Here are a few freebie images from Cynthia and Sherre to use for your own Valentine creations. Enjoy!



by Sherre Hulbert

SUPPLIES: Bristol Board; Xyron or glue stick; old magazines; brayer; heavy white gesso; bristle brush; inkpads in colors of choice (I used Ancient Page in Cardinal, Primrose and Bordeaux); Krylon Gold Leaf Pen; vintage lace; vintage buttons; ribbon of choice for weaving and bows; thin wire for bows; narrow ribbon to attach buttons to hearts; Japanese screw punch; Sizzix or other die cutting machine; heart-shaped cookie cutter; scissors

HEARTS: Create using Sherre's Magazine Scrunchy Technique-

Begin with a sturdy foundation like Bristol Board. Run through Xyron machine using permanent adhesive cartridge. Or, completely cover foundation with a good quality glue stick. Tear out magazine images (I used Romantic Homes Valentine

issues). Crumple magazine pages and apply to sticky side of foundation making sure to keep wrinkles and some small folds in the paper. Use a brayer to ensure good contact with the adhesive. You can glue down folded bits with the glue stick. Let dry if using glue stick. Next, using the bristle brush, dip into a heavy gesso and dry brush over the paper surface. You don't need to completely mask the images. Let dry. Rub ink pads over the surface picking up color on the wrinkles and folds. You can use one or more colors. Cut out heart shapes with a die cut machine and/or trace around a cookie cutter and cut out with scissors. (I used both methods). Run a gold leaf pen around the hearts' edges.

Punch two small holes into each heart near the top center using a Japanese screw punch or an awl.

Weave ribbon through vintage lace.

Arrange hearts onto lace spacing them evenly.

Cut narrow ribbon and thread through lace, heart and a vintage button; tie ribbon into a knot.

Make two bows for either end using wire to hold together.


Celita lives in Italy, but is originally from Pennysylvania. Celita makes beautiful papercuttings (also known as Scherenschnitte). Here is her story in her own words:

I am not an artist in the normal sense of the word, but I appreciate art enough to express myself in its essence. God takes my hands and has recently been showing me how much beauty He can make when combined with His inspiration.

I first tried papercutting in April 2008. I have always loved making collages and using paper, scissors and glue. I googled the art form of Scherenschnitte after finding an artist whose lovely pieces made me want to give papercutting a try. I seemed to find the possibilities of papercuts everywhere: in the movies I watched, on a walk outside, while I did the household chores, etc. I love when my papercuts represent my life, my memories and my family. Then they are personal and done with love. I spend a lot of time making cuts especially for my family's birthdays and for gifts for extended family and friends' special events. I spent the first year practicing cuts of anything and everything. My faith journey, my joy and even some of my sorrows are evident in some of my pieces. My hope is that I can encourage or bless someone else through the words, images and feel of what I can portray through paper.

Foil-Glue Hearts Postcard

Supplies: 4" x 6" foundation (Bristol Board); vintage text; vintage lace (6"); double-stick tape for lace; glitter; ink pads to distress text and edges in color(s) of choice; JonesTONES Foil Glue and Foil Papers (I used a red and a holographic gold); Xyron machine or glue stick.

Here is an easy project to try using foil papers and foil glue. If you are like me, you buy lots of products and then never take the time to try them out! I began with a postcard size (4" x 6") piece of Bristol Board. Bristol Board is heavier than cardstock and my foundation of choice for postcards and ATCs.

Step 1: Attach text to foundation using a Xyron machine or a glue stick.

Step 2: Distress the text with ink pad and ink the card edges.

Step 3: Attach lace using double-stick tape or glue stick.

Step 4: Apply foil glue freehand in a scrolly-heart design and along the edges of lace. Allow to dry thoroughly! If glue isn't thoroughly dry, when you apply the foil, the glue will lift off and the text underneath. Guess how I found that out!

Step 5: Attach foil papers according to the manufacturer's instructions. I used two colors of foil.

