Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time for Some Beaded Bangles

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You all know I have this obsession with hats... so just go with it.

Friday, July 3, 2009

"D" is for Dragonfly

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This is a 4"x 4" card that I have done for the monthly Alphabetical swap I host on my Yahoo list. Every month is a different letter and the card must be something that starts with that letter. I LOVE dragonflies so for "D" it was an easy one.

Here are the details.

1. The wings are made from "Fantasy Film" in Raspberry. You take 3 or 4 layers and cut it a little larger then the stamp you are using. Put Staz-On ink on the stamp then turn it rubber side up. Lay on the film and then cover with a no stick craft sheet or parchment paper. Take an iron set on medium and set it on the stamp for about 3 to 4 seconds. When you lift it off it has fused the ink and film together. Cut it out and mount it on your art. ( I enhanced my dragonfly further by coloring the film with raspberry alcohol ink. )

2. The body is shaped out of a really small dowel rod that was sanded to shape the tail. The upper body was a larger dowel rod sanded round and then a hole was drilled to glue in the smaller tail. I painted it black and cut slits for the wings and glued them in. The eyes are 2 crystal beads on head pins that are stuck down into the dowel rod.

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

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What can I say?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Because She Can-Can

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Love those huge ruffled skirts on these ladies. Notice Miss Saharet made it in this one again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What's in my Drawer's? (It must be Wednesday)

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This is another cabinet I built myself to house these tool caddies that I found at my local Lowe's. I love them because the yellow containers inside are removable and you can configure them in any order you like. Unfortunately I have not seen them at Lowe's since I bought the last one years ago. The bottom caddy is deeper and has all my extra glue in it. (It is not pictured in the photos below.)

This one has all my tags, colored staples, and a miniature wooden fence.

This one has all my shaped paper clips, hinges, book plates, and assorted other metal pieces.

I posted this one before, which is all of my micro beads, but I thought I would include it again since it is part of this cabinet.

This is all my acrylic pieces in various shapes such as tags, photo mounts, circles, squares, etc.

Although I have a vast collection of buttons from when I used to collect them they are stored separately. These are the ones I will actually use on my trading cards. The other buttons I own I would never part with because they are too valuable. (Maybe one day I will photograph some of the really choice ones and post them on my blog.)

The last tool caddy house all my brads in various shapes.

Welcome to the "Costume" Ball

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I thought to day that I would just pick some ladies in really wonderful costumes. After all what women doesn't like to put on a beautiful dress once in a while?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

One Of My Favorite Models

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She must have been a well know or popular entertainer because I have numerous photos of her. Most of the photos have "Saharet" on them, but I don't know if that was her real name or just a stage name.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Art Nouveau Beauties

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Don't they look so serene in their long flowing robes? Just makes you want to create something with the images doesn't it?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tracy's Circle Journal Page

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Remember those 2 circle journals I am working on? Well this is a page I just completed for the "I Dream In Colors" journal. (That's the one where all the artist choose certain colors for the whole journal to be done in.) Tracy's colors are brown and cream with a touch of yellow. I'm still stuck on eggs and birds that I used for my chunky house book and I really loved the poem I found so I used it again.

Here are some of the details.

1. The swirls of the background paper were a little too bold so I white washed the paper with white acrylic to tone it down. I then laid down one of the "Tattered Angels" stencils and sprayed over it with walnut ink. You can see the branch image on the left hand side next to the yellow ribbon. Again the best laid plans got covered up but that's the way it goes. The dots across the background are stamped with a cream colored acrylic paint.
2. The poem was printed on my computer on top of an image of an old book page. I tore it out and then chalked the edges with a dark gold.
3. The frame around the feather is cut from chipboard and then aged with a 2 step crackling process. The aged and yellowed look of the feather was achieved by taking a piece of acetate and lightly dabbing it with alcohol ink. It was then placed over the feather which is mounted on a piece of cream colored paper.
4. The branch is real and sanded flat in some places and then coated with a matt varnish to make sure the moss stays attached. The leaves are some silk leaves I ripped off of a faux grapevine.
5. The nest is made by taking a circle of chip board the size I wanted the nest to be and it is painted dark brown to match the branches. I took plastic eggs and cut them in half and hot glued them to the center of the chipboard circle. I took apart a small grapevine wreathe and re-used the rusted wire to stitch the grapevines to the chip board circle. The eggs were embellished by spattering them with dark brown paint and then coloring them a light gold with alcohol ink. (They were then coated with a mat varnish.)

Sunday Digital Download

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Here are some of the matching embellishments for the "Studio" line of designs.

Her Royal Highness

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Every one needs to be treated like royalty once in a while. Here's some images for your inner queen.