Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
This is another favorite image I like to use when I'm making cards for myself to send and I want them to be sort of "all occasion." It's such a sweet image and vintage-y looking too. I've done it in the past as a one color ink card and also stamped and then colored in the dresses. This time I'm using paper piecing. You stamp the whole image on your surface and then you stamp parts of the image on designer paper and cut out. Mounted with dimensionals, it looks three dimensional. I made five of these yesterday-all different. I'll just show you two.
Our fruit farms here will have strawberries to pick on or about May 30. I can't wait. I love them on cereal, over poundcake, in smoothies, or just out of my hand. That's what I love best about summer is fresh fruits and veggies. Until then, I used one of my favorite berry images to create this card. The image is from Flourishes and if you search on their blog, they even have a tutorial on which Copic colors are used and how to do it. I used Spellbinders Marvelous Squares to mount the image and then stamped a small strawberry and leaves for the sentiment from the same Flourishes set. They look good enough to eat!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Many moons ago in a time of innocence and charm, people made May baskets to celebrate the beginning of this month. I thought of a way to use the MS circle edge diecut I made in the post below. I folded it in half, then in half in the opposite direction. Creased all the folds well. Stapled the center together with the ribbon. I covered the staple with a Prima flower on each side. I added some yellow pearl dots in each scallop. I just filled it with a few azalea stems from the yard just for effect. It could also be filled with candy, small toiletries, etc. Would make a lovely Mother's Day gift as well. Just one of the ideas I got from this new die!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I'm such a sucker for new gadgets. This one is pricey and you MUST use 50 off coupons to make it more reasonable! Martha Stewart has come up with a terrific new tool for punching decorative circles or doilies if you wish. AND you can punch them in sizes from 5.5 inches to 11.5 inches. Pictured below is the starter kit which comes with the eyelet punch. The pink and white doilies are from a punch I purchased separately. It's very easy. Once you do one, you'll have no trouble with subsequent ones. At first I thought "oh this is too expensive to be practical" but then I was reading on line and looking at videos of things to do with it. You can use the circle as a stencil and spritz or paint through it on your scrapbook pages or art journals. You can make flowers, a Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas trees, angels and many more cute things with this tool. If you have any questions, please email me. I suggest you try it. If you hate it you can always return it. I was hesitant at first but now I'm a convert!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
This doll is very long, about 24 inches from head to toe. The limbs on the body as well as the head require stuffing finesse. Her clothes are actually very cleverly designed. The jacket looks like it would be hard but it actually wasn't. I don't have the real Tilda hair so I used that curly hair you can find at most craft stores. On all Tilda dolls, there is kind of a standard hairdo that uses what appears to be a fine nubby yarn. The lady with the jacket is my Southern Belle. She is very polite and has fancy trim on her pantalooms. Her light hair makes her look rather timid and she is properly dressed for afternoon tea with her pearls and jacket. The purple doll is a bit of a flashy dresser. Her bodice is a cream on cream print which you probably can't see. Enlarge the pictures and it's better. She has a large rhinestone brooch on her chest and matching ribbon on her skirt and around her neck. One large flower offsets her skirt. She's sassy don't you think? The last one is pretty much a basic everyday Tilda. I made the skirt shorter and her pantaloons have trim with little pink roses on them. A bow at the back waist is about the only thing I added.
I'm not exactly thrilled with these pictures but for some reason these little women were hard to photograph or it's just the rather gray day we are having here. Is spring never coming?????
Friday, March 29, 2013
To all my followers, please have a happy and blessed Easter! Don't eat too many chocolate bunnies and jelly eggs....lots of that delicious ham is OK!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Here's the next Mixed Media doll and I glamoured her all up! The main color looks like Emerald green in these pictures but it's really a nice turquoise. I put her right on the background of the Prima tags made for these stamps and stamped a few Wendy Vecchi sentiments. Some Recollections bling and a rosette I made myself many moons ago....worked great for this project. The seam binding ribbon at the top is real vintage seam binding, rather sheer, that I found a whole roll of when we cleaned out my mother-in-law's house. I'm having so much fun......even if we did have five inches of snow today! Is spring coming......really???
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I used LOTS of products on this little miss. She was paper pieced and her jacket was colored with Copic markers. Her skin was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with their colorless blender pencil. Her headband is gold Stickles. Papers are SU. Flowers are Prima and Recollections. Stamped sentiments are Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz. I defined her features and her outfit with a .01 Pigma pen. The punch used on the tan paper is a Martha Stewart. The scalloped green is a small section of circular notepaper that SU made a few years ago. I dyed the seam binding with Dylusions and Adirondack sprays.
These stamps flew out of stores and online stores as soon as they were made. I think some places are getting them in again. I got mine from 3 different sources! I hope you will give them a try. I'm thinking of a banner with a different doll on each pennant! Or a scrapbook page for a teenage girl. Tags, cards, so many possibilities! Have fun!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
It was such a busy and complete image that I didn't do anything to it in the way of embellishing. I just triple mounted it with some dimensional stickers and let it stand on its own.
I found a video on this technique on Pinterest. Th video is on You Tube by michelle's rubber room. It's quite simple. You use a paper pad or notebook or several sheets of newsprint. Lay your cardstock on top, a piece of Saran Wrap on top of that making sure the cs is covered. Then, and this is the most inportant part, you separate the plies of your napkin. Most have three and you only want the one with the image. Then you place your napkin, right side up, more scrap paper on top. Then you iron, making sure you do not touch your iron to the Saran Wrap. Big mess! I used a medium setting and only a small amount of steam. Let it cool. Open it up to check the adhesion. If it's not complete, you can touch up with the iron. When cool carefully peel the image and cardstock away
Such a great and simple technique and the possibilities are endless!.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I'm spending today working on a card and some other projects, including more Tilda characters. I just seem to be in love with them right now.
I also think I will be making more cards since it's so easy to make the corresponding envelope.
Have a great day! Hope to see you sometime this week.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Just felt the need to do a small piece of art late today. I used Dylusions sprays on the background and maybe you can see the faint shadow of the little girl and the dressform is even more faint. At that point I wasn't liking it but I try very hard not to give up on something. I added the border, flowers and leaves and the butterfly sticker up on dimensionals, the tin star and the words. I can live with it. I LOVE the Dylusions sprays! Have a great week.