Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day.......better late than never!
I think Valentine' Day gives us a chance to create the cards we didn't quite get a chance to do during the Holiday rush and even better, they can also serve as Thank You notes for Holiday gifts. I spent the week in Kennebunkport for Winter vacation (home for one day for a special dinner with my Sweetie). After having several days of extreme Valentine creating/giving I am finally back and connected to the web for the day. So, now I can share some of my creations. First of all, let me state how fun good old fashioned embossing is! I know many of us stampers, are familiar with embossing, but if it has been awhile, pull out those powders and heat tool have fun. Of course a new stamp always helps, like this one from Judi-kins.
Here are a few that I started 'sort of slowly' with and there are still more that I am not posting, even one with a raw silk cover for my fiber friend. Friends make the best Valentines. Friends and family. Here you can see my new doily lace border punch from Martha Stewart. I love this tool and cannot believe I have not used a border punch before.
Making the pop-up heart was so easy, and impressive. Of course, I am always a sucker for any of the Basic Gray papers. After I finished these little gems, I was ready to venture into the serious Valentines for the three super stars in my life. My husband and children. I decided to make these triptych style cards that are pretty much a booklet.
Trying to remember the orientation of the valley and mountain folds, which was confusing at times...to make three inside panels. Each one stamped on, windows cut out, pop-out made and more embellishments.
I used the ties to secure it closed like a book or to tie open to display on a table.
I had brought all my supplies up to Kennebunkport where we were staying and had everything spread out on the dining room table. Everyone left me alone, they could see I was in Heaven, and I wouldn't allow any peeking. I was so busy making these triptychs and time was running out, so that by time I finished them, all they got from me was a simple "love Mom". Oh well, I am sure they felt the love.
The outside of my son's Valentine....what else do you do for a teenage boy? I could have gone crazy with the grunge factor. But time was running out. What am I saying? I could have gone crazy with more and more embellishments on all of them.
But I had to get a grip.
The image below shows a window with a heart attached inside hanging down, it was moving when the picture was shot so it is a bit blurry. The stamp on the left is from Paper Source
More masculine style with lots of black ink.
I guess my family is used to my creations and every now and then they will try to play my crafting games (sometimes I do force them). Last Saturday morning before we left for Maine, my husband got up early and went into my studio and created a card for me. How sweet! Check out how well he did! Yeah, I must be rubbing off on them.
I hope everyone had a day full of love. Remember if you don't have a special someone in your life right now......it can sometimes be just the right thing to make something lovely like this for yourself. I have a friend who made one of these triptychs at my house last month during a "Craternoon" and a few days later I im'd her and asked what she was doing, and she said she was admiring her Valentine. Love is all we need.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ink About It and a flock of Beeswax Birds!

What a fun time we had at Ink About It last weekend. I taught the Beeswax Birds class to the most creative group of ladies. All of the birds turned out so gorgeous. Seriously, see for yourself. Here, we have Denise's bird and Betsy's bird. They just needed to be photographed together. Here are Judy and Leslie and below is Jody with her fabulous red and gold bird. Here are Katie and Irene, and their birds just seemed perfect for each other. I brought my latest, the cardinal, (see above) and he inspired a few of the girls to make their own. Betsy, made a cute white washed bird with blue and brown. And below the adorable sisters, Melissa and Erica. Melissa's bird is pink gold metallic with purple swirls. It is hard to see its beauty in the picture. Very cool chicks, ladies! Above is Raine with her pretty rich colored blue bird. Below is Margaret with a teal beauty with orange accents Above is JoAnn and her super cool cardinal. At right, is Erica's bird before coming to life. I loved the collage style. Denise rightfully happy with her whimsical blue bird. Love those legs. Here is Sandy working on her bird, she snuck out of class before I could get a picture. But that's ok, because she was so kind to bring us all cigar boxes!Score. Ali here with her sweet little bird. The students were funny because I announced to all of them, the rub. I made them all draw out their own bird. No, they certainly were not happy about that. After a little coaxing we got through it. I had a few shout outs requesting a template and even though I had some for them to use, in the end, every single student kept their own bird that they drew themselves. Nice job gals. Thank you to all the great people at Ink About It and my eager and talented students.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Beeswax Love Birds

Hi there, I am getting ready for my upcoming class this weekend at Ink About It in Westford, Mass. Check their blog, they just came back from CHA and the products they saw are looking yummy! Anyway, I have been creating these featherless friends and came up with a couple of adorable love birds. Just in time for Valentine's Day.
I had to mount them on a hanging branch, it just seemed right. Of course I used some random leftover wire that I had laying around for far too long, probably leftover from some household project. I had to colorize in with Ranger's alcohol inks, cranberry. Surprisingly the paper that I used the to make the purple birds was Lumiere and the shimmery essence came through the coat of beeswax. I loved that happy surprise. If you are coming to the class please make sure to bring a pencil and eraser in your kit, I know sounds ridiculous to ask, but you never know. Oh no....does that mean we're going to be doing some drawing!?? Hmmmmmm? I hope to see you there. Email me with any questions.
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