roll.
The Spooky stamp, brad and clock rub-on are from my file cabinet.  tee hee.
and the beads?  I told you what I used to do, didn't I?
Nuff said.
C'mon join us in the Challenges.
Linda will let you.

and now for something completely different

It's not the bestest picture, but I thought you may want to see the "Purple Rain" Inchies I made for a Swap-Bot Swap awhile ago.  I was tickled pink (purple?) to get my buddie Jana as my swap partner and had a blast making them.  I show them here today for those who need a breather from all the spookiness and yes, spiders of this glorious time of year.
But I'll be back with more orange goodness soon.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I've Mis-behaved

I just couldn't do another spider picture.  I just couldn't.  I know it's Halloween and I know spiders are part of it, but I just couldn't.  The lovely ladies at Soartful Challenge have given us this image and suggested we create something Halloweenish with it.
Great image, don't you agree?
But there's a spider in it.
And not just any spider, but a really creepy crawly one.  Geesh, I shivered just uploading it to show you.
So I did this.

I guess you could say it's KIND OF Halloweeny, diet and all.
Well,  you can't blame a girl for trying.
I would suggest you visit Soartful Challenge to see some REAL Halloweeny art, but some very talented artists.
I may not be able to visit them.
Not with the spider/
Please explain for me.

Just so that you don't think I'm a total idiot, HERE is what I made last night.
And I used tweezers.
No word of a lie.

OK, that's TWO things I can't look at now.
And they're on my own blog.