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.

another new book with my new toys

Second book cover from the new die.  Just have to figure out how to make the pages.  Chipboard cover covered with paper towels, you can see what's left behind the book, that were created when I was plating with the gelli plate.  I then stenciled over, added some crackle paint, inca gold rubs and gilders paste and done.  The row houses are from the spellbinders die, and the larger house is clay, sentiment stamped on green tissue and glued on.  Bird and flowers are also clay, molds and cutter from The Artsy Soul, visit their site, http:// They also have an ebay store!  Here are some pics of the covers inside (with the dots) and out in progress.  My idea of sky on a cloudy day as seen through the skylights in my studio.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Scrap Show Yesterday Haul!

Where to start!  Lots do Sizzix dies.  Have been wanting that album die since it came out!  Also like the new gears die and it is a steel cut so it will cut metal and chipboard!  New Gelatos color is Stampunk and includes two metallics!  I wanted the Spellbinders die-thought it would make a great crown and it says will cut metal.  Will try it on a soda can.  Also bought new bezels from New heart shapes, double ringed ovals and small dot edged rounds.  Also ordered small hearts in silver and bronze.  Couldn't resist the little houses die.  Also bought one of the kits to shape paper flowers.  Had to try the album die so collaged some chipboard, added color with Gelatos and cut out.  The butterflies are from a napkin, also used pages from an old romance novel, edged with Bronze Distress Stain and spattered with gold metallic paint.  Found out the hard way, decorative side down!  So had to reinforce the inside and recut.  Here is the album open.  Going to add a clay or metal butterfly.  Add frame pages held in with buttons for pics.  Better view of the die too.  Going to make another with houses.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Playing with pencils

While away, I traveled with a sketchbook I made with multimedia paper as a class sample.  Figured I should use it!  I also brought pens and pencils.  I just purchased Derwent  Color soft (markdown at AC Moore from $70 to $16!!!! WOWZA!!!) and some inktense pencils, both I had not used.  I also had a mix of Derwent watercolor and regular, prisma watercolor and regular and Portfolio regular and watercolor.  I made a few sketches-had less time than I thought I would!  Here is my sad Medusa.  Her face is watercolor and regular colored pencils that I use on my dolls.  The large snake with the white ridge is inktrnse and the remaining snakes are color soft (which I really like so far) and my old prisma/Derwent/portfolio pencils.  I blended the Inktense with a slightly damp makeup sponge.  I may do the sane to thr rattlesnake using mineral spirits but afraid that will sink into thr paper.  So far, the paper has not bled at all- not the ink pens or the water.  After looking at the finished product, I know why I don't enjoy sketching!  Next one Is a collage of papers I collected.  Want to see how glue affects the paper.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And yet another...

Last in the series.  I guess you can figure it out by now.  This one will be called "The Bride That Never Was."  Another clay over cloth, this time on a 3 piece head with a flat face.  Designed this to accept a cab, added clay instead.  I also painted this head with Matte Medium after I added the skin.  Still like the plain fabric best.  Now on to designing an old body for her.

Friday, August 8, 2014


 The Reluctant Bride.  Needs a few finishing touches like felt on the bottom of the base and her head piece firmly attachedwhich means sewing through the lamb skin.  Yuck!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


  Front with head pinned in place.  Hands areAlso pinned.  Need to think of interesting bracelets for her.  Also going to give her lace mitts. 
 Back of her dress.  Those fabric  roses are from excess cut from her skirt because I made it too long originally.  Love this view.  She does look very 50s.  Don't know if I'll get to work on her today-babysitting with the grands then going to get Diva from her "sleep-over".  My dear friend Jeannie is going to take her while we are away so we are making sure Both will be OK for an extended stay.  Don't think it will be a problem-they love each other.  Just hope she will want to come home when we get back!  Diva is being very spoiled by Jeannie!  And of course we don't do that!