Friday, February 11, 2011

House Mouse Cards For January, February & March

Trying to stay caught up on the House Mouse cards. This one is January. I thought it reminded me of the New Year. So I tried to make it look a little formal. If you can make a mouse look formal. LOL

 February of course had to be sorta Valentine-ish. Or about sweets anyway.

March was just fun! Those mice sure can get in some weird places.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Big Announcement!!

I will be teaching at Paper Cowgirl this Summer June 9th - 11th!! Go to the blog and check out what is being offered in the way of classes. There are some great teachers and projects. Lisa Pace is going to be the guest speaker and she will also have a class. Registration info will be posted soon. You can also go visit the Facebook page!/pages/Paper-Cowgirl-Art-Retreat/366841747497 to keep up to date as to what is going on. So go check it out and help support this local art retreat. There is also going to be a vendor night. More info will be posted when available.

This is my class - Artful Vintage Tag Mobile. Joni from Artful Illusions graciously gave me permission to teach it. I will be gathering supplies and figuring out a special handout with surprise for my students. I need to get busy because this class has a lot of prep work!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Classes I Will Be Teaching At Stamp Asylum

Listed below are the two classes I have this quarter at Stamp Asylum.

Creative Cards
February 19th 10:00am - 12:30pm

In this class you will make six cards. Learn a few new techniques or be reminded of one long forgotten. At the end of class you will have a stack of cards to be used for any occasion.
All supplies provided.

Vintage Inspired Jewelry
March 19th 10:00am - 12:30pm

Using Tim Holtz products from his Ideology Line you will create a vintage looking necklace and cuff bracelet. His baubles, keys, chains and trims are wonderful added to rhinestones and felt for an old world look. Bring to class a bottle of Fabri-Tac, scissors, xacto knife, cutting board, jewelry pliers (2 pair for opening jump rings) and wire cutters. All other supplies provided.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Crowns & Other Fun Stuff

Check out these wool felt crowns I made for a couple of my friends for Valentines Day. So fun to make these. You can put detail into the decorations or do something simple. I bought the wool felt in red, cream, green and ochre. Need to cut out some more.
The two little crowns have different beading around the bottom and different hearts but otherwise they are the same.

This one is larger and it is mine! There is pink tinsel around the bottom below the white ruffle and pink flowers. I have been saving the vintage rhinestone heart pin for one of these beauties.
These are crocheted bracelets. My friend Jeanne made some and I thought they were so cool. I did change up the closure on mine. She had crocheted a loop to slip back over a bead. Since I am new to crochet I had to figure something else out. Saw a video on youtube for a crocheted multi strand necklace. It was strung this way and used the bead cones to bring it all together with a closure. It worked for me!

These are really quick to make since your just using the chain stitch of crochet. Just have to thread all the beads on before you start.
Finished this scarf. The yarn was different for me to knit with. Never used anything like it. After I got the hang of it (knitted between the balls) it was fun. Used one skein of yarn. Although I think if I do it again I will either make it skinnier (so it will be longer) or use another skein of yarn.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Wonderland in Texas

Here in Rowlett we got five inches of snow last night. It is so beautiful! This has been a crazy weather week in Texas for sure. Ice started on Monday night and had to stay home for two days. Finally got to get out and go to work yesterday. Things were still messy though on the roads and our parking lot at work was like an ice rink. Today we have snow!
This is out behind my house by the lake.
All bundled up!
I caught some birds taking off from the lake. Part of the lake is frozen near the shore.
Alan holding Duke our dog.
Duke running through the snow. It was so funny to watch him. He was excited about being outside and things being so different than usual when he's out. I finally had to take his sweater off him because it was wet. When we came in the house the fur on his belly was matted with snow. I had to wet him to get it off. Just drying him with a towel was not working.
Blair walking down to the lake.
My baby covered in snow!
The lake frozen at the edge.
Well, I am staying inside where it's warm and hope to get some art projects done. I will post what I create later.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wool Hearts & Soldered Pendants

These little cuties came from the scraps of the wool crown I posted the other day. When I cut the peaks on the crown I had these pieces left over. So I cut them into hearts. My friend Jeanne told us this idea when she showed us how to do the crowns. Works out great!
I sewed on buttons, rhinestones, seed beads, pearls and seam binding ribbon to finish them off.

These soldered and resin pendants were done in the online class I took from Stephanie Lee.

These two I made part of the chain also. This was a great class and I highly recommend it if she offers it again. She showed us how to make the nest from wire and how to add the beads (eggs). Flooding the brass base was a challenge. It takes some practice and I need more! The patina hides some of the flaws and that helps.
The boy in this round pendant I mounted him up so he looks dimensional inside the resin.

I made nest earrings and the other nest I will make into a pendant with a dangle below. That is why the wire has been left long. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the whole thing in the beginning.
Two of these are not filled yet. The one with the four eyelets I might make into a bracelet.
These have German glass glitter, pearls and charms inside. There is also a few star beads in the wish one.
I really liked making the nests. It was not hard at all.
This butterfly necklace I gave to a friend. She loves butterflies.
This one was a gift to my niece for her birthday.