Step 6: I thought the cards needed a bit more, so I added some white and some gold glitter to the card, letting it stick where it would.

NOTE: I am not sure how well the glue would travel through the mail without an envelope, so I would put in a glassine or clear envelope before mailing.

October: This month has so many different attributes related to it: the changing seasons, fall harvests, corn mazes, beautiful colors, mystery & suspense, monsters, demons, fun dress-up costumes and hot cocoa! It also has lots of history associated with it, particularly Superstitions. I thought you might enjoy reading about a few that I found rather fasinating.

Superstitions have been around since the beginning of time and they continue to flourish around the world even in today’s modern societies. I thought it would be interesting this time of year to share some of the history of a few superstitions with you from the:
“Dictionary of Superstitions” by: David Pickering “Quotes are in quotation marks”

Abracadabra: Originally was used as a charm during the second century, BC. It was said to have special powers against fevers and other medical problems, besides giving the person protection against bad luck. Pieces of parchment with the word Abracadabra written on it were folded and placed inside a metal amulet or cross to be worn around the neck, as protection. Such charms were widely worn, even during the 17th century London plague according to Daniel Defoe’s “Journal of the Plague Year” 1722. To evoke supernatural forces, one merely had to say the word out loud, thus its use by stage performers and various other entertainers.

Acorns: I found this one intriguing because I had never heard this one before. It is said that: “if a woman carries an acorn on her person, it will delay the aging process and keep her forever young.” So how many of us will be tucking an acorn into a pocket, or making acorn jewelry? I recently found a bag of wooden acorns at the flea market the other day and the first "Lucky 13" people to leave me their contact info in the comments, will receive one of these as a gift from me!

And who hasn’t heard or received the dreaded Chain Letter ? These so called friendly letters were associated with begging and designed to amass a small fortune for the originator by “Blackmailing” others to part with their money. “Originally though, these letters were sold by traveling merchants in medieval times and the letters themselves, contained various charms & prayers.” With the postal services, came the newer variety and now they are even global via the internet.

Did you know the meaning of each leaf of a 4-leaf clover? They are supposed to represent: fame, wealth, a faithful lover and good health. “It is further claimed that anyone who wears a 4-leaf clover, will be able to see “Fairies”. I know a few people who think they can see fairies-what about you? :-D

Crossroads: “The intersection of two roads has long been regarded as an ominous place. Anything that forms the shape of a cross is significant, but roads that cross each other have symbolic meaning and many people dislike being delayed at such an intersection for fear of meeting a Ghost or worse, a Vampire.” I fit into this catagory. I heard the stories about crossroads when I was very young and the stories have stayed with me. I will not linger!

Familiars: are primarily associated with traditions from England or Scotland. They typically took on the shape of a house cat, but could also be a dog or any black bird.

Ok, just one more. We’ve all heard the word Phrenology lately in mixed media art.
It is the invention of 19th century occultists who “refined an age-old practice of reading a person’s character by examining the shape of their head and feeling for bumps. Phrenology divides the head into areas relevant to different spheres of human activity. The neck is associated with love, the upper back of the head to pride, the very top of the head to conscience and the front or forehead, to the impulses of kindness.” What do your bumps say about you? Mine says I am care-free, love good humor and enjoy sharing with others. I have a couple of fun fabric art projects for you this month-I hope you will enjoy them!

