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

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

She Loves

Got the inspiration to create this from The Color Room, palette #77. I didn't have much in the way of paper to use, but I was able to dig into my stash and used a mask, molding paste, embossing powder, fusible webbing, embroidery thread, beads, a stamp and three inks. Even tore up some paper from an old law pamphlet as it has a rice paper like quality (can't throw that pamphlet out when it has scrap value). Picture is of my mom who is a very passionate person and has many loves such as giving unsolicited advice, anything Italian, teenagers (as long as they are not hers) and quantum physics. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

She's All That

Got the inspiration to create this layout from a Swirlydoos Resist This Challenge. Started out with white card stock, applied the stamp using clear embossing powder, applied the heat gun to the powder, and rubbed in some Distress Ink on top of the stamp. The second layer was created using a Prima Mask and applying light molding paste over the mask, and carefully added ink to the raised areas after the molding paste dried. The chandeliers are rub-on's from Kaisercraft. Made the chandelier baubles using the flip side of a pair of scalloped pattern scissors, hand wrote the traits I love about my niece, then applied four coats of UTEE to give the baubles a glassy appearance. Applied ink, glimmer mist and 3-d paint to the wrought iron trim from Dusty Attic. Thanks for stopping by for a peak.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Artist Trading Cards

Many years ago, I'd carry a little black spiral book in my purse and whenever I'd read a book, article, or write a poem in my head, I'd jot some passages that resonated with me in that book.  I filled that little book up with many notes and poems I'd written, and put it away and forgot about it.  An Artist Trading Card challenge was hosted at Swirlydoos and through that challenge I found a way to create something pretty to document those important phrases and poems that meant so much to me at one time.  The above are an example of a few I created.

Summer Suits (Once Upon A Sketch Challenge)

What I love about Once Upon a Sketch ("OUAS"), is that their sketches provide for many layers which makes creating a layout fun and challenging.  This challenge was to use a year in your title, post a picture of significance from this period and journal its importance.  In 1938, Grandma Ruth worked in a Sewing Room for the WPA during the Great Depression.  She learned a skill by making clothing for men, women and children.  Her sons in the picture are wearing summer suits she made for them.  The papers I chose to work with are from My Mind's Eye, the Lost & Found collection ("Buddies" paper).  They added some elegance to blend in with the theme of the summer suits, and the vintage photo with the decorative design around the border of the original pictured.  I made the butterfly pebble charms placed on top of the cogs.  Do you see the juxtaposition in this picture?  I found it kind of strange that the boys are wearing summer suits, barefoot with their toy rifle in their hands just purchased for them by their Uncle Bill (pictured).  Grandma always tried to add some elegance in her humble life.   Thanks for looking, and please stop by OUAS at http://onceuponasketchblog.blogspot.com for some inspiration by their talented Design Team and their members.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dance Card (Let's Get Shabby Challenge)

I’m so excited to have found some time be able to enter a layout in a Let’s Get Shabby challenge for the first time. The challenge was to use a picture from TallulahBelles Etsy Shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TallulahBelles)  for your inspiration to create a layout.  My inspiration came from the whites, creams, charcoal, purple/orchid colors used to make the delicate and elegant doilies  (see photo below).   I didn’t have any charcoal ink or embossing powders so I combined silver and black embossing powders and heat embossed a chandelier stamp.  I liked the end result of the combination of the two colors because it wasn’t too stark looking against the white paper.  I took apart some Dusty Attic scroll chipboard and applied watercolor pencils, my favorite Martha Stewart glitter in the small tubes (these tube colors are named after precious gemstones and they actually resemble the gemstone colors which makes them very appealing to me), liquid pearls and pearls to bling-up the scrolls. To add some more interest I hand sewed the border of the layout with silver embroidery thread and wove in some beads. I also didn’t have the right color purple/orchid ink pads, so I used some acrylic paint to stamp the doilies around the border of the layout. The white doily next to the picture, underneath the Dance Card embellishment was cut from a Prima flower package (some manufacturers are so clever to design packaging that we can use as scraps).  I normally make my own flowers, but I’ve been coveting these store bought flowers for sometime waiting for the perfect opportunity to present itself.

My inspiration picture below from TallulahBelles was labeled "reserved for the lovely Krystyna"

Here's my take on the inspiration picture:

The picture is of me and my first boyfriend at his high school Prom held on the ship of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  I also found the Prom Dance Card and decided to enhance the dance portion of it and create an embellishment.  Do you remember these cards? Do they still have them at Proms?

I appreciate you stopping by for a peek.

Please stop by Let's Get Shappy and view some other layouts by our members.  http://letsgetshabby.blogspot.com/2011/08/challenge-27.html