Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Altered journal blue and yellow

Here it is my latest art journal. This one features yellow and blue as the accent colors, on a tea stained back ground of a collage of vintage linens. I made the flowers, the large ones are in the singed fabric style, and the small ones are made from organdy ribbon. I used lots of lace and did some embroidery on the cover.
Sheet music was used for some pages, also pages from vintage magazines, clip art from the Graphic Fairy, ledger paper, tags, lace and stamping were used to decorate and make the pages.

The inside cover and the first page, I used wall paper to make the half page and stamped a saying and butterfly's for a tag. For the medallion I layered circles and finished them off with a button. On the inside page the Carte Postale was stamped on dupoini silk, and the ribbon and trim are also silk.

Some of the inside pages, with tags made from decoupaged napkins,The pocket the tags are in is from some material I found with wonderful writing on it. You can see more of this in my ETSY shop.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Altered bottle from swap kit

My flicker art group had a altered bottle kit swap, we made kits to decorated a bottle and then swapped with out partners there was no bottle included in the kit. Marie was my partner and this is the bottle I made from some of what she sent, she was so generous I could have altered a dozen bottles.
The cameo was a button, I cut the shank off and used it for the focal point. I had several kinds of lace to choose from and used 2 of them for the back ground. The little roses were on ribbon, I cut them off, and used a different piece of the lace to make the tiny rosettes and glued a rose to it.
Here is a full view of the bottle, you can see the beautiful gimp used at the middle and bottom of the bottle, as well as the feathers. About the feathers, they are from Marie's peacocks and these are rare as the bird doesn't shed them, so we are left to guess as to how Marie got them :) The Green Berry crowning the bottle was made from some of the French wired ribbon she sent. The ruffle it is sitting on was made from the selvage of one of the laces.
A close up of the focal area of the bottle, you can see the lace rosettes, I did add the crystal to the center of 2 of the rosettes from my own stash but that is all. She also sent some bead trim and I glued that around the cameo. The bottle is PINK it was a sake bottle the sake was horrible tasting but the bottle is a pretty PINK. If you would like to check out our flicker art group here is the link. TTFN

Thursday, October 13, 2011



Tuesday, October 11, 2011


My pictures never come out in the order I want them. This is the end view of the tea box. I used an image from the graphic fairy, she has many and shares freely.
This is the finished box. I covered the box with paper first, I cut some flowers out of fabric glued them on ,then added vintage lace, ribbon and the images from Graphic Fairy. I stamped the Eiffle tower and glued it on, added vintage buttons, made singed flowers to finish it, I glued the singed flowers over the fabric flowers I cut out and glued on, this was for dimension,, and it looked much better than the flat fabric flowers.
The original box ( this is really good tea BTW). The reason I came up with this is that everyone is doing match boxes and I thought a box is a box, so why not do a tea box and alter it and make it pretty and fill it with goodies and send it to a friend, or swap with a friend.
Another end view I used dupioni silk on this end and stamped French words, you can see the singed flowers better in this pic. TTFN

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gift journal

Pages, One thing I really like about this style of journal are the pages, you can make them any way you want, out of anything you like. Here I used wallpaper ( the green plaid pocket), sheet music, on the left side is the back of a page that I colored using chalk and stamps. The figures on the right are from a new set of stamps I got on ETST, I really like them.
This is the introductory page, you can see the tag with the Happy Anniversary greeting, it is my daughter and son-in-laws anniversary this is my gift to them. The pictures on the right are mine and I made a collage of them and added it to the back of another page.
This is the cover. I do so love pink with white, it is such a lovely combination, the flowers are those made from singed fabric they turn out so pretty, I don't know who started this craze but they deserve a medal or some recognition. I used an iron on transfer for the image of the Victorian girl. The battenburg lace is from a place mat, I love to re purpose things and re use and up cycle as the new term goes. i used an old piece of broken jewelery and the pink bow is from dupioni silk, and the pink tie is also silk.
You can see all the journal from this picture, I had a wonderful time making it and I am pretty sure my daughter will like it.
Bird nest are one of my favorite things, and have been for many years, I got this one from the Graphic Fairy, she is so generous with her art images. On the left I used a page from the farmers almanac, and a page from a business ledger, I put lace on many of the pages, I have boxes of it and seem to always aaccrue more than I can ever use.