Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I feel good ----

I spent a ton of time in the studio this weekend. I' m still putting away this and that from the disaster in the house (all wedding related), but at least it is now a wee bit more organized and I can actually WORK in there. 

So I did. I would clean a while in the house. Organize a bit in the studio. And reward myself by actually making a few things. 

I covered a bunch of composition books with paper including these two in this funky typewriter paper. 

It was a beautiful color, but it is strange enough to be horrid to work with.

I covered two books with it and eliminated it from the stash. Then I started with embellishing elements. I have this little "Book of Wisdom" that is hand typed with daily little blurbs of wise quotes. I decided several of these would be great to use, but they didn't work with the colors. Stamp inks to the rescue --- I used several different colors and I smudged and blotted and honestly -- I cussed.  Finally I got it like I wanted.

The wonderful drill bit charts on these were ephemera that falls into a special category. It was NEVER HOARDED --- I repeat that NEVER HOARDED. I found these on Sunday morning in a workshop/barn where I picked up a cabinet. They were tucked behind a pegboard and were going to be tossed. I grabbed them and knew immediately they would be used on these covers. Yay me.

The greens behind the quotes are from the scrap stash --- no new paper cut for these.

This one has a Christmasy feel to it. I dug in the "good stuff" again. The paper featured some postcards so I added a matted vintage one from the stash and included two vintage stamps in appropriate colors. I punched a trim ring and added a dimensional paper flower.

I sprayed the postcard with Glimmer Mist to age it even more.

This background was another difficult to work with paper ---- I adore the vintage cameras, but again the colors were DIFFICULT ---

I added a vintage picture of Ruby (her name was written on the back)  and used a kraft paper "frame" around her. The frame was spritzed with multiple layers of glimmer mist. I also flatten a metal button and added a bit of black floral and lace. I also added a tiny vintage payment receipt detail on the spine.

Now for my FAVORITE accomplishment

All these kids in my life are suddenly old enough to get married - I am not really sure how the hell that happened because I have not aged a bit. (Oops - sorry about that little side trek)

Anyway, Luke and Chazlyn are getting married and I have signed up for decorations for their shower. The wedding board on her Pinterest has rustic bits included, so I am going with that kind of feel for the decor.

I had these unfinished Birdhouses from hobby lobby in my stash. Not one penny of new spending occurred in the creation of this ....

Cover birdhouse with music paper.

Embellish with bits and bobs.

Take a peek in the tippy top eaves and you will find a four leaf clover mother of pearl button - the leaves are carved heart shapes. I'm wishing them the best of luck.

Other embellies - scrabble tiles, an old earring finding, a resin disc and some lace "gingerbread" trim.

A cool extra are the spring flowers around the house. These were made from a material called flower soft. I bought it at a scrapbook store years ago. I works like glitter. Glue and sprinkle. (it also stick to everything like glitter too)

Now for my favorite part of the little house.

I had some unfinished dollhouse shingles (much like these) in the stash. Bought them years ago in a thrift store in think. But I wanted them colored like shingles would be. So I figured out how many I needed for the roof.
Divided them into four piles and grabbed my Glimmer Mist in Tattered Leather, Bronze, Graphite, and Trunk Bay. I then spritzed the four piles in varying combinations of the colors and let them dry over night. I put them all back together and mixed them up.

I just grabbed and glued them on with my glue gun. Not really paying any attention to the color of each individual shingle.

When I finished --- I actually giggled --- it is perfect. I love it when something finishes even better than I imagined it would look.

The finishing touch --- stained old lace and a paper ridge cap.

I think I could live here myself.

Now to figure out the rest of the decor ---- I'll be sure and post pictures.

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