Saturday, June 19, 2010

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty....

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Just Very Cute

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Crown Makes The Queen

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The title says "No ensemble is complete without a crown".


These pages are for one of the circle journal groups I belong to. This one is obviously the Marie Antoinette journal and these pages are for Sarah Walker in Australia. She has not chosen a particular theme for her Marie journal like some of us have and just said to do whatever we feel inspired to do. I felt that Marie needed a crown. It seems that all the paintings that exist of her that I could find, none of them depict her in a crown. She was queen after all right?

Here are the details of the 2 pages.

1. The backgrounds are both scrapbook paper that I aged with Dusty Rose Distress ink. The crown page has a lot of stamped images over the paper from a Marie Antoinette set I have.

2. The border around the crown page is a Martha Stewart punch that I punched from gold and colored with Rub-N-Buff. (The Distress ink wouldn't stick to the glossy gold paper.) The border around the Marie portrait is hand tatting from my stash of vintage sewing goodies. I hand dyed it with Weathered Wood Distress ink. (How did I do art before I owned Distress ink?)

3. The crown is made from some heavy gold foil I have that I attached to some white card stock by running it through my Xyron. I then cut a whole bunch of stuff from my Sizzix and Cuttlebug dies and started playing. (I also used some embossing folders from Sizzix.) Once I decided on a design I liked I glued the pieces down and aged it with black acrylic paint. (I painted then wiped it off.)

4. I added strings of pearls and rhinestones to the crown some of which are colored with alcohol ink.

5. Marie's portrait has the crown Photoshopped in. I found an on-line store that sells pageant tiara's and got a good image that looked "crown" like then just cut and pasted the image to Marie's portrait.

6. The frame around Marie's portrait is made from black german scrap that I colored with gold Rub-N-Buff. I then mounted it on another piece of the gold foiled paper that was glued over a piece of chipboard. I cut it slightly larger then the chipboard and bent down the overhang to make it look beveled like a picture frame.

7. I attached small eyepins to the back of the frame and dangled a pearl tear drop and some antique brass chain to complete the portrait.


Dark Horse Fashions

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's In My Drawers? (It Must be Wednesday!)

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These are some notebook folders that I inherited from my husbands old Franklin Planner. (Remember those things?) I had them for a while before I put them to use but I finally figured out a way to house all my smaller pieces of fiber in them by using an embroidery floss organizer system. It has these special page protectors with rectangular slots in them that hold floss bobbins. (You'll see the floss holders in the next photo.) Anyways this is just showing the first binder which is silver, black/gray, cream, white and metallic gold fibers. It's a great system and it's not very expensive at all. The bobbins are about $1.5o for a package of ten and the page protectors are about $2.50 each. (They can be found at Joanns in the embroidery/sewing section.)








He's A Lady Killer

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What women can resist a guy with flowers?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Send The Kids To The Beach

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Monday, June 14, 2010

The Last Of The Spanish

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

"N" Is For Nest

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This 4" x 4" card is for the "Alphabetical Order" swap that is held every month on my Yahoo group. It goes to Susan Guzy who is having a rough time in her life right now so I hope that this card sheers her up. Believe it or not this card was done all with scraps left over from other projects. Here are the details of the work.

1. The background is a sheet of scrapbooking paper that I rubber Distress Ink on in frayed burlap on to age it. I originally started with a watercolor paper that was washed with a nice aqua so it would look like a bright summer sky. Once I got the other elements finished I decided that the aqua background was too bright and went with the scrapbook paper.

2. The bird image I had printed off for another project and was not used. I tend to print more then one selection when it comes to images because once I get creating I don't know which I will want or like the best. I only had to tear the edges and chalk them.

3. The nest is made by taking a piece of chipboard cut into a circle that size that I wanted the finished nest to be. I then took pieces from a mini nest that I had torn apart before and laid them onto the chipboard. I punched holes with an awl in certain spots and then wired the branches to the chipboard. I did this because using a nest as it came out of the package would have been too bulky.

4. The eggs are plastic and simply cut in half using a craft knife. (Yes they too were left over from another project.) They were already colored a light blue with alcohol ink so I wiped it off using the c leaner. (It left them a faint blue still but I liked the color so I left it.) I then took espresso alcohol ink and spattered the eggs. Since the eggs are hollow, they are held on with very big glue dots that are rolled up inside them.

5. I finished the card by adding a small strip of sheet music, ribbon, buckle and the title. (Yes these were all scraps too.) I then took some of the frayed burlap Distress Ink on a water brush and brushed it around the letters to make them stand out from the background more.

Sunday Digital Download

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All of the original sets I had designed as scrapbooking paper with embellishments have been posted so now I am down to individual "paper" which have no embellishments to match them. (Don't worry I have plenty of those to post.)

A Trip To The Boudoir

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