Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fun Art

I made this wool felt crown last weekend at my friend Jeanne's house. She gave a class to several of us. I worried I would not like the sewing part but it was really fun. Not tedious like I thought. I hand sewed all the pearls and seed beads on plus whip stitched the crown together. Everything else was glued on. I think it came out great.

This is a close-up of the focal piece of jewelry I used. It is a vintage pin I think I got at The Cattle Barn last year sometime. I pinned it on instead of gluing it. So if I ever want to take it off I can.
Detail of the pearls and seed beads.
Detail of the trims. Rhinestone strand, fringed tulle, a fancy gold trim and a sequin flower trim.
Played with encaustic wax at my last art group meeting. This is on a wooden stamp base. I painted the sides and back with black acrylic paint. The front is clear and blue wax. I color copied the birds and the background and attached everything with the wax. The trim on the right is a scrapbooking border. I scratched into the cooled wax and then rubbed black oil paint in the cracks. Wiped off the excess with a paper towel. It was a fun technique.
This is a tin can. I did this at another one of my art group meetings. It is based on ones that Lisa Kaus does. I want to find some bigger tins and make some more. I am going to make some for Valentines Day. I will post those when I get them done.

I had to show this. My friend Jeanne sent it to me in the mail. Love it!! She bought the scarf I think, but she crocheted the flowers and trim. wonderful!!! She has been adding flowers to gloves too. I received a black pair of those. She is soooo creative!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Valentine Banners

I finished the Valentine Banners. They will be for sale at Stamp Asylum starting Thursday. Come by to see them in person because these photos do not do them justice. They are really cute!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Look What We Got Yesterday

SNOW! Not much but it was pretty to see it falling and collecting on the trees. East and North of us got more in accumulation. First snow of the year is always special though.
Down at the creek by my house.

Field at the end of my street.

More in the yard. The people across the street built three snowmen in their yard. They were really cute and I should have gotten a picture but didn't.
This was what I was working on while it was snowing. All day I made rosettes for Valentine banners. I will post a photo of the completed banners when I finish them. If you do not have the die by Tim Holtz that cuts the rosettes you need it! The die makes it so easy. I also learned a trick from Absolutely Everything. Kate puts Tim's tissue tape on the back or front of the cut out strips. This helps reinforce them. Then they do not have a tendency to tear along the perforated lines. They can do this when you use to thin a paper. It also adds a decorative touch to the finished rosettes. Try it!
Of course if you don't have the tissue tape, Stamp Asylum does. Call (972 596-1224) or stop by the store and we will see you get some. The dies are still on back order but should be in stock this month. We can always call you when they come in if you let us know you want one.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for 2011!