Monday, September 18, 2017

Peace

It has been a challenging summer in many ways.  I took a lot of comfort from making this assemblage - probably the first assemblage that I am totally happy with.  It did not come together easily.  You can't tell, but, I have bolted and unbolted so many components to this box.  I finally left just the essentials.  When it got crowded, it got less peaceful.



So here is 'Peace' and may you find it in your life as well.
 








 The box was made by combining an antique frame with a wooden box (thanks hubby!).  I whitewashed the box, lined the inside of the box with music notes paper, whitewashed again, and then sanded the edges.  I included a vintage butterfly frame with the Madonna portrait.  The ceramic Madonna figurine is on top of an old faucet handle.  The praying hands are holding an old perfume compact that has been cleaned and yet another Madonna image glued to the inside.  Parts from an old watch are glued to the front of the compact.  The compact opens and closes, so this is an interactive peace.


It took me a while to figure out why the photo is picking up lines in the framed Madonna.  Those are reflections of the siding on my house.  I am thinking about investing in a small portable lightbox, but, for now I get the best images outside during twilight.


I like how the figurine's fingers are broken and blackened (that is how she came and I could not clean the fingers off and I really tried).  Is this not how peace is?  Things explode in life and we must stay still and hold on to our peace.
 
 



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Journal Tags

Bright intense colors were my inspiration for these journal tags.  I joined the ATCs for All swap site so I could participate in some mail art swaps and these first efforts are bound for Australia!







I first saturated some watercolor paper with Dylusions spray inks in different colors.  When the paper dried, I strategically die cut the tags from my favorite parts.  I then used stencils with water (to lighten the inked paper) or stencils with Distress Ink to add color on top.  Next, I stamped with watermark and inked again and\or stamped randomly.  The requirement was to leave space for journal entries.

I will post what I receive in return.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Easter!



I have been spring crafting like mad.  I made two different Easter cards for family and friends. (stamps used are from 'Stampin Up')  Also, sewed up the bunny using an old embroidered cloth that was too far gone to save.  It's a freehand pattern and I think I need to work on the ears a bit, but, I like the face that I embroidered for him.  Finally, I have been using my felted wool scraps to make felt flowers (see Aunt Peaches tutorial  on this).





Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Easter Tags

Getting a jump on the upcoming Easter holiday and making some tags for a friend.  The rabbits are still one of my very favorite stamps and one of the first stamps I purchased when starting this hobby (online from 100 Proof Press).  I think I made my very first Easter card using that stamp.  The chick is from the Stampin Up 'Honeycomb Happiness' set.  I will be making more with this set in the next few weeks!




Friday, February 17, 2017

Butterfly Birthday Card

Continuing with the feminine themed cards!  When I went to the Heirloom Stamp festival a few weeks ago, Stampland was having a 50% off sale on their wood mounted stamps, so I picked up this beauty.  Used the Tim Holtz technique from this tag on the butterflies.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mailing Day is my Favorite Day

One of the best things about making cards and crafts is sending them off to family and friends.  Besides the joy of (hopefully) making someone happy with a handmade gift or card is the pleasure I get from visiting the classic old post office in downtown Athens, Georgia.






And here is the birthday card I am mailing today.  It is a butterfly collage and I added a crackle glaze on top.  Definitely going through a pink phase these days!  Also showing my standard paper bag insert for protection against the USPS machinery.  Took this photo on one of the beautiful marble window sills inside the post office.




Happy Mailing Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Aunt Peaches Valentine Swap

Took a break from 'Project Catch Up' and made some fun valentines for the Aunt Peaches Valentine swap.  This was a stash buster project!  I used spray stains, watercolor paper, distress inks, a new Lost Coast stamp (heart), and arrow embellishments.  These came together so quickly - a real pleasure after struggling with the assemblage boxes.


I hope my swap mates like these!  Happy Valentines!!