Welcome to my passionate, sometimes chaotic world of ART!

Growing up in San Diego, California as an only child I spent many creative hours drawing, painting, writing poetry, and listening to music. In my early 20's, I sold my art pieces at various venues throughout the San Diego area. When the craft industry really took off again in the 80's and 90's, I found myself designing and selling jewelry and victorian items at local  shops and fairs. Never really a fan of "cutesie" stamps and things I fell in love with the more offbeat stamps, inks, and techniques in the beginning of 2005. My first published piece was in Correspondence ART magazine at the end of that year.  Since then, I have been so blessed to have my feature articles, cards, mixed media pieces, and dolls published in Somerset Studio, Stamper's Sampler catch up issues, Art Doll Quarterly, Legacy, Paper Art, Stamper's Sampler, Somerset Gallery Summer 2006 and 2007, Correspondence Art, and Altered Arts magazines. One of my pieces graces the cover  of the 2006 Summer Edition of Somerset Gallery magazine and I've also been a feature artist  for Graphic 45  and Accucut Crafts and was fortunate enough to have several of my pieces shown at CHA.  I also had the privilege of working as the Stamping Sensations Editor  for Paper Arts and Correspondence Art magazines and launched my own collage sheet line in2008.

Since 2005, I found myself very busy working full time with special eduacation students, teaching mixed media art classes both in-store and online, and serving as a Design Team Member for Altered Pages, CardNStamps, ThermOWeb, Spellbinders, and Krafty Lady.  After 30 years with the school district I retired  in 2012. For the past couple of years I've just been enjoying the freedom of doing "nothing" but my muse is calling so hopefully I'll find my way back into my art via more mixed media pieces and dolls along with some paintings and cards.


 Angel Policy:    Please be sure to familiarize yourself with my angel policy- I think its very reasonable- 

I ask that you don't teach my classes or any part of them and that you NOT send in anything in for publication to any mag. or book. (Obviously because I'm planning on doing that) Please feel free to make and sell the items you create from my classes giving me credit when possible. You could just say- inspired by a class I took by Carol Murphy and then give my website or something like that. That would in turn make money for both of us as I might gain some new students and you could sell your pieces you create from my classes. Also, please try to change things up a bit and maybe use a different face, fabric, fibers, etc. People shouldn't look at your pieces and say," Oh that's one of Carol Murphy's pieces."

Hopefuly this seems fair to everyone. Let's be honest here- I know times are hard and we're all looking for ways to broaden our income. I know that most of you are not taking my classes to make a doll, canvas, or whatever to give to Aunt Matilda. Just try to remember the above mentioned stipulations and feel free to sell the pieces you make in my classes.

In loving memory of "Sam"  


All images and poetry on this site are the property of Carol Murphy  Altered By Design © 2006. Do not copy, download, or in any way use the images or poetry on this website without written permission from Carol Murphy

"Hold close the little child within and listen to the whispers"

























































 "Hold close the little child within and listen to the whispers"