Topic: New Work
This was a simple card - just a little cardstock matching for an image from an old card and the addition of a 3D greeting sticker on the top.
These three snowmen were on one of last year's cards. I used a circle punch to cut them out, Rimmed each with a golden watercolor marker and attached them to an irridescent cardstock base. Then I used peel-off sticker waste to create hangers for them.
The text is a peel-off stickers.
This one is NOT made from scraps. I used black cardstock to free-hand a pot and trimmed it with peel-offs. I arranged a bunch of holly stickers and then added four 3D poinsettia stickers to make a potted plant.
Peel-off waste was used to band the top and bottom of the card and a gold sticker greeting was added to the pot.
The snowflake panel if from a card front but the text panel is the inside liner of an envelope! Very odd coloring so I had a hard time matching cardstock for it. I did find this seafoam that worked, though. I added silver stickers over top of four of the snowflakes.
What with the text covering the whole background I didn't even need to add a greeting.
I cut this gold poinsettia off an old card front and backed it with poinsettia stickers on a gold metallic cardstock base. The sticker sheet came with a matching greeting block so I used that at the bottom, blocked out the last of the greeting and placed a peel-off over the top.
I saved my Christmas cards from last year and used some to make my own cards this year.
For this card I used a flat front and ran it through the Cuttlebug for embossing. I used Stickles on the tree to make it shimmer (sorry it doesn't show) and added a gold punched out star to the top. I added a 3D 'celebrate' sticker to the upper left and then placed a gold peel-off under it.
The whole thing was mounted on a blue folded card base.
I had an inspiration the other day while eating my yoghurt for lunch. We do LOTS of crafts for the preschoolers and many of them use scraps which we ask people to save for us. I looked at my container and envisioned turning it into a little penguin!
I drew up paper patterns, added a 2 inch styrofoam ball, and google eyes and this is the result.
I formalized the patterns and turned them over to the craft lady - along with this sample.
These were the last of the kits I had left - 11 meander books. The 8 1/2 x 11 page that this begins with is printed with the days of the year - one month per page - where the owner can write in birthdays and anniversaries. The last three pages list birthstones, birth flowers, and traditional and modern gifts for anniversaries. I made these with covers of mat board and spines of scrapbook paper. These are the simple books I taught my grandkids to make.
I had more of these kits left than any other. I sat down and made 16 bracelets in one day. These are the 'Christ's Story' bracelet and will be boxed along with a card that tells the story with the beads.
Next in my kit-finishing spree I make up these 11 stitched pamphlets. They are designed after a card I was taught and I added a fancy liner paper and more pages. There is a metallic card insert in the folded point and it tucks into a double slit in the square cover.
Well, this isn't REALLY backlog. Let me explain. I cleaned my studio and pulled out all the unused kits leftover from all the classes and workshops I had done. I decided, instead of re-storing them, to just make them all up and THEN put them aside together. Then when a bazaar table opens up, a donation is needed, or I want a quick gift - I'll be ready!
The first to be done were the stitched and beaded Christmas cards I finished on my vacation.
Next up were these 11 kitchen angels made of a hand towel, a dish cloth, a pot holder, ribbon, chenille wire, and rubber bands. I have 6 Fall and 5 Christmas designs.
This bedding set named Sally Blue is from Egyptian Peddler and I was drawn to the combination of this unusual blue and a buttery yellow in stripes and brocade.
I started with a scrapbook paper in two tones of yellow and placed strips of Eclipse paper over the stripes as a resist. Then I lightly brayered over the paper with Starry Starry Night (Whisper Ink Pad). I used the same to stamp diagonal stripes of decorative pattern. Then I used a scrolly larger stamp to create more decoration. Peeling off the Eclipse paper left me with this patterned paper. Neat huh?
I used it to wrap the inside and outside front of a base card and then turned back one corner to mimic a bedding coverlet. The stripes on the inside are rub-on stitching, the heart is a sticker and the three text blocks are Tim Holtz Adage Tickets on which I penned in a second line.
More from the clipping file, I cut this illustration down close to these three fish. I think the speckled background brings to mind the fish coloring and the sandy bottom of their streams. After I put on the text sticker the background was too light so I used a sponge to add color from a Butterscotch Adriondack ink pad. I colored it around all the edges of all the panels and a little bit on the fish as well.
This print from a magazine was an ad for paper and how well it could be printed on. I tore it out and backed it with a torn strip of music. Three metal musical notes and a metal plaque reading 'peace' are glued on before I placed gold peel-off corners and a Christmas greeting.
This scrapbook paper with whimsical little clouds makes a perfect backdrop for this trio of birds that were taken from a week-at-a-glance calendar. I mounted them on a folded card base of linen textured cardstock. Up the left side are two rows of 'stitching' which is actually rubons!
Of course, I added a text sticker, also.
Sunflowers from my file of clippings are matted with yellow cardstock and crackle-printed scrapbook paper. The cardstock base is made from the same yellow and the text is a sticker.
I saw these cute snowmen made from candles on the Michaels website videos. They are just eyelets pressed into the wax and a ribbon tied around for a scarf. When they used the taller pillars they pressed big brads in for buttons below the scarf.
For today's inspiration piece I chose this screen from images.smarter.com. I was drawn to the Asian branches, the graphic colors, and the marching rows of panels.
I started with sheets of mini-labels, taping several together to make 9 columns. I stamped the branches on them with 'Weathered Wood" Distress Ink from Ranger. The full branch was stamped twice and just the top half twice again. I used Sharpie marker in red to color the flowers and a warm grey watercolor marker for the branches. I laid removable tape over sections of 3 columns and peeled them off their backing. Then they were attached to black paper and the tape removed. This keeps the labels aligned properly. The three panels were then attached to the front of a white card and the feet cut from just the front layer.
The two stickers reading "Simple Delight" were applied to the front.
This week I put up a display of some of my handmade books in the case at the library I manage. I included our instruction books on the topic on the table below for those who get inspired and want to have a go at it!
From left to right top shelf: Star Book, Japanese Stab Binding, Post Bound, Flag Book, and Stitched Pamphlet
Shelf two: Wire Binding, Case Binding, Ribbon Tied, Japanese Stab Binding, and Interlocking Accordion
Shelf three: Case Binding Over Comb, Swiveling Rivet, Accordion Book, Dos a Dos, Accordion, and Case Binding.