Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fairy Garden Figurines

Hello everybody!  I have been missing in action yet again!  But that's because I've been a busy little bee working on a very special project.  I am making a fairy village for my garden and I'm doing it completely from scratch!  I'm using wood that was going to be thrown out to make the houses, backgrounds, etc.  I'm making the figurines out of polymer clay.  I'm making a pond, a river, a couple of waterfalls and even fairy furniture!  Everything is from scratch and I'm using as many found items as possible.  So today I want to show you some of the pieces that I've made out of polymer clay.  I have lots more to do.  There must be many fairies in this village :-)







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Handmade Quilled Necklaces

Hello lollipops!  I have completed a couple of quilled necklaces.  I had never tried anything like this before.  But I think that I'm definitely going to make more :-D

This piece was inspired by some beautiful Indian jewelry that I found online.  Just inspired, I came up with my own design.  I used lots of flat back pearls from Miriam's Crafting Supplies, and several layers of Triple Thick.








This parrot piece was really outside of my box.  I had never tried to quill a bird, much less one this size.  I used more flat back pearls and rhinestones from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.







Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lots of Quilled Jewelry!

I have been very inspired lately by some of the quilled jewelry that I've seen.  Looking at all those beautiful pieces put me a mood to create my own designs and see what happens So for the past few days I've been busy with my paper strips and glue :-D  

According to my momma (who is a little biased...lol), this is the fanciest jewelry set that I have ever made.  Go figure!  I used black, ivory, gray and white paper for this set.  I covered the quilled items with Triple Thick to protect the paper.  But the gloss is the icing on the cake for me.   I did the same for all the jewelry that you can see in the post.




These pink daisies are a fun pair of earrings.  I expect to get some funny looks driving down the road with my hair pulled back and these bright pink flowers on my ears ROFL.







This set down here I call Sunrise Flower.  I've had the beads for maybe 10 years!  But once I made this flower pendant I just KNEW that I had to use these beads. 




This last photo is a sneak peak at the necklace on which I'm still working.  This one is a little bit more complicated.  It was inspired by a piece from India.  It is a very delicate piece and I'm still thinking of a way to strengthen it

That baby still has a lot of work to be done.  

All of the flat back pearls used in these projects, as well as the silver findings are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.

BTW, Lori Smanki, I still don't have your snail mail address.  Please email me at craftingmarfa@comcast.net so I can put the Martha Stewart Wooden Stamp Set in the mail for you ASAP!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Hello lollipops!  This post is my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015.  So I'm going to be showing you some projects that, if you have been following my blog for a while, you have seen already.  These are some of the projects of which I am most proud and also represent my style well.  So lets get started:

Project 1-This scrapbook layout won DCWV Top 10 Scrapaholics Challenge in October 2013.  You can watch a video tutorial that I made for this layout by click on:  Easy Layered Scrapbook Layout Tutorial.



Project 2-This card is a DT project that I made during my time as a designer for Gina's Designs.  The leaves are chipboard feathers that I colored and then added glitter with a glitter pen.  I made the flower using a coffee filter that I colored with ink.  For the sentiment I used a stamp, which I embossed and the added glitter to it as well.



 Project 3-This box is another project that I created during my time designing for Gina's Designs.  It is a book box made of very heavy chipboard.  I used acrylic paints, Crackle Accents and a gold pen to create a Parisian style on the front cover.  I secured the "binding" of the book  with heavy duty ribbon.  You can watch a video of this project at Parisian Book Box.  Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.



Project 4-This is a chipboard stage.  I made this piece when I was designing for Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  I love Mixed Media and I really went for it with this project.  To watch a video of this project visit:  Mixed Media Steampunk Stage.




I hope that you have enjoyed looking through some of my favorite projects :-)


Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

The winner of the Martha Stewart Christmas Wooden Stamp Set is Lori Smanski!  Congratulations Lori!!!  Please email me your address so that I can put this beautiful set in the mail for you asap!

This is what you won:







Friday, February 27, 2015

It's Worth Repeating!

My friends, tomorrow we get the new prompt for next week's Documented Life Project.  So I want to show you what I did for this week's challenge, which is is week 7.  The challenge was Repeating Elements, and the prompt journal prompt was It's Worth Repeating.

I didn't do much journaling because, quite frankly, I believe the the quote says it all.  I used a flower and a heart stamp to repeat the elements all over the page.  Then I traced them again with a Sharpie Marker.  I colored the flowers and the hearts with Copic Markers.  They are alcohol based ink and do not cover the lines made with Sharpie markers.  I covered the flowers with a glitter gel pen.  The hearts are covered with Crackle Accents.  you can see it better in the closeup photo.  I used 3 layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on the sentiment.  The background is a mix of Copic Markers and Distress Ink.  Then I let it all dry overnight.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  I am telling you how I did it so that if you don't think that you can do art journaling you realize that there are many ways to do art journaling.  You don't need to draw of paint or anything else.  Just grab your stamps, cut out stuff from magazines, get your markers, pens, pencils and glue...and get to work!