Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wisteria Scrapbook Page

   It's that time of year again. My Wisteria vine is in bloom. Once again I am out taking pictures of it. I do it every year. I thought that I would share a few pages that I finished a year or so ago. I don't really remember when I finished it. I'm always behind. Even though the page is dated, I'm sure it wasn't done that year. They never are.

   I used green parchment scrapbook paper for the background. For the wisteria flowers I used double-sided purple parchment scrapbook paper. I used a circle punch for the petals. I folded the circle to form each petal. Before gluing them together I cut thin strips of dark purple for the stamens and glued them inside the petal. I laid one circle down on a scrap piece of scrap paper and glued it down. I layered each petal as I glued it down. I made three wisteria blooms. I cut one in half with a craft knife to make the center flower. Before attaching them to the page I made the vine by wrapping card stock around a bamboo skewer. I gently slid it off gluing it together as it came off the skewer. The tendrils were made by wrapping card stock around a pencil. I draped it across the page and glued it down. Then I glued down the wisteria blooms. I cut the leaves and the lettering with my Silhouette. They are cut from card stock. I used a sticker maker on the lettering and placed them on transparent vellum before attaching them with vellum tape. I mounted the centerpiece photo on purple card stock, then mounted it on green card stock. For the other photos I tore copy paper with a Fisker template edger. I chalked them with purple. The dragonfly is a rubber stamp image that I stamped on transparent vellum. I heat embossed it with marcasite embossing powder and cut it out and glued it in place.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Creative Chaos

   Well, all the fairies have flown out of my studio. It sure seemed empty for a few days. I cleaned my table and put away the glue, scissors and paper cutters, the stacks of paper, the ribbons and embellishments. Sure looked  formal and unfamiliar. But only for a short time. I have joined two new swaps, Lace and Dragonflies. Yesterday I started working on them. Today as I closed the door behind me I couldn't help but smile. Looks like I'm on a roll.

   I really don't know how or when it happens but somehow chaos creeps up on me. I think maybe it's hiding in the stacks of paper, the boxes of doodads, the bottles of glue and paints. Maybe it hides in the cabinets and climbs out when I leave the doors open. Anyway, creative chaos has a way of dropping in on me. Maybe it's because it's always welcome here.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fairies N Magical Folk ATC's

   I'm hosting an ATC swap called Fairies N Magical Folk. It's my first swap and I'm really excited about it. Not only am I hosting this swap but I'm also taking part in it. Fairies are one of my favorite things. My favorite book is "The Complete Book Of The Flower Fairies" by Cicely Mary Baker. It was a gift from a friend, and it lives on my coffee table. I was really happy that someone is sending two sets of cards. That means that I can make two sets, too. It's hard to stop making these because they are so much fun to make!

   This card has sapphire vellum as the background. I then found this great image of an icy looking fairy. I highlighted some of the lighter blue with a silver stardust gel pen. Then I added extra highlights with stardust glitter glue. I finished her off by dropping a tiny rhinestone on her head dress.

   For this card I mixed pink and pearl acrylic paint together and used it to paint white card stock as the background to compliment the pink fairy. I then accented her wings with a pink glitter gel pen. I used a green glitter gel pen to bring out the leaves in her headdress and garland. Then I applied glue to the flowers on her head and the garland drape and sprinkled it with peony pink Flower Soft.

   This card started with a green scrapbook paper that mimics a handmade paper. I then printed the iris fairies image on the back of a pink paper that matches the green background. I used a black glitter gel pen to highlight the fairies wrapped around the stem of the flower. I covered it with One Step Crackle. After it dried I mounted it over the green. I rolled back the top corner to reveal the pink underside. I tied a pink bow and centered it on the flower stem. I finished the card by inking the outside edge with gold ink.

    This has to be my favorite card. For years I have wanted to capture a fairy in a jar. I have finally done it! A friend of mine stamped a large mason jar on white card stock for me. I took it home and re-sized it and then printed it on a transparency. I painted the lid silver.  On the glossy side I used a turquoise permanent pen. I lifted some of the color by using 91% isopropyl alcohol on a cotton ball, to give it that transparent color that we are accustomed to seeing. I then found the perfect fairy and printed two copies of her on photo paper to make her more lifelike. I cut both copies out. On the first I left her wings. I used green Angelina Fibers over them. The second copy I cut only her body out. I layered it over the first cutout to give her dimension. I cut out the mason jar leaving tabs on the sides and bottom. I laid it on a piece of scrap book paper and marked around it carefully so that I would know where to cut the slits to slide behind the background paper. After checking the fit I was ready to glue my little fairy on the background. I then used my Wizard to cut out some little green vellum ferns to put  in the bottle with her. Then I put the jar in place. I cut a small square of pink netting and pushed it into the jar leaving a corner outside of the jar. I then made some colored baker's twine by wrapping crochet thread around a ruler and drawing lines on it with a permanent pen. I wrapped it around the jar top twice and tied it.     