"Fabric Rag Garland" Click the photo to enlarge it to see the little bats! They are the next fabric project after the garland-so keep reading!
This month, with the start of the holiday season, for some of us, I decided to do something different. Instead of a featured guest interview, I made some custom decorations last year and decided to share them with you this year. This fabric rag garland is fun to make and the fabric stuffed bats quick & easy. (OK, maybe not quick, but easy!)
You will need to gather up the following supplies to make the rag garland: 5-7 fabric fat quarters which measure 18” x 22” and are available at your local Joann’s. Look for colors in dark rich purples, greens, bright yellows, oranges and of course black. They can be solid colors or prints, but by adding a few Halloween prints you will have some texture and added interest.
(You may want to have extra fabric on hand in case you want your garland longer. Joann’s will not cut fat quarters for you, but your local quilt shop probably will. Or you can pair up with a friend and buy ½ yard cuts and share.)
NOTE: (If you want to make this garland for your Christmas tree, you will need 4-5 times the supplies as it takes about 90+ feet to drape a 6ft. Christmas tree).
I used a medium-thick, inexpensive jute as the base to tie these fabric strips to, by wrapping it on the backs of my dining room chairs for support. It is easier if you stand up while adding the strips to the jute, but if you want to try doing this while you sit and watch your favorite Horror Show-give it a whirl.
First you will need a variety of fabric strips and a bag to put them in. Tear all of your fabric into 1” x 6 1/2” strips and throw them into the bag. When you have all the strips in the bag, mix them all up, as you will be pulling these strips out of the bag, blind-folded.
(OK, so, maybe not blind-folded, but I don’t want you to look! By adding the strips in a random, unplanned method, you can create some terrific finished garland for any holiday!)
Here comes the easy part-drape the jute over the back of your two chairs, wrapping it around the chair to gently secure it. (Use the jute right from the ball, do not cut it to length at this time-since you will make this to the length you need.)
You can tie these fabric strips onto the jute in a simple square knot, or… you can fold them in half, over the jute and use a crochet hook to pull the ends through the loop the folded fabric makes. I didn’t measure the garland I made. I just kept going until I ran out of fabric strips or did I tear more strips? Sorry but I was also making a “fabric wrapped, piping satchel” for Halloween at the time. (“Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts-Vol. I). Anyway, I suggest you have some extra fabric on hand just in case! My garland is perhaps 12-15 ft.: which provided a wonderful full drape. (I attached the garland to my mantle with large office bull-nosed clips. No coffin nails or staples were used.) Have fun! Cindy
P.S. You can also add some wooden beads at random intervals. I used the large macramé’ beads and left them their original color. Sting on a bag or two full of beads that you want to use before you start adding the fabric strips.

This is a full-sized pattern, printable to a standard sheet of copy paper.

"Puffy Fabric Bats" For this fun project, you will need: ½-1 yard of unbleached muslin (Depends on how many bats you want to hang in your belfry or on your mantle.), poly-fiber filling, cheap black acrylic paint, pencil, brush, sewing machine, thread, scissors, thin 1/8-1/4” ribbon, fabric glue and sand paper. (Yes, really!) You’ll also need to print off the pattern!
Cut out the pattern you printed, lay it on top of the folded muslin fabric. (Folded-for a top & bottom bat shape.) Trace around the pattern with a pencil or a sharpie. It doesn’t matter if the ink bleeds into the fabric, since you will be painting this fabric-black! Take your traced pattern to your sewing machine and stitch on the pattern line. Do not worry about an opening for turning-that’s a few steps away. Once you have all your bat patterns stitched, you will want to cut them out, leaving ¼”-1/2” around the pattern, clip all edges for easy turning. Now, pull the back fabric up away from the front fabric and make a slit in the middle for turning. Turn the bats inside out and stuff them with fiber fill. Set aside until you have them all done. Take some scraps of muslin you cut off to make rectangles to cover the slits you made in the back of your bats. Using fabric glue, attach over the slit or you can stitch the slits closed with a needle & thread before covering with the scrap fabric, which is what I did.
Paint the bats, one side at a time, set aside to dry. The paint dries pretty quickly, so by the time you finish the last bat, your first one will probably be dry. Turn them over and paint the back side, making sure to get all the fabric painted, you don’t want any of the muslin fabric showing through. Set aside to dry. Once these are completely dry, scrunch them up and take some sand paper to them, gently. You don’t want to remove all the paint you just added, you just want to distress them alittle.
The last step is to add the ribbon on the top for tying onto the rag garland, spooky gift bags, the ceiling hooks in your dungeon, etc. I did this by hand, with just a few tacking stitches.
(If you wish to further embellish these bats, add a painted wooden sign around their necks with wire, stitch on button eyes, or add some glue backed red rhinestones! Whatever your heart desires. Just have some fun with these little critters! :-D Cindy)

