Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just in Time For Dressing Up

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I just finished this full sized mask a few hours ago for MC Sparks to replace the mask that she never received in a recent swap on my Yahoo group. (Nothing gripes me more then someone who drops out of a swap and doesn't bother to notify me.) Anyways here are the details on how I made it.

1. The mask was one of those full face masks that I bought at Michael's and then cut the lower part of the face off. (I didn't like the shape of the chin and mouth.) I then sanded it lightly and painted it with a metallic teal acrylic paint. I then put a crackle coating over it and covered it in white paint. I then decided that I didn't like the way it turned out and I painted over the whole thing in metallic lime green. It's kinda cool the way you can see the crackle effect under the lime green paint. ( The edges are rubbed with silver Rub-N-Buff.)

2. The headpiece is made from chipboard die cuts that have been pieced together. It is painted in Glorious Gold Patio paint and then a wash of silver was rubbed over it.  I then darkened the edges of the gold with some Black Soot Distress Ink on an eye shadow applicator. The teardrop shapes were painted with the same metallic teal that I used earlier then have teal crystal rhinestones glued on to each one.  The backing to the 3 openings of the headpiece are cut from packaging plastic and then marbled with alcohol ink in Aqua, Stream and Pool. (They are backed with a lighter aqua paper so that the marbling shows.) I added the backs to the openings as a way to help stabilize the chipboard scrolls and keep them from breaking off.

3. The eye openings have a ring of olive green crystal rhinestones glued around them and the lower edge of the mask has some cording glued on to cover the raw cut edges. More of the teardrop shapes were painted teal and added under each eye opening along with more crystal rhinestones.

4. The finishing touch was to add some antique gold colored chains on the lower part of the mask to dangle around the wearers chin. I also added some lime green and aqua crystals on the lower chain.

What A Waist

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Yep..... more ladies from the french site. It's gonna take me a whole year to post them all.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Black & Orange

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OK so maybe these aren't exactly images that you might use for Halloween but you never know. I bet some of you are clever enough to figure out a way to use them.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's On My Wall? (It must be the day after Wednesday)

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This is obviously not a drawer but it is something that a lot of people have commented about so I thought I would give you a closer look. I originally put up these shelves because when we did the addition to the house 3 years ago the one thing that was going to change was that the larger center door was going to be taken out and have the original window put back in. (No sense in having 2 doors on that wall.) The previous owner had the larger door installed because he used to work on his motorcycles in the basement. (In case you're wondering why it's because we don't have a garage.) Anyways I put in the narrow shelves to hold my stamps so that the door in the corner could open. (Of course it still needs a door handle.)

Here's a better shot of the large center door that was going to be removed. It never happened because of the following reasons. Maybe when the whole basement gets a good renovation this will actually happen. (But I am not holding my breathe.)
1. It was getting too cold outside to have an open wall while they put in cinder blocks and the window.
2. I didn't have anywhere to move all of my crafting stuff so it wouldn't get destroyed.
3. We ran out of money. (Biggest reason of all!)

Here's a closer photo of the top part of the stamp wall. I have it broken down into categories as best as they will fit. Some of the larger stamps will only fit on certain shelves so I have limited options.

Top row- Large background stamps.
2nd row - Animals & People
3rd row - Asian images
4th & 5th row - Flowers
6th row - Trees & Leaves

Here's the bottom part of the wall. You can see on the very left hand side there is a few of my extra long stamps called bolio's that are hanging on cup hooks. (They are hanging the whole length of the door but you can't see them in the upper photo.)

top row (7th shelf) - Solid blocks & Scrollwork
8th row - Background textures
9th row - Floral Patterns (Mostly from Anna Griffin)
10th row - Misc. & Stamps that have matching punches
11th row - Art Deco & Postage
12th row - Vintage collage images
13th row - Cube stamps and Sets


This is a panoramic photo that I constructed out of several to show the stamps that are on the shelf that runs over the top of the door and window. (I couldn't get a good enough photo that was close enough and yet included all the stamps in one shot.)

Starting at the left - Misc, nautical, fruit labels, photo slides & camera, travel, celestial, garden architecture and hearts.

As you can see I am out of room for stamps that are mounted on wood blocks so I don't even buy them anymore unless it is one that I absolutely must have. Soon I may remove the top part of the shelf that houses my TV, CD changer and speakers and put in more stamp shelves. But that is another project for the possible remodeling job.

Hats On Flappers

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I decided to take a break from posting stuff from the french site for a day or so. I know it's been a while since I have posted some ladies in hats so here is your chapeau fix.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Q is for Quetzal"

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This is the next letter in the Alphabetical Order swap that I host on my Yahoo group every month. The letter is "Q" which is a really tough one. So I whipped out the dictionary I have next to my computer desk and scanned through the meager 5 pages of definitions and this one caught my eye. I have heard of a Quetzal but would have never thought of it for the letter "Q". Below are the details.

1. The background was done on watercolor paper with some faux glimmer mist that I had mixed up from a previous project. (Sorry but I can't remember what the colors were on this one.) I simply sprayed it on and then dropped some kosher salt on it to created the mottled effect.

2. The bird is an image I found on-line and enhanced with colored pencils. I attached it to a sturdy backing paper by running it through my Xyron then I cut it out leaving the long tail off on purpose. I then glued a mixture of green fibers to the tail to simulate the one I cut off. (It is raised up on foam tape to leave room for the fibers.)

3. The leaves are all punched out and then shaded with some colored pencils. Some are raised up on foam tape to create depth.

Hang It Up

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More beautiful frame from the french site.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In The Pink

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More images from that fabulous site. I will be posting these for the next year I got so many.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scrollwork Galore

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Imagine my surprise when I was downloading yet more great fashions images from that french site and I found a whole other section on ornamentation. Here are a few of the frames I was able to clean up and post for you guys to use.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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 To download click on the picture to get a full size image. Right click and "save to" your computer desktop or a folder of your choice. (Images must be increased in size by 200% to use as 12" x 12" paper.)

Here's the last 2 sheets of "paper" and some page jewelry to match the set. There will be more embellishments next week too.

It's A Nice Day For A White Wedding

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Yup.... here are some more images from that french site. I hope you guys don't get sick of these beautiful fashion drawings because I downloaded 100's of them.