   I found this picture of a bubble blowing fairy for the theme of this card. I printed two copies. I used  kaleidoscope embossing powder on each of the background bubbles. I mounted it onto a silver gray metallic paper. Then out of the second copy I cut out the two dominant bubbles. I used gel pens to enhance the scenes inside of the bubbles. Then I gave each a coat of Glossy Accents to make them shiny like bubbles would be. For her flowing red hair I stained a used dryer sheet with watercolor. After it was dry I tore a piece from the corner and pulled it into strands for her hair. I glued a small piece forward towards her face and then I glued the longer part flowing down. After it was dry I pulled the piece that was towards her face back over her hair and away from her face. I glued a small rhinestone to her hair to hold it back and into place.

   This card started as a gif file. I converted it to a jpeg file and then re-sized it and printed it. I used gold Perfect Pearls powder to give a golden glow from the lamp. I then took a bronze gel pen and re-drew the lantern. I used a drop of glitter glue as the flame. After it dried I put a drop of Glossy Accents over it to look like the glass of the lantern. I then used a silver stardust gel pen to accent her wings. I used a blue stardust gel pen to draw wavy lines in the water. I then went over it with blue glitter paint. After it dried I went back over it with the blue stardust gel pen again. I then used Glossy Accents over that to give it the sparkle and shine of water.

   Didn't I say that these were a lot of fun? They really were. I got to play with so many different products. Many that I never get the opportunity to use. I really made quite the mess of my studio but I loved every minute of it.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Formal Event Scrapbook Page

   It's that time of year again, when everyone starts thinking of proms, and other spring formal events. It's no different at my home. So once again there are my two favorite kids dressed for the occasion.

   This page started on a different path. I purchased the dress and the tuxedo at a craft store. I then found little crowns at another store. I removed the red center of the one crown and replaced it with the fabric that Cindy's dress on the next page is made from. Then I made the matching cape to go with the tux. I stood my little models on the floor with their front feet on a box, so that I could get just the right  picture with both their face and front feet showing. I then re-sized their photos to fit the little outfits. I made paper dolls out of them!
   Then came the really hard part...I sat for hours in front of the computer repeatedly watching a VHS of "Cinderella", trying to get just the right frame captured. I made hundreds of screen captures before I got a few that I could use. When I finally got just the right pictures I took them to a photo program and tweaked the color to match my paper dolls. I digitally removed Cinderella and her prince and put mine into the scenes. No one can ever tell me that digital scrap booking or card making is easy. It's only easy if you have never tried it!
    I used a purple floral scrapbook paper for the background. I then over-laid the floral with a mottled purple paper. Then I put two paper lace doilies together to make the lace mat. I used glitter glue on the edge of the lace doily. The glitter glue ruffled the paper doily. I then mounted the photo shopped picture on the doily. In the top right corner of the page I cut iridescent ribbon into strips and placed a lavender bow over it. In the center of the bow I put a lavender ribbon rose. The finishing touch was placing my paper doll cairn kids in the bottom left corner.

   This page was made the same as the first page. I used heart shaped doilies. The top picture shows my cairn kids dressed as a prince and princess, with the clock tower from "Cinderella" behind them. The lower picture shows my "Cinderella" with the golden carriage from the musical "Cinderella" behind her.  I cut iridescent ribbon into strips and held it in place with purple rhinestone hearts and put them into the bottom of each heart shaped frame. For the lettering I used my Silhouette. I cut the letters from white glitter paper and then from purple and layered them. After placing them on the page I went around each letter with a purple glitter pen to make them pop.
   I adopted Cynthia Marie from Col. Potter Cairn Rescue. I made her a purple formal to announce her adoption and her being given an ILP number by the AKC. Her listed name is Col. Potter's Cinderella Story. She is a princess, our princess.

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