A couple recent projects

Here’s a couple of the recent things I have worked on:

Graffiti paper lantern. I think it turned out pretty cool. I’m getting into this style. It’s really easy and super simple!
fashion graffiti lantern

A zine all about my Grandma. Silvia taught a class on the Zines the the other day (she talks about it on the Fresno Etsy blog). It was a lot of fun and I learned something new. It’s like a little foldable book with 8 pages (including front and back cover) and it starts out as an 8.5″ x 11″ page, but folds into a little book. It’s actually quite magical the way it folds.
My First Zine

Hope you guys have a great Wednesday! Until next time Swellions!

Alexa

Crazy for candy

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So if you did or didn’t know, I absolutely LOVE Halloween and it’s my favorite holiday. Christmas follows closely in 2nd place. I love Christmas…the lights, the colors, the baked goods, and the music. Here’s the thing, though: Halloween is supposed to be campy/scary/anything goes. Christmas on the other hand is interpreted in so many ways. I love the traditional and religious side and the elegance that goes with it. One of the trees I decorate is in reds and golds and it is quite lovely. While, there is no set rule on how to decorate or what style to make your home or rooms (I personally would like to have a house someday to be decorated in different styles with trees in every room), my heart naturally sways to wild and colorful, an outlandish/almost gaudy feast for the eyes! I love rainbows of color and if I do plan on buying Christmas decorations in the near future, I really want them to be sugary sweet and candylicious!

I have an affinity in particular for starlight mint swirls, gumdrops, and gingerbread men! I don’t know what it is, I just love red and white swirled together…actually, a lollipop I saw at Target last year prompted this picture:

festive me

OK, keep with me in my randomness here…I used to make gingerbread houses with my mom and sister as a child and every year I intend on making another one (a homeade one, not the Wilton/storebought kind), and I never get the chance. Maybe that’s why I’m fond of gingerbread men! I think I like gingerbread men, too, because they have so much personality and they are just plain sweet! I remember printing out a card in middle school that I attached to a homeaade gingerbread man for my friends that read:

I hope you like this little man,
I made it just for you.
And if you don’t that’s too sad,
it’s off his head I’ll chew!

I remember it having a candyland look to the card, now that I think about it! Ha. I totally forgot about that little saying just until now!

Actually, I never really played Candyland as a kid. I always wanted it, Chutes and Ladders, and Hi Ho Cherry Oh, but I never got them. Oh well! I think I only liked them cause of their visual appeal. I mean, how could I have not?

Oh, and I love this glittery/sweet necklace that Stoopidgerl made. It makes me happy!

I really love what my friend Carey did with this chair for the DecoArt home page too!
Naughty or Nice chair
Click here for instructions!

I also really love these adorable lollipops and cupcakes my friend Donna crafted for the site! Photographing them was a lot of fun!
Terra cotta lollipops and candy

Cupcake ornaments

So now that I’ve shared my holiday style love, what’s yours? Is there any certain style that you just drool over? I’d love to hear about it!

Oh, by the way, I’m going to be on Trivial Thursday on WRFL on Thursday. I’ll be hanging out with host Mick Jeffries! You can even listen live online, so be sure to check in!

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa

Designs of my past

In my graphic design life, I design a lot of stuff. Most of the time, I will whip up a project and then it never sees the light of day again. I was perusing through some of these projects and thought I’d share some of them with you. Some of these projects were used, others were just mere ideas that never came to be anything. But one thing is for sure, they all came from my little ol’ very random brain. Here’s asampling of some of some of these projects..

Here’s a little design for Creative Techniques magazine I made that was never used. The magazine isn’t with us anymore, but I worked on a lot of random ideas and projects for it at one time. This is my friend Molly. Her last name isn’t Carter, but she was a perfect subject for this little faux invite, cause she’s super cute and photogenic…I seem to do a lot of projects with her in it it as you will see below!
mollycarter-invite

This illustration I did for a former co-worker who was leaving. I guess this is my more fine art side coming through in this one.
photo illustration

I created this as an invite for my friend’s party, but it never was used or printed. These are my favorite colors.
party invite

OK, I must do a lot of invites or something! Here’s one for a jewelry show I hosted like 4 years ago.
swellgirl-open-house-postca

And here’s a CD cover I designed. Psssttt…don’t tell anyone, but I used an old Lita Ford’s album cover as the inspiration for my body.
rockin'-around-the-christma

And lastly, you know those photo cakes people do? I made this design for Molly for her b-day like 5 years ago. Of course, if you didn’t already know, I was inspired by Andy Warhol. She got a big kick out of it!
molly-cake-art

It’s nice to look back at these things every now and then. Fortunately, they aren’t as painful as looking at old diary entries (those make me cringe).

