Welcome to my blog. My blog is mainly for the sharing of the many projects I make either for swaps, for gifts or just because I was inspired by something I saw on the internet and wanted to give it a try as well. I hope you enjoy what you see and if you have any questions be sure to send me a comment.
I'm so thrilled that I participated in this project. I really wanted to do a project I could display once it was done, so I did my "tags" in ATC (Artist Trading Card) size of 2.5 x 3.5. I love how it turned out! Much of it was a challenge since I didn't have a lot of the product used on hand. But for the most part, I think I got the gist of the theme.
School themed book using Laura Dennison's Stack the Deck contruction. I used A2 (5-1/2x4-1/4)sized envelopes for the pages. It's a neat little book and it's construction allows the pages to liw open. Here is Laura's video for assembly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_6pe2ZhDI
This cute little tag was made using a free download
from Retro Cafe Art. They offer a free page of art
routinely on their Facebook page for us to use in
their monthly challenges. The tag is pretty simple to
make, but I think it's adorable. I had just bought the
tiny bells a few days before they posted the page of
art for download. It has such a sweet tinkling sound.
It might be hard to see, but I used a clear sparkle gel
pen to make dots on the coat fur. Back in the day
when I was a little girl these style of coats did have
sequin sparkles on the fur.
I want to thank those of you who comment here on the blog or in the various Yahoo groups I participate in. I so appreciate all the kind words everyone has to say about my projects. I receive the notices in my e-mail and am very forgetful about getting back to the blog to say thank you. So THANK YOU!!
These cute little boxes are from my stamp club's October demo. Member Rosalee always demos on Halloween. It's her favorite holiday to decorate and create for. The boxes are based on the little boxes you might buy ointments and creams in. The pattern can be found on Splitcoaststampers at this link address http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/flatbackedtreatbox/
The step-by-step photo tutorial along with the video tutorial make the project easy to create. You can put Hershey's Kisses, 3 Hershey's Nugget mini's fit side by side in the box, Dum Dum / Mini Tootsie Pop suckers will fit... for cute little candy treats for your favorite little Trick or Treaters. I also made a little Christmas version. You can roll up dollar bills, tie with a ribbon and insert for a gift.
Artco Crafts big Nov. craft night was also a lot of fun. Four of my friends from my stamp club were there as well. It was set up as 5 stations around the store. We started with the biggest project first. We distressed a plain wood frame using Ranger distress stains, books we tore up to collage onto the inset border, vinyl rub on words and a burlap bow. I still have to make my flowers for the middle of the bow. We also made an ornament ball by putting glue inside the ball then glitter to coat the inside. We applied beads to a small canvas zippered bacg. And then we frosted vinegar bottles using stazon white cotton ink, glazon finishing product and then stamping with stazon ink. This was a really easy and fast project. The last project was a necklace made from those t-shirt like fabric strips and pony beads. This didn't appeal to either of us so we skipped that project. There were all kinds of snacks provided and drawings all night long. Even though the event ran from 5-10pm we were tired and left by 7:30.
Our first stop was at Scrapbook Nook in Kent, where we
attended a 1 hour class with Aimee and Meghan from
Graphic 45 where we made three jumbo (9-1/4" x 4-1/2")
sized tags. It was fun. And G45 was very generous with
product we received in our kits. After the class we did a
little shopping. Then we made a few craft store stops as
well as a late lunch stop at IHOP. After which we headed
south to Tacoma for Artco's special craft event.
Here is my ATC (tag) for October.
I am not a glitter person so I don't
own much of it. I ended up just using
clear stickles on graunge paper alpha
letters that I painted black. And I
don't have any of the daubber paints
he used either for the more vibrant
color background either.. but I like it
and it look goods in the ATC tray
along side the others.
Oh my goodness! Once I get an idea in my head I sometimes go a little nuts. I have done a few tag swaps over the past year and have this small box of tags just sitting on the work table. So.. I finally got around to doing something with them. I created little Tag Swap Books for the individual swaps. Top left is for a swap called "Famous Movie Lines" which I hosted on the All Things Tim (ATT) Yahoo Group. The other 3 books are also from swaps on the ATT Group. Top right was a Steampunk theme, lower left was a Monochromatic Dress From and finally a Patriotic themed book. I intend to go back and do something with the pocket fronts, a little decorating and with tags of the name of the artist who created the tag in the pocket.
The theme for this swap is a sparkly holiday for the AFTCM group. I made these using scraps from G45's Nutcracker Sweet Christmas paper. I couldn't get any of the photos I took to show the sparkly parts. But on the Sugarplum Fairy her wings, the scroll work on the front of her tutu and dots on the top flower have clear stickles on them. The Land of Sugar Sweets has a clear gel pen outlining all the swirls and candies on the background paper and the flowers. On the Nutcracker the flowers have the gel pen dots and I used red bling around the base of the nutcracker border. The Nutcracker himself is dimensional with black pop dots so it allowed his feet to reset against the bottom. I love how these turned out. When searching the internet I saw ones made into ornaments, have photos rolled up around them and other cute ideas. On Bing I just searched for altered thread spools to find ideas.
Found an old pattern for a card top I learned years ago. I thought it would work for a different take on a "telescoping card" for a swap on the Art for the Creative Mind yahoo group. I went right to work making the Asian themed one. Once I was done I went to mark it as a completed project only to discover there was a specific theme.. Spooky and Scary... Hmm. I seem to do this quite often lately. So went back down to the art room and created the Halloween version. Isn't really scary...or spooky... but it came out cute. The reason I'm calling them "Pseudo" is because it's technically a Lantern Card pattern, but I think when you lift the tab it does kind of "telescope" up.
This was a fun project. I tried more for the macabre
but I think it still has a little cute in it. The back of
the coffin is covered with the paper with the writing
that's used on the lid sides. I couldn't pull off the idea
I had imagined for the top of the lid, but I've just spent
too much time searching for what I wanted to do.
At some point I just have to stop because I become
obsessive. When it was done I'm not sure I loved it..
but it's grown on me. I hope my partner likes it enough.
The fair is over and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I came home with ribbons on all 6 projects (if you count the participation ribbon for the 1 item that didn't win anything). Of note.. 5 of the 6 projects were made using Graphic 45 papers. Upper left red ribbon was 2nd place, upper right white participation ribbon, lower left 3rd place ribbon. Lower right blue is 1st place, green is Honorable Mention and the white ribbon is 3rd place. This was my first time submitting anything in the Hobby Hall. It certainly won't be my last.
The base for this mini page book was made using 1 12x12 sheet of card stock. . Used Graphic 45 Boardwalk and Perfect Gentleman Papers. This mini book style was designed by Dawn S. and her how to YouTube video can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czu41mN0_1A&feature=plcp Once I made a couple I was addicted. It's amazing how much page space there is in the book. They measure approximately 5-3/4 x 4-1/8 when closed.