Monday, July 25, 2011

More Cupcake Liners!

I'm finding more as I scan my old art journal - I'll be posting some of it on Flickr later.   I love art journals where each page is a masterpiece, but this one is where I write (a lot!) and I keep the pages fairly simple.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cupcake Liners for Journals

Cupcake liners make an easy, colorful journal decoration, just right to highlight a word or phrase.   I originally saw them used by Hope Karney; she really flattens hers.   I found if you put it on a table and pinch a little seam in as you go around the flat bottom-center, it keeps the ridges as it flattens.  

As a bonus, now that I have a stash of cupcake liners, I send an assortment out when I need a little "thank you" to another crafter!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Journal Pages

Here's the latest pages in my art journal - this is one I made in Mary Ann Moss' "Full Tilt Boogie"  online class (more pics of it in my Flickr).  Her classes are so entertaining and you learn a ton, I recommend them highly if you've ever thought about making your own art journal.

I'm a bit unhappy with how heavy the watered-down gesso went on - it covered up most of the paper underneath, and buckled the left one - oh well.  Most of it is stamped and then chalked, but the lady on the left is a vintage advertisement from the waist up.

Mail Art

This is my first mail art!    It's an old box spruced up to send in my "Colour My World" atc swap.  I know Lenna particularly enjoys mail art, and it looked like fun to give a try. 

I am a bit of a perfectionist, so it's hard for me to enjoy what I make sometimes. I'm trying to give myself space to try things and grow, and swat down the voice that says "you're going to blog that?  It's not very good."   I don't have a degree in art, or any formal lessons - I'm just a chick who like to make things.  :)   Hopefully some reader will see how quick and fun it is to dabble around in art, and go create something!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Color My World Plum

Surprisingly, this was a challenge!  It's for Lenna Andrew's Color My World atc swap - and I hadn't realized how much I'm about the interplay of colors - keeping to just one hue was really difficult.   There's still time to join the swap if you like!  She posts them as they arrive too, so it's fun to see them all come in.

If you're wondering about the textural lighter background, it's a used color-catching sheet from the washing machine.  Sometimes the come out so lovely I save them and use them in art - they have a great, crinkly-soft feel to them.  There's also the word "being" and a tiny amethyst bead.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Frozen Charlotte Fairies

This was a fun and easy summer craft, inspired by the lovely frozen charlotte pots made by Karla Nathan.   The base is a peat pot from the garden store, with a photo-copy of antique wallpaper modge-podged on top (couldn't bring myself to use the real stuff - it's an ongoing problem!)   The wings are vintage music, edged in glitter.  Making the little dresses for the charlottes was the best part.   It's just lace and ribbon, but I spent forever trying things on them - never too old for dress-up I guess!  The blue fairy pot needs a bit more, one of these days I'll get around to it.

If you don't know the story of Frozen Charlottes, go here and read a bit - they are absolutely fascinating.   If you keep an eye on ebay and etsy you can generally find some reasonably priced ones, or occasionally a local antique place will have a bowl of them.    Most of them come straight from Nurnburg, Germany, where they were tossed in big pits behind the factory, as they were damaged during manufacture.

Fabric yo-yo fun

I'm noticing more yo-yo's for sale at the scrapbook store; these are so easy to make, why buy them?   You can make one to perfectly match your collage, or layout, or whatevs in around 5 minutes.  I made these last night for an ATC swap by Creative Lenna.  Just cut some fabric in a rough circle about 4" across.   Turn under about a quarter inch and start a running stitch (be sure to take a tiny back stitch first, right at the knot, so you don't tug it out later.)    Keep stitching and turning under as you go, it doesn't have to be perfect.   When you get back to where you began, pull really tightly, wiggle those seams down flat, and knot off your thread.  If you run the thread end through the yo-yo before you snip it, the knot and thread end will be pulled inside.   Ta-da!   Cute lil' yo-yo's in just a few minutes.