Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A home at last!

Hi everyone!  I want to share with you all something I made to store my many ink blending foams! Now I didn't come up with this idea,  my scrappy friend  Lisa made one of these first so I will give her the credit!  Take a look!

I used the cover of a book, and covered it with Basic Grey 's 'Green at Heart'.  I wanted my book to be colorful.  On my last layout I used a paper doily on it, and I had a few "practice" doilies left over and I thought it would be cool to use it on the cover as well.  I used a tape runner to tape all the paper down, and then gave it 2 generous  coats of Mod Podge, inside and out.  I knew that the book had great potential to get inked up [knowing me]and thought it would good to protect it.

Now, in my defense, I must say that I realize I put the foams on the 'wrong' side.  I am left handed and it is my time to rebel against society and mount them in a way that is comfortable for this lefty! lol!  I used 3 sheets of transiencies and put 9 foams with velcro circles per page.  I then made labels for each color [even the ones I don't have yet] all 36 of them!  I only need 5 more!!! 

If you look closely at the opening of the book you can see that the book doesn't close nice and flat. I needed a way to secure it so as not to wreck it going to crops etc.  I have this folder that I keep my sketches in and it is closed with an elastic that is attached to the back.  Seeing that got me thinking and looking, and sure enough, I found some elastic, colored it with Alcohol ink, attached the elastic with eyelets and TADA!  I now can close my book properly!

This is what the whole cover looks like from behind, and you can really see what the doily looks like.  I'm pretty proud of myself, venturing into uncharted waters for me!  Thanks for taking a look, and hopefully leave inspired to make a home for your foams too!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tried something new!


Hi everyone! Its hard to believe that its December already, but by looking outside at all the snow we have you'd think it was the end of January!  I've made a good start on my Christmas shopping, and for me, that is amazing!

I want to share this canvas I just finished with you all.  This is the first one I've ever done, so it was rather exciting for me!  I have a great friend who's 40th is coming up on the weekend so I thought it would be the perfect gift for her.

I got the canvas at the MCC store [thrift store] for .30 cents. Now that I look at the canvas,  I realize that I've used a number of the items on the canvas that I purchased at MCC!  The background is ripped up pages from a vintage book I bought there, and the fibers I've used as a border was also purchased there!

I made the Gerber daisies from cardstock and my Gypsy/Cricut and Picturesque cartridge.  I will be doing a tutorial on how I made them in the near future.  I used Tim Holtz  rusted grunge technique on the chipboard flourish.  I used Tim's flourish mask and a few of his distress inks on the background.

Thanks for taking a look, and thank you all for your support!