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there are lots of fun things going on at alteredbits.com for memorial day weekend!  from now through june 1st there are heaps of freebies, sales and extras just for you.

free, five cent, medium frozen charlotte, large charlotte doll

first, get a medium or large frozen charlotte for a mere five cents when purchasing the “how to crackle frozen charlottes” tutorial.  limit one per customer — only 20 listed.  these will go FAST.

frozen charlotte, crackle, mixed media, tutorial, art, free charlotte

click here for more details >>

second, get TWO FREE DIGITAL COLLAGE SHEETS with the purchase of four collage sheets, digital or print, or equal or lesser value.  or get $5 off the entire “collaged bits” collection (mention this in a paypal note and your account will be immediately credited the $5).

digital collage sheets, collage sheets, anatomical collage sheets, vintage

check out the print collage sheets here >>
and the digital collage sheets here >>

next, “crackled window effect” altered art tutorial price is reduced to $10 plus get a FREE digital collage sheet of your choice.  this is a permanent deal, not just limited to memorial day weekend.  woots!

crackled window mixed media altered art effect

click here for more details >>

FREE SHIPPING on all “Rare, Limited Quantity and One of a Kind” items, from this page of the altered bits site.  (shipping will be credited immediately upon purchase and sent via USPS first class post)  i will be having LOTS of new things coming in next month and i would LOVE to clear out this section as soon as possible. just leave a note in paypal about the free shipping to jog my cluttered memory.  >>

BIG FREE BUNDLES with all purchases over $25 — it will be a delectable, mysterious surprise.  🙂

heaps of items are being added to the site this week and more sales and specials (and some give-aways) are soon to come so check back over the next week or three!

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the one world one heart giveaway was so much fun… i didn’t get to make it to even a quarter of the blogs, sadly, but i enjoyed the ones i got to visit and the several people i was able to meet along the way.  i am still going to visit each of the participants’ blogs — it is important to me to say hello to all who participated.  thank you everyone for such a wonderful experience!

it will take me a bit to get a hold of everyone directly so if you see this before i email you, congrats!  i will need some of your mailing addresses but don’t fret — i’ll be contacting you by tomorrow.

free digital collage sheets, give away
WINNERS OF A DIGITAL COLLAGE SHEET OF YOUR CHOICE

each of you get to pick a digital collage sheet from my site (http://alteredbits.com) and i will email the sheet of your choice to you (the little red * means that i have contacted you and sent your sheet — this will help me from getting too confused):

1. Marie of Art From My Heart in California, USA *

2. Constance of Rochambeau in Texas, USA *

3. Karen of Paper Fanatic in Ireland *

4. Janny of Tricolore Mixed Media in The Netherlands *

5. Katie of Katie’s Strange World in the UK (sadly i didn’t see your blog until now as you didn’t leave your link — your offerings were fantastic!!) *

6. Danit of The Letter Project in New Zealand *

7. Carapace of Cara Makes in the US

8.  Donna of Creative Journaling My Way in Georgia

9. Lynda of Taylor Made in Oz in Australia *

10. Abigail of Rusted Wings in Montana, USA

cracled window effect PDF tutorial

WINNERS OF THE CRACKLED WINDOW TUTORIAL

i will send you a link so you can download it from my server — it’s a huge print-quality file, sorry.

1. Tammy of Country Folk Art in New York

2. Gaby of Colorful Adventures in Germany

WINNER OF THE FRIDA KAHLO FABRIC COLLAGE ATC

Kirsten of Fleur De Boheme in Denmark

WINNER OF THE TIN OF FROZEN CHARLOTTES

Jacqui of OddDollz by Jacqui in Canada

WINNER OF THE FRAMED BLACK AND WHITE PRINT (of your choosing)

Tristan of Enchanted Revelry in Connecticut
(please let me know if you want the man or the woman)

black and white man and woman, mixed media art, collage


And…

because my finger twitched at the end there and i had a little guilt (double clicked the random generator just before the number displayed so it COULD have potentially thrown something off), i asked my son to come in and do me a wee favor.  i said “pick a number between one and one hundred eighty-eight”.  he said “twenty-nine”.

so…. miss sarah.  my dear sweet que sera, sarah of Hen Fruit, you win a non-framed 4×6 print of the black and white man.  it’s is perfect, too — i was so trilled that my little man picked your number because one of the projects next on my list to finish is that “house of fertility” piece that you said you loved and i said i would finish and send to you.  so you get two fetile pieces of art, my friend.  hope that’s not too many!

