Sunday, 6 December 2015

Altered Cigar box with Hand Painted Feather

This cigar box is about 10" X 8" and made of a wood altho I
needed to cover entirely in a wood grain paper, just to cover up all the cigar decos.
Here's my plan. Black background with a piece of vellum with clouds on it, hopefully the Artic, snow and floating ice comes to mind instead.  Some real birch bark, real bird feathers, some inking and ink stitching for that native feel

To match the birch bark I white washed the wood floor designer paper with Ranger's picket fence stain. Glued it on and added some vintage photo ink around the edges.

Inside too.

I thought I'd leave the bottom as is.

On top of the vellum I stenciled in some word script here and there. The customer who ordered this wanted a stormy feel so I white inked some swirly images and highlighted it with white perfect pearls. Some it hard to see.

On the backside of the vellum I used my finger to lightly ink up around some of the ice burgs, hopefully looking a little more like Artic waters.

Every now and then while walking the puppy I pick up some feathers found along the way.
I hand painted the polar bear with acrylic paint. It was a lot easier than I anticipated. I washed it before, but other than that - no prep and no sealant afterwards.
I wrapped the feathers and the stamens together with twine to incorporate some more native effects

The image in the moon was found on the internet, circle die cut and a white pen around the edge. 

I hand painted the paw print with black glossy accents onto more birch bark and oval cut by hand.
I will be a long time before I use vellum again. Boy it's hard to glue. It warps when anything wet touches it, and the glue is also visible. So I cut some tiny strips of black card stock and glued it overtop the edges of the vellum to hid the glue and pen stitched around the edges.
A little vintage photo around the edges ages.
Not sure how happy I am with how this turned out. I feel it needs more but not sure what.

Added a hand drawn arrow, a metal key and a metal medallion.

The box needed something to help pull the lid up so I used a Tim Holts photo pin, but filled the end with glossy accents, and a very wee tiny mini drop of antique linen ink to give it a bit of color rather than clear. But before I added the GA, I dropped a couple of wee tiny snowflakes into the ring. Two indian motive beads will go on the pin and once the GA is solid, I'll hammer it into the box lid.

I found some corners in my stash...whoohooo. Glued on using a dab of 'no more nails'.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Fine Art

This is a wonderful digi stamp colored with Copic markers.
Framed with a sparkly ribbon and cardstock.
Sentiment stamped with red ink.

                                               Challenge:Simon Says Christmas

Sunday, 1 November 2015

A little Bouzouki anyone?

The image of this Greek guitar was printed out in color, on cardstock and cut out.
I wanted the base of it really really large,
so I left the arm of it on the cutting room floor, but tried to mimic it with the punch I used
for the birthday greeting.
The background is modeling paste on a brick stencil.

I cut out an identical shape for the back, added the little brown pieces so it looks like the insdie of the guitar, and added foam dots to adhere the two together.

The rest of the guitar constructed with great patience...oh my.
Getting those stings tight and looking right...a challenge for sure.
But step by step, glue the bottom first, let it dry,
pull them taught and glue the next level and repeat until I reached the top tucking the top ends underneath. And trying to follow the
image of strings at the top of the guitar that came printed in the image.

The left photo shows how I cut out the hole (exatco knife), following the guitars fancy design and glued the image down with foam dots to give it some depth. Then, at the bottom here, (right hand photo) I had printed out a second image so I could cut and adhere that little piece on top of the string ends, a strategic layer of foam dots too.
The strings are made of some plain ole string which I put in a bag and added some Silver Mixative Alcohol Inks. Smooched it around until they were all coated.

The guitar had a mother of pearl look to the design and the best way
I could bring that to life was to add some stickles to make it sparkle


Boy Band: One Direction

One for One Direction
No really....a friend of mine won a trip from Toronto to Ireland
 to meet her most favourite boy band ever!!!
 Imagine her delight!!
So she asked me to make them a card.
 Imagine MY delight!!
She gave the card to their security guy backstage at the concert.
So the front of the card 'brick embossed,' represents/mimics,  their latest
album cover along with their images with our Toronto baseball jerseys, 
cut out and glued on with foam dots.
A Simon Says Stamp die and my own hand written attempt to match
 their One Direction font, glued to one side of the card.
A fancy heart stamp, topped with some shiny blue perfect pearls
and a moving spinner. Also arranged on one side of the card.


Inside is a flap to lift up, to represent our Rogers Stadium retractable roof.  A photo of the opened rooftop itself, glued on.
This time black 'brick embossed' cardstock adhered to both sides.

With an image she took while at the concert here in Toronto,
some stickles to make the fireworks sparkle.

It'd be nice to know if they actually got the card. But no way of knowing.
My friend had a great weekend in Ireland, with her Mom and Dad and a backstage meet and greet, photos, with an unforgettable up and close, personal view of the concert!



In the Drivers Seat

Custom made card for a friend's son's Birthday. In one of his favourite cars, so I put him in the drivers seat.
Found a photo on the internet and printed the car on cardstock
Resized his photo to fit inside the window and then added a layer of Glossy Accents to look like a sheet of glass.
The licence plate modified to say h.b. Adam. The headlights also with a layer of glossy accents.
Embossed background.

Real leaf Roses

The changing of the leaves around here have been wonderful. So I grabbed a bunch while walking the puppy and rolled them into roses. Keeping a few real leaves as well.
A bit of glue holds the layers together and some twine at the stems.
I chose smaller, freshly fallen, to med sizes maple leafs and just rolled them like any other paper rolled flower.
The bird was traced and hand cut around. One branch punched. Stamped happy birthday and fussy cut around as well.
The background an embossing folder.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Tea Pot

Just dropping in quickly tonight. These two tea pots are printed from a pdf file (I'll get the link for you later on in the week) on designer paper and fussy cut around.
Hand rolled roses, die cut leaves, punched mini flowers and a computer
 generated sentiment die cut with the circle die.
Liquid pearls and pearl stems for the flower centers.
Finished off with a tea bag inside and some tissue paper.

Tea for Two

Just dropping in quickly tonight. These two tea pots are printed from a pdf file (I'll get the link for you later on in the week) on designer paper and fussy cut around.
Hand rolled roses, die cut leaves, punched mini flowers and a computer
 generated sentiment die cut with the circle die.
Liquid pearls and pearl stems for the flower centers.
Finished off with a tea bag inside and some tissue paper.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Healing Card

Roses in coral fussy cut from designer paper with added glitter.
Silk ribbon with pearl center.
Spellbinder embossing folder with computer generated sentiment.


Coral Maternity

Heartfelt Creations floral die and stamps - stamped in coral chalk ink
 and heat embossed with clear powder  then colored with copic markers
Pearl centers
Digi stamp colored with Distress Markers (they don't impress me compared to the copics)
Designer paper with coral glittered dots
The card opens from the center.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Birthday Timings and Blessing

HeartFelt Creations designer paper
 embellished with their flower dies. Colored with copic markers.
Butterfly is a digi stamp - copic markers


Open from the center card. Tried the Distress Markers for coloring.
Beads for flower centers.
Heartfelt Creations Heart Die colored with Copic markers.
Designer paper with glittered dots.

On Your Engagement

Extra large card with extra lining inside.
Heart embossing folder background
Digi rose colored with copic markers
Heart Felt Creations Heart Die
Computer generated sentiment and
Simon Says Stamp " Love" you die