Thursday, October 30, 2008
On a positive note - I have never been stretched so much creatively over the past 7 weeks and love my evolving style. Here are a couple of the LOs that I did today while waiting!
When I started Top Designer my goal was to just make it to the Top 10 and I did accomplish that & enjoyed myself greatly! Thanks for all of the encouragement I received along the way! :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I took a photo of the milk pitcher that my grandma gave me that belonged to her mother that they used everyday at their table! I love this treasure and it is sitting on some of the Dicken's collection that she gave me, too!
We are still waiting (anxiously) at Bad Girls for the announcement of Top Designer. It will be up by tomorrow!! I am so nervous!!! But I have been pretty creative - I finished my LOs for the November kit at Scrapmuse - I am going to be doing a technique article for using fabric in your LOs for the newsletter this month!
Hope you are having a great week! I will be back with the results - one way or another soon. Just wanted to say to huge thanks to all of my supporters!! You have all made me feel so encouraged!! THANKS!! :)
***just found out TD will be announced at 8PST Oct 30 - Tonight!! (My hands are shaking) lol
Monday, October 27, 2008
I started off looking at the thrift stores with Nan for some cool items to repurpose and found a silver casserole dish holder that I was going to mount the mixed media and heart into and it ended up being too small and the scale seemed off for me - so then this is Thursday by now- I headed up to Home Depot to look for some other type of frame and viole'!! (not exactly)
Here is the air conditioner duct frame I chose to work with - did you know that insulation can made you bleed? lol I painted it black and then used a rusting solution that I made a mad dash down to Michaels for - I thought it turned out pretty cool!
Here is a side shot so you can see the depth. The box is about 5 inches deep and lined with black velvet. The silver spots are brads - to look like stars.
I made my butterfly by stamping onto organza and layering 2 pieces together with fusible web - cutting it out and then glittering with stickles.
My mixed media background is on watercolor paper and has layers of stamped tissue paper, paint and vintage book pages collaged. The heart is quilted onto felt with velvet, burlap and sheer fabric and hand beaded to represent my heart - mended and in many pieces. The jar on the side is filled with words from my heart - my hope and dreams - good and the bad.
It was possibly the most intense piece I have ever made and I feel the most personal, too. No matter what happens in the competition I am so happy with what I have learned and how I have grown creatively over the last 7 weeks. The winner will be announced this week and I feel like I am in good company - the other ladies work is stunning and I can't imagine how they will choose just one.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here is the LO I created for Week 6 - Breaking the Rules. I absolutely love this - it turned out just as I imagined it.
btw - what do you think of my new blog banner?
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I set up my tri-pod and let Emma direct the shooting and here are some of the results! lol Love hte bright colors of this Rose Mocca papers!!
These are the same boots from last year and Emma still loves them!
She now pretends to take my photo all of the time, too!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
So I just uploaded the 'chosen' one to Bad Girls - now I just have to wait until Sunday to find out if I am in the Top 10. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Emma and I did a photo shoot today!! I set up the tri-pod and she directed me to turn my head this way or that! lol Actually, I like a few of the shots she took! Here is one that is sort of ok. ;)
I got some great shots of her in her Halloween costume - but I'll save those for another time. She picked out a Tinkerbell costume that she 'had' to have. She does look pretty cute! :) Maybe I am just biased, though. Naw.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Here is my entry for Class 5 - Color Psychology
You had to pull the colors from your photo for your color scheme and then add either black or white as a neutral. It was so fun to work with the colors in this adorable photo of Em! I did a little pen work to accent the clouds and yellow scrolls. I felt like this was the perfect LO and colors for this photo and I guess the judges did, too!
I'll keep you posted as to the next class! Wish me luck!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Emma is always wanting to play 'beauty shop' - here is a sample of our pedicures.
I wanted to try another 'less is more' type LO - I could kind of get into this! I was just over at BGs and saw I got LOTW with Awesome Smile! Yeah!! :)
Seems like I have had a lot to show this week - and I have more to come!! Tonight I taught a class at Scrappy Papers - It is so much fun to share my love of this awesomness we call scrapbooking! Enjoy and happy creating!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Mind Wide Open is a fun monthly challenge site that gives everyone the same image to work with and then people vote for their favorites. (hint, hint) The winner receives a coupon from the Shabby Cottage Studio.
I just finished my LO for Top Designer and uploaded it to Bad Girls and am working on some other new stuff to share later this week! Have a great day! :)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
A close-up of my distressing and stitching.
Well, Em is calling me to help her do her 'school' - she has been trying to learn to write some of her letters. I better hurry while she still wants to work! lol Have a great day! :)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Step 1 - Cut 3" squares from 9 different papers - I chose fall colors to go with my photo.
Step 2 - Lay out the squares to see how the colors go togther and see if you like the color and pattern combination.
Step 3 - Wet and crumple your papers to give the appearance of fabric. Gently smooth out and let dry.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I don't think you even need to see the title on this page -lol- the photo says it all.
Well, Mark started his job yesterday and I am now in the organizing and clean-up mode!! I am so behind on that. (I am usually behind on that) So, I am off to get busy today! It feels like a little bit of fall in the air here this morning and it's made me inspired - to work or create? I guess I will have to see. Hope you all are having a wonderful week!