Saturday, May 9, 2009

Venetian Masks

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Maggie Lind came up with a great idea to have a Venetian masks swap on my Yahoo list. I created a bunch of mask patterns for everyone to use but they wanted something that was more 3D so here is what I came up with.

I took some black polymer clay and rolled it through my pasta machine to get a flat sheet. (I don't use the pasta machine for anything but clay.) Once I got the flat sheet I took a rubber stamp dusted with baby powder and pressed it into the clay to leave an impression. Then I took one of the mask patterns I designed, placed it on the clay and cut around it with a craft knife. To give the mask its shape I took a piece of foil and wadded it up and created a face like form that I could mold the clay too. Basically you just need a nose and 2 indents for the eyes. Once I got it the shape I wanted I rubbed on some Pearl Ex powders with my fingers and placed the mask in the oven to bake right on the foil form. (You need to let it cool on the form so it will retain it's shape.)

Now I just have to decide how to decorate them for the "Enchanted Masquerade" swap. Don't worry I'll be sure and post them again when they are all "blinged" out.

Cute As A Cupid

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I was feeling a little "cute" this morning so here are a bunch of those adorable cherubs of love.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Little Peek Into The Boudoir

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I just joined a swap for a chunky book and the theme was "peeking into the boudoir" so I thought that was a good theme to share today.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Trip Around the World

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Well it's getting to be time for summer and that means vacation time. So here are some old maps to get you started on your trip.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What In My Drawers? (It Must Be Wednesday)

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Here is my "sewing closet" which is where all of my sewing stuff ended up. Believe it or not the whole workshop used to be dedicated to sewing because I used to make clothing for a couple of local boutiques. In case you're wondering those scissors are real and they really work. I got them on a trip to the Fiskars headquarters one weekend. (They sell them to companies for ribbon cutting ceremonies.)
Well here is all the sewing stuff neatly labeled you can see what is where. Some day I will take photos of the inside of the drawers for you to see.
Here is the thread rack that is hanging on the door. It is all of my specialty thread that is used for embroidery and top stitching.

To Be A Kid Again

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Here are some really sweet images of children.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's Just A 3-Ring Circus

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I just felt like doing something fun today so what better then to post some circus images. Sorry if any of you are scared of clowns.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Asian Art

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I am always drawn to asian art no matter what the subject matter. I marvel at the shapes and shadows that can be created by a simple flip and twist of a brush. Hopefully you'll see what I mean with these beautiful examples.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Digital Download

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Here are the rest of the papers for the "Sandy Beach" collection. Enjoy!

Don't Forget the Zip Code

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More postage for more art. (YEAH!)