Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I love that I will have one for every color family at least and the wood block will help me keep my hands ink-free. These blocks are nicely finished and feel really nice in the hand.
If anyone plans to make their own, I will give you one big tip: get square blocks so you can have nice, smooth cut-n-foam tops!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here is the darling "I Am Thankful For..." Thanksgiving book we made. We took a small carvable pumpkin - about 6" - and cut it in half and sprayed with various Maya Road color mists. These are hollow, so we covered both open sides with chipboard and cardstock. Five pages were added to make up the book. Then we decorated the top.
In the picture below you can see the open book with the pages. I've decorated them a bit but will also add photos and journaling. I'd like to get the entire family to journal either what Thanksgiving means to them or what they are thankful for.
Here's a closeup of a few pages. I used the Bo Bunny fall line of papers, Beautiful Life, which are gorgeous. I love this little book - it will do double duty as both decor and a book of gratitude.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thanks to my online friend, Veronica, who helped me out and pointed me to this great site for blog changes. How do you like the new look? I know, my header doesn't go with the background now, so that will be next on my list...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I received this beautiful glass coaster from my "inspiration mingle" partner. Remember the black lace skirt that was the inspiration for this month? Brenda used real black lace sandwiched between two pieces of glass. Then she added copper foil tape and used a patina solution on the tape which makes it look aged. This scan makes it look huge - it's really 3 1/2" x 5" which is great since you can still see some of it when a glass is placed on it. I love it - thanks so much Brenda!
And here's what I bought this week with my Michael's 50% off coupon. No, I haven't suddenly gone cutesy or gaga over Disney princesses. I have plans for altering this - I have already removed both the labels and the stamps. I will post the project in a few days...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I finished the last altered cabinet card! Yay! I did this one completely different from the others. I tore and glued on patterned papers for the background, then cut out the cabinet card image and layered it over the background. I embellished with vintage lace, buttons and some black snaps and hook-and-eyes. I feel almost guilty that there's no stamping on this one!
We also have to make some sort of container to hold the cards, so I used this suitcase-type box that contained an embellishment kit by Making Memories (Passport collection). The cards fit inside perfectly and I love the window on top. It also has a cute elastic closure that fits over a copper knob.
I used two 6" x 12" coordinating papers from a Crafty Secrets paper pack to cover the inside bottom of the box, the back and spine and around the front side. This paper pack also came with coordinating labels which I used on the spine and near the closure.
Although I had no plan when starting on the box, it worked out just perfectly as these are the only scraps remaining! How's that for serendipity?These will be going in the mail this week. They will be swapped out at the end of the month when I will receive six different cabinet cards and another box in return. Can't wait to see these!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Five children and lots of ups and downs later, we're still together. We went to a quiet new (for us) Italian restaurant tonight and toasted to another 36 years. Hmmm, not sure if we'll make that...
So I dedicate this post to my darling, wonderful, patient husband - I love you babe!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I've finished two more altered cabinet cards. This first scan is blurry - that's a 3D rusted key on the left which is very hard to scan. This was actually a bright gold key which I used Sophisticated Finishes 2-step rust antiquing on. I used the watercolor crayons again on the background after first gessoing and adhering scraps of text pages.
I love this precious baby photo. I used pink acrylic paint and a script stamp for the background and added a sticker border and word, text page Stickled wings, two hand cut hearts and some antique lace, tatting and button.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
And, last but not least, we went to the local Mid-Cities Annual Greekfest this evening. Our neighbor's friend was in charge of the entertainment and three of her daughters were dancing. The little five-year olds were adorable and did a great job. Of course, the older ones were fantastic. My hands are numb from all the clapping! The live music was great too and ... the food yummy! We brought extra baklava home - can't wait to sample it again tomorrow.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I also finished a Halloween tag for an Inspiration Mingle for an online group. Every month a picture is posted for inspiration and you send your project to a mingle partner. Here is the photo for this month - a black lace skirt from the Coldwater Creek catalog.
The black lace on the skirt made me think of spider webs and Halloween, so I made an oversized Halloween tag. The background was embossed with a sparkly black embossing powder and vintage black lace and rick rack are sewn on the bottom. The images are from a Halloween image CD I purchased from Kris Hurst. Of course I had to add orange Stickles to a few of the hats; the others were colored with black glaze gel pens so they are a bit shiny.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Here's a simple card I made today for a friend's upcoming wedding. I used the Cuttlebug heart embossing folder on the front and used a Martha Stewart punch on both sides of the strip I attached to the left side. The wedding cake is a Michael's $1 stamp which I embossed in silver and layered on a scalloped silver metallic square. Sorry for the shadows in the poor scan - scanner doesn't like lumpy bows or white on white!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Three pumpkins for $3.50 each! These will look cute with some fall leaves for a centerpiece.
Love these little holiday hangers. The Happy Hallween and Merry Christmas are covered with glitter; the Happy Holidays is a magnet!
I absolutely fell in love with this shabby bird. He will be nestled in some snow-frosted greenery for Christmas time.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I chose faithfulness and used deep purple cardstock on the front of my page. Unbelievably, I only had one cross stamp and nothing with faith! For the background I stamped the cross stamp with Versamark and wiped over it with silver Perfect Pearls. I filled in the center cross with a silver Krylon pen, attached the cross charm and added silver Stickles. I borrowed a stamp for the wording and cut it up. The "faith" metal embellishment was part of a $1 package and I used alcohol inks to color it. I heat-embossed a glittery silver embossing powder around the edges.
On the back, I adhered a song page from an old hymnal, stippled it with purple ink and coated it with a sparkle glaze. I think the ink ran but I like the mottled coloration. The scripture is, again, a borrowed stamp. Then I added purple and silver fibers at the top.
Only two more books to work in! Can't wait to see my own finished book.