Saturday, April 29, 2017

Secrets of a Library

 Have you ever wondered what is happening a stack or two over from where you are studiously reading a book in the library?  How about all those whispers you hear?  Well, in my library, all secrets are revealed.  
 This month, Leslie, over at Alpha Stamps, asked me to make a piece of art that represented my studio, or other things I collect.  I am an avid reader and my studio is filled with all sorts of books, heck, my entire house is filled with books.  
 All of the decorative papers I used and the Gate fold window card are in this months kit.  Many of the other supplies I used can be found HERE.
I started by carefully cutting the cabinet collage image so that it could be opened multiple ways.  I lined the backside with decorative paper and added some book images.  In every library there is always that student who is actually using there time wisely (that was not me in school).
 But there is more, behind the card catalog (has anyone seen one of these in libraries anymore?) is a secret tryst.  Alas, this does not happen in my studio, my husband tends to avoid the basement, scary girly stuff you know. This flap opens the opposite way of the cabinet, getting the spacing right on this one was a bit tricky but I love the way it turned out.  
And hidden away in the depths of my library is a chaise lounge with a woman from the Paintings of Romance Collage Sheet.  I would love a chaise lounge in my studio.  I do have a sofa, old, covered with a sheet because the cat lives on it.  If I had a chaise lounge my family might never see me.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my studio even if it wasn't full of art bits.  
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parade of Masks

Put on that ball gown, slip on your glass slipper and hail that coach because it's time to head to the masked ball.
Over at Alpha Stamps everyone is getting their masks ready to go.
Complete Supply list HERE.
My artwork suffers from a mild case of multiple personality disorder, so I've made not one mask but three.  
Feathers, oh how I love feathers!  
 What could be better than feathers with flowers and gold lace?  
Speaking of Gold, how about an entire mask of gold!?!  
Little secret, this one is my least favorite and it was headed to the trash once I finished wrapping up this project.  We had company over and they brought their 12 year old daughter who fell in love with this.  So it has a good home now and her love for it made me like it a bit more.  
I went to town with the liquid pearls on this one.  I used Mermaid and white opal here, but I must have one of every color.  So scrumptious!  To get a more even colored look I painted the chipboard before applying the liquid pearl in coordinating colors.  You don't want chipboard brown showing through.
Flowers and seam binding.  Y'all know how much I love those goodies.  Strange that I could use all my favorite items and end up not loving the result, oh well.  
I tried to make flower clusters out of the rhinestones.  They kinda turned out.  The two colors I used are aquamarine, for the petals, and peridot for the center.
Mask number three is my oldest daughter's favorite.  She has insisted on a stick (not shown in photos) so she can hold it like a true carnavalian.  
One of my all time favorite supplies from Alpha Stamps has been their mini star sequins.  Mix those with flowers, chipboard flourishes  and silver leafed metal bits and voila!
A note on the feather flourishes, you will need to purchase two sets to get multiples of each design.  Here I have used the same design but have them flipped differently.
The silver bit is a decorative metal piece that I coated in silver gilding flakes.  Just paint on some of the adhesive and then place the silver leaf down working it into all the little nooks and cranes.  It looks amazing in person, wish it looked accurate in photographs.

Now the question is which one should I wear first?!?
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful time at your ball!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cinderella Coach with a Giveaway!

 Once Upon a Time there was a girl who loved to create...
This month at Alpha Stamps is all about Cinderella!  Y'all know how I love me some fairy tale themed items.  Here Cinderella is whisking off to her ball in a coach shaped chipboard book.
Complete list of supplies at end of post.
Molds are one of my favorite things to create with.  I used 3 different molds on this project.  Here you can see the Wide Header with 4 scrolls silicone mold.   I've found that Ice Resin works best when creating with molds that have lots of tiny twist and turns.  For this particular piece I used some gold pearl ex powder to tint it gold.  Then I covered it with Gilding Flakes.  Doing both gives the piece more depth.  Instead of a single solid tone you get various levels and shades of gold.  However, the gilding flakes are so luscious it was hard to stop gilding.  
 Believe it or not, but I don't always like my first go at things.  I started by trimming the windows in black thin looped dresden boarders. It looked to harsh so I painted over it using Tim Holtz distress paints in scattered straw, picket fence and spun sugar.  It's a little hard to see in the photo, but I added some gilding flakes randomly all over the coach. Check it out, Gus is hanging out in the window!
 You can't have a piece about Cinderella without some birds.  Blue didn't look right so they too got a coating of distress paint.  I used the Royal Icons Mold for the crown and the same Ice Resin and coloring process as I did on the scroll mold.
 The Mouse and pumpkin boarder set reminds everyone that Cinderella's coach was once a humble pumpkin.  
 Inside I mostly collaged papers.  I wanted to keep the page flat so the front cover would sit flush and the first page show through the windows nicely.  The flowers and butterflies are from the Love Clippings Collection paper set.  Hanging out on the wheels are some silhouettes from the Cinderella Silhouettes Chipboard small set.
Cinderella is from the Happily Ever After Collage Sheet.  And you know I couldn't resist topping the page off with some seam binding - bark colored.  
These two completed pages along with two for you to decorate yourself with a few goodies from my stash (some resin bits, sheet music, seam binding and flowers to name a few) are up for grabs.  All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what Fairy Tale is your favorite.  For additional entries post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (One additional entry for each place you post).  Please use the above image with a link to this post.  
Winner will be announced Feb 14th. 
 Leave your e-mail address to ensure notification.  You can private message me on FB if you do not want to leave it in the comment section.  

Ice Resin
Love Clippings Collection paper - Little love clippings, Always and Forever
Distress paint - scattered straw, picket fence, spun sugar
Think looped Dresden boarders 
Tales of you and me Collection paper - Contes de toi et moi
Gilding flakes (where have these been all my life!)
Happily Ever After CS
Alcohol ink - mushroom
Seam binding - bark tan
distress ink - tea dye
Tim Holtz heirloom roses
Lamp post silicone mold
Wide header with 4 scrolls silicone mold
Silicone Mold - Royal Icons
dove mold 
1" pale pink paper roses
small pale pink mulberry blossoms
small white mulberry blossoms
white foam stamen 
yellow mulberry blossoms 
Mulberry Paper Cherry Blossoms
shoe charm
tiny mixed size flat backed pearls
Mouse and Pumpkin Boarders Set
Cinderella Silhouettes Set Small
Coach book chipboard