Topic: Other Projects
Here's the other half to the 'pair' of birds I painted. This one didn't get legs since he sits on a rock!
Not much else to say about it, huh?
As promised - the anniversary cake...
I made a double layer round and a double layer hexagon stacked on a footed clear glass plate. Then I used clear pillars and separator plates to elevate the cake topper.
I covered it and decorated it with buttercream icing (made with sour cream instead of milk) and did all the decoration with piping.
It has been a LOT of years since I did this last but I think it turned out well (the lower left was a transportation faux pas).
And the taste was fantastic, too. The cake is Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla. Yummy!
I went looking for a cake topper for a 60th aniversary cake. No such thing! My solution was to buy a 25th cake topper and edit it so much that it is not recognizable anymore!
Here is a photo of the 'before' cake topper from the catalog (except this is the 50th version with gold trim. The one I used was the 25th version with silver trim.
Here is the 'after'.
The only things original are the clear plastic base, the ruffle, and the couple. However, I used a Krylon paint pen to change their hair from blonde and black to silver/grey.
They had a really twinky 'poof' of netting stuck in behind them so I tore it off and glued on the triptych mirror. Then I tore off the clump of clay from the front edge that said '25' and glued on white paper flowers at their feet.
All of the flowers got self-stick clear rhinestone centers since the 60th is the 'diamond' anniversary. I added flowers to the back of the mirror base as well.
I had chipboard sticker numbers but they were: 1) brown 2) western style. I stuck them to my craft sheet and cut off the pointy edges so they were no longer 'western'. Then I used the Krylon metallic paint marker to make them silver and when that was dry I covered them with 'ice' Stickles.
... the CAKE!
You never know what you're going to find here, do you? Today it's a game I made for our Vacation Bible School round-up/pre-registration day. It sat at one end of a long table and the kids had to roll golf-balls UP the table and try to get it inside the 'temple' between the pillars.
I made it from a cardgoard box and the tube from gift wrap. I covered it all with three types of metallic tissue: an Egyption print, solid gold, and a black/gold swirl. I trimmed up the temple top and the pillar bottoms with ribbon.
Another project painted for Vacation Bible School: A 10-foot King Tutankhamen sarcophagus. This one is painted on canvas using tempera paints.
I was given an outline and then got a color photograph of the real thing to work from. I had a helper who did the face for me and helped to paint some of the gold lines in the head-piece. I painted the rest of it and even painted the whole black background.
Here you can see a close-up of the head:
And this close-up of the body shows how the detail was done. I used a template of zig-zags to draw on the gold background with magic marker to make the black lines. Then a foam brush was pressed in between these lines. From a distance it mimics the design on the original.
Just a couple more projects to show and then on to other things.
More painting stuff for Vacation Bible School. I designed and painted this 'buzzard' and then it was mounted on foam. The legs are made of shiny 3/4 inch ribbon and I hung the feet (brown paper mounted on cardboard) from the ribbon.
The body is about 3 feet across, for scale.
I mentioned (complained) a while back that the preview screen on my digital camera had burned out, making photography somewhat hit and miss. I finally had enough and went looking for a replacement (and an upgrade, while I was at it).
Old camera: Kodak EasyShare C633 with 6.1 mega pixels and a 3X optical zoom.
New camera: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with 10.0 mega pixels and a 10X optical zoom.
For comparison, I took the same photo across the valley of this barn. It is about 1/6 mile (300 yards) away.
With the old camera:
With the new camera:
Just a LITTLE difference, huh!?! Including the ability to preview the shot and center the subject. Oh, YEAH!
I am hoping my card and project photos also show this much improvement in quality...time will tell. Actually, TOMORROW will tell, as that is the first project that will be photographed with the new equipment.
We have no animals on our farm, yet, but I woke up this morning and found this neighbor trying to peek in the windows of the camper! I'm calling him Tom, now.
There are actually a pair of these beefers who ALWAYS are together so you'd think they were conjoined! They are SO curious and follow us around the fence line watching to make sure we know what we're doing.
They won't be petted but if you are patient they will come and touch their noses to your hand briefly. THEY have to be the one doing the touching.