sarah and kerin — you have the same birthday.
it’s frida’s birthday too, right?

on a side note, i think next year i’ll keep it to two or three winners.  🙂  this took me almost four hours to post.  i say this with giggles and am sooooo not complaining — this has been fantastic and fun, and so great to meet so many new, wonderful people.  thank you, lisa!

it will take me a week or three to get everything out so please bear with me.

lastly, and on a pretty weird note, there was something eerily cool going on when i used the random generator to pick winners.  for every category i was choosing, the winner had specifically stated that they wanted that item.  it was pretty thrilling.

One World One Heart was created by Lisa Swifka in 2007 as a way to bring bloggers together from all over the world. Last year over 900 bloggers from 28 countries participated! i am quite pleased to be participating and will be giving away the following:

ONE

black and white man and woman, mixed media art, collage

your choice of EITHER the black and white (er, black and coffee stained) man OR black and white woman, framed and matted in a 5″x7″ frame (as a 4×6 print).

TWO

an altoid or similar tin, with four frozen charlottes and some vintage buttons, nested in a bed of burlap and/or other fabric and/or lace.  it will slightly differ from the image displayed.

THREE

frida, ooak fabric and paper aceo

a OOAK fabric, paper, vintage lace and metal embellished ACEO/artist trading card with a lovely image of frida on it, made by me today, just for this give away.  the lace is obviously a tad wet still in the photo, sorry.  just wanted to get it up ASAP.

FOUR

cracled window effect PDF tutorial

TWO crackled window PDF tutorials (well one tutorial each for two people ).  if you win, i will send you an ever so secret link so you can download it.

FIVE

free digital collage sheets, give away

i will be giving away one digital collage sheet of your choice from my site: http://alteredbits.com to TEN people. (six new sheets being added this week, btw.)

i had another piece in mind to make for this AND a couple of other supply-type items so check back over the next few days as i will be adding it if i get the time. that’s cheap, i know, sorry.

when commenting, please let me know which item(s) you are most interested in. make sure i have your email address or some means of being able to contact you.  the drawing will be FEBRUARY 15th, 2010 and i will use random.org to generate winner — in the meantime, to remain sane, i’m going to number each comment so when the time comes, i don’t have to count a zillion times.  the winners will be posted sometime between the evening of the 15th and 17th (as i may be going out of town — my birthday is the 18th).  oh, and you MUST have a blog to win.

on a more personal note, i feel like a jerk for not getting back to a lot of you regarding bartering, or responding to emails.  one issue after another around here — short story this time is that i injured my neck and back horribly and haven’t been able to move much.  being on the computer and phone hurts so i’ve been avoiding it all.  huge apologies, especially to donna and jill and johnna and keriny ninny and the wonderful barterers.  i’ll get my act together soon, promise.  🙂  and AFTER that, i’ll post pulp contribution photo.  wohooo!

P.S. I think OWOH players have broken Blogger this evening.  I can’t leave comments on any of those.  Good thing I have WordPress.


boy have i been a busy little bee lately!  getting ready for a few shows and adding things to the altered bits site over the next two or three days.  i’ll have four new collage sheets (witches, bones, darker-themed-alicia-type stuff, as well as some naked ladies and such).  apothecary bottles, mico-beads, petree dishes, microscope slides with covers, etc.  all coming soon just a little too late for halloween.  whoops!


i added three new photoshop textures, or backgrounds — whatever you could want to use them for on the free art page as well:


and last but not least, i’ve added a new tutorial for my “crackled window effect” on the art tutorials page.  eventually there will be heaps of free and paid tutorials in both PDF and video format but it’ll take awhile to get them all up.  some will be from me, and some from our fellow amazing arty friends so stay tuned.


you know those times when you put yourself fully into making something for someone and it ends up being a big ol’ flop!?  well that seems to be my week.  first, i was working on this sweet piece for my wonderful friend lisa jurist at mudhound primitives and decided to add a top coat of varnish.  i have no idea where i got the image i used but i’d saved it for a long time and it felt soooo right to put it in her piece.  about 20 seconds after i brush on the top coat, the image started to bubble, then sloughed off the canvas board!  it was a total nightmare.  i don’t think there is any way to fix that, so i shall start again.  what a jackass i am!

