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, August 29, 2012

My Final Fairy Book Pages

   Yesterday I finished pages six and seven of my Fairy Book pages. I can't begin to tell you how good it feels. There were so many times that I really thought that I wouldn't get them finished in time. They are due Sept. 1st. but I emailed the hostess and told her that I would have them in the mail by Sept. 1st. and asked if it would be alright with her. She said yes. So today they are flying off to Karla to be sent on their way to their forever homes.



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   I used scrapbook paper adhered to poster board using Modge Podge for the background. I edged it with a green ink pad. I then scanned and enlarged a fairy from my coffee table book. The book is "The Complete Book Of The Flower Fairies" by Cicely Mary Barker. I love her work.  I made four copies. I cut each one out, each time cutting more away. I then used glitter glue on the wings and set them aside to dry. While the fairies were drying I glitter glued the flowers on the page front and back. I  layered one fairy on top of the other using green foam sticky squares. I used a ton of those. I bet that you're wondering where I got green foam sticky squares from, I made them. They are so easy to make and so inexpensive. By making them myself I can make any color that I need. I simply cut craft foam into strips and run them through my sticker maker. Then I remove the clear protective paper from them and trim off the extra paper. Then I run them through once again the other side up. I can cut these any size or shape that I need.




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    I don't know if I mentioned it or not but I made two of each of my Fairy Book Pages. One for the swap and one to keep for myself. I have always meant to make a fairy book for myself. This was the perfect opportunity to get started on it. Like every good book I needed a cover. I decided that this would be the cover page. I started with a picture of a fairy door in a tree, deep in the forest. I enlarged it to fit. I then used Modge Podge to glue it to poster board. I covered the back with scrapbook paper. I then used four different colored flocking powders to give the background some dimension. I used Flower Soft for the flowers in the foreground. I then made two shades of green for the moss on the tree and lining the stone walkway. I often make my own colors by putting watercolor paints in small cups and adding ivory or white Flower Soft to it. I then lay it onto freezer paper to dry. When it is dry it is ready to use. While I was waiting for the Flower Soft to dry I drew cobble stones on the walkway with a brown marker. I then colored the space between them with a green marker. Then I flocked the entire walkway with green flocking to mimic moss between the stones. When it was dry I went back and put glue over each stone and then sprinkled sand over the top making the tiny stones. The next step was making the door. It took some time but I eventually found the perfect picture of fairy land for behind the door. I re-sized it and printed it onto card stock. Then I used wood grained scrapbook paper for the door. I ran it through my sticker maker and adhered it to card stock. I then did the same for the backside of the door. I then ran a piece of the scrapbook paper through the sticker maker and adhered it to brown card stock then I ran it through again to trim and use as the door trim. I did it this way because I didn't want a wet glue to wrinkle the door. I then cut hinges out of a copper metallic card stock. I used Gem Tack to glue them to the door. I used Extra Strength double sided tape to attach the door to the page. Now I added the moss to the tree, around the door, and at the edge of the walkway. I sat it aside to dry. While it was drying I found a tiny brad for the door knob. I pried the ends apart and slipped a narrow strip of gold foil paper between the ends and then rolled it around the stem to make the knob stem. I cut the rest of the brad away with pliers. I then used copper alcohol ink to color it copper. While it was drying I found the key and lock charms and trimmed off the loops with pliers. I then attached the little lock and door knob with Gem Tack glue. I tied a gold string around the key and dropped it on the walkway using the same glue. The title banner was a free download from Laura Carson. It had a  french word on it that I photo-shopped out and put Fairy Land in it's place. I then re-sized it and printed it on card stock and cut it out and glued it in place. On the back of my page there is nothing. One day I will make a book plate with my name on it and the year that I made it.
   It was a good feeling to complete these pages, and another good feeling was that I didn't have to shop for anything. Everything that went into these pages came from my supplies and my materials. If I had needed to go to the store for anything I just wouldn't have had the time to make these pages! I hope that you enjoyed the journey.

