Saturday, September 22, 2012

stamped pendant with beaded fringe

This is a pendant made of two layers of
chipboard, painted with acrylics.  The
fringe is made of very pretty amethyst
colored glass beads, but the picture
does not do them justice . . .

The base pendant is half the size of an
atc--1 1/4 wide by 3 1/2 inches tall, with
the beaded fringe sandwiched between
the two boards.  There is a jump ring at
the top, with a black leather corded

The stamp sets used are from Blockheads--
the background from the Architecture
set, and the insects/flower from Nature Medallion.

The backside of the pendant is
essentially the same, but without
the Nature Medallion images.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What WAS on my workdesk? Utterly shameless edition, #172

So this is what WAS
on my workdesk, and I couldn't show it before--Altered Pages is starting
up a monthly challenge, Alter Your Creativity, and the first challenge is to
create a headdress. Mine is a headdress for Mnemosyne, goddess of memory,
and mother of the nine muses--there is a medallion made from inchie images
representing each of the muses.  In the other pic at the AP blog you can see
the other side, with old movie film trailing down the back, as well.

For the utterly shameless part--if you would kindly click on this linky
HERE, and vote for me, (it's in the sidebar), then I won't be the giant goof
that no one voted for. **sigh**

It's like I'm having a teenage flashback, with those awful feelings of
UGH, everyone is going to think I'm ugly/stupid/goofy (fill in the blank
with your particular insecurity).

Where is that even coming from? Good grief!

All ranting aside, Happy WOYWW to you! As usual, I'll be around
tonight for my weekly, worldwide blog snoop with you.  Pretty sure I got
around to everyone who commented last week--will double check
that first . . . see you later!

PS--Thanks to my WOYWW friends, my headdress has some votes now,
so I can breath a huge sigh of relief!  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

a simple stamped brooch and earrings

stamped brooch and earring set

A very simple brooch and earring set, stamped with images from the
Grunge Collages set from Blockheads . . .

Used some micro beads in medium pink, also from Blockheads,
around the edges.  The earrings are double sided, with different
images on the backs, and all of the pieces are made from sturdy

What do you think?  Fun little giftie?  Not a big giftie, just a fun
little something . . . 

Haven't played in any challenges for a while, let's see:
Fashionable Challenges--Good Things Come in Small Packages
Just Some Lines--use two different colouring mediums (inks, crayons)
So Artful--color challenge

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"happy" a quilted inchie charm

This is the third in a series of tiny, quilted inchie charms that I've
posted for Altered Arts Magazine.  Made using an Omni Gel transfer
of an Altered Pages image attached to cotton fabric, vintage lace, quilting,
and glass beads were also added.  The charm is now attached to a 
bracelet--I hope to be showing that soon . . .

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday, #171

For those of you who know about my roving desks, this is yet another one--
have taken over a table in the living room, and have to say, it's nice to be in
the center of things, and on a sturdy table, rather than one of those tray tables.

ANYWAY, here's what's on my workdesk:

 Inks and bits from making a couple mini books, a set of Gothic Arch 
Edgar Allan Poe atcs for a Vintage Photo Image ATC swap, and stamps
from making a birthday card for my dad.

 This one is probably my favorite . . .

This is the one on the top of the pile there.

Will be around WOYWW visiting this evening, but now am off to
a viola lesson.  (Good grief, I'm taking viola lessons, how did THAT happen?)

If you'd like to join in the WOYWW fun, stop by the wonderful
Miss Julia's for a look at the weekly festivities!  

Hey, a quick P.S.--if you were around for the woyww that featured
 this sneak peek,
you can now see the finished piece, and the step-by-step process,
in my latest column at Unruly Paper Arts.  I'd be delighted if you
stopped by and let me know what you think.  Unless you hate it. ;)

Happy WOYWW, everyone, I look forward to visiting with you!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

an altered, sewing-themed box, perfect for gifting!

I was so pleased with how the pencil box turned out, I decided that for my next
Altered Arts Magazine design team project I'd try a sewing themed box.  My
mom is an avid quilter, and gets together with a group to sew.  This box would
be perfect for her scissors and such that she needs to take along with her.

The hinged box measures almost 10 by almost 4 1/2 inches, and started life
holding a pack of sports cards--it used to look like this:
but now it looks like this:
sewing box front
For this one, I used my Gelli Plate to print some background papers, and then
cut panels from the monotypes to fit the sides of the box.

sewing box top
Stamped the images, and THEN adhered the panels to the box (learned that
lesson the hard way!), and (this is the tricky part) used a razor blade to make
slits around the three sides of the opening, so the lid can, in fact, open.

box back--no slit here, the box is hinged

Added a little paint, the trim, and some crayon to finish it off.  Had to show the
back here, too--I really like that measuring tape stamp!

I'm thinking this would be a great gifty box for holding a simple sewing set for
someone going off to college, or moving out for the first time--you know, some
threads, scissors, a few buttons, maybe a  thimble?

Used stamps from all of these yummy Blockheads sets:

Notions --measuring tape, lace, collage-y sewing elements, hooks and eyes
Year Ago --dreamy face
Grunge Collages --mother and child, moths, butterfly
Sewing --thimble, spool of thread, scissors
Weaving --spinning wheel and loom

Thank you for stopping by--leave me a comment, and I'll be by to see what
you're working on, too.  Have a wonderful weekend!