so the very next day, i tried to make something for someone else.  total mono-chromatic flop.  here, just go ahead and laugh at me, i don’t mind (little hanging ACEO, the flapping flop of an attempt at something sweet):


to make up for it, i started something else for said friend and i felt it was just fine.  set it down to dry, tossed my paint-covered baby wipe to the side and went on my merry little way (to watch dexter!).  omg.  so baby wipe landed on the piece and i could pretend i meant for this to happen but look at all of the black ickiness.  i’m sad.  so what?  send a sweet friend two crap pieces and an IOU?  lol.  i crack myself up sometimes.  i wish there were lots and lots more hours in the day!  or that i didn’t have to cut my art time to work (took a month off — bad, bad timing for that one!!).


i did, however, start one and finish another piece that i just so happen to like (both!), so at least i have a 50-50 thing going on this week.  will post those later.

off to read emails for the first time in 3 or 4 days, woots!  happy creating, friends.  🙂

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P.S. Bunches of us have been particpating in The Art Exchange.  If you don’t know what it is, here is the gist: you get an email from one of the players, you send a piece of art of sorts to the person in the #1 slot in the email, you move the #2 person up and replace them with yourself in the #2 spot.  Sooo… you end up sending out ONE piece of art, and you forward the email to six people.  In turn, you get THIRTY SIX pieces of art in return.  A couple of the people I’ve sent this too are having difficulties finding players that aren’t too busy.  If you’d like to play, post here or email me so I can get you in touch with someone to get you involved.  It’s soooo fun!

this isn’t going to be a pretty post as i haven’t any arty imagery to share today.  sorry.  too busy trying not to stress on the little one starting first grade at a new school AND riding a big huge bus all by himself (can you feel the butterflies in my tummy?).  plus zine.  plus trying to finish six plus two assemblages.  plus crazy order week.  plus about 78 other things.  to make up for it, i have found this fun little site for you while drinking a chilled bottle of their organic iced green (the inside of the cap commanded me to visit their site for a tea leaf reading).  go have your tea leaves read at tazo.com.  my experience was somewhat scaring but i’m sure yours will be quite thrilling.

tazo has a cool tea reading thing on their site

(apparently sir tazo thinks i would not look good in harem pants.  i think that’s mean.  but at the same time, probably true.)

so first order of biz… i was offered space at the alberta street fair (9/19, 11-6pm) .  if you’re in the portland area and want to share a spot, let me know — great opportunity but bad timing for me as i don’t have much available due to a few recent sales.  if you’re from anywhere near here, you know it’s a big, fun art extravaganza (WAY bigger and better than last thursday events).  if you’re not familiar: this is the 12th annual alberta street fair.  they close the whole dang street down and jam pack the entire area to the brim with art, music, food and drink.  there is even a parade.

okay, so i warned you before and i’m shameless… i’m sponsoring the “alicia needs a sewing machine” fund.  not only do i need a sewing machine, but september is national sewing month (i learned that while drooling over my 300ish stitch machine so figured i’d share the tidbit that i was previously unaware of).  as such, i’m offering four digital collage sheets from my site for $10 for an unspecified duration of time (probably a week).  to a lot of you this means nothing, which is totally fine and dandy so please just skip ahead to the next paragraph, but since i sell dozens most weeks, this is a cool deal to some (i’m guessing).  free shipping (they are digital) and any sheets qualify, even those that don’t claim to be digital.  just paypal me the ten bucks (or request an invoice) and i’ll send to you PNGs, PDFs, JPGs, flattened PSDs — whatever you want.  just specify what sheets and what format and i’ll email them within a day.  they were designed for my zero margin printer so if yours isn’t that fancy i can shrink them a smidge so nothing gets cut off — just let me know that too.  email: hi at altered bits dot com.  shameless, i know… but i need the ability to sew for KC’s workshop and my 1907 singer is a tad too antiquated to get anything other than a boring ol’ straight line out of it and even then it’s sometimes iffy.  (and i reiterate, boring. straight.)

this paragraph exists only for those i ordered to skip head.

oh wait.  i do have a photo to share.  micro peek at a side view of one of my newest books i’ve been playing with this week between bouts of stress and mad zine designing.  there are lots of pockets and doors and secret little holes.  (shh!)

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