Saturday, February 28, 2009
Using the cube pattern that I enlarged I used a red decorative paper that I stamped with a music score and covered that with pearl ex on top of that I stamped the bird and glued some words.
The stamped bird is highlighted with seed beads, glitter and diamond glaze. The sides that have the words also have red German scrap. On top I have perched a red bird (I think it's head is on backwards but they were all like that at the store so I guess it is more my head that is on backwards) I added some shimmery paint and some glitter to the bird and she is perched on a bead of red glitter.
To finish the cube off I threaded some fishing wire with seed beads as a hanger and added some red yarn to the bottom that I frayed a bit.
I hope whoever wins my Why a Bird sings loves it!
Friday, February 20, 2009
On the Left is the "girl" version. The background paper is clouds that I stamped various shimmery circles all over. On top of that I added some swirls all along the edges and to finish it off affixed two dragonflies to the top and bottom of the poem. The poem is held on with sewed "X's" in each corner.
To the Right is the "boy" Version. This one was harder for me to design. I do have a very girly hand sometimes. The background paper is made of the Twinkling H2O's that alas are no longer being made. I then over stamped with stars. The poem is held on with brushed silver brads and it is surrounded by two moons, the color on them is glitter. The only part I am worried about on this one is the moons, they may be a little juvenile when the boy starts to grow up.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I tried something new for me on the tag pictured here, without the ribbons, I embossed the ring master images and then I spritzed the tag with Glimmer Mist in red and gold. Once that was dry I filled in some of the lighter sections with a midnight blue ink. And lastly stamped some stars. My tag is very simple and my least favorite part of my journal contribution...but as I have already said, I think it all works well together.
oh and the coolest part is that I have the tag stuck into a genuine Roasted Peanuts bag from the circus!
I hope Monica likes my tag contribution...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
While reading Zeborah's Blog Post I was struck by how much I agreed with it and that just like Zeb I have experienced something similar in just the past week.
I recently attended an Art show and took a few classes. The first class I took I was shocked to find that the artist/instructor was very offended when I put my spin on her techniques.
A different class I took was extremely refreshing the instructor demonstrated her techniques, explained the supplies and let us loose...
After experiencing the complete differences in these classes I came to the conclusion that there are two types of artists, those that want people to do what they do exactly the way they do it and those that want to "Share" their art with others.
Please visit Zeborah's Blog to read her point of view on "Sharing Art" and if you agree make sure to try and "Share your art" in the same manner.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I enjoyed the first book and I read this one even faster but Masquerade was predictable in the story that she chose to wrap up and left more questions than the first novel. I really want to go out and purchase book 3 right now but it won’t do me any good, De La Cruz’s MO seems to be “leave em hanging” which is good for book sales but aggravating as all get out for readers.
At the end of this book she has included a Family Tree with some of the “other” names the vampires have used throughout history. In each book she has various letters written by the vampires and or news clippings. I swapped out my first book and now I want to go back and look at the letters written by the Plymouth Bluff Vampires and see who they are in the present time. I wish she included the family tree in the first book.
I am anxious to read Book 3, Revelations, but I am going to wait since the fourth book, The Van Allen Legacy does not come out until September 2009. Seems to me adult and maybe even a majority of teen readers may want to read these straight through
Every other month, or so, I will be hosting a swap through Alpha Stamps that features one of their marvelous stamps. This past month the stamp was the Queen Sweet Heart. This is a 3 for 3 ATC swap and the ATC's from everyone that joined are fabulous and can be seen HERE
If you are interested in joining these Fabulously fun swaps all you have to do is join the Alpha Stamps Yahoo Group...yea yea I know what you are thinking...I'm already a member of too many groups...this one is different! All swaps hosted through the group allow you to purchase the stamps at a huge discount. And the chatting is marvelous (and there is not too much) So go HERE to join.
The next stamp has already been selected it is O is for Olive and it can be viewed on THIS page, just scroll down a little. Not your thing...like I said, we do these a lot so maybe next time you will really love the stamp. I am really looking forward to playing with this stamp I have a ton of idea's!
Okay onto what I have done with the Queen Sweet Heart Stamp. The above ATC is my dream deck of cards Queen of Hearts...of course if I had this deck of cards I would want it to come with all the sweets.
To the left I have used the stamp in the background. The Collage image is also from Alpha Stamps, it comes in sepia, black and white or a blue and white. I colored and cut out the part I wanted and then created a window like frame behind her with some glitter highlights.
I hope that the swap participants had as much fun as I did...and that they enjoy the pieces they get in return as much as I am enjoying mine.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sands has a tendency to repeat herself. Making me feel that she views her readers incapable of remembering/recalling important details. In other words, that her readers are not that smart...um...yea right...I got really really annoyed with this especially when the same thing would be repeated on the very same page! And at the end when her momentum was going pretty well she ruined it once again by beating me over the head with details she had already gone over.
I do like her take on where the vampires came from. But there seem to be many holes in her plot line. Then again this is the first in a rather large series so she could clear some things up later.
Her sex scenes were a bit much for me...don't get me wrong I am all for a hot steamy love scene I guess I just find it better when every detail is not described...after all I do have an imagination.
I do plan on reading the next book. I was really not that into this read until about 2/3 of the way through but I was warned that her first book is more set up than anything else...she could have avoided that by not repeating herself over and over...
All in all it was an okay read...