Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vivacious Vargas Girls

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I love the look of Vargas illustrations. I just wish I was built like one of these girls.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Join The Line-Up

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Talk about ruffle overload!!! Those dresses must weigh a ton with all that fabric on them.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"O" Is For Opera

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This is another page for the monthly Alphabetical Order swap that takes place on my Yahoo group. This page goes to Susan Guzy again.

Here are the details.

1. The background is a beautiful opera house image that I found and used before on my Marie Antoinette circle journal. I don't usually re-use images but it's so hard to find images of actual stages in any kind of theatre and this one is just fabulous. I actually cut the opacity of the image down to 50% and cropped it so just the stage and curtains showed.

2. The opera singer image I have had for a while and I have just been dying to use her. In the original image her mouth is closed so I found another singer with her mouth open and copied just the mouth on to the opera singer. With a little retouching in Photoshop I think it looks pretty realistic. (She is mounted on foam tape to make her stand out from the background.) I also added the chains and the ah ..... ahem ..... you know the uhm ..... "boobie thingies" from some glue on brad heads I had. (I had to cut one in half because she is in 3/4 profile.) Her feathers on her helmet are some german scrap that I painted with champagne metallic paint.

3. I glued some more german scrap along the bottom edge that originally was a dark brown that I rubbed with some antique gold Rub-N-Buff. (LOVE that stuff!)

4. I added some sheet music along one edge that has the edges rubbed with blue chalk and some images of old tickets. I then rubbed Distress ink along the outside edge of the entire page to frame it in a little more. Oh and the letters are die cuts from Sizzix.

Beautiful Kimonos

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What's In My Drawer's? (It Must Be Wednesday!)

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We are still peering into these 4 folders of fibers. (Say that 5 times fast!) Still have 3 more to go so I hope you don't get too bored.) This next folder has all my burgundy, red, pink and purple fibers.









Big Feathers Are Big Fashion

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You knew it was time for more big hats. This time they all have big feathers adorning them.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just Way Too Cute

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Did you have a pet when you were young that let you dress it up?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Charms Galore

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I have been busy again with charms but this time they are for an upcoming swap I am having on my Yahoo group. I wanted to be prepared since the last charm swap had 48 people signed up. I made a charm for everyone back then and I wanted to do it for this one too simply because I want one of each of the charms that come in. Selfish I know but I just love charms.

Here are all the details on how I did them.

1. The top set of charms is a simple wooden school ruler. I pulled the metal strip out of it and cut it into 1" sections. (See if you can spot where I used the metal strip later on in another set of charms.) The bottom row of ruler pieces are metal leafed because I didn't want to cover up the original writing on the ruler. The top row has various pieces and parts attached to the ruler with very teeny tiny, eeny weeny brass screws. The middle row of ruler pieces have wooden shapes glued to the ruler. I added the words to them by using a set of metal alpha punches usually used for marking metal. Then I painted them black making sure to get the paint down into the letters. I then took Rub-N-Buff and lightly rubbed it over the shape with my finger making sure not to get it into the letters.

2. The "faux" ceramic pieces are actually made from polymer clay. I took white clay and rolled it out and doubled it over then stamped various rubberstamps into the clay to leave impressions. I baked them and then smeared liquid polymer clay into the impressions that was colored with alcohol inks. (YEAH.... I found a new use for alcohol inks.) I lightly wiped off the excess liquid clay with my fingers to make the white show up more. I then baked them a second time and glazed them all with glossy varnish.

3. The last set of charms are made from bullet casings. On my recent trip up north I was able to collect 2 more huge baggies of bullet casings. For the top set I took about 3" lengths of various fibers all in the same color family and folded them over a piece of 20 gauge wire. I then twisted the wire around to create a loop and then squished it tight to hold the fibers. I jammed the end into the bullet casing and up through a hole I had drilled previously and made another loop to hang them by. The bottom set of bullet casings use that piece of metal that I pulled out of the rulers. (Were you able to spot it?) I folded a 2"piece in half and then curled the ends in to resemble a heart. Then I hung them on a jump ring and then an eyepin which was threaded through a hole drilled in the top and looped over to hang them from. Each bullet casing then has a small strip of french writing from an old book glued around the top. (I varnished the bullets to make sure the paper would stay glued on.)

Posed Pretty

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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These may seem a little boring at first glance but they make really great backgrounds.

My Darling.... My Love!

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I guess I was feeling a little romantic this morning!