Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Do you like "Alice in Wonderland?" Take a look at two of my new creations. It's nice to work with Alice because everything is strange and not what it seems. So you have a free range of creativity for your projects. I've done pendants, cards, and magnets, but this theme could even be incorporated into a little girls scrapbook page. By the way, did you know that Alice Through the Looking Glass was actually a satire on the British government at the time it was written?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

New Altered Domino Magnets

I've just listed some beautiful new magnets on Ebay and Etsy. They are made from dominoes and scrabble tiles. The dominoes have been inked with alcohol inks, and the scrabble tiles act as tiny little frames for vintage women pics. Each has a paper and/or fabric flower. The photos really don't do these magnets justice; they are much more beautiful in real life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL

Sorry I haven't posted in quite a while. It's been a busy time of year for me and my creative processes seem to be on hold. Today I'd like to talk a little bit about altered game pieces, one of my favorite things to work with. Dominoes and Mah-jong pieces are great for magnets and pendants. The pendants can be used as a decorative clothing accessory, as book fobs on book thongs, as key chain charms, and lots of other ingenious items. They can be stamped, decoupaged, drilled, glued, etc, etc, etc. You're only limited by your own imagination. I also use the plastic Rummicube game tiles as magnets and embellishment for cards. (they're much lighter in weight) Scrabble tiles can also be used as small charms or embellishments. I've also found some 1 1/2" round wooden discs from some game which can also be altered any way you like. And no, you don't have to buy a new game to get some of these pieces. Mine all come from thrift and second hand shops where you can usually find them at great prices. So keep your eyes open, but don't be stealing from the kid's toys! Check out my gallery to see some of my altered art pieces.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Don't know what to do with all those old and free CD's you have? Alter them! Here's an example of what you can do. Just use them as a blank canvas as you would any other medium. You'll have a piece of art thats suitable for gift giving or for display.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Cards for Pets and their People

Have you ever sent a birthday card to a dog or cat? Or a pet sympathy card to show someone you care about their loss? I often create special cards for pet and animal lovers. Check out these cards... Enjoy them here, and if you like them, please consider sending a pet greeting card the next time a special occasion comes around. These cards are available now at http://www.cardsbypatzee.etsy.com. Custom orders are also available.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Keep It Neat and Tidy!

Well, I've been spending the last few days cleaning my craft room. What a disaster! Papers, ink, stamps, ribbon, charms, etc, etc, etc, all over the place! Now I know I have that photo - but where? And where are my favorite scissors? Ok - it's time. My creativity is being stifled by this mess. Time to organize. I'm fortunate enough to have my own craft room, but unless I keep it neat and tidy, it isn't very inviting. This is what it should look like!

Yes, it's true - When you have a nice neat organized place to work you can concentrate on what you want to do and not on what you're looking for. Your space doesn't have to be large or strictly devoted to crafting, as long as your crafting supplies are in quick reach. Many crafters simply use the kitchen or dining room table for their work space, and then it is even more important to have your stuff in some type of containers, legibly labeled, so you can take anything you need to your work table before you start. So get going, look around, and see how you can improve your workshop.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

New Collage and Tips for Your Work

If you're familiar with my work, you know that most of my creations are greeting cards made with vintage photos. Well, since most of my cards are collages, anyway, I've decided to start making 5" x 7" collages along the same themes. Here's the first that I have listed on Ebay. It was so much fun that I'm already planning the next one! It really isn't all that difficult to put these together. Just be sure to stick to a theme. I've seen attempts at collage that have absolutely no cohesiveness - just bits of this and that thrown together. In this collage I've chosen to highlight the color purple (my favorite) and the glamour of times past. And don't get carried away by incorporating too much stuff into your piece. Sometimes less is more, so when you're satisfied with the look, STOP. And finally, it helps to have some way to display your work, either with a stand or a ribbon for hanging.