Arte Es Vida

Dyed and Salted Paper by arteesvida
February 27, 2007, 2:54 am
Filed under: Mixed Media

This paper is very, very easy to make! Use high rag count watercolor paper, mix dye with water (because you don’t want the dye to dry quickly) and glom it all over the paper. Throw salt over the whole thing and let it dry in your garage overnight. Next morning, wipe off the salt. Bemoan the fact that the freezer you left the paper drying on is also now blue.

I used this piece as the background for a round robin collage project that is now hanging over my bed!

Art Erratica Valentine Charm Swap by arteesvida
February 18, 2007, 6:27 am
Filed under: Mixed Media, Non-Traditional Jewelry

This is my bracelet with all the charms from the ArtErratica swap. Acutally I only did a half set and it was more than enough goodies! My favorite charm is probably the red glass heart with the silver detailing and the deer stamped on the glass. I’m guessing it’s a pun on “dear heart” and it tickles me, but I really enjoyed them all!

I cut a length of sterling chain, added the charms and closed it with a jump ring. I may frame it in a shadow box like my other charm swap bracelet, just attaching it with hot glue so I can pull it out and wear it when I’m feeling the urge…but locking it up in my jewelry box just seems like a crime!

Charm Bracelet Project by arteesvida
February 17, 2007, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness, Mixed Media, Non-Traditional Jewelry

The charm swap I particpated in (and posted directions for making my Corozon charms several postings back) is complete.  I haven’t scanned my finished bracelet yet, but you can see one that is selling on ebay as a fundraiser.  The auction ends on Feb 18th.

More info about the fundraiser:

 My charms is I believe one of the three on the bracelet but not in the original picture…5 of the people who did signed up for the swap did not send in their charms and did not send word they were dropping out so there was some scrambling with extra charms and pieces…several of us donated all of our extra charms for fundraising projects so more pieces may pop up later!

Organized Home by arteesvida
February 17, 2007, 3:46 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness

There are a whole bunch of great printables available at, including household notebook printables, party planning and trip planning printables and even a fabric stash printable that any fabric crafter would love!

GroupRecipes! by arteesvida
February 8, 2007, 10:12 pm
Filed under: Kitchen Magic, Linky Goodness

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