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Friday, January 27, 2012

at the Beach

As you know I am working with Basically Bare and this week they are out in CA for CHA.  The above project is one I sent to them for display.
The wooden frames were provided by Walnut Hollow and the beautiful bird is from Basically Bare.   

I first painted the frames with a white paint.  The blue was added later with a small amount of water to make it a wash.  When the paint was dry, the frames were then sanded to show some of the white and bare wood through.  The frames now have a weathered seashore look.  
The bird was made using flower petals and here is how I did it.

The flower petals are white and the tail feathers are made from a punched flower.  I cut them off and then adhered to the base bird.

You can see how the petals are cut and added to the base.  

The beak is gold paint and the eye was added along with the actual white feathers on the tail.  The effect of the bird is soft and very appealing.

I hope you enjoyed my bird and frame project.  Needless to say, I did.  
Thanks for checking in today and have a great rest of the day.

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Monday, January 9, 2012


I know I have posted the first 2 pages of my newest Christmas book.  Well... here is the rest of "the story".  
Basically Bare 8x10 multi surface book.

Cover with Christmas tree made with strips of paper that have been ruffled.  In between each row is a ball trim.  

Pages 1 and 2.  
On page 2 is a part of a vintage collar this is the background of the photo mats.  These are 2 acrylic pages that are separated in the middle.  

Pages 3 and 4.
The 2 split pages (#3) highlight an envelope to put special items in.
Page 4 is beautiful with Santa checking out the toys and the kids looking in.  Just lift the page and open up a beautiful mat for photos.

Inside photo mat.  The 2 bears hold down the Santa cover.

Pages 5 and 6
2 blue photo mat that you can slip your picture under the diagonal red strip.  Page 6 is also split, but not acrylic.  The 2 pages are envelopes with pic mats on the front and back.

Pages 7 and 8
The back of page 7 (the 2 envelopes) and page 8 featuring a portrait of St. Nick.  

Pages 9 and 10
Page 9 is a large open photo mat with each corner allowing for the picture to slip under the corner decoration.   Page 10 features 2 smaller photo mats under the little girl holding poinsettias.  Really cute.  Also if you notice on page 10 (which is made of canvas) I have fringed the edge.

Page 11 and 12
Canvas page 11 has a Victorian photo mat that will allow for a photo to slip into the mat from the left side of the frame.  Page 12 is also a family photo mat on the last page of the book.

The back cover and the front cover of the book.  A fitting end to the uniqueness and beauty of this book.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog today.  I trust everyone is settled into our new year and ready for new ideas, techniques and products.
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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Recipe Card Holder

One of my favorite projects from 2011.  You will see that I had many.  But anyway, using the inspiration of Graphic45 papers I let my creative juices fly.  The wooden spoons were bought at a $ dollar store, stained and adhered to a chipboard cut into a circle.  The recipe card is attached with a small round magnet.  The card comes off and you can easily change recipes using the clothespin to hold them.

Left side of the holder.  A close up reveals the tree branch.

The right side of the holder with a vintage picture of mom holding a pie.  I think the mother-daughter picture is from an old Better Homes & Garden magazine.  I just love the way all the ephemera fit together to tell a story.

Bottom of the card holder - Domestic Goddess.  How true that statement was, especially in the 1950's.
Notice the little girl has her MaryJanes on and mom is wearing pumps.  Oh how true that is!!!!  Yeah man.

Interchangeable recipe card.  Just open the clothespin and change it out.

Oh how I wish I had that stove.  Sometimes I think the old kitchen equipment is better that what we have now.  Of course my microwave would be located right next to it. The picture of the stove came from a reproduction of an old Sears catalog.   

An overall photo of the recipe holder without the recipe card on it.
By itself it is a nice decoration for the kitchen.
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