Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Check in again by Wednesday and I'll definitely have all my pictures up. Thanks for sticking with me!
Friday, September 5, 2008
One of my projects was to finish a 12x12 Disney scrapbook from a trip my family went on in October 2006! Yes, two years ago...what can I say?! I find that doing my page layouts first and then going back to add the pictures is much easier for me. If I did a page, added some pictures and then embellishments I would feel like I hadn't accomplished anything by doing ONE page.
In the spring I did the entire layout. Then I went about printing ALL of the pictures that looked good. I printed a lot of them! (Better to be safe than sorry.) THEN I cropped them all on a different day. That was all in the spring. Then a few weeks ago I got the bug again and finally finished it...journaling and all!
We finally have a book to show off our trip. It was a BLAST! We went to Disney World in October and went to the "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween". I have to say that I HIGHLY recommend going during October. Not too many kids have breaks during then so the traffic in the parks is low. The weather is spectacular and the idea of trick or treating with the characters also dressed up in costumes is too hard to resist!
Anyway, the point of this blog was to show you how I did my first "paper piecing" on one of the Halloween pages. I wanted something different that would pop off the page. I think it came out so cute!
First I chose the patterned paper I wanted to use for the witch's hat, cape, shoes and broom. I stamped the witch three times; once on the white cardstock I was using for the main image, then once on the orange paper so I could cut out the hat and finally on the striped paper so I could cut out the cape.
You can see this in the following three images:
Here I used my Stampin' Up! chalks and aqua painter to color in my "witch". Notice the shading to highlight and lowlight the image?
Then, using my tweezers and my 2-way glue pen I placed the pieces I had cut out over the main image. I also stamped the star and crescent moon onto a piece of Yo-Yo Yellow cardstock and cut them out.
I went on to stamp my cauldron once on a piece of white cardstock for my main image and then stamped the portion with the frog on it on some Certainly Celery cardstock and cut him out.
I also stamped the bubbles portion of the image onto some Almost Amethyst designer series paper. I painstakingly (with the emphasis on "pain") cut out even the tiniest bubbles. I colored in the cauldron using my aqua painter and chalks making sure to add highlights and lowlights.
To add some dimension I used my Crystal Effects to round out and glaze the frog's eyes and the bubbles in the cauldron. Then using my 18 gauge copper wire I made the cauldron's handle and ladle. I also cut a small piece of Creamy Caramel cardstock to glue onto the wire to show the "wooden" handle.
Then I cut out both main images and adhered them to my scrapbook page using Stampin' Dimensionals to make them "pop" off the page.
This was a lot of time spent to do this one little portion of my scrapbook, but it was worth it. The memories from this trip will stay with me always and this book will help the children to remember it as well!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I hit Michael's and found these really cute silver rings with the holes in the correct position for these beads. I used seed beads from the same set to fill in where the bigger beads didn't fill the silver rings in. I certainly didn't want anyone to see the wire in between and think I was a newbie (even though I am)!
The spirals I had made while practicing my wire-wrapping technique. My goal is to eventually purchase real sterling silver wire to duplicate these spirals and replace them in this necklace. I was really happy the way it came out, but the copper-filled wire I used is cheap and brings the look of the necklace down a notch. Live and learn, right?
Hope you like it too.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Last week I decided to tackle the remaining chairs...one chair at a time. I even decided I would take pictures of the major stages I was taking it through to share on this blog. HOWEVER...I hate the way the chair turned out! So, now I'm going to have to re-sand the sealer off the chair and paint it a dark brown. Right now I'm aggravated from that project and am taking time off from that...again!
So, here's what I made to make myself happy again..."Too Much Of A Good Thing". I used the Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White cardstock from Stampin' Up! The stamp set is called "Time Well Spent"...also from SU!
I had some extra long envelopes from a Stamp-a-Stack I did, so I wanted to make a long card and this is what I came up with. I'd seen a similar card in one of the SU! catalogs and loved the layout. I punched holes into the So Saffron piece using a piercing tool and foam mat. I colored the images using my coordinating Stamp 'n Write Markers, cut out the butterfly and "popped" it using a Stampin' Dimensional. I tied a knot in my pink grosgrain ribbon and glued it on using Crystal Effects. The card still lacked some "punch" so I decided to go back with my Basic Black marker and line "stitches" around the images.
Now THAT made me happy to complete a project!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
It's a standard size card; 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I stamped the image using a Versamark pad onto the glossy white cardstock(it makes a watermark of the image), poured my silver embossing powder over and heated it using my heat gun. I colored in the dress using my almost amethyst marker. The trick here is to go over the image once, then come back to 'darken' the areas you want to have shadows on. I punched the corners of the image and small piece of black cardstock using my ticket corner punch, glued them together and then onto the almost amethyst cardstock. I popped this using Stampin' Dimensionals (foam dots).
I made the silver spiral using 16 gauge wire, tied a piece of black grosgrain ribbon on and voila! To make sure it stayed in place I used a dot of Crystal Effects to hold it down.
I always have to decorate my envelope to coordinate with the card. It makes the receiver excited to open this piece of mail first! Using my Aqua Painter and SU! chalks I colored in her hat, lips and cheeks.
That's it for today. Keep coming by to say hello & leave me some comments so that I know whether or not you've appreciated this post. Thanks!
Monday, July 21, 2008
I used hemp for the necklace, silver spacer bead, Swarovski crystals, a silver bail, silver chain, jumprings and headpins. This "wood" bead is actually some kind of melamine or resin. I bought it for cheap at Michaels. What's amazing to me is to think of what this woman probably spent on a similar-looking necklace and I made it myself and for much less.
Tah tah for now!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Below I am attaching the earwire to the chandelier with two jumprings...this way it will hang the proper way from my ear.
And here is the finished earring with dangles attached. Hope you like it. Off I go to make the second one...see you later!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Using a glue stick I adhered the first three layers of card stock. Don't glue it onto your Barely Banana card stock yet because you need to punch holes in the four corners. Add your gold brads next. What I like to do is to give one little smack to the back of the brads using my small hammer. This way they'll be really flat in the back and won't stick up once you glue this final layer onto your card.
To finish off this card I stuck a Stampin' Dimensional onto the back of the Bonjour circle to pop it up on the front for added depth. And I always decorate my envelopes as well, so I used my markers one last time to color directly onto a floral stamp in the Carte Postale stamp set and stamped it four times without recoloring the stamp. This way it gradiated up the front of the envelope and made it look so soft.
Well, that's it! I hope you enjoyed my card tutorial. Whew...what a project. Now I understand what goes into making these kinds of tutorials. My hats off to those of you who do such an amazing job on your blogs! I hope you enjoy mine, even in it's infant state and continue to come back to check out my latest projects. And, again, all comments are welcome. Bye for now!