Take Care
Kathy

  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fairy Book Pages Third Update

   Well, this has not been easy. Finding time to work on these pages has really been difficult. Mom has bounced from rehab center to the hospital and back again. She has really stressed me out. She wants to go home and I can't see me taking her there when she is totally helpless. Anyway, even trying to get creative ideals has been really hard but...I am still plugging away. These are my latest two pages. Now I only have two to go yet it seems like an impossible task.



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   Once again I started with poster board that I used Modge Podge to adhere scrapbook paper to. I chose a colorful sunset for the background. I then re-sized and printed the little girl onto card stock. I cut her out making a paper doll out of her. I then used two colors of ribbon to make her dress. I folded each piece in half and then tied a knot doubling the ribbon. I then cut each one down the center and trimmed the edges. I glued them in place making her a ribbon streamer dress. I used three yards of ribbon on the little dress. Wow! I took apart a butterfly using it's wings and antenna for my little fairy girl. For her head dress I used a piece of both ribbons and then punched out vellum flowers and put a drop of glitter glue for the center of each flower. Then I cut pink feather trim and glued it beneath her little feet making the clouds that she is stepping onto. I used my Wizard to cut out the tags and wrote BELIEVE using one letter and a matching ribbon on each one. I glued them with the ribbon overhanging the edge. That was hard for me to do because I am used to keeping everything on the page as you would do scrap booking or making ATC's so that they will fit into plastic sleeves.



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   This page background is more or less a collage. I started on the outside edge using a wood patterned scrapbook paper to look like a table. I then ran some lace through my sticker maker and laid it over the wood paper. Then I sprinkled it with gold glitter which the excess sticker glue held in place. Then I placed a floral print paper over it making it look like a lace trimmed tablecloth. I then cut the mirror frame out of a gold foil gift bag with my Wizard. The first frame was cut with cardboard to make it sturdier. The other two were cut and pieced together to make the handle. The center of the handle is cut from the same gold with a center glittered flower. This was punched out with a punch that applies a plastic dome as it punches out the shape. I set this part of the mirror aside and then started the blue mirror center. From a blue foil gift bag I cut the center of the mirror. I found and scanned and printed out the fairy. I cut her out and edged her with glitter glue. Her wings were also covered with glitter glue. While she was drying I colored a transparent piece of copy paper with a blue permanent marker. I used alcohol on a cotton ball to stain the transparency blue. While that dried I glued the fairy to the blue foil. I then glued the blue transparency to the backside of the gold mirror frame. Then I glued the blue foil with the fairy on behind the mirror frame. I sat it aside to dry while I used word pad to type out the gypsy lore and printed it on copy paper. I then tore it and used chalk to color and age the paper to look like an old scroll. I used crackle glaze over the scroll to help age it. After doing this I realized that since the scroll was gypsy that I needed to bring in something else gypsy, so I scanned a few tarot cards and re-sized them, printed them and cut them out. I used a brown ink pad on the outside edges. Then I scattered them on the floral patterned table top. I glued the blue mirror on top of them and finished it off by putting the scroll in place.

   Well, I have already begun working on my next two pages. I will need to let the hostess of this swap know that my pages might be a couple days late. I hope to get them in the mail by the due date.

Take Care
Kathy

   

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fairy Book Swap Second Update

   I have been trying to find time to continue working on my Fairy Book pages. It hasn't been easy. Mom has gone from the rehab center to the ICU at the hospital. Today they are moving her to the Cardiac Ward. These are trying times. I am still trying to get my fairy pages done. I have managed to finish two more. Now I am half way to my goal.



