Saturday, January 17, 2015

First post of 2015!

And I thought last year got off to a rocky start!  I am over the flue but now have a severe cough and congestion in my chest.  Think it is time to go to the Dr.  Already behind in my to-do!  I am doing a 100 word article that needs to be in the editor's hands by Feb 1!  I have started the Documented Life Journal and am one week behind on my pages, but other than that....
Here are some pics of the Journal. I made the book using Cason multi-media paper amd chipboard based cover.  It measures 91/2 x 12 1/2".  I made the spine 3" to allow for the expansion of the pages.  I wanted to depict the year in seasons on the cover.  Maybe a little too busy, but I like it.  Over the chipboard, I added my favorite Southern Belle Muslin, then matte medium, tissue paper, napkins, and all sorts of rubs and mica paints.  I left the back plain.  I used some of my beautiful cotton Alcenon lace on the binding.

I wanted to inside covers to look like they were part of an old italian fresco wall.  They are done with lots of layers.Paper is sketch paper, inked it to look like parchment, stamped with a square medallion foam stamp with matte medium, spread some VivaDecor Inka gold pastels, crinkled paper and added VivaDecor Inka gold azure on creases, flattered out and repeated. Ironed to flatten, applied gold ink sparingly to a round medallion foam stamp and stamped over medallions. Once tried applied a very diluted wash of deep green ink over edges blended into the center,then a light tea stain ink over all. Took damp paper towel and blotted some away. The borders were die cut, GuildedLife die, from printed card stock. Lightly coated with copper metallic, then dabbed on gold metallic then dark green stain and then tea stain. Final touch was patina gilders paste.   The buttons were made the same way as the borders but punched then embossed first.

 Here are my first week's pages- Goalsetting.  One should have been to not overdo!
I was also looking for pics to post on FB for the 5 day-3 pics art doll challenge.  Wanted to do Mermaids today and looked for one on line of my Red Sea Mermaid.   Huh.  Guess I never posted a pic of her, so here she is.  I made the head while teaching a class in Kalamazoo.  I was gifted with the beautiful lace overlay fabric on her tail.  It is very sheer, with woven in flowrs of soft multicolors.No Surprise, the class was My Soprana Mermaid.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Recently on Facebook in a discussion started by DollMakers Journey on their Where did I put That Treasure Hunt page, the question was posed what was your favorite thing to use for hair.  My answer is anything that works!  I thought I would post a few of the more unusual (at least to me!) things that I have used.
Feathers, not so unusual

Crocheted with beads and a few wisps of curly wool.

Curly Ribbon
Silk Flower Parts
Beaded and other fringe

My latest favorite, deconstructed Sweater cuff!  I saw the sweater in my studio and threw it on quickly to go out.  When I got to the restaurant and took off my coat, realized one sleeve was shorter than the other!  YIKES!  I had two of these sweaters, one white, one off white.  I guess I got them mixed up when I started chopping!

These are a few samples.  Of course I love to use unusual yarns too.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Book

A few months back I purchased a new Sizzix die that cut out a small album cover from chip board.  I made one with collaged book pages and napkin butterflies.  I have finally used the cover to create a pop-up book.  I have always wanted to make one!  
Front and back Covers.  The rayon dyed ribbon is from Ribbonsmythe.  The cover was described in a previous post.  The letters are cut from a Sizzix alphabetical die.
The inside cover.  The quotes are from a stamp set from Stamp Camp.  The pages are watercolor paper, stenciled and colored with various inks. The butterfly ribbon is cut from Vellum with a Martha Stewart punch.  The butterfly is a Cuttlebug die.

The first Popup page.  I wanted it to rise when the page was opened but not too much.  The cutouts are textiva film. The bottom die cut is Spellbinders The Gilded Life.

A between page.  The large butterfly and word are cut from vellum and embossed, Sizzix Tim Holtz dies.  The small butterflies are also from a Sizzix original die.  The smaller butterflies around the word are a Martha Stewart Punch.
This popup was adapted from a video I saw on Faceboo, I added the butterflies flying out of the flowers.k.  The butterlies are from various punches.  The little paperdolls are a Dienamics Die.

Another between page with another velum butterfly (Sizzix) and word.

I got the idea for this pop-up from the coin envelope book I made a while ago.  If I were to do it again, and I probably will!- I would ink the inside of the embossed butterfly and put the decorative side of the backing shape facing forward.  The butterflies were cut from a Sizzix Tim Holtz die.  I cut 5 and cut them down in size which probably wasn't necessary, but it works.
Inside Back cover, more vellum and punches.  Just need to sign it now.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great Mail Day Monday!

Received my 2015 Hoffman Challenge fabrics!  Ordered Friday from Quilt Kits on line.  Great service, lovely people to work with and the kit they put together is exactly what I would have selected-the challenge fabric and all the coordinates (which I really like!  Especially the blenders on the top). They definitely look different in person!  Now What?!?!?!?  Very gypsy looking especially with those gold coins.  Off to the sketch pad to stare at blank paper for awhile.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Book Using Lots of Sizzix

The original post of this book can be found here
Just thought I would enter it in the Sizzix Halloween Challenge here
Dies I used: Decorative Strip Dies:  Tim Holtz Typeset, Vintage Market, Halloween Shadows, Brenda Pinnick Bats, Karen Burniston Birds on a Wire, Tim Holtz M&S Tickets, Spider, Skull, , Cat, Crow, Tag die Scallop Combo #2, Embossing Folders Tim Holtz Halloween Words and Cobwebs, Harlequin, Halloween Night and Poison, and Checkerboard squares.  The book pages were made from one sheet of 12" x 12" printed kraft paper  The covers are covered chipboard stamped and embossed with gold.  This book was so much fun to make and teach!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Last in the Bride Series

The Never Bride
Still dressed in her bridal finery though a little worse for wear, this bride never made it tothe alter.  Her face was posted before, cloth over clay over cloth.  Still carrying the red rose and has her companion.  
And here are the three of them together, The Bride as a Child, The a Reluctant Bride, and The Never Bride.
Yes, one is missing a Rose.  That will be the finishing touch and then better pics.  Glad these are finally done!

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Book Completed!

Home Sweet Home book is pretty much done. The signatures are bound with cord and pearl buttons. There are 6 signatures of one sheet each for a total of 24 pages.  Each page has a top loading frame for pictures or journaling.  The signatures started as plain cardstock that I stenciled and stamped on.  The frames were cut from printed cardstock.  Pages are embellished with words Or other embellishments.  Now on to a doll.