Well that's it folks for the October Zine-I hope it will bring you hours of pleasure. We are hosting some other fun on our yahoo group-link is in the sidebar. October fun begins with a Lottery-hosted by Sharon. This lottery consists of either art studio or digital 2" x 2" creations-like this one:

Brushes Used are courtesy of: AnnikaVonHoldt
For every 31 "Twininchies" thrown in the cauldron this month, there will be one winner who will receive all 31 entries. We just started this challenge and already we are working on our 2nd victim, ughhh, winner. :-D For a really fun treat-visit Sharon's Blog

Also, we have a fun new challenge that was posted this morning! Create a Pumpkin Shrine and win a Trick or Treat Goodie bag, direct from my art studio to your front door, via the delivery broom! Or Postperson, lady, man, whichever is available. The awesome workshop this month, hosted by: Lynn S. is called: "Silver Spoon" and it's a terrific jewelry project that uses resin or Diamond Glaze to create a layout of goodies in the bowl of a spoon. Or if you prefer to create on a flat surface, here is a photo of a bracelet I made using a bracelet blank from CraftersCafe.

These are just a few of the fun art projects we will be creating this month. We also have some new digital tutorials from Tanya coming, so come join us! The link is in the sidebar! We'd love to have you come sit for a spell!
Want to go on the longest blog train ever assembled? The Ghost Train started today, the first of October and has lots of freebies for everyone! click: GhostTrain to get you started!
Featured Guest Artist:
I had the privilege of spending a fabulous day, in Boise, Idaho this past month.
A very relaxing day filled with: art, sharing and spending quality time with a few new friends. While I was spending the day, getting to know Carolyn, Judy, Barb, Merine and Lynn Stevens, Lynn shared with me some of the most amazing photos of hand-painted wall murals I had ever seen. Of course the photos didn’t provide the breath taking visual that seeing these murals in person would have provided, but still they had a profound effect on the viewer. Lynn is an extremely gifted muralist, who also enjoys a variety of different mediums and it’s not just blank walls she uses for her canvas.

“My life has been dedicated to art in one form or another. When I have mastered one media, I like to challenge myself by learning another, wanting to expand my knowledge in each art form. I truly love what I do and believe I use art as a means of leaving a legacy behind. It makes me feel that what I have done with my life, matters. If I can bring beauty into someone’s life, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction.”

Lynn is also a very talented carver. She used a Moose antler for this carving:

And a branch for this:

There are other carvings in her studio as well:

“Much of my art has depicted northwest wildlife. I appreciate the detail in the beauty that surrounds us all, the fabulous scenery with inspiring crystal clear lakes that are so plentiful to the northwestern states. I try to recreate what I see in vivid detail, hopefully to bring beauty into someone’s life. I use these visually stimulating, natural scenes in my murals as well as my paintings. I try to tell a story through my art and murals are a good way for me to visually express these stories.”

“I began my art career as a graphic artist. I have worked in the fine arts for over 20 years, selling original and limited edition prints, wood sculptures, Moose antler carvings, wood burned & painted gourds and pine needle basketry. My artwork led to my designs being selected for the “Idaho State Archery Stamps of 1992 & 1993”, the commission of over a dozen “Idaho Historical Byway Signs” and a commissioned artist mural depicting three Idaho Indian tribes in their natural habitat at the “Idaho Museum”.”