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   This page started out with poster board which I covered with scrapbook paper using Modge Podge to adhere it. I loved the blue lily pattern on the scrapbook paper and I felt really fortunate to find a fairy coming out of a lily picture. I then used a photo editing program to change her from green to blue. Now she matches my beautiful paper. I then made a lacy frame for the picture by piecing together paper doilies. After I glued them together I applied glitter glue to the outside edges. After they were dry I used a glue runner to glue the picture in place. I then glued it to the page. At the bottom I applied more paper lace with glitter and trimmed it with a blue ribbon. The page still needed something more. I found a cluster of small lilies at the dollar store. They were white. I took them home and put them into a jar of blue food color, water and vinegar over night. The next day I dried them and made a stem with floral wire and tape. I added some of the leaves that came with them, and a blue bow. Then I glued them in place.


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   This page was fun! I started with poster board covered with scrapbook paper. I chose a piece that was sky. I enlarged the flying fairy picture and cut the fairy out. I removed her wings and replaced them with wired ribbon. I pulled the outside edge of the ribbon stretching and ruffling it. I then covered them with glitter glue. After they were dry I punched out a circle and glued the wings in place on it. By doing this I could arrange the wings using a lot of glue to hold them in place without using all that glue on my fairy image. Sometimes glue wrinkles paper. I didn't want my fairy image to wrinkle. When they were dry I glued them in place behind the fairy. I sat her aside to dry, while I used my Wizard to die cut all the maple leaves out of vellum. I then glued the leaves in place leaving an opening in them for my fairy to fly through. I attached my fairy to the page with a Wobbler. She moves when wiggled. I finished the page by cutting one leaf out of gold vellum and then punching the word Soar out of metallic paper and gluing it to the gold leaf. Then I glued the word leaf in place.

   Now I am inspired. I must finish these eight pages. After all I am half way there. I hope in a few days I will be able to share a few more pages with you.

Take Care
Kathy

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fairy Book Pages

   I know that I've been missing for a while but it's because I have been very busy. Mom has been in a nursing home and there has been a lot of running back and forth. My life has been busy in fact too busy, but I have managed to steal a few moments for crafting. I haven't made any new ATC's. I know that right now deadlines are something to be avoided. I did join a Fairy Page swap being hosted by Karla. I joined in mid June. I felt that somehow I could make a page a week and still be able to meet the deadline of Sept.1st. I hope that I will be able to, but I'm not sure. If not I will have some very cool fairy pages and can one day make a book of my own. I wanted to share some that I have finished.
   For each of these pages I started with poster board cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". All are finished on the back. I used Modge Podge to adhere scrapbook paper on the back and then made a label with my name and blog address to put on each page.


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    This page was painted with acrylics in two shades of pink and platinum. The back of the page was covered with wrapping paper that I used Modge Podge to glue in place. The ruffle was made by accordion folding green handmade tissue paper and first gluing it around an oval frame. The fairy picture was cut into an oval. I let her wings extend beyond the oval frame. They were touched up with a silver gel pen. Then I placed it top of the ruffle. I laid a strand of tiny golden pearls around the edge. I put the same ruffle at the bottom of the page and more tiny pearls. Then was the hardest part...trying to find paper or embellishments that would match. I went through boxes looking for just the right color. Nothing was even close. So I set it aside for awhile. Then one night while sitting on the screened porch I glanced over at artificial  geraniums that I had on the porch and there were the perfect flowers for my page. I pulled three of various shades and set them with a golden rhinestone and glued them in place.

     

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   This page began with poster paper covered with scrapbook paper. I then tore another piece of scrapbook paper with musical notations and put it in place using Modge Podge. I then enlarged a fairy picture and cut her out. I used Stardust Stickles on her wings. Then I glued her down. I cut the ends off of musical note brads and glued them in place with Gem Tack glue. I cut the flowers and ferns out of vellum using my Wizard die cutting machine. I glued a rhinestone in the center of each flower and then glued them in place. I cut and sanded a chop stick to make the flute. I tied a small tag with the word on to the flute and glued it into place.

   I am nearly done with the next two pages. I hope to share them with you in a few days. Then I will have only four pages to go. I sure hope that I get them done in time. Thanks for joining me again.

Take Care
Kathy