Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Friday, August 30, 2013


For the carnival event I have designed 12 new carnival themed collage sheets and 3 companion digital file sets.  The sheets are packed with all kinds of fun and spooky goodies and characters to create carnival booths, games and rides.

To get the fun started I’m giving away 2 sets!   The collage sheets and digital file sets will not be available at Alpha Stamps until the event officially kicks off on September 5th.

The two winners will have their choice of:
Receiving the 12 sheets printed via the mail.
Receiving the 12 sheets as PNG formatted files via email
Downloading 3 Digital File Sets which contain all of the images on the collage sheets plus 13 additional images.  Digital files can be resized, rotated or flipped as needed. The files are in.png format. PNG format files have a transparent background so are easy to layer over other digital images.  You can open .png files using most image management programs like Photoshop ElementsDigital collage sheets and digital images can be saved to your computer and printed as many times as you wish — for your own use only, not for sharing or reselling.

To enter the drawing just comment on this post or email me using the email button in the right hand column of the blog.  Random.org will select the two winners on Wednesday September 4th.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Lovely Gypsy ATCs by Various Artists

The first ATC pictured above is by Connie Koutsourelis

The ATC below is by Lynn Stevens

The three ATCs below are by Kris Dickinson

Friday, August 23, 2013

Travel Themed ATCs by Gina Peake

These vintage travel themed ATCs by the fabulous Gina Peake!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jeweled Trees from the Creative Team

These beautiful jeweled trees are made by Creative Team Members Naomi Towner, Karol Taylor and Julia Craighead.  Fabulous job ladies!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Arabian Nights ATC Shrine

This is the last of the Arabian Nights pieces.  The base of the shrine is made from an ATC Hutch Shrine Kit. 
The image of the woman and one of the lanterns is from my Rock the Kasbah Collage Sheet.  The other lanterns are from my Midnight at the Oasis Collage Sheet.  The lanterns are not really hanging but attached to the back of the shrine using a few layers of double stick tape.  The wires attached to the lanterns extend high enough behind the onion dome top that you can’t see that they are not connected to anything.

Alpha Stamps Products Used in This Piece: Midnight at the Oasis Collage Sheet

Friday, August 16, 2013

Beachy Art by Jeanne Draachreider

This fun beachy artwork is by Jeanne Draachreider.  In the first piece she combined an image from my Whimsical Frames and Beach Babes Collage Sheet.  Then she added all kinds of sweet bits and bobs.
The second piece is a tag with an image from the Beach Babes Collage Sheet.  I just love how she made a partial umbrella to give it dimensions.
You can see more of Jeanne’s art on Pinterest.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Arabian Nights Triptych

Lovely ladies are dancing the night away in this piece.  To create the general scene I used a collage sheet called “Deco Movie Palace”.  I layered it twice on light weight chipboard plus adding other layers of the same image over the original layers using foam core tape to pop everything out.  This gave me lots of depth.  Of course the ladies and lanterns are from my Midnight at the Oasis and Rock the Kasbah Collage Sheets.  The gold bits are buttons.  The top of the piece is made by turning curtain chipboard die-cuts on their side and adding an onion dome die-cut chipboard piece to tie them together.

Alpha Stamps Products Used in This Piece:

Monday, August 12, 2013

WINNER Art Giveaway – Four Chipboard Perfume Bottles

Random.org has spoken and the winner of the Perfume Bottles giveaway is:

THERESA – Queen of Sparkle

Thanks to all for your lovely comments and for following my blog!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Arabian Nights Artwork & New Collage Sheets

This month’s theme at Alpha Stamps is “Arabian Nights”.  In honor of the theme I have two new collage sheets:
Rock the Kasbah (any Clash fans out there?)
Midnight at the Oasis (a nod to Maria Muldaur’s song)
Of course while I was working on these sheets I was singing the songs.  I’ll be posting more artwork on this theme throughout the month of August.

Alpha Stamps Products Use in This Piece:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Beach Babes Sand Castle Book

This is a really simple book that is made from 3 chipboard castle shaped pieces and attached to each other with a piece of heavy cardstock.  The images are from my Beach Babes Collage Sheet.

I started by first painting the castles red.
Next, I dry brushed the castles with blue and yellow paint.
I added cheese cloth died with alcohol inks.
Lastly before adding the images I added different colored mini pebbles and flakes.