Saturday, December 31, 2011

Postcard Challenge 2012

DarcyW, a UK artist, has posted a really great challenge on her blog for 2012.  You can read all about it HERE.
I need a few good challenges for 2012.  And it is one postcard a week.  Surely I can manage one postcard a week.
And the swap is inspired by Nick Bantocks Grffin and Sabine series of books.  I love those books!
I just about have my characters figured out.  Just need to come up with a few more details.
And will finish binding my book in the next couple days.

Here's the start of my book:
Front cover

Inside front cover - I'll insert a written note outlining my characters here
One of the inside pages - with flap I'll slip postcard into each week
The book is 7' by 7".  The front cover and inside front cover flap are bits of paper overlayed with black tulle and then stitched in place.  The postcard flaps are all cardstock covered with maps and deco paper stitched in place.  (yes, I did zig zag stitch around 52 flaps - go ahead, call me insane!  lol).  I got the coptic stitch binding for single pages idea, as well as the idea for using the tulle, from watching my creative friend, Barb, on UStream.  You can find her channel HERE.

I'll be back to post my finished book and talk about my characters soon.  And hope to have a year of postcards to share here.

Thanks to Darcy for such an inspired idea!!!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eiffel Tower

I currently love everything Eiffel Tower.  Not sure why, I have no great desire to travel to Paris (but I would NOT turn down a chance to go!).  And no plans anytime soon.  But I am intrigued by the image and it catches my eye wherever it is.
I got this fun stamp set that feeds my love of the Eiffel Tower and has alot of possibilities for creating stuff with an Eiffel Tower theme.  Here's what the stamp set looks like -
 And here the tag set I made using some of them -
Below is the 3 separate pieces before I tied them together with 3 strands of ribbon. 
The largest tag is a kraft tag, the middle is a manilla tag, and the smallest is a strip cut from a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper that has Eiffel Tower postoids on it.  You can see I also used one of the postoids from that same paper on each of the other tags.  I sprayed all the tags with my very favorite spray, Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Saxifrage Olive Copper - you can find it HERE.  Then stamped the images with VersaFine ink.  I added some charms I had to the little strip of postoids (the Eiffel Tower charm I had was the exact same size as the image on the paper - how cool is that!).
I'm really happy with how it turned out!
Now I need to get a couple more Christmas things made so I can play some more with this stamp set!
Hope you all are having a creative weekend!
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Continuing on with quick projects, I've got out Christmas supplies and have been playing around with making tags.  All different sizes, based on 6x6 paper pad and what size scraps I had.

Here's some of the tags I have so far -
All of the rubber stamps used are from a set by Prima called North Country.  You can see it by clicking HERE.  Some of the papers are from the 6x6 collection of papers from the same North Country collection by Prima.  Other papers were stuff I had on hand from other years (I have alot of "stuff".  LOVE my STUFF!).  The die cuts are various die cuts I found on Ebay already cut out.  I don't have any Christmas dies (yet) so had to spend a few dollars to get some stuff from people that do have holiday dies.

It's alot of fun having all kinds of Christmas stuff out and putting together tags.  Now I need to go put some fibers and ribbons on these and see about decorating some envelopes.  If I have your snail mail address you might end up with one of these in your mail box!

Thanks for taking a look!
Have yourself a creative weekend!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bee Sweet or Be Square

Here's my silly cat, Maui, keeping me company while I art by using the empty box I set on the chair next to me:

She's a lot of help!  lol

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time is a Gift

I've been making small art projects lately.  Mostly postcards and tags. 
Here's a postcard I finished a couple days ago. 

The images are cut out of magazines and glued to a heavy cardstock base.
The letters were printed out on cardstock ans then punched out with circle punches and glued down.
I used Tacky Glue for all the glueing.

Thanks for taking a look!
Have a creative weekend!