Saturday, January 31, 2015

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

 Do you have a friend that deserves a prize ribbon? Stop by The Robin's Nest to see how I made these.  Stop back here tomorrow to see jumbo versions of these guys!
What have you been crafting?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bibliophile Folio

I am a huge reader.  I have worked in a bookstore for almost 15 years.  When I bought this Tim Holtz folio I knew I had to make it all about books and reading.  This was a huge project.  It took me way longer than I thought it would.  I wanted to be sure each page was just right.
Here come the photos!
This is the front cover.  A while back I bought a card catalog.  It is chock full of cards and I knew I had to use some on here.  
This is what happens when you remove the elastic band.  Books!

Pardon my hand.  I couldn't get the tab to stay open without it.  

That glasses sticker kills me! I would wear those glasses if I could find a pair.  

Tiny handmade books.

This image is from Graphic 45.  I painted it using watercolors. 

Another catalog card.  

The library card is a German flashcard.  

Here are some close ups of the flaps.  Both of the small top and bottom flaps have a card catalog paper as the background and a bookshelf as the foreground.  I cut out a few extra books and popped them up to add dimension.  

The back cover. 
I love how this tuned out.  

What have you been crafting?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tim tag for January

Another year means another batch of Tim tags! I tried so hard to do all 12 last year, but missed a couple.  This year I got this.  I think I'm off to a good start.
I followed the details Tim used pretty closely on this one.  I love the wrinkled tissue. 

I used some chit chat words that I want to be or do more of this year.  
What have you been crafting?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Victorian Travel Journal

I'm posting over at The Robin's Nest today. Pop over to see what I did with this gem I found at the thrift store.  Here's a hint.  It no longer makes me think of grade school tests.

What have you been crafting?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pennants with a punch

I always have so much fun playing around with old photos.  So many of them are so serious and I like to make them look a bit goofy. I have also had paper straws kicking around for some time.  Once I decided to make pennants I was off and running.
I recently got some Valentine goodies from Cavallini Papers.  They have wonderful vintage images.  I loved the tiny heart stickers and knew Lisa's Altered Art would have some great focal images to use for the base photos.
A dorky hat with a homemade enamel dot and vintage ric rac make this cutie even cuter.  I popped him up using my rosette die.  I used the centers on the bottom pennant to tie the two parts together.  The heart was plain white, so I fixed that with some alcohol ink.  
I mentioned I had paper straws.  What I didn't say was that I only had bright green polka dots, red stripes, and skulls.  So I had to paint one of the skull ones pink to make it fit with my theme.  For this one I punched holes and tied the flags on with bakers twine.  It's topped off with a mercury glass bead.  

I love these Tim Holtz dapper dudes.  I thought they looked like great contestants for the Dating Game.  A little pinup girl was the eligible bachelorette.  I'm not sure if you can see it, but this one reads "Larry, Ed and Harry knew she was out of their league".   

My final pennant for today is not Valentine themed.  This is for my sister-the coffee fiend.  
I think this sums up mornings for a lot of people!  This image is actually from and old coffee advertisement.  

I tinted her hair bow, lips, and nails with my distress markers.  She has a tiny gem in the middle of her broach. 
I am really loving these pennants and can see myself making a ton of them.  
What have you been crafting?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First post for the Robin's Nest!

Here's a sneak peek of part of my first post for the Robin's Nest!  Stop over to see the whole project and let me know what you think.