Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nouveau Beauties

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Been Busy Book Binding



This is a new class I will be teaching at a local store called Stampeddler Plus in downtown Northville, Michigan. I took a traditional book binding class a few months ago and I loved it but I hated the fact that the beautiful stitching I spent an hour doing was completely covered by the spine of the book. I had seen other exposed bindings and when I went on the web I found plenty that looked exactly like this. What I did to jazz up the inside of the book was to use all kinds of double-sided scrapbooking paper. I then sprayed with mica sprays and stenciled and stamped with rubber-stamp ink. The art journal is meant to be written in or have all kinds of art added to the pages. Below is a slide show of some of the inner pages. 



I started with 12" x 12" paper and on some of them I folded up the bottom ( to make a pocket) before I folded and cut the pages. On some of the pages that I sprayed with mica sprays I didn't want to waste the spray left on the stencil so I flipped it over onto another page to essentially "stamp" the image. The final size of this journal is 5" x 7.5"







This one is actually the first book I made to take to the Key Largo retreat. I didn't put anything in it at the retreat so now I just keep it on my work table and when I have scraps from a project that don't get used they get added to this journal. 

 I took the covers off of an old Reader's Digest that I got from Rob's dad. (It has to be from sometime in the 50's or 60's.) Once again I used all kinds of scrapbooking paper which even included a lot of paper that I got from when I was in Club Scrap. (Stuff that has sat untouched for years because it was too beautiful for me to bear using.) The black and white ribbon is some antique stuff from my special stash. It was so old and fragile that I had to sew it to some stiff buckram to keep it from tearing. Below is a slide show of some of the pages.



I have a couple more of these books to share but the box of goodies arrived from Key Largo yesterday and I am dying to get busy on finishing up a few projects that weren't completed while I was there. Don't worry I promise to share those too. 

Cherry Blossom Festival

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I just can't get enough of asian designs and cherry blossoms are a particular favorite of mine.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kiss Me, You Fool!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Two Favorite Subjects


At the beginning of March Stacey from Blockhead stamps asked me to design a few projects using some of their exclusive stamp sets. I couldn't decide on just one set so I had Stacey send me the "Architecture" and the "Chinese Princess" set which you can see below each card sample. (Just click on the stamp image to be taken to Blockhead Stamps.)



For the steampunk card here's the steps I followed.

1. I started on a cream piece of card stock and I heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then took an ink blending tool and some Faded Jeans Distress ink and colored over the whole image. I then darkened the edges using the Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and then I splattered some Starburst Stains called "Afternoon Delight Denim" from Lindy's Stamp Gang. (It doesn't show up well in the photo but trust me, it's there. (I then tore around the image.)

2. Once the image was dry I took it to my ironing board and took a scrap sheet of computer paper and ironed off the clear embossing powder. It has the effect of leaving the original paper color show through the dark ink colors like a batik. 

3. I cut a 5" x 7" card from more cream card stock and ran a piece of an old dictionary page through my Xyron and adhered it to the card front. I then rubbed the edges with some Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress ink on a blending tool. 

4. I stamped the lamppost image and embossed it with dark brown embossing powder and colored it with a water brush dipped in my Vintage Photo Distress ink pad. I put a good thick coating of Glossy Accents over the globe to make it look glass like. 

5. I adhered all the gears, book plate, and key with Glue Dots and adhered the lamppost with foam tape and the card was finished. 





Here are steps I followed for making the Asian themed card.

1. I cut a 4.5" x 6.25" card from black card stock and splattered it with some more of the Starburst Sprays from Lindy's called "Grab A Guy Gold". (Fabulous names for some of these sprays huh?)

2. I stamped the "princess" with Versamark and embossed her with detail black powder then colored her with chalks and some colored pencils. I used some gold paint to color in the chinese characters behind her head. 

3. I stamped the wave on some teal card stock and heat embossed it with a  light aqua embossing powder. I then colored the tips of the wave in with a white gel pen and adhered it to the bottom of the princess image. 

4. I punched out the border from hot pink paper using one of Martha Stewarts All Over the Pages punches called "Caning Pattern". I then sprayed it with some more Starburst Spray called "Heliotrope Purple Plum". I cut out a vintage asian book page to fit behind it and adhered it to the side of the card. 

5. I finished the card by taking a piece of lime green satin ribbon and threading it through an asian coin and adhering it along the bottom of the card. 



I still need to do 2 more projects using some images from each set so be sure and check back to see them in the future. Oh and be sure to stop by Blockhead Stamps and take a look at all the cool stamp images available exclusively from them.

Do You Have A Gypsy Soul?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two For The Price Of One

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Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm Ready For My Close-Up

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Digital Download

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I have been toying with the idea of offering collage sheets for sale and here are some images that I altered to make them into mermaids and fairies.

Happy Easter

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I hope that you and yours are having a Happy Easter today!