Saturday, July 11, 2009

Back To The Roaring 20's

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I haven't had any "flappers" in a while so here they are.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Really, Really Big Hats!

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You really have to wonder how some of these ladies stayed standing up with all the weight on their heads.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Colors Circle Journal (Pages for Sue)

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Well I was really inspired when I received this package of a new "Circle journal" to work on. (Remember the "I Dream In Colors" journal?) These pages are for Sue and her colors are orange, purple and green. At first I thought what odd colors to choose but them I remembered my color theory classes from college. Those colors are all secondary colors which means they are created by mixing equal parts of the primary colors. (Red, yellow and blue.)

Here are some of the details of the pages.

1. The curtains on the outside of each page was an image I found on-line of a fortune tellers book. The middle image of the gypsy was too dark and beyond repair on Photoshop so I just used the curtains and colored them with colored pencils.



2. The inner corners have a piece of old lace that I ripped in half and Modge Podged to the paper. I then lightly brushed a Versamark ink pad over the raised areas and sprinkled on some embossing powder. It makes the lace look gilded and made of metal which I think is a very cool effect.
3. The paper flowers are all from "Prima Marketing" and I happened to get on clearance at Michael's. Some I left as is and other's I stamped or painted to match the page colors.
4. The butterfly is made from "Fantasy Film" which is really cool to use. You take several layers and place them over a stamp that has Staz-On ink on it. Place a no-stick craft sheet or a piece of parchment paper over the stamp and iron it with an iron set on medium, for a few seconds. Pull it up and cut it out and Voilá. I added a body carved from wood and painted black along with 2 wire attenae.
5. The beaded swirls are just beads strung on thin wire and sewn down to the page.
6. The "Wheel of Fortune" works like a Magic Eight Ball. You ask a question and then spin it to get an answer. It was made from an image called a "wind rose" that I found on "Vintage Printable." I simply added my own words around the perimeter, colored it with pencils and added a spinner from Tim Holtz. (There is also a metal rossette, used to decorate brads, to raise the spinner so it will spin freely.)
7. The background of each page is made with the "Glimmer Screens" from "Tattered Angels" and the recipes to create your own "Glimmer mists" that I did a while ago on a tutorial. I then stamped words over some areas and heat embossed some swirled images in others.

Geisha's, Geisha's Everywhere

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What can I say.... I LOVE all things "Asian".

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What's In My Drawer's? (It must be Wednesday)

Although technically this is not a "drawer" I thought everyone would enjoy seeing the collection of ink pads I have. I bought the carousel they are housed in on eBay from a woman that hand makes these from masonite and pine. They come unfinished and of course I had to paint mine to match the rest of my workshop. It is probably one of the best purchases I have ever made because my pads are all right at my finger tips. If you have the money to buy one of these they are very well made and will last a lifetime. This is one of the largest carousels they make but there are many other sizes including non-rotating units and shelves. You can see all the units that Angie has on eBay.

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The top has a flat space to hold all of the re-inkers. I also have some metallic inks, my Clorox bleach pen and the ink pad refresher.

This side has all my pigment ink pads, Versamark, Staz-On, Glue pad, Castaway and Archival ink pads.

This side has all my metallic pigment ink pads.

This is the most used side as it has all my Distress ink pads by Tim Holtz. (Love you Tim!) Oh and it has my "Brights" set of ink pads from Ranger.

The last side has all my chalk inks, some Adirondack dye ink pads, my Memories dye ink pads and a few miscellaneous dye pads that won't fit anywhere else.

Something A Little French

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Here are some more french papers for a former french teacher I know. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Because She Can-Can Again

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Here are some more French Can-Can dancers in there huge frilly skirts.

OOPS!! I forgot....

Sorry but it seems I forgot to post images yesterday. Soooooooo..... to make it for it here is another set of images.

A Little Naughty

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Although these photos were probably considered very racy in their time they are now considered pretty tame. I usually don't like to post nudes of any kind to my blog because of it's public nature but I think these are pretty tasteful semi nudes.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is the last of the "Studio" collection. Look for a new set next week.

The Check's in the Mail

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Here are some old documents that I think are bank checks.