Tuesday, 18 November 2014

DREAMING IN DOUBLE...

Hello my Lovelies, I'm getting this in with only hours to go, again.
I went to my favorite Challenge to see how many days I had to posts,  squawk, only 7 hours, so I quickly went to my desk to finish my two tags. When Miss Julie Ann posted her tag, which is amazing, as she does, she made it for a Christmas gift,  I thought grrrreat idea.. I was making it for a special Christmas tag and would  have it done. BUT I really wanted one for my wardrobe too.
Which is why I made two of them. 
I search on line for 2 quotes, keeping in mind the letter was U and a quote, I looked up creative quotes and came up with these ones..
This will be a long post, photo heavy and lots of explaining, you had better get a cuppa, or just take a look at the photos and enjoy..
You will have to look at them on the large setting to see what I'm nattering on about. :O).


 I started with a master board for both tags and challenged myself to make them totally different.
The paper was from a 12x12 pad, it was a shiny green with an white embossed diamonds with 4 little tear drops in the corners.
I gave it a few layers of watered gesso, covering all the green and hoping the embossing would still show through, and it did, so happy about that.
I painted it with some beach hut fresco, white watercolor paint and water, I gave it 3 layer of this.
I stamped a fall tree in white paint to make it wintery, that's not a real word, but you get what I mean..
I had a kids stencil with what I thought looked like a snowflake, closest think I have to a snowflake, keeping with the wintery theme. Lightly stamped some lovely script from Paperartys .
I embossed a swirly flower in silver embossing powder, I have 3 tiny jars of it, which I use sparingly and have had for over 12 years..
 
                                       
                                               A close up...

                       
                      This is the two of them done, front and back...



                 
                    This is my keeper, a quote I believe to be SO true...
                     I used some peeled corrugated cardboard to frame it..
       The backing is the back of a card stock pad :)..
             

 I got my friend Sheila to print the quotes out on some watercolor paper I gave her, I cut out the words, edged them with broken china.
The U is a foam letter with lots of thick gesso and rock candy distress glitter. I added thick gesso to the frame.


 I stamped the word and meaning, create, on a  chip board  sweet bird, edged him black soot ink, used a blue flat back jewel for  his eye..



For the topping I used 2 silky ribbons, I do make mine different, so they are able to be hung.



     This is my Christmas tag,  a gift for a special someone...



The large U is a chip board letter I just got from my Friend Pat, she and I went to a craft day at her church, making snowmen, I'll have to post the pics of them soon. Anywho, the letter was perfect for this tag.
I stamped the  lovely square with the word You, and stamped the word sparkle inside..


 This quote is perfect for the receiver, I tore out the words, then edged them in broken china, love them torn out, the edges are lovely. I added some snow on top of the letter and words with glue and fine white glitter..


 I fooled you in the first photo, I had completely forgotten all about this tiny tag, with the word Believe and snowy corners, it is the same on the both sides, when I down loaded the photos, I finally remembered the tiny tag, went back to my desk, added it to the tag and took more photos..


                            For the topping I used 2 fancy  ribbons...

I'm entering these two  here with the Dragons, its always a pleasure and lots of fun to dream along with the wonderfully creative design
team, thanks for always inspiring me to dream...
Oh boy only 3 hours left, I'll be flying around to visit blog land. 
Wishing you all a wonderful creative week, ((( BIG HUGS ))).

                                          NAMASTE!!! 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WHEN A MAGPIE DREAMS WITH THE DRAGONS...



 Hello my Lovelies, time to reveal my magical wardrobe, when a Magpie gets to dream with some wonderfully creative Dragons.
I am blessed, I have been honored to be a Dragons Dreamboat 5 times and also asked to be a guest designer.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for inspiring and encourage me to dream along.
I had to create a special Nest (wardrobe) to store my tags in.
So come along, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the tour of my magical cupboard, full of my dreams....
There a lots of photos and I will be nattering on, as I do, :O)..