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa

Terrorific Tuesday: Week 3

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Another week has gone in October and you know what that means! It’s Terrorific Tuesday! This week, we are featuring 20! fabulous projects and inspirations! One thing I really wanted to do with this little roundup was get people of all artistic backgrounds and interests inspired, and by the looks of it, that certainly has been achieved!

This roundup features jewelry, scrapbooking, party ideas, knitting, sewing projects, mixed media art, photography, and so much more! And if you’re like me, you probably like to mix it up! I definitely think there’s something to be said about reaching out of your comfort zone and learning or atleast appreciating something new!

So without further ado, I present to you this week’s Terrorific Tuesday Roundup

Furry Monster Bucket Kiki of Kiki’s Craft World shows how to make a clever project that you’ll have to keep an eye on!

Hooty the Hoot Owl Retro Jewelry Set Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter tried her patience making a paper crafted jewelry set for this week’s Terrorific Tuesday.

Mini Pumpkin Quilt Phyllis Dobbs shares a spectacularly whimsical quilt!

Sugary Sweet Skull Coasters Stoopidgerl makes some awesome resin coasters packed with candy, rainbows, and skulls!

Halloween Party Pics/Picks Swelldesigner a.k.a. Alexa Westerfield gets nostalgic with cupcake pics inspired by Halloween’s of yesteryear.

Witch’s Hat Pin Tammy Powley of About.com has a super simple witch’s hat pin project for you that is so quick you’ll want to make up lots of these to give to other Halloween witch’s.

Witchy Woman Angela of Angela’s Art Diary gets in the spirit when she puts herself in her own bewitched portrait!

Fairy Witch Frame Lorilyn Hurley of the Dream Life piles on the glitter and vintage charm in this inspired frame.

Spooky and Kooky photos Chris Garris a.k.a. Universal Stopping Point puts his photography skills to the test and creates a set of haunting images to get you inspired.

Halloween Charm Bracelet Jean Yates charms us with this gothic and glam skull bracelet.

Easy Dia de Los Muertos Story Box Kathy Cano-Murillo a.k.a. Craft Chica uses toys, a mini box, and lots of glitter to tell a beautiful tale.

Double Skully Bracelet Melissa J. Lee creates this red and black dazzler strung with double the skull goodness!

Bootiful Belt Buckles Rebecca Hull at HHH Enterprises makes an awesome Halloween accessory out of ordinary belt buckles!

Knitted Ghost Sarah E. White whips up this little ghost, perfect for haunting your house!

Spooky Photoshop Tutorial Amy Locurto of Living Locurto shows you how to create your own Photoshop still life to use on a custom invite!

Pumpkin Scrapbook Pages Michelle McGee scraps up some adorable memories of her little pumpkin!

Wicked Witch Brenda Pinnick’s witch is a bit scary, a bit fun andoh so colorful. She is made using heavy weight watercolor paper and acrylic paint. The paper sculpture techniques bring this gal to life!

Rubber Stamp a Luminary Kate Pullen
shows you how to use your rubber stamps to create a paper bag luminary
for Halloween on her About.com Rubber
Stamping Blog
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Fall Owl Pillow Kim of Sew Sugary Sweet gives a hoot with this cute owl pillow perfect for fall!

Silhouetted Paper Lanterns Robin of Urban Debris gets super spooky with vintage paper lantern patterns.

And I want to note my little sidekick in swell, Pixie (the ultimate Swellion in my book), and mascot for Terrorific Tuesday was by my side as I arranged and compiled these crafty offerings. Have to give her a shout out! Say hi!

Pixie's ready, are you?

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa