Wednesday, October 1, 2014

APC Week 5

Hi Everyone!  I am so happy today to have successfully completed my next two playing cards with the help of Claudine's Art Corner! As always, you can click on the link in my sidebar to see Claudine's awesome examples!
Here they are together! 
My background is very similar to Claudine's except that I used a stencil of dragonflies and butterflies instead of circles. I didn't have butterfly washi tape, so I added a bee to a piece of tape that I did have.  I fussy cut the little figure from an old children's book and used a punch out dragonfly for the wings. I came upon the word in a magazine and thought it fit this one perfectly!
I "cheated" a little bit with this background since I had some nice paper that was already collaged.  I did add the numbers, orange strip, and the clear lettering that I cut off a package.  It is in french but I placed it backwards.  Alice was kind enough to make an appearance here with her wings.  I thought she had a dreamy expression, so I stamped on a piece of homemade paper and colored it with distress stain.

All in all, I am thrilled with how these came out!  Thanks for the inspiration Claudine!

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to visit again tomorrow when I will have a surprise up on my blog!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-More Tea Art

Hi Everyone!  Well, the sun is taking a break today, but I really cannot complain as it has been beautiful the last few day and warm.  Please excuse the photos as they are not the best. I'm linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth  today with another page in my Tea Quote Book.
This page came to me after I found this quote by CS Lewis: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."  The shelves of books are being held up by giant tea cups.  I used some wood grain scrapbook paper for the backgrounds.  The shelves were actually a scrapbook paper of cement steps to which I added the wood grain.
A careful slit before I glued the shelves down allowed me to tuck in these tiny books--of course, they are craft books.  Have you ever seen those advertisements years ago that came in craft magazines?  Buy 3 books for $1 each and then you had to purchase "x" many more in the coming year?  While, flipping through an old magazine, I came upon one of those tear-out advertisements and knew it would be perfect.
I added the tea tag hanging out of one of the cups to keep with my sub-theme of using some part of a tea bag or packaging as part of the page.

Happy T Day and thank you for stopping by!  I really appreciate all of your comments and helpful suggestions!

Monday, September 29, 2014

CB # 18 Patience and Better

Hi everyone! When I saw The Craft Barn's words for this week, I knew there was only one way to go.  It is probably evident to even new readers of my blog that I love anything to do with nature, especially flowers, and this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorites:
I found this background among some I had made previously and with the addition of the simple flowers and some glitter glue, I was happy with how it came out.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

APC Week 4

Hi Everyone! Time for the next set of playing cards in Claudine's Art Corner! This week the theme seemed to be houses and shopping.  You can visit the link above or in my sidebar to see Claudine's awesome examples and there are links to the facebook page where you can see everyone's art.  This is the only place you will see mine since I don't do much with FB or other social sites.
These were fun to make even if I did not have similar stamps or dies to cut.  Before there were machines, there were hands and scissors, so, with the exception of the flamingo, I drew and cut out everything myself.
For the first card I made the background very similar to Claudine's except I turned my "dots" in swirly roses.  The clouds and houses were all cut out of different pieces of scrapbook paper, and the "welcome" came out of a catalog I received in the mail.
Do you remember how I said I am learning something new each week?  Well, this week's lesson is that I must use a Permanent ink pad if I am going to stamp.  I originally stamped the flamingo and planned to color it in when it was dry.  After gluing the house parts down, I put this between wax paper and put it in between some books to dry.  Imagine my surprise when I took it out and it was a smeary mess! Yes, this was even after the tip given to me by Massofhair to let each layer dry before moving on.

Since you only get one chance at a card, and I need this 8 of diamonds, I stamped another flamingo on a separate piece of paper, let it dry, cut it out and put it over the other. Looks a little like a shadow, huh?  Yeah, I meant to do that!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-ChrisTmas crafTing