Here's another shot of Tom, peeping at me. Love the colors created by the backlighting of the sunrise.
A glance out the front window the other day and I spied this bandit raiding the squirrel feeder. THAT'S not a squirrel!
When one shot caused the flash on the camera to go off she suddenly realized she was BUSTED!
Uh-oh! She watched me for a few minutes and then quietly walked down the back of the tree and waddled off around to the back of the house where she lives.
We'll se her again - as soon as somebody steps out on the deck and hollers, "Racoon buddies, I've got marshmallows!" Then she'll come running up to the bottom of the deck stairs to beg for treats.
Another new stamp (they were having a 40% off sale). This is one of the style I especially like that looks like it is sketched. I stamp these once on scrap paper then on the panel to look more like pencil drawing. I colored with watercolor pencils and blended with aquabrush.
I used a Cuttlebug frame folder to impress right over the stamped image and then traced over all the raised portions with Stickles. Sticky-back pearls are added at the frame corners.
I rounded the corners of the embossed panel, the designer paper and the folded base card before adhering all together.
Assignment: Create a card for swap that tells about your country. So I created this little history lesson!
The stars are a Cuttlebug folded on which I applied Adriondack 'denim' directly on the folder before impressing. The same is true of the stripes using Adriondack 'cranberry' ink. I tore both and glued together.
I used a Marvy marker to hand write in the patriotic phrases and used the denim ink to stamp the image at the lower right.
After mounting on white then cranberry cardstock I added a gold star to the stamped image and a border of gold stars to represent the flagpole.
This is another of the stamps from the new set I got. See how the words are all embedded in the flowers? This is the commonality in them. The text at the bottom of the card, though, is a rub-on but I thought the style really fit.
I added Stickles to all the 'daisies' including the one at the bottom. The ribbon is tied around the front panel which has been rounded at the upper left and lower right.
Sometimes I get a ways into a card, don't like the way it is going, but just keep adding stuff trying to 'rescue' it. Can't seem to just let it go.
This is just such a card...
The lower image is stamped. The rest is designer papers and stickers.
So there you go. It is what it is and it is done!
What a cheery card! Maybe it will finally usher in some sunshine at my house!
I used the Cuttlebug to cie-cut the wheelbarrow image and the designer paper behind it. Then prepared the yellow backing card with Cuttlebug embossing. The swirls at the corner were scraps I had from way back and I added sticky-back pearls around the image.
The image panel and the silk flower are mounted 3D. I used Sharpie marker to color the center of the flower to match the stamped image and also colored it's leaves.
More combining stamping with stitching... This stamp is from a new set for me. After coloring, I pricked out the pattern at the bottom and used colors to match the focal image. I added a Cuttlebug embossed border at the top and then added sticky-back pearls to all the flower centers throughout.
I backed with pink and green to match the flowers, leaves and swags.
Same stamped image as yesterday with a little twist on the colors. I went more pastel with this card. I used an embossing folder on the pinc card front and Nestabilities dies to cut the image and a blue backing. The two panels are mounted 3D.
I added Stickles to all the flowers and a text sticker.
This card could really have TWO headers: Paper Embroidery OR Rubber Stamping! I did a bunch of stamping and coloring and finally sat down to start putting them together. For this one I obviously added a corner stitching element to match the color of the roses. Then I found some related colors in patterned paper and ribbon.
The text is a sticker and I added rhinestones to the stitching.
Group leader sent us a pattern to use as a challenge. No instructions or sample so we each just did it as we wanted. This is my result.
I stitched with butter yellow, goldenrod, and rust and added a button brad to the center. The borders on either end are Cuttlebug and I framed it out in goldenrod and rust.
Every other time I have made this pattern I have turned it into a bookmark. But the assignment was to make a 'card' with the theme 'time'. So I mounted on floral paper with a couple of border pieces and found sticker border with strings of 'time' phrases to finish it off.
One more 'time flies' oval sticker was added along with clear bubble stickers over the top knob and the pendulum.
LOTS of teapots! I made many more so they could be used as centerpieces at an upcoming event. They will actually be used as floral containers with the lids set aside and a glass inserted to hold the flowers in water. Here are all 7 of them:
And here they all are individually: