Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I also received a Chic Stand which I had ordered awhile back. What is a chic stand? It's simply a small rectangle of very stiff, dense foam which makes piercing holes and setting brads so much simpler and saves your fingers or worktop from getting stuck. The gal who sells these has a great video on her website that you can see here. Be sure to browse her site while there as she has many videos and tutorials.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Traffic Tracker on the sidebar. As of today I will be able to see where all my readers are! I also somehow messed up the site meter so it has now returned to zero! Rats, it was fun to see the numbers rise.
I've been making some cards suitable for men. It's so easy to make floral and/or frilly cards, but difficult to come up with something more masculine. This first one uses masking tape for the background, swiped with brown ink. It almost looks leathery.
For this card I crumpled a brown paper bag and embossed the ridges with gold embossing powder. The sentiment is stamped on a gold-embossed paper fastener with the extra pieces cut off. Last night when I embossed this it was a shiny gold, but overnight it seems to have "aged" and I like the more rustic look better. The background for the butterfly was painted with Twinkling H20s.
The background for this card is stamped with a harlequin stamp in blue. The same stamp is stamped in Versamark on the blue cardstock for the background for the tags. The polka dots were stamped in white with a new pencil eraser. Love that trick for nice dots.
This card was cased from a post on 2Peas. It uses black cardstock swiped with green Crackle Paint from Tim Holtz. The leaves are then embossed with white and copper after the paint dries.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The theme for May is "wings." so here is my fun little submission. It's a "stick fairy" - the body and head are a vintage image which I glued to the top part of an inked popsicle stick and then added glittered butterfly wings to the back. The skirt was cut freeform out of a floral-patterned envelope liner. Because the address of the envie showed on the back, I backed it with white cardstock, cut a little longer and scalloped with scissors. Final touches were Paper Frills at the waist, paper flowers and Stickles centers and thin strips of green cardstock for stems. She's ready to fly to the May winner when chosen.
Monday, May 12, 2008
On the right page, I cut a niche which I backed with the definition of "egg" from an old dictionary and glued in a half-egg wooden shape that I painted with aqua acrylic and spattered with brown. I glued on a small real branch and a stamped grouping of birds and then tucked in two feathers and the stamped quote.
These scans make the pages look washed out, but irl they are more colorful but still subtle. I like how these turned out and hope she likes them. I've mailed it off to the next person in the round robin and am awaiting the next book.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The rest of my day went well too. I met five dear friends for lunch at a nearby tea room in an antique mall and we ate, chatted and browsed most of the day. Five hours to be exact - in fact we were still chatting out in the parking lot after leaving the mall and one man came out and asked it we wanted to rent the conference room! It was a great day catching up with everyone and looking for treasures. I only found a few things - a nice silverplate spoon for another spoon fairy (previous post awhile ago), a darling tiny glass cup and saucer to add to my shelf with my kids' old silver baby cups and christening dresses, an old package of rick-rack (original price on this is $.15 and I paid $.25! It'd be much more in the fabric or scrapbooking stores.), a very old tape measure and a few vintage photos of "instant ancestors." It was a fun day.