"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Neptune's Catch ("Swirlydoo Challenge")

I found a new product to experiment with...fusible web.  It turns out that this product is very much like the sewing product we use to make collars on blouses/shirts. In this case, I used it to create the mermaid's body and sprinkled two different colors of embossing powders on the fusible web and applied the heat gun to it and watched the magic produced by the embossing crystals. I also used it on the large circle and applied beads, embossing powder and glitter.  But, the best part was making her tail out of a Maya Road chipboard wing and embossing powders.  The sea shell chipboards are from Dusty Attic, and I thoroughly enjoyed embellishing these with glimmer mist, glitter and embossing powders.  The inspiration of this layout came from two Swirlydoo members in which I followed in a Round Robin challenge.

Paradise ("Once Upon a Sketch Challenge")

I've been stalking Once Upon a Sketch for sometime now wanting to play but time constraints would get in the way...until recently. When I saw this months bi-monthly sketch and the possibilities that such a sketch could render, I decided to make time to play.  This sketch challenge required a journal of a song.  Like you, there are too many songs that I like, so I narrowed the choice down by the year this picture was taken and chose, "I've Never Been to Me", by Charlene.  The lyrics read, "...please lady, please lady don't just walk away, cause I have this need to tell you why I'm all alone today.  I can see so much of me still living in your eyes won't you share a part of a weary heart that has lived a million lies."  I finally got to use that Iron Orchid design paper by Creative Imaginations, and my newly purchased Prima brick stamp and Kaisercraft's lamp post chipboard.  Thanks for stopping by.

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