Thursday, October 25, 2012

For the Birds...

I have been busy swappin' again, and this time it was for a Lucky Parcel. For those of you that are not familiar with Lucky Parcels, they are a selection of items gathered together with a particular them, and are place in a container of some sort that also depicts the theme. The theme for this particular Lucky Parcel was birdies. I made my partner a little birds nest necklace with come copper wire and freshwater pearls, and then  I stamped a little muslin bag with a birdcage to keep the necklace in. I included a package of Prima birdies for her own crafty projects, a cute little notebook with birdies on it, and some Heidi Swapp bird stickers. I needed something cute to package it all up in, and just couldn't find the right thing, so I decided to whip a little something up. I took a brown bag, cut the top off, inked it up a bit, added some Tattered Angels sprays, a couple of die cut birds, a seam binding handle, and some trim scraps, and Voila! A few minutes and I had a one of a kind package for a "tweet" friend. (Sorry I couldn't resist) Oh, and what does that G have to do with birds? Absolutely nothing, it is the initial of her first name :o)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooky Garland

It is almost Halloween and we have been busy decorating our chateau. The girls and I love to decorate for Halloween, and just about every room ends up with a special touch, from the tiny skeletons hanging from the chandelier, mouse silhouettes going up the stairs, cloches filled with dry moss and skeleton bones and all the usual front porch decor. Even with totes full of spookalicious treasures, I can't help but want to make a few extras to finish it off. I decided to make a layered paper garland. 

The Spooky Garland

Canvas triangles from Maya Road, Pink Paislee and &7 Gypsies papers
layered with vintage book pages, vintage glass glitter covered chipboard, tulle trim, bakers twine, singed tulle flowers and more!

I used Tattered Angels mists in 3 colors on the canvas, added black zig zag stitching, and inked the edges with Distress inks. The black flowers are layers of singed tulle with black brads in the centers.

I used 3 layers of paper on top of the canvas, also inked and distressed. Fringed tulle between the letters, tied onto bakers twine, and topped with extra embellishments :o)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ribbon Samples for Petar

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween Swappin'

I have been feeling fall. Not that it feels like fall here, with our just shy of triple digits heat still going on. I am ready for fall. I am ready for pumpkins, cool breezes, colorful leaves, soups, long sleeves, cardigans, and rubber boots. I love the smell of damp earth. I can't wait. I love all of fall, but with two growing girls, Halloween is pretty big around here. "Any Reason to Decorate!" is our motto! To get started on the fall fun, I joined a few swaps to get my creativity flowing.

The first one I joined was a Halloween Cracker. Growing up with a best friend who's mother is from England, I was familiar with what "Crackers" were. It is basically a cardboard tube that is wrapped in wrapping papers, and tied off at each end. In the tube are a paper crown, a joke (a really bad joke usually), and a trinket of some kind. You grasp both ends and quickly pull, releasing the treasure hidden inside. We open ours during Christmas dinner, put on our crowns, read our jokes, and have a rousing round of bartering for prizes. When I saw the Halloween Cracker swap, I knew that I had to join. We had to take tp roll, decorate it with a Halloween theme and then fill it with trinkets and crafting supplies for our partner, and one piece of jewelry. Without further ado, my cracker debut...
This is the front of the cracker. I used vintage black crepe paper sheets as the base, Pink Paislee and 7 Gypsies Halloween papers, May Arts Ribbons, Vintage Seam Bindings, Bakers twine, vintage glass glitter, Tim Holtz Distress inks, and bits and bobs collected from around the studio.
This is the view from the side. I used my big shot, and Tim Holz sizzix rosette die to cut the paper for the layered rosettes on the front of the cracker.
The left side, featuring glass glittered die cut bats, torn edges on the crepe paper, and my special grunged up and distressed seam binding ribbon. I had the honor of taking a class with Tim Holtz last year, where we made a mixed media collage canvas. I took away many great ideas from him, but one of my favorites was the simple way to distress and age seam binding. I wadded it up into a clump, sprayed it with about 3 colors of Tattered Angels mists, over lapping the colors, hold it into a clump with a wooden skewer, and hit it with the heat gun. It sets all of the wrinkles, but also fades out the colors a bit so it looks worn and aged.
The right side of the cracker also features my layers of ribbons, and a little aged ticket.
I like to age and distress everything. I just feel that it blends the pieces together into one cohesive piece. usually I use 2-3 shades of browns in the distress inks, with my ink blending tool, to get the look I am after. When I am working with black, it just doesn't look quite right to me unless I also blend in the black. You have to use a light hand as to not overdo it. I start out using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and give it the first pass, I am most liberal with this step, I come back over it with Walnut stain, a little more lightly, and a little heavier at the edges, blending out slightly. The last color I use is the black, running the edges of the paper along the pad to get a defined line, and then I go over it with the foam blending tool, just slightly rubbing it out. I was happy with the way this one came out :o)

The necklace I made to go inside, a bit of old sheet music..a scrap of aged seam binding and a spooky cameo!

Hope she likes them!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Off To See The Wizard....

I recently made a Wizard of Oz altered cigar box for a swap I was in.  I loved this challenge! I had a plan going into it, and as these things do, it completely evolved into something else. I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out, although I did want to add some metal feet to it, but darn if I could find them anywhere in the studio.......until the day after I mailed it :o)
This is the top lid of the box (featuring Graphic 45 fabulous papers)
I used the beautiful poppy fields for the sides of the box, distressing all edges with
Tim Holtz distress ink.
This is the inside lid of the box, I used more Graphic 45 papers, vintage book pages
some bits from the studio, and some project leftovers that I brought home from CHA.
This is the inside bottom of the box. I couldn't finish without paying homage to the iconic
yellow brick road. I hand cut all of the bricks from some yellow glitter cardstock. I laid them all
in, but it was just a little too 'bright'. I decided to layer some of my Tattered Angels glimmer mists to tone it down and add some depth. I used 3 shades, blotting in between with a papertowel, and finally setting it with a heat tool. The handcut imperfect bricks along with the aged finish, turned out to be the perfect
finishing touch. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

New colors!

New colors of pleated grosgrain, arriving now!

Pewter, Apple, Light Pink, Old Rose, Raspberry, Hot Pink, Fuscia, Bordeau, Skye Blue, Peacock Blue, Slate Blue, Royal Blue, Navy Lavender, Deep Violet, Spring Green, Olive Green, Emerald Green, Forest Green, Golden, Marigold, Antique Gold, Peach, Orange, Vanilla Creme, Fawn, Choclolate..also available but not, white, and red.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Block Party!!

Initial side, inked, distressed and embossed

stamping and embossing on vintage music paper

Distressed collage

Remember, inked and distressed

vintage music paper, washi tape, stamped, inked and embossed

3 dimentional collage on top of block.
all edges inked and embossed.
I recently participated in an altered block swap. I have altered almost anything I could get my hands on, but I had never altered a block before now. I loved the concept, and the theme "vintage", and as sender's choice I got to interpret than however I wished. I first found (ok, liberated from my stash, because yes, I do have an entire tub of vintage children's blocks in my studio. I have owned them at least 5 years but never used one before now) a block with my partner's initial, and decided to work off of that. I covered all sides but the one with the initial with vintage foreign language music paper. From there I inked, distressed, altered, stamped, collaged, antiqued, and embossed. I themed it after my partner's preferences, and was pleased with the results. It was fairly simple as I wanted the elements to stand alone without being overpowered with something too busy for the diminutive size.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Off the Cuff....

I have long been fascinated with cuff bracelets and have had some ideas rolling around in my brain. It wasn't until some friends of mine were hosting a women's dinner with the theme "burlap and lace", that I finally threw my hat over the fence. I have been making jewelry for a long time, most of it with upcycled vintage pieces, but for some reason I just never got to the cuffs. The burlap and lace was just too much fun to resist and it sent my creative cells into hyper drive. I knew that I would have some quiet time over the weekend while visiting with E, so before I left on my weekly trek, I ran through my studio with a little bag and tossed in a little of this and a little of that. I have a hoarded stash of vintage lace, and I grabbed all those little snippets that I couldn't bear to throw away. I tossed in a few buttons, some ribbon scraps from my shop, and of course some burlap. It wasn't a Somerset worthy presentation, but still it was all I needed. I sat out all afternoon with E and just worked quietly. I was pretty happy with the results. When I showed them to the girlfriends, they loved them too! Now I am off to make make 20 more so all the ladies will have one to take home!