“I have also been enjoying the art of rubber stamping for about 8 years now and my stamped cards have been published in a variety of stamping magazines, but most recently, I made the cover of “Stamper’s Sampler”. My artwork has also appeared in “Wildlife Art News” & “Altered Arts”. I am currently on 2 design teams, “Artistic Outpost” and “I Brake for Stamps”. I designed a line of wildlife stamps for “Abbydoodles” a few years ago and I teach mixed media art as well as rubber stamping.”

Lynn also enjoys the various forms & techniques that mixed media art, affords today’s artists. She creates beautiful shrines, altered books, assemblages and altered jewelry. Lynn will be hosting our October workshop!! Her silver spoon jewelry is the focus for the workshop and sign-ups are already underway in the database in our yahoo group. (Link is in the sidebar~ Come join us!) You can visit Lynn and view her latest creations via her BLOG.
Book Reviews: I chose 2 books this month that compliment each other. They both are books about using images in your art, plus our latest publication all about jewelry: “Jewelry Beyond Time”.

“Printmaking & Mixed Media-Simple techniques & projects for paper & fabric”
by: Dorit Elisha Published by: Interweave Press LLC 2009

“This book is all about printmaking which is the process of transferring an image from a matrix to a substrate with the possibility of identical repetition.”
This statement was made at the very beginning of the book and it clearly describes the books contents. The book shares 2 categories of print making, relief printing & stenciling, plus the tools and paints that are available today. There are some wonderful tips and great advice for storing your prints, choosing a substrate and plenty of techniques to explore. Various screen printing methods are discussed, mono printing, carved relief printing and more, that fit into these 2 categories of printing. There are also 9 mixed media projects with step by step directions in the back of this book to give you inspiration. A wonderful reference book.

“Image Transfer Workshop -mixed media techniques for successful transfers”
by: Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson Published by: North Light Books 2009

This is a fabulous book which touches on every image transferring method available, with plenty of good advice on glues, mediums, heat transfer materials, solvents and everything in between. This book also has loads of great tips, tricks and trouble-shooting. Each method is clearly defined & precise instructions are given. I really like the trouble-shooting aspect because who hasn’t run into a problem or two with a transfer? This book will help you determine what went wrong and offers ways to correct any problems you might be having. The techniques include: contact paper, gesso, caulking, gel skin, digital grounds, transparencies, fusible webs, fabric crayons, iron-on and even liquid polymer skins! Besides all the wonderful methods of transferring images, this book gives you the limitations of each method, materials that are best suited, substrates that can and should be used and whether or not they are of archival quality. I have to say, this is one terrific reference book!

Yahoo Group: We have some exciting new things happening on our group during the Holiday months and would like to invite you to join us. (Link is in the sidebar)
This month: Toni Curtis will be hosting our "Metal Pendant" workshop on Sept. 18th. We also have a fun, new Designer Paper Technique for you to play around with, a digital "Just for Fun" challenge in altering photos. I will be hosting our Halloween ATC and Charm Swaps this month as well as continuing our digital lessons. (This month it is "Easy Kalidoscopes").

During the month of October-Lynn Stevens our "Guest Artist" this month, will be hosting her "Silver Spoon Pendant" (see photo in her interview) workshop on
Oct. 16th.

Note: None of these workshops are featured projects in our new book "Jewelry Beyond Time". They are workshops exclusively for our group only, so if you would like to participate, join us and sign up for these workshops via the database).

Carolyn will be sharing another fabulous Designer Paper Technique and we will be doing some fun projects, like Halloween & Christmas Shrines, Harvest Postcard, Christmas Cards, Christmas Ornaments and continuing our digital "Just for Fun" photo alterations. We will not be hosting workshops during the months of Nov. and Dec. but will be sharing links to some great project tutorials! We will be continuing to host a variety of holiday swaps!

This monthly zine is brought to you by: Cynthia Powell & Sherre Hulbert, who is currently working on the first edit on our next publication, due out early Fall 09 called: "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art-Vol. II-Recycled, Reinspired, Reinvented".