Hi Everyone! I have been a crafting up a storm! Last weekend I went to a large tag sale that is held on the grounds of an old airport, about 1/2 hour away from me. It is held twice a year for families who want to purge and sell some stuff they no longer need or want.  I try to go at least one of the times and while you never know what you will find, I usually find some interesting vases that I can make beaded flowers for.  This time, however, I scored some Christmas craft ornaments.
The first ones I made were these beach themed ones.  I had some fine white sand my Mom had given me many years ago when my parents lived in Florida.  I know, I live down the road from two beaches...but our sand is the coarser variety.  Anyway, popped in a few tiny shells, a blown glass crab or fish and a piece of faux seaweed and called them done!
For this set, I filled them with cut up fake evergreen stems and added a resin Santa and snowflakes to a doily. A garland of presents and some ribbon with a star or present center and I moved on to the next batch. I'll explain about the missing ornament later.
The penguins were made in the same style as the Santas above, with the addition of icicles hanging at the bottom.  The Victorian style ornament has a faux cameo, faux pearls, and lots of ribbon roses.  These were all filled with clear iridescent mylar basket filler material.

Then came the open ornaments...These shaped like trees got the
Santa treatment!
The round batch were done in a similar manner.  One broke while I was trying to remove some runaway hot glue.  An the missing one from the box above....
Similar to the other one above, but in blue.  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may recall that every year I make an ornament for our daughter.  I have  been doing this since she was born...making an ornament, putting a date tag on it, wrapping and putting it in a box.  I will surprise her with them at some point when she has her own home.

Phew! That was a lot of work!  More mental than physical!  Now I have to get back to the challenges I participate in.  But first...
my morning cup of Irish Breakfast tea, and I am ready to start the day.  Linking to Elizabeth and Bleubeard and the rest of the T Tuesday gang!

Monday, September 22, 2014

My name means Bee

Hi everyone!  I have had this idea rattling around in my brain for quite some time now.  I love Autumn and wonder if that is because I was born in Autumn (Oct. 2).  Is that true for anyone else out your favorite season the season you were born in?  I have also been thinking about my name...which, in Hebrew, mean "Bee".  I am not named after anyone and do not know why my parents chose this name other than because they liked it.  In any case, these two parts of me...Autumn and Bees....came together to be this piece of art.
Always hard to photograph glass! It may not be clear in the photo, but the two bees on the right are inside the box, and the one near the bottom, outside.  The center of the sunflower is a bee's nest (actually a wasp nest) that I found abandoned just before the start of Winter a few years ago.
Here is a look inside.  I painted the inside with blue acrylic paint. I left the rim unpainted because I didn't want it to stick together. The first image of the sunflower was glued down flat and then parts of a second sunflower were glued to cardstock that I then added and bent to look dimensional.  The nest was the perfect size for the center of the flower.  The 3 bees were french beaded by me.
The little bee at the bottom moves out of the way, and the top and bottom each have a little round magnet that catches to keep the box closed. 
From this view, you can see more of the dimension inside.  The outside of the box was painted and then covered with twine.  I put a square of foam on the bottom so it doesn't mark the surface it is placed on.  I added a little resin bee I found in my stash. 

I am linking this--my very first mixed media project--to the first mixed media challenge at the new blog, The Mirror Crack'd. They will be holding monthly themed challenges that I hope to take part in. The first was perfect as the theme was "Anything (mixed media) goes"!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

APC Week 3

Hi Everyone!  I am continuing along with the altered deck of playing cards challenge at Claudine's Art Corner. This week I was able to come much closer to Claudine's examples--they were fabulous by the way! 
I had a lot of fun making these...and each week there has been something for me to learn, too!
I used ink daubers to do this background, and then used a stamp for the frame image in the lower right. The stamped image on the upper left came from a texture/stamp sheet for polymer clay. I have a stamping kit with lots of words which just happened to include the word, "time"! Since I don't have a die cutter, I used some metal gears from my stash and finished it off with a quote from Carl Sagan.
You may be able to see that this is one of the cards that I made a design in the gesso before it dried. I again used various liquid inks for the background. I cut apart and used part of a flourish in the upper left corner, and cut some leaves from a design pad. When it came time to do the word, Fall, I had the perfect rub on in black; however, no matter how much I rubbed, it would not release onto the ink background.  Instead it lifted the color off! So much for the black because I only had on "F"! I decided to be safe and rub the letters onto a similar color background and then cut it out and glue it to the card.  My little birdie is hand drawn and cut out of black construction paper.

I love how these came out and can't wait to see what Claudine has in store for next week's cards.  You can check out her site, as well as, this challenge by clicking on the button in my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by!