 I took the lid of the box sliced it in half with my trusty box cutter.
   I taped all the edges with masking tape making them steadier Gessoed them a couple of times, I was waiting for the fabulous stencil my DS Sandy sent me, they are Roman letters, they remind me of the gorgeous doors on the La Sagrada Familia,  here
 in Barcelona, I believe its the most beautiful church in the world,  they started construction in 1828, they are still working on it, I fell in love with Barcelona and Senor Gaudi who is my favorite artist, architect , his buildings blew me away and that curved bench made out of mosaic tiles, in his park** THE BOMB **. Sorry back on track,  I was very excited with my stencil.
 I painted it with my Fresco paints..





 Ooww aren't those letter lovely, I laid them down on all 4 corners..


 I stamped the word creative on gessoed book page with some Inca gold dots, edged it in fire brick red, the definition is stamped on plain gessoed book paper


 The gold piece in the middle is, well I used a copper colored braclet, cover it with toilet paper, using a stipple brush and water, to catch all the design, I put a layer of mod poge on top, then let it dry.
The next day I carefully peeled it from the bracelet, it had rusted a bit, loved that :), I put it in a book with weights on top to flattened it. I used my gold gelato over it then rubbed it in with my fingers. I thought it looked like a piece of wood molding,  you see on old wardrobes. The handles are 2 pieces from a bracelet, I painted them with Inca gold.
I stamped the words Magpie and Dragons, well the wardrobe is who it was created by,  dreaming with them has been such a joy.



I covered the doors with some same wall paper as the inside.
I took 2 paper sticky back frames, first I gessoed them then painted them with Inca gold, I used some shiny foil paper to make a mirror.
The feather is one of the ones Tonniece has given me, I just had to add a feather, these being special to me, as you know...






 Welcome :), all but 3 of them are in there, the other 3 are too big, I have them hanging around it...






Trying to attach the doors was a huge challenge, since the lid to the boot box is larger so it can slide on top, I didn't realize it until I tried to put the doors and side together. I don't have any hinges, so I had to improvise. I put 2 layers of tape, a mesh layer, and a thick plastic tape with mesh inside the tape. Then I made some washi tape, with white medical tape, painted it with fresco's paint and stamped the alphabet, rubbed some Inca gold over it. I used Alinen's glue in between the layers so it would hold when the doors open, I laided weights on each side letting them dry for a day, so it took a couple of days... The sides and lid meet, so they sit out from the box and give it some room for my large tags, I use all sorts of things to make my tags, never a plain tag, I don't even own one, improvising again, I like that it challenges me..



Eeekkksss, when I got up that morning and went over to take the weights off (pieces of slate), flipped it over, I was devastated to see the letters were upside down, what was I to do, well I could paint over it stamp it again, nope, it's kinda me, and it is just for me, so I'm embracing my mistake.......
I used a long stem of a bull rush, instead of a dowel, they are quite strong, to hold the tags, then used 2 wooden tube beads on the ends, The End....

Thanks so much for visiting and staying till the end, bless you :O)..
I'm off to make dinner and will try to fly around and visit as many as you Lovely Ladies as I can. I haven't had any time to start this fortnight challenge, I must do that, then get to my Christmas things. It's going to be crazy around this nest till the new year, so I will try to live in the moment and it will be all GOOD. Hope you all have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

                                        NAMASTE!!!




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

REMEMBERING.....


Hello my Lovelies, I made a few poppies for a some of the Ladies at swimming. A lot of the ladies husbands  are Veterans, they were saying how the poppies always fell off their coats, the small pin ends up falling out. So I thought I would make some that stayed on.
I punched out circles from cheap red velvet ribbon, then I folded them in quarters, trimmed the sides. I used some old button, sewed them with shiny red thread, I didn't sew them on the poppy because it was to hard to put my thick needle through the ribbon, the back is a plastic. I just sewed up the holes, then glued them on the center with hot glue.. I ran out of ribbon after I made 9 of them...






                                                   
 I cut out an oval piece of felt, glued it all around the edge with hot glue, this left the middle empty, so the pin could slide in, I used a straight pin and a earring back to hold it on your coat.




I loved the old buttons my DS Sue gave me, I used my copics to give the poppies some shading...




