Topic: New Work
A travel brochure yielded this beautiful sunset over a vineyard. I mounted it on green with a border of copper and added sticker blocks and leaves.
I clipped this little church from a magazine some time ago. I matched it up with a large paint chip for the mat, scrapbook paper(the patterned area) and speckled cardstock.
The text is (surprise) a sticker.
These 3D flowers were created by FredSheSaid and shared on her blog. She refers to them as Faux Foldy Flowers. I added some coloring and Twinkling H2Os.
I added a puffy acrylic sticker as well.
Today there are instructions on how to make a 3x3 meander book SO EASY that I taught it to 5 grandkids this summer - ages 9 down to 3. If they can do it, you can do it! There are two ways of making it. With the boys I made hard-cover books and the girls made soft-covers.
Let's begin with the hardcover version. Staft with a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper.
Begin with the printed side down and fold precisely in half.
Open and fold the side closest to you to the center fold.
Rotate on the table and fold the other side to the center.
Open flat. Rotate 1/4 turn and fold in half again.
Open and fold side closest to you to the center.
Rotate and fold remaining side into the center.
Open out flat.
Use pencil to draw 'in the ditch' across the first three blocks from the upper left, then the right three blocks in the center row, then the left three blocks in the lower set. The finished lines will look like this:
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Cut on the drawn lines so finished page looks like this:
Lay on surface with printed side up. Fold first block (upper left) over.
Fold next block under
Continue accordion folding around corners right to the end.
You end with the book stacked like this.
Now cut a couple of pieces of mat board measuring 3 1/4 x 3 1/8.
Our of scrap scrapbook paper cut a piece 3 1/4 x 2 1/2
Fold this piece with two creases 1/4 apart running lengthwise.
Apply glue lightly to end paper of the book stack.
Glue cover board to pages with back of spine flush on all parts.
Apply glue lightly to spine paper and apply to book.
You did it! (so did a 3-year-old!)
Now, to make it a soft-cover book, skip cutting out the mat boards. Then when you begin folding, start with the unprinted side up.
Your stack will end up with printed pages on the outside. Find the spine by turning the book so when you open the accordion you see color rather then white. Apply the spine paper (prepared the same way as for the hardback except it will only be cut 3 inches high instead of 3 1/4) to the spine.
Now you've made a softcover book like the girls made (ages 5 and up)
Assignment on one of the groups I belong to was making a paper embroidery card with sequins. I edited a Lisa Burns free pattern by adding extra holes to stitch into around the edges. After all the stitching (purple metallic thread on irridescent white cardstock) was complete I went back to the insides of the fans and added a flower sequin, a star sequin, and a pearl bead to each.
The butterflies are glittered stickers and the text blocks are fabric stickers.
This is my favorite of the watercolor stamping I did this week. I used the same techniques, just different color-set.
I actually used 4 colors on the pear stamp and then to move color into the open area I misted the paper and smeared color into the center from the edges.
This is mounted on gold metallic card and the puffy vinyl sticker says 'thinking of you'
I just picked up this stamp on clearance and had to try it out with the watercolor technique. The stamp was colored with two tones of green marker. After stamping, it leaves the center plain, so I colored yellow marker over the whole thing, leaf included.
It was rather plain-looking so I added a whole unit of Heidi Swapp rub-ons.
This card is made with the watercolor markers on a rubber stamp like yesterday's. However, in this case, when the image was lighter than I wanted I inked it in another color and over-stamped it.
I added some yellow coloring 'inside the lines', mounted on coral cardstock and added a vellum sticker.
It's been a long time since I tried this stamping technique. I inked up a rubber stamp using watercolor markers, misted with water, stamped on handmade paper and immediately dried with the heat tool.
The image was just a bit loose for my taste so I did some very spare line enhancement with fine-tipped watercolor markers.
This is mounted on metallic cardstock and a vellum greeting sticker is added.
This probably looks familiar. I chose another way to stitch this pattern by Lisa Burns. After folliwing all the holes closely, I decided that the outer row looked unfinished with the holes so far apart, so I placed another hole between each and did another round of stitching. These outer lines are more in keeping with the center grids now.
I finished this off with a clear text sticker and some floral dorner stickers from the dollar store.
This photo is from our trip to Alaska in May. Skagway is such a quaint little town and I love the photo ops.
For this simple card I used rub-ons for the lettering, mountains, raccoon, and footprints. Then I chose cardstock in rose and cream to pull out the colors of the buildings.
This branch is stamped on watercolor paper using brown stamp pad. The branch and blooms are colored with watercolor markers.
I wasn't happy with the color of the text stamp using brown ink so went over the lettering by hand using the darker of the pinks from the flowers.
Maroon cardstock and a strip of mulberry paper are the finishing touch for this.
I made this little card to show the grand-daughters about coloring in rubber stamped images. BIG HIT!
I mounted mine on a Cuttlebug background and gold cardstock - both chosen to complement the watercolor markers used in the illustration.
I used a single word stamped in green for the greeting.
I was teaching my grand-daughters how to use the Cuttlebug and made this backfround as a sample. After we had been running everything in sight through the machine we decided to add some color. I used a small 'Whisper' inkpad brushed over the raised text.
The center sticker introduced more colors so I was able to match it with this piece of eyelash yarn. The last touch was to add corners and a greeting using gold peel-offs.
Here's another do-up of the dandelion and dragonfly - this time in pastels. I started with pink cardstock and stitched using white and soft green. Then I backed it in green cardstock.
I used a single-word white rubon and added the rest of the text using white gel pen.
At mention of an accordion folio I was intrigued so I went online and looked at a few examples. I made up my own way of construction and produced this sample. For assembly it uses three 12 x 12 cardstock and three 12 x 12 patterned paper. Then I used a coordinating paper for decoration and cardstock for tags for the pockets.
The overall book is 6 x 6 inches.
I used 4 x 4 cardstock blocks on each page for mounting photos. More photos can be mounted on the 4 x 6 tags. The tags have ribbon pulls and the book ties closed with more ribbon.
This is another rendition of the stitching pattern by Lisa Burns. I used metallic gold thread on burgundy cardstock.
Though you can't tell from the photo, the first mat is also glittery metallic as are the greeting stickers. The green card is actually almost moss green.
When is someone going to invent a digital camera or scanner that renders TRUE COLOR?
I picked up these rough amethyst at a store in Skagway, Alaska. The owner picks them up when he is out hiking and tosses them in a box by the register. I tried to get ones that matched well in three sizes.
I used wire-wrapping to connect them and create this pendant. I had the silver chain on hand to finish it off.
This is pretty close to life-size.