Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Cool Surprise!

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Sometimes in the middle of creating you run across something unexpected and kinda cool. As some of you may know I host the monthly techniques swap on the ATC World list. (The technique for January is using bleach.) So I was in the basement playing with my stamps and some bleach trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do for this swap. All of the samples I had done thus far were less then thrilling so I pulled out some more scraps and some more stamps to try again. One of the scraps happened to be some plain old black card stock that I had recently bought from Michael's. I always seem to need black and they never seem to have it in stock except that day... so I bought a bunch. Anyways when I stamped the bleach on it, it immediately turned this wonderful jade green. I kept thinking it would keep getting lighter until it was white but it stayed that wonderful color. So I had my "eureka" and above is the background and the finished card.

So keep experimenting and remember ..."A mistake is only an embellishment opportunity."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Nutcracker Suite

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I host a monthly art doll swap on an ATC list I belong to and the theme for December was of course Christmas. I was originally going to make a Santa, but I wanted to do something different then the obvious. (Don't get me wrong I LOVE Santa's. In fact my whole Christmas is decorated with just Santa's.) My sister suggested doing a nutcracker and so here he is. The hair and beard is done with something called "Flower Soft" and I really love using it. I think it is the same stuff that model train makers use to put leaves on trees. Anyways it is available in many colors other then green or "fall" colors for us crafters and is very cool to use.

The epaulets are done with a piece of gold metallic ribbon which has been frayed once it was glued down. (You thought I glued each one of those fibers down individually didn't you?) Well I did try it that way with gold embroidery floss. It worked out OK but it was taking too long and trying my last nerve. If I had more time I wanted to make the mouth move like a real nutcracker does but mind just wasn't giving me any bright ideas.

January's theme is The New Years and I have no idea what I am going to do. (Excuse me I have to go call my sister.)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Last 2 Valentines Ornaments

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SHEW!!! I finally finished the other 2 valentines ornaments and my hands are killing me. (They look like crabby claws all gnarled and crooked. LOL!!!) I want to thank Sammye for sending me the very cool metal leaves that I used on the perimeter of one of the hearts. It drove me nuts when I tried to stitch it down because the thread caught on the leaves every time I tried to pull it through the fabric. (UGH!!!) It was worth the fuss though because I love the way it turned out.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another Valentine Ornament

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I have finished the second of the 4 Valentine Ornaments. The other 2 are close to being finished and may even be done today. All I have to do is make a tassel for each one, add the trim and handle and cover the back and I am done. In case you're curious here are some particulars of this ornament. The buttons are mother of pearl and from my personal collections of antique buttons. The trim around the edge is very old hand tatting. (Yes I know how to tat but that amount of trim would take me forever.) The "love" beads are those alphabet beads you see everywhere. I just painted them green and antiqued them with a gold glaze. The pink crystals on the tassel are from an old necklace I tore apart. The close up of the rose is silk ribbon embroidery.

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is another Sunday Digital Design Download. These are the embellishments I made to be kind of like jewelry for your scrapbook page.