I made 2 with 2 layer, and some stickle on the inside, one is mine and the other is for my special friend Miss Lilian, she gave me my gorgeous steam punk broach. I'm going to tell the Ladies when they sell the poppies next year, the can wear these ones, then they can just give the money to the vets..

I finally finished my tag cupboard, but I'll give you a peek and save the rest for tomorrow.



Today is all about remembering all the Great men and women who dedicate their lives to bring Peace to us all, thanks so much for visiting my nest, wishing you all PEACE.....  ((( BIG HUGS )))

                                           NAMASTE !!!!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

DREAMING WITH THE DRAGONS IN RED....

Hello my Lovelies, well it's very late in the evening and I finally finished my tag. The Sweet Miss May asked us to make a tag with red and D, the Dragon team here, made some gorgeous tags, they always inspire me to dream along..
. If you know me, I loooooove little dresses, it's one of my favorite things to create so of course I picked D for Dress.



Yesterday I started out with a sheet of paper I had in my stash which already had red and white circles on it from another project. I used all the red inks I had to color over the white then added circles with white paint and persimmon stamping up ink, I also made splotches with the white paint and persimmon ink. I cut out an old brown school picture frame for the backing, edging it in black soot.
Today I made a stamp, it is a dress, in case you thinks it's a cat :O).
Added some script in persimmon ink for the background..



Miss Julie Ann had sent me a dress form and I have been saving it for something special. I had 2 baby wipes from all the red I used yesterday, so I thought I would use this to make a dress. It has 2 layers a flowing top over the under dress, I like an angle on clothes, no straight lines for me...



 I added 4 thin ribbons for the topping , 2 are cloth and the other 2 are the plastic curly ones...



 I added stickles to trim the top part and on the belt, which you can see is still wet and  punched a circle out of some extra paper I had sitting around from all the red I was using and stamped my D, edged it with a black copic..


                         A close up of the angles on the dress...

I must be tired I have made so many spelling mistakes, it's like I'm typing an unknown language, so I'm off to bed and will post this in the morning, before I head out...
Thanks so much for stopping by my nest, it's always a pleasure to have you here. Wishing you all a wonderful creative week, ((( BIG HUGS )))

                                               Namaste!!!!




Monday, 3 November 2014

A MIX OF THINGS...

Hello my Lovelies, it's been a week since I got to my desk and only a day and a half for me to finish a tag for the Dragons Dream, so I had better fly to my desk this afternoon and get it done.

I make a BD Halloween card for a friend at swimming just something quick and easy





                   I also made her a bookmark to go with it..






 Now these 2 brooches, my friend at swimming Miss Lillian had one on her coat, I went crazy for it, she said I could take it home to see how it was made, since I have a can full of all this stuff I would love to try and make one. The next day she kindly gave me one for myself, I just LOVE  it, Thanks Miss Lillian, you have a huge giving heart, love ya..





Oh and my roses made out of maple leaves I had a ball with my friend crafting that day, it killed my hands you have to hang onto them so tight until your finished, they turned out okay, I probably won't try making them again but the fun we had made up for all the pain :O).. Thanks Sheila for a grrrreat day...


Thanks for stopping by my crazy nest, I hope you all have a wonderful creative week, off to water fit, then I MUST get to my desk..
                                 ((( BIG HUGS )))
                                   

                                      NAMASTE!!!

                                     

Friday, 24 October 2014

PHOTO BOX INSPIRED BY MISS JULIE ANN, FOR PAPERARTSY......

Hello my Lovelies, warning, warning, warning, Will Robinson, this is PHOTO HEAVY. Sorry I did a lot of stuff on it, it took me 2 weeks to create. If you want to stay around you had better grab a large cuppa. I'll try to keep the nattering to a minimum, hahaha, wish me luck with that ^-^.....
When Miss Julie Ann posted the Gift of Reading here, on Oct. 9th,  I was blown away,if you haven't seen it, it is well worth the look. I have been desperately, madly creating this gift box. I looooved creating it, it brought me such joy, thanks so much Cuz, I truly fell in love with yours, once I saw it, I just knew I had to make something..



     This is the picture frame I'm making for my friend Jan, I'll be decorating the frame and making fairy pics to match her bathroom.
It's a little snug, might have to wrap it in tissue when I finish it. It is her BD as well in Dec, so this will be her 2 gifts all taken care of....

                    These photos I took  before I added the Fairy's..

         
  I tried to follow most of the techniques Julie Ann used, I'll try to remember everything I did :O).
I started by cut it out of a huge piece of cardboard,( I have a huge stock of these ) using the picture for the template and I reeeeeally wished I had a larger area to work on, I kept having to fold the side up, fold the sides up, with all the different layers, crazy..
I brayered  some fresco paints, London bus, beach hut, hey pesto and zesty zing to color the background.
Stamped the french script in white paint, stamped  the funny green lines, they are a with stamp I made agggges ago out of clay, it didn't stamp fully, it is a bamboo tree, but I was embracing the mistakes :)...


I stamped more script  from a Paper artsy stamp in Tim's gathered twig, I made the circles with a pill bottle top and white paint, I made a puddle of Inca Gold, for the gold circles..
 I stamped Lady bugs in all the circles and tiny lady bugs all over, it made the large Lady bugs all different colors, love how they turned out....


                               

I double bumped,  a Paperartsy leaf stamp in Fresco's, London bus and hey pesto. sorry the photo is upside down. I learned a few lessons while creating this, I prefer it with a stamp that is plain, it might be just me but it looks messy with the swirls in the stamp, normally I love this stamp.. 


You can faintly see a window cut out, they open, I put masking tape on the window, then was going to take it off leaving the shutters plain. I like it so much I decided to leave it on...




 I stamped 8 different fairy stamps on tissue, added 4 to the inside , 4 on the outside...



 I painted the parts white, I was going to color, on the back, then colored the front with fresco paints, lesson 2, I should have added water to the paint to make it more transparent, I added a golden glow around them with Inca gold and a tiny bit of water.













 I love how it all came together once I added the glowing fairies..


These are photos before I added the vines,faeries and embellishments...


 The out side I gessoed, then tried to create 3 walls that looked like they were falling apart and had also suffered a fire.....
I used a stone wall stencil with Golden's paste, this is the outer layer it was a beautiful stone wall a one time..
Painted the whole thing with white paint, gesso and a tiny bit of black water color paint from a tube to give it a greyish finish..
I stenciled a tile pattern on the back, a brick pattern on the front. this is all one stencil from a children's craft set.
 I used Tim's rusty hinge for the brick . Rusty hinge and mowed lawn for the tile pattern, that's what it looks like to me, might be a checker board pattern..


 I tore some of the top layer of the cardboard, then used a lighter to burn it away, this will become the bottom layer, after the fire..


I wanted to create a window, I used the Gothic window Julie Ann sent me as a template, I cut off the top layer of the cardboard leaving the corrugated on to create the shutters, I adore Gothic windows...


This is how it looks closed
I sprayed it with some clear lacquer to seal the ink.. 

Photos of it after embellishing it...


I stenciled some vines with fresco paint, on all three sides


I made a door out of cardboard, peeling the top layer off then burning it again, then gessoed it a couple of times. I painted some pieces of broken belt and bracelet, for the handle, hinges and lion knocker, painted it with rusty hinge paint, then poured some real rust powder on it, let it dry, love the rusty look it gave them...


I used a broken piece of earring for the emblem over the door, I brightened it with Inca Gold...
I painted these fairies with cheap water color paint.
 Lesson 3, I used way too much sparkle with modge poge, distress clear rock candy and ultra fine glitter. I was trying to make it look like fairy dust, had I added some water to it, it would have dispersed it better, and you could have see the image better..





 I made a frame for the window out of funky foam, gessoed it 3 time's and used a heat gun to dry it, till it created bubbles..










I made some washi tape to hold the frame of the box together, with medical tape, colored it with rusty hinge and Forrest moss paints.
I stamped some vines with rusty hinge and mowed lawn ink then stamped the fairy shoe and magical symbol in black momento ink.




All done, if your still here God bless you, this was so long sorry..
 I am entering this in the October Challenge at Paperartys
here, Miss Julie Ann inspired me to create something to enter and boy did I have some BIG FUN making it, thanks to you all...

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

                                           NAMASTE!!!!