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Friday, October 31, 2014

Paper Dolls & Moleskine

My daughter picked up a 2011 Moleskine journal at Savers and gave it to me to use as an art journal. I absolutely love how it's coming along. It's taking a beating and still holding up very well. I prepared a few pages by gluing some of the pages together and applying gesso, gluing scrap cardstock and tissue paper to the pages, and whatever else I can think of. 

I probably won't photograph all of the pages because some are personal and others aren't so pretty. But this is one of my favorite pages I've done so far. I'm not sure if I'm finished with it yet. I'm thinking it needs some words on the left-hand side and maybe something more on the background.

I decoupaged a layer of birch wood printed tissue paper to the pages. It was pretty cool all by itself. I found the leaves for a buck at The Discovery Shop, a cancer thrift shop. I didn't know what I was going to use them for, but a few days later some of them ended up here.

I lightly colored the Julie Nutting dolls and their little dog, too. (See what I did there?) Picket Fence Distress Paint was smoodged about because I love playing with that stuff.
Sometimes I open my journal just to feel the pages, especially the decoupaged ones. Decoupaging with tissue paper is one of my favorite things to do lately. Try it!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friends


For a friend’s birthday. I worked into the wee hours of the morning last night, probably spent too much time on it, but it was for a special friend. The ladies, in a funny way, represent, from left to right, me, my daughters and our friend. My daughters are a lot younger than us, but I thought it was a fun stamp to use.

The group is cut out from a stamp and popped up. Their clothing and purses are fussy-cut and glued into place, which was the most time consuming. I used colored pencils on some of the details and highlighted things like their sunglasses, shoes and accessories with sparkly pens.

I found a stash of tourist maps of the Monterey Peninsula I had amongst my printed cardstock and used it for the background. I love it. We live in this area, so it helped make the card that much more personal.

I am in love with this line of stamps!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pillows!

 The many ways Molly enjoys pillows






And Winnie, too!

But Clover prefers Grandma's comfy rocking chair

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Molly Shall Wear Bows

We're hoping Molly will get used to wearing bows instead of chewing on them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Gift of Time


This year I gifted my daughters with things I made instead of bought, beginning with what turned out to be a very rich chocolate cake. I also detailed Valerie's car (their Aunt Phylliss did Dawn's!) Actually, I cheated, I only did the inside (with a little bit of help from their dad), I ran it through the carwash for the outside. Hey, California is in the middle of a water shortage, okay? :-}

Bookmarks have become something all of us seem to have aquired. Here are two more Dawn and Valerie can add to their collection.
The numbers bookmark is for Valerie, she loves numbers and text. I dry embossed cream-colored cardstock, heat embossed the lettering with gold embossing powder and finished it by inking it with my favorite walnut colored ink pad by Tim Holtz.

  Dawn makes the prettiest tassels, so I'll leave that touch up to her.
The galaxy-themed one is for Dawn, she loves the night sky. It's painted with all sorts of colors of sparkly ink pens on canvas and backed with black cardstock. The planet was cut from a piece of gold shimmered card stock that had veins of white running through it. It actually looks like a copper penny!

Then I wrapped them up in cardstock which reflects their fondess for (Dawn) cameras/taking photos, and (Val) numbers and letters. I even dug up a brad with her favorite #7 on it!
The flowers are handcut from a combination of patterned paper and tissue paper using a nifty technique I found on YouTube by Shannon Green. It's addicting!
Their main presents were paintings I created. Dawn's has a galaxy theme and Valerie's is more of a mixed media piece.

I used canvas paper and a variety of inks and paints. I had intended for it to be darker, more starry-like, but after walking away from it for a few days and coming back to it, it grew on me.

When I was finished, I ran some black glitter tape along each edge and framed it in a simple black frame. I titled it "Out There." She actually likes it turned with the corner planet at the upper-right, but for some unknown reason when I rotate this photo it won't upload here in the new rotation. *sigh*

As I said, Valerie's is more mixed media because after I finished the painting I wasn't very happy with it. So I added the girl with the suitcase, the tiny dog, flowers, tree and created a shiny sun to beam down on it all. I titled it "Oh May I Go A Wondering," because she likes The Happy Wonderer song. We sing it using her name instead of what the song says.

After wrapping the paintings I topped them off with the tags I made. Valerie has a fondness for western themed things (who am I kidding, fine cowboys are her eye candy!), so I went with that.
 
I used a Julie Nutting paper doll stamp and fussy-cut her outfit from cardstock. Her skirt and bodice also has a layer of Tim Holtz's shimmer paper, a gift from my daughters. Glossy accents was applied to her boots and hat just to give them that extra pop. Oh! And I drew her face free-hand! For someone who doesn't know the first thing about drawing, I'm getting the hang of giving Julie Nutting's doll faces a bit of personality.
The balloons are shaker stickers from Michael's. And I have so many of these beautiful paper flowers not being used, I couldn't resist adding a few here. I think the orange, yellow and green adds a pretty touch, and the gold leaves makes it that much more special.


Dawn's tag was reminiscent of our trip to London, England, last year. She gave me several Julie Nutting tag tablets and this is by far my favorite print; it has the feel of an English garden. Dawn also gave me the pretty girl stamp, which reminds me both of photo of Dawn holding a little green suitcase and Audrey Hepburn.
Seeing Big Ben is my favorite thing from our trip, and probably the most iconic, so, of course it had to be featured in the background. The taxi is because we relied on and appreciated having access to this form of transportation. They saved our aching feet, I'm not even exaggerating. And the tiny little airplane is symbolic of the bravery of my daughters on their first flight, a very, very long one.
So my gift to my daughters was essentially of my time, something I have plenty of when it comes to them. They have the patience of a saint for this forgetful, bumbling old woman, and I can't even begin to list the things they do for me on a daily basis. I'm so very proud of the women Dawn and Valerie have become. Happy 31st, girls, it's only just begun!

Happy Birthday, My Lovely Daughters!

And suddenly they're 31 years old.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stamping, Crocheting and Doggies In The Window

Dawn surprised me with new Julie Nutting stamps! I stamped and stamped and then cut out a few. I can't wait to see what they'll wear.

I'm still purging stuff from my craft room and came across some things I haven't seen in years. I crocheted this collar and can't believe I used to do such delicate work.

Molly and Clover at our front window (Winnie is usually there, too). Sure makes it difficult to go anywhere.