Saturday, January 18, 2014

Valentines 2014

Happy January folks!

      I decided to rework last year's Valentines Day wreath using BoBunny's Love letters combo stickers & chipboard. It was fast and easy. I cut three yellow card stock banners 3.5 X 6.5 and backed them with turquoise and pink. I used ribbon I had on hand that matched the colors. An old clock I had printed from the Graphic's Fairy was updated with more stickers and tied to the top with tulle. The wreath was 1/2 off at Hob Lob.

Oops I need to find out where those photos are....haha just enjoy the roses from Paris right now....

I'll be right back!

Oh's hard to teach an old dog.....I tried to use my ipad....not quite able to upload photos yet....stinking new technology always trips me up.....we just have to keep learning don't we?

Here are some more close ups....

The clock needs to say...."Time for love"............

I think it needs some bling....I'll have to add some gems to make it sparkle a bit more.....whatdoyouthink?

Happy Valentines Day!


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grey Thursday on Lake Morton

Grey Days with Petite Louise Michelle....

A chance to visit Lake Morton in Lakeland and feed the ducks, birds, and seven swans a swimming....

This was a fairly grey day for sure....sprinkled a bit but we were able to unload bread and crackers for the occasion.  We are blessed here in central Florida.....while the rest of the world is shoveling snow....we are enjoying a few hours of feeding the birds during our "winter"......

Mandi, Logan and Grant pose in front the the infamous Lake Mirror. They are visiting from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is always great to enjoy our grandson! He is growing so fast!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Haven of Books Canvas:READ

Happy New Year Peeps!

     After our family "company" left it was time to get out the supplies and make something.
I opted for another canvas decorated with books.

The idea came from a YOU  TUBE video....the artist is Vicky Papaioannou entitled Art Journal Page:Reading. I watched it several times, made a canvas and sold it at a craft fair in November.

This is the one I completed today.......READ.....

This is the first one that I did. The canvas is much smaller. It was a good start for my first one. There is a learning curve if you haven't been to art school and learned how to work with some of the mediums.

The above canvas had a grey cardstock base and books that were hand made as shown in the youtube video. Images from the internet.

This canvas I used paper from, Emma's Shoppe Collection}Books #E5855
Glue using medium to a cut up empty roll from paper towels. Distress edges with Tim Holtz Walnut stain.

Below: Cover the canvas with tissue paper. I used Tim Holtz music and dictionary words. Stain with distress ink, faded jeans on bottom, tumbled glass on top and walnut around all the edges. Mix modeling paste with black acrylic paint and stencil on eye chart(or whatever you want)
Build books one at a time allowing to dry in between....patience is a virtue....I am still working on that part...sometimes I can't wait so I rush things a bit.....having to weigh down the books so they will stick...
I printed off Alice from the Graphic's Fairy and placed her on the right side of the canvas after coloring with Tim Holtz distress ink markers.

Stamp a library card with "Books" and add any other stamps. These were from Tweety Jill's Book Artist and Vintage School Days.

Then I decided to add several clocks and Ex Libris card plate from Pottery Barn. It was lacking something at the top....a vintage alphabet printed off, colored, distressed and backed with blue cardstock added to distressed tag punched from Creative Memories....add jute string and I thought it was done.....

Then I decided to add a frame of the small books not around the canvas I went taking several hours to finish....Now a 4 day project is finally done.

Tada: (is that a word?)

Close ups: haha, I should have swept off the back porch before the photos!

You really should watch the video. It is 20 min. long but very detailed. Vicky is a great teacher! My books are a little more wavy than hers.....but this is crafting.....not an exact science I am sure! 

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