Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Children shouldn't run with Scissors

Sandi is the hostess for the Circle of Friends sway this month and she has selected the theme, Children. She asked us to include a phrase, or word somewhere on the piece and that it be 4x6, she plans on binding them somehow.

I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do but life crept up on me and I needed to pound these suckers out fast! So I scaled back, WAY back on my original design and this is what I came up with. For those of you that know me you can see how much I struggled to not go dark with this one. One day I hope to get to re-do it in all its potential creepiness!

I'm still playing with a lot of the techniques in Lisa M. Pace's book Delight in the Details. For this piece I decided to focus on her tips on paper sewing and mix and matching decorative papers. I've already mastered crepe paper but used it a bit differently here. Other things that she frequently does is to use the mini pearls and she has a great section on eyelet boarders. All these concepts she uses on different projects but I decided to toss them all on this one.

I combined 3 different decorative papers (if you count the one with my scissors phrase) sewing them all together. Before sewing the phrase decorative paper on I stamped the tree, which was a little on the dark/creepy side which is why the decorative paper ended up covering most of it up (originally I was going to put it in the lower right hand corner). To make up for that I used a punch to add interest to the bottom. The ribbon running along the crepe paper I hand crinkled and died.

All and all I'm pleased with the way this turned out but like I said I really want to goo full force on the creepy factor, alas that wasn't the theme this month.

I hope the member's of Cirle of Friends enjoy this and I can't wait to get the completed book back!


Monica said...

Nice work! Definitely go for the full boar creepy one, I would love to see it as I too am a fan of the dark side!

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is a fantastic piece! Even from the thumbnail, I knew I was going to love it and up close and personal, its even better. penny

Lisa M. Pace said...

I love your card. You have mastered the techniques perfectly. I'm so glad you are enjoying my book.

Hugs & Stickles!